The list of speakers for the 2023 Smart Mobility Summit is expected to be updated closer to the event date
Prime Minister of Israel
Minister of Transport and Road Safety
Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources
Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology
Prof. Amnon Shashua
President & CEO of Mobileye, Senior VP at Intel
Prof. Amnon Shashua is a world-renowned expert in AI, computer vision, natural language processing, and more. He is a 2020 Dan David Prize laureate in Artificial intelligence and has founded and leads four companies using applied AI in various fields from automotive to assisted wearables to fintech: Mobileye, OrCam, AI21 Labs, and Israel’s First Digital Bank. Prof. Shashua serves as President & CEO of Mobileye and is a Senior VP at Intel Corporation. He is the Sachs Chair in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has published over 120 papers, and holds over 94 patents.
governor, State of Arkansas
Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state’s history. He has won recognition for the state as a leader in computer science education and signed into law the biggest and second-biggest income tax rate cut in Arkansas state history. Under his economic development policies, nearly 68,000 more people are working in Arkansas than when he took office, and he has signed incentive agreements with more than 544 companies that were expanding or opening in the state.
Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served as Director of the DEA and as Undersecretary of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas’s Third District also elected him to Congress three times. A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation’s youngest U.S. attorney.
He and his wife Susan have been married for 48 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry
Date of birth: 29.06.1967
Education: September 1987 to June 1989 Apprenticeship as a bank clerk
at Dresdner Bank AG in Düsseldorf
Studies: October 1989 to November 1994 Heinrich-heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Degree: Graduate in business administration
May 2016 – October 2019: Chief Operating Officer Grid & Infrastructure, Innogy SE
October 2008 – January 2016: Chief Executive Officer of BDEW e.V. (German Association of Energy and Water Industries), Berlin
November 2005 – September 2008: Minister of State to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
October 2002 – September 2008: Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag)
March 1995 – September 2008: Dresdner bank AG, Head of Department (activity suspended in November 2005)
Board Member, Sales & Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO
Martin Jahn was born in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1970.
In 1994, he received a master’s degree in Foreign Trade and International Relations from the University of Economics in Prague. In 1999, he completed an MBA programme in marketing at the DePaul University in Chicago.
From 1994 to 2004, Jahn worked for CzechInvest, the Czech government agency for foreign investment. He started there as Marketing Manager, heading the company’s US operations in Chicago from 1996 to 1999, and held the position of CEO from 2000 to 2004.
He was Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs in the Czech Republic between 2004 and 2006.
In 2006, he started working in industry at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. in Mladב Boleslav as Board Member for Human Resources.
In 2008, Jahn was appointed Managing Director of Volkswagen Group NSC in Moscow, Russia, where he was responsible for Group Sales. He was also a member of the Supervisory Boards of VW Financial Services Russia (2009 – 2010) and ŠKODA AUTO a.s.
(2009 – 2016).
Jahn served as President of the Czech Automotive Industry Association (2009 – 2016) and Vice President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (2009 – 2012).
In 2010, Jahn became Managing Director of the Volkswagen Group’s international fleet business in Wolfsburg, Germany, where he was responsible for managing global Group sales from 2016, he worked in China as Executive Vice President for Sales & Marketing and Managing Director of the Volkswagen brand at FAW-VW.
Jahn has been Board Member for Sales and Marketing at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. since March 2021.
Naoki “Nick” Sugimoto
Chief executive for Honda Innovations
Naoki “Nick” Sugimoto serves as chief executive for Honda Innovations, the US-based open innovation and corporate venturing arm for Japan-headquartered mobility company Honda. In this role, he manages transformative partnerships for various Honda divisions encompassing different aspects including product development, manufacturing and new business creation.
Throughout his time at Honda, he has helped the corporate identify advanced information technology research and development (R&D) and corporate venture capital (CVC) opportunities in Silicon Valley, as well as its cross-border strategic partnerships.
Formally known as Honda R&D Innovations and previously called Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL), the unit focuses on forging new collaborations with innovation ecosystem builders, particularly in the mobility space.
Honda Innovations has the open innovation program called Honda Xcelerator. Honda Xcelerator supports startups with funding, workspaces and mentoring, as well as access to Honda’s test vehicles to build POCs.
In 2018, the unit invested in four venture capital firms: 360 Capital Partners, JB Nordic Ventures, SOSV and Yunqi Partners.
Sugimoto had led HSVL as Senior Program Director for six years from 2011, which was under the auspices of Honda R&D Americas at the time. The lab concentrated on collaborations between Honda and global tech companies to create innovative products for its customers.
“A lot of change is happening in the technology and automotive industries, and going forward it is more important now than ever for Honda to work with innovators of all types to remain competitive,” Sugimoto already said back in 2016. “Your experience in the car is going to be very, very different in the future.”
He was quoted by Forbes in 2017 as saying: “We will be the Honda hub globally for open innovation, with much more speed and scale.
“We are adding an open innovation angle as a new methodology for all R&D centers to tap into and use to accelerate their process.
“We are pretty broad in scouting new technology, innovations from the venture community, not just automobile technology but all aspects of Honda. We are serving all of them.”
Sugimoto was instrumental in helping Honda become a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance, which is an industry organization for automotive manufacturers and technology companies working on integrating Android system with cars.
Before that, he had overseen the CVC scheme for six years from 2005 at Honda Research Institute, where he invested in several disruptive startups and formed strategic partnerships.
Prior to Honda, Sugimoto was a prolific entrepreneur leading a number of technology companies in the United States and Japan. For example, he created a community website that was similar to crowd-sourced review platform Yelp and classifieds portal Craigslist targeting Japanese speakers globally.
Sugimoto holds mechanical engineering degree from University of Tokyo and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Head of Open Innovation Investment Group, Hyundai Motor Group
Dr. Hwang is the Head of the Open Innovation Investment Group at Hyundai Motor Group, where he oversees the strategic direction of open innovation activities. He manages startup acceleration, strategic investments, joint R&Ds, and joint ventures in the OI Investment Group.
Dr. Hwang holds a Ph.D. in Material Science and Computer Simulation from Seoul National University.
Prof. Alex `Sandy' Pentland
Director of the MIT Connection Science
Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and has helped lead the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Mobility Initiative. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has been a Board member for UN, Google, AT&T, Nissan and other institutions. He co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in designing Nissan’s autonomous driving architecture and strategy. He is a member of the US National Academies, and recent books include Social Physics (Penguin) and Trusted Data (MIT Press).
SVP, Co-Founder & CEO, Remix
Tiffany Chu is a designer and a planner. She is the former CEO & Co-founder of Remix (remix.com) and now SVP at Via (ridewithvia.com). Remix is the collaborative software platform for transportation planning, and has been recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and Bloomberg NEF (New Energy Finance) for furthering sustainability and equity in the field. Remix was acquired by Via in March 2021, the leading transportation technology company powering 500+ public mobility systems worldwide – optimizing networks of dynamic shuttles, buses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, and autonomous vehicles around the globe.
Tiffany served as Commissioner of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and sits on the city’s Congestion Pricing Policy Advisory Committee. Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, the first UX hire at Zipcar and is an alum of Y Combinator. She has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Leaders Under 35, Curbed’s Young Guns, and featured at SXSW, Helsinki Design Week, the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference and more. Tiffany has a background in architecture and urban planning from MIT
Menno is currently working as CIO for VDL Groep, driving digital and IT transformation for
the 105 companies in VDL Groep. This includes Industry 4.0, Cloud and AI components,
but also upgrading of the underlying infrastructure to enable these new developments.
Prior to this role, Menno has been the founder and Managing Director for the newly
founded VDL Enabling Transport Solutions (ETS) company in September 2015. VDL ETS
is aimed to providing (technical) solutions for the e-mobility market for heavy duty transport
(bus, truck, AGV) in the broad sense. Solutions include vehicle concepts (including
prototype vehicles), e-mobility building blocks, charging infrastructure, alternative energy
systems (hydrogen), energy storage, connectivity, software solutions and new business
After transferring the MD role for VDL ETS to his successor in January 2021, Menno has
continued to be active and involved in the important automotive developments in VDL
Groep, such as batteries, hydrogen, autonomous driving and connectivity.
Menno throughout his professional life, has been working in business environments facing
technical and business model disruptions and has successfully managed these in various
instances. His passion is to drive these from a customer, user and technical perspective
and form teams to successfully storm these disruptions.
Previously, Menno has been working in various business and marketing positions in
different Philips divisions. Prior to his current position, Menno occupied a number of
international business management and marketing posts at Philips Lighting, Philips
Business Electronics and Philips Semiconductors / NXP Semiconductors. In his last role
as VP & GM Indoor Professional Lighting Solutions Europe, he was responsible for the transition from conventional to LED lighting in the professional luminaires business of
A Dutch national, Menno holds a master’s degree in business administration from the
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Menno Kleingeld was born in 1972;
he is married and has 2 children.
