Prime Minister of Israel
MK Ofir Akunis
Israel's Minister of Science and Technology
Ofir Akunis was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. Prior to entering politics, he served in the IDF as a military Journalist in the Department of the Head Educational Officer, and earned a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. A former spokesman for the Likud, he served as Media Consultant to Likud Chairman Netanyahu, Advisor to the Minister of Finance, and Advisor to the Minister of Justice. He was elected to the Knesset in February 2009, serving as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chair of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, and a member of various other committees. In March 2013 Ofir Akunis was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. In December 2014 he was also appointed Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister and in September 2015, Minister of Science and Technology. He is married and a father of two.
Anat Lea Bonshtien
Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative Prime Minister's Office
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien serves as the Chairman and Director of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative as of January 2017. Prior to this, she served as the Technology and Regulation Manager of the Initiative. In addition, Dr. Bonshtien serves in the Board of Directors of the Capsula Israeli Smart Transportation Center. She is also a member of the National Science Committee for Energy under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making. Dr. Bonshtien holds a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
CEO, MOIA, Transportation on Demand Services
Ole Harms has been CEO of MOIA since December 2016. After working as a Strategy Consultant at Capgemini, Harms joined Volkswagen Consulting in 2008. As head of the Sales and Marketing division, he advised Volkswagen's top management. In 2012, he took over as Head of New Business Models and Performance. From 2014 to January 2016 he was Executive Director and Head of New Business Models & Mobility Services, where he initiated the mobility partnership with the city of Hamburg and was responsible for the conception and development of MOIA. Ole Harms lives in Hannover and Berlin.
CEO & Managing Director, TATA Motors Ltd.
Mr. Guenter Butschek is responsible for leading all operations of Tata Motors in India and international markets. He is also a Member of the Board. Regarded as a Turnaround specialist, Mr. Butschek is known for running large scale business transformations and he is currently leading such process at Tata Motors. In his previous role, Mr. Butschek served as Chief Operating Officer of Airbus and Member of the Group Executive Committee. He played a critical role in reshaping the industrial strategy, implementing a global operating system and enhancing the end-to-end supply chain performance. Prior to Airbus, Mr. Butschek worked at Daimler AG, with 25 years of experience in the areas of logistics, human resources and procurement . The last role he held was that of President and Chief Executive Officer of Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd., where he relocated the operations to an all new state-of-the-art facility. He launched several new production lines for Mercedes, Chrysler, and Mitsubishi products and set the footprint for future profitable growth. Mr. Butschek, 56, graduated in Business Administration and Economics with a diploma from the University of Cooperative Education Stuttgart, Germany.
President & Chief Executive Officer, HARMAN
Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and has transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. Dinesh also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors when HARMAN was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8 billion in 2017. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group and Chairman and CEO of ABB North America. Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB’s operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region’s business ten-fold in four years. In 2017, Dinesh was named to the Inaugural Recode 100. In addition, B'nai B'rith International honored Dinesh with its Distinguished Achievement Award, and he was named an Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). In 2015, Dinesh was named to Yahoo Finance’s short list of five-star CEOs and in 2014 was named to Fortune magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list.
Vice President & CRADLE Director, Hyundai Motor Company
John combines his experiences in tech startups and automotive engineering and manufacturing in his role as the head of CRADLE. He believes that our ability to travel and move is a critical determinant of an individual’s overall quality of life. Prior to joining Hyundai Motor Company, he worked at General Motors, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), and several Silicon Valley startups where he has had roles in corporate investing, product management, and R&D. John has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Michel Taride is the Group President of Hertz International covering all corporate and franchise operations across EMEA, APAC, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Michel began his career with Hertz in 1980 as Station Manager at Cannes Airport and over a 37 year period has progressed through the business holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management. Michel is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a non for profit organisation that supports education in many developing countries. Michel represents the Hertz Corporation as a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Chief Executive Officer, NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer, NIO Board Member
Padmasree Warrior is the chief executive officer of NIO in the U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development officer of NIO. In these capacities, she is responsible for
the brains of NIO's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered. Previously, Padmasree served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity, she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology. Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global
Indian."Padmasree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Padmasree serves on the board of Microsoft and Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box. Padmasree is married and has a son.
CEO, Start-Up Nation Central
Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems. Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, and played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy. Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is in Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading Finance and Economics journals.
Chief Scientist Ministry of Energy
Dr. Bracha Halaf is the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Energy. Dr. Halaf holds a Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. Bracha also serves as the Senior Manager of Oil Replacement, the Head of the National Coal Ash Board, a member of the Natural Gas Authority Council, and Board Member of the Israel-U.S BSF and BIRD-ENERGY. Dr. Halaf is a member of the National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology.
Managing Director, co-pace GmbH the Startup Organization of Continental
Juergen Bilo is Managing Director of co-pace, the Startup Organization of Continental.
