H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, a professional civil engineer, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1983, and holds an Honorary Fellowship of the British Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), 2010. He was assigned the task of leading the Roads and Transport Authority in November, 2005. Under his leadership and driving force, he established a competent and experienced specialist workforce, thereby driving the organization through remarkable achievements that have positioned RTA into a world-class organization. Prior to taking the helm with RTA, H.E M.AL Tayer worked in Dubai Municipality starting in 1983, assuming several leadership roles and eventually moving as Deputy Director General of the Dubai Municipality.
Al Tayer participates in several boards and committees both on the local and federal levels including:
Mr. Al-Tayer is the recipient of many awards throughout his distinguished career for his outstanding achievements,
In September 2011, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, decorated Mattar Al Tayer the “Mohammed bin Rashid Sash” for his efforts and achievements in RTA.
Avin Arumugam joined Visa in May 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Internet of Things (IoT). Arumugam, brings his diverse experience in payments to one of the largest categories of opportunity, IoT, for growing digital payments.
In this role at Visa, Arumugam is responsible for managing and driving partnerships and collaboration with IoT leaders and enablers. With more than 12 years of payments experience, Arumugam has expertise in launching innovative payment solutions at three payments industry pioneers – First Data, PayPal and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Pior to joining Visa, Arumugam was the head of next generation payment products at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, he worked with both internal and external partners to innovate on new payment products for the company. Notably, he spearheaded and ran the Apple Pay and Samsung Pay initiatives for the firm, as well as led the development and deployment of JPMorgan’s proprietary solution, Chase Pay.
As an early member of the PayPal mobile team, Arumugam focused primarily on rolling out global mobile applications and features that delighted customers worldwide. He also worked on the Emerging Mobile Markets in Latin America, partnering with telecom providers as well as banking and financial institutions to expand PayPal’s presence in the region. Prior to PayPal mobile, Arumugam was the business and strategic owner for the PayPal Pay Flow Gateway, which processed 25 percent of all U.S. e-commerce transactions.
At First Data, Arumugam worked on a wide array of payment products. He pioneered and rolled out the first RFID gift card program for First Data, which has become the foundation for the company’s mobile strategy. He was also responsible for directing and managing First Data’s entire portfolio of e-commerce platforms including Link Point/Your Pay gateway, EFS Net and Encompass.
Arumugam earned his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MBA through a joint program between Columbia Business School and Haas School of Business at Berkeley.
Brogan BamBrogan has more than 20 years of experience in engineering design, manufacturing and materials in the aerospace and automative industries. Before founding Arrivo, Brogan started Hyperloop One in his garage in the fall of 2014 and grew a world class team to greater than 150 people in less than 18 months. He led the vision and drove the technology development, actively supported fundraising of over $120M and built worldwide relationships with potential customers, key corporate partners and investors. From May 2003 to January 2013, Brogan worked in various senior roles at SpaceX, most recently as Senior Staff Engineer, Propulsion. He had primary design responsibility for Kestrel, the upper stage engine of the Falcon 1 rocket, and supported hardware through development, fabrication, assembly, qualification and final integration. He also led the early design of the Dragon spacecraft, including detailed work on the Draco thrusters and the primary heat shield. Brogan supported numerous other technology developments, including zero-g propellant tank design, Dragon escape thruster layout, engine bay RUD containment, nozzle thermal imaging, ultra-low cost chamber design and many other innovations. Prior to SpaceX, Brogan worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer, Spacecraft, Propulsion and Lasers, at Northrup Grumman from June 1996 to April 2001. He designed solar arrays for Geolite spacecraft, developed laser solutions for Airborne Laser (ABL) and other programs, and developed a non-toxic RCS thruster solution for NASA’s Space Shuttle. From June 1994 to June 1996, Brogan was a Design & Manufacturing Engineer at Chrysler Motors, where he designed body panels for Dodge Ram trucks and tooling to support production of 400,000 units per year, and managed suppliers and led installation of tooling in production plants. Brogan earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly known as GMI Engineering & Management University). Brogan grew up in Michigan.
An award-winning wireless engineer, academic leader and passionate entrepreneur, João loves to turn complex theorems and algorithms into products and services that can make a real difference in people’s lives. After more than a decade developing new wireless networking technologies at Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Universidade do Porto, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon, João founded two venture-backed startups, Streambolico and Veniam, where he serves as board director and CEO respectively. His work has led to 160 science and technology papers, as well as feature articles by NPR, BBC, MIT Technology Review, The Atlantic, and TechCrunch.
