CEO, ŠKODA AUTO
Bernhard Maier is a qualified car mechanic and a graduate in business administration. He initially worked as a Key Account Manager at Nixdorf Computer AG and then as a member of the management team at Wallhäuser Anlagen Gesellschaft.
Between 1988 and 2001, he held various executive positions at BMW AG in Germany and abroad, before joining Porsche in 2001 and taking over as CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH. From 2010, Maier was the Board Member for Sales and Marketing.
Since November 2015, Bernhard Maier has been CEO of ŠKODA AUTO a.s. and is driving the company’s reorientation under Strategy 2025. In addition to electromobility and digitalisation, key aspects of the Strategy include new mobility services and connectivity, implementing a large-scale product campaign and the brand’s internationalisation. For example, ŠKODA has assumed responsibility for the Indian market and the Russian region on behalf of the Volkswagen Group.
Under his leadership, ŠKODA has also introduced new, important models such as the KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ SUVs. With over 1.25 million vehicles delivered, 2018 was the most successful year in the company’s history.
Alliance Global Vice President, Ventures and Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
François Dossa is Alliance Global Vice President, Ventures and Open Innovation. He joined Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in 2017 and managed the creation of Alliance Ventures, a strategic venture capital fund which plans to invest up to $1 billion until 2022 to support open innovation. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was CEO of Nissan do Brazil Automóveis and held various leadership positions in the investment banking industry, split between Europe and Latin America. François holds a Master in Corporate Business and Administration from HEC Paris (1984). François was awarded on 2010 “La Légion d’Honneur”, one of the highest honors from the French Republic.
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.
Head of R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group
Major Professional Experience
2019 - President, Head of R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group
2018 President, Vehicle Performance Division, Hyundai Motor Group
2015 - 2017 Executive Vice President, Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor Group
2008 - 2014 Vice President, BMW M and BMW Individual
2003 - 2007 Overall Project Manager, BMW X5 and X5/X6 M
1983 - 2002 Various Assignments in Chassis, Motorsport, High Performance Vehicle Development, BMW AG
Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University, Germany
CEO and Co-Founder, BYTON
Dr. Daniel Kirchert is one of the most experienced executives in China’s premium auto industry, with extensive experience in marketing, sales, branding, business development and operations. He is widely regarded in the industry as a “China hand.” Before joining BYTON, Dr. Kirchert was managing director of Infiniti China and president of Dongfeng Infiniti Motor Co., Ltd. Prior to his extensive work at Infiniti, Dr. Kirchert was senior vice president of sales and marketing at BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. Through Dr. Kirchert's efforts at BMW Brilliance and Infiniti China, locally produced models for BMW and Infiniti hit record sales figures. He launched branding and marketing initiatives for each automaker that set industry benchmarks, including the brand gala in 2014 to unveil Infiniti’s “Gan Ai” slogan, and the sponsorship of famous reality show “Dad, where are you going”, which led the trend of car brands’ cooperation with TV reality shows. Dr. Kirchert is also an expert in product strategy, dealership network development and joint venture operations.
MAG. Christian Kern
Partner and Managing Director of the Blue Minds Company
After working as a journalist and in the Austrian Parliament and Federal Chancellery, Mr. Kern launched a career in the energy sector in 1997. At Verbund AG, Austria’s largest energy utility, he was appointed to the group’s management board in 2007. He then switched to the Austrian Federal Railways Group, where he served as Chairman of the Management Board from 2010 onward. In this capacity, he also became Chairman of the Brussels-based Community of European Railways (CER) in 2014. Under Mr. Kern's leadership, the Austrian Federal Railways investigated the railway operator's role during the Nazi era in a project entitled "Suppressed Years". He has received the Torberg Medal of the Jewish Community of Vienna.
From May 2016 until December 2017 Christian Kern was Austria’s Federal Chancellor.
Mr. Kern was born in Vienna on 4th January 1966, and he graduated from an academic secondary school in Vienna’s 11th district (Simmering). He then went on to study sociology, political science and communications at the University of Vienna.
