Meet our Speakers
Global thought leaders in this new era of Mobility & Smart CitiesGlobal thought-leaders, leading technologists, public transport operators, venture capitalists, start-ups and established players — Meet Mobility Disruptors, Automotive Giants and the shape shifters forging a pathway for future cities. Join our speakers on Nov 12th and 13th for a 360 Live & Immersive experience . Listen to inspirational talks, panel discussions, fireside chats and robust debates.
Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF)
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)
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.
Senior Regulatory Counsel, Bird
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.
Head of Customers and Policy, Ride Report
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.
Head of Global Smart Nation | City | Government Practice – UAE, NXN
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.
General Manager Los Angeles Department of Transportation
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.
act Head of Sales and Brand Strategy, NEVS
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.
Head of Public Policy and Sustainability TIER
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.
Regional General Manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi
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.
Vice President, Smart State Initiative Arizona Commerce Authority
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 Association
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 University
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.
Head of State Policy & Government Affairs at Waymo
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.
Head of Investor Relations - Volvo Cars Technology Fund
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.
Principal, Maniv Mobility
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.
cofounder and CEO of AddVolt
Bruno is the CEO and co-founder of AddVolt, the World's 1st solution to replace 4.5 Million diesel gensets used on refrigerated transport.
With AddVolt, the logistic and transportation companies reduce their operation costs while promoting a cleaner and quieter goods distribution.
The Company is led by four founders working together since the first prototype in 2013. Starting their company straight out of university, the team developed strong in-house experience in engineering which it complemented with commercial expertise acquired over the last seven years.
Bruno has Master’s Degree in Electrical engineer by FEUP - University of Porto and he has integrated the program in business and management by Carnegie Mellon University. Along 2020 he was nominated by Forbes 30 Under 30 – at Manufacturing & Industry category.
Associate Editor, Smart Cities Dive
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.
Investments and Business Creation
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.
Partner The Morph Company
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.
Advanced Technologies Lab at the Australian Road Research Board
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.
Strategy Consultant at FACTUAL
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.
Business Developer and Project Manager at European Space Agency
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.
CCO of the European Startup Prize for Mobility
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.
Managing Director of the European Startup Prize for mobility
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
Partnership Manager at Via ID & Co-founder at 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.
Founder & CEO at pony
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.
CEO and Co-Founder of Chargery
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.
Shared Mobility Development Project Manager City of Paris
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.
Secretary General of EuroRAP
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.
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
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.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Autotech Ventures
Alexei brings to Autotech a long track record of investing in hard science startups related to both hardware and software, and he enjoys working with companies that build competitive barriers to entry via fundamental IP or strong network effects.
Previously, Alexei was a Managing Director of NY-based VC firm Harris & Harris Group, leading their Silicon Valley office. Prior to H&H, he was at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), contributing to their VC investments in advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, and alternative energy.
Dr. Andreev earned his MBA from Stanford, his PhD in Solid State Physics from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute, and completed MA coursework in Liberal Sciences at Dartmouth. In his free time, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics, playing basketball, windsurfing, and surrealist artwork.
Dr. Andreev previously served as a board director or observer of numerous companies including D-Wave Systems, Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS), Xradia (acquired by Zeiss), NeoPhotonics (NYSE:NPTN) and Molecular Imprints (acquired by Canon and Magic Leap).
Managing Director Commercial Trafi
Christof is the Commercial Director of Trafi in Germany, leading the commercial hub of Trafi and further expand the business with clients like Google, Volkswagen Group and Lyft. He was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company Inc. with a spike in the automotive industry and has held several marketing executive roles in online companies and startups like Zalando. Christof holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Handelshochschule Leipzig.
Smart Dublin - Regional Manager
Alan is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Mobility, Environment, Energy Efficiency, Citizen Engagement, etc. He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering change via technology projects in the Energy, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors. He was the Design Authority on the Irish Smart Metering programme which sparked his interest in Smart Cities. He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.
CEO/Co-Founder - iomob.net
Boyd Cohen obtained his PhD in strategy and entrepreneurship in the University of Colorado in 2001. Since then he has balanced academic and entrepreneurial pursuits in the Americas and Europe. He has published three books on sustainable entrepreneurship and urban innovation and dozens of peer reviewed articles. Boyd moved to Barcelona in 2015 where he became Dean of Research at EADA Business School and then left academia behind as he co-founded Iomob, a next generation Mobility as a Service/Mobility on Demand platform offered to major public and private transportation and travel industry organizations. Iomob has won several mobility industry awards (e.g. Innovator of the Year for TravelTech Europe, ERTICO Public Choice Award and more), participated in prestigious accelerators including Techstars and Wayra and has deployed its technology integrating major public and private mobility services throughout the world including in Sweden, Spain, the UK and New Zealand.