João Barros has received several awards, including the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the 2011 IEEE ComSoC and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2012 BES National Innovation Award, the 2013 Building Global Innovators Grand Prize (ISCTE-IUL and MIT) and a state-wide best teaching award by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts.
João Barros has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany), his undergraduate education in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Universidade do Porto, Portugal and Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, and a performing arts degree in flute from the Music Conservatory of Porto, Portugal.
Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Superpedestrian, a robotics company that focuses on the future of personal urban mobility, and co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel: MIT’s award winning bicycle project and the company’s first product. Superpedestrian has received multiple awards including the Red Dot: Luminary, Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014, and the Deutscher Werkbund award. He also teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group that explores how technology is changing the way we understand, design and live in cities.
As Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Michelle Boehm oversees strategy, stakeholder outreach, and related elements of project development for over 300 miles of the planned all electric High Speed Rail system in the Southern California Region’s five project sections: Bakersfield to Palmdale, Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Anaheim and Los Angeles to San Diego.
Michelle Boehm brings nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors in transportation planning and policy analysis. Before joining the Authority, she was a Vice President with one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms in the Country. In that role, Boehm was the regional manager responsible for overseeing business development, strategic planning, and public agency and community outreach for projects throughout Southern California.
Over the course of her career Boehm has proven her ability as an industry leader working with business and legislative stakeholders on the high-speed rail project, and as a business manager and strategic planner, having developed strategy for transportation, water, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering and planning practice development and projects.
Grayson is the Co-Founder / President of Brulte & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in designing innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace. Grayson is also the Co-Founder of Autonomous Tomorrow. Influential in Beverly Hills, he serves as the Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also an active member of the city’s Smart City / Technology Committee which advises the Beverly Hills City Council on technology. In 2015, the City of Beverly Hills was chosen by Google as one of America’s digital capitals. Along with his Beverly Hills guidance, Grayson was appointed a Global Health Economics Fellow at The University of Vermont College of Medicine. From Autonomous Vehicles to politics, to the future of entertainment and more, Grayson has written articles about innovation, technology, and strategy for Continental’s 2025AD, General Electric Reports, the MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work Blog, RealClear Future, Futurism, VentureBeat and The Washington Times among others. His written opinions and insights have been used by organizations such as the Consumer Electronics Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission. Grayson has spoken in front of numerous audiences, including the FLDOT’s Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, New York International Auto Show, Princeton SmartDrivingCars, Consumer Telematics Show and Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley. His comments have appeared in numerous publications, including The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The International Business Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
Kris Carter is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston, which acts as an R&D lab for the future of city services embedded within City Hall. He is a non-practicing engineer, an optimistic urban planner, and a self-taught filmmaker. With the Mechanics, Kris has helped lead the City’s new mobility programs and oversees the City’s autonomous vehicle research efforts. He co-directs a team of entrepreneurs tackling human-centered challenges like making housing more affordable, the public school experience more delightful, and the City’s third spaces more democratic.
Prior to leading the Mechanics, he led two youth development agencies, directed Boston’s bicycle programs, launched Boston Innovation District, and helped operationalize One Fund Boston in response to the Marathon bombings. He is a two-time AmeriCorps alum, firmly believes in bagging his own groceries, and has yet to find a job more challenging job than raising twins.
As a member of the original Lyft team, Emily has been on the front lines of ridesharing policy since the birth of the industry. She works with transportation agencies across the United States to integrate Lyft as a viable alternative to car ownership and understand its impacts on infrastructure, behavior, and the environment. Emily started her career as a transportation policy aide for a U.S. Congresswoman and later served as a financial advisor for municipal infrastructure projects. She holds an MPA in Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
Kevin Czinger is the founder, lead inventor and CEO of Divergent 3D. He founded Divergent 3D to revolutionize car manufacturing by creating a new production system that incorporates 3D metal printing. As an EV pioneer, Czinger learned that how we make cars is a bigger economic and environmental problem than how we fuel them. Divergent 3D’s patented manufacturing platform radically reduces the materials, energy, and capital needed to build a car. It was named Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Technology Innovation of the Year and a Google Solve for X “Moonshot” for its disruptive impact on global transportation.