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard Power Systems
Rob Campbell was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems in May 2017. Mr. Campbell’s responsibilities include global business development, sales, marketing, product line management and after-sales service activities in the Company’s key Power Products markets of Heavy Duty Motive, Material Handling and Back-up Power.
Rob has considerable experience in global business development for technology based products in China, Japan, India, Europe and the United States. He has deep knowledge of high-growth markets and engineering-based capital equipment sales to sophisticated customers.
Mr Campbell was most recently President and CEO of SoloPower Systems Inc., Prior to SoloPower his career included: SVP of Business Development at Energy Conversion Devices and Solar Integrated Technologies in the US., EVP of Sales and Marketing at Hydrogenics in Ontario, Canada and senior leadership roles at several construction and power generation companies in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Queen’s University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Association of Ontario.
President, Adler Pelzer Group
At the head of the family company founded by his father Achille in 1956, under his leadership the Adler- Pelzer group has become an international reality with 83 factories in 21 countries and 13 R&D centers with a turnover of 1.5 Billions Euro. Proudly from Campania and equally divided between the sea (Naples) and the mountains (Irpinia), the Italian manager was born on 14 April 1960 and graduated in industrial engineering from the University of Basel.
Among the main positions held, we can remember: • President of Anfia - Italian Automotive Association • member of the National Council of Confindustria, with responsibility for internationalization • vice president of the Industrial Union of Naples • Ambassador for tourism of the Principality of Monaco • president of DATTILO, the Transportation Technology and Logistics District, established in Campania in 2013, is responsible for the development of research projects in the transport and mobility sector in the Campania Region • Board member of Fincantieri and Banco di Napoli
Awards and honors: • among the youngest Italian Knights of Labor, appointed just at 47 years by the President of the Republic • in 2011, in the presence of the then President Obama, he received the Niaf (National Italian American Foundation) award in the United States as the best Italian-American entrepreneur of the year • in 2012 he was awarded the UK-Italy Business Awards, a recognition reserved by the British Government for Italian excellence present across the Channel • in 2013 he received the Leonardo Quality Italia Award.
Not just industry: • member of the Board of the Foundation "In the name of life" wanted by the Cardinal of Naples Crescenzio Sepe • in 2014 founded Eccellenze Campane, the pole of taste that tends to enhance and export local gastronomic specialties in the world
Distinguished Professor and founding director, University of California, California Air Resources Board
Dr. Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 and was chair of the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies in 2015-16. He was awarded the 2018 Roy W. Crum award by TRB, its highest research award, 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation, and has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions (Island Press, 2018) and Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Vice President, Managing Director, and Head of Europe & Israel, Samsung Catalyst Fund
David (Dede) Goldschmidt is Vice President, Managing Director, and Head of Europe & Israel for the Samsung Catalyst Fund (SCF), Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests globally in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups.
Previously, David was Founder and General Partner of Valley Venture Capital. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner and CEO at Mofet Technology Fund, a publicly traded venture capital firm. At both firms, David was an active investor supporting portfolio companies both financially and operationally.
Earlier in his career, David served as Vice President of Product Management, Product Marketing and Business Development at ADC Broadband Multiservice Access Division (Nasdaq: ADCT). Prior to his tenure at ADC, he managed the Business Development group for Teledata Communications (Nasdaq: TLDCF, acquired by ADC).
David holds an M.S. in Solid State Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the Tel Aviv University.
Chief Strategy Officer, Alstom
Mr. Marc Granger serves as Chief Executive Officer of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium RF (Pty) Ltd. Mr. Granger has been Chief Strategy Officer of Alstom SA since October 26, 2017. Mr. Granger is Founder of Compin Group SA and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Barat Sofanor S.A.S. He rejoined Alstom in January 2013 as General Manager for PRASA's overall activities. He began his career with Alstom and in the ensuing 20 years he has gained extensive experience in product design, marketing, project tenders and management. As Senior Vice President for Rolling Stock at Alstom, he was responsible for a €3,5 billion division of 18,000 employees based in Europe, the Americas/Asia and Oceania. In this role, he Presided over successful launches and build-up of railway projects around the world. He is an Engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers, France. He holds an MBA from Hautes Études Commerciales, France.
