Prime Minister of Israel
MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
Israel's Minister of Science and Technology
Ofir Akunis was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. Prior to entering politics, he served in the IDF as a military journalist in the Department of the Head Educational Officer, and earned a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. A former spokesman for the Likud, he served as Media Consultant to Likud Chairman Netanyahu, Advisor to the Minister of Finance, and Advisor to the Minister of Justice. He was elected to the Knesset in February 2009, serving as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chair of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, and a member of various other committees. In March 2013 Ofir Akunis was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. In December 2014 he was also appointed Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister and in September 2015, Minister of Science and Technology. He is married and a father of two.
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien
Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative Prime Minister's Office
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien serves as the Chairman and Director of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative as of January 2017. Prior to this, she served as the Technology and Regulation Manager of the Initiative. In addition, Dr. Bonshtien serves in the Board of Directors of the Capsula Israeli Smart Transportation Center. She is also a member of the National Science Committee for Energy under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making. Dr. Bonshtien holds a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
CEO, MOIA - Transportation on Demand Services
Ole Harms (43) has been CEO of MOIA since December 2016. After working as a strategy consultant at Capgemini, Harms joined Volkswagen Consulting in 2008. As head of the Sales and Marketing division, he advised Volkswagen's top management. In 2012, he took over as Head of New Business Models and Performance. From 2014 to January 2016 he was Executive Director and Head of New Business Models & Mobility Services, there he initiated the mobility partnership with the city of Hamburg and was responsible for the conception and development of MOIA. Ole Harms lives in Hannover and Berlin.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini
Stefano Domenicali, born on 11 May 1965 in Imola, is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini.
After studying business administration at the University of Bologna he began his professional career in 1991 with Ferrari. From 2004 he headed the Direzione Sportiva F1 and in 2008 became Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari F1. Under his guidance Ferrari won a total of 14 titles in the F1 Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.
From 2009 to 2014 Domenicali represented Ferrari in the F.I.A World Motor Sport Council and still belongs to that body today. He is currently president of the F.I.A. Single Seater Commission.
He was Vice President New Business Initiatives at AUDI AG from November 2014 before taking over his current role in March 2016 at Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
President and Chief Executive Officer, HARMAN
Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and has transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. Dinesh also served as chairman of the Board of Directors when HARMAN was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8 billion in 2017.
Dinesh has worked and lived in six countries, including the United States, China, Singapore, Australia, and India. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group and Chairman and CEO of ABB North America. Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB’s operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region’s business ten-fold in four years.
In 2017, Dinesh was named to the inaugural Recode 100. In addition, B'nai B'rith International honored Dinesh with its Distinguished Achievement Award, and he was named an Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). In 2015, Dinesh was named to Yahoo Finance’s short list of five-star CEOs and in 2014 was named to Fortune magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list.
Vice President & CRADLE Director, Hyundai Motor Company
John combines his experiences in tech startups and automotive engineering and manufacturing in his role as the head of CRADLE. He believes that our ability to travel and move is a critical determinant of an individual’s overall quality of life. Prior to joining Hyundai Motor Company, he worked at General Motors, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), and several Silicon Valley startups where he has had roles in corporate investing, product management, and R&D. John has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Michel Taride is the Group President of Hertz International covering all corporate and franchise operations across EMEA, APAC, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Michel began his career with Hertz in 1980 as Station Manager at Cannes Airport and over a 37 year period has progressed through the business holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management.
Michel is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a non for profit organisation that supports education in many developing countries. Michel represents the Hertz Corporation as a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Michel currently resides in London with his wife and three children and is an accomplished musician, he also enjoys sailing and mountaineering.
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer & Board Member, NIO U.S. & NIO
Padmasree Warrior is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered. Previously, Padmasree served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity, she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic
partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and coled
Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was
executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was
awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.
Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has
named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In
2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award.
In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless".
The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award.
India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her
the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50
Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People
in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global
Padmasree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the
Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
In addition to the company’s board, Padmasree serves on the board of Microsoft and
Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box.
Prof. Eugene Kandel
CEO, Start-Up Nation Central
Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems. Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, and played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy. Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading Finance and Economics journals. his research was instrumental in the 1997 redesign of the Nasdaq trading rules.
General Manager, SAIC Israel Innovation Center
Mr. Lu Haifeng is the General Manager of SAIC Israel Innovation Center. SAIC, ranked No. 46 in 2016's Fortune 500, is a well-known public listed company and the biggest auto corporation group in the People’s Republic of China. With the master degree of Mechanical Engineering and EMBA, Mr. Lu has twenty years’ experience in automobile sector globally. Mr. Lu has led R&D teams globally in leading vehicle OEMs as well as components companies within SAIC. Mr. Lu is also an expertise to lead production, purchasing and quality teams.
