IBF Video S&OP Unplugged: Predictive Analytics & Machine Learning
Leaders in demand planning, forecasting, and S&OP discuss the opportunities and challenges they're facing today.

Leaders from Volvo, Burger King and Suntory discuss what the demand planning of the future looks like as predictive analytics becomes a normal part of the field and what skills are required in this new era.

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  • Learning From Other Industries / Examples and Solutions
  • Understanding Customer Behavior / Using Predictive Analytics & Machine Learning
  • Segmentation / Using and Understanding
  • Predictive Analytics / Traditional Planning
  • Demand Planning Skills/ What's Next Soft Skills / Can it be Learned?
  • IBF Conferences / How Can They Help?
Nils Oppelstrup
Volvo Car Mobility,

From lipsticks to oil filters to SUVs, Nils has successfully built and deployed predictive models across a number of industries. His successes in the field include a world first - a real time forecasting model for evaluating marketing plans for cosmetics sales. In his current role as COO for Volvo Car Mobility, Nils is responsible for Operations, Go To Market and Data Science in a company providing an alternative to car ownership. He is responsible for finding solutions to the challenges of peak demand, congestion and parking by predicting geospatial demand based on consumer preference. Prior to assuming his COO role at Volvo Car Mobility, Nils spent 6 years as analytics professional/forecaster at Oriflame Cosmetics and 2 years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Aigul Mangibayeva
Head of Supply Chain
Burger King Kazakhstan

Aigul currently works as Head of Supply Chain at Burger King Kazakhstan where she leads operative and strategic management of the supply chain including materials planning, procurement strategy, supply chain structure and more. Prior to joining Burger King, Aigul worked as Supply chain Manager at Bosch Siemens Home Appliances, Demand Planner for Central Asia and Caucasus at Beiersdorf Kazakhstan, and as Supply Planner at Philip Morris Kazakhstan. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Supply Chain from Edinburgh Business School, and one in Supply Chain Management from Moscow Business School. She is currently studying an MBA at Edinburgh.

Ugo Carolyn Ogwo
Head of Planning
Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

Ugo Carolyn Ogwo is currently the Head of Planning for Suntory Beverage and Food in Nigeria where she is responsible for the implementation of S&OP process as well as the end-to-end planning and management of Demand, Supply, Materials (including Raw, Packaging and Engineering Spares) and Finished Goods. Prior to this, Ugo was an S&OP Manager responsible for the design and implementation of S&OP processes across Suntory Markets in Africa, the Middle East and Caribbean . Other markets where she has successfully deployed S&OP process include Kenya, Trinidad and Morocco. Ugo started her S&OP journey in October 2011 as Demand Planning Manager at GlaxoSmithKline in Nigeria and was promoted to the role of Head of Demand Forecasting looking after the West Africa business. She holds a Master’s in Engineering from The University of Nigeria, and an MBA from IE business school in Madrid.

Mary Tan, ACPF
Sr. Consultant/Facilitator
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Mary Tan is an accomplished demand planning professional with over 20 years’ Supply Chain leadership experience. She has a track record of driving substantial improvements in operating performance through E2E Supply Chain Planning, Executive S&OP management and building world-class planning teams. She has held various key leadership roles in the Technology, FMCG and Pharmaceutical industries in companies such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Schneider Electric, Flextronics, Pfizer Nutrition, Cisco Systems, SCM Microsystems and HP. Her most recent roles were as Regional Director of Demand Planning and S&OP at GSK and Schneider Electric. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Murdoch University and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Mary is also a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) from IBF.
Eric Wilson, ACPF
Director – Thought Leadership
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF. Prior to this he worked as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports, Director of Demand Planning at Berry Plastics, and Director of Demand Planning & S&OP at Tempur Sealy International. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from the IBF. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) with over 20 years of experience. Eric is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the books Cultural Cycles and Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting & Planning.
Thorsten Mebs
The Passionate Supply Chain Coach

Thorsten has almost 20 years of experience and expert knowledge in international operational and strategic logistics and supply chain management in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, covering roles within Procurement Logistics, Material Planning, Transport Management and being Head of Supply Chain Management. As Global Manager Integrated Business Planning he was responsible for the successful transformation from S&OP to IBP and close consultant to the management of the global market leader in Pigments.

Thorsten is a passionate Supply Chain Business Partner, developing end-to-end Supply Chain strategies and concepts for Organizations, Planning, Processes and People. He coaches, mentors, challenges and gives advice to employees and peers in order to foster their continuous development and personal growth.

His leadership work is dedicated to the motto given by Mahatma Gandhi: BE the change YOU want to see in the world!”

His positive attitude, his passion for Supply Chain and his sense of responsibility sets him apart. He is highly committed and believes in the digital transformation of supply chain and logistics, as well as in the sustainable advantages for the global economy & climate accordingly. His ideas are based on an innovative and visionary mindset and help driving decisions that positively impact customers, business targets, people and the environment. Thorsten is a certified professional forwarding agent and a certified expert in Logistics Management. He holds a Diploma in Business Administration of the University of Applied Science in Mainz, Germany. He is organizer and facilitator of the 1st IBF Chapter Germany of Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning. He is founding member of SCC Supply Chain Connect – Your Personal Transformation Partner.

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