Topic: Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution or ‘Industry 4.0’ consists of the automation and digitization of industry and all business-related processes. It was first introduced by the German government in 2013 and focuses on the concept of smart factory and cyber-physical systems which integrates advanced technologies such as automation, data exchange in manufacturing technology, 3D printing, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and goods and people.

Vietnam has introduced its strategy for ‘Industry 4.0’ in 2021, to which its strategic objectives are to fundamentally master and widely apply advanced technologies in different social and economic domains, gradually develop modern technologies in support of renewing Vietnam’s growth model and promoting economic restructuring in line with the implementation of strategic breakthroughs and national modernization, and promote development of the digital economy.

This break-out session will focus on how new technologies are implemented in a traditional manufacturing environment and how these technologies are contributing to ESG goals.


01.00 – 01.20: Presentation by Kim Francois, Executive Director and Board Member of BeLuxCham Vietnam

01.20 – 01.40: Presentation by Van Aelst & Nguyen & Partners – Steve Van Aelst – Director Architecture

01.40 – 02.10: Presentation “Digital ESG – New approach to the sustainable growth of enterprises” by Nguyen The Phuong, Digital Transformation Consulting Director at FPT Digital

02.10 – 02.30: Presentation: “How EV-Charging as part of Industry 4.0 accelerates your ESG journey” by Stefan Kaufmann, Founder of Eboost

02.30 – 02.45 Coffee Break

02.45 – 03.30: Discussion Panel

  • Location: Blue Room, 1st Floor, Pullman Saigon Center
  • Time: 13:00 – 15:30
  • Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Kim Francois, Executive Director and Board Member of BeLuxCham Vietnam

Kim Francois, Executive Director and Board Member of BeLuxCham Vietnam, moved to Vietnam in 2022 after almost 13 years in China. With over 10 years as Managing Director of Materialise, a global leader in 3D imaging and printing, Kim has been at the forefront of implementing 3D printing for sustainable manufacturing across industries. Before BeLuxCham, she served as Global Business Development Director at HeyGears, a leading Chinese company using Industry 4.0 technologies to transform healthcare sustainably.

Kim, now part of the Women in Business (WIB) board since July 2023, and a EuroCham board member since August 2023, leverages her extensive experience and sustainability focus to drive growth for the Belgium and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.


Nguyen The Phuong, Digital Transformation Consulting Director at FPT Digital

Mr. Phuong is currently the Digital Transformation Consulting Director at FPT Digital. He graduated with an excellent Master’s degree in project management from the top 3 best universities in Australia. He is equipped with a solid knowledge of socio-economics, business administration (MBA), and more than 17 years of practical project management experience in many different disciplines, from civil engineering construction, automobiles, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) to digital transformation, and green transformation.

Steve Van Aelst, Director of Architecture at Van Aelst & Nguyen & Partners

Steve Van Aelst is the Co-Founder and Director of Architecture at Van Aelst I Nguyen & Partners, an Architecture and Façade Design Company with over 20 years of international design experience. Educated in Belgium, and Europe, Steve has traversed diverse global landscapes, contributing his expertise to projects in Europe, UAE, China, and Vietnam.

Specializing in high-profile Mixed-use and Hospitality projects, Steve and his team at Van Aelst I Nguyen & Partners thrive on embracing complexity and challenges. Their approach involves providing simple, elegant design solutions driven by a clear and strong vision.

With a commitment to excellence, Steve brings a wealth of world-class experience to each project. His portfolio extends across continents, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the United States. Steve’s dedication lies in creating value and delivering outstanding design solutions to international standards.

Stefan Kaufmann, Founder of Eboost

Stefan Kaufmann is the founder and current CEO of EBOOST, a leading brand developing and operating smart charging solution services for electric vehicles in Vietnam. His vision is empowering people to adopt the electric transport means for their daily mobility needs, and thus to convert the urban environment into a healthier and more sustainable place to live, work and relax.

Prior of founding EBOOST, Stefan Kaufmann was working in leading strategic & commercial roles mainly in the construction & building materials industry with exposure across the globe.

Stefan Kaufmann is a Swiss National, holds a Master’s degree in Management, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and a Bachelor’s degree in Microengineering specialized in Robotics form the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.

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