Governtment of Dubai - Organizer | Dubai World Congress For Self-Driving Transaport | Autonomous Vehicle Technology Exhibition
Under The Patronage Of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince Of Dubai And Chairman Of The Executive Council
Roads & Transport Authority - Organizer | Dubai Congress For Self-Driving Transaport | Self-Driving Car Conference & Exhibition
Under The Patronage Of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince Of Dubai And Chairman Of The Executive Council
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Congress speakers

H.E. Mattar Al Tayer

RTA
Director General, Chairman of the board of Executive Directors

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Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan

RTA
The Chief Executive Officer of Public Transport Agency

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Carel van Helsdingen

2getthere
Founder, CEO

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Gilbert Gagnaire

EasyMile
CEO and Founder

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Julian Turner

Westfield Sportscars
CEO

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Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Executive Vice President

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Robert Dingemanse

PAL-V International
CEO and Founder

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Dr. Georges Aoude

Derq
CEO and Co-Founder

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Harri Santamala

Sensible4
CEO and Co-Founder

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Jérôme Rigaud

NAVYA
Deputy CEO

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Bassel Al Nahlaoui

Careem
Managing Director

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Dr. Kang Li

iAuto Technology
Founder

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Corey Clothier

Clothier Consulting/Stantec
Autonomous Vehicle and Program Developer

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Christopher Mentzer

SwRI
Assistant Director

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Professor Michael Milford, PhD

Expert | Speaker | Consultant

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Aravind Kailas, Ph.D.

Volvo Group North America
Research and Innovation Manager

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Dr. Steven Shladover

UC Berkeley
California PATH

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Lukas Neckermann

Neckermann Strategic Advisors
Managing Director

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Dr. Michel R. Parent

AutoKAB
President

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Dr. Hoda A. Alkhzaimi

NYU Abu Dhabi
Director of Center of Cyber Security

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Greg Lindsay

NewCities
Director of Applied Research

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Mandali Khalesi

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development [TRI-AD], Japan
Vice President: Automated Driving

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Zahra Boroujeni

Freie University Berlin
Researcher

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Shyamala Prayaga

Ford Motor Company
User Experience Evangelist

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Rich Radka

Claro Partners
Founding Partner

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Sarwant Singh

Frost & Sullivan
Managing Partner & Mobility Expert

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Gary D. West

GM Middle East
Managing Director, Future Mobility

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Ralf Baron

Arthur D. Little
Senior Partner and Global Head of ADL’s Travel & Transportation Practice

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Joseph Salem

Arthur D. Little
Senior Principal and Global Head of Operations of ADL’s Travel & Transportation Practice

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Dr. Ismail Zohdy

RTA
Expert

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Dan Baxter

Stantec
Chief Systems Engineer & Practice Director

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Rod Schebesch

Stantec
Senior Vice President and Transportation Sector Lead

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Dr Dario Menichetti

PTV GROUP
Regional Director / Project Management & Services, Middle East

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Christophe Gaussin

Gaussin
CEO

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Scott Drennan

Bell
Vice President, Innovation

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Bryn Balcombe

Roborace
Chief Strategy Officer

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Sanjay Sood

HERE Technologies
VP

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Robin Li

Baidu
CEO

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Bijit Halder

Drive.ai
Chief Executive Officer

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Seminar speakers

Abdulla Al-Kaff

Intelligent Systems Lab
Assistant Professor & Senior Researcher

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Dr.-Ing. Ahmed Hussein

IAV Gmbh
Senior Development Engineer

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Dr. Amine Arezki

Thales
Head of Autonomy

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Edward Forrester

Mott MacDonald
Future Mobility Lead Planner & Global Coordinator for the Middle East

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Bentley Lin

Exida Safety Services
Managing Director

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Bianca Barbu

CANGO Technologies
Chief Marketing Officer

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Brian Baker

RebelV2
CEO/Managing Partner

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Dalia Hafiz

Al-Ghurair University
Assistant Professor

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Dan Baxter

Stantec Consulting
ITS Roads & Vehicles Practice Lead

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Emmanuel Victor Quarm

Teksolutions
CEO/Founder/Director

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Eugene Chao

The Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative
Research Associate

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Gerard Martret

SHOTL
Founder & CCO

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Hussein Falih

PTV Group
Transport Modeller, Project Management & Services

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Dr. Jochen Lohmiller

PTV Group
Manager Microscopic Simulation

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Jonathan Spear

Atkins Acuity
Director

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Jorge Bialade

YallaMotors
General Manager

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Dr. Juan Pimentel

Omnex
International Consultant

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Kristian Jaldemark

Carmenta Automotive
Head of Development

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Mark Wilson

Michigan State University
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

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Martin Thibault

Stantec Consulting
Vice President, Transportation

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Massimo Cavazzini

Amazon Web Services
Head of Automotive EMEA

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Alan Whaley

AMENA
Founder & Chairman

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Noah Kindler

Canoo
In charge of Blockchain

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Samar AbdelFattah

Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DMTech)
Founder & CEO

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Scott Fennelly

Surface Mobility
Director of ITS and Transportation

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Rainer Horn

SpaceTec Partners
Managing Partner

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Plato Pathrose

Visteon Electronics Germany GmbH
Head of Validation, ADAS & Autonomous Driving

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Mahmoud Ali

Galadari Automobiles
Automotive Sales Manager

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Tommaso Gecchelin

NEXT Future Transportation inc.
CTO, Inventor and Founder

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Haya Douidri

Bird
Senior Manager, Government Partnerships

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Hrishikesh Mandyam

Skyships Automotive
Chief Engineer

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Gary Patterson

Bestmile
CTO

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Andrew Bevan

Parsons
Smart Mobility Director

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Samaneh Khazraeian

Stantec Consulting
ITS Analyst

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Hugh Hynes

PROTOinc
Principal

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Tim Armitage

Arup
Future Transport Systems Lead

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Eng. Mohamed Mahboob Hassan

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)
Al Ruwayya Depot Manager, Public Transport Busses Department and Regional Planning

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Professor Bassam Abu-Hijleh

The British University in Dubai
Dean of Engineering and IT

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Dr. Michel Pasquier

American University of Sharjah
Dept. Of Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Jewel Li

AutoX
COO

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Mike Rioux

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
COO

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Mike Borfitz

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
Senior Certification Specialist

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Alexander Nase

FEV Consulting GmbH
Managing Director,

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Dr. Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez

American University of Sharjah
Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering Department,

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Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)

Foundation Autonomous
Director General, Chairman of the board of Executive Directors

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, USA, 1983. Prior to taking up RTA's leadership role, Al Tayer worked in Dubai Municipality since 1983. He worked in several professional and supervisory roles ranging from the Director of the Roads Department up to the Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality.

He took leadership of RTA in November 2005 where he oversaw the establishment phase including the recruitment of competent and experienced professionals. Under his leadership, RTA has made remarkable achievements in a variety of fields including radical development of the mass transit system through mega projects, like Dubai Metro (Red and Green Lines) and Dubai Tram. It has made a major shift in the bus and marine transit services as well as the developments in the road network including multiple crossings on Dubai Creek such as the Business Bay Crossing, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Floating Bridge. RTA has also developed key roads and interchanges on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road. Additionally, RTA has also delivered an array of superb projects such as the Dubai Water Canal, Jumeirah Corniche, Etihad Museum, and the Enterprise Command and Control Center (EC3). Overall, Al Tayer has overseen projects worth about AEDlOO billion undertaken by RTA.

Such achievements and projects have ranked the RTA amongst the leading and reputed global entities in the roads and transportation industry. Matching its outstanding record of achievements, the RTA has won several local, regional and international awards, amounting to more than 270 awards.

Throughout his professional career, Al Tayer has received multiple accolades in recognition of his successful leadership of the RTA, such as: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Sash, September 2011Honorary Fellowship from the British Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK, 2010ABLF Best Business Citizen Award 2017Man of the Year (CEO Middle East Award) 2009 Middle East Forum for Special Needs Award, 2009 Al Tayer is actively engaged in several local and federal councils, boards and committees, including:Member of the Executive Council of Dubai Government.Member of the Strategic Affairs Council of Dubai GovernmentDeputy Chairman, Dubai Sports Council.Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, "Mohammed Bin Rashid AI-Maktoum Creative Sports Award".Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management.Chairman of Etihad Rail DBDeputy Chairman of the Board - Etihad RailMember, Preparatory Committee of World Expo 2020.Member, Board of Trustees of "Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum GlobalInitiatives".Member, Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation.Board Member, Federal Transport Authority-Land and Maritime.Board Member, Union National Bank.Al Tayer also assumed several key posts in Councils, Boards and Committees in Dubai and the UAE highlighted by:Deputy Chairman of the infrastructure and environment committee - Dubai Executive Council (2005-2017)Chairman of the Emirates Society of Engineers (2004-2010)

Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan

RTA
The Chief Executive Officer of Public Transport Agency

Carel van Helsdingen

2getthere
Founder, CEO

Carel van Helsdingen, MSc (1950) is founder of Frog Navigation Systems and its spin-out company 2getthere, acting as its Chief Executive Officer. After graduating from the University of Technology in Delft in manufacturing engineering, Carel worked at Fluor Daniel, IBM and Burginvest Project Development before founding Frog Navigation Systems in 1984.

Carel has been in the automated transportation industry since 1984, realizing the world’s first free ranging Automated Guided Vehicles for industrial applications. Based on the on the company’s state-of-the-art technology, his vision lead to new markets for automated vehicles: ports, entertainment parks and people mover systems.

As CEO he was responsible for the growth of the company and successful applications at multinational companies such as GM, VW, Sony, HP, Apple and Disney. Recognizing the potential of autonomous vehicles, he lead the spin-out of 2getthere in 2007 and the realization of the world’s first PRT application open to the public in 2010.

In addition to CEO of 2getthere, Carel is an member of YPO and coaches young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

Gilbert Gagnaire

EasyMile
CEO and Founder

Gilbert Gagnaire started his career in Fin-Tech in 1985 after graduating from the engineering school Ecole des Mines.