CEO, Israel Innovation Authority
Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.
Prior to his role at the Authority, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at the IBM Research Division.
Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he lectured for more than 15 years.
Men Leong Chew
Chief Marketing Officer, ST Engineering
Chew Men Leong joined ST Engineering in Nov 2016 and currently assumes the role of Chief Marketing Officer for the group. He also concurrently holds the appointment of Deputy President and President (Defence Business) of the Marine Arm of ST Engineering. In this role, he oversees defence business and environmental engineering services for the company.
Men Leong was a former civil servant, member of the Administrative Service and former Chief of Navy.
Men Leong served as the Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore from Oct 2014 to Nov 2016. Under his leadership, a number of major projects were launched including operations of the Downtown Line phase 2, the first two bus service operator tenders under the new Government Contracting model and the transition of the train operator to the New Rail Financial Framework model. He also drove new initiatives on autonomous vehicles, smart and active mobility.
Prior to LTA, Men Leong helmed the Public Utilities Board (PUB) since 2011. In that role, he was responsible for ensuring an adequate and sustainable water supply as well as efficient water reclamation and drainage systems for the population of Singapore. He was spearheading the Environmental and Water Industry office which oversaw the development of the environment and water industry in Singapore.
Before 2011, Men Leong served 25 years in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He was the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) from 2007 to 2011. As the Chief of Navy, he operationalised key aspects of the Third Generation RSN, transforming its force structure as well as capability and people development frameworks. Men Leong was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Military) (Gold) in 2008.
Men Leong was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1987 and graduated from Imperial College London in 1990 with bachelor’s degree (first class honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He obtained a Master of Science in management from Stanford University in 2002 and graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton School of Business in 2011.
Head of Innovation Management, R&D of Ducati Motor Holding
Pierluigi Zampieri is currently in charge of Innovation Management inside the R&D of Ducati Motor Holding. He has been collecting several experiences during fifteen years in different Automotive Companies, following the design and the development of mass-produced and racing vehicles in international environments. He keeps enjoying the relationship with a broad list of stakeholders: dreaming startuppers, hi-level managers, super-focused engineers, world championship riders, sough-after consultants, multinational vendors. You can learn a bit from everyone. In 2014, he enriched his Mechanical Engineering graduation with an Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management at Bologna Business School, and since 2015 he’s Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Architecture of Bologna University.
Head of Scheuffelen Advisory, Operating Partner of Beyond1435
Felix is a German-Brazilian entrepreneur and investor. As Operating Partner his advisory firm enables the open innovation consortium Beyond1435 to launch new projects and conduct industrial due diligences case by case. Based in Berlin, the innovation consortium, with its Founding Partners Deutsche Bahn, Siemens Mobility, SBB, and Bombardier puts a special emphasis on transportation and smart city technologies. Within the Beyond1435 innovation framework, the corporations launch tech projects jointly or partner up with specific startups in win-win-scenarios.
Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Sevak Limited (SGX Listed)
Director, Singapore Electric Vehicles Pte Ltd.
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi is a Global citizen who has worked in 10 countries including United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Singapore, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and India, in various Multinational firms. He is now running a dollar 300 million dollar plus listed company in Singapore and worked with MNCs like IBM and Philips (current role as Group CEO with Si2i Ltd/Sevak Limited Singapore). Mr. Maneesh Tripathi has 28 years of work experience in Information Technology (various sectors), Telecom, Retail, and Manufacturing and Mobile industry.
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi is an Engineering Graduate by qualification with a Degree in Electronics and Telecom from Jabalpur Engineering College (India) and has a PGCGM/Management from India Institute of Management, Calcutta, India.
