Speakers

H.E. Abdulla Abdulqader Al Maeeni

H.E. Abdulla Abdulqader Al Maeeni

Director General

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), UAE
H.E. Mohammed Ben Sulayem

H.E. Mohammed Ben Sulayem

President

Automobile and Touring Club - UAE

Mohammed Ben Sulayem is the Arab world’s leading motor sport figure. A successful event organiser and record-breaking former international rally driver, he is a role model to young people across the Middle East.

In a rallying career spanning three decades, he became the most successful Arab driver in motor sport history with 14 FIA Middle East Championship titles, and established himself as a sporting ambassador for the region.

In 2008, he became the first Arab named as Vice President of the FIA, and the first to be elected to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. In his FIA role he pioneered teaching, research and knowledge transfer initiatives in motor sport, as well as research into key areas such as volunteerism, hydration and safety.

As President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE since 2006, he has built the organisation into one of the world’s leading national motor sport and motoring authorities, with acknowledged expertise in associated training, research and education.

With 61 international victories in the Middle East overall, he won more FIA rallies, and more FIA championships, than any other driver prior to retiring from competitive rallying in 2002.

Under his guidance, a multi-national team of experts has established the ATCUAE as one of the world’s most progressive FIA clubs in both the sporting and mobility fields.

Governor Matt Blunt

Governor Matt Blunt

President

American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), USA

Governor Matt Blunt is President of the American Automotive Policy Council, a trade association representing the common public policy and trade interests of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.

In 2004, Matt Blunt was elected the 54th Governor of the State of Missouri, carrying 101 of the state’s 114 counties. As governor, he eliminated a $1.1 billion deficit and delivered balanced budgets, a surplus, tax relief and dramatic increases in education funding. He enacted economic growth measures to improve the state’s business climate leading to the creation of over 70,000 jobs.

Prior to his election as governor, Matt served in the Missouri House of Representatives and as Missouri’s Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, he reformed state election laws and used technology to increase customer convenience while also reducing costs.

Governor Blunt served 14 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, which included assignments on the USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG-24), and the USS PETERSON (DD-969). As a Reservist, he was mobilized after the September 11, 2001 attacks. LCDR Blunt received four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as numerous other awards while on active duty.

Governor Blunt earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Dr. Chaesub Lee

Dr. Chaesub Lee

Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Switzerland

Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, following his election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. He took office on 1st January 2015.

Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.

He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. 
Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Koreans Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. 

He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 'Future Networks and Cloud' from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment in the coming years.

Dr Lee holds a PhD in Multimedia Engineering.

Adham Ghandour

Adham Ghandour

Chief Executive Officer

Emagine, UAE

Founder & CEO of Emagine, Adham Ghandour is a visionary and dreamer. His ambitions and passion unite in a vision of an electric utopia. To say he is an EV enthusiast would be an understatement. He is always on the lookout for innovative technologies globally to pioneer as powerful solutions. His profound knowledge of the EV infrastructure allows him to command workshops for renowned automotive manufacturers and government entities.

Akin Adamson

Akin Adamson

Director - Middle East

Ricardo Energy and Environment, UAE

Akin Adamson is the Middle East Director for Ricardo Energy and Environment - a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy with offices across the GCC. Ricardo E&E advises public and private sector organisations on Air Quality, Energy, Water, Waste and Climate Change strategies, technologies and operations.

Previously, he was the CEO of BPC Plus, a cyber security consultancy and was TRL’s (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s) Regional Director for the Middle East. Before that, he was a Global Head of Consulting at Nokia Siemens Networks and a Director at Telstra in Australia. He began his consulting career at A.T. Kearney in the UK and Australia, focusing on the Telco, Transportation and Automotive sectors.

He began his research career at London Business School in the Energy Sector and has lectured at both London Business School and the London School of Economics. He holds both UK and Australian citizenship and travels extensively throughout the Middle East region. He was educated at LSE, LBS and the University of Michigan, USA.