In 1996 he co-founded FERMAT, a company specialising in accounting management systems. A new banking standard - Basel II - propelled FERMAT into a new dimension in 2003 and in April 2005, Gilbert Gagnaire decided to set up FERMAT's Asian subsidiary in Singapore in order to find new drivers of growth. At the end of 2008, FERMAT was bought by Moody's Analytics.

Mr Gagnaire then travelled the world for four years. During a trip to Bali and captivated by the magic of the island with its volcanoes and lakes, he decided to found a Resort there: namely the Savak Retreat Bali, fully integrated in the local village’s economy.

In 2014, Gilbert Gagnaire heard about the concept of driverless shuttles. Conscious of the disappearance of transport services in rural areas, he saw strong potential in offering a new mobility solution where traditional transportation methods are no longer economically viable. With the help of four robotic engineering experts, he launched EasyMile. From day one, Mr Gagnaire established the company both in France and in Singapore to fully benefit from the dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region.

Within four years, Gilbert Gagnaire and his team have deployed over 230 autonomous vehicle projects, driven 400,000 km and carried 380,000 passengers. The company's customers include the largest transport operators, municipalities, airports, private companies, business parks and universities.

Today, the company has offices on four continents, with headquarters in Toulouse (France) and regional offices in Singapore, Denver (U.S.A), Berlin (Germany) and Adelaide (Australia). Gilbert Gagnaire has secured financial and technological support from Alstom, Continental and Bpifrance.

EasyMile’s state-of-the-art solutions revolutionise passenger and goods transportation with completely new mobility options.

Julian Turner

Westfield Sportscars
CEO

Julian Turner is the CEO of Westfield Sportscars. Westfield has sold over 15,000 cars world-wide since 1983, and currently produce over 400 cars a year for driving enthusiasts the world over. Julian is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager and chartered engineer. He was appointed Managing Director in 2006 with a strong vision: To be the first choice sportscar provider and one of the world’s most admired niche vehicle manufacturers. In June 2009 Westfield became the first Niche Vehicle Manufacturer to be awarded European Small Series Production Status with the new land mark Sport Turbo. Utilising the VXR 1.6 GM Engine and new lightweight design chassis production of the vehicle started with immediate unprecedented orders from Europe. The launch of the IRacer at Geneva Motor Show 2010 saw Westfield move into the Electric vehicle market utilising some advanced materials for components of the vehicle.

Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Executive Vice President

Eng. Muammar joined Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (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. In two years time, Eng. Muammar proved to be an important asset for DSOA, where he was appointed as the Chief Planning and Construction Officer.

In 2010, DSOA saw the need to merge Planning & Constructions Department along with Operations & facilities under one leadership. Based on this decision, 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 Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Prior to joining DSOA, Eng. Muammar served with major real estate companies in the UAE, amongst Emirates Real Estate Corp. as the Projects and Maintenance Director, where he worked on major projects including: Ministries complex project AUH, Ministry of Education DXB, Ministry of Public works DXB, Ministry of Labor DXB, UAE Embassy in Germany, UAE Consulate in Munich, UAE Embassy in Australia, and many other prestigious projects. Eng. Muammar also served as a Design Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai, and as a project Design Manager at ETISALAT and a partner at a local design Consultancy office.

Eng. Muammar holds a Master of Science in Innovation & Change Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in Dubai and holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Al Ain University; United Arab Emirates.

Robert Dingemanse

CEO and Founder
PAL-V International

Robert Dingemanse is Founder and CEO of the Dutch company PAL-V International. This company launched the first commercial flying car in the world. PAL-V International started as a cooperation between universities and the Dutch Aerospace laboratories and was founded in 2007. The company is now in its commercialization and industrialization stage. Deliveries of its first product, that complies with existing regulations, are scheduled in 2021. PAL-V is considered one of the word leaders in the new market of Flying mobility. A market expected to grow to over $50 billion in 2035 and far beyond thereafter.

In the beginning of his career he worked for 12 years at Philips electronics where he was leading a number of breakthroughs. Examples are electronic filming, smart cards, wide screen television and ion beam milling.

Thereafter Robert was a co-founder of Redesign Partners, an interim management group specialized in setting up and re-designing companies in value chains, disrupted by new technologies. In this capacity he has been CEO of companies in the field of green energy, construction, electronics and telecommunication. As Redesign partners he found PAL-V based on the research done by the renowned institutes in the Netherlands.

Dr. Georges Aoude

Derq
CEO and Co-Founder

Dr. Georges Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an MIT-spinoff with a mission to eliminate road accidents and save lives by using artificial intelligence and V2X technology. Through its proprietary and award winning technology, Derq can predict and help prevent road collisions for both conventional and autonomous vehicles leveraging smart city and connected vehicle ecosystems. Derq was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Dubai and Michigan, and in 2017 was selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility program in Detroit.

Dr. Aoude holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, where he worked closely with NASA, US Navy, and Ford. His expertise includes autonomous & connected technologies and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Aoude's work has been published in leading academic journals and featured in the press, including New York Times and MIT News. His space satellite research has also been tested by astronauts in the International Space Station in collaboration with NASA. Dr. Aoude's inventions have been patented, and he founded Derq to commercialize them.

After MIT, Dr. Aoude has consulted governments, multinationals, and startups in North America and the GCCs on transportation and aerospace engagements. His points of view are regularly published in key outlets including Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Forbes, and he is invited to speak at conferences on topics related to smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence. He is a board member at the Transportation Research Board.

Harri Santamala

Sensible4
CEO and Co-Founder

Harri Santamala, "Mr. Robobus", CEO and co-founder of Sensible 4 - a company pioneering with all-season autonomous driving technologies. Harri has together with his co-founder team built one of the leading full-stack AD software start-up companies in Europe, with focus on bad-weather agnostic autonomous driving software, which is to be utilized in Shared Driverless Vehicles. Prior to founding Sensible 4, he was among the first to take automated buses to open-road conditions in 2016, this happened in Finland through SOHJOA – project, as well as he built the whole Finnish road automation ecosystem, now determined to stabilize Finland’s international role in the forming of the market. Proactive and persistent, motivated by challenging current businesses and working towards the disruption in traffic. Deep know-how in high level automotive systems, integration and vehicle development. Before founding Sensible 4, Harri has been actively working towards enabling AV’s in Finland as well as developing Electric Vehicle’s and their systems. Harri has his BSc. in Automotive Engineering (2006) and his MSc. in Machine design from Aalto University (2010).

Jérôme Rigaud

NAVYA
Deputy CEO

Jérôme Rigaud obtained his Master’s degree diploma in law from University Paris 2, and then graduated from Sciences Po. Later, Jérôme attended HEC Paris (Higher School of Business) where he got his Executive MBA in strategic marketing and finance.

Before joining NAVYA, Jérôme was for 10 years General Manager of Kalidea, acquired by Up Group. He ran a build-up strategy to reach leading position on the market, expended the products portfolio and services range, worked on acquire software companies and developed key partnerships. Before that, he was the CEO of Topachat-Clust where he managed the company turnaround leading to a successful buyout by Orange Group. He then joined Orange as Head of business development at France Telecom E-Commerce.

Jérôme joined NAVYA in 2018 as deputy CEO. Since then, he has been working in close collaboration with the Chairman of the Management Board and CFO, Frank Maccary, to lead the company towards international success.

Bassel Al Nahlaoui

Careem
Managing Director

Bassel is the Managing Director for Careem in the Arabian Gulf, leading the company’s operations in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. One of the key things that Careem does is working in conjunction with local governments, and Bassel has led the way is creating a company strategy for the region.

Prior to this he the Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, looking after strategic partnerships, corporates sales across the region while working closely with Governments to develop favourable regulatory frameworks to grow Careem’s business.

Having advised and worked with firms across the Middle East and the United States in the past, Bassel brings over a decade of experience in management consulting and investment management.

Bassel holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Purdue University, USA. In his free time, he likes to focus his attention on family and sports and enjoys playing basketball.

Dr. Kang Li

iAuto Technology

Dr. Kang Li is the chief technical advisor of the Taiwan iAuto consortium, which consists of the team members from L.L. iAuto Technology Ltd., National Taiwan University, Ming-Chi University of Technology, Formosa Automobile, and Industrial Technology Research Institute. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Intelligent Vehicle and Mechatronics Laboratory, National Taiwan University. He was also a member of the Science & Technology Program Executive Review Board, Executive Yuan of Taiwan, where his main duty was to provide consulting support and technical advice for Taiwanese government funded EV & AV projects. He will also serve in the newly founded National Transportation Safety Board of Taiwan as the Board Member. He got his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees both from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University (NTU). Dr. Li has more than 15 years’ R&D experience in fields of automated vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, and electric vehicles. He has successfully led R&D teams in collaboration with a Taiwan’s auto company and research institutions to develop and demonstrate Level-2~4 automated driving systems for passenger cars and heavy vehicles, including Taiwan’s first L2+ automated driving system for production cars. Dr. Li is currently leading a project aimed at mass production of low-cost L4 light EVs for autonomous transport service in the closed or semi-closed environment.

Corey Clothier

Comet Mobility
Autonomous Vehicle and Program Developer

Corey Clothier, a leading global strategic consultant focused on safe automated vehicle deployment and market development.

For 10-years, Mr. Clothier served in the U.S. Marines. Mr. Clothier was among the first Marine computer technicians on F/A-18 fighter jets, then was selected for promotion and trained as a fighter jet pilot. Mr. Clothier holds a bachelor’s degree in aircraft engineering from Northrop University and an MBA from Baker College.

Mr. Clothier draws on his experience in the corporate and defense sectors working on high level projects for Cosworth, GM test labs, Lear, Ford and DARPA. In addition, Mr. Clothier spent over six years focusing on strategic development consulting for the U.S. Army Robotics Research and Development Center, where he initiated collaborative autonomous vehicle projects with other federal agencies and the commercial sector.

