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Our Summit speakers hail from a diversity of backgrounds and countries, but they all have one thing in common: they are completely disrupting and transforming urban mobility as we know it. New extraordinary speakers are regularly being added to the lineup so check back often and get your tickets today!

Markus Villig is the founder and CEO of Taxify. He teamed up with his brother Martin, ex-Skype, to build the first version of Taxify in 2013 when he was 19 years old. Markus has been featured as the youngest tech CEO in Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list and is the youngest founder of a billion dollar company in Europe.

Markus Villig

Founder & CEO, Taxify


Anne-Lise Thieblemont is Senior Director of Global Technology Policy at in the Government Affairs Department at Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, Ms. Thieblemont is responsible internationally for policy and regulatory affairs related to new technology in the area of security and vertical market strategies including focusing on Automotive and 5G technologies like C-V2X, at the intersection between public policy, business strategy, and wireless ecosystems. Ms Thieblemont interfaces with Government economic, trade and investment agencies and Qualcomm business activities such as the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD). Ms. Thieblemont holds an engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech in France. She also holds a Master of Science in Fundamental Physics from Paris XI University.

Anne-Lise Thieblemont

Senior Director of Global Technology Policy, Government Affairs, Qualcomm 


Anne-Marie Idrac is a French expert of transport policies. She served as President of the RATP from 2002 to 2006, as President of SNCF from 2006 to 2008, and has held several political offices as State Secretary for Transports (1995-1997), Member of the French Parliament (1997-2002), and State Secretary for External Trade (2008-2010). In 2017 she was appointed High Representative of the French Governement for the development of autonomous vehicles. Since 2011 she has also served as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Toulouse Blagnac Airport, Administrator of Saint Gobain, Total, Bouygues and Air France KLM, and is President of the Advisory Board of the Paris School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po. She holds a Public Administration degree from Sciences Po, a law degree from Université Paris-II, and is an alumnus of ENA.

Anne-Marie Idrac

High Representative of the French Government for the development of autonomous vehicles


Sean Behr is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating new technology platforms that reinvent existing markets. He’s the co-founder and president of STRATIM, a wholly owned subsidiary of KAR (NYSE: KAR). STRATIM provides the most comprehensive platform designed for managing urban fleets, including car- and ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles, currently used by 50+ mobility providers in 25 cities across the United States. Before STRATIM, he founded ZIRX a popular on-demand valet parking service, and built two companies and sold them for $1B (Adap.tv acquired by AOL and Shopping.com acquired by eBay).

Sean Behr

Co-founder & President of STRATIM


Laetitia Gazel Anthoine founded Connecthings in 2007. In 2015, she raised $11M to expand on the US market. Laetitia is member of the board of several organizations and the representative of the Women Initiative Foundation in New York.

Laetitia Gazel Anthoine

Founder & CEO of Connecthings


Stan Boland is a co-founder and CEO of Five AI, a major start-up developing driverless car software which it will deliver as a service in our cities. He was previously co-founder and CEO of two of the UK’s most successful venture-backed communications silicon and software companies, Element 14 Inc. and Icera Inc., bought by Broadcom and NVIDIA respectively, for an aggregate value of over $1 billion. He is a graduate in physics from the University of Cambridge.

Stan Boland

Co-founder & CEO of FiveAI


Remo Gerber is Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Lilium – the Munich based aviation start-up building the world’s first all-electric air taxi. He was previously Managing Director of ground transportation disrupter Gett in the UK & Western Europe and COO of Groupon – the e-commerce marketplace – in Northern Europe. Born in Zürich, Remo is a physicist from ETH Zurich and has a PhD from the University of Oxford. Remo is a keen skier and likes to escape to the slopes of Switzerland as often as he can. He shares his time between Munich, Zurich and London, as well as continuing his mission to share the remarkable benefits the Lilium jet will bring to cities around the world.

Remo Gerber

CCO of Lilium


Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of Polis Network in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions working together on innovative transport solutions. Prior to joining POLIS in 2004, Karen was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities and many EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics.

Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General of Polis Network


Dr. Doug Kaufman is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, and the CEO of TransLoc Inc, a pioneering company delivering flexible, demand-driven microtransit technology and services to cities and municipal transit agencies. Having established itself as a market leader for on-demand microtransit solutions, TransLoc was recently acquired by Ford Smart Mobility. Under Doug’s leadership, TransLoc, based in Durham, North Carolina, was named to Fast Company’s 2017 list of the most innovative companies in transportation, alongside Uber and Tesla.

