Alberto Prado

Alberto Prado

Head of R&D and Digital Partnerships, Unilever
Alberto is the Head Digital Innovation R&D at Unilever. In that capacity, he leads the Digital R&D organisation with the aim of digitising the R&D process, maximising the use of data and digital tools for scientific discovery and leveraging digital technologies to develop new breakthrough consumer-facing propositions and business models. Prior to Unilever, Alberto set up and led the Digital Innovation Accelerator at Royal Philips, with the mission to boost breakthrough innovation and to fuel a culture of entrepreneurship within Philips. This included partnering cross-functionally with internal teams, as well as the external ecosystem, to define, test and validate next generation healthcare solutions and business models, as well as incubating internal business ventures and engaging with external startups to drive collaborative innovation. During that period, he also chaired the AI Council to provide oversight and steer to company-wide AI related investments in innovation. Previously, he created and led the Digital Innovation Program in the Consumer Division, initiating a fundamental transformation in traditional innovation practices that delivered the first wave of Philips connected products. Alberto started his professional career as a management consultant with mobile operator start-ups across Europe and Asia. He then joined NEC Europe, driving Strategy and Product Planning of their mobile handset division. Later he joined Symbian Software as Vice President of Global Product Management, responsible for the product strategy, investment allocation and roadmap of the market-leading mobile Operating System of the time. After the acquisition of Symbian by Nokia, Alberto was involved in setting up the Symbian Foundation which became the vehicle to open source the Symbian code. He subsequently joined Nokia as Head of R&D strategy where he led the development of a new software platform and solutions strategy. Alberto graduated in Engineering and Economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and holds an MBA from INSEAD (France). He is a regular speaker at industry events and media.

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