Prior, Juergen led Strategy and Innovation for Corporate Systems and Technology, Continental’s cross divisional corporate function. Juergen started his career with VDO A. Schindling AG as Embedded Microcontroller Software Engineer further advancing to management roles in several areas. Throughout his career, Juergen accompanied several acquisitions, from VDO A. Schindling AG, to Mannesmann VDO, Siemens VDO on to Continental AG. In these companies, Juergen held several senior leadership roles as Managing Director and Vice President in Germany and the US, spanning from Displays, Instrument Clusters, Haptic- and Climate Controls and Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Thereby gaining a well-rounded perspective of automotive technologies and operations, which he greatly leverages for the success of co-pace. Juergen holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and an Executive Management Education of Babson College USA.
Director General, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and a former Entrepreneur and Hi-tech CEO, Dancziger was born in Kfar Etzion. He enlisted in a pilots' course, and then continued with the Sayeret Matkal commando unit, before joining the Paratroopers' sabotage squad, where he served as a Team Commander and Deputy Commander of the unit. In the reserves he served as the Commander of the Paratroopers unit. Dancziger studied at Ben-Gurion University, and founded and managaed Digital Fuel, which developed products for massive companies and was ultimately sold to VMware. During that time, he was also a partner in the establishment, investment, and recovery of other hi-tech companies. He is the author of "Yozma - Israeli Story" - the story of the creation of a global software company. In 2014, he became one of the founders of the Kulanu political party. Since 2015, Mr. Dancziger has served as the Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. During his tenure, he led the Ministry to the forefront of the governmental stage, to actions and achievements, including: reducing pollution and environmental risks to the public; reducing social gaps; and leading strategic revolutions in the fields of vehicular pollution, industrial energy production, waste, and more.
Philipp von Hagen
Member of the Executive Board of Porsche SE, Mitglied des Vorstands
Philipp is an Executive board member of Porsche SE, a listed holding company and majority voting shareholder in Volkswagen AG (Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, VW, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN, and Scania). Porsche SE. He also owns PTV Group, a global market leader in intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management, and is a shareholder of INRIX, a global SaaS and DaaS company providing connected car services and transportation analytics. Philipp holds degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Porsche SE in 2012 Philipp was an investment banker at Rothschild.
Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada - Reno
Carlos is a professional with history of directing cutting-edge research programs, he served as Research Director in startup companies in Reno, Nevada and Principal Investigator for the US Department of Defense (USDOD) in Fort Rucker Alabama. Carlos also served as VP for R&D for a research institution and CFO for a medical startup company in New York. Carlos has developed, implemented and successfully executed large research programs sponsored by the USDOT and USDOD, including the Special Operation Command and Office of Naval Research. Additional research managing experience includes industrial programs in mining operations, semiconductor manufacturing and drug development. He holds a BSc in Systems Engineering from North-East University, Argentina; MSc in Biostatistics from New York Medical College, New York and a PhD in Health Science Research from Trident University International, California.
Managing Director, Copia Growth Partners
Eran recently led Delphi Automotive’s (now Aptiv) Autonomous Driving and Connected Services business unit, overseeing global engineering teams, business staff and wholly owned subsidiaries focused on providing hardware, software, algorithms and cloud services to transform future mobility. Prior to Delphi, Eran was a Senior Executive for over 20+ years in Fortune 500 companies including Qualcomm, Cypress, Texas Instruments and Marvell. During this period Eran led global businesses, operations and M&A focused on server communications, storage, mobile handsets and Internet-of-Things (IoT) for consumer, automotive and industrial applications.
Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority
Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years of experience in research, development and senior level management in the field of the Semiconductor.
Prior to the current job as Chief Scientist, Dr. Appelbaum served for 22 years at numerous executive positions at KLA Tencor, $15.6B Market Cap and world leader in the business of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry based in Silicon Valley, CA. Dr. Ami Appelbaum recent job was Corporate Senior Vice President and president of KLA Tencor Israel. Dr. Appelbaum also held jobs as General Manager of a startup by the name Gallium Arsenide Diodes (GAD), in Israel. VP Operations and Program Manager at Semiconductor Devices (SCD) in Israel, manager of semiconductor lasers and detector development at Rockwell International in Richardson Texas and Newbury Park California and Member of Technical Staff (MTS) at AT&T Bell Lab in Murray Hill New Jersey (US).
Dr. Appelbaum received his Doctorate and Master degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa in the years 1983 and 1980, respectively and his Engineering degree from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba in 1977 , all in the field of materials engineering. Dr. Appelbaum is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and holds 7 patents in the field of semiconductor equipment and processing.
Deputy Director General, DG MOVE, European Coordinator for Road Safety
Matthew Baldwin is Deputy Director General of DG MOVE, with responsibility for the transport "modes" – land (road and rail), waterborne (including ports policy) and aviation - and multimodality. In addition to these responsibilities, on 2 October 2018, he was appointed as European Coordinator for road safety and related aspects of sustainable mobility, and these issues are now his main focus. He has served in the cabinets of Commissioner Lamy, President Barroso and Commissioner Hill, the last as Head of Cabinet. He has two sons, speaks English and French and lives in Brussels.