In 2010 Mr. Tripathi joined Si2i as Group Chief Executive Officer. He is also a board member of many subsidiaries of Si2i Ltd. (Now renamed as SEVAK Limited).
EV Related Experience:
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi has been instrumental in driving Singapore Electric Vehicles Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of SEVAK Limited) to be the pioneer as the first 100 percent commercial electric vehicle fleet company to be based out of Singapore. SEV offers consumer firsthand experience of clean mobility solutions for a greener planet. The state of the art EV experience centre (Singapore) and the launch of the fleet was inaugurated by renowned EV and business personalities of the world on 15th August 2017.
SEV is the first commercial 100% Electric fleet in Singapore running on ride hailing app based revenue model. Through various indigenous planning and ideas the fleet has been a very successful model and the company is now in planning stage to expand to 1000 EV fleets by 2021 and 5000 EV fleet by year 2024.
Singapore Electric Vehicle Advanced Keylogger (SEVAK) software is the branchild of Mr. Maneesh Tripathi. SEVAK has been architected, coded, developed and deployed at cloud as SAAS by in house engineering team. The Key features of this software are Automatic rostering with inbuilt Business Intelligence (BI), Revenue Management, monitor Vehicle Utilisation, driver performance and other dashboards. This software was launched on gala event by prominent personalities and EV experts on 29th December 2017.
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi has been instrumental in changing the company’s focus under the guidance of the Board and Chairman – from information to innovation which visions itself to be ready for the EV and also the Autonomous Electric Vehicle (AEV) revolution in Future.
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi has committed himself to make Singapore Electric Vehicles (SEV) to be the largest fully electric and first commercial electric vehicle player for ride hailing service industry with its own fleet management ERP/tracking software.
Prior to this, Mr. Maneesh Tripathi handled senior management assignments with IBM, where he worked in an Asia pacific role for 10 years plus in 3 continents. He also has experience of working with MNCs like, Philips, Olivetti, Sun and TCPL conducting business and working out of various countries like Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Saudi Arabia and Middle East. He managed various Business Head positions in IBM Global Services during his stint (10 years) where he lastly held the position of Chief Operating Officer to run IBM ISS in Asia Pac. He is also an honorary board member Global Indian International School Singapore.
Mr. Maneesh Tripathi is an ardent cricket player and has represented MP in U-22 Col CK Naidu Trophy and has captained many teams in India and Singapore such as R.D.V.V. University team in India – Jabalpur, Ceylon Sports Club and Singapore Indian Association. He has a 4 year diploma in the percussion instrument Tabla from Shankar Sangrat Maha Vidyalaya Allahabad. Mr. Maneesh Tripathi also has a Certificate in Film Production & Planning from Singapore Media Academy.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of SGTech formerly known as Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and a member of Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), Singapore Computer Society (SCS), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF).
Senior Partner, Frost & Sullivan
Functional Expertise •
>30 years of organizational leadership and management consulting experience, having worked on hundreds of consulting projects across all major regions and across multiple industry sectors, each project focused around the strategic imperative of growth. Particular expertise in
– Mega Trends, Digital Transformation and Innovation (Shell, Merck Millipore, Daiichi Sankyo, Hitachi, etc)
– Geographic expansion strategies (Bayer, Pfizer, Roche, Smith & Nephew, HP Inc., IBM, Qualcomm Life)
– Brand and demand strategies (Hitachi, Daiichi Sankyo, etc.)
