We specially invite KOL’s from all over the world and ask them to present their views, ideas and solutions, dedicated to the most urgent topics of urban mobility. The invited experts cover the wide range of stakeholders in mobile societies and represent politics, industries, commerce, science and citizen interest groups.

The morning sessions are chaired by Dr. Gabriele Wendorf  and Dr. Michael Abraham both from the Center for Technology and Society– Technische Universität Berlin.

Collection of Speakers for the UMD19 (will be complemented regularily)
Michael Abraham

Michael Abraham
Research Fellow at ZTG (Center for Technology and Society), TU Berlin

Michael Abraham, Germany

Panel Sessions Chair

Michael Abraham studied City and Regional Planning at the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin. Supported by a DAAD scholarship, he also spent one year studying architecture, geography and management at Montana State University, USA. Since 2007 he is working as a research fellow at Technische Universität Berlin. Ever since he worked in several European and international projects aiming at promoting sustainable urban mobility. Within this research field he is currently focusing on the process and impact evaluation of transportation measures. His general research interest is oriented towards the testing and assessment of sustainable urban transportation projects and complex strategies as well as towards the identification of transferability criteria of success factors and the corresponding knowledge exchange on an international level. Additionally, he dedicates his activities to general and specific questions related to the conception, implementation, analysis and evaluation of Smart City concepts.

Lukáš Báča

Lukáš Báča
Head of Urban Mobility Unit at Municipality of Brno - Czech Republic

Lukáš Báča

Head of Urban Mobility Unit at Municipality of Brno - Czech Republic

Lukáš Báča studied Social and Regional Geogrpahy at the Masaryk University in Brno. His field of study was transport geography and in year 2014 he defended thesis about alternatives of the Brno – Tuřany Airport development.

In 2015 he started to work in Municipality of Brno as transport specialist in the Department of Transport and he became Head of Urban Mobility Unit in Municipality of Brno in April 2019. His field of work is elaborating and implementing of SUMP for Brno.

Frank Beckmann

Frank Beckmann
Managing Partner & Co-Founder ParkenPropertyPartner, Consultant Smart Parking & Mobility, Hannover

Frank Beckmann, Germany

Keynote Lecturer

Frank Beckmann was CFO and CEO with Q-Park, a leading carpark operator, from 2005-2015. In January 2015 he became international consultant smart parking & mobility as well advisor for investment companies within the parking sector. In August 2017 he started as managing partner & co founder ParkenPropertyPartner providing all parking expertises as one-stop shop to real estate companies.
Previously he worked for over 12 years as CFO in various companies including three years in Asia. Frank Beckmann regularly publishes newsletters on Linkedin about future developments of parking and mobility. He is member of the advisory board of the Medici Institute in India.

Florinda Boschetti

Florinda Boschetti
Senior Project Manager at Polis Network, Brussels - Belgium

Dr. Florinda Boschetti

Florinda Boschetti is a city planner (MSc in Urban, Environmental and Regional Planning from Polytechnic University of Milan, 2001) and earned a Ph.D. in sustainable transport planning in 2009 from University of Brescia, Italy. Her field of expertise is health in transport through walking and cycling, and designing liveable cities.

She is Senior Project Manager at the Polis Network secretariat in Brussels, a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport since 1989, where she’s coordinating Polis working groups on Environment and Health in Transport, and Bikeshare and Micro-mobility.

Florinda is assisting European local authorities and regions in the frame of European co-funded projects with their strategic mobility plans and projects in active mobility and air quality, electromobility and smart grids, transport automation, spatial planning and urban health. She is also the coordinator and programme manager of 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans organised by the European Commission and the Eltis platform in Gronigen on 17-18 June 2019.

On behalf of Polis and its members, Florinda is acting as Focal point of UNECE-WHO's Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), and is a member of THE PEP Partnership on Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling, and THE PEP Partnership on the Integration of Transport, Health and Environmental Objectives into Urban and Spatial Planning (co-leaders: Russian Federation and France).

Florinda has over 15 years’ experience working in the field across academia, the public sector and network organisationsand liaising with public officials, national and international stakeholders. Before moving to Brussels 10 years ago, she has worked as an urban planner in the public sector in Italy.

Antonio Cantalapiedra Asensio

Antonio Cantalapiedra Asensio
Founder & CEO Woonivers, Madrid - Spain

Antonio Cantalapiedra Asensio

Founder & CEO Woonivers (Fintech/Travel tech startup) - Private Investor – MBA Professor – Serial entrepreneur- Mobility Advisor

Degree in Comunication & Public Relations from Universidad Complutense, MBA ICADE Business School, Master in Law & Political Science (Spanish Presidential Minister, CEPC), Degree in International Relations (Diplomatic School of Spain), AMP- Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business), GAMP - ESADE Business School.