Amanda Eaken is Director of Transportation and Climate in the Urban Solutions Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where her work focuses on decarbonizing transportation in the United States. She is currently leading a groundbreaking analysis of the environmental impacts of the Transportation Network Companies Lyft and Uber, to help understand whether these shared mobility providers compete with transit, creating new emissions and congestion, or represent part of an evolution in sustainable mobility. She is also spearheading creation of a Climate and Equity Framework for Shared Mobility in Los Angeles, creating recommendations for policies and programs to leverage private sector mobility innovation to achieve LA’s sustainability goals. In collaboration with the Southern California Association of Governments, she is part of a team examining the technical and political feasibility of launching the nation’s first cordon pricing pilot program in Los Angeles. In 2015 she conceptualized and launched the Live.Ride.Share conference to examine the new mobility movement transforming the national conversation on transportation. Previously, she led the campaign to pass California’s landmark Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (SB 375), the nation’s first law to link greenhouse gas emissions with transportation and land use planning.
She has been named one of San Francisco Business Times’ top 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders, and was honored with the inaugural President’s Award for Sustainability Leadership by the Southern California Association of Governments for her work creating a Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Southern California region. She shared her vision for mobility as a featured speaker at the TEDx World Cities Day in Santa Monica in 2013. She is a founding member and Steering Committee member of ClimatePlan, a statewide coalition of environmental, social equity, and health groups. She holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and a B.A. in Ecology from Dartmouth College.
Alain Flausch was selected Secretary General of UITP in September 2011 by the UITP Executive Board. This appointment acknowledged Mr. Flausch’s long-standing commitment to public transport on the international stage. Mr Flausch was previously Chairman of the Finance & Commerce sub-committee of the UITP Metro Committee (2001-2009); he has also been a member of the UITP Executive and Policy Boards (2004-2009), an Executive Member of the UITP International Metro Committee (2001-2009), a Member of the Transport Management Committee (UITP) and Chairman of the Design & Culture Platform.
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Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
Benoît started working for Les Echos in 2000, as a sub-editor for the weekly supplement Les Echos.net, then for the Innovation section of the newspaper. Since 2009, he is the editor of the Ideas and op-ed section both on print and online, for which he created a weekly page focused on prospective. He writes mostly about innovation, AI, robotics, 3D printing, big data, collaborative economy and the future of work.
Joddie Gray is the President of UrbanTrans North America, an urban and transportation planning and social marketing firm with offices in Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, and Toronto. UrbanTrans specializes in innovative transportation demand management with a focus on shared use mobility, behavior change programming, multi-modal planning, market-based policies, stakeholder outreach, organizational development and strategic planning.
Joddie has spent over 20 years developing and delivering audience-centered and data-informed transportation strategies across North America and the globe. She’s driven to create outcomes that increase the availability, usage, and viability of travel choices. Her most recent focus has been in generating partnerships and facilitating collaboration among transportation policy-makers, service providers and other key stakeholders to ensure new technologies, modes and strategies are more cohesive, relevant and enduring.
Joddie earned her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly Pomona and her Masters of Urban Planning at Portland State University. She is a proud returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C is co-founder of the urban change management advisory firm CityFi, advising cities and the private sector on a more human-centered approach to smart cities. Previously, Ashley served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation where she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for shared mobility and autonomous vehicle technologies. Prior to her work in LA, Ashley served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the nation, creating the most comprehensive smart city in North America among other civic innovation projects. Ashley is a registered architect and green building professional having worked for AECOM and Eric Owen Moss Architects. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21/T-SET University Transportation Center and Open Architecture Collaborative and is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.
Chris Heiser is the CEO and co-founder of Renovo, leading the company’s development of software platforms to accelerate the innovation and adoption of automated mobility on-demand (AMoD) systems. Chris is a die-hard gearhead with a passion for motorsports, engineering and technology. He was previously the Director of Product Management at LightSurf—pioneer of the camera phone—before the company was acquired by Verisign. Heiser graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Civ. Eng. Sampo Hietanen is the CEO of MaaS Global Ltd. He is father to the concept “Mobility as a Service”, a paradigm change in transport offering. Hietanen’s background is in executive positions in civil engineering and ITS and he has been founding and heading several international businesses in the field.
