Keynote Address 2021

Every year we present a well-known personality from science, society, economy, politics or sports as speaker at the SEPAWA® CONGRESS. Be it current topics or perennial favorites, it will certainly spark your interest.

Jens Bode | der innologe®

The i-point. With your own talent, (trend)inspiration & desire to innovate


Thursday, 27 October 2022 from 13:15 – 14:30 hrs at Room Auditorium


An ‘i’ for relevant inspiration, an ‘i’ for your individual talent and an ‘i’ for impact, and that with a large portion of intrinsic motivation towards the desire to innovate.


  • Your unique talent & a creativity technique that can be used directly

  • Sense of Urgency or ‘what is actually going on out there?’

  • A loud commitment and ‘yes’ to a positive culture of innovation and free resources

  • Innovating is easy, but…

  • Inspirations & the treasure-hunter-mindset

  • 12 top trending search fields

  • Final & 5 (mental) hacks to innovation

Jens Bode was ‘Corporate Free Thinker’ and is a passionate innovator. He inspires from practice and for practice: until 2021 in a hybrid working model in the consumer goods industry and parallel as freelancer (consultant / ‘rent a brain’) ‘der innologe®‘, with more than 24 years in the industry, he has actively created and coached the innovation philosophy all over the world. His focus: consumer, insights, trends & scenarios with the transformation into innovations.

As a freelancer, he has been supporting companies in the early innovation phase since 2008 with inspiration, applied creativity, provocative future hypotheses and as an ‘external thinker’ with ideas right through to the first prototypes. Jens loves discovering and exploring ‘the new’, promoting creative talents and ‘heroes’ in companies and to translating future insights into new concepts in a highly pragmatic way – he is the author of Innovator’s Smile and a lecturer at RWTH Aachen University, among others.

Privately, Jens is married to Nic, an architect and expert in healing architecture. Together they have a bonus family with 2+2 children and their center of life is Düsseldorf and Aachen.

Picture Credit ©Jens Bode

Topics & Personalities

Keynote Address

Every year, SEPAWA® invites a renowned personality from the fields of science, society, business, politics or sports are invited to give a keynote lecture. In recent years, these were:

  • 2021, Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Spitzer, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, inspired us with a lecture about the brain, the computer and mental capacity and what we have learned in the last 20 years.
  • 2020 Prof. Dr. Dirk Notz, climate researcher, held a lecture titled „The Big Melt.“ In his presentation, he shed light on global climate change. He linked his own experiences from his numerous expeditions with the scientific background of global climate change.
  • In 2019 Dr. Richard David Precht, author and publicist, talked about the topic “digital revolution and the future of how we work.”
  • 2018 Antonia Rados, foreign correspondent and journalist, held a lecture with the title: “Turmoil in the Middle East – Consequences for Europe.“
  • In 2017, Dr. Ulf Merbold took the delegates on a space flight with a critical view onto our blue planet Earth. Anyone who has ever had the privilege to see its beauty from space should make it their mission to preserve it.
  • 2016 Dr. Gregor Gysi gave an inspiring lecture on global consumption, its development and reduction and changes.
  • In the previous year, extreme mountaineer Thomas Huber was invited to talk about the „analogy between mountain and profession“.
  • In 2014 Prof. Dr. Gertrud Höhler, publicist and consultant, held a lecture titled „innovation starts with leadership“.
  • Brother Paulus, guardian of the Capuchin Convent „Liebfrauen“ in Frankfurt am Main was invited in 2013. In his lecture titled “Heart Detergent”, he explained how the Ten Commandments liberate the mind and pave the way for success.


Marketing Lecture

Within the framework of a marketing lecture, current issues of general interest were ompetently and realistically dealt with by internationally renowned experts. These can be for instance: motivation, innovation, diversity or the role of the internet in our society. In recent years, we had the privilege to welcome the following personalities:

  • In 2018 Gerriet Danz, expert on innovation and creativity, held a lecture with the title: “Utopia Creates Sales!Success – Beyond 8/15.”
  • Antoinette Anderegg not only illustrated impressively how our body language can be used for communication, but also what we unconsciously reveal about our feelings and intentions.
  • In 2016, blogger and internet expert Sascha Lobo, explored the topic surrounding the web and how it changes sour society. He focused especially on changes for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).
  • In the year prior to that, Business Coach Anne M. Schüller was our guest. In her lecture, the audience learnt step by step about loyality marketing can bring lasting success to a business.
  • In 2014, Prof. Dr. Jutta Rump of the Institute for Occupation and Employability IBE, Ludwigshafen, gave a talk on the following topic: „The younger generation in an ageing society: Generation Y versus Generation Baby Boomer?“.
  • Dr. Michael Bartl, Hyve AG in Munich, talked in 2013 about the change in innovation models in a digital age.