Senior VP - Project and Product Strategy Office, Volvo
Johan Lundén Senior Vice President Projects and Product Strategy Office (PPSO) for Volvo Group Truck Technology
As the SVP PPSO, Lundén is responsible for Strategic Product Planning, Project Management, Innovation Ecosystems and Partnerships, Emerging Technology Strategies, Product and Technology Governance and Public Policies & Regulatory Affairs. The objective is to drive and execute on the product plans of the Volvo Group Truck brands as well as ensure that synergies are enabled across the Volvo Group in close collaboration with the Group Truck Technology organization.
The Volvo Group is committed to the Paris Agreement and to decarbonizing the transport industry.
The main focus is on developing products and solutions that reduce the CO2 footprint and includes electromobility, connectivity/digitalization and autonomous solutions.
Prior to taking up his current position as Senior Vice President Projects and Product Strategy Office for Volvo Group Truck Technology, Lundén was Senior Vice President CTO Office at Volvo Group. Prior roles include Head of Strategic Product Planning at TRATON, President of Scania Japan Limited and various other senior roles at Scania, where he started his career in 2001.
Lundén was born in 1975 and studied Mechanical Engineering at Linköping University, Sweden.
General Manager of the Cyber Division, Israel Aerospace Industries
Esti Peshin is General Manager of the Cyber Division at the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. At the beginning of 2017, under Ms. Peshin’s management IAI’s cyber activity was expended from a Directorate to a Division.
She served until 2019 as the Director General (pro bono) of the Israeli Hi-Tech Caucus at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.
Prior to assuming these roles, Ms Peshin was the Managing Partner of ENP Solutions Ltd., a strategic management consulting firm; a Partner at Destino Ventures LLC, a private equity firm; and a Partner at Hope Ventures Ltd, a Distributor and Business Development house.
Previously, Ms. Peshin was the CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of a foolproof physical security gateway for homeland security and mission-critical installations. Before joining Waterfall, she held an Account Director position in the Lawful Interception division of Verint Systems, Inc. She served 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in an elite technology unit, where she was Deputy Director.
Prof. Reimund Neugebauer
President, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research
Professor Reimund Neugebauer was born on June 27, 1953 in Thuringia, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), where he obtained his doctorate in 1984 and his postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in 1991.
After holding various senior positions in industry, he was appointed as a university lecturer at TUD in 1989, subsequently becoming executive director of the Institute of Machine Tools in 1990. When the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft founded its Institution for Forming Technology and Machine Tools in 1992, Professor Neugebauer was appointed as director of Machine Tools and Automation Technology. In 1994, this institution was renamed as the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, with Professor Neugebauer taking the helm as the sole director, a position he would hold until September 2012. In 1993, he was appointed as the acting chair of the Department of Machine Tools at Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), eventually becoming full professor of the Department in 1995. At TU Chemnitz, he held the position of managing director of the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes (IWP) from 2000 to 2012, as well as the position of dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from 2003 to 2006. On October 1, 2012, Professor Neugebauer was appointed President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Professor Neugebauer is honorary president of Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e. V. – an association of approximately 120 companies –, fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), and a member of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany.
He also held the position of president of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP) from 2010 to 2011. In 2014, he was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Since 2015, he is Member of the Senate of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung (German National Foundation and has been co-chair of the High-Tech Forum, an advisory board that assists the German federal government with the development and implementation of its High-Tech Strategy. As a member of the Steering Committee of the Innovation Dialog, the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft works closely with the Federal Chancellor and other representatives of the federal government, science, industry and society to examine future approaches to innovation policy. Professor Neugebauer is also a member of the steering committees of the Industrie 4.0 and Lernende Systeme platforms, which are joint undertakings involving the government, industry, professional associations and the scientific community. He has honorary doctorates from ten prestigious universities, including the Technical University of Munich (TUM), K Leuven and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His most recent honorary doctorate was awarded by Michigan State University. Professor Neugebauer’s many other distinctions include the Order of Merit of the German State of Saxony and the Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Daniella Gera Margaliot
Deputy Managing Director, Smart Mobility Initiative, Prime Minister's Office
As of 2016 Daniella serves as the Deputy Managing Director of the Smart Mobility Initiative at the Prime Minister’s Office, working to promote the implementation of smart mobility solutions in the local market and to establish the Israeli ecosystem as one of the world’s leaders in the field of smart mobility. Prior to this, during the years 2008-2016 Daniella held a number of positions in the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance, where she helped formulate and implement the Israeli government’s economic policy. Daniella has a master’s degree in economics and finance and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, economics and political science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Head of International Programs at the Smart Mobility Initiative, Prime Minister's Office
Head of Innovation, CEVT
Chief Executive Officer, Yandex
Arkady Volozh is a technology entrepreneur, investor, computer scientist, and philanthropist, best known as the founder and CEO of Yandex, one of Europe’s largest Internet companies, operating Russia’s most popular search engine. Volozh co-founded several successful IT enterprises such as InfiNet Wireless, CompTek International, and Arkadia Company. In his early days, Volozh pioneered the development of search with new technology advancements and search software companies.
Today, Volozh and Yandex remain at the forefront of cutting edge technology and the future of AI, having recently launched a Russian-speaking intelligent assistant and introduced a driverless car prototype among other major milestones set to shape the future.
Director General of Ministry of Transportation at Government of Israel
CEO, GoTo Global
Gil Laser joined GoTo Global in 2015 when the company was operating its single round trip car-sharing service in Tel-Aviv. By 2017, GoTo added to its service portfolio ten new cities, one-way car-sharing service (Autotel), and the first dockless bike-sharing service in Tel-Aviv (Mobike). Gil’s vision has evolved to providing a single service that would unite multiple shared mobility modes. In 2018, GoTo launched its multimodal app in Malta, later followed by the launch in Spain.
Prior to joining GoTo, Gil held a number of executive positions at Pioneer Israel. In his latest tenure with the group, Gil served as its CEO.
Gil graduated with honors from The College of Management and Academic Studies with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2006 and an MBA in Marketing in 2007. After graduating, for several years, Gil was a guest lecturer and mentor for marketing and management.
Director General, Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD)
Mr. Unna previously served as Chief Executive Director of the Directorate’s Cyber Technologies Unit in the INCD.
Mr. Unna has three decades of experience in the Israeli security apparatus, in Sigint-Cyber positions combining intelligence, R&D and operations together with policy and capacity building. Among others roles, he served as Head of the Sigint-Cyber Division in the Israeli Security Agency (“Shin-Bet”) directly under the Director General.
Mr. Unna holds an MBA (Tel Aviv University) and a BA in History and Management (Tel Aviv University).
Uri Levine is a passionate entrepreneur and disruptor, a two-time ‘unicorn’ builder (Duocorn). He is co-founder of Waze, the world’s largest community-based driving traffic and navigation app, which Google acquired for $1.1 billion in 2013, former investor and board member in Moovit, ‘Waze of public transportation, which Intel acquired for $1 Billion in 2020. Levine heads the “The Founders Kitchen,” a company-builder fund. Among Uri’s startups are Feex, FairFly, Refundit, and SeeTree, and he is always working on the next one.
Levine’s vision in building startups is to disrupt inefficient markets and improve under-functioning services, focusing on solving “BIG problems” and saving consumers time and money while empowering them and changing the world for the better.
Uri has been in the high-tech business for the last 30 years, half of them in the startup scene, and has seen everything ranging from failure, moderate success, and big success.
He is also a world-class speaker on entrepreneurship, disruption, evolution vs. revolutions of markets, mobility, and startups. Motivated to encourage the next generation of thinkers and innovators, he also leads an academic workshop entitled “How to Build a Startup,” aimed at undergraduate and graduate-level business students.
Levine is a BA graduate from Tel-Aviv University. Before attending University, he served in the Israeli army at special intelligence unit 8200. In his public activity, he serves in the board of trustees at the Tel-Aviv University. He also mentors young entrepreneurs at the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at IDC Herzliya.
Dr. Becky Shliselberg
VP master, plan division, Ayalon Highways
Dr. Shliselberg is a urban planner with many years of experience in sustainable transport, with special interest in social-sustainability and inclusivity. Rebecca holds related degrees in urban and environmental planning from Columbia University, Technion and Tel Aviv University. She has a wide range of professional experience in promoting strategic planning for urban transport as a consultant and now as leads the master plan team of Ayalon highways responsible for promoting sustainable urban transport systems in the urban areas of Haifa and the north, Tel Aviv and the center, and Beer Sheva and the south. The activities of the transport master plan team cover development of analytic tools to support transport planning for bus transit and integrated sustainable urban transport from walk to rail. Her interest in innovation and technology focus on the potential for broadening opportunities by designing for a diversity of needs.