Mr. Clothier was honored to present the ARIBO program at the White House. Mr. Clothier co-developed the US Army program, ARIBO (Autonomous Robotics for Installation and Base Operations), which was a featured and White House supported project. Largely due to Mr. Clothier’s leadership, ARIBO has become an internationally significant collaborative strategy with U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and Transportation working together to accelerate the self-driving market development.

Mr. Clothier, is among the most active developers of automated mobility systems. Mr. Clothier leads projects with smart cities, campus owners, airports, planning companies, insurance companies and AV developers. He led many of the 1st level-4 public/private AV demos and pilots in the US and UK, for example: the 1st AV at Detroit Auto Show (2015) and the 1st AV demo at CES (2014). Mr. Clothier also initiated and led the planning of the 1st AV pilot in the US at Fort Bragg, NC. Mr. Clothier is currently an automated vehicle strategist and advisor for Honolulu, Chicago, Jacksonville, FL, and Las Vegas and is working on AV pilots for multiple cities and communities.

Mr. Clothier also develops strategy for vehicle manufacturers and AV developers. He led the development of Local Motors Olli and is currently supporting the development of multiple new automated vehicles with global technology partners, as well as operational safety tools curated for automated mobility systems.

Mr. Clothier’s passion is also his mission: to accelerate the development and deployment of low to mid-speed automated mobility systems globally.

Christopher Mentzer

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Assistant Director of the Applied Sensing Department, Acting Manager for the Unmanned Systems Section

Chris Mentzer, PMP has a BS and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and has been working with automated vehicles for over 13 years. He is the Assistant Director of the Applied Sensing Department as well as Acting Manager for the Unmanned Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Chris was extensively involved in SwRI’s Mobile Autonomous Robotics Technology Initiative (MARTI) program. This program created an autonomous vehicle out of a 2006 Ford Explorer with which SwRI was able to demonstrate key technologies improving upon the state-of-the-art in-ground vehicle autonomy. This system has been demonstrated alongside other industry leaders in the field at the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress in 2008 and the Army’s Robotics Rodeo in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Mr. Mentzer performed system integration for the Small Unit Mobility Enhancement Technologies (SUMET) program for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and is currently the program manager for the Dismounted Soldier Autonomy Tools (DSAT) program and successor programs related to the Robotics Technology Kernel (RTK) effort for the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Additionally, Chris was the project manager for the Active Vision and Drive-By-Wire Evaluation projects for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Pacific. As Acting Manager for the Unmanned Systems Section, Chris is also responsible for overseeing the unmanned ground vehicle programs at SwRI.

Professor Michael Milford, PhD

Expert | Speaker | Consultant

“Professors Milford's presentation provided a fascinating insight into the world of artificial intelligence ‐ from the inside. His message resonated with both those unfamiliar with the field as well as those of us with a technical background”

Professor Milford conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi‐award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all‐weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He is also one of Australia’s most in demand experts in technologies including self‐driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence, and is a passionate science communicator. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

Aravind Kailas, Ph.D.

Volvo Group North America
Research and Innovation Manager

Dr. Aravind Kailas specializes in translating tech trends and societal needs into business strategy and innovation. Dr. Kailas has worked at the Volvo Group for over five years, strengthening organic innovation and public affairs initiatives through cross-sector partnerships. By promoting the company’s creative assets and key technology positions in various fora, he has been instrumental in establishing the Volvo Group as a trusted thought leader in California.

Dr. Kailas has led Volvo’s engagement with the public and private sectors, and other outreach efforts in the connected and autonomous vehicles spaces. Dr. Kailas created a unique regional partnership to assess air quality improvements along freight corridors near the ports, and also spearheaded local partner development for the Volvo electric truck roll-out in the US. He has initiated many activities with startups and customers to address critically needed technologies and explore new business opportunities for the Volvo Group.  

Dr. Kailas is also a part-time Instructor at California State University Long Beach, and has previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. Author of over 100 publications and quoted in many media outlets, Dr. Kailas has delivered more than 50 invited talks globally, and served on numerous international jury panels on research and technology, advisory boards of non-profit organizations and academic institutions. His scholarly work has been recognized by numerous accolades, including the Patricia F. Waller and Deborah Freund Awards from the Transportation Research Board. He has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Steven Shladover

California PATH, UC Berkeley

Role

  • Research Engineer and Pioneer in Autonomous Transportation

Consulting focus

  • Advanced Transportation Systems
  • Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems
  • Intelligent Transport Systems

Professional background

  • 45+ years of expertise in transportation systems planning and analysis, vehicle dynamics and control, large-scale systems, and economics

Education

  • S.B., S.M., Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Won Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award and Control Engineering Practice Award for contribution to intelligent vehicle and highway systems

Relevant Project Experience

  • As principal investigator in Connected and Automated Vehicle Research, led research to identify energy saving potential of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) systems
  • As principal investigator in Connected and Automated Vehicle Research Roadmap for AASHTO, defined a wide range of research topics to decide future funding projects
  • Providing technical advices to the California DMV for the regulations that govern the testing and public operation of automated road vehicles that do not require continuous monitoring by the driver
  • Developed modeling and simulation tools to assess realistic traffic impacts of adaptive cruise control (ACC) and cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC)
  • Developed user requirements and concept of operations for a cooperative adaptive cruise control system for heavy trucks
  • Led project to develop and evaluate three mobility enhancing applications of connected vehicle technology

Lukas Neckermann

Neckermann Strategic Advisors
Managing Director

Lukas is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy with a focus on new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, and financial services. After beginning his career at a small commercial radio station in Ithaca, NY, Lukas joined BMW in Munich. Working in BMW’s Central Marketing area, he co-developed the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, communication, and positioning strategies.

He joined Allianz Group in 2002, reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann, for whom he developed group-level strategies. He continued his Allianz career in various head-office and regional line leadership functions, last as Executive Board member and Director of Underwriting, Marketing and Sales for the UK and Ireland’s leading creditinsurance company, Euler Hermes UK plc. While at Euler Hermes, Lukas led the most significant innovation and strategic change program in over 20 years.

Lukas was a founding member of TheOScarProject – the world’s first open-source car project and is currently Advisor to four urban mobility startups: NEXT Future Transportation Inc., Flock, Splyt, and Eliport. Lukas is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and an Instructor at New York University (NYU). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Lukas has written three books, “The Mobility Revolution” (2015) ,“Corporate Mobility Breakthrough” (2016), and “Smart Cities, Smart Mobility” (2017), which is available in four languages. He is fluent in English and German.

Dr. Michel R. Parent

AutoKAB
President

Michel Parent is currently the president of AutoKAB, a new company specialized in the automation of vehicle fleets. This company is a spin-off from the vehicle automation research team from INRIA that he created in 1991. This team focuses on research and development of information and communication technologies for road transport and in particular on fully automated vehicles (the cybercars). He is considered as the “father” of the cybercar concept (in 1991!) and he was the coordinator of the European Project CyberCars between 2001 and 2004 and several follow-up project.

Before his positions at INRIA, Michel Parent has spent half of his time in research and academia at such places as Stanford University and MIT in the USA and INRIA in France, and the other half in the robotics industry. He was the president of the French Robotics Association between 1974 and 1979. He is the author of several books on robotics, vision and intelligent vehicles, and numerous publications and patents.

Michel Parent has an engineering degree from the French Aeronautics School (ENSAE), a Masters degree in Operation Research and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Dr. Hoda A. Alkhzaimi

Director of Center of Cyber Security, NYU Abu Dhabi
Research Assistant Professor, New York University

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is currently a research assistant professor in New York University and the Director of Center of Cyber Security in NewYork University AD. She served in different posts for research and development in Cyber Security and Cryptology for the past years. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally.

Alkhzaimi has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda.Alkhzaimi obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others.

Greg Lindsay

Director of Applied Research at NewCities
Director of Strategy at LA CoMotion

Mandali Khalesi

Vice President: Automated Driving,
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development [TRI-AD], Japan

Mr. Mandali Khalesi completed his Masters in Astrophysics at the University College London, before moving to Japan in the late 90s working in software consulting and starting up one of Japan's first location-based mobile software startups in downtown Tokyo in the mid-2000s. After moving to Europe for 6 years to work in leadership roles at mobile navigation leaders TomTom and Nokia, he moved back to Japan in 2014 to head up the APAC automotive products business for Nokia, later acquired by BMW, Audi and Daimler as HERE. He moved to Toyota's Advanced R&D Engineering Company in early 2018 as Global Head of Automated Driving Mobility and Innovation. Since late 2018, Mandali Khalesi is also VP Automated Driving at TRI-AD, Toyota's automated driving software company.

Zahra Boroujeni

Freie University Berlin
Researcher

Zahra Boroujeni has been working in the field of Robotics and autonomous cars for more than 10 years. Researching in Robotics Research Laboratory and participating in Robocup competitions during her Bachelor and Master programs at IUST(Iran University Science and Technology) has given her a wide-ranging knowledge of electronics, mechanics, control algorithms, experimental robots, and related softwares. After graduating, she continued her research in Italy for a year, working in a European project

(Pacman). She started her PhD at Freie University Berlin in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Raul Rojas. During her PhD, she has also been working in the KLEE project, the main focus of which is autonomous car energy efficiency. Development Engineer especially in robotics and autonomous cars.

Shyamala Prayaga

Ford Motor Company
User Experience Evangelist

Shyamala Prayaga is a user experience evangelist having experience designing mobile, web, desktop and voice-based interactions. Presently working at Ford motor company, she is helping shape the future of digital and physical spaces within Ford and Lincoln vehicles through voice and multimodal speech interface.

Rich Radka

Claro Partners
Founding Partner

Rich is the founding partner of Claro. His core skill is envisioning the big picture and making sense of how it connects to people’s lives, from insight generation and designing future scenarios to leading teams to create them. Rich leads designers, social scientists and business strategists to develop innovative products and experiences across consumer electronics (including several innovation projects for Samsung), technology, mobility, financial services, healthcare,, travel, retail, and global development. With 20 years of professional experience in innovation, Rich is a recognized leader in the field and frequent speaker at events (FEI, EPIC, TechXLR8). He previously was director of user experience at Studio Archetype and Sapient.