General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
As General Manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. She has pushed for sweeping technological advances, advocated for future planning, and built critical partnerships to position the region of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency in the U.S. that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.
Deputy Group Director, Land Transport Authority of Singapore
Chris Leck is the Deputy Group Director at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, where he oversees the Autonomous Vehicle Programme Office. Prior to this, he served in various capacities within the Singapore Public Service, including Director of the Futures & Transformation Division at the Ministry of Transport and Director of Strategic & Political-Military Planning at the Ministry of Defence. Chris graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Economics, and also holds a Master’s degrees in International Relations and International Law from Columbia University, the Australian National University and Tel Aviv University.
Senior Director, Automotive, NVIDIA
Danny Shapiro is Senior Director of Automotive at NVIDIA, focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions self-driving cars, trucks and shuttles. The NVIDIA automotive team is engaged with over 370 car and truck makers, tier 1 suppliers, HD mapping companies, sensor companies and startup companies that are all using the company's DRIVE hardware and software platform for autonomous vehicle development and deployment. Danny serves on the advisory boards of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Connected Car Council and Udacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
EVP of Mobility Services, Volkswagen Group of America
Johann Jungwirth, since August 2018 Executive Vice President of Mobility Services at Volkswagen Group of America, is responsible for the new Mobility-as-a-Service business with self-driving electric vehicles. Johann has joined the Volkswagen Group in November 2015 as Chief Digital Officer. Johann also worked for Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), as President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America with its HQ in Silicon Valley and for Daimler in Germany. Johann Jungwirth was born on May 3rd, 1973. He holds an Electrical Engineering Degree Dipl.-Ing. (BA) from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, is married and has three children.
Assaf Biderman is an Inventor, Author, and Entrepreneur. He is the Founder of Superpedestrian, an award-winning robotics company revolutionizing personal urban mobility. Assaf is the Co-inventor of the company’s first product - the Copenhagen Wheel which transforms any bicycle into a smart, electric hybrid. Assaf also teaches at MIT, where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group examining how new technologies enable solutions for pressing urban challenges. Biderman’s work focuses on partnerships between industries and local governments to explore how distributed and embedded technologies can improve urban livability and create a more sustainable urban future.
Mobileye Co-founder, Chairman & CTO; Sachs Professor of Computer Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is in computer vision and machine learning. Amnon has founded three startups in the computer vision and machine learning fields. In 1995 he founded CogniTens that specializes in the area of industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish Corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he cofounded Mobileye with his partner Ziv Aviram. Mobileye develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems and is developing a platform for autonomous driving to be launched in 2021. In August 2014, Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, by raising $1B at a market cap of $5.3B. In August 2017, Mobileye became an Intel company. Today, Prof. Shashua is the CEO and CTO of Mobileye and a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation. In 2010 Amnon co-founded OrCam which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people who are visually impaired or blind.
VP, Digital Technologies, BYTON
Mr. Abe T. Chen is a recognized leader in security, network management, and system administration. His security expertise includes end-to-end digital and physical investigations, advanced layered security architectures, compliance/risk mitigation methodologies, and product security. He has made a career of successfully bringing leading-edge security techniques to the enterprise across technology sectors. At BYTON, Abe leads a groundbreaking organization that merges the cloud, vehicle connectivity, and security functions with that of IT, thereby accelerating the delivery of innovative technologies to market and improving the company’s overall IT organization. To ensure that these goals are met, he has built a team of experts in cloud and vehicle connectivity focused on security and data privacy by design, allowing for seamless and rapid technology innovations from the car to the cloud to the user’s overall experience. Abe comes to BYTON from Tesla and Apple, where he was a leader responsible for global product security programs. In his spare time, he teaches security at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Energy Finance's Intelligent Mobility Specialist, Bloomberg
As Bloomberg's New Energy Finance's Intelligent Mobility Specialist in San Francisco, Alejandro conducts research relating to autonomous vehicles and mobility services globally. Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; and a Master of Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University in New York City. He has been a transportation and mobility analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance since 2010.
Managing Director & Board Member, Toyota Al Ventures
Mr. Adler is Managing Director and Board Member at Toyota Al Ventures, where he is making early stage investments in talented, tenacious entrepreneurs from around the world in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous mobility, data, and cloud. Mr. Adler also serves as VP at Toyota Research Institute. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Adler served as Principal Program Manager at Microsoft by acquisition of Metanautix, where he led products and marketing. Metanautix was a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday. He also served on the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC) providing advice at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security and the DHS Chief Privacy Off.