Christian Drakulic

Christian Drakulic

Unit Mobility and Transport Technologies, DG III, Directorate for Innovation

Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Christoph Stadler

Christoph Stadler

Director APAC

moovel Group GmbH, Germany

As Director APAC, Christoph Stadler is responsible for activities of moovel Group GmbH related to the Asian-­Pacific region.

Christoph has many years of experience in the field of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Before joining moovel in March 2015, he worked for mytaxi – the biggest cab app in Europe. Over the past years, Christoph gathered a deep understanding of public transport, smart city solutions, the mobility-­ and start-­up industry.

Faisal Ali Rashid

Faisal Ali Rashid

Director-Demand Side Management

Supreme Council of Energy, UAE

Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national, a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio University, U.S.A 1991. Also, a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). Has a wide and solid experience in energy management including supply, strategy and demand. Has strong background in process industrial plant including oil & gas, power & water generation process, material handling process, glass manufacturing process, etc.

Current job is energy Demand side director in Dubai Supreme Council of Energy looking after the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai. Served previously in oil and gas industry for many years as project division manager / Project Manager, handled mega feed and EPC projects and worked as general manager in glass manufacturing company as well.

Francois Guichard

Francois Guichard

ITS and Automated Driving Focal Point

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland

François is a road transport and road vehicle expert dealing with pollution, energy and automated driving. He studied mechanical engineering in a double master degree program in France (ENSAM) and Germany (KIT), started his career in the Internal Management Associate Program of Daimler AG which led him to work in various locations in Germany, in the USA and in South Africa.

He then specialized in the field of vehicle testing and vehicle regulations for the Type Approval of road vehicles. He has advised national and international bodies dealing with safety and environmental regulations linked to the automotive industry.

He has been involved in policy processes in the EU and also in other countries, e.g. Australia, USA, China (Mainland and Taipei) and Japan. In total François has worked more than 7 years in the field of external affairs. Since 2012, François is working for the United Nations in the world of multilateral agreements, as the Secretary of the Working Party on Lighting and Light Signalling, the Working Party on Pollution and Energy and then the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear, focusing to date on automated driving.

Frans-Anton Vermast

Frans-Anton Vermast

Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador

Amsterdam Smart City, Netherlands

Since 2008 Frans-Anton Vermast MBA (1969) has been Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador for Amsterdam Smart City and Chief Technology Office of the Amsterdam Municipality and region.

He is an expert in searching for opportunities for novel appliances and services that make cities and their regions an inclusive society and a more habitable place for people to live, work and play in pleasantly.

Next to a broad general knowledge in this field Mr Vermast specialises in citizens engagement and governance- and finance models to facilitate collaboration in a quintuple helix.

As the main question should be ‘What city do we want to live in?’ and cities are about “ECO systems and ego systems”1, he specialises in helping cities facilitate their (digital) transitions via user centric and open innovative platforms as well as cross silo approaches through collaborative bottom up approaches and citizens engagement and social innovation.

“Innovation is mainly about doing and learning by doing”2. Therefore, Mr Vermast is not afraid to share some failures and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes.

His objectives are to facilitate an inclusive society and sustainable-liveable environment to boost social and economic benefits that result in more happy citizens. Open data is imperative and ethics, gaining (back) trust of citizens and ownership of data to citizens are important topics.

Mr Vermast has extensive Dutch, European and global knowledge and experience in facilitating participation of local governments, municipalities and communities in these initiatives.

Mr Vermast is active in several roles within City Protocol: as a member of the Board of Directors, thematic Area Director of Society Affairs and Director of Public Affairs.

He is a visiting speaker at Leiden University and Radboud University Nijmegen and a guest lecturer at the Universities of Applied Sciences of The Hague and HAN. Mr Vermast is also experienced in national and international training both professional and as a volunteer with political parties.

Mr Vermast also a sought-after moderator and day chair for conferences, strategy sessions and workshops.