MaaS Global Ltd is bringing the concept of Mobility as a Service into reality, by building the world’s first Mobility Ecosystem. MaaS Global aspires to upgrade the service level of transportation by joining together public and private transportation providers. Collaboration and integration of services will create a seamless and compelling travel experience for everyone, locally and globally.
Sasha Hoffman is the Chief Operating Officer of Piaggio Fast Forward, a new company she helped spearhead in 2015 of the Piaggio Group. She leads an interdisciplinary team of innovators creating new forms of lightweight mobility to revolutionize how people and goods move around 21st century cities.
Previously, she was Head of Business Development for Plastiq, a venture-backed payments startup, and worked as an investment banker in the technology group of Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. She is an active member of the Boston tech community and sits on the board of BUILD Boston, is an instructor at General Assembly, Youth CITIES and guest lectures at Northeastern University. She’s been to over 90 countries, was the 2016 Global Ambassador for Women in Travel and frequently speaks around the country on entrepreneurship, smart cities and robotics.
Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Lani Ingram is the Vice President of Smart Communities and IoT Platforms at Verizon. She leads the digital transformation of cities, universities and venues. She has been focused on driving economic growth, enabling environmental sustainability, and enhancing the quality of life for citizens, students, and fans across the country. Her team develops an array of smart solutions that focus on citizen engagement and efficiencies in areas such as lighting, traffic congestion, and public safety. In addition, Lani is encouraging innovation by leveraging IoT Platforms to enable entrepreneurs in cities to develop solutions for their own communities.
Prior to Verizon, Lani was at Cisco where she spent nearly a decade as a pioneer developing the Smart Communities industry on a global scale. With her many years in finance and strategy, she has implemented several new business models and has driven investments, joint ventures, and strategic alliances with a wide array of cities and ecosystem partners.
Morten Kabell’s vision is to transform Copenhagen into a greener city with a higher level of livability. His political focus is changing the traffic in Copenhagen so more people will use bicycles and public transportation.
Morten Kabell is also focused on international corporation and networking between cities in order to inspire each other and show how to implement roadmaps towards ambitious climate and climate change goals. Copenhagen has a solid climate plan to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025 and has adopted one of the world’s most ambitious climate adaption plans and cloudburst management plan.
Catherine Kargas, MBA, is an accredited business strategist with over 25 years of management consulting experience who focuses on mobility and P&C insurance, two industries that are being profoundly impacted by technology.
Her work in mobility focuses on business models and sustainability, including electrification, sharing, automation, multimodality, Mobility as a Service.
Catherine is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), the Canadian organization promoting the electrification of transportation. She is a founding member of the Transportation Evolution Institute, a mobility think tank. Catherine is also involved in the MaaS Alliance, where she sits on two of the working groups.
Gabe is a co-founder of CityFi, an advisory services firm, as well as is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington D.C Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bike share systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each cities mobility goals. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as national Director of Stores and his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly.
Post-government, and after an enriching fellowship with the Urban Land Institute in 2014, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as a Special Venture Partner on their $100 million 2nd fund. Gabe also advises governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities including Singapore where Gabe has been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state. In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future.
Gabe sits on the boards of Streetsblog, Carma, and advisory boards of NACTO, Sensity Systems, Zendrive, and advises next-gen start-ups including Phone2Action and Transit Screen. As Commissioner, he has worked to bring a new Riverwalk to Chicago as well as the breathtaking Bloomingdale Trail, 100’s of miles of bike lanes, new policies combined with technology solutions to revamp parking, permitting, and many other arcane government processes.
Derrick is the co-founder and CEO of Spin. He was most recently a Product Manager on the Growth team at Lyft. Prior to that, he was the first employee at a Y Combinator and True Ventures backed startup (acquired by Lyft), a Team Lead at Pivotal Labs, and started a company right after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in computer engineering.
Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He serves as Director of the Transportation Program where he continues his basic research in Transportation focused on the real-time operation of large fleets of driverless vehicles and on the development of Deep-Learning Neural Networks that safely drive road vehicles. He was the Faculty Leader of Princeton’s entries the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and 2007 Urban Challenge and continues his interest in the complete automation of the automobile with particular interest in the autonomousTaxi concept and its potential to transform mass transit and deliver ubiquitous mobility to everyone. He is Faculty Chair of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) an extracurricular undergraduate Smart Driving Car research effort at Princeton, Editor of the Smart Driving Cars Newsletter and Board Chair of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA). He is currently in the process of creating a major Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety. In addition to his teaching and research duties he serves as the ORFE’s Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Scott Kubly is director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. Appointed by Mayor Ed Murray in July 2014, Scott oversees transportation policy, capital project delivery, transportation and maintenance operations, transit and mobility improvements, and management of the City’s right of way. He led the creation of the award winning Move Seattle Plan, which outlines Mayor Murray’s 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle, and delivers a comprehensive strategy for connecting and enhancing the city’s many ways to travel. Scott was also a lead architect of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, which provides $930 million to improve safety, maintain streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Scott additionally serves as the vice president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Desmond Kuek is the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Pte Ltd. SMRT is Singapore’s premier multi-modal land transport provider, with core businesses in rail operations, maintenance and engineering as well as in bus, taxi, autonomous vehicle and automotive services. Complementing these are integrated businesses in retail, media and marketing, as well as properties and retail management.
Prior to joining SMRT, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1982 to 2010, rising steadily through the ranks to the pinnacle leadership positions of Chief of Army in 2003 and Chief of Defence Force in 2007. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
He has served on the Boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and its subsidiaries, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Housing and Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation and International Enterprise Singapore. He is currently a member of the Civil Service College Board and chairs its Audit Committee. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and the Advisory Board of SAP Asia Pacific Japan.
He holds a Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from Oxford University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Yann Leriche joined Transdev in 2008, beginning as CEO of Group subsidiary Transamo, which provides counseling and assistance in the planning, implementation and operation of large public transportation projects, until 2010. He then took responsibility for Transdev SZ (bus operations) and EurailCo (rail) at Transdev Germany. He was appointed Deputy Director of Transdev North America in 2012. In 2013, he was named Group Chief Performance Officer and joined the Excom. In July 2017, he became CEO Transdev North America in charge of the B2C Business Line and development of the Autonomous Vehicles Activities.
Prior to joining Transdev, he served as Director of the Services Division in Europe for Bombardier Transportation guided light transit systems. He began his career in public service, first as Transportation Infrastructure manager in the Calvados region, then as Director of Public Transport in Greater Reims where he was project manager of the line 1 light rail.
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1997) and the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1999) and a member of the College of Engineers, Yann Leriche also holds an Executive Specialized Masters in Tax and Financial Engineering from ESCP-Europe.
Polish-American architect, Daniel Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.
Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City to oversee the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment, which is being realized in Lower Manhattan today.
Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects around the globe. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential
towers. As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind , Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture.
Stella Li is the President of BYD Motors, a global green technology company based in Los Angeles, California that produces cutting edge battery-electric vehicles, battery-energy storage solutions, solar farms, and energy efficient LED lighting systems. As President, Stella is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and long-term strategic vision. She is also the architect of BYD’s thriving expansions in the Americas—including its North America headquarters in Los Angeles, California in 2011 and its electric bus, truck, and energy module factories in Lancaster, California in 2013. Prior to becoming President, Stella served as BYD’s Senior Vice President and was responsible for successfully expanding the company’s operations around the world. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD achieved exponential market growth, developed invaluable partnerships, and became a dominant global force across multiple industries.
Greg Lindsay joined NewCities in June 2015 as Senior Fellow to lead our Connected Mobility Initiative. Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Fortune, among many other publications. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.
Rodin is the CEO of A³ and former Project Executive of Project Vahana. Rodin has been making unlikely aircraft fly autonomously since his first aerobatic helicopter at MIT (where he also earned his undergrad and Master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics). He spent several years at Athena Technologies designing flight software for a number of vehicles including the AAI Shadow, Alenia Sky-X, and the NASA Mars Flyer. Subsequently, Rodin led flight software at Zee.Aero. Most recently he was at Airware, building the world’s first hardware and software platform for commercial UAVs. Rodin is passionate about building great teams and making personal flight accessible to all.
Born in 1975, Alexandre MISSOFFE is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence, ESSEC and the Institute of Advanced Studies on Urban Planning and Development.
After a few years as consultant in economic intelligence followed by the creation in 2006 of a monitoring and internet communication company, he is called in 2009 by Christian BLANC to join his cabinet and participate in the Grand Paris project.
In 2010, he joined the Société du Grand Paris, where he was Director of Cabinet with Marc VERON, Etienne GUYOT and Philippe YVIN.
In March 2017 he became Managing Director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency.