Acting Chief Scientist Ministry, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Israel
Dr. Bracha Halaf is the Chief Scientist, at the Ministry of Energy. Dr. Halaf holds Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. Bracha also serves as the Senior Manager of Oil Replacement, the Head of the National Coal Ash Board, a member of the Natural Gas Authority Council, and board member of the Israel-U.S BSF and BIRD-ENERGY. Dr. Halaf is a member of the National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. She lives in Rehovot with her husband and 3 daughters.
Director General, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and a former entrepreneur and hi-tech CEO. Dancziger was born in Kfar Etzion. He enlisted in a pilots' course, and then continued with the Sayeret Matkal commando unit, before joining the paratroopers' sabotage squad, where he served as a team commander and deputy commander of the unit. In the reserves he served as the commander of a paratroopers unit. Dancziger studied in Ben-Gurion University, and founded and managaed Digital Fuel, which developed products for massive companies and was ultimately sold to VMware. During that time, he was also a partner in the establishment, investment, and recovery of other hi-tech companies. He is the author of "Yozma - Israeli Story" - the story of the creation of a global software company. Dancziger was active in the establishment and management of several organizations that work on behalf of children, youth, and families at-risk, as well as for the promotion of employment in the periphery. In 2014, he became one of the founders of the Kulanu political party. Since 2015, Mr. Dancziger has served as the Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. During his tenure, he led the Ministry to the forefront of the governmental stage, to actions and to achievements, including: reducing pollution and environmental risks to the public; reducing social gaps; and leading strategic revolutions in the fields of vehicular pollution, industrial energy production, waste, and more.
Philipp von Hagen
Member of the Executive Board of Porsche SE, Mitglied des Vorstands
Philipp is an executive board member of Porsche SE, a listed holding company and majority voting shareholder in Volkswagen AG (Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, VW, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN, and Scania). Porsche SE also owns PTV Group, a global market leader in intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management, and is a shareholder of INRIX, a global SaaS and DaaS company providing connected car services and transportation analytics. Philipp holds degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Porsche SE in 2012 Philipp was an investment banker at Rothschild.
President, NNG Kft.
Mr. David Wiernik is a Co-founder of NNG Kft. and serves as its President. Mr. Wiernik has overseen the first full 3D digital mapping for entire Israel. He owns and manages several international software companies, specializing in navigation and GPS-related technologies, including NNG Kft., developer of the I-GO and NAV N GO solutions, the world's leading navigation software. He is the honorary consul of Hungary in Israel, the president if the Israeli Hungarian chamber of commerce who received the highest decoration by the Hungarian government ever given to non-Hungarian: “The officer of the Hungarian merit order”. He has over 40 years of experience. He served as a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor and began his career as an Airline Captain. Using his experience as a Senior Airline Captain, he played a part in defining the characteristics of GPS navigation in the aviation industry. Among his many business pursuits, he worked for the family company importing and exporting agricultural equipment and operates two international marketing companies for aviation products and engines.
Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research
Carlos is a professional with history of directing cutting-edge research programs, he served as research director in startup companies in Reno, Nevada and Principal Investigator for the US Department of Defense (USDOD) in Fort Rucker Alabama. Carlos also served as VP for R&D for a research institution and CFO for a medical startup company in New York. Carlos has developed, implemented and successfully executed large research programs sponsored by the USDOT and USDOD, including the Special Operation Command and Office of Naval Research. Additional research managing experience includes industrial programs in mining operations, semiconductor manufacturing and drug development. He holds a BSc in Systems Engineering from North-East University, Argentina; MSc in Biostatistics from New York Medical College, New York and a PhD in Health Science Research from Trident University International, California.
Managing Director Europe, ChargePoint
Christopher Burghardt is ChargePoint’s Managing Director for Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the company's European business. Chris joined ChargePoint from Uber where he was the head of policy and communications, EMEA. Prior to his role at Uber he led the global and emerging market expansion at First Solar, a provider of solar panels and utility-scale PV power plants. Other roles Chris has filled were as Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Western Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev and as Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton.
Managing Director, Copia Growth Partners
Eran recently led Delphi Automotive’s (now Aptiv) Autonomous Driving and Connected Services business unit, overseeing global engineering teams, business staff and wholly owned subsidiaries focused on providing hardware, software, algorithms and cloud services to transform future mobility.
