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Abhinav Singhal

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, APAC at thyssenkrupp

Singapore, Singapore

Seasoned Executive with over 10 years of international experience across Asia, Middle East and Europe working in B2B sectors including industrials and energy. Cross-functional experience with core expertise in strategy, business development and digital transformations. Prior to current role, worked as Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company serving clients across Asia and Middle East.
Digital Transformation Expertise
• Founder & Board Member for tk Innovations responsible for incubating new digital solutions in Asia
• Proven thought leader in Asia on digitalization and additive manufacturing with strong regional network having delivered 20+ keynotes and media interviews and published multiple articles
• Tech-evangelist, passionate about ‘future-skilling’ people and building high performing teams also member of World Economic Forum Digital Skills ASEAN taskforce
• Awarded Analytics Asia 100 award and nominated for IoT Leader of the Year 2019

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Singapore
Speaking Topics: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Leadership

Abhinav SinghalPoints
Academic5
Author10
Influencer32
Speaker43
Entrepreneur50
Total140

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Technology, Strategy
Theatre: Asia Pacific
Media Experience: 5 years
Last Media Training: 11/29/2019
Last Media Interview: 12/11/2019

Areas of Expertise

AI 34.91
AR/VR
Big Data 30.20
Business Strategy
Change Management 31.34
Cloud
Digital Disruption 30.19
Digital Transformation 40.10
Emerging Technology 32.64
Future of Work 37.75
Innovation 39.04
IoT 36.54
Leadership 32.61
Management
Open Innovation 31.54
Predictive Analytics 31.51
Startups
Sustainability 30.43
HR 30.58
Analytics 36.22
Culture 30.09

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Automotive
Chemicals
Engineering & Construction
Industrial Machinery & Components
Manufacturing
Metal Products
Oil & Gas
Primary Metal & Steel
Professional Services

Publications

4 Article/Blogs
How to get RPA initiative work beyond proof of concept?
CIO Advisor APAC
December 02, 2019

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

How is HR addressing dual challenge of being digital and doing digital?
HR Tech Outlook
December 02, 2019

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, HR

AI for RoI - How to choose the right AI solution?
APAC CIO Outlook
December 01, 2019
Companies looking to adopt AI today are bombarded with technology companies and start-ups selling advanced machine learning based solutions built on exciting use cases. However, before kickstarting newer pilots and investing in these advanced solutions it is useful to step back and reflect on the overall intent of using AI for the organization and the traditional suite of analytical techniques and resources available.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Digital Transformation

How thyssenkrupp is betting high on analytics in India?
Analytics India Magzine
November 04, 2019
Interview with Analytics India Magazine on application of AI and analytics in industrial sectors.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

1 Board Membership
Board of Director, thyssenkrupp Innovations
3D Print
October 01, 2019
thyssenkrupp Innovations is a new venture of thyssenkrupp AG to incubate and commercialise new Industrie4.0 technology based solutions for our customers in Asia. We want to bring the best of our innovations and engineering expertise closer to our customers in Asia and tailor our offerings according to the local requirements. It also hosts our Additive Manufacturing Tech Center in Singapore which was set-up in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

1 Corporate Partner
Member, Digital Skills Taskforce ASEAN, World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum
July 01, 2019
Digital ASEAN is one of the World Economic Forum’s flagship projects in South East Asia. Launched in April 2018, the initiative aims to contribute to the development of a vibrant regional digital economy. The ASEAN Digital Skills Taskforce is focused on developing the human capital pool in ASEAN to ensure that citizens have the skills needed to thrive as digital disruption creates both risks and opportunities for workers. The task force is dedicated to upgrading the skills of all types of workers in the digital ecosystem, from SME traders adapting to e-commerce, to software coders, to government regulators.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Future of Work

2 Influencer Awards
Finalist - IIOT Leader of the Year, 2019
Internet of Things World Asia
September 30, 2019
The IoT World Asia 2019 "IoT Leader of the Year" award recognises an individual executive, whose outstanding leadership has resulted in the implementation and success of IoT in Asia.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Leadership

Analytics 100 Award, Asia
Analytics India Magzine
April 30, 2019
Analytics100 recognizes individuals for excellence in Analytics. These individuals have implemented Analytics in innovative ways to deliver business insights and enable growth. This prestigious award celebrates the men and women behind the success of Data Science in Asia. Applicants are handpicked by our editors and industry veterans and vetted against the best in the industry.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Digital Transformation