Chief Information and Innovation Officer, EMT Madrid
Juan Corro is a Telecommunication engineer focused on digital transformation, emerging technologies and public services. He has worked for the space and satellite industry and lead many digital projects and initiatives. Juan was the Chief of Staff for the Spanish Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Society where he played a leading role in the R&D for the telco and digital sector, cybersecurity and digital regulations initiatives and after a remarkable record in digital companies now is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at EMT Madrid, the leading mobility surface operator.
Founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility
Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests globally in startup companies at the intersection of transportation and technology. Founded in 2015, Maniv has raised two funds and has roughly $145 million under management. Maniv’s LP base includes five global automakers and four automotive suppliers, spanning every major automotive production center in the world.
The Maniv portfolio includes nearly 30 mobility startups that include companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, data monetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security, mobility service models, including shared, urban platforms, and more. The majority of portfolio includes companies based in Israel, Germany, Spain, Australia and several parts of the US.
Mr. Granoff is on the board of several startup companies as well as that the Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), which he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles included that of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern University, is a veteran marathon runner and father of four.
Serial entrepreneur and Connector in Silicon Valley
Philip is an serial entrepreneur and connector in Silicon Valley. Philip co-founded 4 companies in Ireland, the UK and Silicon Valley. Philip has been active in the start-up space in Silicon Valley and regularly helps start-ups to grow, raise finance and scale their companies. Philip is the Managing Director of Voxpro USA, and advises several other companies based in the Valley. Previously Philip was the co-founder of Inspire Nation, TapMap and GrokLabs.
Philip has a lot of startup experience, and is well versed in building teams, bootstrapping, raising finance, and getting stuff done under pressure. Philip was born and raised in Ireland, studied in France and received a Masters in Science of Marketing from KU Leuven in Belgium. Philip speaks fluent French, as well as a smattering of Dutch and Spanish. In 2003 Philip co-founded Inspire Nation, an international consulting company where executives travelled around the world and learned how some of the best and most interesting companies succeeded. Clients included The World Bank, Virgin Atlantic and the Dubai Development Authority. Currently, Philip is working with international companies, helping them to expand internationally, in particular into the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
Philip is based in San Francisco.
Founder & CEO ONE MOTO - Electric Vehicles
A sustainabilist, a father, speaker and focused entrepreneur.
ONE MOTO is an award winning EV company focused on changing the way delivery is actioned through smart mobility.
I specialise in sustainable product development, tech-driven vehicles and delivering the future of mobility to the everyday commuter and logistics sector.
Established in the UAE since 2008, I built a modest portfolio of start-up companies four respected brands under The MEDIACUBED Group; humbled by a collective of fantastic award-winning clients, a proud portfolio and a team that supports the vision of the businesses.
I'm a speaker of Future and Smart Mobility, and a start-up mentor for the future of entrepreneurship in the region.
I spent a decade in the Media industry in Europe, in front and behind the camera for production companies including; BBC, Channel 4, Tiger Aspect, Optomen, Endemol and Ricochet before setting up my own businesses in the UAE.
With a love for story-showing, seeking out experiences, positions me as a creative businessman with the ability to deliver ‘great ideas that work’.
CCO at what3words
Clare is the CCO of what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges and is involved in social enterprises in the UK and abroad. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.
what3words is the world's first addressing system designed for voice - every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3 word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and is being adopted by governments all around the world as an official addressing system. Its investors include Daimler, Intel Capital, Aramex and Deutsche Bahn.
Global GM (Cities & Transportation) for IOT Solutions at Intel
Sameer Sharma is the Global GM (Cities & Transportation) for IOT Solutions at Intel and a thought leader in IOT/Mobile ecosystem, having driven multiple strategic initiatives over the past 19 years. Sameer leads a global team that incubates and scales new growth categories and business models for Intel in IOT and Smart Cities.
His team also focuses on establishing leadership across the industry playing a pivotal role in deploying solutions for the development of smart cities around the world—an important effort in furthering the goal of sustainability. These solutions include Intelligent Transportation, AI+Video, Air Quality Monitoring and Smart Lighting in cities. With far-reaching impact, each of these solutions are providing local governments a plethora of data to enhance the daily quality of life for citizens while simultaneously promoting responsible practices to protect the environment.
Sameer has an MBA from The Wharton School at UPenn, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University. He holds 11 patents in the areas of IOT and Mobile.
Director of The City of Tampa Mobility Department
Vik graduated from University of South Florida with a master’s in industrial engineering and has over 16 years of research, consulting and local government experience in the field of traffic engineering and management. Over the last several years he has emerged as one of the industry’s leading experts in smart mobility and smart cities initiatives.
As Chief Traffic Management Engineer, his duties include oversight of the City's Smart Mobility division including the Traffic Management Center (TMC), traffic signals operations and maintenance, traffic counts, capital improvement projects, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), connected vehicle (DSRC, C-V2X) program and Smart Mobility initiatives. He served in this capacity until February 2020, when he was appointed as the Director of Transportation and Stormwater Services Department.
Additional duties include leading the City's Smart Cities program, Chairing the Hillsborough County MPO's ITS Committee, serving as Board member for ITS Florida and management of daily operations of the reversible elevated lanes (REL) of the Selmon Expressway.