Prior to Delphi, Eran was a senior executive for over 20+ years in Fortune 500 companies including Qualcomm, Cypress, Texas Instruments and Marvell. During this period Eran led global businesses, operations and M&A focused on server communications, storage, mobile handsets and Internet-of-Things (IoT) for consumer, automotive and industrial applications.
Deputy Director General, European Commission, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport
General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission
As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. She has pushed for sweeping technological advances, advocated for future planning, and built critical partnerships to position the region of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency in the U.S. that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.
Deputy Group Director at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore
Chris Leck is Deputy Group Director at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, where he oversees the Autonomous Vehicle Programme Office.
Prior to this, he served in various capacities within the Singapore Public Service, including as Director of the Futures & Transformation Division at the Ministry of Transport and Director of Strategic & Political-Military Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
Chris graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in government & economics, and also holds master’s degrees in international relations and international law from Columbia University, the Australian National University and Tel Aviv University.
Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA
Danny Shapiro is senior director of Automotive at NVIDIA, focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions self-driving cars, trucks and shuttles. The NVIDIA automotive team is engaged with over 370 car and truck makers, tier 1 suppliers, HD mapping companies, sensor companies and startup companies that are all using the company's DRIVE hardware and software platform for autonomous vehicle development and deployment.
Danny serves on the advisory boards of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Connected Car Council and Udacity.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Danny lives in Northern California where his home solar system charges his electric, AI self-driving car.
Assaf Biderman is an inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Superpedestrian, an award-winning robotics company revolutionizing personal urban mobility. Assaf is the co-inventor of the company’s first product - the Copenhagen Wheel - which transforms any bicycle into a smart, electric hybrid. Assaf also teaches at MIT, where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group examining how new technologies enable solutions for pressing urban challenges. Biderman’s work focuses on partnerships between industries and local governments to explore how distributed and embedded technologies can improve urban livability and create a more sustainable urban future.
Mobileye Co-founder, Chairman and CTO; Sachs Professor of Computer Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is computer vision and machine learning. Amnon has founded three startups in the computer vision and machine learning fields. In 1995 he founded CogniTens that specializes in the area of industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish Corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he cofounded Mobileye with his partner Ziv Aviram. Mobileye develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems and is developing a platform for autonomous driving to be launched in 2021. In August 2014, Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, by raising $1B at a market cap of $5.3B. In August 2017, Mobileye became an Intel company. Today, Prof. Shashua is the CEO and CTO of Mobileye and a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation. In 2010 Amnon co-founded OrCam which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people who are visually impaired or blind.
Energy Finance's Intelligent Mobility Specialist, Bloomberg
As Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Intelligent Mobility Specialist in San Francisco, Alejandro conducts research relating to autonomous vehicles and mobility services globally. Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; and a Master of Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University in New York City. He has been a transportation and mobility analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance since 2010.
Managing Director & Board Member, Toyota Al Ventures
Mr. Adler is managing director and board member at Toyota Al Ventures, where he is making early stage investments in talented, tenacious entrepreneurs from around the world in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous mobility, data, and cloud. Mr. Adler also serves as VP at Toyota Research Institute. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Adler served as Principal Program Manager at Microsoft by acquisition of Metanautix, where he led products and marketing. Metanautix was a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday. He also served on the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC) providing advice at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security and the DHS Chief Privacy Off.
Director Digital Transformation Office, Volkswagen Group
Falk Bothe serves as Director Digital Transformation Office at Volkswagen AG.
Before that, he was Executive Assistant to VW Group CDO from January 2016 on, responsible for the organizational buildup, Recruiting, Event Management, and organizational set up of Volkswagen Group Future Centers California and Asia. From 2010 to 2015 he worked at Volkswagen Consulting as Organizational Development Consultant, responsible for multiple Change Management Projects, such as Vision, Mission, Strategy and Leadership Development, Transformation and Business Reengineering, designing and facilitating major events for multinational Customers within the Volkswagen Group on all hierarchy levels. He was responsible for the Product Development of Business Reengineering Interventions, Communication and Corporate design of Volkswagen Change Management. Since 2014 he is guest lecturer for Organizational Change at TU Braunschweig and Hochschule Osnabrück, University of applied science.
He holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, and a Business Administration Degree, Dipl.-Kaufmann (FH) from Hochschule Harz, Wernigerode. He is a certified Business Coach, specialized in Provocative Style (DIP Munich) and was a semiprofessional competitive Rock Acrobatic dancer and coach for over 25 years, multiple Winner of National Competitions, World Masters Finalist and Member of the German Rock Acrobatic National Team from 2006 – 2008.