8 Keynotes
Industralizing Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing)
AM Tech India
December 11, 2019
AM Business Forum is the Flagship conference organised by Indian 3D Printing Network on the sidelines AMTech – India’s only dedicated additive manufacturing tradeshow. The international conference on Additive Manufacturing was organized on 11th December 2019 with a theme of Industrialising Additive Manufacturing. This is a highlight from the keynote presentation made by Abhinav Singhal, Chief Strategy Officer, APAC, thyssenkrupp

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Future of Work: Human or AI?
TechXLR8 Asia
September 16, 2019
Identifying jobs roles in the business that can be supported by machines, or would be better left alone; supporting the transition from manual to AI-Assisted Workers.
Utilising a business process mapping approach to understand workers’ workflows and habits – and creating a central forum for change supported by the many, not the few.
Identifying where human creativity and ingenuity is crucial for your business’ future and putting this at the foreground of AI-based change initiatives.
How to best build ML and AI practitioners into your teams – how to build a harmonious relationship with business users
Curating an Appetite for changing work routine and learning new, more effective routines.
Being very clear about intentions and rewarding employees across the business for becoming advocates for change

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

How to make digital transformation sustainable?
Industry of Things World Asia
September 11, 2019
We all agree digitalization is important, but only 5% of digital transformations really deliver expected results. So what is the recipe for a successful and sustainable digitalization effort? We will brainstorm key challenges in leading digitalization programs and share ideas and best practices from our experience. Join us for this session, if you have had enough of ‘tech-jargons’ and really want to make a difference in your organization from digitalization initiatives.

The 5 ingredients of leading a successful digital transformation –

Awareness : Building a common understanding of digitalization potential within the organization
Engagement : Mobilizing the employees, securing commitment and generating use cases
Focus : Defining clear vision and priorities on how will the organization create value out of digitalization
Commitment : Scaling up pilots, defining the right operating model, resources etc.
Agility : Re-assessing priorities based on customer feedback & technological developments

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Change Management

Re-designing People Strategy to Meet Future Work Requirements
Future of Work Asia 2019, IQPC
April 01, 2019
What is the impact of digital technologies on future way of working?
What kinds of tasks and roles will be most affected ?
How can companies prepare and get the most out of their digital workforce?

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Tags: AI, Future of Work, HR

How to make Digital Transformation Sustainable?
Singapore German Chamber
January 16, 2019
Keynote and Interview on how to make digital transformation successful at the German Chamber Breakfast Event,

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Digital Transformation

Crafting a winning digitalization strategy
World Forum Disrupt
November 01, 2018
We all agree digitalization is important, but only 5% of digital transformations really deliver expected results. So what is the recipe for a successful and sustainable digitalization effort? What are the key elements of a winning digitalization strategy?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

TechX Factory - IoT and AI for smart factory
TechX Asia, Terrapin
September 07, 2018
Thinking and working on its own: An artificial intelligence in group control system. Exploring the best strategies to build an intelligent system capable of collecting data, analysing information and taking corrective actions. Investigating the role of human supervision in AI empowered system. Case study on thyssenkrupp

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Tags: AI, IoT, Predictive Analytics

How to craft a winning digitalization strategy?
Chief Strategy Officer Summit. Innovation Enterprise
July 02, 2018
Only 5% of digital transformations are truly successful. How can you maximise your chances of success?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

4 Media Interviews
Future of Work & AI in Business
RT America
September 19, 2019
Excerpts from AI Summit in Singapore on Future of Work and how AI will impact society in future

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

First things first: The Potential of 3D Printing in ASEAN
Money FM 893
July 08, 2019
Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, is changing the face of manufacturing. Abhinav Singhal, Chief Strategy Officer for thyssenkrupp Asia Pacific talks about the potential of additive manufacturing in ASEAN.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Additive manufacturing sector expected to grow, creating jobs across ASEAN
Channel News Asia
July 02, 2019
Coverage of Additive Manufacturing Tech Center launch of thyssenkrupp and release of whitepaper on "AM Adding up Growth Opportunities in ASEAN"