Vik worked on behalf of the City with FDOT, USF CUTR & regional stakeholders to form the Tampa Bay Smart Cities Alliance, a public-private-academic alliance. Vik was presented the 2018 John R. Freeman Florida Section ITE Transportation Professional of the Year Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Journalist - Financial Times
Patrick McGee is the FT’s San Francisco correspondent covering Apple and US technology. He was previously in Frankfurt, writing about the Volkswagen scandal and the challenge to German carmakers from electric vehicles and self-driving tech. He joined the Financial Times in 2013 to cover Asian markets from Hong Kong, after being a bond reporter at the Wall Street Journal in New York. Patrick has an MA in Global Diplomacy from Soas, University of London, and a BA in religious studies from the University of Toronto.
Director of Policy, Cities & Transportation at Uber
Shin-pei Tsay is the Director of Policy, Cities & Transportation at Uber, where she leads a team of issues experts focused on what Uber calls a “sustainable multi-modal urban future.” Prior to Uber, she founded a social impact analysis company called Make Public. She was also the deputy executive director of TransitCenter, a national foundation focused on improving urban transportation. She also founded and directed the cities and transportation program under the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. For the past four years, Shin–pei has served as a commissioner for the City of New York Public Design Commission. She is on the board of the national nonprofit In Our Backyard. Shin-pei holds a BA, Government from Cornell University, and an MSc, Cities, Space & Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chief of Experience at Arrival
- Kwame is Arrival’s Chief of Experience, leading the brand, experience design and marketing functions to define the end-to-end experience of Arrival’s brand, products and services.
- Kwame brings over 15 years of design-industry experience to the company, having helped some of the world’s top-performing companies push the boundaries of design, creating memorable products and services that matter.
- This experiences spans senior positions at McKinsey, Native Design, Infosys Labs and Frog Design, working with a wide range of celebrated brands including Apple, Disney, NASA, Microsoft and Ford lending his extensive expertise to the areas of platform-application design, industrial design, product road mapping, integrated product development, and brand strategy.
- A thought leader in the design community, Kwame has spoken about digital transformation, customer-experience design, and product development at the Design Management Institute, the Harvard Business Review Design Thinking Conference and the NOAH Conference.
CEO - FREE NOW
Marc Berg is CEO of FREE NOW, which is the ride-hailing joint venture from the Daimler AG and the BMW group. Marc Berg joined mytaxi as CEO in April 2018 and became CEO of its parent company Intelligent Apps in June 2018. Prior to this, he had been CEO DACH for the Swedish payment solution provider Klarna. From 2013 to 2016, Marc Berg has been a Board Member for Yapital, a mobile wallet solution and CEO of Finnovato, an incubator for small digital companies, both being part of the Otto Group. Earlier, Berg was Director Corporate Strategy at the Otto Group. He studied Business Administration and Management (M.Sc.) at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland.
FREE NOW is the multi-service mobility joint venture backed by BMW Group and Daimler AG. Next to ride hailing, FREE NOW also offers micro-mobility services and car sharing. Summed up, its services currently attract 45 million users in 17 markets and more than 150 cities. FREE NOW is therefore the biggest multi-service mobility provider in Europe and the fastest-growing ride-hailer in Latin America. FREE NOW works with various third party providers to offer their customers an even wider range of options to get from A to B. In total, more than 2,200 employees in around 35 offices work for the services of FREE NOW, which is led by CEO Marc Berg.
EU Commissioner for Transport (Former) & Curator of ecocivilisation
Violeta Bulc is the Former EU commissioner for transport, #ecocivilisation evangelist & Former Deputy PM of Slovenia. She is also an entrepreneur, innovator and an engineer
Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As commissioner, Ms Bulc placed priority on digitalisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia.
In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions.
Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the deputy prime minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.
Chief Evangelist for Alexa Auto at Amazon
Arianne Walker is the chief evangelist for Alexa Auto at Amazon, where she helps educate automakers and device makers about voice. Prior to that, she was head of automotive industry strategy at Oracle Data Cloud where she helped automotive marketers discover and implement the best possible audience strategies for their marketing efforts. Her automotive background began at JD Power, where she spent a dozen years providing direction on automotive marketing industry trends. Before getting into the automotive space, she did research for colleges and universities to help support administrative planning and decision-making. Arianne has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and an MA and PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA.
Head of UX/UI Design at BYTON
He is driven by the dynamics of the transportation industry.
Host of the AI in Automotive Podcast
Jayesh Jagasia is an Executive Director at MSX International and host of the AI in Automotive Podcast, a platform for conversations about the rapidly growing role of Artificial Intelligence in the automotive and mobility industries. His mission is to play a meaningful role in shaping the future of mobility.
At MSX International, Jayesh helps leading automotive brands improve retail performance and customer experience. In the past, Jayesh has been an entrepreneur and an automotive journalist.
His interests include finding hidden meanings in Calvin & Hobbes strips and Pink Floyd songs. He likes to keep his sense of humour sharp by watching re-runs of Seinfeld episodes, and spends most weekends watching Arsenal Football Club shoot themselves in the foot.
Chief Strategist, Splyt
Lukas Neckermann is Chief Strategist at Splyt, the leading global mobility network. He is the author of four books, "The Mobility Revolution", "Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020", "Smart Cities, Smart Mobility”, and “ Being Driven". Lukas is also Managing Director of Neckermann Strategic Advisors and lectures at the University of St. Gallen’s “Smart Mobility Management” program.
Chief Executive Officer at MaaS Global
Sampo Hietanen is set on changing how the world moves. He’s the founding CEO of MaaS Global, a fast-growing company from Finland that intends to lead the revolution to change the 10 000 billion euro transportation sector. MaaS, Mobility as a Service, means that instead of buying a car people buy all the transportation they need as a service package and operate it through a smart phone. MaaS Global is backed by mobility giants like Toyota, Transdev and Karsan and is currently taking the world city by city.
Besides leading what is probably the most promising company in a massively potential business area, Hietanen is a sought after speaker on the future of mobility and the necessity of open ecosystems with over 1000 presentation on these topics under his belt. His presentations and persuasion has already changed lives of many, and MaaS is currently transforming from a concept and a business model to a movement to take back our congested cities and to radically reduce the ecological load of transportation on the planet.
Sampo’s vision for the future is partly technological but fundamentally human: “The technology is already here. All we need to do is figure out our customers’ dream, and build the services to match it.
Chief Technology Officer - 5GAA
Maxime Flament represents 5GAA, the global cross-industry association for the development of connected and automated cars, where he has worked as Chief Technology Officer since 2018. Maxime was previously the Head of Department for Connected & Automated Driving (CAD) at ERTICO – ITS Europe. For 15 years, he has been a leading contributor to many European and international activities on road safety, connected vehicles, automated driving, large-scale pilots and digital mapping. Maxime holds a Ph.D. E.E. (2002) and M.Sc. E.E. (1997) from Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He also holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Free University of Brussels (1997). In 2001, he was visiting researcher at Stanford University, California, USA.
Researcher at the Urban Cycling Institute – University of Amsterdam
Meredith Glaser is a researcher at the Urban Cycling Institute at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her current PhD trajectory focuses on transport policy innovation, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for accelerated implementation favouring human-scale vehicles. Her work has been featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals and media sources. She is also one of the world’s most experienced educators for professionals seeking to learn Dutch transport planning policies and practices. She also manages academic output for several European Commission projects and sits on the advisory committee of the Cycling Research Board. Meredith holds master’s degrees in public health and urban planning from University of California, Berkeley.
Director, Mobility at World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Thomas Deloison leads the mobility work at the World Business council for sustainable development, a CEO-led not for profit organization based in Geneva. Before that he held various roles for Nissan in product strategy, marketing strategy, vehicle program management and corporate strategy in Europe.
The Transforming Urban Mobility program at WBCSD gathers 20 leading companies across the mobility value chain to steer the transformation of urban mobility. Our members collaborate to accelerate mobility electrification, leverage digitalisation and data to create shared value and catalyze ambitious sustainable corporate mobility policies for businesses around the world.
Secretary General at Norwegian EV Association
Christina Bu is head of “Norsk elbilforening” (the Norwegian EV Association)- The World’s largest EV owner association with 75.000 members, a role she has had for five years. Earlier she worked as a political adviser within mobility and environmental issues. Christina has a BA in political science from the University of Oslo and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a MA in Society, Science and Technology Studies from the University of Oslo and Maastricht University. As an expert on electric mobility Christina is frequently meeting with OEMs and advising politicians and governmental bodies from different countries. She has been a Keynote speaker at conferences across the globe. With an EV market share close to 50 % Norway is leading the way.
The Norwegian EV Association is an NGO and consumer organisation that has been fast growing and now has 35 employees and over 75.000 members – EV owners from all over the country. This makes it the worlds’ largest EV owner organisation. The organisation plays an important role both nationally and internationally when it comes to promoting the shift to electric mobility, and work in collaboration with governmental bodies, industry and other organisations.
Public Policy & Partnerships Director at Humanising Autonomy
Paddy is the Public Policy and Partnerships Director at Humanising Autonomy, a predictive AI company creating the global standard for human interaction with automated systems.
She brings over 5 years of automotive industry experience to Humanising Autonomy, having worked with Bosch in Europe and North America to coordinate efforts around public funding acquisition, public private partnerships and policy across the global mobility industry.
In her current role, Paddy works to engage internal and external stakeholders in Humanising Autonomy’s mission to put human behaviour at the centre of urban mobility ecosystems.
MaaS Project Leader at Transdev & Member of the Board of Directors at The MaaS Alliance
Aurelien joined Transdev as a Sales and Marketing Manager in the Autonomous Vehicle Department, before advancing to become the Worldwide MaaS Projects Coordinator.