– Customer based market tracking (Bayer Biologicals, longest engagement in Frost & Sullivan history)
– Early stage company development and capitalisation (Target ID for Healthcare investments, Fidelity)
– Partnership/JV strategies, M&A and VC related activities (GE acquisitions of Amersham, Instrumentarium)
Industry Expertise •
Experienced across a broad range of sectors, but with specific focus on
– Medical Devices/Medical Technologies
– Financial Services
– Information and Communication Technologies
What I bring to the Team
• Broad-based experience in multiple sectors gained over the last 30 years working with senior management in North America, Europe, and Asia
• Driving business success and growth in multi-cultural environments
• Driving Sales performance through maximum focus on key sales strategies and their tactical implications
• Outstanding public speaking capability and strong workshop and large public meeting moderation skills
• Passion for leadership and mentoring to help drive individual teams and team members to peak performance Career Highlights
• At Frost & Sullivan
– 1988-1990 Helped found the Consulting business, working across all regions and industry sectors
– 2002-2005 Drove the Healthcare NA business unit to average annual growth of over 20% and average annual net margins of over 20%, becoming a Partner in 2003
– 2008-2009 As a Partner on the Executive Committee helped drive to record profitability during Crisis.
– 2016 Promoted to Senior Partner overseeing Global Transformational Health business unit
BA from Stanford University in The Management of Organizations
Thierry Lepercq (57) is a serial entrepreneur in technology and energy. He recently founded Solairestream, a global pioneer of solar-to-gas, the large-scale production of hydrogen from solar to compete with fossil fuels in industry, energy and mobility. He is the author of Hydrogen is the New Oil, a successful new book which describes how 7 energy wars are converging into a global convulsion and ushering a fossil fuel-free world.
Thierry Lepercq was Executive Vice-President in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation at energy giant Engie from 2016 to 2018. He focused on disruptive business models in such areas as dispatchable renewables, electric mobility, digital energy platforms and hydrogen. From 2006 to 2016, he was the president and co-founder of Solairedirect, a global pioneer of competitive solar power, which has developed and built 3 GW of capacity on four continents at prices as low as 20 $/MWh. Solairedirect was acquired by Engie in 2015.
A graduate from HEC Paris, Thierry Lepercq started his career in technology financing, at Bankers Trust, Banque Arjil and then Oddo. In 1999 he created NetsCapital, an investment bank dedicated to information technologies, then in 2004 REI, a think tank dedicated to innovation in the energy industry.
President, Powertrain, CNH Industrial
Annalisa Stupenengo assumed the role of President Powertrain in January 2019.
Ms. Stupenengo has extensive international experience and deep knowledge of the Powertrain business, gained through roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, within both CNH Industrial and FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).
Annalisa Stupenengo started her career in 1996 in the Sales & Marketing area of the Fiat Group. In the early years of her professional career, she worked in Morocco, Sweden and Italy in management roles ranging from Sales, Project Management and Purchasing within Fiat and GM/Fiat joint ventures.
In 2006 she contributed to establishing the Fiat Powertrain Sector Purchasing department, leading this organization until 2010 as its Purchasing Vice President.
In 2008 Ms. Stupenengo was also appointed Vice President of the Electrical Commodity with global responsibility for Europe, USA, Brazil, China and India within Fiat Group Purchasing.
In 2010 Annalisa Stupenengo joined CNH as Senior Vice President Purchasing.
In January 2013 she became Head of Group Purchasing EMEA Region for Fiat Chrysler, then in September 2013 she rejoined CNH Industrial as Chief Purchasing Officer, and was a member of the CNH Industrial Group Executive Council (GEC).
From 2015 – 2018 she held the posts of Brand President, FPT Industrial Brand and President, Powertrain Product Segment.
In December 2015 she joined the Board of Directors at Welltec International ApS.
Ms. Stupenengo holds a degree in Management Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.
Founding Partner, CEO, Nexus Automotive International
NEXUS Automotive International SA
Founding Partner, CEO
Geneva Area, Switzerland
Delphi Products and Services Solutions EMEA
Vice-President - Member of the Delphi European Governance Board
Jan 2013 – Jan 2014 Vice-President IAM
Jan 2011 – Dec 2012 Vice-President Sales
Jul 2010 – Dec 2010 Executive Sales Director
General Manager Valeo Service Northern Europe
Sep 2002 – Mar 2005 General Manager Valeo Service Eastern Europe
Aug 1999 – Aug 2002 Financial Controller Valeo Service Export
Senior Financial Auditor
Sep 1993 - Feb 1997
Rouen Business School
Head of Ultra-Fast Charging & Infrastructure, E.ON
Mathias Wiecher, Head of E.ON Drive, is responsible for all E-Mobility activities across the E.ON group. Before this he lead the development of E.ON´s ultra-fast charging network across Europe. Prior to this he was in leadership positions at E.ON Inhouse Consulting as well as at A.T. Kearney in Germany and the US with a focus on Energy and Mergers & Acquisitions.