Gary D. West

Gary D. West

Urban Active Operations Manager

GM International, UAE

Gary D. West was named Urban Active Operations Manager across Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East in August 2016. In this role, West oversees the strategic planning, implementation and operations management of GM International’s mobility business. Based in Dubai, he works with the Urban Active group – GM’s mobility incubator, and leads the company’s Connectivity, Autonomous, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) efforts in the region.

West brings extensive business-to-business fleet management experience, working in diverse locations in the USA, China and Singapore. A member of the GM Global Fleet Governance board, GM Global Fleet Sounding Board and the GM Global Export Compliance leadership, he was responsible for channel growth, commercial sales, business-to-business strategy and best practice implementation for the region.

West has over 25 years of global automotive vehicle sales, service, and marketing experience, managing teams in emerging, developing and mature markets.

Harri Santamala

Harri Santamala

CEO

Sensible 4, Finland
Henry Cuschieri

Henry Cuschieri

Head, Membership and External Relations

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Switzerland
Jacob Bangsgaard

Jacob Bangsgaard

Chief Executive Officer

ERTICO, Belgium

Jacob Bangsgaard has been leading ERTICO – ITS Europe since 1st January 2017. ERTICO is a multi-sector platform with 123 partners from more than 25 countries and with headquarter in Brussels, Belgium. He worked for ERTICO also from 2001-2006 as Director of International Affairs and communications where he was responsible for the international deployment support for ITS on markets like China, India, Russia, and Brazil.

Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 26 years’ experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues.

Mr Bangsgaard was from 2010-2016 Director General of FIA Region I and responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before becoming Director General he worked as Director of International Relations at the FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies.

He has also represented mobility interests for a regional authority and he worked for two years in the European Commission Transport Directorate.

Jacob Bangsgaard is also President of the MaaS Alliance, and was on the Board of Euro NCAP from 2010-2016 and Secretary General of the Belgian association eSafetyAware from 2009-2016.

Dr. Jelte Bos

Dr. Jelte Bos

Perceptual and Cognitive Systems

TNO, Netherlands

Prof. dr. Jelte E. Bos holds an M.Sc. degree in physics and a Ph.D. degree in medicine. He is elaborating on the effects of physical and visual motion on human health and safety, comfort and performance, with a particular interest in understanding self-motion perception and motion sickness, using neurophysiological and control theoretical knowledge.  He is appointed by TNO, a large applied scientific research organisation in the Netherlands, and holds a chair at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.  He (co-)authored over 200 peer reviewed papers and project reports (see www.jeltebos.info).

Dr. Jinhee Kim

Dr. Jinhee Kim

Assistant Professor, Urban Planning Group, Department of the Built Environment

TUe Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Dr. Jinhee Kim is Assistant Professor of the Urban Planning Group at the Department of the Built Environment in the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He received a PhD in the Urban Planning and Engineering emphasizing on transportation planning and modeling from Yonsei University in August 2013, Republic of Korea. He has research interests in modeling behavioral process in activity-travel decisions and developing advanced discrete choice models. The models aim to better understand and forecast behavioral adoption and adaptation of urban and transportation projects. A major field of application is Smart Mobility such as car-sharing and autonomous vehicles. His work has been published in top international peer-reviewed journals such as Transportation Research Part A, C and D, Transport Reviews, Transportation, Transport Policy, Transportmetrica A, and Transportation Research Record.

Joerg Tonndorf

Joerg Tonndorf

Associate Director - Transport Planning Lead

ARUP, UAE
Dr. Kyung-Won Suh

Dr. Kyung-Won Suh

Senior Research Engineer (Global R&D Master), FCEV Performance Development Team

Hyundai Motor Company, Korea
Dr. Eng. Sebastian Wagner

Dr. Eng. Sebastian Wagner

Group Leader Vehicle Control and Sensor Technology

Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems, Germany

Sebastian Wagner (IVI) holds a Master of Science in Control Systems Engineering (2003) and a Ph.D. in Transportation and Traffic Sciences (2010) both from Dresden University of Technology. He leads the workgroup Vehicle Control and Sensor Systems at Fraunhofer IVI in different business areas like e.g. project management and RTD. His areas of expertise are modelling and control of mechatronic systems, rapid control prototyping, advanced steering systems, autonomous driving, and systems engineering for distributed hybrid drivelines.