Co-Chair, CII (JBM Group)
Mr. Nishant Arya is currently the Co-Chair of the CII Northern Regional Committee on Advanced Manufacturing, member of CII Northern Regional Council, and the Ex-Chairman of CII Haryana State Council. Mr. Arya is the Co-chairman of ACMA's STDC (Sustainable Technology Development Committee), India. He is also the Chairman for ACMA Cross Functional Team on Electric Mobility. He is an Executive Council Member of CII, SIAM and ACMA – Young Business Leaders Forum. He is council member of the Governing Council of IIT Delhi. He is Executive Director, JBM Group & Chairman JBM Solaris Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd. also he is on Board of various JBM Group companies and Chairman of Tesco Go SpA, Europe. Further please note , he represent Indian Auto OEM/Auto Component Industry prospective on “E-Mobility Eco system development” in India and opportunity for Israel companies to identify synergy for collaboration across the value chain in this evolving Industry.
Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors
Senior Vice President, Technology, Neste
2018 Samson Prize Winner
Lars Peter Lindfors received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 1989. He received his doctoral degree with honors in the field of chemical reaction engineering, from Åbo Academy, Finland, in 1994, while working as a researcher in catalysis at Neste. He held several researcher and managerial research positions at Neste (1989–2001), both within the Oil & Gas and the Chemicals division. He then moved to the Perstorp Group, where he was Executive Vice President, Renewal, Technology and Development (2001–2007). He then joined Neste for the second time in 2007, taking on the responsibility as Vice President for the company's Research and Development unit (2007–2009). Now he is the Senior Vice President, Technology, being responsible for, among other units, the Research & Development, on the Corporate level. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy (2009–2012). He has had a key role in leading the Technology development related to the Renewable Business since 2007, regarding the broadening of the feedstock base and developing process technology. In 2013 Lars Peter Lindfors received the Finnish ‘Energy Initiative of the Year Award’ and in 2014 he was recognized with the ‘2014 CTO of the Year Award’, by the Technology Academy Finland. In 2015 he received the Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland, mark of honor by the President of Finland. Dr. Lindfors is a Board Member of e.g. the Fortum Foundation and Neste Engineering Solutions
Chief Executive Officer, ERTICO; President, MaaS Alliance
Jacob Bangsgaard has been leading ERTICO – ITS Europe since January 2017. ERTICO is a multi-sector platform with 120 partners from more than 25 countries and with headquarter in Brussels, Belgium. He worked for ERTICO also from 2001-2006 as Director of International Affairs and communications where he was responsible for the international deployment support for ITS on markets like China, India, Russia, and Brazil. Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 27 years’ experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues. Mr Bangsgaard was from 2010-2016 Director General of FIA Region I and responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before becoming Director General he worked as Director of International Relations at the FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies. He has also represented mobility interests for a regional authority and he worked for two years in the European Commission Transport Directorate. Jacob Bangsgaard is President of the MaaS Alliance, and was on the Board of Euro NCAP from 2010-2016 and Secretary General of the Belgian association eSafetyAware from 2009-2016.
Chairman & Managing Director, Pinnacle Industries Ltd
Sudhir Mehta serves as Chairman & Managing Director at Pinnacle Industries Ltd. Mr. Mehta also serves as a Member of Board of Management at Force Motors Ltd., as an India Growth Advisor at Urdaneta Capital. In 1996 Mehta founded Pinnacle Industries Ltd., He led the joint venture between Force Motors and Force Trucks as a Managing Director of Man Force Trucks. He joinedNorthern Trust as a Senior Consultant in the Asset Management department, where he worked for several years until 1996. He serves as a Director of Rivulis Plastro Ltd. (also known as Rivulis Irrigation) and holds several public positions.
Prof. Doron Aurbach
Chemistry Department, Bar Ilan University, Israel
2018 Samson Prize Winner
Doron Aurbach is a full professor, chemistry, BIU, in Israel and leads the electrochemistry group since 1985. He develops high energy density batteries for electro-mobility, large energy storage and water desalination technologies, has published more than 600 papers, dozens of patents. Fifty five PhD and eighty MSc students received degrees under his supervision. Doron leads INREP-Israel National Research center for Electrochemical Propulsion (23 research groups, 6 institutions), Senior Editor for the journal of the Electrochemical Society ,ECS, ISE, MRS fellow, recipient of Israel Chemical Society prize of excellence (2012), IBA E. B. Yeager Award (2014), the Electrochemical Society Alan Bard Award (2017) and the International Society of Electrochemistry Alexander Frumkin medal (2018).
Director General, Ministry of Energy
Udi Adiri is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in Economics (cum laude) and in history (summa cum laude), has an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University (2010), and an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University (2013). Adiri joined to the Ministry of Energy after gaining extensive experience in the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance, where he began his career in 2005 as a transportation referent. From 2013 until recently, Adiri served as Deputy Commissioner of Budgets in the Ministry of Infrastructures: Transportation, Energy, Minerals, Water and Agriculture. Adiri worked to build and manage the budgets of government bodies operating in these areas, initiated structural changes and reforms, and promoted national projects. Adiri led complex processes that included conducting through negotiations with government, private and public bodies, labor committees and foreign financial corporations and entities; Construction and monitoring of infrastructure company development plans; And professional management of multi-participant matrix processes. In addition, he was responsible for the manpower work force of the Budgets Department, including recruitment, recruitment and training.
