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Announcing a special collaboration:
European Start Up Prize for Mobility
PANEL: The Future of Mobility
Broadcasting Live on Electronomous.com
on 12th November 14:15 CET
Meet Our Speakers:
This city-led foundation helps government and industry collaborate to develop open source tools and data standards that support adoption and regulation of emerging mobility technology. Jascha was previously the Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Blue State Digital (BSD).
Shared Micromobility Planner, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)Watch Videos
Sharada Strasmore is a Shared Micromobility Planner at District Department of Transportation. Her portfolio of dockless bike and scootershare includes managing the current permit process, imagining dockless programs of the future, and planning for how new mobility can exist in public space. Sharada’s passion for urban planning and active mobility came from experiencing the District on foot and by bike. Prior to joining DDOT, Sharada was a Capital City Fellow who rotated through the District Department of Human Services, Family Services Administration and the District Department of Transportation on both the Circulator and dockless teams. Prior to that she worked at Goldman Sachs and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Sharada graduated with her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Catholic University of America and B.A. from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.
Bio: Edward Fu leads the policy, legislative, and regulatory functions at Bird, which provides safe, affordable, and zero-emission micromobility to over a hundred cities around the world. He pioneered nearly every state law governing e-scooters and micromobility, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on micromobility policy and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Bird, Ed was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He holds a J.D. from NYU and a B.S. in computer science from Rutgers University.
Michael Schwartz is the Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report. He has more than a decade of Exp Michael worked as a Principal Transportation Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. His work in the public, private, and non-profit advocacy sectors informs his wide-ranging perspective on how to successfully oversee micromobility programs to achieve public policy objectives. At Ride Report, Michael supports public agencies as they contemplate and implement micromobility programs, serving as a consultant on data and policy while also helping staff effectively leverage Ride Report's software tools.
Yousef is the General Manager - UAE at NXN, the region’s leading Smart City and Digital Transformation consulting and managed services firm.
In his role as GM - UAE, Yousef oversees some of the world’s most ambitious Smart City, Smart District and Smart Government transformation engagements in the world and manages executive client relationships.
Yousef has 25 years of experience and assumed senior leadership roles at leading multinational and local companies operating in the EMEA region.
He spent 9 years at Cisco Systems Inc. and his last role was the Director of Operations covering the EMEA region with a mandate of transforming the sales business model from a customer-led model to a $3 billion partner-led one, and introducing a higher level of innovation within the eco-system of channel partners.
Prior to joining Cisco, Yousef served as the head of marketing for Microsoft Inc. and was responsible for Microsoft’s overall brand positioning, CSR, and corporate communications & affairs in the Middle East region.
Yousef worked within the public sector as well, and was part of the founding team behind Dubai e-Government with a mission to help achieve H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid’s vision of having 70% of all Dubai government’s transactions done online within 3 years back in 2001.
Yousef holds a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD (GEMBA 14) and a BA, Business Administration from University of Jordan.
Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT),
the second largest municipal transportation agency in the country. Reynolds is responsible for
1,300 employees and 52 different business lines – from parking meters to traffic signals to
buses. Reynolds was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014 to implement the
Mayor’s vision of safe and sustainable transportation choices for all. Under Reynolds’
leadership, LADOT has installed hundreds of data-driven safety improvements in high needs
locations, launched the largest scooter program in the world, launched the largest electric
vehicle car-share program in the country, and created a first-of-its-kind digital platform to
manage for-profit mobility companies.
NEVS is a 100% electric car company that bought Saab back in 2012. Based in China and Sweden, NEVS is aiming for mobility solutions that don’t necessarily include owning a car.
Founded in 2012 with the determination to create change for those around us and for coming generations. Our vision of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future is our north star, guiding everything we do. We don’t believe that you need to compromise quality, safety, performance or comfort to do good. By challenging conventions, we design premium electric vehicles and mobility experiences that are simple, engaging and distinctive, but that also shape a brighter, cleaner future for all. We aim to give people who are curious and passionate about the world a way to express themselves – and invite them to take part in shaping the future of mobility.
Jinél leads TIER's global Central Public Policy, Public Procurement, and Sustainability team. She leads TIER's public affairs effort in contributing to sustainable and smart cities and communities across the globe. She is passionate about accelerating the transition to zero emissions transport and helping cities achieve their smart city objectives. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
TIER Mobility is Europe’s leading provider of micro-mobility with a mission to change mobility for good.
The company is a driving force behind the change in the transport sector, which aims to significantly reduce car traffic in cities by providing people with a wide range of electric vehicles.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, the company has adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guiding framework and has set a clear agenda for reducing and offsetting emissions. As a result of these measures, TIER Mobility has been a climate-neutral company since January 2020.