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Future of Work

Additive Manufacturing: Adding up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN
3D Print
July 01, 2019
“Additive Manufacturing: Adding Up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN” the white paper was developed by thyssenkrupp in collaboration with experts and partners in Singapore, as well as German OEM EOS and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC). The research was completed by thyssenkrupp as an overture to the official launch of its AM TechCenter Hub in Singapore, which was established earlier in 2019.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

3 Panels
CXO PANEL: Strengthening Enterprise Resilience for the Future – Redesigning Work, Workforce and Workplaces
Future of Work Asia 2019, IQPC
April 02, 2019
Action plan build to transform the workforce and workplace of tomorrow
Challenges and opportunities in today’s shifting workforce demographics
Adopting agile leadership and mindset in reshaping workforce development

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Tags: AI, Future of Work, HR

World Café : Walk the talk – What is the recipe for a successful digital transformation program?
IoT World Asia 2018
September 17, 2018
We all agree digitalization is important, but only 5% of digital transformations really deliver expected results. So what, is the recipe for a successful digitalization effort ?
We will brainstorm the key challenges in leading digitalization programs and share ideas and best practices from our experience. Join us for this session, if you have had enough of ‘tech-jargons’ and really want to make a difference in your organization from digitalization initiatives.

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Tags: Culture, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Moderator, Panel on Disruptive Innovation in Energy Sector
Disruptive Innovation Summit 2018, Clariden
February 01, 2018
Disruptive Innovation with Solar Energy and Energy Storage
Transiting to solar and renewable energy
Energy storage and batteries: Technology developments
Fully liberalized market – What it means to consumers
The Hydrogen Economy & Redox Flow

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Sustainability

1 Visiting Lecturer
Digital Transformation & Innovation
St. Gallen Institute of Management
November 01, 2018
Guest Lecturer at St. Gallen Institute of Management (Singapore)

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Future of Work

2 Whitepapers
Additive Manufacturing: Adding up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN
thyssenkrupp and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, Singapore
July 01, 2019
Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is currently at a technological and economical inflection point with potential to re-invent and disrupt the ~$12 trillion global manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is also at the center of the ASEAN economy driven by its cost competitiveness accounting for more than 20% of the region’s GDP and employing nearly 50 million workforce. However, AM has potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing cost structures and supply chains and give an equal opportunity to advanced economies to close their competitiveness gap and move manufacturing nearer to the end consumers. This poses a risk for ASEAN to fall behind and ASEAN needs to act now to secure its place in the age of Fourth Industrial revolution.
However, very little empirical research exists on the current status of AM in ASEAN (i.e., status of current adoption, leading markets & sectors, opportunities) leaving policymakers and business leaders without any guidance to best prepare for the future.
thyssenkrupp recognized this gap and assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts to construct a comprehensive perspective on the state of AM in the region and its implications for policymakers and businesses going forward. This builds on our rich working experience in the region over the last 150 years, our deep AM technology expertise in Mulheim, our recent set-up in Singapore, and the knowledge of our experts and our partners from EOS and NAMIC across the whole AM value chain.
This whitepaper provides a rich evidence base for policymakers and business leaders seeking to understand, analyze and invest in AM in ASEAN. The paper is structured along three chapters keeping in mind the diverse interest of various stakeholders:
• For business leaders: Chapter 1 provides a detailed overview of the AM market and its potential across ASEAN countries; while Chapter 3 lays down a systematic approach to analyze AM value chain and develop a commercially attractive business model
• For policy makers: Chapter 2 outlines the overall economic opportunity from adopting AM in ASEAN and the impact it can create across various aspects of the economy from trade, social development, job creation to sustainability
• For AM enthusiasts: Appendix 1 provides a brief overview of the technology and its applications today

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

India AM Report 2019
India 3D Printing Network
June 03, 2019
The India AM Report 2019 is based on in-depth understanding of the Indian AM industry and comprehensive market research by Indian 3D Printing Network. This included primary research – detailed interviews with 35+ industry experts selected from the Additive Manufacturing supply chain and end consumers. This was supported by intensive secondary research, which included referring to trade publications and literature, company details, statistics and academic publications. Market forecasts were developed from the primary and secondary research. This was combined with I3DPn’s existing insight and database of market information on Additive Manufacturing Industry to produce a first of its kind report in India.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

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