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Olivia Walker

Head of City Development - Mobility Solutions, Bosch

Session 1: The Mobility Eco-System

As part of a global team, Olivia leads the development of Bosch’s work with cities on the future of mobility, based in London. Prior to that, she was a consultant for 12 years focused on how long-term macro trends disrupt the traditional industry. An active participator in the debate and work on how we can achieve safe, clean and accessible travel in cities, Olivia has a strategic understanding of city mobility and associated business models.

Dr. Geoff Davis

Chief Strategy Officer, HORIBA MIRA

Session 2: Future Technologies

Geoff is Chief Strategy Officer at HORIBA and oversees the development of emerging automotive technologies whilst supporting the HORIBA Group on marketing, corporate strategy and technology consultancy for the Automotive segment.

Geoff joined MIRA in 2009 following 10 years at Ricardo - the technical, engineering and management consultancy. At MIRA, Geoff was part of the team of four executives that delivered the re-birth of what is the UK’s foremost transport R&D organisation and subsequently selling the business to HORIBA in 2015.

Prof. Chris Brace

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

Session 3: Energy and Propulsion Systems of the Future

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


Dan Hubert

CEO, AppyParking

Dan Hubert, the founder of AppyParking, is on a mission to make parking a truly forgettable experience. By creating a data-driven mobility platform cities are able to manage and monetise their kerbside while reducing congestion and pollution.

The power of the solution allows vehicles of today and driverless fleets of tomorrow to interact freely with the kerb and to become fully compliant during parking or loading. His ambition to create frictionless journeys has earned AppyParking recent accolades such as The World’s 15th most disruptive company and The European Commission's most Innovative Mobility Company in 2018.

Robin North

CEO and Lead Technologist, Immense Simulations

Robin has 17 years’ experience working in the transport industry. Robin started his career at Imperial College London moving from doctoral research through to a Lectureship in Transport and the Environment and establishing the Intelligent Infrastructure and Transport Systems Laboratory.

In 2014 Robin made the move to Transport Systems Catapult where he became Lead Technologist for Modelling and Visualisation. From the portfolio of ~£2m of project activities a set of technologies were identified that led to Robin co-founding Immense Simulations in 2016. He has led the company from concept development through to establishing early products in market.

Dr. Jiayu Wu

Senior Research Fellow, Intelligent Mobility Design Centre, Royal College of Arts

Dr Jiayu Wu leads and works on collaborative innovation research projects at the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) at the Royal College of Art, bringing together academics, industrial partners, and students to design and deliver research and knowledge transfer projects for emerging mobility experiences. Current projects at the IMDC include Hyundai Kia Innovation Laboratory projects ‘Future Luxury’ and ‘Emotional Tech’, and the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment ‘GATEway’. Her focus is digital integrated human experience and disruptive approaches for addressing existing and emerging mobility problems.

Stefan Deix

Director, EUCAR

Stefan Deix graduated as a physicist at the University of Vienna. Since 2015, he has been Director of EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D. EUCAR members are the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. The European automobile manufacturers are the largest private investors in R&D in Europe with over €50 billion investment per year, or 4% of turnover.

Stefan Deix was Director for Research & Innovation at CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) facilitating the Research and Innovation Working Group activities. Before that he was working at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in the Department of Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories).

David Barzilai

Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Karamba Security

David brings entrepreneurial and go-to-market experience to Karamba Security. He started his business career at Sun Microsystems’ exclusive distributor in Israel, where he was consistently promoted until running the sales organization, growing annual revenue from $10M to $35M.

After Sun, David was the CEO and co-founder of Conduct Ltd., which was acquired by Mercury Interactive, then an S&P 500 Company. David served as VP at Mercury for 2 years, until he co-founded and was the CEO of Certagon, and led it from inception to early sales of over $1M to marquee accounts such as Reuters and Dollar Rent-a-Car. After Certagon David joined Voltaire, where he became VP of Software Business, growing Voltaire’s software revenue from $0.5M to $6M in one year, out of total revenue of $70M.

After Volatire’s acquisition by Mellanox Technologies David became Mellanox VP of Marketing during a hyper-growth period of increasing company’s annual revenue from $260M to $500M.David earned a Computer Science Bachelor degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Tom Westerndorp

Business Development Manager, NVIDIA

As a Business Development Manager of Autonomous Driving at NVIDIA, Tom is responsible for identifying and setting up strategic alliances and partnerships for NVIDIA Automotive in Europe. By enabling partners to work on NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2, an open AI car computing platform, they can accelerate development and production of automated and autonomous vehicles.