TIER Mobility operates in 80+ cities in 10 countries. The company is headquartered in Berlin and employs about 900 people. Founders of the company are Lawrence Leuschner, Matthias Laug. and Julian Blessin.
The company’s investors are SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Mubadala Investment Company’s financial investment arm, Mubadala Capital, Northzone, Goodwater Capital, White Star Capital, Novator, RTP Global, Speedinvest and many more. In addition, there are selected business angels and individual investors like Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.
For more information about TIER Mobility, please visit www.tier.app.
Richard Corbett is the Regional General Manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi, Europe’s fastest-growing e-scooter operator from Sweden. He wants to put Voi e-scooters in neighbourhoods and at transport hubs across the UK, creating a low-carbon transport revolution of personalised travel that makes navigating cities more convenient, cleaner and fun.
Richard is an entrepreneur and business leader, best known for leading innovative companies in the transport industry that innovate and require legislative change to scale. Before joining Voi he was Head of UK and Ireland, at Bird, the US owned e-scooter company. In this role, he initiated and led discussions with the UK government to legalise e-scooters and launched the UK’s first legal e-scooter service in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London in November 2018. Prior to joining Bird, Richard was the Founder and CEO of Eyetease (www.eyetease.com) - a tech startup famed for creating the world's first digital advertising system mounted on black cabs.
Richard’s passion to improve the environment and life in urban areas has if anything accelerated since he became a father in 2017. He is determined to build businesses that create a better world for his son!
“The greenlight for e-scooters allows us to radically rethink how we move around cities. We want to help cities and towns to use their space better, and e-scooters are a key part of that, allowing people to travel on a low-carbon, accessible and affordable mode of transport. E-scooters can challenge the supremacy of the car. With more than 60% of all car journeys in the UK being 1 person driving less than 5km, we have a real opportunity to replace these car journeys with e-scooters and help decarbonise our streets. This is the future of travel in urban areas and will transform our cities in the way that cars did 100 years ago.”
More about Voi
Voi is a Swedish micro-mobility company offering electric scooter sharing in partnership with cities and local communities. We believe e-scooters can play a central role in changing how people move in our cities in the future. And we want to make sure that the transformation happens the right way - through real innovative technology, open and transparent dialogue with cities and Governments and by adapting our products to local needs. Jump on a scooter whenever and ride wherever in the city in just minutes - completely carbon-neutral. Voi has been a carbon-neutral company since January 2020 and has adopted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guiding framework and has set a clear agenda for reducing and offsetting emissions.
Dominic Papa is the Vice President of Smart State Initiatives at the Arizona Commerce Authority. In the new role Dominic leverages his expertise in emerging governance models and strategic partnerships to drive a broad portfolio of Smart State projects. In particular, Dominic is tasked with helping to lead the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM). Since coming to the ACA Dominic finalized MOUs that establish formal partnerships with the Greater Phoenix Smart Region Connective and the Southern Arizona Smart Region. Dominic also launched the Microsoft Imagine Academy Program for Vets, which provides veterans with digital skill certifications in order to better prepare them for the 21st century digital economy.
Prior to the ACA, Dominic was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), an innovation-driven, smart city nonprofit. iDP provides the unified leadership structure to drive innovation through collaboration, and empower governments with the mechanism to create, develop, and deploy emerging technologies across jurisdictions, across sectors, and across industries. iDP provides governments at all levels with tools, skills, and knowledge to leverage smart technologies together.
In 2016, Dominic built the Smart & Connected AZ Council, which provides cities with an “Innovation as a Service” model, a platform that allows local governments, private industry and academic research institutions to collaboratively design and develop new innovative technology pilots that advance solutions to public challenges, have a measurable impact, and the potential to scale. Within its first six months of operation, the Smart & Connected Council helped the region secure a $6 million DOT grant around congestion management technology.
Dominic founded iDP after working for two years with the city of Phoenix. Prior to the city, he worked for the Alliance for Innovation and ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation, where he worked hand in hand with city managers from across the county, helping them to challenge and transform their organizations in the midst of severe fiscal constraints. Prior to ASU, Dominic worked for the tech startup Integrate.
Dominic is currently a board member for the Phoenix Community Alliance and a member of the Phoenix Sister Cities Business Relations Committee. Dominic has a B.A. in Political Science and Italian, a M.A. in Public Administration, and a J.D. from the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. In his free time, Dominic coaches a competitive girls’ soccer team.
Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning/Infrastructure Arizona Commerce AssociationWatch Videos
As Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning/Infrastructure, Marisa Paula Walker focuses on the intersection of economic development, infrastructure and transportation innovation. Ms. Walker leads several initiatives on behalf of the ACA, including:
Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM): A public-private consortium focused on defining the safety standards science and policy required for a future of ubiquitous automated transportation in Arizona and the nation. The IAM is currently working on identifying a safety assurance methodology and the specific safety metrics to evaluate the performance of ADS-equipped vehicles. The IAM also includes an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) initiative, AZSkyTech, which facilitates a robust ecosystem of strategic partnerships to position Arizona as the most advantageous location for research, testing and safety in deploying these aerial vehicles.
Ms. Walker began her professional career at the University of Arizona, where for more than a decade she held positions that advised the University’s Associate Vice President for Economic Development on Arizona-Mexico and NAFTA issues; analyzed border economic development opportunities and competitive advantages; and organized forums and symposiums on trilateral collaborations among academic institutions in Canada and Mexico in the areas of university research parks, agricultural biosciences and optical sciences-photonics. She has authored several reports on subjects including cross-border economic integration and development; targeted industry assessments of Arizona’s Bioscience and Software Industries; and women entrepreneurship and business ownership in the state.
Ms. Walker also served as the Executive Director for the Arizona Governor’s CANAMEX Task Force where she was responsible for managing projects and priorities regarding transportation and telecommunication infrastructure; technology and process enhancements for cross border shipments; and international trade policy
Deputy CIO of Product Ownership & Leadership Development at Arizona State UniversityWatch Videos
Chris Richardson is Deputy CIO of Product Ownership & Leadership Development at Arizona State University.
Much of his portfolio’s evolution through digital transformation is radically changing the relationship and experience with various end users in the University ecosystem, one in particular is the ASU Mobile App. Chris joined ASU from Honeywell where he held a number of positions over an 11- year career. He holds degrees from the University of Washington, University of Puget Sound and the University of Arizona.
Annabel Chang is the Head of State Policy & Government Affairs where she oversees the U.S. State legislative, policy, regulatory and government affairs work for Waymo. Previously, she served as Vice President of the Bay Area for Alaska Airlines and helped to oversee the merger with Virgin America. Additionally, she has also served as the Director of Public Policy for Lyft, where she was an early employee who was instrumental in opening up U.S. markets to ride-hailing. She has also worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Feinstein and in Sacramento for the State Assembly Insurance Committee. Annabel received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. at UC Berkeley.
Karolina Bjurehed is working within Volvo Cars Technology Fund, the CVC of Volvo Cars. She is running the Investor relations area with focus on the fund’s portfolio companies and accelerators. She is also on the bord of directors for several high-tech companies. Karolina has long experience from both Telecom and Connectivity.
Prescott invests in, advises and has served in senior product roles for high-growth companies in the US and Israel. In his role at venture fund Maniv Mobility, Prescott is an investor in numerous companies working towards a safer, cleaner, energy-secure transportation future. This includes Bolt Bikes, Gas Pos, Revel Transit, Pact Insurance, among others. Previously, Prescott was an investor in and a product advisor to augmented reality startup Edgybees, and was instrumental in its entrance to the US defense market. Prescott lived in Israel for five years during his time with fintech startup OurCrowd, where he joined as the first employee in 2012. OurCrowd is today a wealth management platform with $2B AUM and recognition by KPMG as a "top 10 global fintech leader". Having returned to the US in 2017, Prescott now enjoys arguing about equitable transportation policy and supporting the YIMBY movement in San Francisco.
Maniv Mobility is a seed stage VC focused on mobility, logistics and transportation startups. Maniv is based in Tel Aviv & San Francisco and investing globally out of a recently announced new $100M fund with backing from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, BMW, Hyundai, Aptiv, Shell, Deutsche Bahn amongst others. Portfolio companies includes Phantom Auto, Cognata, Revel Transit, as well as Turo, Nexar, Nauto, Hailo, Upstream, etc.movement in San Francisco.
Cailin is the associate editor for Smart Cities Dive. She received her bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and her master's in journalism from Northwestern University. She reports on the climate, housing, mobility and equity issues facing cities.
At EIT InnoEnergy Luis works together with founders and corporates active in the fields of new mobility and sustainable energy. He invests in early-stage and growth start-ups across Europe.
Next to this, Luis is a Business Angel, mentor and multiplicator for technology-driven innovations in sustainability, clean tech and mobility.
Before working for EIT InnoEnergy Luis built up two companies, one consulting company with a focus on the automotive sector and the AI start-up Mapegy.