Doug Kaufman

CEO of TransLoc


Currently a Policy Advisor at FiveAI, Leon Daniels was the Managing Director, Surface Transport at TfL where until December 2017 was responsible for delivering £3.5bn of road, light rail and transport services and all major, civil engineering infrastructure projects in the capital. He was also responsible for the successful delivery of transport during the ‘most successful public transport games ever’ in London 2012. He remains a Trustee of the London Transport Museum. Prior to joining TfL, in 1998 Leon had sold his own venture-capital backed business to a FTSE 100, multinational transport business, creating the largest and most profitable operating unit within this £3bn turnover organisation. Leon Daniels is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Couriers and a Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

Leon Daniels

Policy Advisor at Five AI & Former Managing Director, Surface Transport at TfL

Piia Karjalainen is currently working as Senior Manager for MaaS Alliance at ERTICO. She is based in Brussels. Previously she has been working for the European Parliament and the Finnish Ministry of Transport & Communications. She has been working her whole career in different positions related to transport mainly with transport strategies, ITS, Mobility as a Service, policymaking and EU regulation. She holds a Master of Science in Economics.

Piia Karjalainen

Senior Manager at MaaS Alliance / ERTICO


Giles Bailey is an insightful thinker about business and societal challenges and the resulting need for organisational change. This is particularly in the mobility sector as well as the wider public sector. The basis for this experience is his 25 year career at Transport for London and in consulting in North America and Europe. He now applies this knowledge, via being a Director at Stratageeb Ltd, in areas such as strategic and innovation advice to businesses including digital start-ups, multi-nationals, local authorities, other public sector organisations and governments. He also university lectures, speaks at conferences and writes for the UK and international transport press. Giles Bailey is currently the CEO and Director of International Relations at the TravelSpirit Foundation and has worked with the foundation since its inception in 2016.

Giles Bailey

CEO & Director of International Relations at the TravelSpirit Foundation


Damien Bon is Chief Executive Officer at Stuart, where he leads global business strategy and implementation. After holding a leadership position at Boston Consulting Group for three years, he dove headfirst into the startup world with Stuart, where he helped drive the company’s growth and ultimate acquisition by GeoPost. Damien has a master’s degree from Columbia University, an MBA from INSEAD, and started his career with Lehman Brothers in 2007. Currently based in Paris, Damien has also lived in the UK and Asia during his career.

Damien Bon

CEO, Stuart


Dr. Michael Barillère-Scholz has been Managing Director at ioki since 2017 – the new business line for Demand Responsive Transport, Mobility Analytics and Autonomous Driving of Deutsche Bahn. His special passions are sustainable mobility of tomorrow as well as agile, employee-centered organizational development. With his team at ioki, he brings digital mobility solutions on the streets. At the same time, he is currently being trained as a “Self Driving Car Engineer” at the Silicon Valley

Michael Barillère-Scholz

Managing Director of ioki, Deutsche Bahn


With over 20 years’ experience delivering solutions in the geospatial industry, Johan’s vision is to enable the smarter movement of people by providing real-time transit data and visualisation design service for journey planning and MaaS. Before Ito World, he was a company director at Esri, the world’s leading provider of geospatial software.

Johan Herrlin

CEO of Ito World


Truly passionate about moving people and giving them time back for the important things in life, Fabien joined Volocopter to achieve exactly that. While building up Uber in Germany as General Manager, he realized that innovation continues to challenge regulation and that cooperation is crucial for developing new mobility products and services. At Volocopter he works with legislators and cities to enable air taxi services globally. Before dedicating his work to the future of mobility, Fabien gained broad experience in the tech, consulting, and VC industries. Volocopter GmbH is the global leader in the development of eVTOL as autonomous air taxis for the safe transport of people.

Fabien Nestmann

Head of Public Policy at Volocopter

Peter Harris originally joined UPS in 1989 as an Automotive Supervisor and accepted the role of Sustainability Director for Europe in 2011. In addition to his UPS responsibilities, Peter is also a director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, a public-private entity in the UK whose purpose is to accelerate the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels. Prior to UPS Peter worked for 4 years with London Transport and 2 years as a volunteer agricultural engineer in Indonesia. Peter is the holder of a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE).