Suhaib Almarzouqi

Suhaib Almarzouqi

Section Head - Transport Mobility Management

Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, UAE

Suhaib is a UAE national with over 12 years of professional experience in the transportation and petroleum industry, currently working at the Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi as the Head of Transportation Mobility Management Section. Suhaib obtained his BSc and MBA with honors from UAE University. Leading the Transportation Mobility Management (TMM) program and the Sustainable Travel initiative in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Working on the behavioral change in daily commuting and promote sustainable modes of transport to achieve mode shift. Suhaib worked on the application of several sustainable travel initiatives for workplaces, events locations, and education sectors.  His is the chair of the Low Emission Vehicles delivery programme, technical committee, which focuses on promoting Low Emission Vehicles and enabling the infrastructure and supporting policies for the uptake of LEVs in Abu Dhabi.

Stephen Severance

Stephen Severance

Head – Program Management and Marketing

Masdar, UAE

Steve Severance leads the Program Management and Marketing for Masdar City, a low-carbon sustainable city and clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi. He oversees numerous projects to ensure they meet program baselines that balance sustainability and economic requirements, as well as program controls guaranteeing each project meets sustainability, revenue, cost and schedule targets. Additionally Mr. Severance leads the development of the technology lines of business including district cooling, mobility, and smart city initiatives. He develops new business models, execution strategies and partnerships with leading global companies to implement the technology requirements. Mr. Severance has 20 years of experience in project and programme management, strategy consulting, financial analysis and economic development. He joined Masdar City from Booz & Company in Los Angeles, where he was an Engagement Manager. During nine years at Booz & Company, he led teams handling senior-level clients and their major projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He also headed the development of operating models, governance, organisation, processes, and tools required to improve the success of these projects. Additionally, he led project teams in growth strategy, cost reduction and economic analysis. Before joining Booz & Company, Mr. Severance served as Project Director for the nonprofit Citizen’s Network in Moldova and as a Business Consultant to the Peace Corps in Moldova. He has also worked for Sun Microsystems, Wyse Technologies and Amdahl Corp., all in California. Mr. Severance graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from San Jose State University in California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in in Business Administration, emphasis Finance, from Cedarville University in the United States.

Tarek Rida

Tarek Rida

Associate Partner

McKinsey & Company, UAE and KSA

Tarek Rida is an Associate Partner in the Dubai office of McKinsey & Company. He is the leader of McKinsey’s Middle East automotive practice and has served several automotive OEMs and distributors in the Middle East on strategy development, performance enhancement programs, and analytics.

Taher Diab

Taher Diab

Senior Director – Strategy and Planning

Supreme Council of Energy, UAE
Dr. Yoshiaki Ichikawa

Dr. Yoshiaki Ichikawa

Chairman of ISO TC (268) - Smart Community Infrastructures

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Japan

Dr. Ichikawa (Yoshi) received Dr. Eng. degree in 1987 from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He started working for Hitachi, Ltd., in 1979. He was first engaged in robotics, artificial intelligence, network management. In 2000 he started providing support tools and consulting in the environmental field to top managements of leading companies in Japan. In 2005 he joined in Environmental Strategy Office and provided internal consulting to group companies and business divisions mainly regarding ecodesign, global legal compliance. Since 2013, He has been with International standardization office giving advice to international standardization activities throughout Hitachi group. In 2016 he started heading Chief Architect Office in Research and Development Group. His international activities include the chair of IEC TC111 (Environmental Standardisation), the chair of ISO TC 268/SC1 (Smart Community Infrastructures), an expert of ISO TC207 (Environmental Management). He received Thomas Edison Award from IEC for his long-term chairmanship in 2016. He is also a visiting professor of Tokyo City University (Faculty of Environmental Studies) and Tama University (Center for Rule Making Strategy Research). 

Yugo Miyamoto

Yugo Miyamoto

Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Region

Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan