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Prof. Nick Reed

Founder, Reed Mobility

Coming from a psychology background, Prof. Nick Reed has worked in transportation research for more than fifteen years. From early studies using driving simulators to examine driver behaviour, he has since been instrumental in connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50m. Nick was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. Retaining a visiting professorship at the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, he has departed Bosch to create Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility topics.

Stéphane Barbier

Chief Development Officer, TRANSPOLIS

Stéphane is currently Chief Development Officer of TRANSPOLIS - a unique smart city lab dedicated to the future of urban mobility and automated vehicles - in charge of fundraising, marketing & communication, public affairs and the global business development on 4 main regions (Asia, Europe, Middle-East, North-America).

Stéphane holds a Master's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Lyon and has received training in Strategic Management from EML the Lyon Business School.

Piia Karjalainen

Secretary General, MaaS Alliance

Ms Piia Karjalainen is Secretary General of the MaaS Alliance. She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. The MaaS Alliance is an international public-private-partnership, established in 2015, bringing together 100 member organisations worldwide, supporting the development of Mobility as a Service ecosystem, based on the principles of openness, inclusivity, sustainability and user-centricity.

Karjalainen is leading and coordinating all the activities of this international Mobility as a Service community. Previously she has been working in various positions at the European Parliament and the Finnish Ministry of Transport & Communications, mainly dealing with transport strategies, ITS, Mobility as a Service, policymaking and EU regulation. She holds a Master of Science in Economics.

Dr. Geoff Davis

Chief Strategy Officer, HORIBA MIRA

Dr. Davis joined HORIBA in 2015 following its successful acquisition of MIRA, where he had previously held a number of commercial, technical and strategic executive roles.

He first joined MIRA in 2009 following ten years at Ricardo. He is an experienced engineering consultancy professional with a background in automotive engineering, with insight on some of the latest automotive technologies and trends and first-hand experience of working across a wide range of overseas territories and industry sectors building new business operations and delivering engineering and strategic consultancy projects for clients. Moving to MIRA in 2009, Dr. Davis was part of the team of four executives that delivered the re-birth of what is the UK’s foremost transport R&D organisation, subsequently selling the business to HORIBA in 2015.

He is now part of the global management team for HORIBA’s Automotive business unit where he spends the majority of his time focussed on corporate strategy, technology development, and marketing. He also dedicates time to supporting the Automotive Council as part of their technology working group. His current areas of focus include the fast-paced changing areas of Connected Autonomous Vehicles and related subjects in Vehicle Resilience and Cyber Security.

Andrew Everett

Director, A + E Limited

Andrew's interest in all things about cars led him to Ford after completing a Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship. Spending 17 years at Ford and then its spin-out, Visteon, Andrew had a variety of roles including component engineer, manufacturing planner and program manager. During that time, he also gained a BSc, MSc and an MBA. After leaving Visteon to ‘make a difference’ more broadly, Everett joined the Technology Strategy Board where, as Lead Technologist for Low Carbon Vehicles and then Head of Transport, Andrew delivered over half a billion pounds of R&D support to UK industry. Looking to help develop the UK capabilities for the emerging intelligent mobility market he joined the Transport Systems Catapult as Chief Strategy Officer in May 2014.

In 2017, Andrew decided to set up A + E Ltd to continue to help the industry by providing thought leadership and strategic insight, helping them connect and collaborate through a deep understanding of future transport technologies and trends.

Dr. Friedrich Wolf-Monheim

Project Manager, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering

Dr. Friedrich Wolf-Monheim is working as a Project Manager within the Global Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Organization based at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, as well as a Lecturer at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design of the RWTH Aachen University. Before joining Ford, he studied Mechanical Engineering and obtained his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University.

His research interests cover a wide range of topics like electrified vehicle and chassis architectures and technologies, light weight technologies, smart systems and components as well as additive manufacturing technologies for automotive applications.

Paul Mascarenas OBE

Independent Director, Business Advisor and Technology Executive, Fontalis Partners

Paul Mascarenas OBE is Chairman of FISITA (UK) Ltd. Previously, he was President and Chairman of the Executive Board of FISITA from 2014 - 2016.

Paul is a Member of the Board of Directors at ON Semiconductor and the U.S. Steel Corporation; he is also Special Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners. Paul is also President for FISITA Member Society SAE International.

Previously, Paul served as Chief Technical Officer and Vice President - Engineering, Global Product Development, at Ford Motor Company. In that role, he led Ford’s worldwide research organisation, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.

Paul also led the establishment of Ford’s Silicon Valley Research and Innovation Center, which supports the company’s vision to provide uncompromised personal mobility for people around the world.

Prof. Chris Brace

Professor of Automotive and Deputy Director of the Powertrain Research Vehicle Research Centre, University of Bath

Chris Brace is Professor of Automotive Propulsion and Deputy Director of the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre at the University of Bath. He leads the Advanced Propulsion Centre Spoke for ICE System Efficiency, based at Bath. Chris leads a wide portfolio of propulsion systems based research including ICE systems; advanced transmission systems; hybrid and battery electric concepts. The research requires the intensive measurement of multiphysics processes, leading to greater insight into system behaviour under dynamic operating conditions.

David Hudson

Head of Vehicle & Powertrain Engineering, Tata Motors European Technical Centre

Started automotive industry career in 1975 with Jaguar Cars in Coventry as a sponsored student-apprentice with the company while studying for mechanical Engineering degree at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). Joined the Vehicle Research department of Product Engineering after graduation in 1979, and went on to develop the team that was responsible for the noise and vibration refinement of the all-new AJ6 engine and the XJ40 car - Jaguar’s first all-new vehicle in 30 years.

Subsequently spent significant time working in Far East and USA in technical and managerial consulting roles, mainly focused on NVH (Noise Vibration & Harshness) before diversifying into powertrain and other vehicle technologies, bringing me into contact with engineering teams for a wide range of mobility products.

Joining Tata Motors European Technical Centre in 2008, spent 3 years based in Pune, India running the NVH team, later taking lead role as Programme Chief Engineer for several new vehicle projects delivered for Tata Motors based from the European Technical Centre at University of Warwick.

Now responsible for leading strategy and engineering development of low-carbon powertrain technologies (ICE/xEV) and early-stage vehicle attribute delivery for Tata Motors future passenger car product portfolio.

Prof. Frank Zhao

Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute, Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Frank (Fuquan) Zhao is a Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute at Tsinghua University, China (since May 2013) where he leads a strategic research group on automotive industry policy, corporate management and technology strategies.

Prof. Zhao received a doctorate degree in Engineering from Hiroshima University in Japan in 1992 and has years of on-the-job experience in Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and China.

Prior to joining Tsinghua University, Prof. Zhao had the experience of Vice President of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, President of Zhejiang Geely Automotive R&D Center, President of Zhejiang Automotive Engineering Institute, and Chairman of DSI company of Australia since November 2006; Vice President of Shenyang Brilliance JinBei Automobile Company Limited and General Manager of its R&D Centre since 2004; and Engineering Specialist and Research Executive of Technical Affairs at DaimlerChrysler since 1997.

Chris Mason


Chris joined FISITA as Chief Executive Officer in August 2014, continuing a successful career and now bringing over 30 years’ experience working in the automotive industry.

As CEO, Chris has overseen the extensive modernisation of FISITA, transforming the organisation into a leading platform for global knowledge exchange and facilitating co-operation and support amongst FISITA’s membership and the wider automotive and mobility systems industry. In addition to refreshing the FISITA brand and membership structure and offering, Chris has introduced a number of innovations including the one-day conference FISITA PLUS, a regular series of Technical Webinars and the FISITA International Engineering Community. Chris has also successfully established the FISITA Foundation charity with a number of initial high-profile donors, created to provide financial support for the next generation of automotive and mobility systems engineers.

Prior to joining FISITA, Chris spent 14 years working within Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK’s premier automotive trade association, was a member of the senior management team and Managing Director of subsidiary, Motor Codes. During this time Chris became recognised as an expert within the UK automotive industry and received recognition and awards from the industry for his work throughout the years.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry and regularly contributes to international discussions and thought leadership pieces on the continued transition of the automotive and mobility industry


Beate Kubitz

Transport Consultant, Beate Kubitz

Beate Kubitz is a transport consultant with experience in future mobility and the role it plays in carbon reduction through research, innovation and policy development. Her experience includes developing plans for Mobility Hubs for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, evaluating electric mobility for Manchester City Council, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester as well as research and analysis on Mobility as a Service solutions for Leeds City Region Future Mobility Strategy and Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire County Councils.

Previously she worked for the shared transport organisation CoMoUK (previously Carplus Bikeplus), and automotive technology startup CarTap. She edits the Annual Survey of Mobility as a Service (for Landor Links) and has contributed to policy development on data and mobility for organisations including the Open Data Institute and the British Standards Institution. As a consultant she has also evaluated car clubs and bike share for shared transport operators.

Beate will be speaking about: 

MaaS: The centre will not hold (without the suburbs, the peri-urban areas and the small towns)

The conventional wisdom is that mobility as a service will work in city centres but be less easy to make work in rural and periurban environments. My analysis indicates that urban mobility as a service will never be successful without also focusing on the services available in less dense surrounding areas. 

Ben Lawson

Vice President of Strategy and Project Development for the UK & Ireland, Enterprise Holdings

As Vice President of Strategy and Project Development for the UK & Ireland, Ben Lawson is responsible for the strategic development of Enterprise Holdings’ lines of business, while driving efficiencies and growth throughout the organisation. He leads strategic acquisitions and ensures a consistent business model that is scalable and transferable across Europe.

Ben began his career at Enterprise in 1994 through the company’s renowned Management Training Programme and rapidly progressed his career. He has held a number of regional, national and international positions, but assumed his current role in February 2018 and now has responsibility for creating and developing a truly integrated business model that seamlessly combines Enterprise’s branch network, range of vehicles and proprietary technologies.

Through this, Enterprise provides customers with mobility for an hour, a day, a week, a month or even many years, whether they require a small hatchback or a supercar, a hybrid or a van, or even an articulated truck.

Ben’s work involves prioritising strategic initiatives and working with internal and external parties to create partnerships and new business models that deliver the right outcome for all stakeholders.

Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental provider both in the UK and globally.

Ben will be speaking about Practical applications of MaaS and how it could be used to impact Post Covid mobility.

  • What actually is MaaS
  • Good vs Bad MaaS – why
  • Examples of MaaS in action
  • What Covid means for MaaS
  • MaaS as part of the solution

Yasmine Fage

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Goggo Network

Yasmine Fage is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Goggo Network, the new autonomous vehicle mobility start-up created with Martin Varsavsky about a year ago.

Previously, Yasmine was Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in the New York office. She joined McKinsey & Company in 2009 and was a leader in the Public Sector and Innovation Practice. She is passionate about bringing innovation and systemic changes to societies and has gathered over 10 years of experience working with corporations and governments across the world in highly regulated industries such as Healthcare and Transportation.

Yasmine obtained a Master's degree from the University of Sciences Po Paris and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School. She loves exploring the world travelling, horseback riding, reading and spending time with her 2-year-old adorable rebel daughter.

Yasmine will be speaking about the current state of Autonomous Vehicles in Europe and the rest of the world.

We are currently living in a world with heavily congested cities where the benefits of individual transport are becoming less apparent each day. Citizens using internal combustion engines for their daily commutes are generating worrisome amounts of CO2 whilst spending hours stuck in traffic, leading to an avoidable capital loss both for themselves and their governments.
Recent trends have indicated the beginning of a “transport revolution” led primarily by advancements in the development of autonomous vehicles and the adoption of MaaS (Mobility as a Service) platforms such as Uber and Lyft. These last two points combined with other factors show us that we are heading into a new era focused mainly on electric and autonomously connected fleets which will one day transform cars into Autonomous Mobility Networks.
The United States and China, as well as other Asian countries such as Singapore have been the frontrunners in this revolution and have received billions of foreign investment. Europe is one step behind in this race towards the development of functional autonomous vehicles, meaning that swift action has to be taken to keep European streets from becoming a mere showcase for foreign Autonomous Vehicles.

Prof. Dr Kai-Uwe Schröder

Professor and Head of Institute, RWTH Aachen University

Kai-Uwe Schröder was born in 1973 in Hannover, Germany. From 1993 to 1999 he studied Civil Engineering at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. In 1999 he got his Diploma degree with specialization in Structural Design. From 1999 to 2005 he worked as a scientic coworker at the Institute of Structural Analysis and Dynamics (Professor Heinrich Rothert/Professor Raimund Rolfes) at Leibniz University Hannover. 2005 he started a position as an engineer in Research and Development at EDAG Sigma GmbH in Hamburg. 2007 he got his PhD degree with distinction on the topic of non-linear modelling of steel-reinforced concrete structures. From 2008 to 2009 he became a Senior Engineer in Method Development and project manager at ELAN-AUSY GmbH (former EDAG Sigma GmbH). During his time in Hamburg he was involved in the certification of Airbus A380 Aircraft, the detailed design of Airbus A400 M and the conceptional design of Airbus A350. 2010 he started a new job as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Constructional Lightweight Design at Johannes Kepler University Linz of Professor Martin Schagerl in Austria and in 2012 he became an Assistant Professor. In 2013 he went back to Germany an became a full Professor at the RWTH Aachen University. He is now Head of the Institute of Sturctural Mechanics and Lightweight Design and is leading a team of about 25 researchers and 10 technicians.

Mark Preston

Chief Strategy Officer, StreetDrone

Mark Preston went from a degree in Mechanical Engineering and working for General Motors Holden (GM) and Spectrum Racing Cars (Formula Ford) in Australia, to obtaining key roles in both the Arrows Grand Prix (F1) and McLaren F1 teams, and then creating the Super Aguri F1 team with Honda in just 100 days. Mark’s latest motorsport achievement is delivering the ABB FIA Formula E Teams and Drivers Championship as Team Principal with Jean-Eric Vergne and the TECHEETAH Formula E Team, in a motorsports series that has become a showcase for technology in the SMART Cities electrification space within the broader mobility sector.

As one of the founding Team Principals of Formula E, and Chief Strategist and Founder of the StreetDrone autonomous car company, Mark continues to keep a watching eye on the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing automotive/mobility/transportation industry.

Dr. Richard Porter

Technology and Innovation Director, Zenzic

Richard Porter is Director of Technology and Innovation at Zenzic, defining and overseeing a £200m portfolio of investments to make the UK the global centre for testing and development of self-driving technologies, building on existing and delivering new capabilities, both physical and virtual. Previously Richard was Director of Research and Innovation at Highways England, UK Research Liaison to US DoD, Security policy advisor and crisis manager at FCO. Richard is always interested in new technologies and encouraging collaboration to deliver technologies to market quickly and effectively.

Richard will be speaking on 'Cyber resilience and Connected Automated Mobility'.

Nick Powell

Principal - Technology Strategy, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Nick has 29 years’ experience in the automotive sector leading multi-disciplinary, and multi-partner teams. He has worked across a number of industry sectors including passenger car, commercial vehicle on and off-highway, hybrid and electric vehicles.

His early career was in transmissions systems, and he then spent 17 years working in Noise Vibration and Harshness, followed by a number of senior roles in Advanced Technology projects. He was the Ricardo Chief Engineer for the multi-partner Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project supported by the ERDF, focusing on the development of hybrid and electric vehicle advanced technology.

Since 2017, he has been a Principal Consultant for Ricardo Strategic Consulting leading projects related to advanced technology strategy including battery technology, ADAS and Autonomous vehicles and low carbon fuels.

Nick has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University, a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from Bath University, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Nick will be speaking on Electric and Low Carbon Intensity Fuel Scenarios for Light Duty Vehicles.

The life cycle GHG, energy, cost and resource implications of mass EV adoption and low carbon fuel scenarios, for Light Duty Vehicles to 2050 are discussed.  The sensitivity to key variables such as battery energy density, charging behaviours and grid decarbonisation are examined.  Analysis of the European market is presented, and the challenges and implications of the scenarios discussed in a wider context.

Dr. Bernadette Longridge

Engineering Centre Manager, AVL Powertrain UK Ltd

Bernadette has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. focussing on serial development projects and design for manufacture. She started her career as a design engineer working at Perkins Diesel Engines before moving on to work at Ford Motor Company on a joint venture project with PSA. Bernadette joined AVL in 2007 as the design department leader, before progressing to become the Engineering Centre Manager for AVL office located in Basildon. In her current role, Bernadette is responsible for the delivery of technical projects, strategy and investment for the engineering centre in Basildon. 

Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke

Chief Scientist of Mobility, Shell

Shell’s Chief Scientists contribute internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurture innovative technology to help deliver supports project development and business growth.

How the transport sector evolves will have a significant impact on efforts to meet growing global demand for energy while helping to address climate change. Transport accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s total energy use and one fifth of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. A number of fuel and vehicles options will be required to meet growing demand for transport from customers, keep pace with technological advancements and reduce emissions. Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy and championing science, R&D and innovation. He seeks to enhance Shell’s technical reputation in this fast-changing area of mobility.

Wolfgang was born in Hamburg, Germany. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Hannover (specialising in automotive combustion engines), he gained a PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg Tech. University in 1987.

Since joining Shell on graduation, Wolfgang has gained extensive experience both in Germany and the UK as a scientist and business leader in the field of lubricant development; in engine testing and vehicle technology; in technical services for lubricants; and in fuels marketing. He has led both automotive fuels and lubricants development in Hamburg before global management roles in lubricants and, more recently, retail and automotive fuels development. He became a Chief Scientist in May 2011.

Wolfgang’s expertise in engine technology and automotive products has earned him extensive recognition across the automotive industry as well as by academia. He has made close to 100 publications, and has a wide global network across the global automotive industry, including the motorsport industry. As an example of his involvement and expertise in global motorsport, he was previously member of the FIA’s WEC Endurance Commission (which develops the sporting regulations for the World Endurance Championship).

In 2005, Wolfgang, together with Dr. Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen, was awarded the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize', considered by many to be the world's most prestigious award for automotive engineers, for their work on synthetic fuels development.

Wolfgang is married with one son. His passion for mobility and the automotive industry extends into his free time as he enjoys collecting, restoring and racing cars and motorcycles. He also enjoys skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.

Wolfgang will be speaking on 'Future Energy Options for a Sustainable Mobility'.

Bryan Salesky

Co-Founder & CEO, Argo AI

Bryan is passionate about incorporating promising robotics technology into products and systems that will improve safety and productivity while enhancing people’s lives. While at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), Bryan managed a portfolio of the center’s largest commercial programs, including autonomous mining trucks for Caterpillar. In 2007, Bryan led software engineering for Tartan Racing, Carnegie Mellon’s winning entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Bryan departed NREC and joined the Google self-driving car team in 2011 to continue the push toward making self-driving cars a reality. While at Google, Bryan was responsible for the development and manufacture of their hardware portfolio, which included self-driving sensors, computers and several vehicle development programs. Bryan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2002.

Sameer Savani

Head of Innovation and Engineering, ADS

Sameer’s role cuts across the aerospace, defence, security and space industries, and ranges from informing policy, through to engaging ADS’s 1000+ members on a variety of Innovation and Engineering subjects.

Sameer graduated with a Physics degree from UCL, immediately followed by five years as a scientist within the UK MOD. Sameer’s move to industry included developing the first National Aerospace Technology Strategy, which today represent some £4bn joint industry-Government investment.

Sameer joined ADS in August 2010, where today he leads areas including Digitalisation, Urban Air Mobility, Environment and Safety. He is a champion for STEM and diversity topics, infusing that passion into the programmes he leads.

Lawrence Blakeley

Head of Power Supply and Systems Installation, Vertical Aerospace

Lawrence is responsible for the electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems across all Vertical Aerospace aircraft. He is also a nominated Head of the Design Organisation EASA form 4 applicant.

He has previously spent over 20 years in systems design and manufacturing, all within highly regulated industries.  Within that he has spent over 17 years in aerospace primarily focused on electrical system architecture and installation design.   

His aerospace experience ranges from leading the electrical installation of the Orbital satellite launching system and leading the complete A400M wing electrical installation design through to the re-architecture of electrical systems throughout the A350 to enable cost, production rate and weight targets.  This experience covers all phases of the project life cycle from the conceptual design of CS-25 and SC-VTOL aircraft through to the certification and continued airworthiness of CS-25 aircraft.