Sarwant Singh

Frost & Sullivan
Managing Partner & Mobility Expert

Sarwant Singh has over 21 years of consulting and management experience and at the moment is Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) Region Leader and Global Practice leader of the Automotive & Transportation and Aerospace & Defence team at Frost & Sullivan. He is also the leader and founder of a think tank group within the organisation that works on future Mega Trends. He managed over 350 advisory projects in last 18 years with Frost & Sullivan ranging from diverse topics in M&A, New Market/Product Assessments, Business opportunity analysis, Product Portfolio Analysis, Due Diligence studies and Partnership/Acquisition analysis.

He also pioneered the “Macro to Micro” approach in analysing Mega Trends in 2008, which has since been tried and tested with Fortune 1000 companies in developing white space opportunities. He consults to clients like Ford, Philips, BMW, Fiat group, Nissan, Toyota, UNIDO, Fincantieri, SITA and many other high profile organisations leveraging his Mega Trends and Future of Mobility work. He is also author of a book titled, “New Mega Trends” launched in Oct 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan has since been sold in over 30 countries and recently been translated into Chinese for a local China market release.

Additionally to that, Sarwant is a member of the World Economic Forum Transportation group and writes for Forbes also contributed to Financial Times, Bloomberg and CNBC. He sits on advisory boards of Nissan, ATI, Leeds University Business School and a few start-ups. He is a thought leader and a charismatic futurist who combines engineering acumen with strong commercial experience.

Gary D. West

Managing Director, Future Mobility,
GM Middle East

Gary D. West is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of GM’s Future Mobility technologies in the Middle East, in line with the company’s vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

West brings extensive fleet management experience, working in diverse locations in the USA, China and Singapore. During these assignments he was responsible for channel growth, commercial sales, business-to-business strategy and best practice implementation.

West has over 26 years of global automotive vehicle sales, service, and marketing experience, managing teams in emerging, developing and mature markets.

Ralf Baron

Arthur D. Little
Senior Partner and Global Head of ADL's Travel & Transportation Practice

Consulting focus

  • Extensive consulting experience with Arthur D. Little working in the fields of Mobility – Private and Public Sector, Strategy and Organisation with focus on transformation and change and innovation management

Professional background

  • More than 25 years ADL experience in strategy and innovation consulting in the travel and transportation sector
  • 5 years experience United Nations Headquarters, New York, Centre for Science and Technology for Development – Technology assessment and innovation

Education

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
  • M.A. Political Science, International Economics

Examples of relevant projects

  • For a GCC transport player, developed the micro mobility strategy and operating model
  • Developed Mobility as a Service Strategy and Business Planning for a major City in Central Europe
  • Developed an integrated mobility Platform for a major City in Southern Germany
  • For a GCC transport player, developed the 2030 and 2071 strategy and vision
  • For a GCC transport player, developed the integrated mobility strategy
  • Set-up Arthur D. Little Global Mobility Lab, co-developed an index and the ADL approach on Future of Urban Mobility
  • Developed an Mobility Ecosystem approach and strategy for a major European Airline
  • Serves as Government Advisor for Future of Mobility Strategies for a GCC country
  • Developed the approach for integrated mobility including top management / government alignment for a major GCC country
  • Developed the business plan and investment strategy of a leading player in the Swiss travel and transportation industry
  • Extensive experience on technology assessment for travel and transportation technologies

Joseph Salem

Arthur D. Little
Senior Principal at Arthur D. Little and Global Head of Operations of the Consultancy's Travel & Transportation Practice

Joseph is a renowned guest speaker in major international conferences, focusing on transformation of the mobility ecosystem in future cities. He led major strategic assignments for global mobility players and supported national transport authorities in reshaping their mobility ecosystems – across Europe, Middle East and Asia. He published several thought pieces on the future of mobility and topics related to mobility-as-a-service.

Dr. Ismail Zohdy

RTA
Expert

Dr. Zohdy is an innovative mobility solutions expert with more than thirteen years of experience collectively between USA, Egypt and United Arab of Emirates, in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Mobility modeling, Autonomous/Connected Vehicles technology and Smart City initiative. He is currently the Program Manager of Self-Driving Transport strategy at RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), Government of Dubai, United Arab of Emirates. In addition, he is the scientific/content team chair for the first congress of its-kind in the region “Dubai World Congress for Self-driving Transport”. He previously supported many federal clients, including Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation and ARPA-e (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) US Department of Energy in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles program. Dr. Zohdy was a lecturer for many courses related to transportation engineering. These courses vary from “Introduction/basics to transportation engineering” to “New generation of Smart Mobility and Intelligent transport System in Smart City Context”. Dr. Zohdy is also an author of peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter for Connected/Autonomous vehicles. He was honored several research awards in advanced transportation systems, including the “Best Scientific”

Daniel Baxter

ITS Roads & Vehicles Practice Lead
Stantec Consulting

Dan is a Chief Systems Engineer and the Practice Director for Stantec’s global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V). Dan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dan’s specialty is helping municipalities leverage their existing traffic management facilities as a foundation for advanced smart mobility strategies. Dan’s experience includes nearly twenty (20) Transportation Management Center projects for Smart Mobility solutions in North American cities. Dan leads a technical team responsible for planning, design, systems engineering, testing and commissioning of Smart Mobility technology applications including Intelligent Transportation Systems, Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV), Managed Lanes Technology, Active Traffic Management and Transportation Pricing projects including All Electronic Tolling and Road Use Charging. Dan has recently provided innovation services to develop a self-driving vehicle technology code of practice in the United Arab Emirates. He has provided innovative approaches on smart mobility on projects as a project manager including the US$16B Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston, and currently on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Statewide Traffic Management Center software upgrade. On Stantec’s two CAV test facility programs, Dan has managed testing, research and design for Connected Automated Vehicles, Dedicated Short-Range Communications for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P), Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Cloud (V2X) applications. Dan has engineered service routes for driverless micro-transit including Automated Connected Electric Shuttles.

Rod Schebesch

Senior Vice President and Transportation Sector Lead
Stantec

Rod Schebesch has spent his 27-year career enhancing mobility. He leads Stantec’s Smart Mobility Program specializing in the implementation of new transportation technology and in understanding how that technology will transform transportation networks worldwide. With a focus on building smarter cities, Rod is always striving to find greater infrastructure efficiencies that positively impact the built environment. His policy interests focus on the transformative potential connected and autonomous systems hold for improving safety, shrinking environmental impacts, and using existing infrastructure more efficiently. He has led projects involving connected vehicles, transit-rideshare technology, driverless shuttles, and smart city planning. For the past 6 years he has been serving as Stantec’s program manager for ACTIVE-AURORA, Canada’s largest connected-automated-vehicles test bed, leveraging the experience he’s gained to design and construct tomorrow’s intelligent transportation systems today. Rod is Stantec’s Transportation Sector Lead and a Senior Vice President based in their main Calgary office.

Dr Dario Menichetti

Regional Director / Project Management & Services, Middle East
PTV GROUP

With a Ph.D. and a Master in Civil Engineering both majoring Transport Modelling, a PMP Certification, and nearly 15 years of global experience, Dr Dario Menichetti works at PTV based in the Group’s regional Hub of Dubai since April 2016.

From Australia to Singapore, via Taiwan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, the 38 years-old Italian Chartered Engineer has proven himself as a global specialist in smart mobility and technology for transportation planning & optimization, working for some of the leading Companies in the industry.

Prior to joining PTV Group, he was the Transport Studies Manager at Etihad Rail, the Government‐owned developer and operator of the UAE national railway. He has also worked with Mott MacDonald as a Senior Transport Modeller, handling major projects such as Masdar City. He was also Transport Consultant at Scott Wilson (now part of AECOM) in the UK, before relocating to the UAE in 2008.

As Regional Director of PTV Group for the Middle East, Africa and India, he is responsible for project management & delivery of PTV solutions. His field of action additionally includes business relations and customer care on-site with Authorities, Consultancies, Operators, OEMs, System Integrators and PTV Partners, as well as fostering business development of PTV New Mobility solutions in an exciting era of transportation revolutions, digitalization and steep international industry growth.

Reporting directly to the Regional Managing Director, Dario directs the Project Management and Services (PM&S) department with a team based in the local regional offices in close vicinity to PTV Customers while having full access to the global PTV team and to the 40-years-old Company’s expertise. The PM&S team offer a range of customer-centric services focused on PTV software with solution setup, training and customer support as well as they guide and assist our clients at all stages of deployment of PTV

Christophe Gaussin

CEO
Gaussin

Scott Drennan

Vice President, Innovation
Bell

Scott Drennan serves as vice president of Bell’s Innovation team. Scott joined Bell in 1993 after receiving a BS in Aerospace Engineering from University of MaryLand and working as a co-op student at GE Aircraft Engines. He also holds a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. Scott's career focus on advanced VTOL technologies and configurations has included work on the V-22, and more recently as chief engineer of the Bell 609 program and director of air vehicle integration. He is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee.

Scott is proud to carry on Bell’s rich tradition of innovation as a leader in Bell’s engineering community. The Innovation team’s mission is to radically innovate technologies and aircraft configurations in order to create novel and coveted vehicle lift experiences. The team leverages Bell's core competencies and fearlessly embraces disruption to illuminate and secure Bell's future as an extraordinary technology company.

Bryn Balcombe

Chief Strategy Officer
Roborace

Bryn is the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, the world’s first driverless racing platform. His experience spans an impressive 16 years working for Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management leading all significant technical projects from the construction of new circuits to fully automated car and camera tracking systems and the implementation of the Formula One Global Media Network. He is also founder of ADA, who’s mission is to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) to eliminate fatalities on our global roads by 2050.

