Web Congress Keynote Session

The FISITA Web Congress 2020 is hosting a free-to-attend online keynote session on 24 November. This session features speakers from Future Matters, Porsche Engineering, the Aspen Institute and Škoda Auto.

The programme is open to anyone free of charge upon registration. Information how to connect to the live Keynote session will be available soon.

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Christoph Gümbel

Senior analyst and partner at Future Matters


Speed Matters in Vehicle Development and the specific
role of CAE


Christoph Gümbel is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Stuttgart University and joined Porsche AG as a software engineer for cybernetics and realtime computing in 1979. Until the end of 2016 he was director Virtual Vehicle at Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach. He is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in digital prototyping and applied simulation methods for design and functional verification in the vehicle development process. 

Furthermore he was the driving force in the start-up of three enterprises in Germany and abroad. These companies are successfully working in the areas of high performance computing, computer aided engineering and methods for numerical simulation to this day.
Today, he works as a consultant for virtual development processes. Since 2017 he is partner at future matters located in Switzerland, one of Europes leading future research institutes. Focus of his work is on automotive engineering trends, future mobility and digital prototyping. He is steering committee member of the Graz Virtual Vehicle Symposium (GSVF) and of IPG’s Apply and Innovate Symposium. He is member of the administrative board of Juice Technology in Switzerland, one of the leading companies for mobile charging devices as well as co-founder of a SR-advanced simulated reality GmbH, developing and producing compact driving simulators.

Dirk Lappe

Technical Director Porsche Engineering


Digital transformation in the automotive industry


Born: April 6, 1963 in Northeim/Han
1983-1989 Electrical engineering studies TU Braunscheweig
1989-1996 Robert Bosch GmbH, research and advance development
1996-1998 Bosch Telecom GmbH, Head of pre-development
1998-2002 Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH, General Manager Strategic Programs
2002-2009 Porsche Engineering Services GmbH, Director Electrics/Electronics
Since 2009 Porsche Eingineering Services GmbH/Porsche Eingineering Group GmbH, Managing Director

Ivan Hodáč

President of Aspen Institute Central Europe, Former Secretary General ACEA


The Automotive Industry: What next?


Ivan Hodáč is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Central Europe. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He was among other a member of a special Advisory Group of experts, which was advising  the European Commission in negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States (TTIP), and an advisor to the Czech Government on European issues. He is also a Senior advisor at Teneo CabinetDN, a leading consultancy on the EU. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies). 

Martin Hrdlička

Head of Chassis and Powertrain Development at ŠKODA AUTO a. s.


Mobility and Powertrains in context

 Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1992. In 2002 he obtained an MBA degree from North Carolina’s Pfeiffer University and in 2006 he earned his doctorate from the Ostrava Technical University

1992 Mercedes Benz AG, Stuttgart – Research / Development commercial vehicles, trucks
1993 – 1995 Škoda automobilová a.s.
Design Engineer - specialist in traction control systems
1995 – 1996 VW AG, Wolfsburg
Specialist in chassis development
From 1996 ŠKODA AUTO a. s., Technical Development
Various positions:
- Assistant Department Manager – brake systems (1996 – 2001)
- Simultaneous Engineering Team Manager of Chassis Development for FABIA and SUPERB (1997 – 2001)
- Department Manager, powertrain integration development (2001 – 2005)
- Department Manager, chassis development (2005 – 2008)
- Head of chassis and powertrain development (since 2008)

Member of
- Scientific Council of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague
- State Examination Board of the Czech Technical University in Prague
- Scientific Council of the Research Centre of the Technical University in Plzeň
- Board of Directors of Doctoral studies in Production Machines and Design department of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Technical University of Ostrava
- Czech Automobile Society
- Assessment Committee of the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education
- Charmain of the Board of Education of the Dr. Josef Pekař Secondary School Mladá Boleslav
- Endowment Fund of ŠKODA AUTO
- Climate Commission
- Council of the bachelor's study program Industrial Management Škoda Auto University