SVP autonomous driving VW Group and member of the executive board VWN, responsible for R&D
SVP Autonomous Driving VW Group and Member of the Executive board VWN, resp for R&D
Dates Employed: Jan 2019 – Present
Head of Product Design - Special Projects Group
Dates Employed: Apr 2016 – Jan 2019
Technical Director for Porsche 919
Dates Employed: 2011 – Mar 2016
- Red Bull Racing & Red Bull Technology
Head of Advanced Technologies
Dates Employed: 2007 – 2011
Head of Formula 1 Development
Dates Employed: 2003 – 2007
Head of WRC Development
Dates Employed: 2000 – 2003
Hochschule Landshut: Dipl. Ing (FH) - Mechanical Engineering
University of Warwick: MBA - Business Administration, Management and Finance
Deputy Group Director, Land Transport Authority of Singapore
Chris Leck is the 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 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 a Master’s degrees in International Relations and International Law from Columbia University, the Australian National University and Tel Aviv University.
Chief Executive of Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority, Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry
Ziva Eger has been serving as Chief Executive of Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry since October 2014.
Ms. Eger is a retired IDF Colonel, who received her BA and MA in Economics (with Honors) from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she has an MA in Political Science from Haifa University and the National Security College operated by the IDF.
In the two years preceding this position, Ms. Eger acted as Chief of Staff of the Communication and Home Front Defense Ministries, led by Minister Gilad Erdan. She was in charge of promoting comprehensive reforms in the local communication market, and their execution.
Ms. Eger has long time experience in the Defense industry, having been part of the IDF and the Ministry of Defense for 27 years. During that time, Ms. Eger was a senior director of the Planning, Budget and Control Department in the Directorate for Defense – Research and Development (DDR&D MAFAT).
Ms. Eger was also head of Planning, Budget, Economy and Production in the Arrow Program and Space & Satellites Program. She led extensive initiatives and headed negotiations for industrial cooperation procurement, among private industries, defense industries and various government agencies.
Hadas Topor Cohen
Senior Director for Product Management and Quality, Over the Air and Automotive Cloud (Core) software portfolios, HARMAN
Hadas Topor Cohen is Senior Director for Product Management and Quality, Over the Air and Automotive Cloud (Core) software portfolios at HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, cybersecurity solutions, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and services supporting the Internet of Things. Hadas joined HARMAN following the acquisition of Redbend, where she held the same position.
Hadas brings more than 20 years of experience in software development, product management, marketing and strategy. Before Redbend, Hadas held management positions at Amdocs and TTI. Hadas started her career in the software development unit of the Israeli Defense Force, where she held several software development and management roles during her seven years of service.
Hadas holds an engineering degree from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Tel-Aviv University.
Andrew Grant is an associate at BloombergNEF covering intelligent mobility.
He produces analysis on business models, technologies and policies related to connected cars, mobility services and autonomous driving.
Andrew works with automakers, utilities, technology companies and investors to understand the role of data in the future of transportation.
He is based in London and holds MSc Applied Economics and Bachelor of Business Science in Economics degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Automotive and IoT Line of Business, Arm
Dipti Vachani is the senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. Dipti’s organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions in the transformational opportunities of autonomous driving and IoT.
Prior to joining Arm, Dipti served as vice president and general manager of the Product Management and Customer Enablement division in the IoT Group at Intel Corporation. There, she was responsible for driving the overall product development roadmap, technology direction, IoT Edge product portfolio and worldwide customer enablement for IoT.