Peter Harris

Director of Sustainability, Europe at UPS


After almost 10 years as Head of the European Automotive Equity Research team at Barclays, Kristina is transitioning to a new role focused on Thematic investing in the field of Mobility. Her work focuses on a wide range of themes that relate to the automotive sphere but also cross sector issues, such as the rising penetration of electric vehicles (from the availability of natural resources, to the chemistry and battery capacity requirements, and to implications for oil demand). Other areas of focus include Disruptive Mobility, the transition to TaaS (transportation as a service), automotive connectivity and autonomous driving. Kristina joined Barclays from Citigroup where she was responsible for research analysis on the Automotive sector. She graduated with a Degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) from St John’s College, Oxford.

Kristina Church

Director, Equity Research at Barclays

Avery Ash serves as Autonomous Vehicle Lead for INRIX, the global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement. Avery leads the company’s global policy engagement and helps shape business strategy in the connected car and autonomous vehicle space. Prior to INRIX, Avery served as Director of Federal Relations for AAA where he was responsible for the Association’s federal advocacy on transportation, vehicle technology, mobility and energy issues. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s executive working group for Autonomous and Urban Mobility. Avery is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a joint degree in Economics and Anthropology.

Avery Ash

Autonomous Vehicle Lead at INRIX



Jan Lüdke works in Berlin as Director of Business Development Europe for Via Transportation and ViaVan, the joint venture between Mercedez-Benz Vans and Via. He is responsible for driving the Launch of ViaVan’s licensing partnerships with European public transport operators and cities, as well as general business development. Jan’s previous endeavors included working for the public transport startup Moovit, where he was responsible for partnerships in the DACH region, as well as the digital agencies Razorfish and KKLD* where he supervised different project and marketing campaigns for clients such as BMW, Audi, Panasonic and Bayer Healthcare. Jan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an M.Sc. degree in Marketing.

Jan Lüdke

Director of Business Development Europe, Via Transportation


Annie is a Project Manager for Global Ground Vehicle Standards at SAE International. She manages SAE’s research and standards portfolio on shared mobility, road safety, and accessibility. Prior to SAE, Annie led research and outreach activities on shared mobility at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. She was also a Transportation Engineer for the World Resources Institute, where she managed health and road safety research as well as monitoring and evaluation efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Annie holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Engineering from McGill University.

Annie Chang

Project Manager for Global Ground Vehicle Standards of SAE International

Ms. Pallas manages regional expansion in Europe for Scoot, as well as government relations and public affairs. She previously held increasingly senior roles in marketing, strategic relations, operations and general management for Hailo and mytaxi. Civil Engineer, holds a Master degree from IESE Business School.

Mar Pallas

VP Europe Market Development of Scoot Networks

Andrew Grant is an Intelligent Mobility analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He produces analysis on business models, technologies and policies related to connected cars, mobility services and autonomous driving. Andrew works with automakers, utilities, technology companies and investors to understand the role of data in the future of transportation. He is based in London and holds an MSc in Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Business Science in Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Andrew Grant

Intelligent Mobility Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Loïs works as a Manager of Market Development at Hubject. She is developing Hubject’s partnerships and strategic alliances in the field of eRoaming for customer friendly and interoperable charging of electric vehicles as well as for Hubject’s new ISO 15118 ecosystem to enable Plug&Charge. Prior to Hubject she worked in the public transport industry.

Loïs Warner

Manager of Market Development, Hubject

Christophe Gay places at the heart of his reflection the questions of imagination, representation, and how social norms come to represent lifesyle, particularly those concerning mobility in our current and future society. It is for this reason that Christophe helped to create the Mobile Lives Forum (Forum Vies Mobile) in partnership with SNCF. Christophe’s educational background is in international law, political science, and psychosociology (Sceaux, Sorbonne, and Nanterre).

Christophe Gay

Co-Director, Mobile Lives Forum

As an elected ecologist, Brigitte Desveaux is the 2nd Vice President of the Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle, in charge of transportation and mobility. Brigitte also serves as City Counselor of La Rochelle, and is President of the Rochelais Collective Transport Region (RTCR).

Brigitte Desveaux

Vice President, Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle


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