Luis has more than 10 years experience in the automotive and mobility sector focussing on (new) technologies, new business models as well as post-merger integration and restructuring.
Maite's core experience lies in tech entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and agile product development of hardware and software. She has a strong passion for bridging the gap between humanity and technology. While working in Europe, Canada, Cuba and Sri Lanka, she has experienced innovation approaches in different regions of the world. Today she helps companies, their leaders and teams to establish authentic relationships with their users.
Martin Kloss is an actor, moderator and coach, and holds 25 years of experience on the stage and in front of the camera. He is passionate about all things technical, and specialises the fields of automotive, finance, and IT. He is a lucky husband and proud father of three. Above all, he is infinitely curious about the world and always looking forward to learning new things."
Julia is a German / English speaking moderator, reporter, rhetoric trainer and consecutive interpreter. After studying economics at Munich Business School and completing her master's degree at the Diplomatic Academy, she volunteered at the news channel N24 (today: WELT) in Berlin. Today she lives in Cologne and Switzerland after a long experience abroad, does reporter assignments for the WDR, examines various four-wheelers for the auto motor und sport channel, moderates various news formats, a travel program on Radio Antenne Frankfurt and top-class events in German or English.
For this she has already stood on stages in Brazil, Portugal and China and moderated many hybrid and digital events. Always serious - but also with a sense of humour. She also supports specialists and executives as a media and rhetoric trainer and teaches at the WHU Vallendar and at the FOM Cologne (www.presentation-training.ch). Julia was voted the "most popular moderator" in 2014, 2015 and 2016 on a large German mediation platform for moderators and continues to be among the top sellers in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Anthony Germanchev leads the Advanced Technologies Lab at the Australian Road Research Board. The Advanced Technologies Lab collects, shares and analyses data and provide road managers with insights about the performance of their roads and infrastructure.
Anthony has over 15 years’ experience in the roads and road transport industry delivering research outcomes for road managers both locally in Australia and internationally. Anthony has a degree in Robotics and Mechatronics and has applied this knowledge to research in the areas of on-board vehicle technologies, road asset data and automated vehicles. Anthony’s breadth of knowledge includes road assets and safety, pavement impacts and on-road performance of vehicles. Anthony led the Austroads CAP6088 research team which rated roads through the eyes of an autonomous vehicle and was the first CAV readiness audit of Australian roads.
Marc Figuls is a Strategy Consultant at FACTUAL, an innovation consultancy focused on mobility. FACTUAL is following global trends (re)shaping future mobility from the smart combination of Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared features transforming automotive industry for the better. Marc is a Civil Engineer and IRAP full-certificate with a wide experience in road safety projects around the world and currently leading the first European assessment of the readiness of EU network in terms of readibility of line markings and signs for Connected and Automated Vehicles.
Davide Coppola has been working at the European Space Agency Business Applications (https://business.esa.int/) since 2007. He has a long standing experience as project manager and he has been in charge of more than 30 projects in various domains, including Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Maritime & Offshore, Safety & Security, etc.
Dan Sobovitz is the CCO of the European Startup Prize for Mobility and Founder of spradable.io and civil society activist.
In the field of tech, Dan presents and moderates events like EU Startup Prize for Mobility, Viva Tech, Beautiful Software Awards, Huawei Academia Salon, Tincon, Sense Camp, webinars for the Brussels Times, Euractiv, Start Magazine and more...). He also blogs and lectures about the interplay between technology, society, and politics.
Until 2019, Dan had led the digital presence and publications of the Vice President of the European Commission, making use of live interactive interviews from a self driving car, VR of EU satellites shot into space, crowdsourcing EU policies among youth through digital platforms, livestreaming the first solar plane crossing the Atlantic, using smartphones for voting on startup pitching competitions, and more. Previously, he had worked on large-scale digital campaigns with various international organisations, such as the EU Humanitarian Aid Dept. (DG ECHO), UNICEF, UNESCO, the Slovak Foreign Ministry, and others.
Dan is a citizen of Israel, Switzerland, and Hungary . He lives in Berlin with his husband and two children.
Grégory Merly is the Managing Director of the European Startup Prize for mobility, an EU-founded Acceleration and Investment Programme for smart and sustainable mobility, bringing together the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank together with major corporations supporting sustainable innovation (BCG, Via ID, Groupe ADP, Europcar Mobility Group, GRDF, RATP Group on top of the list).
Also advises startups in business and public affairs after having advised Green politicians for 10 years, lives in Berlin.