Dr. Vassilis Agouridas
Leader of UIC2 (EU's Smart Cities)
Dr Vassilis AGOURIDAS is Head of the EU Public Co-Creation & Ecosystem Outreach activities at AIRBUS (Urban Mobility). Vassilis is Chairman of the UAM Committee of ASD Europe (the AeroSpace & Defence Industries Association of Europe) and Leader of the UIC2 (Urban Air Mobility Initiative Cities Community) launched in October 2017 within the Smart Cities Marketplace of the European Commission. Vassilis is a member of the EASA’s UAM Task Force on Societal Acceptance. Since early 2021, Vassilis has been a member of the EASA’s Steering Group on the development of Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMCs) and Guidance Material (GM) for the U-Space Implementation Regulation [(EU) 2021/664] in his capacity as team leader of experts for Article 18(f) (U-Space Coordination Mechanism among authorities and entities including at local level).
Hagai has spent over 20 years driving cutting edge technologies from definition to profitable business. Before joining Autotalks, Hagai served as VP R&D at EZchip. Previously, Hagai served in various executive positions at Ceragon Networks. In his last role as the Executive VP of Products Business Line, he was responsible for the bottom line success of a complete mobile backhaul business product line, with annual revenues of $350M. During this period Ceragon became the largest independent supplier of wireless backhaul solutions.
Prior to Ceragon, Hagai served 7 years at the Israeli Intelligence forces Electronic Research Department (“Unit 81”), a top research and development unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. Hagai holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Smadar Itzkovich
Co-Founder & CEO, Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab
Dr. Smadar Itzkovich, Co-Founder and CEO of the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab Consortium.
Dr. Itskovich has a professional background in the fields of science, technology, and public sector senior management in the fields of education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. She was the head of an Israeli delegation at MIT in the REAP program.
In 2019, Dr. Itskovich founded the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab Consortium (ISMLL), a non-profit NGO, which includes over 30 high-tech and private companies, along with governmental companies and authorities. The ISMLL is recognized and supported by the Israeli Innovation Authority as a smart mobility consortium.
Prof. Nick Reed
Founder, Reed Mobility
Prof. Nick Reed has worked at the cutting edge of 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, including leadership of the GATEway project in Greenwich and the creation of London’s Smart Mobility Living Lab. 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. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility topics working across the public, private and academic sectors to deliver transport systems that are safe, clean, efficient, ethical and equitable and including projects for the European Commission, DfT, TfL, BSI and RSSB. Nick is also a trustee of the road safety charities Brake and RoadSafe and a non-executive director of FISITA, the international association for mobility engineers.
Co-Founder & CEO, NoTraffic
NoTraffic real-time, plug-and-play autonomous traffic management platform uses AI to reinvent how cities run their transport networks, by identifying, categorizing, and tracking all road users – being vehicles, bikes, e-scooters, buses, and pedestrians.
As CEO, Tal manages a large team of industry leaders from various fields such as AI, Machine Vision, Cybersecurity, and Engineering, bringing the team together and creating the most sophisticated traffic management platform on the market today. NoTraffic’s mission is to transform traffic management as we know it and introduce a much-needed innovation to a heavily underserved industry.
Alongside a vast entrepreneurial, business & management experience, Tal also served as a Business Analyst at Beta Finance consulting firm, where he led complex projects in the transportation, infrastructure, and energy industries. Tal has worked with private and public companies to execute due diligence, create and oversee business plans.
Dr. Tal Cohen
Founding & Partner, Next Gear Ventures and Drive TLV
Tal Cohen is a visionary entrepreneur and investor. For the past few years, he has been considered one of the leading innovation experts in smart mobility. He is the founding partner of DriveTLV, Israel’s leading smart mobility innovation hub, and Next Gear Ventures.
DriveTLV Innovation Hub is the first of its kind and includes a range of activities aimed at aiding start-ups and entrepreneurs.
This is done while simultaneously representing the innovation interest of global corporations such as Volvo Honda, Hertz, and Cox and advising them on innovation strategies and onboarding new technologies. Next Gear Ventures is a fund that invests in early-stage mobility startups with a focus on startups associated with DriveTLV.
For the past twenty years, Dr. Cohen has been involved with many startups, helping to create companies with billions of dollars in value. Among others, he co-founded and headed ClickFox Inc., currently valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. The company is a global market leader in providing Customer Behavior Intelligence software and services to Fortune 1000 companies.
He earned his Ph.D. in engineering and his Master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech and his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University.
CEO, Argus Cyber
Ronen Smoly is CEO of Argus Cyber Security since December 2020. In his previous role Ronen served as VP of Sales at Argus for 3 years, successfully leading its market penetration and global expansion initiatives. Ronen brings over two decades of sales management and business development experience from the telecommunications, cyber security and media markets to Argus. Prior to joining Argus, Ronen served as VP Sales at Hola and held senior management positions at Cisco, NDS (a News Corp Company), Jungo and Cardonet. Ronen holds a B.Sc. in information systems, industrial engineering and management from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Director of Business Development, Waycare
Sagiv Elad is leading the Business Development activities of Waycare in EMEA and APAC regions. Prior to joining Waycare, Sagiv worked as a Sales Director at CyberX, which provides the most widely deployed cybersecurity platform protecting critical infrastructure, CyberX was acquired by Microsoft in July 2020. He also worked as a Sales Director at Argus, a global leader in automotive cyber security, that was acquired by Continental in June 2016 and Manager of the Smart Mobility Sector in the Israel Export Institute.
Prof. Zvi Shiller
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Ariel University
Professor Shiller is the founding Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Ariel University and the director of the Laboratory for Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles. He earned the B.Sc. degree from Tel Aviv University, and the M.Sc. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering. He served on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA before returning to Israel in late 2001.
Chief Business Officer & Co-Founder, Innoviz Technologies
Oren has spent over 17 years in development, management and advisory roles in the Technology field. Oren spent 7 years in the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), where he developed cutting-edge communications systems and led several large scale projects.
His roles included leading the development of mobile memory products at Anobit (acquired by Apple), and while at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), advising Fortune 100 Tech companies on topics such as Strategy, Pricing and Growth.
Oren holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance (High Honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Pedro Nuno Santos
Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Portugal
Pedro Nuno Santos was born in São João da Madeira, Aveiro, in 1977.
He graduated in Economics from ISEG-UTL, an institution in which he was chairman of the Board of RGA and member of the Senate of the Technical University of Lisbon.
In 2001 he worked at CISEP – Center for Studies on Portuguese Economics, in the area of health economics, under the guidance of Professor Gouveia Pinto.
After completing his degree in Economics, he joins the family business group, Grupo Tecmacal, SA., a group of service companies and the commercialization and development of industrial equipment, headquartered in S. João da Madeira.
He was General Secretary of Socialist Youth between 2004 and 2008.
He was president of the PS Aveiro Federation between 2010 and 2018.
He performed the functions of deputy in the X and XII Legislatures. He was vice-president of the PS Parliamentary Group and coordinator of PS deputies in the Economy Commission and in the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission into the BES case.
He was Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the XXI Government from November 2015 to February 2019. In this capacity, in addition to the link between the Government and Parliament, he ensures the interconnection between the Executive and the Parliamentary Groups that guarantee the majority over which the Government supports itself.
Minister of Infrastructure and Housing in the XXI Government since February 2019, where he monitors infrastructure policies in the areas of construction, real estate, transport and communications, including the regulation of public contracts, as well as housing and rehabilitation policies urban.
Vice President, AI Research, Google
Yossi Matias is Vice President, Engineering & Research, at Google, and the founding Managing Director of Google Center in Israel. He is a world-renowned expert in AI and in leadership of global scale innovation.
Yossi is the global lead of Google’s Health AI. He is the global lead of Google’s Crisis Response initiative, providing AI-based actionable information (including wildfire detection and flood forecasting – on Fortune’s “Change The World” list). He is on Google’s Sustainability board and a founding lead of Google’s AI for Social Good initiative. Yossi pioneered Conversational AI innovations, transforming the phone experience (including Google Duplex, Call Screen, Hold for Me, Live Caption, Live Translate, Euphonia, Read Aloud). He pioneered an initiative of bringing online hundreds of heritage collections, seeding Google’s Cultural Institute. For over a decade Yossi was on the leadership team of Google’s Search, building and leading global efforts including Google Trends, Google Autocomplete, Search Console, and Search vertical experiences.
Yossi is the Head of Google’s Center in Israel, which he established and grew to over 1600 on staff. He is on the board of IATI – the Israeli Advanced Technology Industries – and Chair of its Multi National Companies Forum. He is the founding exec lead of Google for Startup Campus Tel Aviv, of Mind the Gap, and of Google for Startups Accelerator which supported thousands of startups globally.
