Digital Transformation Forum Amsterdam

The Digital Journey of Innovation and Learning in Organizations, June 28th

We are proud to present our keynote speaker Dr. Charles Camarda, a NASA astronaut and Senior Advisor of Innovation, who will be taking you to a space journey and share his perspective on digital transformation of learning in the 21st Century

Other event highlights:

  • Inspirational Customer Cases: HEMA and Copernicus
  • Digital Transformation of Learning, what possibilities it brings?
  • Experts to guide you in your digital transformation journey

- Please register now to secure a seat. Seats are limited -

80 percent of employees do not have the skills needed for their current and future roles, stated Gartner in 2018. Also according to PwC’s latest CEO survey, 38 percent of CEOs globally say they’re extremely concerned about the availability of key skills as a threat to business growth.

To meet the promise of this age, mid-career upskilling and transition must be a critical focus for both companies and individuals now, says PwC. In order to keep the workforce skilled and attract new talent, organizations need to invest in continuous learning and development.

The Digital Transformation Forum Amsterdam will give answers on how to create a culture for learning and innovation, enable better information change and knowledge management, as well as some practical use cases on the latest employee engagement and learning experience platforms.


9:30 am Coffee and Registration

  • 10:00 am Welcome, Chris Göbel
  • 10:10 am Inspiring Keynote: How NASA handles the Workforce transformation, Dr. Charles Camarda
  • 11:00 am Digital Transformation of Learning, Janne Hietala

11:30 am Break

  • 11:45 am HEMA Case, Kasper Mönnich
  • 12:15 pm Copernicus Climate Change Service, Anna Ghelli
  • 12:45 pm How to Facilitate Your Digital Transformation, Ruud Kluivers

1:15 pm Lunch & Networking


Valamis Office
Barbara Strozzilaan 201
1083 HN Amsterdam

If this is not the perfect location and date: The Digital Transformation Forum will take place also on 27th of June in Brussels. More information can be found here.


Dr. Charles Camarda
Sr. Advisor for Engineering Development, NASA Langley Research Center
Dr. Camarda has 43 years of experience at NASA as a research scientist/engineer in thermal structures for hypersonic vehicles, Astronaut on STS-114 (Space Shuttle's return-to-flight following the Columbia Tragedy), Director of Engineering at NASA's Johnson Space Center, and now Senior Advisor for Engineering Development at NASA's Langley Research Center. He is focusing on developing tools and methodologies to enable the digital transformation of learning/education and to revolutionise how we solve problems in the 21st Century.


Kasper Mönnich
Senior Product Owner, HEMA
Kasper has a passion for implementing changes within retail organizations. For the past 9 years he has been doing so with great pleasure at HEMA. Before that he did that for quite some time at Lidl. One of the most recent projects is the introduction of the heyHEMA app for all HEMA colleagues in all HEMA countries including the franchise colleagues. Many features make our colleagues' daily lives better, more fun and easier.


Anna Ghelli
Manager of training activities, Copernicus Climate Change Service
Anna Ghelli manages the training activities of the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Anna is by education a scientist and her field is meteorology. She works at the European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecast, an international organisation based in the UK. She is passionate about innovation in training and strives to provide learners with an inspiring experience when approaching online learning. She has been actively engaged in widening the scope of training in her organisation by introducing more blended learning, which combines the benefits of online learning (anywhere and anytime) with the face to face teaching.


Janne Hietala
Chief Commercial Officer, Valamis
+44 (0) 7484186421
Janne Hietala started his first company at the age of 21. Janne was selected as a Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Janne has been leading Valamis' commercial operations since 2008. Currently, he is leading Valamis' global sales from the company's UK office, located in the world's largest fintech center, Level39, in London. He is responsible for commercial strategy and development within the key areas of marketing, sales, product development and services. He is also completing his Executive MBA at the London Business School.


Chris Göbel
Director, Valamis Benelux
+31 6 15065227
Chris Gobel is Director at Valamis Benelux. Chris started his career at PWC and joined the Dutch internet pioneer "The Digital City" in 1998. Chris has a passion for Digital Transformation. For the past 8 years he managed Componence. Componence was the first Liferay Platinum partner of the Benelux. This year Chris and the team of Componence joined Valamis. Valamis is the Forerunner in Digital Transformation of Learning.


Ruud Kluivers
General Manager, Liferay Benelux
Ruud Kluivers is General Manager at Liferay Benelux. He has more than 25 years of experience at the intersection of Business and IT. In the early 1990s he was in charge of the first internet projects of publishing house VNU. His vision is that technology should be at the service of organizational goals and have a positive impact on the lives of all of us. In 2012 he founded the Liferay Benelux office in Leiden.