Sanjay Sood

Vice President
HERE Technologies

Sanjay Sood is Vice President at HERE Technologies. Sanjay is tackling one of the most complex technical challenges associated with driverless cars: helping them see around the corner. Sanjay leads the team building the highly precise, machine readable map that self-driving cars need to position themselves on the road, anticipate what’s coming ahead, and ensure passenger comfort. Perfecting the map will be essential in an autonomous future. Before joining HERE in 2014, Sanjay held senior positions at YP (formerly AT&T Interactive) leading technology and product development for the consumer vertical, including local search, yield optimization, and dynamic data management. Earlier in his career, Sanjay worked on core algorithms for contextual search applications at Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory out of which numerous technology startups launched (i.e., Narrative Science, Allvoices, BuzzLabs, Intellext). Sanjay holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and holds ten patents for his work in machine learning and informational retrieval

Robin Li

Baidu
CEO

Bijit Halder

Drive.ai
Chief Executive Officer

Bijit Halder is the Chief Executive Officer at Drive.ai, where he leads the company’s product design and development. Bijit is a veteran Silicon Valley executive, with almost 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and an engineer in the tech industry. Before Drive.ai, he worked on AI-based speech and natural language products at Baidu USA, where he led the development of the first voice-centric mobile keyboard platform, and previously at Apple, where he worked with the Advanced Design Group to build next generation Siri features. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, a M.A. from the Indian Institute of Science, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Abdulla Al-Kaff

Intelligent Systems Lab
Assistant Professor & Senior Researcher

Abdulla Al-Kaff is an Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LSI), Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, with a solid theoretical and mathematical background in the fields of Artificial Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and localization algorithms for Intelligent Systems and Automotive ground and aerial vehicles.

He graduated from Aden University in Computer Science and Engineering in 2007 with a grade (Very good) and ranked as the third in his class, and obtained his master degree in Robotics and Automation with grade (Excellent) in 2012 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Automation in 2017 with a grade (Excellent with Cum Laude), with a thesis titled "Vision-based navigation system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)", which proposed a robust navigation system; in order to allow the UAVs to perform complex tasks autonomously and in real-time. The proposed algorithms deal with solving the navigation problem for outdoor as well as indoor environments, mainly based on visual information that is captured by monocular cameras. In addition, this dissertation presents the advantages of using the visual sensors as the main source of data or complementing other sensors in providing useful information; in order to improve the accuracy and the robustness of the sensing purposes.

During his Ph.D., Abdulla got a European patent in designing a UAV with an advanced visual system for the inspection for the defects in buildings and infrastructures.

In addition, Abdulla was awarded as a best Ph.D. thesis in Spain in Intelligent Transportation systems. His current research interests focused on computer vision, deep learning, trajectories planning, control engineering, intelligent systems, autonomous vehicles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and he has a lot of the publications in these fields.

Eng. Ahmed Hussein

Senior Development Engineer,
IAV Gmbh

Dr.-Ing. Ahmed Hussein has received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt, in June 2012; followed by his in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Berlin campus, Germany, working on optimization of multiple robot systems cooperation in May 2013. In September 2018, he received his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain. During the doctoral degree period, he was working with the Intelligent Systems Lab (LSI) research group, where he was one of the team leaders of the Intelligent Campus Automobile (iCab) project, working on the development and implementation of localization, mapping, planning, control, communication and cooperative driving techniques for multiple self-driving vehicles. Currently he is a Senior Development Engineer in the Department of Perception and Camera Functions at IAV GmbH in Berlin, Germany.

His research interests are focused on intelligent transportation systems fields, mainly on sensors data fusion, autonomous systems control, optimization techniques, computational intelligence and cooperative vehicles systems. Recently, his research interests also include computer vision, deep learning and development of perception systems based on camera and lidar data for object detection, recognition and classification.

Ahmed is a member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) since 2015, and a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) since 2012. He is the Treasurer and Registration Co-Chair for the IEEE ITSC2019, the Publicity Chair for the IEEE ICVES2019, and the Workshops Co-Chair for the IEEE IV2020. Additionally, he was the Student Activities Chair for the IEEE ITSS Spanish Chapter for the period from 2017 to 2019, the General Co-Chair and Financial Chair of the IEEE ICVES2018, and was a member of the Organizing Committee of IEEE ICET 2012, IEEE RST2016, IEEE ICVES2017, IEEE ITSC2018, IEEE IROS2018, and IEEE IV2019, among other international events. He also chaired and co-chaired several workshops, in addition to serving as a reviewer and/or an associate editor in numerous international conferences. Furthermore, he has been invited to give speeches, lectures, and seminars at different institutes.

Dr. Amine Arezki

Head of Autonomy
Thales

Having lived and worked in 3 different continent over the globe (Africa, Europe and America), Amine is a highly creative and open-minded PhD in Robotics and Smart Systems who naturally likes combining art design and technology, connected to real purposes. Dr. Amine AREZKI has started his international career by designing competitive autonomous mobile robots as a student and participating in several European competitions. Inspired by this experience, he continued applying the playful use of robotics for a greater good when working at Rutgers University New Jersey, USA and combining robotics with video games for rehabilitation of people who suffered from a Stroke. After his time abroad, Dr. Amine AREZKI joined Thales Group France in 2008 where is had different responsibilities; Project manager and industrialization for transportation projects in China and North Africa. In 2011 he joined the German organization as a Product trainer (designing & delivering customer training programs). In 2013 he joined the international organization by accepting a challenging position as a Design Authority Product Line, where he has launched the newest generation of Hardware Platform for the global ground transportation activities. In 2015 he has joined the Strategy and Product Policy as a Product Line Manager for axle counter / Point machines, launching Lite4ce™ the new generation fiber optical axle counter product based on fiber optics and ThEye™ (Thales Eye), the remote support solution using augmented reality glasses. Since 2017, Dr. Amine Arezki took the lead of the worldwide activities for autonomy within Thales Group, shaping the future of transportation and mobility.

Edward Forrester

Future Mobility Lead Planner & Global Coordinator for the Middle East
Mott MacDonald

Edward is the Future Mobility Lead Planner and Global Coordinator for the Middle East region with Mott MacDonald. Edward has led or advised on a number of recent projects for the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Airport. These include the Dubai Electric Vehicle Infrastructure study and developing the strategy for a Self-Driving Transport Challenge in the Emirate. Such experience has given him the platform to understand the potential impacts that CAVs will have on urban development.

He is currently working with the University of West England to roll-out FUTURES, a new approach to transport planning using scenario planning to help plan for uncertainty as the motor age continues to be surpassed by the digital age. Edward is developing a reputation in the future mobility industry and has spoken on the Dubai Business Breakfast radio show and at recent conferences including Cityscape and the International Road Federation.

Bentley Lin

Managing Director
Exida Safety Services

Mr. Lin has over 10 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the vehicle E/E architecture, automotive electronics and safety application. He is an active functional safety expert who has experiences in doing projects with Japanese, Korean, European, US and Chinese manufacturers.

He is a system architecture and safety expert who can take care of both of new function development and functional safety subjects at the same time. Having special interests in development and implementation of details in autonomous driving (highly automated driving) and innovative mobility solutions.

Application and safety experiences across following automotive systems:

  1. Passive Entry Passive Start & Electronic Steering Lock (ASIL D)
  2. Electrical Parking Brake (ASIL D)
  3. Electrical Power Steering (ASIL D)
  4. Body Control Module (ASIL B)
  5. Advance Driving Assistance System & Highly Automated Driving (ASIL B to ASIL D)
  6. EV-Electrical Energy Storage (ASIL C)
  7. Hybrid (Vehicle) Control Unit (ASIL C)
  8. EV-Motor Control Unit/ Inverter (ASIL C)
  9. Transmission Control Unit (ASIL C)
  10. Vehicle E/E architecture topologies (QM to ASIL D)
Now he is Managing Director for exida Safety Systems (Shanghai) CO., Ltd.

Bianca Barbu

CMO
CANGO

Bianca Barbu is Chief Marketing Officer for CANGO. She joined the company in 2011 and brought her expertise in negotiation, marketing, business development and customer value that she gained at past companies from automotive and insurance industry.

Telematics niche offered the challenges that she was looking to have and to do something different every day. “CANGO is the company that I dreamed to work in since I started my career. I wanted to be part of the progress and work in an environment where any idea is welcomed and can become a project. Being awarded by Frost and Sullivan for Customer Value Leadership is a true validation of our work and proves that when you stay true to the brand promises you will succeed!”

Starting with 2019 CANGO is in a process of changes and developed a new concept on the market: Telematics as a Service gives the users the possibility to beneficiate of the same quality and useful features and functionalities using they present system without adding any new hardware. We can consider this as a first step for the self-driving transport industry.

Brian Baker

CEO/Managing Partner
RebelV2

Brian Baker is a leading technologist of the 21st century. His designs are in use across the globe in the verticals of transportation, connected devices, entertainment and software. Mr. Baker is an expert in Human Centered Design and evangelizes how technology professionals are able to build the world of the future by studying the people and problems of today. He leads a team of strategy and design experts at RebelV2, a twenty-year old Colorado innovation agency that has had an impact across several industries and has provided winning products to the largest brands in the world. RebelV2 clients include Ford, Disney, Home Depot, The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Sony and LG.

The underlying theme of Mr. Baker’s success is understanding the customer intimately. He does this by going into the field to study human beings in their natural environments, capturing large data sets and the micro-moments that lead to great products. This methodology has led to innovations in several business verticals, including banking, ecommerce, entertainment, connected devices, child-development and transportation.

Mr. Baker has won all the requisite awards in design, including ‘Best in Show’ at the Consumer Electronics Show, ‘Inventor of the Year’ and several ‘Red Dot’ Awards. He sits on three private boards in the fields of child development, banking, and innovation services, and also holds a Senior Fellow position at a leading Futurist Think Tank. Mr. Baker speaks internationally to promote the Human Centered Design process and to help forward-thinking institutions understand their customers completely, defining customer needs through data, and then delivering the products that meet those needs.

Dalia Hafiz

Assistant Professor
Al-Ghurair University

Dalia Hafiz is an architect, academic, researcher, and phenomenologist who has a passion for environmental design, she received her PhD from the school of Architecture and Design (A+D), Virginia Tech. She received her master’s degree in Architecture in 2011 from the same school. She graduated her bachelor of science in architecture engineering from the Faculty of Engineering Architecture Department, Alexandria University, Egypt in 2007. She was recognized as the best design research student by the School Of Architecture and Design in Virginia Tech twice. Also she was awarded the Richard Kelly Grant for lighting research excellence in 2015.