Prof. Matias is also on the Computer Science faculty at Tel Aviv University, and previously a Research Scientist at Bell Labs and visiting professor at Stanford. He published over 100 papers and is the inventor of over 60 patents on diverse areas, including pioneering work on internet privacy, contextual search and big data. Yossi is a recipient of the 2005 Godel Prize, an 2009 ACM Fellow, and a recipient of the 2019 ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for seminal work on the foundations of streaming algorithms and their application to large-scale data analytics.
Director of IP and Regulations, Cognata
Ehud leads Cognata in various consortiums and other innovative activities.
Over recent years, Ehud focused on the ADAS/Autonomous Car markets, taking part in the challenges of defining and developing technologies and bringing products to market with car makers and tier-1 & integrators. Ehud gained significant experience in computer vision, scene perception, cognition, sensor fusion, mapping, and architecture. Previously, Ehud lead technology, R&D and go-to-market activities in companies that developed solutions for ride-sharing, augmented reality, CDN, social networks, and more. Ehud also actively participated in international standards committees such as MPEG-4 and 3GPP. He is the inventor of many patents, holds a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Chief R&D Officer and co-founder, Innoviz Technologies
Oren is a seasoned technological leader with over 14 years of experience in designing complex systems and managing large scale R&D projects. Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Oren was responsible for the HW system design at ConsumerPhysics, as well as for managing the company’s launch of its first consumer product and leading several development and design projects. Oren served 7 years in the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, where he carried out positions of project manager, system engineer and hardware engineer. His service earned him the prestigious Head of Military Intelligence Directorate Award. Oren holds a BSc in Physics, a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Electro-optical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University and all summa cum laude.
In 2013, Oren Ezer together with Hanan Rumbak established ElectReon with a mission to reduce pollution by developing wireless charging technology and accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Prior to this, Oren led several other startups, and acquired knowledge in managing large-scale multidisciplinary projects for major international companies. Oren also held the senior position of Chief Electronics Engineer and head of the R&D department at Elop (a division of Elbit Systems). There he managed dozens of projects such as missile tracking systems, thermal imaging systems and laser systems. Oren holds an M.Sc Magna Cum Lauda in Electrical Engineering, specializing in signal and video processing.
Senior Associate, BloombergNEF
Andrew Grant leads BloombergNEF’s global Intelligent Mobility research team, which produces research, datasets and long-term outlooks on shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles. Andrew is also an author of BNEF’s annual “Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook”. Based in London, U.K., Andrew holds MSc Applied Economics and Bachelor of Business Science in Economics degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Regional General Manager, Southern Europe, Uber
Giovanna D’Esposito is the Regional General Manager for Southern Europe, overseeing one of Uber’s largest and most diverse regions. During her 30 years of professional experience, D’Esposito held several corporate roles in strategy, business development and general management. She started her career in the Manufacturing arm of Procter & Gamble in Rome and, after her MBA, moved to London where she spent 13 years focusing on new business operations and geographical expansion. In 2012 she returned to Italy where she led the first international expansion of two major online gambling companies, Paddy Power and Sky Bet. D’Esposito is a member of YPO, the largest worldwide organization of CEOs, and serves as a non Executive Director on several boards. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD, France.
Dr. Luc Julia
CSO, Renault Group
Dr. Luc JULIA, Chief Scientific Officer for Renault, was CTO and Senior Vice President of
Innovation for Samsung Electronics, directed Siri at Apple, was Chief Technologist at Hewlett- Packard and cofounded a number of start-ups in the Silicon Valley. While conducting research at SRI International, he was involved in the creation of Nuance Communications, now the world leader in speech recognition.
Recipient of Lיgion d’Honneur, the highest order of France, and member of its National
Academy of Technologies, he holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Ecole Nationale Supיrieure des Tיlיcommunications de Paris.
He is the bestselling author of the book “There is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence”, holds dozens of patents and is recognized as one of the top 100 most influential French developers in the digital world.
President of Zipcar
Tracey Zhen is president of Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, where she oversees all facets of the business. Tracey is focused on innovation and leveraging technology to grow Zipcar’s position as a category leader within the fast-growing mobility industry.
Tracey has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at consumer technology companies, including senior management roles at TripAdvisor and Expedia where she oversaw business strategy, finance, operations, product development, and marketing.
At TripAdvisor, Tracey oversaw the company’s vacation rental brands, scaling the business and growing revenue through strategic acquisitions and the restructuring of its business models. At Expedia, Tracey served as general manager for emerging markets and strategy, leading international business growth in Europe and Latin America. There she launched new markets, built a European strategy team, and scaled the business to multi-million-dollar growth. Tracey has a proven track record of scaling start-up businesses through product innovation, technology platform development, and consumer marketing.
Tracey started her career in investment banking at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., and she held senior roles at IAC where she built and oversaw a finance and analytics team, was responsible for new business development and subsequent wind-down and aided corporate restructurings and capital financings.
Tracey is a graduate of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business holding dual B.S. degrees in Finance and Information Systems. She is a resident of Boston and a native of New York City.
Dr. Shawn Wilson
The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)
Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.
Since his appointment, Dr. Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.
Under his leadership, DOTD was successful at securing and obligating nearly $150 million additional Federal dollars for I-10 widening from I-49 to New Orleans, for the Baton Rouge I-10 bottleneck, and for the shortest Design Build procurement in the state’s history is underway to widen I-10 from Highland Road to LA 73. In addition, under his leadership, DOTD has been able to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, focus efforts on advancing passenger rail, and helping launch bike share in Baton Rouge, LA.
The DOTD has turned its focus to procuring $650 million in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.
Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.
Shawn and his wife, Rocki, reside in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two children, Shawn Wilson- Arceneaux (Mike) and Joshua, and they recently welcomed their first granddaughter Lailah Rose. The Wilsons are members of Progressive Baptist Church.
Dr. Yaniv Altshuler
Co-founder & CEO, Endor
Dr. Yaniv Altshuler is an expert on Artificial Intelligence and network theory.
He published over 70 scientific papers, 15 patents and 3 books.
His research has been covered by Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, The Globe and others.
Among his activities, Dr. Altshuler currently serves as the Strategic Advisor for the Israeli Defense Force for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation.
Vice President, Mobileye, an Intel Company
Johann Jungwirth, in short JJ, is Mobileye’s VP Mobility-as-a-Service, leading this new business based on self-driving vehicles. As an automotive industry veteran, JJ is particularly excited about Mobileye’s self-driving technology and leveraging the company’s advanced AV platform for complete mobility solutions. His team is developing the company’s MaaS scale-out strategy globally, the vehicle programs, fleet operations, as well as development and deployment of the mobility platform and services. Before joining Mobileye, JJ held engineering leadership roles at some of the world’s biggest automakers including Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz/Daimler. He has been working on self-driving vehicle programs since 10 years and strongly believes that we can make this world a better place with mobility solutions based on self-driving vehicles, which will make transportation safer, more accessible, more convenient and more affordable.
Radar Development Lead, General Motors
Currently leading the Radar development for retail-autonomy programs at GM, spanning teams in Israel and the united-states.
At this role, Gonen is responsible for all aspects of Radar technology development, Radar product development and Radar integration into GM vehicles – focusing on next-gen technologies for autonomous driving at the retail market (L2-L4)
This is done with close collaboration with the Radar ecosystem – Tier1/2s, start-ups etc.
Formerly at GM, he lead in-house development of two radars for L4/L5 autonomous driving (RoboTaxi), in collaboration with Cruise automation at SF (owned by GM).
Prior to GM, Gonen led HW, SW and ASIC development at start-up companies – mostly at the fields of communication, PLC, IoT, 3G/4G and Radar.
CEO, Mercedes Benz Research and Development Tel Aviv
Born in Israel in 1971, Adi Ofek Studied Business Administration & Finance at Tel Aviv University and graduated her MBA in 1998.
Adi Ofek served in several management positions at Daimler since 2000 and holds International management experience.
In April 2000 she joined Daimler Financial Services Israel LTD. in Tel Aviv, Israel as Credit Risk Manager.
In November 2007, she took over new responsibility as Regional Credit Operations Director of Africa and Asia Pacific of Daimler South East Asia. Pte., in Singapore.
From 2014 to 2016 Ms. Ofek was heading Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Korea as CEO.
Since October 2016, Adi Ofek is CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development in Tel Aviv. Since January 2019 she is also holding the mandate for CarIT security, Mercedes-Benz cars.
Dr. Ofer David
CEO & Founder, BrightWay Vision
Dr. Ofer David received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technion Haifa, Israel. PhD in electro-optics from Ben Gurion University. He was the head of the Electro-Optic group at Elbit Systems, the 2nd largest defence company in Israel. Ofer has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Electro-Optics and has various publications and patents on active imaging systems and laser detection. Other areas in which Ofer is involved include long range active imaging systems, imaging trough fog at day/night, visibility measurement systems, automotive night vision systems, laser warning systems and optical detection systems. He is the co-founder and CEO of BrightWay Vision, an automotive night-time camera system provider.
VP Sales, IRP Systems
Shadie is leading IRP’s sales department, with a strong emphasis on leading and emerging markets and various segments of the electric vehicle world. Before Joining IRP Systems Mr. Bisharat held several executive positions in global companies, such as being the EMEIA President at Ham-let Group, and as a VP of Sales & Marketing and Deputy CEO at Arkal Automotive Group where he was a key influencer in the transformation of the company to become a strong global player with a significant double-digit growth year-over-year.
Mr. Bisharat is a director of the board at the Israeli Leadership Forum as well, and holds a B.Sc. in Industrial engineering and management from the Technion, a Global Executive MBA from the IDC Herzliya, and a GCP from the Wharton Business School Pennsylvania, USA.
Co-founder & CEO, Nexar
Mr. Eran Shir is co-founder and CEO at Nexar. Previous to founding Nexar, Eran was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Aleph Ventures in Tel Aviv. Prior to that position, Eran co-founded and served as CEO of Dapper, until it was acquired by Yahoo! in 2010. After the acquisition, Shir was the Senior Director & Head of the Creative Innovation Center, a global team within Yahoo!, based in part on Dapper’s engineering team. Before co-founding Dapper, Eran founded the DIMES Internet research project, and Cogniview, a machine learning startup.
Apart from his entrepreneurial career, Eran has also served as a Board Member of the Israel Center for Excellence through Education for the last 25 years.
Eran has a B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical Physics from the Technion Institute of Technology and doesn’t have a Ph.D from Tel Aviv University, since he bailed out to become an entrepreneur.
Head of Product Management & Platforms, Smart Cities & Smart Connected Spaces, Qualcomm Technologies
As head of product management for Qualcomm’s Smart Cities initiatives, Tipirneni helps product partners, enterprises, and cities build and execute turnkey IoT, ML/AI strategies that help improve livability and sustainability for its citizens. This includes developing system architectures, product designs, and end-to-end services with insight into Qualcomm Technologies’ product, software, and IOT services portfolio. He is also responsible for technology vision, strategy, and leadership for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IoT programs, initiatives, and investments in smart enterprises.
He has been working at Qualcomm since 1998 and held positions in product management, business development, and systems engineering. He is currently focused on end-to-end IOT services and platform development across various segments including smart infrastructure, smart manufacturing, and smart asset management. Tipirneni led the technology partnerships and commercial launches of connected car platforms and multiple mobile device launches globally. His work showcasing smart city technologies and their impact on workers has been quoted by world-renowned author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman in his book “Thank you for being late.”
Tipirneni holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Senior Director- Business Development, Israel Innovation Authority
Shomrat Shurtz is the Senior Director- Business Development, at the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA). She brings over 25 years of experience in business strategy, marketing and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining IIA, Shomrat served as an Executive in several organizations at the Israeli Biopharmaceutical & Medical device field, and earlier as an executive at the financial arena. Shomrat volunteers as a lecturer & mentor at the Tel Aviv University.
Shomrat holds an M.Sc. degree in Physiology, and B.Sc. in Biology – both from the Tel Aviv University.
Michael J. Granoff
founder and Managing Director, Maniv Mobility
Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund
based in Tel Aviv which invests globally in startup companies at the intersection of
transportation and technology. Founded in 2015, Maniv manages over $160 million including
two funds, with an investor base including more than a dozen global parts and auto
manufacturers and a portfolio of more than 30 companies spanning eight countries.
Among the corporate boards on which Mr. Granoff sits are Hailo, a Tel Aviv-based developer of
silicon chips for energy-efficient edge computing on-board vehicles; Revel, a New York-based
provider of shared electric mopeds and Tesla-based rideshare; Zoomo, a Sydney-based
distributor of specialized electric bikes for delivery couriers; and the Dubai-based Fenix, which
provides shared electric scooters throughout the GCC. He is also a founding board member of
the Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy
(SAFE); his past board roles have included that of electric car network developer Better Place.
He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and has received several awards
including Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern
University, has completed over 25 marathons and is a father of four.
Member of the board, Volkswagen
Christian Senger (born in 1974) has previously been the Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Digital Car & Services’ until 2020.
The mechanical engineering graduate began his career at BMW AG in Munich in 1997. He held several senior management roles there, for example taking charge of Energy Management from 2008 and heading the BMW i Product Concept unit from 2010.
Senger moved to Continental Automotive GmbH in Regensburg in 2012, where he assumed responsibility for Automotive Systems & Technology.
He joined the Volkswagen brand in 2016 as Head of the E-Mobility Product Line. Senger took charge of setting up this line and was instrumental in driving the brand’s electric offensive forward.
Christian Senger became the Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Digital Car & Services’ on March 1, 2019, and was also named Head of Digital Car & Services for the Group.
On November 15, 2020, Christian Senger took responsibility for Autonomous Driving, Mobility as a Service & Transport as a Service at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
CEO and Co-Founder, TriEye
Avi Bakal, CEO and Co-Founder of TriEye has achieved a revolutionary technological breakthrough in record time, enabling the mass adoption of Short-Wave Infrared sensors. Avi is an experienced multidisciplinary Physicist and Electrical-Engineer. He has a BSc in Computer Science and Electrical-Engineering and an MSc in Applied Physics specializing in optics and lasers. Avi served as a combat commander in a special unit in the Israeli Air Force. Additionally, he published two articles in distinguished scientific journals and was highlighted in Nature Photonics Journal. Avi was recently named as CEO/Managing Director of the Year by Image Sensors Europe Awards.
Elbit Systems, AVATAR consortium chairman
Tsahi is a senior director of R&D Programs at Elbit Systems, and is the chairman of the Israeli consortium AVATAR.
AVATAR – funded by the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Smart Mobility Initiative at the Prime Minister’s Office – is developing enabling technologies for fully autonomous vehicles, based on data collected from various sensors. it is a cooperation of leading Israeli industries and academia groups, performing together research and development.
Tsahi holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering from the Technion and has more than 30 years of experience in developing large scale systems and software solutions.
Dr. Nikolai Ardey
Executive Director Group Innovation, Volkswagen Group
Dr. Nikolai Ardey is the Executive Director of Group Innovation at Volkswagen Group.
After 18 years at BMW in several positions in the Powertrain department, Nikolai joined Audi as Vice President of Powertrain development.
Since 2020 Nikolai serves as the Executive Director of Group Innovation; the future research and innovation arm of the VW Group, supporting Group’s brands on sustainability, mobility, digital platforms, powertrain, and further innovation topics.
Chief Technology Officer, IVECO
Marco has been working in CNH Industrial – IVECO for almost 20 years. He spent most of his career in Research & Development covering leadership roles in different countries.
From 2008 to 2012 he has been in charge of Product Development and Engineering for IVECO Latin America. In 2012 he assumed the responsibility of Product Development & Engineering for Asia Pacific for full CNH Industrial products portfolio. Back to Europe in 2016, he covered the role of Head of Product Development and Engineering for IVECO trucks and commercial vehicles world-wide.
In 2019 he has been appointed as Head of Global Product Line Medium & Heavy trucks.
In 2020 he assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer for IVECO. Marco holds a degree in engineering from Federico II University in Naples – Italy
Head of Intelligent Mobility at BloombergNEF | Shared Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles
Nick Albanese leads BloombergNEF’s global Intelligent Mobility team, which produces research, data, and forecasts on shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles. Based in Washington D.C., Nick has 5+ years of experience advising the world’s leading automakers, energy companies, governments and investors on the policies, technologies, corporate strategies, and economic factors shaping the future of e-mobility. He is also a lead author of BNEF’s widely-cited “Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook”.
Prior to joining BNEF, Nick conducted energy market research at Barclays, ExxonMobil, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a M.I.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Founding Partner and CEO, NEXUS Automotive International
Gael Escribe (Franco-Dutch, 51) joined the automotive aftermarket world in 1997 at Valeo becoming general manager of Valeo Service Eastern Europe in 1999, followed by a GM assignment at Valeo Service Northern Europe in 2002. In 2005, he moved to Delphi Aftermarket as Vice-President EMEA and soon joined the European governance board of Delphi.
Following the globalization of the market and the expectation of fast-moving markets to get involved in a Global Alliance of automotive parts distributors, in 2014 he founded NEXUS Automotive International, which became after a few years the only truly global and progressive “International Trading Group”, with presence in over 145 countries.