CEO, ENEL X
Born in New York (USA) in 1968, Mr. Venturini graduated cum laude in Economics from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome Italy where he also served as Assistant Professor of Banking Strategies and Techniques during the academic year 1991-1992. Mr. Venturini is a London Business School alumnus and he has been awarded an MBA at the MIT Sloan Business School. At the onset of his career Mr. Venturini served as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, taking part in its listing on the NYSE. He later became Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil. He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., contributing to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. Mr. Venturini later became Head of Internal Audit within Enel’s Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently, Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance in Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America Area. In May 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power, position that he held for 3 years making the company one of the best-positioned and more successful operator in the renewable energy sector at the worldwide level. In May 2017, Mr. Venturini has been appointed Head of E-Solutions, then renamed Enel X, a new global division within the Enel group, which has been created to provide new digitalized products and value added services, such as energy efficiency, demand response, electric mobility, IoT and optical fiber at both residential and C&I level.
Head of Local Market Implementation, Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative
Daniel Zucker is head of Local Market Implementation at the Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative within the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. Daniel leads the Initiative efforts' to promote the usage of both CNG and electric transportation and coordinates between the different ministries in this aspect. In addition, Daniel coordinates the progress of the Israeli National Plan for Smart Mobility. Daniel holds a M.Sc in environmental science from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a M.A in public policy from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem
Head of eMobility Activities, E.ON group.
Dr. Andreas Pfeiffer started his career in E-Mobility for the Stadtwerke Aachen AG already in 2008. In 2010 he has been appointed to be member of the German National Platform for Electric Mobility. Between 2010 and 2012 he was managing director of smartlab GmbH, a joint venture of municipal utilities providing solution for E-Mobility. From 2012 to 2014 he was founding CEO of the cross-industry joint venture Hubject. Based on his background, he researched on digital transformation in the E-Mobility sector at the RWTH Aachen University finalizing with his PHD on Service-oriented Business Models in 2018. Dr. Andreas Pfeiffer joined E.ON in 2017 and is currently responsible for all eMobility activities across of E.ON group.
Head of Strategic Business Development, Marlink Group
Mr. Faella works to further enhance the Marlink Group’s ability to meet the fast-evolving needs of its clients and strengthen its position as a leading innovation player in the digital world. He has more than 10 years of experience in the maritime industry. Before joining Telemar and the Marlink Group, Gennaro focused on international development, strategy and marketing at Telecom Italia Mobile. In 2008 he joined Telemar as Corporate Business Development and Coordination Director, being responsible for the management of all international entities of the group. In 2017. Gennaro was appointed Head of Strategic Business Development for the Marlink Group. Gennaro graduated in Economics from the Università degli Studi di Napoli ’Federico II’ and holds a Diploma in Inter-Cultural Management from Cambridge University (UK).
Commercial, Logistics & Operations Director, Grimaldi Group
Born in Naples (Italy) in 1967, Costantino Baldissara is the Commercial, Logistics & Operations Director of Grimaldi Group, headquartered in Naples (Italy). Costantino started working for Grimaldi Group in 1992 and has a vast experience in the logistics and vessels operations industry. He is also directly responsible for the overall commercial activities for the Grimaldi Group and supervises several departments that deal with issues such as lines, damage prevention, external relations and research. He is Past President of the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) and oversaw one of the most challenging times for the finished vehicle carrier industry and automotive sector as a whole. He is currently Chairman of SAL, Scandinavian Auto Logistics (Denmark), Chairman of Automar SpA, Chairman of Ghianda Srl, Deputy Chairman of PET (Palermo Euro Terminal), Deputy Chairman of Auto Terminal Gioia Tauro SpA, CEO of Sintermar SpA, CEO of COIFI srl, Board Member of Autuori Srl, Board Member of Brucato Deta Srl, and board member of SAT- Salerno Auto Terminal. Previously, he has also served as Co-Chairman of the General Motors Europe Logistics Supplier Council and has been a Member of General Motors Global Logistics Council, CEO of Grimaldi & Suardiaz S.p.a. and Board Member of Trive Spain and Portugal.
Deputy Mayor for Innovation, Smart City, Demographic and Statistical Services and Information Systems, City of Torino.
Paola Pisano is the Deputy Mayor for Innovation, Smart City, Demographic and Statistical Services and Information Systems of the City of Torino. She holds a PhD in Business Administration and is Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Torino. Director of ICxT's Smart City laboratory at the University of Turin, Representative for the City of Torino in the incubator of the Politecnico di Torino (I3P - 5th European incubator), in the Torino Wireless Technological Cluster and in the Advisory Board of Energy Center.