Russ Mitchell covers the rapidly changing global auto industry, with special emphasis on California, including Tesla, electric vehicles and driverless cars. The Times’ former technology editor, he’s worked on staff at publications ranging from Business Week to Wired. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Vannevar Bush Fellow. Mitchell still drives his black 2000 Audi TT, the rare smooth-backed version manufactured before lawyers made the company attach a spoiler.
Christophe Najdovski was born in Paris, in 1969, from Macedonian parents. He graduated from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne with a Master in environmental economics. He started his carrier as a high school teacher of economics and social politics in Paris and its area.
In 1993, Christophe Najdovski joined the green party “Les Verts”. In 2001, he was elected at the Paris City Council and named deputy mayor in charge of transports of Paris 12th district. Re-elected in 2008, Christophe Najdovski became deputy mayor of Paris, in charge of childhood policy. In April 2014, Anne Hidalgo, new mayor of Paris, appointed him as deputy mayor in charge of transports and public space. His 4 main goals for the term of his mandate are: to reduce atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to promote a better mobility for everyone, regardless of age or social condition, to restore the passage of the Seine riverside and the canals banks, and to give back the public space to pedestrians and cyclists.
Alan covers the evolution of transportation and the intersection of autos, tech and Silicon Valley for Forbes. He is based in Los Angeles, the U.S. capital of cars and congestion, and has chronicled the global auto industry and advanced vehicle tech for more than two decades.
Alan joined Forbes after a stint as Chief Communications Officer for TrueCar, a NASDAQ-listed online car-shopping service. Prior to that, he was a senior transportation reporter and editor for Bloomberg News for 15 years, initially in Tokyo before a transfer to Los Angeles.
His fascination with cutting-edge transportation was stoked by a dozen years in Japan. There he worked in equity research departments for two brokerages, was a staff writer and editor for the Asahi Evening News and Tokyo Journal, edited broadcast copy for NHK’s Radio Japan, and was (briefly) a BusinessWeek correspondent.
Eduardo Paes started his political career as the head of the Barra da Tijuca and Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro. He then became a city councilman, a congressman, the Municipal Secretary for Environment and State Government’s Secretary for Sports and Tourism in 2007. Paes was empowered by the Governor of Rio, Sérgio Cabral, to bring the preparations for the Pan American Games that would begin just seven months later back on track. In 2008, Eduardo Paes was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
Paes says that his mission as mayor is to ensure that Rio’s renaissance thanks to the Brazilian economic boom, the effective pacification policy developed by the State Government and the successful bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games creates a positive legacy for all Rio’s citizens.
He has created programmes such as Porto Maravilha (revitalisation of the port area), Morar Carioca (urbanisation of all the favelas), UPP Social (development of social programmes in pacified favelas), the Rio Operations Centre (a nerve centre that monitors all municipal logistics), and the establishment of the BRT system (four express corridors for articulated buses that will connect the whole city).
Nat Parker is the CEO of moovel North America. Moovel N.A. works to bring mobility solutions for public and alternative transportation options to North American cities through two distinctive but complementary products: moovel transit and the moovel app. The company is part of moovel Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz.
Prior to leading moovel N.A., Parker co-founded and served as CEO of GlobeSherpa, a market leader in mobile ticketing technology for public transportation. GlobeSherpa launched the nation’s first multimodal white-label mobile ticketing app, TriMet Tickets, in Portland, Oregon in September 2013. Under Parker’s leadership, GlobeSherpa grew to service 16 transit agency clients in eleven U.S. cities. Following the merger of GlobeSherpa and RideScout as moovel N.A., GlobeSherpa’s mobile ticketing platform evolved to become moovel transit.
Ms. Perez-Estolano is an Associate Principal with Arup. She is an expert in urban planning, transportation, stakeholder engagement, and development. In the planning and land use field, she is highly regarded for developing complex public participation strategies that require collaboration among multi-cultural communities. With her background in community development, private real estate development, transportation policy and urban planning, she is recognized as a leader in the planning and development fields and speaks at conferences throughout the country.
Ben Plowden has extensive experience of the workings of both national and local government, both from the “outside” as an environmental campaigner and from the “inside” as a senior director at Transport for London (TfL).
Ben is currently Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, Surface Transport at TfL, a position he has held since 2011. Ben’s responsibilities include providing the overall strategic direction for Surface Transport and delivery of cycling, walking, public realm, road safety, freight, bus priority and Travel Demand Management.