He started his career as an entrepreneur just after graduating with his second Master of Science in Aerospace, earned at Georgia Tech (USA).
Since then, he has worked for the past 15 years as an International Business Developer and Strategist in diverse fields: semi component, roaming telecom, telecom billing validation, telecom anti-fraud, IT security using two-factor authentication, factory 4.0 with Testia (an Airbus Group Company).
Now Aurelien brings his expert comprehensive knowledge of complex projects to Transdev to oversee all the local MaaS projects in each country where Transdev is present. He is also the operational link between Transdev and its MaaS Investments such as MaaS Global and Tranzer.
Senior Manager | Clients & Industries | Deloitte LLP
Justine is a Senior Insight Manager working across energy, resources, industrials and transport sectors. In her previous work at Deloitte and elsewhere, her research focused on automotive and industrial sectors, specifically on the cross-industry trends affecting transportation and manufacturing and how they impact corporate behaviour.
Justine is a researcher, covering Transport and Energy industry groups. She develop presentations, reports and other materials for industry practitioners and presents to clients and the public on trends shaping the industries she covers
Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy
David Zipper is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, where he examines the interplay between urban policy and new mobility technologies. David’s perspective on urban development is rooted in his experience working within city hall as well as being a venture capitalist, policy researcher, and startup advocate. He has consulted with numerous startups and public officials about regulatory strategy.
David’s articles about urban innovation have been published in The Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, and Car and Driver. His 2018 article in Fast Company was the first to apply the the “walled garden” framework to urban mobility. David has spoken at events including the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and the FIA Conference. He focuses on topics including Mobility-as-a-Service, the uses of transportation data, the future of micromobility, and linkages between public transit, city regulations, and private shared vehicles.
From 2013 to 2017 David was the Managing Director for Smart Cities and Mobility at 1776, a global entrepreneurial hub with over 1,300 member startups. At 1776 David connected hundreds of entrepreneurs to urban leaders eager to deploy their solutions, and he closed millions of dollars in partnerships with cities and corporations worldwide. He continues to be a Partner in the 1776 Seed Fund.
David previously served as the Director of Business Development and Strategy under two mayors in Washington DC, where his responsibilities included attracting businesses to the city, promoting entrepreneurship, and overseeing economic development strategy. David led support to Washington’s first startup incubators and guided the city’s response to the emergence of ride hail services. Before moving to Washington David served as Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg.
David holds an MBA with Highest Honors from Harvard Business School, an M.Phil in Land Economy (Urban Planning) from Cambridge University, and a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College. He has been selected as a Truman Scholar, a Gates Scholar, and a Baker Scholar.
Deputy Director of Innovation & Deployment at ERTICO – ITS Europe
A Swedish national, Zeljko holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. Before joining ERTICO in June 2019, he worked in telecommunications at Ericsson, as system developer of Active Safety systems at Volvo and at ERTICO between 2006 and 2012 as Senior Project Manager, working mainly on C-ITS, urban mobility and freight innovation projects.
Furthermore, he built up IRU Projects, the research & innovation arm of IRU (International Road Transport Union) where he held positions as Head and later on Secretary General of IRU Projects from 2013 to 2019. Since 2016 he also lead the IRU’s work on global innovation, working with IRU’s members worldwide on identifying and implementing latest transport solutions, such as electronic freight documents. Zeljko is fluent in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Swedish and English and has basic understanding of German and French.
Chief Operating Officer at Urban Air Mobility of Hyundai Motor Group
Pamela Cohn is chief operating officer of Hyundai Air Mobility, Hyundai Motor Company’s new innovative division focused on revolutionizing air transportation. Cohn has a proven track record helping aerospace and mobility organizations bring fresh thinking and out-of-the-box solutions to meet rising consumer demands, streamline operations and navigate complex regulation.
Prior to joining Hyundai, Cohn was the founder and managing partner of Ascension Global, an aviation advisory firm sought after by leaders in the aviation, aerospace and transportation sectors. Before founding Ascension, Cohn founded McKinsey’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Hub and was a leader in McKinsey’s aerospace & defense and infrastructure practices.
About Hyundai Air Mobility
Hyundai Air Mobility is a new division within Hyundai Motor Company created to democratize flight and revolutionize air transportation. The division plans to develop three smart mobility solutions to help alleviate cities of tomorrow from traffic congestion and provide city residents with more time to generate value in their lives – urban air mobility (UAM), purpose built vehicles (PBVs) and the Hub, a venue for mobility transfer and community activities. These new forms of mobility sit at the center of innovation for Hyundai and are anchored in four key pillars: safe, quiet, affordable and passenger-centered.
Policy Officer, Unit Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission
In July 2019, Victoire Champenois joined the Intelligent Transport Team in the Unit Sustainable & Intelligent Transport of DG MOVE, in charge of multimodal travel information services and MaaS.