Global Chief Development Officer, Transdev North America
Mark Joseph is the Global Chief Development Officer of Transdev North America, a company he has built into the largest multi-modal transportation company in North America, operating bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle and taxi companies under contract to 200 cities, counties, airports and universities. Under Mr. Joseph’s leadership, the company has grown significantly through new contracts and lines of business, as well as renewals of existing contracts and acquisitions. An entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Joseph is passionate about improving quality of life and economic growth in cities and communities through well-designed, multi-modal public transportation
Tang Tianguang also known as Tiger Tang is one the Co-founder's of Truck Alliances, and currently serves as the Chairman of Technical Committee and President of Intelligent Drive Group of AMH. Prior to founding Truck Alliance, Tiger worked for several leading IT companies where he gained management experience in software system design and product management.
Chief Marketing Officer, Argus Cyber Security Ltd.
Yoni Heilbronn serves as CMO at Argus. Yoni brings a wealth of experience in marketing, business development, strategy and acquisitions. Prior to joining Argus Yoni held various senior positions in leading High-Tech companies, including NICE Systems, SuperDerivatives, Plasan, and Olista.
Founder & Chairman, Future Mobility IL
Ori has a broad range of experience in Senior Management roles as CEO and Chairman in various Business Companies (Chairman of Israel Railways, Plastro irrigation and CEO of Bezeq international), as well as specializing in managing and leading strategic processes.
Chief Business Innovation Officer, MSC Cruises
With nearly 20 years of experience in the international cruise and technology industry, Luca Pronzati has a wealth of experience in enhancing productivity and developing business through innovation. Luca joined MSC Cruises in 2012 and has since focused on creating and delivering holistic solutions across all operations. With a vision anchored in innovation and technology, he is in charge of coordinating MSC Cruises’ investments and efforts to bring the latest consumer-centric technologies to the Company’s fleet and create an even richer holiday experience for cruise guests.
Co-founder & CEO, Via
Daniel Ramot is the Co-founder and CEO of Via. Prior to Via, Daniel built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs at D. E. Shaw Research, and developed avionic systems for F-15’s and F-16’s for the Israeli Air Force. He has a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces' elite Talpiot program.
Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London
Rikesh is accountable for TfL’s engagement with market innovators that includes start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, academics, R&D institutes, accelerators, venture capitalists and large corporates. By shaping this eco-system of innovative companies and institutes, TfL’s Commercial Innovation function is able to set out clear challenges, engage with the most innovative companies from across the world, curate and incubate the best ideas and then scale them to support the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. During 2018, several challenges will be launched including the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge which went live in June 2018 to encourage the development of innovative ideas to create more value for the Capital. Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s open data strategy and set up a digital and data partnerships function. As a result of TfL’s open data, there are nearly 700 apps used by 42% of Londoners with over 14,000 registered users, mainly developers. This also resulted in shaping innovative partnerships with leading platforms including Apple, Google, Waze and Twitter aligned to the city’s goals. A recent study illustrated the overall value of open data to London to be worth £130m per annum. Rikesh is also a member of the Smart London Board which is charged helping the Mayor shape his vision and strategy for London's smart city agenda and investment in data infrastructure.
Executive Director, Bharat Forge Limited
Mr. Amit Kalyani is an Executive Director at Bharat Forge Limited, and also a Member of the Management Board of the Pune based Indian multinational is a technology driven global leader in metal forging with transcontinental presence across ten manufacturing locations, serving several sectors including automotive, power, oil and gas, construction & mining , rail, marine and aerospace. Mr. Kalyani holds BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. an Harvard Business School OPM graduate and also a YPO member. He has been instrumental in driving the overall Kalyani Group strategy and execution of its diversification by being at the helm of strategizing, negotiating and executing Joint Ventures & several acquisitions globally. He is passionate about manufacturing and technology also very focused on developing people to the talent factory with our in-house futuristic advanced technology manufacturing and on CSR and giving back to society.
VP of Product & Service Innovation, Lloyd’s Register
Ran is Lloyd’s Register’s VP of Product & Service Innovation Supporting the CTO Office in regards to strategic innovation programs. In Israel, Ran has established the base for Lloyd’s Register’s Innovation activities. Ran is promoting Lloyd’s Register’s digital transformation agenda, developing collaboration with the vibrant local scene, identifying technology, expertise & startups, helping them go to market, either as LR’s partners or through investment. His focus is identifying new growth opportunities in the meeting point between client, technology and business model to help identify the right tech, define the strategies, build the teams, and partner alliances to deliver them. Ran joined Lloyd’s Register’s CTO office late 2015 after 5 years of service at Samsung Electronics Europe, where he progressed from innovation manager role to lead an innovation team in the areas of IoT, Smart appliances & Smart home. Previously, Ran worked for Dyson in various innovation roles.