Ben has been at TfL since 2002, during which time he has held a number of senior roles, including Managing Director of Communications.
Before joining TfL, Ben was one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners, ending up as the first paid Director of the Pedestrians Association, which he re-launched as Living Streets in 2000 to campaign for improved public spaces.
Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Ryan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. An early employee of Tesla Motors, he was senior director of finance, with a focus on strategic planning, technology cost reduction and corporate finance. Ryan serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. Ryan has served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.
Robert Puentes is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings. Before Brookings, Robert was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Robert has worked extensively on a variety of transportation issues, including infrastructure funding and finance, and city and urban planning. He is a frequent speaker to a variety of groups, a regular contributor in newspapers and other media, and has testified before Congressional committees. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia where he served on the Alumni Advisory Board, and was an affiliated professor with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.
Robert serves on a variety of boards including the Shared-Use Mobility Center, UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, and Young Professionals in Transportation. Recent appointments include the Federal Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity, New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission; the Advisory Council of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Transportation Reinvention Commission; the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee; and the Falls Church, Virginia Planning Commission where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Seleta Reynolds has over 17 years of transportation experience throughout the United States in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her current position, Seleta was a leader in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section, coordinating streets projects citywide.
B.A. American History, Brown University.
Sean Rhodes leads multi-disciplinary teams at frog with a focus on media, retail and financial service verticals. In this role, Sean partners with firms to leverage digital, product, service, brand and experience design for competitive advantage in dynamic business environments.
With over 18 years of experience, Sean has helped bring new products to market, execute strategies and re-boot brands for clients including American Express, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, CA, Chrysler, Comcast, Estée Lauder, GE, Goldman Sachs, IMAX, Logitech, McKinsey, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Qualcomm, SanDisk, Staples, TD Bank, Theorem and TouchTunes.
As Managing Director of Gehl in the US, Jeff leads the San Francisco and New York based teams. In his time at Gehl, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. Jeff’s background and design experience provides him with a unique insight into the technical, as well as social aspects of urban design. Jeff is an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and is guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, U. Penn, London School of Economics, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and DIS.
Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., is a passionate safety professional with more than 30 years of experience promoting innovation through science and leadership in complex environments. In April 2017, Dr. Rosekind joined the executive team at Zoox, Inc. as the Chief Safety Innovation Officer. He will lead efforts at Zoox to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous vehicles. Prior to Zoox, Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama to be the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Serving from 2014 to 2017, Dr. Rosekind led significant transformation, instilling a proactive safety culture while driving both the Agency and automobile industry to be future-oriented. His initiatives included the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and aggressive oversight of safety in the automobile industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in U.S history. Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama and served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in almost 50 accident Board Meetings, along with numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit. Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center. Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation; NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; two Flight Safety Foundation honors; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Administrator Rosekind earned his B.A. with honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.
John Rossant personally leads the LA CoMotion team. He is the Founder and Chairman of the New CIties Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.
Eric Rothman, President of HR&A Advisors, is a nationally-recognized expert in transportation policy, transit-oriented development, and economic development. He is a trusted advisor for cities, transit agencies, and real estate developers on transportation – including emerging technologies – and its impact on the economic, social, and physical health of cities. Eric has advised on major initiatives ranging from PlaNYC and MoveNY to the National Resource Network and the redevelopment of major rail hubs in D.C., Philadelphia, and St. Paul. Previously, Eric served as the Head of Business Planning at Transport for London and directed the planning process for $7.5 billion of investments in London’s transportation network. Eric serves as the Board Chair of the Design Trust for Public Space and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public-Private Partnerships Council.
Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions.
Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank. Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission’s public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation, implementing recommendations from the Commission’s Senate Bill 350 study on the barriers to low income community participation in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is on the public policy board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by public and private sector industry veterans working together to advance the electric car movement. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Bernard Sheahan is Director of Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC,
the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector.
He is responsible for IFC’s investments in power, transport, utilities, and extractive
industries. He joined IFC in 1986, and has previously served as Director of IFC’s
Infrastructure Advisory Department and IFC’s Director of Strategy.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard
Chris worked in the music business for 10 years, booking bands and managing production for events around the globe. Chris was constantly frustrated with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs. He tried distributing addresses and GPS co-ordinates for years but both failed him on numerous occasions – he was certain there was a better way: what3words was born.
