Innovation at Siemens

Innovation at Siemens means ideas that earn money. They can be products, solutions and services that set a benchmark – both in the world of technology and beyond. We have summed this up clearly in our Mission Statement: Siemens impresses with innovations that make real what matters. The application of a systematic innovation strategy helps us move forward.

Siemens through next47 partners with innovative start-ups to disrupt the norm and develop the next big thing. We empower start-ups with the energy and resources provided by our dynamic Siemens ecosystem.

h1. Speaker Profiles:

Onyeche Tifase is the current and first Nigerian Chief executive of Siemens Nigeria Limited. She is an experienced Engineering Professional with extensive experience in the power, engineering and consulting industries. She graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and completed her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

She started her career with Siemens in 2001 as an Engineer in the Power Distribution Division of Siemens Plc UK and thereafter progressed up the ranks taking up other key roles in Siemens Germany and Siemens USA. Onyeche worked with Accenture Nigeria from 2006 in the area of management consulting and in 2009 joined Siemens Nigeria as Deputy General Manager Medium Voltage and Transformers Business Units.

Onyeche resides in Lagos, Nigeria and is happily married with three children. She is an avid supporter of local content development initiatives and participates actively in key programs focused on the mentoring and development of the Nigerian youth.

Janina Kugel is Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as Corporate VP Human Resources at Siemens. Prior to this she served as Chief Human Resources Officer of OSRAM. In this period she prepared the listing at the stock exchange as well as managing successfully a major re-structuring of the company. Before, she served in various positions at Siemens in the areas of Human Resources, Corporate Executive Development and Strategy in Germany, Italy and China. Before joining Siemens, Janina worked several years in Management Consulting at Accenture. During this period she worked for major companies throughout Europe and the United States of America, mainly focusing on process re-engineering, restructuring and organizational design. Janina is an active member and supporter of diversity initiatives in Germany as well as on an international basis. Janina earned a Master of Economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy. The mother of two is living in Munich and likes to go running and play the piano when time allows.

Limited seats. Join us for a fireside chat on Monday, February 27 2017. Tickets at

Are you social media savvy and comfortable creating content and driving engagement on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Ideal candidate will also be responsible for working on blog posts and creative writing as well as responsible for overseeing photography and video coverage of events at iDEA Nigeria.

The Communications Officer (COMMS-INT) plays the role of supporting the internal and external communications of the Centre, informing stakeholders of programs and activities. This is a tactical role, where the strategy of the centre is executed. The role requires above average written and oral communication skills with attention to detail. The COMMS-INT must have passion for and belief in the startup and entrepreneurial community.

• Proactive, creative and able to work independently with limited supervision
• Strong understanding of & passion for technology and early-stage companies
• Using social media tools
• Using communications tools – specifically Mailchimp, Survey Monkey, Google forms
• Working towards a BSc. in information systems, media, business or marketing
• Excellent written and verbal communication
• Creative writing skills
• Photography & Video
• Graphic design skills (Great to have)

Does this interest you? Email us at telling us why we should hire you. Hint: We are checking out your creative side :)

More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without access to electricity. Most countries are unlikely to connect their entire populations to grid electricity for years, if not decades. As a result, many households rely on expensive, dangerous, pollution-causing kerosene, and diesel fuel for their energy needs.

Scaling-up Off-Grid Energy will accelerate growth in the off-grid energy market to provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity. Launching this week at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the vision of the Grand Challenge for Development is to spur a vibrant marketplace of enterprises that provide off-grid energy solutions that meet the needs of low-income consumers across the African continent.

Scaling Off-Grid Energy is a global partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, Power Africa, the U.K. Department for International Development, and the Shell Foundation to incentivize technological innovation, fund early stage companies, and support critical elements of the off-grid ecosystem. However, we can’t do it alone.

The Free Basics Platform launched in Nigeria a few weeks ago. It was launched by Facebook in 2013 in developing countries around the world in an attempt to bring more people online. Ime Achibong, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Facebook engaged the developer community in our space to help them understand how to leverage the service.

The Free Basics platform provides developers with the tools to create services that integrate with Free Basics.

The goal, Facebook says, is to work with as many developers possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities around the world.
In Nigeria, Facebook is partnering with Airtel to provide zero-rated access to services like Jobberman, wecyclers, and much more.

Keen on leveraging the more than 1 billion people who use Facebook daily? Visit the developer page to discover how to submit your service/ product to join Free Basics.

As part of our work, we are constantly on the lookout to helping entrepreneurs find and tweak their business models, while making them investment-ready. This may also include opportunities to break into new markets.

We are supporting a new generation of Nigerian digital entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions and business models that make businesses and commerce more efficient, provide new ways to deliver government and social services and help reduce poverty and unemployment.

The 4th DEMO Africa Innovation tour – West Africa Edition will take place in Lagos, Nigeria at iDEA Hub on 26th May 2016 from 2:00pm.

The tour aims to bring together startups and technology industry players to look at ways through which innovations can be turned into sustainable business ventures. Entrepreneurs from West Africa will get a chance to pitch to a panel of highly placed individuals in the tech sector.

Interested? Click here to reserve tickets.

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