Sophie BAILLY - Partnership Manager chez Via ID & European Startup Prize for Mobility Co-founder chez European Startup Prize
Sophie is in charge of partnerships for Via ID, an investor and start-ups accelerator specialised in the new mobility field, created by Mobivia (Norauto, Midas, ATU...) in 2010. She works to develop cooperation between the mobility ecosystem players: start-ups, corporates, investors and public institutions. She is co-founder of the European Startup Prize for Mobility, alongside the European Parliament, Karima Delli and the BCG.
Paul-Adrien Cormerais is the CEO and co-founder of pony, the first and only peer to peer shared micromobility platform.
Pony allows local individual investors to finance purpose made bikes and scooters in exchange for 50% of the revenue generated through rentals. This unique business model means the bikes and scooters each belong to local citizens, which incentivises good behavior, ensures a controlled growth and allows those schemes to contribute to the local economy.
Prior to this, Paul-Adrien received an Engineering degree in Computer Science in France and a Masters’ Degree in Mathematics from Imperial College. Paul-Adrien has worked as a Quantitative Researcher for 5 years. Fuelled by his love for well made and simple but functional products, Paul has applied his skills to design and develop one of the first bike and e-scooters free floating solutions in Europe.
Christian is CEO and Co-Founder of Chargery, a company which enables highly efficient operations for shared mobility providers. When Christian first sat together with his co-founders Paul and Philipp at the beginning of 2017, they were united by one particular thing: Their vision was and is to make our cities more livable in the long term. Together with their ingenious team, they have been able to successfully turn their idea into reality and continue to develop it further with never-ending joy and enthusiasm. Today Christian and his global team are already driving the future of mobility in several countries in Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
Natalia joined the Mobility Agency of the City of Paris in 2017 as shared mobility project manager. She mainly worked on Mobilib’ project since: a roundtrip stationbased car sharing program. She also specializes in shared micromobility: dockless bikes, mopeds, e-scooters. Last but not least, she coordinates the PDAP (Plan des déplacements des administrations parisiennes (the mobility plan for the city’s agents, mandatory in France). Natalia holds a master degree in urbanplanning from the CNAM in Paris. Previously she worked for many years in the hospitality industry, developed her own business by assisting foreigners in France and studied acting in Paris. In her early years Natalia attended a Hotel Management School in Buenos Aires after having left her beloved Patagonia.
Lina Konstantinopoulou is the Secretary General of EuroRAP, European Road Assessment Programme. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in senior management positions at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and ERTICO – ITS Europe. She has been involved in the management of various multi-stakeholder platforms and policy activities as well as a wide range of European road transport and ICT research projects. Ms Konstantinopoulou has experience in advising on Road Safety, ITS/C-ITS, Artificial Intelligence, Connected and Automated Driving, Data Sharing Schemes. Mrs Konstantinopoulou holds a certificate on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous driving by MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) with accompanied Bachelor Studies in European Economics and master’s in international Trade
Fredrika is a firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst for sustainable development and has held sustainability positions over the past decade at IKEA and Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl. She studied Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fredrika joined Polestar in April 2020 to drive the company’s sustainability ambitions forward on issues such as climate-neutrality, circularity, transparency and inclusion. Fredrika is chair of the board for Agenda 2030 West, an organisation enabling partnership between academia, business, civil society and public sector for the 17 SDGs.
Gia Biagi is an urban planner and designer with experience in the private and public sectors who was appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in December 2019. The Mayor charged Biagi with implementing a vision for a transportation system that prioritizes equity and mobility and works to lower the economic and environmental burden of transportation on residents and communities, especially for people in poverty and people with disabilities.
As Commissioner of CDOT, she oversees a department responsible for Chicago’s roadways and bridges, sidewalks and bike lanes, the citywide bike share system, traffic signals and signage, streetlights, the permitting of activities in the public right-of-way, and policies focused on complete streets, climate adaptation, and new mobility.
Before answering Mayor Lightfoot’s call to return to public service, Biagi was a Principal at Studio Gang Architects, one of Chicago and the world’s leading architecture and urban design firms. At Studio Gang, she developed and led the Urbanism + Civic Impact practice that specialized in urban design, planning and strategy. The work centered on how to move toward equity, mutuality and positive change in cities by working with a range of partners including community-based organizations, cultural institutions, developers, government, and other public and private groups and individuals.
Prior to joining Studio Gang, Biagi spent more than a decade in public service as a planner for the City of Chicago, with roles that included Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District, as well as with the Department of Planning and Development. Much of her work for the City focused on neighborhood revitalization through planning, programs, policies and capital investments in our park and recreation system, a network that touches nearly every corner of the City.
Biagi attended the University of Michigan for her Bachelor of Arts Degree and has a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.