Lilly Shoup is a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting where she specializes in multimodal transportation planning, performance management, and policy development. Author of the original, “Dangerous by Design” report on national pedestrian safety trends, Lilly is experienced integrating public and private sector projects with effective planning and design. Prior to joining Nelson\Nygaard, Lilly served as a transportation policy advisor to senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Transportation where she managed the DOT-HUD-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the DOT Livability Initiative. She has served as Domestic Policy Advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden leading efforts to pass long-term transportation reauthorization with sustainable funding.
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also works in concert with Fontinalis’ portfolio companies on business development, sales and marketing initiatives.
Prior to Fontinalis, he worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banker at UBS within its Technology and Energy groups in New York and San Francisco.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of two of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, nuTonomy and Karamba Security. He also currently serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. Additionally, Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber and is a member of both the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and the Techweek Detroit Executive Advisory Board. Chris has previously served as the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. While at Yale he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a resident of the City of Detroit and a staunch advocate of smart cities, early childhood literacy, and the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Justin X. Thompson is a partner advising commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners on all aspects of real estate transactions— including financing, development, leasing, loan restructurings, land exchanges, saleleasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures.
Jeffrey Tumlin is principal and director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a sustainable transportation planning firm. For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. During 2016-17, Jeff was the interim director of Oakland’s first Department of Transportation, helping the city create the new department and develop its first budget, including allocating a $350 million infrastructure bond that voters approved by 82% in November 2016. A dynamic and frequent guest speaker, Jeff is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).
Jay Walder has more than 30 years of international experience in public transportation, including senior roles at three of the world’s largest transit systems.
Most recently, Walder was the Chief Executive Officer of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong. MTR is regarded as one of the world’s leading railway operators, with an integrated approach to rail transport and property. Walder led the company to build on its success in its home base of Hong Kong with a growing portfolio of rail and property related operations in the Mainland of China, Europe and Australia.
Previously, Walder was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York and Managing Director of Finance and Planning at Transport for London (TfL). Walder has also served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he lead the firm’s global infrastructure practice and was a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jay Walder holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Harpur College, and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Walder has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Public Transit Association.
Jay’s favorite place to ride is the Brooklyn Bridge very early in the morning or late at night.
Zack Wasserman oversees business development at Via, the leading developer and operator of on-demand transit systems. He and his team have forged partnerships with cities, transit agencies, private transit operators, and carmakers around the world. Prior to Via, Zack co-founded and managed a specialty steel manufacturer with operations in China, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale, where his dissertation examined the origins of entrepreneurial capitalism in Cold War-era California, and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.
Søren Wille is currently Deputy Permanent Secretary of State with the Ministry of Transport, Building, and Housing in the Kingdom of Denmark, a position he has held since 2007.
His areas of responsibility include a wide range of issues such as traffic planning for road and rail, urban mobility, local public transport, infrastructure financing, public-private-partnerships, the environmental impact of transport and cost-benefit analysis.
Søren is also a central figure in the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project that will connect the eastern part of Denmark and Germany through the world’s largest immersed tunnel under water. The project is the largest construction project in Northern Europe.
Before joining the Ministry of Transport in 2005, Søren was at the Danish Ministry of Finance for six years, including three years as academic private secretary to the minister for finance.
MSc Political Science, University of Copenhagen
MSc Public Administration and Public Policy, London School of Economics
Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company’s China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey’s work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenges.
Jonathan has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia.
Jonathan’s public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. This includes working extensively in real estate—specifically, on commercial revitalization—and advising on energy investment strategies and energy productivity and transparency, among other topics.
Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University’s Antai Business School.
Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He has also co-authored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika,No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends(PublicAffairs, May 2015).
A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.
Dr. Stephen Zoepf is the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. He holds a Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. from MIT. He has eight years of experience in the automotive industry as an engineer and product manager at BMW and Ford, and previously led U.S. Department of Transportation efforts to integrate confidential data submissions efforts into national vehicle energy policy modeling. He was an ENI Energy Initiative Fellow, a Martin Energy Fellow, and a recipient of the Barry McNutt award from the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the Transportation Research Board. His work has been covered in numerous popular press articles, initiated a Congressional probe, and has been lampooned in The Onion.
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