Prof. Joseph Tabrikian
Founder and Head of School of ECE, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Prof. Joseph Tabrikian received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, in 1986, 1992, and 1997, respectively. During 1996–1998 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Duke University, Durham, NC as an Assistant Research Professor. In 1998, he joined the Department of ECE, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and served as the department head during 2017-2019. He is the founder of the school of ECE at the university and currently serves as its head. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing during 2001–2004, and 2011-2015 and for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters during 2012-2015. He was a Senior Area Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters during 2015-2018. He was a member of the IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel (SAM) technical committee during 2010-2015 and was the technical program co-chair of the IEEE SAM 2010 workshop. Since 2015 he serves as a member of the Signal Processing for Multisensor Systems (SPMuS) of EURASIP and from 2017 is a member IEEE SPTM technical committee. He is co-author of 7 award-winning papers in several IEEE conferences and workshops. His research interests include estimation and detection theory, learning algorithms, and radar signal processing.
Vice President of Borg Warner Inc and President and General Manager of Aftermarket
Managing Partner, Mobilion Ventures
Avi, a seasoned Incubation & VC executive and the Founding & Managing Partner of Mobilion Ventures has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, innovation, business development and international cooperation. Avi brings expertise in scouting, investment & portfolio management with strong focus on early stage smart mobility & green energy technologies. Few of Avi’s portfolio companies have made significate IPOs in the TASX – Electrion, Augwind, Chakratec, Blade ranger & Trucknet.
Formerly, Avi was the CEO of Capital Nature, a leading investment company in Israel focused on incubating, funding and accelerating early stage ventures, in smart mobility & Green Energy. Capital Nature made 20 early stage investments and was chartered by the State of Israel to operate the Israeli National Renewable Energy Tech. Center.
Joining Capital Nature in 2012, Avi brought extensive experience managing and funding programs in the public sector, and vast experience in leadership of entrepreneurship and startup projects.
Previously, Avi was the Founder and Director of the Regional Development Center at the Ministry of Economy and delegate to the OECD LEED Executive Committee. Avi served as Legal Advisor to the Chief Scientist and director at the Governmental Start-Up Fund and the
Israeli Industry Center for R&D.
Avi holds a LL.M. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and EMPA from Syracuse University, NY with Fulbright scholarship.
Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen
Partner at Maersk Growth
Peter is a Partner at Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of the Maersk Group, and has spent more than 22 years within the shipping and logistics industry.
After gaining his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Business Law, Peter joined the Maersk Group and the majority of his career has been within Corporate Finance, Infrastructure Investments and Commercial Business Development – with more than USD 3Bn invested in infrastructure in developed and emerging markets over the last 15 years. In his leadership positions he has driven change and inspired teams across Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Following 16 years abroad, living in 3 countries and working on projects in +30 countries, Peter returned with his family to his native Denmark to help establish Maersk Growth.
In his role as an investor, Peter looks to partner with entrepreneurs and businesses who are shaping the future of trade through transformation of logistics and supply chains. Peter has led a range of the 25+ company investments that Maersk Growth have undertaken since 2018, including Afresh, which is leveraging AI to revolutionise perishable ordering to reduce food waste whilst increasing sales; and Torch, which pioneers the use of digital and technology to transform short-haul logistics.
Peter is passionate about supply chain innovations to reduce food waste and decarbonisation of end-to-end logistics, where Maersk as the first global shipping company pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050.
He’s a father of three and his other personal passions include making multi-course dinners for friends and family and pruning the garden.
Former USDOT Deputy Secretary and former Maryland DOT Secretary
John served for over 4 years as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation. During his tenure he was responsible for implementing projects, including transit projects throughout the country worth billions of dollars, while simultaneously streamlining approval processes and ensuring better environmental outcomes. Prior to his position as Deputy Secretary, John twice served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation where he transformed Maryland’s transportation capital program.
At this time, John serves as the Port envoy to the White House Supply Chain Disruption Task Force as well as President for the US of Axilion Smart Mobility.
Policy Director, Autonomous Vehicle and Internet of Things, Intel
Angel is Policy Director, Autonomous Vehicles and IOT at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel, as a Director of Safety at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Angel provided policy expertise to Auto Innovators’ member companies on a range of motor vehicle safety and emerging technology matters, including connected automation, advanced driver assistance systems, and recalls. She joined Auto Innovators from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and previously served nearly 12 years with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where she handled agency rulemaking and regulatory issues pertaining to motor vehicle safety standards, fuel economy and defect investigations. Angel is a former Presidential Management Fellow. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she served on the Moot Court Honor Board, and holds a M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar. Angel resides in Baltimore, MD with her husband, John.
Dr. Igal Bilik
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Igal Bilik received B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, in 1997, 2003, and 2006, respectively. During 2006–2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC. During 2008-2011, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. During 2011-2019, he was a Staff Researcher at GM Advanced Technical Center, Israel, leading automotive radar technology development. Between 2019-2020 he was leading Smart Sensing and Vision Group at GM R&D, where he was responsible on development state-of-art automotive radar, lidar and computer vision technologies. Since Oct. 2020, Dr. Bilik is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Bilik has more than 170 patent inventions, authored more than 60 peer-reviewed academic publications, received the Best Student Paper Awards at IEEE RADAR 2005 and IEEE RADAR 2006 Conferences, Student Paper Award in the 2006 IEEE 24th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, and the GM Product Excellence Recognition in 2017. Dr. Bilik’s main research interests are in sensing for autonomous platforms, radar systems design, array and statistical signal processing, deep neural network-based sensing, and cognitive radar.
Senior journalist and Channel 13 News anchor
The Israeli Smart Transportation Research Center (ISTRC) General Manager, Technion
Tchiya joined the Technion 2 years ago, to establish and manage the Israeli Smart Transportation Research Center (ISTRC). The Center is designed to promote cutting edge knowledge and human capital development in the field of smart transportation.
Tchiya’s perspective is based on relevant education and vast experience from the world’s leading high-tech/semiconductors corporates, holding global management positions as Head of Global Technology Learning and Innovation Academy, Applied Materials, Silicon Valley, and Head of Global University, Applied Materials Israel, in which she collaborated with consortia, innovation centers & academies around the globe. Following a decade in Intel, in which she led pioneering strategic initiatives involving state-of-the-art technologies, among them the establishment of eLearning & multimedia domain for training in Israel, Intel’s strategic Extended Education Programs (for degrees) tailored for employees’ upskilling and reskilling, the first internal portal, and the learning development domain.
Tchiya recently worked as a senior consultant for fast growing, multidisciplinary companies (such as automotive R&D center, chip design & manufacturing start-ups, and global retail groups), Tchiya focused on leading the companies in the fast-evolving world to effectively address the need to grow professional human capital and world class performing employees.
Tchiya holds B.Sc degree in Chemistry, M.Sc degree in Science education (applied science, learning technologies) both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Senior Journalist and Summit's MC
technological manger, AVATAR
Erez Nur (born 1968) is a technological manager, engaged in computer vision and perception techniques.
Erez is hold s a computer science degree, as well as LLM and MBA.
Erez is involved in computer vision projects and the art of translating pixels to knowledge (Geospatial, navigation, perception and more) mainly for government entities.
Currently Erez is the technological manger of the AVATAR consortium (the Autonomous Vehicle consortium). Previously Erez led the OMEK consortium (3D perception), KABARNIT consortium (Cyber security consortium) and the VULCAN consortium (security applications)
mechanical engineer, UNECE
Francois Guichard leads a small unit of three engineers and supervises the activities on legal aspects and technical regulations related to vehicle automation and vehicle connectivity.
He is the Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving focal point of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
He is the Secretary of: the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA), of the Group of Experts on the drafting of a legal instrument on automated vehicles in traffic (GoE on LIAV) and of the Informal Working Group on Intelligent Transport Systems (IWG on ITS).
Previously, he worked as line manager at Daimler AG, he advocated for the introduction of Advance Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) in the legislation (a relevant contribution for increasing road safety). Before that, he advised a number of Countries on their strategies to tackle environmental issues after having gained experience as a noise / GreenHouse Gas / pollutants emission testing engineer. He started his career as International Management Associate at Mercedes-Benz, gaining experience in Germany, South Africa and in the United States of America
Professor Avner Rothschild
Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
Professors Grader and Rothschild share the prize for inventing a novel water splitting technology that provides hydrogen at unprecedented efficiency, turning the global green hydrogen production from dream into reality. The decision made by the Board of Trustees was based on the great applicability of their research and their expected contribution to the world of renewable energy and transportation.their creative thinking, Scientific in their practical world, vision, idea, and tremendous ambition will allow them to break through in the international race of this important field.
Co founder + CTO, VIA
Oren Shoval is the co-founder and CTO of Via, a fully dynamic, on-demand transit network currently operational in the US, Europe and Okinawa. He is a former strategy business consultant at McKinsey, and has spent 10 years in the Israeli Air Force developing and deploying real-time avionic systems for fighter jets. Oren holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science where he focused on finding simplifying patterns in complex biological phenomena. He also holds an MSc in electrical engineering and a BSc in physics and math.