She taught and helped teaching various courses in both architecture and interior design fields in several universities in US, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

One of Dalia’s research explores ways to enhancing the relationship between the education and practice of architecture. In addition to this she has other research that examines the daylighting dynamism which can create uncomfortable situations causing visual discomfort. She focuses on the time and space dynamics of the daylight condition, the representation and re-imagining of these dynamics especially in the early stages of the design process.

This research area has numerous applications in a diverse of fields: Behavioral decisions in transit stations, wayfinding in interior spaces and outdoors, design aid for visually impaired/elderly and energy saving technologies.

Dalia published articles related to this research in several conferences, newsletters, and publications including Transportation Research Board (TRB-2016), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) research symposium III- 2016. BESS (Building Environmental Systems Symposium), ARCC (Future of Architecture Research 2015) and NIBS (National Institute of Building Sciences) conference and expo 2014. Her research has been selected for publication in multiple journals including NIBS Journal, Enquiry: The Journal for Architectural Research, and a book chapter "Design Innovations for Contemporary Interiors and Civic Art".

She is looking in her future research to collaborate with professionals and other academia to explore potentials to bridge architecture education and practice. She is looking to extend her previous research to examine visual discomfort conditions for elderly, in addition to possibilities to expand the research to adapt dynamic eye movement and test different visual discomfort relationships with noise, acoustics and thermal discomfort.

Daniel Baxter

ITS Roads & Vehicles Practice Lead
Stantec Consulting

Dan is a Chief Systems Engineer and the Practice Director for Stantec’s global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V). Dan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dan’s specialty is helping municipalities leverage their existing traffic management facilities as a foundation for advanced smart mobility strategies. Dan’s experience includes nearly twenty (20) Transportation Management Center projects for Smart Mobility solutions in North American cities. Dan leads a technical team responsible for planning, design, systems engineering, testing and commissioning of Smart Mobility technology applications including Intelligent Transportation Systems, Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV), Managed Lanes Technology, Active Traffic Management and Transportation Pricing projects including All Electronic Tolling and Road Use Charging. Dan has recently provided innovation services to develop a self-driving vehicle technology code of practice in the United Arab Emirates. He has provided innovative approaches on smart mobility on projects as a project manager including the US$16B Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston, and currently on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Statewide Traffic Management Center software upgrade. On Stantec’s two CAV test facility programs, Dan has managed testing, research and design for Connected Automated Vehicles, Dedicated Short-Range Communications for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P), Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Cloud (V2X) applications. Dan has engineered service routes for driverless micro-transit including Automated Connected Electric Shuttles.

Emmanuel Quarm

CEO/Founder/Director
Teksolutions

Emmanuel Victor Quarm is presently the CEO/Founder/Director of Teksolutions-Inc.Ltd. A renowned physicist by profession with vast knowledge, exposure and experience in entrepreneurship in the advanced engineering sector. His career begun in Ghana where he persured a higher education degree in electrical/electronics engineering in 1996 from Takoradi Polytechnic. He came to Germany in August 2000 to further his education in Engineering physics at Oldenburg University – A degree with a unique perspective on technology and education.

His accomplishments and contributions to the industry includes seven produced intellectual properties and eight publications for Teksolutions-inc.Ltd. His special interest and expertise lies in the area of advanced digital manufacturing with respect to emerging technologies and enjoys reading engineering and scientific journals on research projects all across the world.

Eugene Chao

Research Associate
Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative

Eugene Chao is the Research Associate at the Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative under the Finance Dept. In the fall of 2018, he co-launched the first Private Equity Infrastructure Investment course to the Wharton MBAs. At the Transportation Engineering Dept, he is the project manager for Emeritus Prof. Vukan R. Vuchic. He is assisting Dr. Vuchic to produce his outstanding online course: Urban Transit for Livable Cities and one of the transportation committees for the U.S. Green Building Council. In the summer of 2014, he joined the U.S. General Services Administration fellowship program at the Administrator Office. His professional and research interests include private equity infrastructure investment, operating efficiency, urban/regional transit, and transportation policies and incentives.

Gerard Martret

Founder & CCO
SHOTL

Gerard leads the Business Development activities at Shotl. With full dedication to the project, he is responsible for identifying new opportunities in the Urban Mobility space and working directly with users and City Transit Agencies to ensure that Shotl delivers maximum value.

Founding his first startup when he was 23 years old, he has co-founded four successful ventures over the past 15 years: Drivania International S.L., Routebox Technologies S.L., Uiplei Training System S.L. and Foreride Inc.

Hussein Falih

Transport Modeller, Project Management & Services
PTV Group

Hussein started his professional career at the age of 21 as a Traffic Engineer after completing his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He was part of a team working on various traffic engineering projects and traffic impact studies. Fortunately, he got the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of traffic engineering and transport planning with the use of software packages like Vissim, Synchro, Sidra, HSC and GIS.

After 3 years, he moved to Germany to work as Product Manager for PTV Visum at PTV headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. His main tasks were:

  • Research comparison between various software tool in the field of Activity/Agent based Modelling (ABM)
  • Updating software examples
  • Software Marketing
  • Software Training
  • Interface between software development, test centres, sales and marketing departments

Currently, he is a Transport Modeller with PTV Group IMEA and part for the PTV Global Project Management & Services (PM&S) team responsible for setting up modelling solutions with the use of PTV software on all levels starting from detailed microscopic models up to nation-wide strategic macroscopic models including all aspects related to New Mobility, Real-Time, MaaS and Autonomous Vehicles.

In parallel, he is studying Master of Engineering Management (Engineering MBA) at University of Wollongong, and his thesis is in the area of Microsimulation for Connected Autonomous Vehicles.

Dr. Jochen Lohmiller

Manager M icroscopic Simulation
PTV Group

As Manager Microscopic Simulation at PTV Group, Dr. Jochen Lohmiller is responsible for the development of the traffic flow simulation PTV Vissim and the pedestrian simulation software PTV Viswalk. With his active participation in research projects, the methodical development is one focus area. Dr. Jochen Lohmiller works since 2014 at PTV Group. Before he studies mechanical engineering at the University Stuttgart and received later his Dr. in the area of traffic engineering.

Jonathan Spear

Director
Atkins Acuity

Jonathan Spear is a Director with Atkins Acuity with 25 years in transport policy, strategic studies, regulation and governance. Following an early professional career in the UK, he has worked across the World, including postings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

In the GCC, Jonathan has led or advised on a wide range of studies, including development of the National Transport Plan for the UAE, a Public Transport Master Plan for Kuwait, a Walking and Cycling Strategy for Abu Dhabi, an Electric Vehicles Strategy and Action Plan for Dubai and numerous planning and design applications for Dubai Airports. Latterly, he has developed policy for the liberalisation of the intercity bus market and the reform of public transport fares setting in Saudi Arabia, as well supporting the introduction of a new public bus tendering system in Bahrain.

Jonathan has become increasingly focused on the policy and regulatory implications of technology development and disruptive trends in the transport sector, including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and their potential interaction with shared mobility concepts. He led Atkins’ Intelligent Mobility in Asia Pacific and in 2019 has brought this experience back to Dubai. Recent studies include specific CAV trials and applications in Singapore, Dubai, China and UK, as well as tracking international trends and factors driving early adoption in this rapidly developing area.

Jonathan has been a member of the Council of the Association of European Transport, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and is involved in technical activities for the World Road Association covering institutional integrity, organisational capacity building and change management. He is a member of the Atkins Fellowship which is collectively responsible for ensuring technical excellence and leadership across the firm.

Jorge Bialade

General Manager
YallaMotors

Born and raised in Uruguay, Jorge Bialade commenced his automotive career more than 10 years ago in South America covering all aspect related to this industry. He moved to the GCC back in 2015 to lead YallaMotor. Now, the largest automotive site in the region with more than 12 million unique car buyers, more than 24 million purely automotive sessions and 120 million page views a year. Jorge's vision is to empower every driver and passenger in the Middle East to make informed decisions across the entire car buying, selling, maintenance, and transportation process.

Dr. Juan Pimentel

International Consultant
Omnex

Dr. Juan R. Pimentel is an expert international consultant in the areas of safety of automated vehicles, automotive cybersecurity, safety and cybersecurity of industrial control systems (ICS), and intelligent transportation systems. He is a sought after expert speaker at well known professional venues around the world on the topics of automated vehicle safety, automotive cybersecurity, ICS safety and cybersecurity, and international standards such as ISA/IEC 62443, ISO 26262, ISO/PAS 21448, and ISO/SAE 21434. Prior to his consulting endeavors he was a Professor of Computer Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, USA. He is a recognized international expert in the area of industrial communications, real-time and dependable systems, and autonomous vehicle and industrial functional safety and cybersecurity. He has written 8 books on industrial networking, multimedia systems, safety-critical automotive systems, and the Safety of Automated Vehicles. He has performed extensive research, consulting and conducted professional training in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has performed research at well known institutions around the world such as the Franuhofer Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, INRIA in Nancy, France, University of Padova, Italy, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, and UTEC, Lima, Peru. In 2007 he received the “Distinguished Researcher Award” from Kettering University for contributions in the area of industrial communication systems and automotive systems. He has written over 90 peer reviewed papers at international conferences and Journals, primarily the IEEE and SAE.

With a Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, his accomplishments include the co-development of the application layer for the industrial network Profibus (with Siemens), and the development of FlexCAN, a CAN-based safety-critical architecture. In the last few years he has been involved with various projects dealing with self-driving vehicles including design, simulation, testing, functional safety, cybersecurity, and developing professional training materials.

Kristian Jaldemark

Head of Development
Carmenta Automotive

Kristian is head of Development at Carmenta Automotive, including the product Carmenta TrafficWatch - Powerful Situational Awareness for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Kristian has 20 years of experience from advanced system development at Carmenta with a focus on the integration and use of geographical information and geospatial analysis in mission-critical IT systems. He has worked within the area of connected and autonomous vehicles since 2017.