Prior to joining NVIDIA Tom has held several positions at TomTom. This included business development in the UK and South Africa as well as bringing together TomTom’s Automotive strategy on Autonomous Driving across the product divisions Maps, Software and Services.

Tom holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Groningen.

Charlie Zhang

VP Industry Development, NIO

Charlie Zhang currently serves as Vice President of Industry Development of NIO Co., Ltd. He is also Executive Board Director of XPT Limited, NIO’s powertrain division and a partner of NIO Capital.

Before joining NIO, Mr. Zhang served as an Executive Manager in automotive software and component companies, including Shandong Tianrun Crankshaft Co., Ltd, Shanghai Aohui Network Technology Co., Ltd, and Shanghai Autocraft Co., Ltd.

Mr. Zhang holds a master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto and obtained on-the-job DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) degree from the University of Washington.

Paul Mascarenas OBE

Independent Director, Business Advisor and Technology Executive

Paul Mascarenas OBE is Chairman of FISITA (UK) Ltd. Previously, he was President and Chairman of the Executive Board of FISITA from 2014 - 2016. Paul is a Member of the Board of Directors at ON Semiconductor and the U.S. Steel Corporation; he is also Special Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners. In 2019, Paul will become President for FISITA Member Society SAE International.

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

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

Dr. Richard Pearson

Automotive Engineering Technical Advisor, BP

Richard is BP’s Automotive Engineering Technical Advisor, based in the Research and Innovation Group within Formulated Products Technology. His work focuses on fore-sighting technical and legislative developments in light- and heavy-duty vehicles and understanding the impact of these changes on the demands on fuels and lubricants. He also studies the interaction of engine performance with fuels and lubricants, characterising the thermodynamic environments which they experience during their pathway through the engine.

Richard has previously held positions at Ricardo Consulting Engineers, in academia, at Manchester University, and at Lotus Engineering, where he was Head of Vehicle Research, before joining BP in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath and Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University. He has co-authored two books on internal combustion engines and has published more than 100 refereed technical papers and book chapters.

Prof. David Greenwood

Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems, WMG, The University of Warwick

David Greenwood is Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems at WMG, The University of Warwick. His research interest spans both product technology and manufacturing technology for batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications. He joined WMG in 2014 from Ricardo UK Ltd where he was Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems leading advanced technology projects in passenger cars, defence, motorsport and the clean energy markets. He holds advisory roles with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), Innovate UK, EPSRC, the APC, and the Faraday Challenge.

Dr. Hermann Pengg

CEO, Audi e-gas Betreibergesellschaft GmbH

Hermann Pengg is CEO of “Audi e-gas Betreibergesellschaft GmbH” and responsible for project management of industrial-scale e-fuels projects. Before that, he built the e-fuels team and headed the lifecycle analysis team. In 2013, his team successfully took into operation the world´s first 6 MW power-to-gas plant.

Before he was hired by Audi in 2012, he held a position as CTO at the startup Solarfuel GmbH (now HZI ETOGAS), Stuttgart, being part of the Audi E-Gas Plant founding team in Germany, 2010. Before that, he built a photovoltaic department for a roofing manufacturer and worked in senior management positions in multinational industrial and consulting companies. He holds a master's degree in Physics at ETH Zurich, a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences at Vienna University of Economics, and a postdoctoral MSc at Vienna Technical University. He has published a scientific book, several scientific papers and a number of articles.  

Iain Wight

Business Development Director, Williams Advanced Engineering

Iain started his career as an electronics engineer, working on aircraft navigation systems, before moving into a commercial role in automotive systems with multinational German engineering company, Bosch. In 1995, he took a step towards motorsport as Sales Manager for the rapidly expanding control and data acquisition company, Pi Research. Following on from there in 2003, Iain was appointed Business Development Director for Ricardo Motorsport moving to the position of Director of Transmission Systems before joining Williams in July 2017.

Iain is also Chairman of the Motorsports Industry Association, having served on the committee since 2010.

Williams Advanced Engineering provides world-class technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to deliver energy-efficient performance to the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, defence and healthcare sectors.