Dr. Björn Sautter is responsible for strategic innovation networks at Festo, a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology. He is closely working with science and industry partners in the ManuFuture community and represents the industry side vis-à-vis the European Commission in the Public-Private Partnership board for Factories of the Future. Before he joined Festo, he has been working as strategic advisor and has facilitated participative ‘forward- and outward-looking’ strategy processes – supporting strategically aligned and synergistic research and innovation actions – in various industries. He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Stuttgart and holds a degree as Certified Corporate Foresight Professional from the EBS University for Business and Law in Germany. As researcher, he has been working on entrepreneurship, regional economic development and locally embedded clusters and innovation systems in the globalizing knowledge economy.