Minister for Innovation and Technology, Hungary
Prof. Dr. László Palkovics was appointed as Minister of the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology in May 2018. After serving as Minister of State for Higher Education for two years, Mr. Palkovics held the position of Minister of State for Education and Government Commissioner responsible for research and development of autonomous and electric vehicle systems since 2016.
He also held senior research positions at the Technical University of Budapest and the College of Kecskemét. Prior to that, he pursued an international, executive level industrial career with Knorr-Bremse. Mr. Palkovics completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. in engineering, specialised on vehicle mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest. Mr. Palkovics has a title as Doctor and he is Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Bob Rolfe was sworn in on January 19, 2019 by Governor Bill Lee to serve as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The department is responsible for recruiting new businesses and industry to the state, supporting existing companies, expanding economic opportunities across rural Tennessee and boosting the state’s overall economic prosperity.
Rolfe has served as TNECD commissioner since March 2017. During Rolfe’s tenure, TNECD has landed 525 projects, which represent more than 85,000 job commitments and $22 billion in capital investment. Of those projects, over 25 percent were the result of foreign direct investment.
Under Rolfe’s leadership, Tennessee has secured a number of record-breaking wins. Most recently, in April 2021, Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, announced a $2.3 billion investment to build a battery cell manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The project represents the largest single capital investment in the state’s history.
TNECD also places a major focus on job creation and community development in rural Tennessee. Since 2017, the department has provided more than $405 million in rural and community development funding, while companies have invested $10 billion and committed to create 32,000 new jobs in rural Tennessee communities.
Rolfe has more than three decades of experience in business and investment banking in Tennessee. Before joining TNECD, he held the position of CEO of Medical Reimbursements of America, Inc., a company that provides specialty reimbursement solutions to improve financial performance for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Prior to his time at MRA, Rolfe led three private equity-sponsored companies and spent the first 18 years of his career as an investment banker at J.C. Bradford and Co.
Rolfe received his executive M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and his B.S. from the University of Alabama’s School of Commerce and Business Administration. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for nearly 40 years and have three adult children and one grandchild. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, where he has served as an elder for two decades.
founder, Volta Trucks
Carl-Magnus Norden is Founder and Executive Chairman of Volta Trucks, a company that he started in 2019 having previously worked in the electrification of existing commercial vehicles. He has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience with a proven history of starting and scaling businesses in multinational settings, having lived in six European countries, and started business in most of them in industry’s as diverse industries as real estate, private equity, internet services, crowdfunding and now electrification of transport. He has extensive experience in Business and Technology Development, and Venture Capital markets. Carl-Magnus is a Swedish national who graduated from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and was also the president of the swedish INSEAD alumni association between 2016-2020.
General Manager & Head of Open Innovation, FPT Indutrial
Philip Scarth has been with the FPT / IVECO family for over thirty years performing a wide range of functions manly in the field of research and development in industrial diesel engines and their applications.
Since 2019 he has been General Manager of FPT Motorenforschung AG in Arbon Switzerland, the innovation center of FPT Industrial. Where innovative technologies and solutions for future Industrial Powertrain are developed. Since 2021 he has also led the Open innovation department in FPT Industrial, which focuses on advanced concepts to meet the challenges and needs of future powertrains solutions.
Prof. James Liao
Academia Sinica, TAIWAN
For his original and fundamental breakthroughs in microbial synthesis of fuel and chemicals from renewable resources and CO2. The decision made by the Board of Trustees is based on the scientific contribution in the field of synthetic biology. Among his many scientific achievements is the company established by him which produces isobotonol which is used as an alternative fuel to fossil fuels and is used by airlines. Another company is being set up these days. The establishment of the active companies indicates a high level of applicability and breakthrough in this field. A combination of basic research and applied research at a high level indicates a world-leading breakthrough research in the field of bio-energy.
Loan My Descourvieres
StartUp & Technology Incubator Director, Valeo
Loan My Descourvieres is the StartUp & Technology Incubator director at Valeo, an automotive technology provider for electrification, autonomous driving and mobility solutions. Previously she worked on the opening of the Valeo Mobility Tech Center in San Francisco Bay Area. She also held positions in product marketing, sales, business development, technology transfer, research & innovation, and program management. She worked at Thales in radio transmission, as well.
Loan My graduated from ENSEA with a major in signal processing, and Columbia University with an Electrical Engineering Masters in Science. She also received general management training at Stanford, INSEAD CEDEP, and the National University of Singapore.
CMO Europe, EHang
Andreas Perotti is Chief Marketing Officer, Europe for EHang. The Nasdaq listed company is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility, including passenger transportation and logistics, smart city management, and aerial media solutions. Andreas has over a decade of extensive international marketing and communications experience with senior roles in the aerospace industry, government and telecom sectors, including the European Parliament, Ministry of Finance, Telekom Austria Group or FACC. For more information,
Head of Automotive for Germany and Deloitte Continental Europe , Deloitte
CEO, Israel Innovation Authority
Dror Bin is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.
Prior to his role at the Authority, Dror served as President and CEO of RAD Data Communications, a leading global telecom network solutions company with hundreds of employees at the company’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, a manufacturing center in Jerusalem and development center in Beer Sheva as well as dozens of corporate branches around the world.
Dror also served in a series of positions for close to a decade at Comverse Technology, the last one as a member of the management team and VP of Global Sales. Following this, Dror served as a venture partner at Carmel Ventures and a chairman at several of its portfolio companies. In addition, Dror served as a partner at Shaldor, a leading management consulting firm in Israel, where he led the development and implementation of business and marketing strategies for major organizations in the financial, consumer, retail, high-tech, banking and other industries.
Dror holds two bachelor’s degrees from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology: one in systems information engineering and the other in industrial management, as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Founder & CEO of Gett
24 years of CEO experience in hyper-growth startups and public companies in Silicon Valley and Israel
Serial entrepreneur and enterprise sales veteran
Gett is his 3rd startup. Successfully exited the first two
B2B Enterprise sales record of $300 mm in publicly traded enterprise telecom software company
Gett is a technology platform solely focused on corporate Ground Transportation Management (GTM), a market worth $101B globally.
Gett is the GTM category leader, serving over a quarter of the Fortune 500 companies
Gett’s cloud-based software aggregates existing transportation providers (corporate fleet, ride-hailing, taxi, and limos) into one single platform, helping businesses manage all of their ground transportation spend, saving businesses time and money.
We are building the first global grid of ground transportation, embracing the entire World, connecting the dots, similar to telephony and internet grids.
At Gett, we are inspired to become the standard in corporate ground transportation spend management, much like Zoom has become the standard for corporate communication
Prof. Gideon Grader
Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
The decision made by the Board of Trustees was based on the great applicability of their research and their expected contribution to the world of renewable energy and transportation. their creative thinking, Scientific in theire practical world, vision, idea, and tremendous ambition will allow them to break through in the international race of this important field.
Co-founder and CEO, Moovit
As Co-founder and CEO of Moovit,an Intel-owned leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions provider and maker of the #1 urban mobility app, Nir Erez believes data companies will become the operating system – the brains and heart – of smart cities.
Erez co-founded Moovit with Roy Bick and Yaron Evron in February 2012 with the goal of simplifying urban mobility around the world. The company grew quickly with four rounds of funding totaling $133 million, and was acquired by Intel in May 2020 to join forces with Mobileye.
Erez is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading technology startups. Prior to Moovit, Nir was also the founder and CEO of both ActionBase and Optimal Plus. He is also co-owner and co-founder of Eyron Group which invests in early-stage software companies. Erez graduated from the IDF computer academy (Mamram) and holds a Bsc. in Physics.
Dr. Juergen Dickmann
Head of Radar and Radar-Perception, Mercedes-Benz AG
Dr.-Ing. Juergen Dickmann is head of Radar sensors and radar based perception for highly automated/autonomous driving, Mercedes-Benz AG. In this role he is responsible for the 6th generation at Mercedes-Benz AG and future radar solutions towards autonomous driving. In the automotive field, he introduced for the first time AI concepts for Radar and exploited Radar usage beyond ranging and detection for comprehensive environment perception. Before that, he managed the technology transfer process of all perception sensing (Radar, Laser, Video, localization etc.) technologies from research into series for former passenger car platforms. He conducted radar research and pre-developments for radar based Pre-Crash and driver assistant systems for all company platforms (Passenger cars, Busses, Van, Truck) inside DAIMLERChrysler AG, where he introduced Lidar technology in Chrysler cars. In 1986 he started his career at AEG Research Center, where he did research on III/V-semiconductor processing techniques, mm-Wave device and MMIC-design (up to 120GHz). He achieved several records in high frequency devices and MMICs with III/V semiconductors. He got the academic award “Preis der VDE/ITG” in 1993. The research achievements of him and his group can be found in https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Juergen_Dickmann. He holds various patents.