Mark Wilson

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Michigan State University

Mark Wilson is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. Research and teaching interests address urban planning, disruptive technologies, mega-events, and economic development. Current projects include the urban implications of autonomous technologies; planning for industrial parks in Africa and the Middle East; mega-event planning for world’s fairs and Olympics; and the role of innovation, knowledge and information technology in urban development.

Martin Thibault

Vice President, Transportation
Stantec Consulting

Martin Thibault brings 25 years’ transportation experience, both in Canada and abroad.

As Vice-President, Transportation for Stantec Consulting Ltd. At the Montreal office, he leads a team of 350 professionals specializing in roadways, airport infrastructures, public transit, bridges and civil engineering structures, sustainable mobility, transportation and traffic planning, railways, ports and marine transportation and intelligent transportation systems.

For Martin, the near future of transportation must play an increasingly important role in the development of public transit networks, electrical transportation and, of course, connected and automated vehicles.

Martin plays an active role in the Transportation industry. In addition to being an active member of the PIARC task force on connected / automated vehicles, he is a member of the Transportation Committee of the Quebec Association of Consulting Engineering Companies and sits on the board of the Quebec Transportation Association.

Massimo Cavazzini

Head of Automotive EMEA
Amazon Web Services

After his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management at Politecnico di Torino, Massimo co-founded a company in the biometric business, and then helped two old-media companies in the digital transition acting as Chief Digital Officer. In 2005 he joined 3 Italia, a Hutchison Whampoa Company, where he had different digital marketing, communication and sales roles, before moving to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) in 2011 as head of FCA's Connected Car in EMEA. Massimo worked at Oracle as Industry Innovation Director EMEA before joining in early 2018 AWS, where he’s leading Automotive Business Development in EMEA, supporting customers to invent and innovate at scale.

Alan Whaley

Founder & Chairman,
AMENA

Alan is an automotive industry expert with over 32 years of experience in high output sales and performance management.

A true industry veteran with international experience, Alan has first-hand knowledge and experience on many levels of the industry, from the trenches doing sales to C suite decisions at OEMs, Importers, and Consultancies.

Today, Alan is dedicated to raising industry standards through thought leadership and knowledge sharing through keynotes, public forums, and as Chairman of AMENA Automotive Association.

Noah Kindler

In charge of Blockchain
Canoo

Noah Kindler is a product-focused technology executive, having founded companies with exits in both the consumer and enterprise markets, and raised over $110M in his career. He has built products used by 100M+ users, from, the original idea through to production. He combines a deep technical and product background, with a Stanford computer science degree, and several years as an engineer and product leader. He is also the author of a best selling programming book. Additionally, he has a broad background in business leadership, with a Harvard MBA (with distinction) and several years of experience as a consultant in the McKinsey Technology Office.

He is currently on the senior leadership at Canoo, a start-up electric vehicle company with over $1B in financing, where he is in charge of their silicon valley office, and blockchain software development focused on a new user experience with the car. Prior to Canoo, he recently served as the VP Technology/President of Americas for Avira (security company with 100M+ users) and as General Manager, West Coast, for Knotel, a late stage start-up (worth $1.5B+), where he also lead their blockchain initiatives. He has been a crypto-enthusiast for years, having studied cryptography at the PhD level, and first purchasing bitcoin at $70.

Eng. Samar AbdelFattah

Founder & CEO
Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DMTech)

Samar AbdelFattah comes from an Aerospace Engineering background and has been involved in mobility based projects for 5 years. She has been working on different vehicle engineering subsystems including Vehicle Structure, Ergonomics, Suspension, and even Engine performance and Vehicle Optimization. After her team received innovation award during the first SpaceX Hyperloop Competition in January, 2016, the team was scaled-up to have a team of 18 Engineers, Architects, and Civil Engineers to work not only on vehicle design but also stations and tubes. After publishing their first paper on Hyperloop Capsule Design using Linear Induction Motors in May, 2016 in Berlin, the team won the Judges Award in Dubai Build Earth Live Challenge for a connection between Dubai, Fujairah, and Al-Maktoum Airport.

Later that year, she partnered with Sypron Solution, Ministry of Military Production, and Cairo University to build the first single- passenger Hyperloop Capsule in the MENA to participate in SpaceX competition in 2017.

In cooperation with Sypron Solutions, the team launched the Passenger- Centred Experience Design Project for Smart Mobility and the first Hyperloop Summer School that was launched in Dubai Future Foundation during the AI summer camp.

Inspired by Smart City vision and tech role in future sustainability, in 2019, they launched Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DM Tech) to focus on levitating and magnetic transportation solutions, smart mobility services along with educational programs in transportation.

Active Projects:

  • Hyperloop Lab- Facility “US Patent Pending Technology
  • Passenger- Centred Experience Design
  • Advanced Studies and Development for Smart Mobility Solutions
  • ECO- Platform: The smart education platform

Scott Fennelly

Director of ITS and Transportation
Surface Mobility

Scott is a Co-Founder and Director of ITS and Transportation with Surface Mobility, he manages SMC’s ITS and Smart Mobility portfolio for the MENA region where some of the cutting edge Smart Mobility, AV, data science, and visualizations are assisting in designs, operations and management of the mobility network. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has led projects in the areas of Smart Highways, Big Data, Smart Mobility, Micro-mobility, Public Transport and Intelligent Transport System design both in urban areas and outer urban highways.

Rainer Horn

Managing Partner
SpaceTec Partners

Rainer Horn is the Managing Partner of SpaceTec Partners and a member of several institutional boards in Europe and Asia. He has long experience in mobility, space applications and geospatial industry as consultant and investor. Rainer has worked with actors along the automotive value chain from sub-suppliers to telematics service providers and HD Mapping companies - ranging from startups to large, well-known automotive and truck OEMs. Rainer has studied at ESB in Reutlingen & London and attained an MBA from INSEAD.

The strategy and management consultancy firm SpaceTec Partners advises its clients on business strategy, technology strategy, user engagement, financing and international cooperation. SpaceTec Partners has been instrumental in shaping space innovation ecosystems through the development of space funding programmes, accelerators and incubators.

Plato Pathrose

Head of Validation, ADAS & Autonomous Driving
Visteon Electronics Germany GmbH

An experienced engineer with a wide experience in Automotive Industry in the field of Research and Product Development. Having work experience in both OEM as well as in Tier 1 environment.

Specialized in Systems Engineering and Validation of ADAS / Autonomous Driving Technologies.

Currently heading the Global Test & Validation Team for ADAS & Autonomous Driving in Visteon Corporation. Responsible for Research & Development as well as Application Programs/ production programs.

Along with that, experienced in process development and deployment and also a change agent in the organization hold certifications for Agile Coaching (IC Agile), CSP, CSM & CSPO certified by Scrum Alliance. ITIL Service Management v3, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified (LSSGB) Project management Professional (PMP) and An ASPICE Provisional Assessor (ISO 15504).

In free time, I am also a musician (flautist) who has performed concerts in different countries and a crazy traveler, who likes to explore new countries and new cultures.

Mahmoud Ali

Automotive Sales Manager
Galadari Automobiles

Mahmoud Ali is an automotive operations and process consultant with a special focus on self-driving cars and modern technologies such as connected and electric vehicles.

With over 16 years of experience (most recently at Mazda, UAE), Mahmoud streamlined automotive sales, marketing, and fleet operations driving tremendous grows and efficiency. With a focus on improving customer engagement in product and process design, Mahmoud has produced spectacular results in market engagement and chancel development.

Mahmoud is an enthusiast in automotive analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He believes that the future in self-driving cars, especially in fast moving economies like UAE, is around the corner but requires serious planning in customer engagement for successful acceptance across the customer spectrum. Mahmoud has been involved in directing product and services launch process to multiple channels including product and service and in partner training based on emerging competitive threats and market trends. He has ample experience in in tracking market/competitor trends to meet the changing requirement and expectations of customers and users. Mahmoud’s current area of research and consulting work includes operations development for self-driving and other automotive technologies. Mahmoud holds a Bachelor`s degree in Mathematics/Science and an MBA in Marketing. He has an extensive experience in working with most of the major automotive brands in the UAE.

Tommaso Gecchelin

CTO, Inventor and Founder,
NEXT Future Transportation inc.

I’m Tommaso Gecchelin, a Physicist and Industrial Designer from Padua, Italy. As a “mixer” of art and science I’ve worked for many companies and clients in the world to bring innovation to their products. Now, I'm the founder, inventor and CTO of NEXT, an innovative mobility company making modular electric buses.

Haya Douidri

Senior Manager, Government Partnerships,
Bird

Haya Douidri is an urbanist, mobility, & sustainability expert and thought leader in tech & innovation policies.

She currently manages Bird Government Partnership team in Benelux, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

She has Masters Degree in Sustainable Policy from Columbia University in the city of New York. Frequent international keynote speaker on shared mobility, transport innovation and micro mobility policies. She has experience working in more than 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

Hrishikesh Mandyam

Chief Engineer
Skyships Automotive

Hrishikesh Mandyam is currently Chief Engineer at Skyships Automotive Limited. Skyships is an automotive technology company, based in the UK, which designs, manufactures and integrates automotive cockpit control systems, digital reconfigurable instrument clusters, infotainment systems and connectivity solutions. We supply/have supplied technology platforms, display solutions and controllers to OEMs such as Aston Martin Lagonda, Lotus Cars, Karma Automotive, Pagani Automobili, Jaguar Land Rover and so on.

He oversees all mechanical design at Skyships including ergonomics, package validation of HMI systems, detailed design of complex mechanical/thermal solutions for cockpit control systems, and high-performance lightweight component design.

Hrishikesh is also Principal Architect of Skyships’ Connected Services platform that provides connected car platforms encompassing vehicle/fleet monitoring, data analytics, machine learning, and end-user facing mobile phone app platforms.