Has given classes and lectures of Marketing & Economics in prestigious universities as Endicott College (Boston), IE Business School (Entrepreneurial Lab), ESADE Business School (Barcelona), Harvard University (Boston), ICADE Business School, UCLM University, Antonio de Nebrija University (Madrid), UNED, GBS (Global Business School- Barcelona), UNIR University and EUDE Business School (Madrid) and so on.

  • He´s also shareholder and Board member of the following startups:
  • Iomob (Blockchain Mobility)
  • MadeinMöbile (Internet of Things)
  • Capaball (Machine Learning for Education)
  • Balandra Software (Artificial Intelligence)- Gartner cool Vendor
  • Binfluencer (Machine Learning PR Company)

Moreover, Mentor and International Speaker as part of the Founder Institute (Silicon Valley, USA), Porsche Connected Car Accelerator Start-up Program, IE Venture Lab and Senior Advisor on Mobility and Smart Cities for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).

Actually Founder of Woonivers (Blockchain)- Travel TechFintech company- VC backed with almost 2M euros seed round –Founded in 2018-Launch February 2019.

Specialist in International Relations with special focus on e-commerce-ridesharing, carsharing and Blockchain; author of many releases as Los smartphones como "aceleradores" del proceso de reservas de viajes en China en el Libro Blanco del turismo chino en España: Conocimientos y experiencias (ISBN 978-84-9727-580-5) and “El libro del Comercio Electrónico”, 2017.

Besides, he´s been working for conglomerates as Blackberry (Southern Europe Field Marketing Director based in London) and GfK (London) and also as International Area Director as well for busuu.com (the e-learning languages start-up) based in London.

Antonio is well known lately in Southern Europe as CEO and part of the founding team of mytaxi app (currently Free Now) till July 2017. mytaxi is the first free Taxi App to order and pay via Smartphone. In September 2014, moovel GmbH, subsidiary of Daimler, acquired mytaxi to be part of Daimler AG – Mercedes Benz Group.

Mustapha Chaoune

Mustapha Chaoune
General Secretary of the Moroccan Union of Transport Professionals (SMPT), Casablanca - Morocco

Mustapha Chaoune

Bachelor's degree in private law with 20 years’ experience in transport and logistics, he is the founder and Manager of DIBLO TRANS – CONSULTING, a company responsible for commercial taxi operation in Casablanca, and transport project development across Africa. As an active expert in the development of urban mobility and logistics, Mr Chaoune leads a number of organizations in Morocco and across Africa. These includes as Secretary General of the Moroccan Union of Transport Professionals (SMPT), National Secretary General of the Democratic Organization of Transport Professionals ODPT, President of the African Union of Transport and Logistics Organizations (UAOTL). Mr Chaoune is also a member of several Boards of organizations relating to transport, these includes; Executive Board of the World Union of Transport, Communication and Fisheries, and Member of World Bank Africa Sustainable Transport Policy Program (SSATP). He is married and have two children.



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Raluca Fiser

Raluca Fiser
President at Green Revolution Association (environmental NGO) & Vice President – Board Member of the European Cyclists Federation

Raluca Fiser

President at Green Revolution Association (environmental NGO)

Vice President – board member of the European Cyclists Federation

Raluca founded in 2009 Green Revolution Association, the first Romanian NGO of urban ecology that implements measures underlying the building of a green city. Expert in strategic management and communication, she is coordinating CSR projects for more than 7 years. As Managing Partner. In 2007 she launched the first Romanian media organization on environmental business and legislation, called Green Report.

She is also responsible for business development and implementation, strategy & communication, liaison with partners and strategic networks including governments, industry and civil society as well as securing the NGO’s funding. Direct responsible of the NGO result and communication strategies.

Developer and operator of the Ivelo (www.ivelo.ro) bike-sharing projects.

Dieter Flämig

Dieter Flämig
CEO INFRAMobility-Dianba GmbH, Berlin - Germany

Prof. Dr. Dieter Flämig

University degree in Industrial Engineering (mechanical engineering) and Dr.rer.oec.

at the Technical University of Berlin (1977 and 1982)

State Secretary (retired) to the Governing Mayor of Berlin and first spokesperson of

the reunited Berlin (until 1992)

Honorary Professor at Sofia University (Faculty of Economics and Business

Administration) since 2010 and author (last book: “Think further: from the energy

turnaround to sustainability”, 2016)

11 years of leadership experience as state executive (focus: economic and labor

market affairs, political communication)

28 years of consulting and management experience in the international, national

and local infrastructure development sector (in 2014/2015: expert-member of the

German Enquete-commission “Neue Energien für Berlin” (New Energies for Berlin))

Secretary-General of the expert advisory board at the ministers council of the GDR

(conversion strategies) in 1990

Co-founder and chairperson of INFRANEU (German main association for

infrastructures and sustainability) since 1994 and head of management of CHINA

GATE BERLIN since 2005

Co-founder of INFRAWIND EURASIA and president since 2008 (official strategic

partner of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES) and partner of China