Principal Expert Autonomous Driving Technologies, BMW Group
Simon Fürst studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 1993 till 2001 he was a research assistant at the institute of System Dynamics and Flight Mechanics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research area was on onboard autonomous, vision based systems for navigation and landing of airplanes and helicopters.
From 2001 till 2002 he worked for IABG in Ottobrunn as a project leader and consultant for the qualification of the high risk avionics software in the tiger helicopter and the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Since mid 2003 he is with BMW. There he is one of the authors of an internal software development standard for embedded software. From 2005 till March 2009 he was a member of the software group of the VDA NAA AA-I3 AK16 and a software expert in ISO TC22 SC3 WG16 working on ISO 26262, the functional safety standard for the automotive domain. During that time he was international project leader for some of the chapters of ISO 26262. In 2006 Fürst became BMW Project Leader for AUTOSAR. In 2008 he switched to the AUTOSAR Steering Committee. From July 2009 till March 2010 and from July 2015 till March 2016 he was AUTOSAR Spokesperson. Till March 2017 he was general manager for software development and software infrastructure being responsible for the AUTOSAR series roll-out at BMW. Since April 2017 he is general manager for machine learning, reasoning and knowledge representation focusing on highly automated and autonomous driving. From October 2017 the section being responsible for automated driving and driver assistant systems adapted its organization to agile principles. Since then Fürst is a line manager for the development of software based features. Since October 2019 he is principal experte for automated driving technologies. In December 2020 he was nominated convener of the newly started ISO TC22/SC32/WG13 “Safety and cybersecurity for automated driving”.
Dr. Anat Bonshtien
VP Business Development, City Transformer
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien is the Former Chairwoman and Director of the Smart Mobility Initiative at Israel’s Prime Minister Office. The initiatives coordinated the activities of 11 government ministries and agencies around placing Israel as a hub of technology and know-how in the fields of smart mobility and fuel alternatives
Under the initiative, Dr. Bonshtien headed the annual Smart Mobility and the Israeli Smart Transportation Academic Center.
Currently, Dr. Bonshtien serves as the VP for Business Development at City Transformer.
She is also in the advisory board of a couple of Israeli Start-ups and organization in the area of smart mobility and smart cities.
Dr. Bonshtien is a member of the Israeli Leadership Forum.
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.
Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for Transportation, Construction and Infrastructure
Director Technology, AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center
Mikel Lorente has studied Industrial/Mechanical Engineering at the University of Navarra in Spain and holds a MBA. He has 21 years of working experience in the automotive sector. He worked as a product and manufacturing engineer for 8 years in Dana Corporation leading multidisciplinary teams. As a product engineer he supported new product development in the US and Western-Eastern Europe including steering and drive axles covering design, modelling,
testing and validation, and product industrialization. He also led six sigma projects at manufacturing plants as a six sigma black belt engineer.
For the last 13 years he has been the Chief Technology Officer of ACICAE, the Automotive Cluster of the Basque Country and AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center. He is responsible for designing and implementing the Strategic Technological Agendas of both organizations as well as promoting collaborative projects with strategic partners in Research, Development and Innovation. He actively participates in collaboration with Universities in training programs, sharing his knowledge and passion for the automotive sector.
Engineering Director, Sensor Fusion and Perception, VayaVision
Youval Nehmadi has over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, algorithms, computer vison, deep neural networks, and business development in both large enterprises (Applied Materials) and start-ups. Youval holds a PhD in 3D sensor fusion for autonomous vehicles and an EMBA from Kellogg-Recanati of Tel Aviv University, and is the owner of more than twenty patents. In January 2016, along with Ronny Cohen, Youval co-founded VayaVision, a sensor fusion and perception software company focusing on the autonomous driving market. VayaVision developed an innovative patented technology that enables best-in-class sensing with added-value cognition abilities at an affordable price. In July of 2020, VayaVision was acquired by LeddarTech, a global leader in Level 1-5 ADAS and AD environmental sensing technology.
Head of AI, Elbit systems
Yona Coscas is head of AI at Elbit systems. He has a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion and is currently working on his M.Sc. in computer sciences at Bar Ilan University. His fields of interest are deep learning, generative models, DNN compression, reinforcement learning, autonomous vehicles and man-unmanned teaming. His work consists of developing solutions for decision making of autonomous machines
Prof. Jyh-Ching Juang
Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Jyh-Ching Juang is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received the B. S. and M. S. degrees from National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1987. He was with Lockheed Aeronautical System Company, Burbank before he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 1993. Dr. Juang is one of the premier researchers in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) in Taiwan. He has developed several advanced algorithms for GNSS receivers and applications. Under the support of the National Cheng Kung University, Dr. Juang has been coordinating a team that is devoted to the research on autonomous driving techniques. Highlights of the autonomous driving research includes the inclusion of deep learning and sensor fusion for perception, vehicle localization with adaptive environmental features, open-source software development for multi-core platforms, and exploration of HD maps in autonomous driving for enhanced performance and safety. Dr. Juang serves as a senior researcher at the National Applied Research Laboratory, Taiwan and has played an important role in the establishment and operation of the Taiwan CAR (connected, autonomous, and road test) laboratory which is a closed proving ground for the test of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Chief Technology Officer and Assistant City Manager, Peachtree Corners (Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners)
Brandon Branham, chief technology officer (CTO) and assistant city manager, leads the City of Peachtree Corners’ groundbreaking smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) programs. Overseeing one of the first real-world smart city ecosystems deployed in the United States, he is bringing the region to the forefront in the development of next generation IoT technologies that will change the face of business and society in the near future – both within the country and across the world.
Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is the country’s first true smart city technology proving ground – featuring real connected city infrastructure and thousands of interacting residents/vehicles that can’t be replicated by closed or controlled testing environments. The 500-acre technology park and 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test street creates conditions that enable robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous services/vehicles and countless more emerging applications to be trialed, developed and ultimately deployed globally.
Serving as the model for how government entities and the free market must collaborate to build out smart cities and regions in the United States, Curiosity Lab showcases how buildings and other city fixtures are enabling, and connecting with, devices and solutions. When it comes to autonomous technologies, for example, Curiosity Lab’s mobile 5G network, combined with direct short-range communications (DSRC) roadside units, enable disruptive technology developers to test vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications in an unprecedented manner. Intelligent traffic cameras and traffic signals, along with smart street lights and data sensors, push video and invaluable data to a central operations center for analysis and action. All reflective of how city infrastructure will soon communicate with machines and humans on a scale never seen before.
Branham serves on various boards in the community, and recently received his certification in cybersecurity leadership from the Professional Development Academy, in conjunction with the International City Managers Association.
VP R&D, SAIPS
Asaf Kagan is leading the R&D work at SAIPS (acquired by Ford in 2016) since 2019, working on cutting edge deep learning solutions for autonomous vehicles. Asaf has over 15 years of experience in leading advanced research in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, signal processing and communications, both at startups and large corporations. Prior to his work in the industry, Asaf served 6 years at the elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200, where he has led several teams conducting multidisciplinary research and development. Asaf is a graduate of the prestigious “Psagot” academic program and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and M.A in Physics from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) as well as M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Co-Founder & CEO, RadSee Technologies
Arnon has spent over twenty years driving cutting edge technologies from mere ideas to profitable businesses. Arnon is the Co-Founder and CEO at RadSee Technology Ltd., an automotive radar company with a unique business model that designs high performance radars at below market costs.
Before founding RadSee, Arnon served in multiple leadership roles in the technology industry allowing him to cultivate a unique skillset for bringing new technologies to market. Arnon was formerly the CEO at Taditel, an automotive company with over 100 employees and turnover in the tens of millions of dollars. Prior to Taditel, he served as CEO at Arcedian Networks Ltd. in the smart grid industry which received investments amounting to 90 million dollars from Goldman-Sachs and others. Furthermore, Arnon was Vice President of Research and Development for Vyyo, Ltd. Prior to his leadership roles in the automotive and power industries, Arnon worked for Ceragon, a leading provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, and Metalink, a developer of chips for broadband communications.
Arnon earned an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree, with a strategy, marketing, and finance specialization, from the Arison School of Business at The Interdisciplinary Center. His studies included a semester at the University of Chicago. Additionally, Arnon passed the Directors’ and Officers’ course at the Arison School of Business.
Arnon also has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ben-Gurion.
Arnon served as a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces – Intelligence branch (8200).
lead lawyer, Law Commissions’ automated vehicles review
Jessica is the lead lawyer for the Law Commissions’ automated vehicles review, working with the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to develop a regulatory framework for the safe deployment of AVs in Great Britain. The project started in 2018 and is due to report in the final quarter of 2021. Jessica’s work involves extensive public consultation in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the UNECE’s informal group of experts on automated driving (IGEAD) for working party 1. At the Commission Jessica has previously managed the criminal law team and worked on ride-hailing regulation and consumer protection reform. Before joining the civil service, Jessica was a lecturer in Law at Durham University and an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.