President & CEO, ST Engineering
Vincent Chong is President & CEO of ST Engineering, a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. He joined the Group in 2014 as President of Strategic Plans & Business Development of its Aerospace Arm, and was the Group’s Deputy CEO (Corporate Development) before assuming his current role in October 2016. Under Vincent’s leadership, ST Engineering continues to strengthen its core businesses while pursuing new growth, with global expansion in defence and smart city business encompassing mobility, security, satcoms and robotics. Vincent has 20 years of global business experience from ExxonMobil with half of this time being based in Hong Kong, Japan, UK and the US. He held a wide span of senior positions in refinery process engineering, industrial and retail operations, product marketing and strategic planning. Vincent is also a board member of JTC Corporation, and a member of the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s International Advisory Panel for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering. Vincent graduated in 1994 with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He attended executive leadership programmes at Thunderbird School of Global Management and Columbia Business School.
Alliance Global Vice President, Ventures and Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
François Dossa is Alliance Global Vice President, Ventures and Open Innovation. He joined Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in 2017 and managed the creation of Alliance Ventures, a strategic venture capital fund which plans to invest up to $1 billion until 2022 to support open innovation. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was CEO of Nissan do Brazil Automóveis and held various leadership positions in the investment banking industry, split between Europe and Latin America. François holds a Master in Corporate Business and Administration from HEC Paris (1984). François was awarded on 2010 “La Légion d’Honneur”, one of the highest honors from the French Republic.
CEO and Co-Founder, BYTON
Dr. Daniel Kirchert is one of the most experienced executives in China’s premium auto industry, with extensive experience in marketing, sales, branding, business development and operations. He is widely regarded in the industry as a “China hand.” Before joining BYTON, Dr. Kirchert was managing director of Infiniti China and president of Dongfeng Infiniti Motor Co., Ltd. Prior to his extensive work at Infiniti, Dr. Kirchert was senior vice president of sales and marketing at BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. Through Dr. Kirchert's efforts at BMW Brilliance and Infiniti China, locally produced models for BMW and Infiniti hit record sales figures. He launched branding and marketing initiatives for each automaker that set industry benchmarks, including the brand gala in 2014 to unveil Infiniti’s “Gan Ai” slogan, and the sponsorship of famous reality show “Dad, where are you going”, which led the trend of car brands’ cooperation with TV reality shows. Dr. Kirchert is also an expert in product strategy, dealership network development and joint venture operations.
Anat Lea Bonshtien
Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative Prime Minister's Office
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien serves as the Chairman and Director of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative as of January 2017. Prior to this, she served as the Technology and Regulation Manager of the Initiative. In addition, Dr. Bonshtien serves in the Board of Directors of the Capsula Israeli Smart Transportation Center. She is also a member of the National Science Committee for Energy under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making. Dr. Bonshtien holds a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard Power Systems
Rob Campbell was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems in May 2017. Mr. Campbell’s responsibilities include global business development, sales, marketing, product line management and after-sales service activities in the Company’s key Power Products markets of Heavy Duty Motive, Material Handling and Back-up Power.
Rob has considerable experience in global business development for technology based products in China, Japan, India, Europe and the United States. He has deep knowledge of high-growth markets and engineering-based capital equipment sales to sophisticated customers.
Mr Campbell was most recently President and CEO of SoloPower Systems Inc., Prior to SoloPower his career included: SVP of Business Development at Energy Conversion Devices and Solar Integrated Technologies in the US., EVP of Sales and Marketing at Hydrogenics in Ontario, Canada and senior leadership roles at several construction and power generation companies in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Queen’s University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Association of Ontario.
President, Adler Pelzer Group
At the head of the family company founded by his father Achille in 1956, under his leadership the Adler- Pelzer group has become an international reality with 83 factories in 21 countries and 13 R&D centers with a turnover of 1.5 Billions Euro. Proudly from Campania and equally divided between the sea (Naples) and the mountains (Irpinia), the Italian manager was born on 14 April 1960 and graduated in industrial engineering from the University of Basel.
Among the main positions held, we can remember: • President of Anfia - Italian Automotive Association • member of the National Council of Confindustria, with responsibility for internationalization • vice president of the Industrial Union of Naples • Ambassador for tourism of the Principality of Monaco • president of DATTILO, the Transportation Technology and Logistics District, established in Campania in 2013, is responsible for the development of research projects in the transport and mobility sector in the Campania Region • Board member of Fincantieri and Banco di Napoli
Awards and honors: • among the youngest Italian Knights of Labor, appointed just at 47 years by the President of the Republic • in 2011, in the presence of the then President Obama, he received the Niaf (National Italian American Foundation) award in the United States as the best Italian-American entrepreneur of the year • in 2012 he was awarded the UK-Italy Business Awards, a recognition reserved by the British Government for Italian excellence present across the Channel • in 2013 he received the Leonardo Quality Italia Award.
Not just industry: • member of the Board of the Foundation "In the name of life" wanted by the Cardinal of Naples Crescenzio Sepe • in 2014 founded Eccellenze Campane, the pole of taste that tends to enhance and export local gastronomic specialties in the world
Distinguished Professor and founding director, University of California, California Air Resources Board
Dr. Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 and was chair of the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies in 2015-16. He was awarded the 2018 Roy W. Crum award by TRB, its highest research award, 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation, and has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions (Island Press, 2018) and Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Vice President, Managing Director, and Head of Europe & Israel, Samsung Catalyst Fund
David (Dede) Goldschmidt is Vice President, Managing Director, and Head of Europe & Israel for the Samsung Catalyst Fund (SCF), Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests globally in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups.
Previously, David was Founder and General Partner of Valley Venture Capital. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner and CEO at Mofet Technology Fund, a publicly traded venture capital firm. At both firms, David was an active investor supporting portfolio companies both financially and operationally.
Earlier in his career, David served as Vice President of Product Management, Product Marketing and Business Development at ADC Broadband Multiservice Access Division (Nasdaq: ADCT). Prior to his tenure at ADC, he managed the Business Development group for Teledata Communications (Nasdaq: TLDCF, acquired by ADC).
David holds an M.S. in Solid State Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the Tel Aviv University.
Chief Strategy Officer, Alstom
Mr. Marc Granger serves as Chief Executive Officer of Gibela Rail Transport Consortium RF (Pty) Ltd. Mr. Granger has been Chief Strategy Officer of Alstom SA since October 26, 2017. Mr. Granger is Founder of Compin Group SA and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Barat Sofanor S.A.S. He rejoined Alstom in January 2013 as General Manager for PRASA's overall activities. He began his career with Alstom and in the ensuing 20 years he has gained extensive experience in product design, marketing, project tenders and management. As Senior Vice President for Rolling Stock at Alstom, he was responsible for a €3,5 billion division of 18,000 employees based in Europe, the Americas/Asia and Oceania. In this role, he Presided over successful launches and build-up of railway projects around the world. He is an Engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers, France. He holds an MBA from Hautes Études Commerciales, France.
CEO, Israel Innovation Authority
Aharon Aharon 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, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at the IBM Research Division.
Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he lectured for more than 15 years.