Senior Director for Global Partnerships, Bird
Ms. Fischer is the Senior Director for Global Partnerships at Bird. She works on international policy to shape the company’s global market entry strategy. Ms. Fischer has more than a decade of experience crafting policy across state, federal, and international governments. She is a seasoned lawyer and expert in global public policy, with deep experience in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Bird, Ms. Fischer was the Head of International Business Development at Virgin Hyperloop One, where she was responsible for company’s go-to-market strategy in 15 markets across 4 continents. Before that she held several appointments during the Obama Administration. She was appointed as the Assistant Coordinator for implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, leading negotiations on sensitive diplomatic and political issues related to the agreement and structuring complex multi-million dollar transactions. She also served as a Senior Advisor and Chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State. During her tenure, she worked closely with European, Asian, and Middle Eastern corporations on sanctions policy and with the IMF and World Bank to promote fiscally-responsible economic policies in the Middle East. Ms. Fischer co-wrote the Democratic Party’s platform in 2016 and served as a Deputy Director on the Clinton-Kaine Campaign’s Transition Preparation Team. Ms. Fischer serves on the board of Aerial Futures, an organization dedicated to thinking about the future of airports. She writes and speaks regularly about foreign policy issues and her commentary has appeared in the Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CNN, and Fox News. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Founder & CEO, theDOCK Innovation Hub
Hannan Carmeli, theDOCK’s Founder & CEO, has vast and multi-disciplinary experience in Hi-tech companies. In his former role he served as an Operating Consultant with the private equity firm Francisco Partners involved in acquisition and value creation of Israeli portfolio companies. Prior to that Hannan served as Director of International Activity of the Israeli Innovation Authority (formerly Office of Chief Scientist) - a government agency overseeing the Hi-Tech and innovation ecosystem in Israel. Prior to this he served as the President and Co-CEO of ClickSoftware (publicly traded on NASDAQ) leading the company for over 16 years to become global leader in workforce management and service optimization. Carmeli graduated the Naval Academy & Advance Maritime Command School with commendation. Served as Patrol Boat Commander, and second-in-command of a Missile Corvette. Carmeli holds a BSc degree in computer science from the Technion and is a graduate of Boston University
Partner, Maniv Mobility
Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 22 of the leading global mobility startups. Olaf is regarded as one of the foremost researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies. Olaf holds a B.A. from Princeton University.
Senior Advisor to the Secretary, United States Department of Transportation
With over twenty years of leadership experience at the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the White House, on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Jim Ray possesses a keen understanding of the legal, policy and business frameworks underpinning infrastructure and transportation policy, project development and delivery, intelligent transportation solutions and other smart city technologies and portfolio approaches to asset management. Jim currently serves as Secretary Elaine Chao’s Senior Advisor for Infrastructure at USDOT. In this capacity, Jim leads the Secretary’s infrastructure agenda across all modes of transportation, oversees the Department’s evolving Smart City initiative, sits on multiple Departmental councils including those overseeing USDOT’s credit programs and regulatory initiatives, and acts as one of the Secretary’s primary spokesmen on infrastructure and transportation matters in front of Congress, state and local governments and industry groups.
Vice President, PSA unboXed
Elton Fong is Vice President of PSA unboXed, the corporate innovation and venture capital arm of global port operator PSA International. UnboXed helps PSA harness technology and innovation from startups in the areas of ports, supply chain management and maritime. A few of PSA unboXed’s investments include ClearMetal (predictive cargo flow), Haulio (crowdsourced container haulage), and Deliveree (crowdsoured mid-mile B2B truckload delivery). Before leading PSA unboXed, Elton had over 15 years of experience in infrastructure investments, growing PSA International’s terminals portfolio globally. Elton graduated from the London School of Economics & Political Science in Economics with 1st class honours.
CEO, Chief Wazer, Google
Noam served as CEO of Intercast Networks and was a Co-founder of Deltathree.
Noam, who was elected to one of the 100 stars of Silicon Valley by Business Insider, is a graduate of the Economics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds an MBA from Harvard University.
In the past 5 years Roni has lead CyberSpark, an industry initiative, created to advance research and development of cyber solutions in Beer-Sheva, and has turned it into a leading brand globally. Roni has more than 15 years of proven success in the entrepreneurial Hi-Tech arena, integrating highly-innovative and multidisciplinary technologies into sellable products. His range of experience includes stewarding ideas through the development process into the marketplace. In 2004 Roni founded Rontal Applications, a leading provider of a 3D simulations and real-time C2 systems for Smart-Cities. Under his leadership, the company has achieved successful results before being acquired by an American corporation.
Innovation Director, Wartsila
Johanna Fräki has over 20 years of leadership experience in industry leading companies. She currently drives the innovation journey of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions towards smart, safe and clean marine industry.