Before Intel, Dipti spent 17 years at Texas Instruments, where she led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of Arm MPUs, and held multiple product manager and leadership roles including vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group.
Dipti has served on the board of directors for NetSpeed Systems and the Innovation and Technology advisory board for the City of San Jose. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University, an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a graduate of the executive education programs at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge business schools.
President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Apex.AI, Inc.
Jan Becker is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. He is also the Managing Director of the Apex.AI GmbH and Co-Founder and Director of the Autoware Foundation. Prior to founding Apex.AI, he was Senior Director at Faraday Future responsible for Autonomous Driving and Director at Robert Bosch LLC responsible for Automated Driving in the North America. He also served as a Senior Manager and Principal Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, USA, and as a senior research engineer for Corporate Research at Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany. Since 2010, Jan is Lecturer at Stanford University for autonomous vehicles and driver assistance. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and a member of the Stanford Racing Team for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.
Head of Mobility, SVP
Liad Itzhak is leading the Mobility business unit at HERE Technologies, driving the next revolution of the mobility ecosystem. Itzhak brings vast experience as a leader in the world of smart mobility, with expertise in consumer apps and Big Data.
Prior to joining HERE, Itzhak built key units at Waze/Google from the ground up, including Data, Maps and QA. Itzhak led the Data strategy of the company, turning Waze into a data-driven organization.
Co-founder, Micromobility Industries, Bond Mobility, Asymco
Horace Dediu is a co-founder of Micromobility Industries and Bond Mobility. He coined the word “micromobility” to describe on-demand services provided by lightweight vehicles. Previously, Horace was a fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation where he taught and researched technology adoption and diffusion rates. Horace is also the founder and author of Asymco.com, a technology analysis firm and hosts two podcasts: the Critical Path and Micromobility. He has written two books based on these podcasts published as Kickstarter projects. Prior to these efforts Horace was a senior analyst at Nokia and founded two startups providing electronic publishing products and services.
Horace has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MS in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.
Co-founder and CEO, WIND Mobility
Eric Wang is the co-founder and CEO of WIND Mobility. WIND Mobility is a leading micro-mobility and scooter sharing platform in Europe, Israel and Asia. Eric also co- founded BYKE, the first dockless bike sharing startup in Germany. Prior to this, he was an executive at Zenjoy, a leading consumer Internet gaming company, in charge of International Operations, Business and Corporate Development. Eric also co-founded one of the first Chinese ride sharing startup in 2011, following the completion of his master thesis on The Potential of Carsharing and Ridesharing in Local Transportation Development. Eric started his career within the Mergers and Acquisitions group in Merrill Lynch in New Year after graduating from Columbia University.
Director, Electric Vehicle Research Center, University of California, Davis
Gil Tal, Ph.D., is the Director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis (UCD). He is also affiliated with the China Center for Energy and Transportation and the Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group at UCD. Dr. Tal is a leading expert on electric vehicle travel behavior, as well as understanding the role that incentives and infrastructure play in the electric vehicle market worldwide. He also researches the electrification of new mobility services and automated vehicles and their impacts on the electric grid. Dr. Tal published more than eighty articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and he works with policy makers and decision makers from government and industry in the US, China, and Europe. Previously, Dr. Tal was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis and a M.A. in Geography and Environmental Policy and Planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Chief Operating Officer, Liberty Maritime Corporation
Joshua Shapiro joined Liberty Maritime Corporation (“LMC”) and Liberty Global Logistics (“LGL”) in 2009 as part of the Operations and Strategic Planning departments. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Vice President of both companies with responsibilities ranging from Chartering and Trade Management to Business Development and Technological Solutions. He was named the Chief Operating Officer of LMC and Executive Vice President of LGL in April, 2016.
As Executive Vice President of LGL, Mr. Shapiro is also integrally involved in the ocean transportation and logistics company, overseeing all modes of its diversified point to point logistics solutions including – ocean, trucking, air and rail. He is a member of the Executive Management Committee which is responsible for the business performance, strategic partnerships and growth strategies of the companies.