Before joining the Commission, Victoire has worked for several years in the European Parliament as parliamentary advisor with responsibilities encompassing energy and transport, and as group advisor in the Transport Committee of the European parliament.
Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks
Rob Fowler is Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks. He joined the company in early 2020 having previously held a number of positions at UK-based freight carrier, DPD Group Ltd. He was DPD Group’s General Manager and eMobility lead, taking DPD from a fleet of 5 EVs to the largest commercial EV fleet operator in the UK with 600 EVs within three years. Prior to this, he was DPD’s Property Manager, Strategic Analysist and Transport Analyst. Rob is aged 33 and has a BSC in Economics and an MSC in Real Estate Management.
About the Volta Zero.
The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for inner-city freight deliveries, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. Designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 – 200 kms (95 – 125 miles), the Volta Zero will eliminate an estimated 180,000 tonnes of CO2 from city centre atmospheres by 2025. The first prototype Volta Zero is currently being built, and will be launched later in 2020, with the first pilot test vehicles due to start evaluation with customers in Q1-2021.
About Volta Trucks.
Volta Trucks is a start-up full-electric goods vehicle manufacturer and services company. Volta Trucks has offices in the UK and Sweden and has partnered with a number of industry-leading design and engineering companies to develop the Zero, including Prodrive, Astheimer and Magtec.
Global Head of Future Grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure
ean-Christoph Heyne has held the position of Global Head of Future Grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure since November 2018. Together with his team, Jean-Christoph Heyne is driving transformation in eMobility, infrastructure and smart energy. His areas of responsibility include photovoltaics, energy storage, grid connection and power electronics. Previously, he was Senior Vice President Strategy in Siemens’ Energy Management Division.
After leaving university, he joined Siemens Management Consulting in 2001. Based in Munich, he started his career as a consultant and project manager until 2007 when he moved to China as Head and Vice President at Siemens Management Consulting in Beijing.
Born on November 17, 1975 in Bergisch Gladbach, Jean-Christoph Heyne has a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
He has been an executive member of the Association of German Industrial Engineers and at delta Karlsruhe GmbH: Student Management Consulting.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. SI creates environments that care. Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and has around 71,000 employees worldwide
Chief Digital Officer, Head of Strategy at Siemens Mobility, Spain
Karolina Korth is a trained psychologist with passion for innovation and over 10 years of experience in digital transformation and corporate innovation in multinationals in the sector of healthcare and mobility. Currently, she works as a Chief Digital Officer and Head of Strategy at Siemens Mobility in Spain where she defines and implements digital offerings on the cutting edge of mobility. Karolina is also a founder of Health 2.0 Kuala Lumpur and the Female Voice of Mobility – a movement to empower women in male dominated industries. She speaks regularly at conferences targeting digital transformation and gives lectures at business schools and universities.
Lead, Future Mobility Platform at World Economic Forum & Global New Mobility Coalition
Maya has over a decade of global work experience in public, private and third sector settings focused on clean-tech and sustainable transportation. At the World Economic Forum, Maya curates and leads the Forum’s Global New Mobility Coalition to advance a synced approached the shared, electric and automated mobility for maximizing sustainability of urban transport systems.
Maya also co-leads the Forum’s AV Policy Framework work in partnership with the Israel’s Centre for the Forth Industrial Revolution. Previously, Maya was a Director at the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), where she initiated and led successful projects such as China’s adoption of the notorious ZEV-credits mandate.
As a Global Corporate Strategy and Development Associate at Better Place, Maya formed multi-stakeholder partnerships for accelerating EV adoption. Maya served as Israel’s Trade Officer to China, where she facilitated numerous bilateral exchanges and investments. She holds a PhD in dynamic transportation policy and technology transition from Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), M.S. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and B.S. in Economics and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University (cum laude).
Secretary General of the Polis network
Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of the Polis network in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Since 1998, Karen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities and many EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. For over 30 years already, members have been working together to develop sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. The network also engages in debates around topical issues such as active travel, shared mobility services, MaaS, automated transport, electromobility and innovative governance approaches.
Senior Editor, Smart Cities Dive
Kristin is the senior editor of Smart Cities Dive, a digital publication covering the trends that shape connectivity and resilience in U.S. cities, for an audience of local government leaders. Kristin closely follows and reports on the topics of shared and emerging mobility, civic engagement, affordable housing and economic development. She oversees production of the publication’s daily newsletter and manages a team of editors and reporters. Prior to Smart Cities Dive, Kristin was the editor of Waste Dive.
Senior Strategy Manager for Commercial Energy at Transport for London
He has worked in sustainable investment throughout his career – responsible for sourcing, financing and delivering high social & environmental-impact opportunities – and is working with developers, financiers and governments to support their future infrastructure.
He is currently curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of Transport for London; London’s largest and most significant energy user.
Alex has a degree in Economics (First Class) and a Masters in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies (Distinction).
