General Assembly 2023

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Please note: This is primarily an in-person event. If you are not able to attend, access to meetings and sessions will be possible via Zoom

All times are in Central European Time (CET)

17:00 - 19:00

The welcome reception is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with peers and meet new ones. Join us for this warm social gathering.

  • Attendees: All registrants and their spouses/partners
  • Price: No Fee
  • Dress code: Business

19:00 - 22:00

  • Attendees: GS1 Management Board members, spouses/partners, invited guests only
  • Price: No fee
  • Location: (to be confirmed)
    Dress code: Business

8:30 - 12:45

  • Attendees: GS1 Management Board members or by invitation only

10:00 - 12:00

Hear GS1 MO leaders from around the world share inspiring stories of their new projects and ways of working. Hosting this session is Jan Somers, CEO, GS1 Belgium and Luxembourg and our exciting speakers are:

  • Mirjam Karmiggelt, GS1 Netherlands
  • Kelly Asghar, GS1 Canada
  • Ingo Wolters, GS1 Germany
  • Angel Becerra, GS1 Peru
  • Anne Godfrey, GS1 UK
  • Goh Chiang Fein, GS1 Malaysia
  • Peter Otieno, GS1 Kenya

Attendees: Everyone may attend

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:15

For the first time ever at the GA, we will have two engaging panel discussions with our GS1 Management Board members from the Retail and Public Policy industries. Join us to discover their perspectives on industry insights and GS1's important role in their vision.


Public policy:

  • Kurt Droeshout , Chief Operating Officer, Abudawood Group

  • Miguel Ángel González Gisbert, Global Chief Technology & Data Officer, Carrefour

  • Maria Palazzolo, CEO, GS1 Australia


  • Laura Becker, President, Global Business Services, P&G

  • José G. Loaiza Herrera, Vice President of Omnichannel and Innovation, Grupo Exito

  • Per Thau, Chairman of the Board, Coop

Attendees: Everyone may attend

14:15 - 14:30

Coffee break

14:30 - 16:15

Join us for a warm welcome from our GS1 CEO and President, Renaud de Barbuat and our GS1 Management Board chair, Kathy Wengel, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Operations & Risk Officer for Johnson & Johnson.  We are delighted to welcome and feature a special presentation from GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg CEO, Jan Somers and their board chair.

Get ready for an engaging panel discussion featuring the new GS1 Management Board member nominees: 

  • Laura Martinez, Grupo Bimbo
  • Simon Han,
  • Claudia Willvonseder, Dr. Oetker
  • Toyofumi Kashi, AEON

Attendees: Everyone may attend

16:30 - 18:00

This meeting provides GS1 Presidents and GS1 CEOs the opportunity to ask questions and comment on proposals prior to being voted upon in the General Assembly meeting the following day.

  • Attendees: GS1 Presidents and CEOs only

19:00 - 22:00

See the social events & tours page for more details.

8:30 - 13:00

  • Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, Board Members or by invitation

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Let’s celebrate our GS1 Member Organisations as they celebrate their landmark anniversaries.

We will also recognise the great work done by MOs with the GS1 50 years anniversary campaign around the world.

For the first time, a special discussion panel of GS1 MOs board chairs will be moderated by Kathy Wengel on the topic of how MOs around the world will support the GS1 strategy in their country next year.

Closing remarks will include a summary of the week’s accomplishments with an exciting perspective on what’s next for GS1.

Attendees: All GS1 GA delegates, Board Members or by invitation

18:00 - 22:00

See the social events & tours page for more details.