Hrishikesh has a master’s degree in Automotive Engineering from Coventry University in the UK and achieved a First Class with Distinction. He worked at Alstom Power Corporation as a Design Engineer for two years and has been with Skyships for the last 10 years.

He is a committee member of the Automobile Division Essex at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He also helps organise ‘Ace Parade’ which is a provocative event for car enthusiasts all over the world who are passionate about driving on the finest roads.

Hrishikesh’s passions and hobbies include motorcycles, high-altitude trekking, and cooking.

Gary Patterson

CTO
Bestmile

As COO, Gary drives Bestmile’s operational excellence and efficiency and oversees the company’s partnerships, customer support, product deployment and customer success organizations. Prior to joining Bestmile, Gary served as VP of Technology for cloud management infrastructure and software provider Virtustream, a Dell Technologies Business. He has also served as an advisor to startups developing cloud-based big data, analytics, data science, IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence solutions. Gary has more than 20 years of experience in B2B enterprise information technology, focused on the delivery of transformative change enabled by innovative, data-driven solutions.

Andrew Bevan

Smart Mobility Director,
Parsons

Andrew is responsible for leading Parsons’ smart infrastructure solutions development in the Middle East & Africa region.

Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering (with honors) from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds Fellowships with two international engineering organizations and has nearly 20 years of experience, specializing in intelligent solutions and systems integration. He has worked on some of the most prestigious rail projects throughout the Middle East and has spent many years working for the federal government in Abu Dhabi developing the systems portfolio and the introduction for the national rail infrastructure. Before joining Parsons, Andrew was a subject matter expert with Ericsson in its Global Centre of Excellence and provided consultancy services across the world for clients such as the Istanbul Municipality on Integrated Mobility and Smart Cities and Network Rail in the UK on the adoption of disruptive technologies and IoT to improve efficiencies in operations and maintenance.

Samaneh Khazraeian

ITS Analyst
Stantec Consulting

Sama is an ITS Analyst for Stantec’s global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V). She received her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering with a focus on Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017. She then joined Stantec and started working on the Dubai World Challenge on Self-Driving Transport and Tennessee TDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC) Software Upgrade projects. She has worked on several ITS projects including an NCHRP project on CV technology applications for traffic bottleneck management.

She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Best Paper Award, 2017 Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International Leadership Legacy Award and 2017 Nation’s Top 20 Graduate Students in Transportation. She has published more than ten research papers on ITS related topics in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board and TRB Annual Meeting proceedings. She authored a book chapter entitled as “Intelligent Transportation Systems in Future Smart Cities” in 2019 with Springer. Sama is a reviewer of the TRB Standing Committee on ITS and an active member of WTS.

Hugh Hynes

Principal
PROTOinc

Hugh Hynes is a cofounder of PROTOinc, an architecture and planning practice based in San Francisco. Since its inception in 2006, the firm has completed a broad variety of commercial, industrial and institutional projects worldwide, with a focus on the automotive sector. Recent work includes facilities for Audi, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Mazda and Volvo, as well as a number of automotive start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a deep interest in the cause and effect relationships between technologies of mobility and the built environment, the firm’s research and development arm is exploring shifts in building and urban planning practices precipitated by automotive innovation. Supplemented by expertise in both economic modeling and logistical, systems-based planning at the large scale, and in materials research, prototyping and innovation at the small scale, their work pushes the ambitions of otherwise generic facilities design and “architectural hardware.”

Hugh received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, and Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of Arts & Crafts in San Francisco, where his ongoing research and teaching focuses on the evolving relationship between industrialization and architecture. Recent coursework topics include emerging tactics for architectural entrepreneurship, histories of mass-scale production, and global proliferation of late-industrial landscapes. In the graduate program he has led the Volatility Research Group, which has pursued research into adaptive architectural prototypes, scenario planning, and catastrophe/ contingency tactics for the built environment under circumstances of extreme change.

Tim Armitage

Future Transport Systems Lead
Arup

Tim Armitage is an Associate Director with considerable experience of leading and contributing to multi-stakeholder projects within a range of mostly transport domains. Tim coordinates the future mobility activity on behalf of Arup’s Advanced Digital Engineering practice and was the Project Director for the recently completed UK Autodrive connected and autonomous vehicle research and demonstration project.

During UK Autodrive, Tim led the development and testing of a new autonomous vehicle system, taking the vehicle concept from its initial stages through to public operation. In delivering this project, Tim worked closely for the local authority, providing a technical and safety case review for the innovative vehicle and vehicle autonomous systems. Tim also was responsible for coordinating the activities of the consortium and for ensuring that the organisations involved delivered on time and to plan.

In addition to that four-year collaborative research project, Tim has also managed several commercial projects related to automated and electric vehicle systems. These include projects where Tim has acted as a technical specialist for projects in the United Kingdom, in Dubai and in China. Tim regularly presents on the topic of future intelligent mobility systems and their impact on the economies of cities and the experience of residents and visitors.

Eng. Mohamed Mahboob Hassan

Al Ruwayya Depot Manager, Public Transport Busses Department and Regional Planning
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)

Eng. Mohamed Mahboob Hassan Saleh is a depot manager in the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) as well as a PhD student in the Sustainable Built Environment Program at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). He holds a Master Degree in the Engineering Systems Management from Khalifa University and a bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Higher Colleges of Technology. He has 10 years of professional experience in the public transport and the construction industry. His current research interests focuses on Public transport, autonomous driving safety simulation and building and energy.

Professor Bassam Abu-Hijleh

Dean of Engineering & IT
The British University in Dubai

Prof. Bassam Abu-Hijleh is currently the Dean of Faculty of Engineering & IT as well as the Atkins Chair of the MSc and PhD Sustainable programmes at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University-USA. With close to 30 years post-PhD experience in energy related academia and research Prof. Abu-Hijleh has a strong technical background in Energy related topics with special focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Management & Conservation. His current research interests focuses on Experimental and simulation study of solar energy, Renewable/alternative energy sources, advanced energy production practices and Energy conservation & management. He published more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences. He holds LEED AP, CEM, CEA, CMVP and PCF professional certification. He is also a member of ASHRAE, AEE and CIBSE.

Dr. Jewel Li

COO
AutoX

Dr. Zhuo Li is the COO of AutoX, a self-driving car technology company revolutionizing the new generation of retail. She helps the company to be a leader worldwise in providing self-driving as a service for on-demand delivery that greatly change the paradigm of e-commerce and O2O retail. She aims to bring new experiences and convenience to daily lives with robotics and A.I.. Zhuo is one of the Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2018. Prior to AutoX, Zhuo completed her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Delaware and went on to become part of the Watson Core Algorithms team at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Mike Rioux

COO
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions

Mike Rioux is Chief Operating Officer at JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, where he has full P&L responsibility and day-to-day decision-making authority for JDA's aviation technical services and consulting business. Mr. Rioux led the JDA team that created the firm's System Safety Management and Virtual Safety Office programs.

As Senior Vice President of Operations & Safety at the Air Transport Association, Mr. Rioux directed the safety and operations staff-including air traffic control experts, flight and cabin operations, flight safety, engineering, maintenance, and material logistics support for major passenger air carriers. He served as a member of the FAA Aging Aircraft & Systems Safety Task Force and FAA Research & Development Advisory Committee. He was also ATA's primary operations and technical representative before the DOT, NTSB, FAA and legislative branch of the U.S. government.

Mr. Rioux helped establish the joint industry-government Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and was awarded an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel in Operations in 1998. CAST was cited by the White House as the best method to reduce the commercial airline accident rates.

He served as principal analyst for responding to FAA-proposed airworthiness directives and dispatch policies. By demonstrating the non-viability of one proposed rule, he saved the airline industry over $5.5 million. Following his joint industry team leadership investigation of a TWA accident, his recommendations led to the immediate adoption of procedures and a subsequent $10 million savings in potential operational disruptions.

Mr. Rioux has also served as President of IDEA, Inc., a B2B data content and communications Service Company with offices in Arlington, Ontario and Boston. During a high-profile career in the United States Navy, he flew 4,000 hours with 975 carrier landings on five different aircraft carriers without incident.

Mr. Rioux holds a Masters in Systems Engineering Management and a BS in Business Management from the University of Southern California and University of Maryland, respectively.

Mike Borfitz

Senior Certification Specialist,
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions

Mike has been working in the safety and regulatory field since 1980, he has held a variety of positions in Boeing and the FAA, and is deeply experienced in all facets of type/production certification, regulations and safety.

Alexander Nase

Managing Director
FEV Consulting GmbH

Alexander Nase is Managing Director of FEV Consulting, the management consulting arm of the FEV Group. He established the consulting business within the FEV Group in 2011. In March 2017 he was named Group Vice President for “Consulting and Cost Engineering”.

Mr. Nase has 20 years of consulting experience working with many OEMs and Suppliers in Europe, Asia and the US.

Prior to joining FEV, Mr. Nase was working as an Interim Manager for Airbus and for Liebherr Aerospace. He started his professional career at Daimler in Research & Development.

His field of expertise is techno-strategic advisory, in particular

  • Technology Roadmapping
  • New product opportunity mapping and concept development
  • Innovation management and growth strategies

He is advising many customers in the field of CASE mega trends, i.e. Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified vehicles which also includes Urban Air Mobility Concepts.

He holds a dual Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and is an Alumni of the Harvard Business School, Boston/USA.

Dr. Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez

Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering Department.
American University of Sharjah

Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez is a professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1999, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. Dr. Abdel-Hafez served as a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA in 2013, where he was involved in a research project on fault-tolerant autonomous multiple aircraft landing. He served as the director of the Mechatronics Graduate Program at the American University of Sharjah from 2014-2015. Since September 2015, he is serving as the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at AUS. Dr. Abdel-Hafez research interests are in stochastic estimation, control systems, sensor fusion and fault detection. Dr. Abdel-Hafez is the recipient of many awards. Among which: he was the leader of a team that won the 2017 UAE AI/Robotics for Good Award, he was awarded the 2011 AUS provost challenge, and the 2002 NASA PEAR award.