Chew Men Leong
Chief Marketing Officer, ST Engineering
Chew Men Leong joined ST Engineering in Nov 2016 and currently assumes the role of
Chief Marketing Officer for the group. He also concurrently holds the appointment of
Deputy President and President (Defence Business) of the Marine Arm of ST Engineering. In this role, he oversees defence business and environmental engineering services for the company. Men Leong was a former civil servant, member of the Administrative Service and former Chief of Navy.
Men Leong served as the Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Singapore from Oct 2014 to Nov 2016. Under his leadership, a number of major projects
were launched including operations of the Downtown Line phase 2, the first two bus
service operator tenders under the new Government Contracting model and the transition
of the train operator to the New Rail Financial Framework model. He also drove new
initiatives on autonomous vehicles, smart and active mobility.
Chief Project Management Officer, Automobili Lamborghini SpA
Massimo Fumarola is Chief Project Management Officer of Automobili Lamborghini SpA. After graduating from Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Industrial Technology Engineering and earning an MBA at the Cranfield School of Management in England, he joined the Fiat group in 1995, where he held positions in Product Management, Product Engineering, and Business Development of IVECO SpA. In 2004 he was named Product Portfolio Development Director of Ferrari and in 2009 Vice-President for Key Accounts Management of Fiat Powertrain Technologies SpA. Subsequently, he took on the role of Vice-President for Product Portfolio Strategy at CNH Industrial N.V. and CEO of Astra Veicoli Industriali SpA. In 2016 he joined Sales & Marketing at Audi AG before covering the current position at Lamborghini.
Michael Lee Sherwood
Director, Technology & Innovation, City of Las Vegas
Michael Sherwood is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Las Vegas, with more than 20 years of management experience, specifically in the field of technology, process improvement and innovation with much of that experience being in municipal government operations.
CFO, APTIV Mobility
Brandon is currently Chief Financial Officer for Aptiv's Mobility Segment, a 1,000 person business focused on the future of transportation and leader in autonomous driving as well as connected services and data. Prior to Aptiv, Brandon served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Syneos Health, a $4 billion revenue provider of outsourced services to the pharmaceutical industry and also worked in the healthcare investment banking group of Barclays Capital and served as Director of Corporate Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Brandon graduated from Babson College with a B.S. in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and Economics
VP, Product Management & Strategy, BlackBerry (QNX Software Systems)
As Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry's QNX Software Systems, Grant is responsible for managing the company’s global product portfolio and strategy for the automotive and general embedded markets. Grant has over 25 years of experience in the embedded industry and is a recognized leader and spokesperson for connected and autonomous car technology and trends. In his 20+ years with QNX, he has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering, marketing and services. Grant also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario Center of Excellence Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (OCE AVIN). Grant’s QNX experience is also complemented by leadership roles with Curtiss-Wright Controls and Tilcon Software.
Director, Technology & Innovation, Meridian Mobility
Richard Porter is Director of Technology and Innovation at Meridian Mobility, defining and overseeing a £100m portfolio of investments to make the UK a 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
Co-founder & Managing Director, Beyond Mobility
Eyal is Co-founder and managing director of Beyond Mobility – One of a kind, Israeli-based, Smart-Mobility hub, bringing together global mobility players, top-notch Israeli startups & strategic long-term investors to transform smart mobility innovation into business growth, quickly, by leveraging our deep domain expertise and our extensive network of Israeli startups. Eyal is the founder and Ex-Chairman of "The Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative" - Israel's National Program for alternative fuels and Smart Mobility. The 10 years - $400 million Program serves as a catalyst for establishing Israel as a center of knowledge and innovation in the field of alternative fuels and smart mobility. Reporting to the Prime Minister, Eyal Chairs the government’s inter-departmental steering committee and runs the Program, where he was responsible for developing and executing the Program's strategy while coordinating nine government departments participating in the Program. During his five years as the head of the initiative, the amount of companies in the field in Israel grow seven-fold to more than 600 while the amount of research groups grew from 40 to 250. In addition, global collaborations with governments' academia and industry from around the world turned Israel into a global hub for technologies and forward thinking in the field, with constant presence of most of the global players. Eyal brings to the Program twenty-five years of experience in different facets of the investment and business world, both as PE and VC. For 7 years, Eyal was the CEO of the Borovitz Mozes Group (BMG), a $3 billion privately held company controlling El Al – Israel Air Line, Sonol gas stations, Tambour paints, GES environmental solutions and others. Eyal was responsible for the group strategy, M&A and served as a board member to most of the Group's companies. Prior to BMG, Eyal was a Vice President at Bankers Trust for five years. Eyal have vast experience in early stage investments (Mobileye among others). In 2010 Eyal served as an advisor to the Government of Israel and the Israeli Space Agency, and served on the board of the Israeli chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) from 2007 to 2012. Eyal served as captain in the Israeli Navy after graduating with highest honors at the Naval Academy. Eyal holds BS.c in Computer Science and Economics, and MBA both from Tel Aviv University and graduate The HBS President Program.