Humanity-Centric Innovation: Redefining Purpose to Build a Better World

Opening Keynote Session
Wednesday, June 8, 9:00am – 10:00am CT

Pete Dulcamara, corporate futurist and chief scientist for Kimberly-Clark, will present a new model for humanity-centric innovation that can transform the benefits and value of products we use every day, and extend those benefits to billions of underserved people around the world. The presentation will provide a provocative overview of the challenges facing humanity and the new business models and exponential technologies shaping our future, delivered with visuals and data that will prompt attendees to reflect on new opportunities to build a purpose-driven organization and deliver innovation that creates a better future for billions around the world. The Q&A will provide attendees with a forum to discuss key takeaways and how to apply humanity-centric innovation in their R&D initiatives. Attendees will gain insights and ideas on how to apply new business models and exponential technologies to transform the value and benefits of their products and help solve some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.


Pete Dulcamara serves as the chief scientist and technical vice president for Kimberly-Clark. In his role, he combines the consumer insights of today with predictive data, trends and habits of the future to uncover new opportunities and innovation for the global consumer goods company as it seeks to connect with consumers through breakthrough essential products, including iconic brands such as Huggies, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Depend and more. As a leader of Kimberly-Clark’s research and engineering organization, he has guided advanced scientific research and technology development in the areas of advanced materials, life and analytical sciences, modeling and simulation, technology licensing, and reimaging innovation. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Dulcamara spent 18 years with The Dow Chemical Company, where he held various positions for numerous businesses in research and development, new business development, sustainable development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate licensing, and new ventures. 

Dulcamara has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with minors in mathematics and physics from Cameron University, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University.