CEO, Public Transport Agency - Roads and Transport Authority
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Mr. Sebastian Thurn
CEO, Kitty Hawk. Founder, Google X
Sebastian Thrun, professor at Stanford, founder of Google X, CEO of Kitty Hawk, an aviation company created with Larry Page.
15-th most cited author in all of computer science, he holds four doctorate degrees. Godfather of Self-Driving Cars (Waymo), and of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
Working relentlessly to make the world a better place and looking forward to working with Dubai.
His educational company, Udacity, is already working with the Dubai Futures Foundation to educate One Million Arab Coders.
Director, New Mobility Services at Keolis Group
Scheherazade Zekri is Director of New Mobility Services at Keolis Group since 2016. In her role, she develops activities for autonomous mobility, dynamic/real time on-demand transport and partnerships globally.
She has worked in the high-speed rail sector (Rail Europe, Eurostar, SNCF Voyages) for nearly 20 years; her last position was Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer for Thalys based in Brussels (Belgium). She was a member of the Executive Committee and attending the Board of Directors.
She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics and an MBA in Marketing Management from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College (NYC).
Scheherazade Zekri is regularly interviewed by the French and international media and is a regular speaker at events such as: ITS World Congress, UITP Global Public Transport Summit, Smart City Expo World Congress.
Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri
Executive Vice President, Engineering & Smart City DSOA
Eng. Muammar joined DSOA in April 2006 as the Director of Planning and Construction Management Department, enriching DSOA with his wide knowledge and experience in construction and project management. Two years later, Eng. Muammar was appointed as the Chief Planning and Construction Officer.
In 2010, DSOA merged the Planning & Constructions Department with the Operations & Facilities department under one leadership. Following this, Eng. Muammar was appointed as Executive VP of Engineering Management. In 2014 Eng. Muammar was appointed as the chairman of the smart city project committee in DSO.
Prior to joining DSOA, Eng. Muammar served with major real estate companies in the UAE, he was appointed as the Projects and Maintenance Manager at Emirates Real Estate Corporation, where he worked on major projects including the Ministries Complex project AUH; the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Labor in Dubai; UAE Embassies in Germany and Australia, and the UAE Consulate in Munich, among other prestigious projects. He also served as a Design Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai, and as a Project Design Manager at Etisalat in addition to being a partner at a local design consultancy.
Dr. Ismail Zohdy
Vice Chair, Dubai World Challenge for SDT
Dr. Ismail Zohdy is a smart mobility expert with more than fifteen years of experience collectively between USA, Egypt and United Arab of Emirates, in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Shared Mobility, Future Mobility modeling, Autonomous/Connected Vehicles technology, Electric Mobility and all Smart City initiatives. He is currently an Agile Coach and the Program Manager of Self-Driving Transport strategy at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Government of Dubai, United Arab of Emirates. His role to manage/oversee technical implementation for smart mobility, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles roadmap, maintain stakeholder engagement and engage/negotiate with transport technology providers for future mobility deployment in Dubai.
He previously supported many US federal clients, including Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation and Advanced Research Projects Program for US Department of Energy. Dr. Zohdy is an author of 40+ peer-reviewed publications, and book chapters for Autonomous vehicles.
Founder-Chief Business Development Officer, Evocargo
Andrey Bolshakov is a serial tech entrepreneur, Founder of the Evocargo.
Having more than 10 years of experience in programming, robotics, computer vision and project management, he is pushing Evocargo efforts to build an end-to-end sustainable logistics service based on self-made electric autonomous vehicles EVO.1 (3.5 tons full weight) and EVO.3 (40 tons full weight).
Previously, he has developed and deployed a wide variety of software and hardware solutions for education, digital medicine, and industrial safety inspection.
Andrey has a scientific background with more than 30 publications and patents, degree in "Information technology and computing systems" PhD studies in “System analysis, management and information processing
Dr. Arnaud de La Fortelle
Co-Founder and CTO, Heex
Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has engineer degrees from the French École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées (2 top French institutions) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Probability Theory) prepared at Inria. His main topic of interest is now cooperative systems (machine learning, data distribution, control, mathematical certification) and their applications (e.g., Autonomous driving, urban logistics).
Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has directed the Center for Robotics of MINES ParisTech – PSL University from 2008 to 2021. He was Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2017-2018. He has been elected in 2009 to the Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society and again in 2019. He has been member of several program committees for conferences and was General Chair of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2019 in Paris. In July 2021, Arnaud de La Fortelle moved to Heex Technologies as Co-Founder and CTO. a start-up offering a Smart Data solution for Autonomous Systems.
Dr. Steven Shladover
Chair, Dubai World Challenge for SDT
Role Research Engineer and Pioneer in Autonomous Transportation
Dr. Steven Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems since 1973, beginning with his masters and doctoral theses at M.I.T.
He was the Program Manager, Mobility at the PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked from 1989 until his retirement in November 2017.
Dr. Shladover is an internationally renowned expert on both technological and policy issues associated with road vehicle automation and he led PATH’s pioneering research on automated highway systems
He chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation from 2013-2019.
Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan
RTA The Chief Executive Officer of Public Transport Agency