Alex also acts as an independent investor, advisor and consultant on topics relating to ‘Green Infrastructure’, with his six specialisms being:
- ‘Energy Transformation’ and ‘Clean Growth’;
- Financing smart, low carbon, sustainable cities;
- Energy efficiency and the ESCo market;
- Regeneration and sustainable property solutions;
- New energy services business models and investment drivers;
- ‘Clean Tech’ solutions, including: electric vehicles; heat & power; battery storage; and the ‘circular economy’.
General Manager for the UK and Ireland at Lime
Florence is the General Manager for the UK and Ireland at Lime. Founded in January 2017, Lime is a micro mobility company aiming to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet. Prior to Lime Florence worked at Willis Towers Waston as their Head of Strategic Projects for Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Florence completed her MBA at Henley Business School in 2018 and has a keen interest in social enterprises and the positive impact business can have on society.
Blockchain Technology Expert for Group Renault
Yves-Michel LEPORCHER has an M. Sc. in Finance from Toulouse Business School, certified in risk management (FRM), and has a background in software development, solution architecture, machine learning, big data and blockchain. He is blockchain technology expert for Renault group, chairman for MOBI consortium (consortium on mobility services including blockchain technology), and teacher in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Yves-Michel has extensive knowledge in finance and automotive industries and is author of books on asset management, risk management and blockchain technology. He worked in the financial industry where he developed several products, then launched its own blockchain protocol and start-up (Neurochain) before moving to the automotive industry. Since then he has worked in various technical roles on large-scale IT projects including data science, big data and blockchain including several European companies.
Blockchain Vice President Group Renault & Blockchain Program Director for French Automotive Industry
Odile Panciatici has been member of Renault during all her career after getting her Mechanics Engineering diploma.
After a 4 years Industrial Process manager experience, she has been design General manager for plastic trim, and Cockpit architect, then body design General manager until 2000.
She has participated at the beginning of alliance with Nissan at the first cross-company teams and mainly for the first common platform.
She has taken an international dimension being Chief engineer of the first generation of Logan and Sandero launching cars on all the new international markets of Renault: Romania, Russia, India, Brazil.
She got a quality experience being in charge of Quality assurance Direction for Renault projects world-wide for 2 years.
After being Chief engineer of Twingo, Clio4 and Captur, she has been from june 2013 Vice- President of vehicle engineering of Renault for designing all the new Renault high range (Espace & Kadjar)
She has been awarded in Sept 2014 as Industry woman of the year.As a Total Customer Satisfaction Strategy Vice President for Renault group, she has been Transformation Officer and involved in Digital transformation and Renault Digital creation. Since 2018, she is Blockchain Vice President. Since January 2020 she is Blockchain Program Director for French Automotive Industry.
Chief Strategy Officer at Roborace & Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)
Bryn Balcombe is the Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA) which is committed to the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the Safe System approach to road safety to ensure mobility fatalities and injuries are eliminated by 2050. He was recently appointed as the Chair of the ITU Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD) which provides an open, collaborative forum for developing standards required for the behavioural evaluation of AI driving software. In addition he serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Roborace – the world’s first fully autonomous motorsport competition.
Country Operations Director, Renault Group in Ireland
Patrick Magee is Country Operations Director for Renault Group in Ireland. He is responsible for the Renault and Dacia brands in Ireland and a network of 27 dealerships around the country. The Wicklow native has worked in the motor industry for almost 25 years. A graduate of DIT Bolton Street, Patrick was Sales Director of Renault Ireland from 2007 until 2013, when he was appointed as the group’s Country Operations Manager. Patrick has been Country Operations Director for Renault Group Ireland since July 2016.
United Nations (UNECE) secretary of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected vehicles
Francois E. Guichard is United Nations (UNECE) secretary of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected vehicles. He is the Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving focal point of the UNECE and is supervising the activities on technical regulations related to vehicle automation and vehicle connectivity.
He studied mechanical engineering in a double master degree program in France (ENSAM) and Germany (KIT), started his career in the International Management Associate Program of Daimler AG which led him to work in various locations in Germany, in the USA and in South Africa. He then specialized in the field of vehicle testing and vehicle regulations for the Type Approval of road vehicles.
He was advisor in national and international bodies dealing with safety and environmental regulations linked to the automotive industry.
He was involved in policy processes in the EU but also in other foreign countries, e.g. Australia, USA, China (Mainland and Taipei) and Japan.
In total François worked more than 7 years in the field of external affairs. Since 2012, Francois works for the United Nations in the world of multilateral Agreements as the Technical Secretary of several Working Parties of the Inland Transport Committee.
Francois E. Guichard is United Nations (UNECE) secretary of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected vehicles (WP.29/GRVA). He is the Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving focal point of the UNECE and is supervising the activities on technical regulations related to vehicle automation and vehicle connectivity
Director Global Automotive Practice for Deloitte
David has over 18 years strategy consulting experience, and serves automotive OEMS in North America, Europe and Asia. David helps clients improve in mobility services, connected services, analytics, digital, sales & marketing, and business model design. David has led development of market strategies and capability-based cost reduction frameworks published in Harvard Business Review, and featured in the books “Essential Advantage” and “Cut Costs Grow Stronger”. Prior to joining Deloitte, David worked for a leading strategy consulting firm, and for Samsung Global Strategy Group.