Chief Executive Officer, ERTICO; President, MaaS Alliance
Jacob Bangsgaard has been leading ERTICO – ITS Europe since January 2017. ERTICO is a multi-sector platform with 120 partners from more than 25 countries and with headquarter in Brussels, Belgium. He worked for ERTICO also from 2001-2006 as Director of International Affairs and communications where he was responsible for the international deployment support for ITS on markets like China, India, Russia, and Brazil. Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 27 years’ experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues.
Mr Bangsgaard was from 2010-2016 Director General of FIA Region I and responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before becoming Director General he worked as Director of International Relations at the FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies. He has also represented mobility interests for a regional authority and he worked for two years in the European Commission Transport Directorate.
Jacob Bangsgaard is President of the MaaS Alliance, and was on the Board of Euro NCAP from 2010-2016 and Secretary General of the Belgian association eSafetyAware from 2009-2016.
Chairman & Managing Director at Pinnacle Industries Ltd
Sudhir Mehta serves as chairman & managing Director at Pinnacle Industries Ltd. Mr. Mehta also servs a Member of Board of Management at Force Motors Ltd., as an India Growth Advisor at Urdaneta Capital. In 1996 Mehta founded Pinnacle Industries Ltd., He led the joint venture between Force Motors and Force Trucks as a Managing Director of Man Force Trucks. He joinedNorthern Trust as a Senior Consultant in the asset management department, where he worked for several years until 1996. He serves as a Director of Rivulis Plastro Ltd. (also known as Rivulis Irrigation) and he holds several public positions.
Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems
John Wall serves as Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems. As Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems, John Wall is responsible for the direction and overall activities for the company. He oversees the planning, design, and development of QNX Software Systems’ products, and the direction of its engineering services programs, including design consulting and custom engineering, to support QNX customers in bringing their products to market.
Mr. Wall has been an integral member of the QNX team since 1993. He has held a variety of roles within the organization, including Vice President of Engineering and Services. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa and holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
CEO, ENEL X
Francesco Venturini was appointed Enel's Head of Global e-Solutions in May 2017 and CEO of Enel X in November 2017. He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.P.A., contributing to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. Mr. Venturini later became Head of Internal Audit within Enel's Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently, Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance in Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America Area. In May 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power.
CEO, MERCEDES BENZ VANS
Volker Mornhinweg has been Head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division at Daimler AG since April 1, 2010. Mr. Mornhinweg served as Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach. He completed his apprenticeship at Daimler-Benz, which he started in 1980 and subsequently took over various executive assignments, such as in advanced prototyping, product preparation and product planning. He served as Plant Manager of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin and also served as
Dr. Fengmin Gong
VP of Security Strategy and Head of Didi Labs
Mr. Gong Co-Founded Cyphort Inc. in 2014 and serves as its Chief Strategy Officer He serves as an Advisor at Eleven Two Capital. He served as the Chief Security Content Officer of FireEye, Inc. since January 2008. Mr. Gong led the development and management of FireEye's security initiatives and evangelizes its security offerings and how it can help eradicate
Dr. Carsten Brietfeld
Dr. Carsten Breitfeld is a world-renowned expert in electro mobility with a PhD in mechanical engineering. He spent the past 20 years at BMW, leading a range of key engineering divisions within chassis development, powertrain development and corporate strategy, for more than 10 years as a BMW Group Vice President.
In 2010, Dr. Breitfeld was named head of BMW's i8 vehicle program, which gave birth to the game-changing i8 luxury plug-in hybrid model. His leadership and introduction of a revolutionary development process helped launch the BMW i8 successfully in merely 38 months. The model surpasses all vehicle standards in performance, materials used and efficiency of development, setting new benchmarks in the auto industry. Through his efforts, innovative sales and customer service techniques and systems have been established to market the BMW i8.
Head of Strategic Business Development, Marlink Group
Mr. Faella works to further enhance the Marlink Group’s ability to meet the fast-evolving needs of its clients and strengthen its position as a leading innovation player in the digital world. He has more than 10 years of experience in the maritime industry. Before joining Telemar and the Marlink Group, Gennaro focused on international development, strategy and marketing at Telecom Italia Mobile. In 2008 he joined Telemar as Corporate Business Development and Coordination Director, being responsible for the management of all international entities of the group. In 2017. Gennaro was appointed Head of Strategic Business Development for the Marlink Group. Gennaro graduated in Economics from the Università degli Studi di Napoli ’Federico II’ and holds a Diploma in Inter-Cultural Management from Cambridge University (UK).