CEO of Provizio
Barry is the founder and CEO of Provizio, who have built the world’s first Accident Prevention TechnologyTM platform for vehicles. He has over two decades experience as an entrepreneur and business leader in the vision technology industry serving as a founder, investor, director and CEO of several companies. Previous to Provizio Barry founded Arralis, a multi-award winning radar company that developed a number of unique IPs and patents and secured major projects with General Motors, ESA, NASA, Airbus and Boeing to name a few. He brought Arralis to exit in 2017 and continued to lead the company towards IPO before leaving in 2018. He has previously held CEO/Founder roles in Sensurity, Lamhroe and Amideon, leading each through multiple venture funding rounds and exits. Barry is a regular speaker at events such as TOA Berlin, MobilityX Los Angeles/Dublin and President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley.
Area Manager Benelux/UK/France - NAVYA
Jean-Baptiste is in charge of the business development for NAVYA in the Benelux and UK regions. Since 2017 Jean-Baptiste has been directly involved in the start of NAVYA’s operations in England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Jean-Baptiste joined NAVYA in 2017 after working in the building automation sector. Jean-Baptiste is graduated from a Master’s degree in business from Kedge Business School in Marseille
NAVYA is a leading name in autonomous driving systems.
With more than 290 employees in France (Paris and Lyon) and in the United States (Michigan), NAVYA aims at becoming the leading player for the supply of autonomous driving systems for passenger and goods transport. Since 2015, NAVYA has been the first to market and put into service autonomous mobility solutions.
The AUTONOM® SHUTTLE, main development axis, was launched in September 2015 and more than 130 units have been sold as of 30 June 2019, notably in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.The AUTONOM® TRACT, whose first road tests will start shortly, is dedicated to goods transport.
Created in 2014 with the support of Robolution Capital, investment fund managed by 360 Capital Partners, his reference shareholder, NAVYA’s shareholders also include the Gravitation fund and Paris Region Venture Fund (Région Île-de-France) managed by Cap Decisif Management as well as Valeo and Keolis groups.
Head of Technology and Innovation Futurist for Tecnalia
Iñaki Iglesias is a senior researcher and Head of Technology of Electric Aircraft Lab, a department of Tecnalia Research and Innovation company focused on the development of technology for the new electrified aeronautics of the future. In this position, he has led a research team that has created a disruptive concept for urban air mobility, with the aim of combining the manoeuvrability of a multicopter architecture with the energy efficiency of a conventional aircraft.
Prior to that, he worked 14 years in the automotive sector developing technological solutions related to the powertrain electrification during the first years, to focus later in vehicle dynamics modelling and development of technologies applied to chassis control. During this time, he led the development of different innovative prototypes for testing and validating advanced vehicle dynamics related technologies. He was also the initiator and later development leader of DYNACAR vehicle modelling software, awarded in 2011 with the CAE Innovation of the Year Award by the Automotive Testing Technology International Magazine.
Iñaki holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Basque Country and a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Navarra. He is the co-author of several patents and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.
Director Business Development Europe, Tritium
Jeroen Jonker is a senior business executive with international experience in E-Mobility, Automotive, Bio-Chemicals and Composites. Jeroen’s career spans over 20 years in Commercial and General Management in the B2B industry throughout Europe and USA, in Corporates as well as SME’s. In his latest role at EV Fast Charger manufacturer Tritium, Jeroen is Head of New Business Development Europe, after having built the commercial team at Tritium’s EU HQ in Amsterdam. At Bio-Chemicals company Total-Corbion, he was the VP of the Bio-Degradable Plastics business. Prior to this, Jeroen was the CEO of the Plastics Division at Ten Cate and before that, he took on the various roles in general and commercial management at Tooling Company Axxicon. Jeroen started his career at General Electric, where he held various commercial positions in the Automotive business. Jeroen holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering Design & B2B Marketing from Delft University of Technology (NL). Residing in the Amsterdam region with his Australian wife and two kids, Jeroen speaks English, German, French and Dutch. In his spare time he likes playing tennis, skiing, skating, cycling and travelling.
CTO (Specializing in Automotive & AI), Dell Technologies | Unstructured Data Solutions
Dr. Florian Baumann works as a CTO for the Unstructured Data Solutions (UDS) division specializing in Automotive & AI at Dell EMC.
Before that, he was Technical Director of ADASENS Automotive GmbH in Germany, a FICOSA brand and part of Panasonic, focused on ADAS development and in charge of delivering and creating the companies products and targets.
Florian received his PhD in 2015 with the focus of Machine Learning applied to Scene Understanding and published about 20 publications. In the meanwhile, Florian is an industry recognized ADAS/AI expert that chairs many industry events, and frequently visits with leading OEMS and Tier-1s.