Power International/CPINE)

Academic Vice President/President of the international platform "Academic

Organisation for Advancement of Strategic and International Studies" since 2012

Winner of a World Green Design Product Award for the “Green Health City”-project

in 2015 and of the Green Design International Contribution Award for the book

“Think further” in 2016

Former member or member of e.g. board of the German Federal Employment

Agency, German ZDF Television Council, supervisory boards of housing

associations and infrastructure companies (advisory council of the new green

energy-supplier “Berliner Stadtwerke” (Berlin City Enterprises) since 2014)

Member of the Expert Panel of APA NOVA Bucharest since its inauguration in 2001

Vice-chairman of the advisory council of the Berlin City Enterprises since 2017

Head of the advisory council of Berlin INFRAMoblity-Dianba, a Chinese-German EMobility-

Joint Venture, and General Manager of 10. Windpark, an awarded

Chinese-German wind-power-farm in Dortmund.


Thorsten Försterling

Thorsten Försterling
Innovation Manager, Winner of the "German Mobility Award" - Bielefeld, Germany

Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Försterling

Innovation Manager

Dipl.-Ing., Born in 1966, is innovation manager in Bielefeld-Sennestadt and city In 2007 he was co-founder of alberts.architekten BdA - Office for Social Tailured Architecture, 2014 - 2018 he was „Sanierungsmanager (KfW-432)“‘ of the climate district Sennestadt. Furthermore he is busy with mobility projects. Since the beginning of 2019 he is engaged in city developing in Horn, a medieval city close to the Externsteine. He is also busy with village development: For the project Jugend unter Dampf in Lippischer Extertal, he received the Culture Prize of the German economy. In 2017 he developed the magazine "Ort und Stelle - Osterwald taucht auf". Now he has been awarded the German Mobility Award for the innovation "MonoCab", gyroscopically stabilized monocaps on Rural Railways.

Sebastian Heise

Sebastian Heise
COO at Graphmasters, Hannover - Germany

Sebastian Heise

Sebastian is a senior developer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in software development. He studied Computer Science and Digital Media in Bremen (Germany). He has published numerous research papers in the field of semantic audio analysis, graphics processing and human-machine interaction (HCI). His visionary ideas regarding HCI and sound analysis have been recognized with several awards and have already led to the foundation of three startups. Renowned corporations such as VW, Audi, ABB Industrial and LIDL as well as high-tech companies like UJAM.com and Winterstein Production have relied on his extensive knowledge and experience.

In 2013, the idea for a revolutionary navigation and routing system was born: using AI and a collaborative method, i. e. a swarm intelligence, routes for individual vehicles are selected in such a way that traffic jams are avoided before they occur. With Graphmasters, he now supports cities and federal states in traffic management measures and implements dynamic fleet planning for well-known logistics companies.

Meike Jipp

Meike Jipp
Head of the "Human-Factors" Department at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

PD Dr. Meike Jipp

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transportation Systems

Meike Jipp is head of the "Human-Factors" Department and acting head of the "Testing" Department of the Institute of Transportation Systems of the German Aerospace Center. She is also an associate professor at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

Meike Jipp studied psychology at Mannheim University (Germany) and Carleton University (Canada). After she received her PhD in 2008, she became a postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University, where she established the research group "Adaptive Human-Technology Systems". Since 2010, she has been at the German Aerospace Center, where she first acted as a researcher and project manager at the Institute of Flight Guidance and then became leader of the group "Driver Cognition and Modelling" at the Institute of Transportation Systems. In 2015, she became head of the Human-Factors Department.

Meike Jipp authored more than 70 journal articles and peer-reviewed papers in international conference proceedings. She is also a member of the German Psychological Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Technical Committee on Human-Machine Systems of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Her research interests are in human state identification


Sven Kindervater

Sven Kindervater
CMO citkar GmbH - Germany

Sven Kindervater

CMO citkar GmbH, Berlin

As a former coach and trainer for foundation and reorientation, with a lot of experience in politics and public relations, he leads the areas of marketing and strategy at citkar, the platform for urban mobility and manufacturer of the Loadster. His focus is the development of strategies for online and offline models in the areas of customer acquisition, product development, communication and financing.

Manfred Kupka

Manfred Kupka
BRICs Real Estate Advisors, Managing Partner

Dr. Manfred Kupka

Keynote Lecturer

Dr. Manfred Kupka is managing partner of BRICs Real Estate Advisors, a consultancy firm providing real estate services in the emerging markets. One main focus is residential real estate in India in today’s times of government initiatives promoting urban development including smart cities, and the housing sector. Manfred first travelled to India in 2005 for reasons of investing in Mumbai’s container terminal and since then has been doing business in India. Before starting BRICS Real Estate Advisors, Manfred was a managing director with HCI Capital and head of the multi-manager and infrastructure business. Among the most successful products was a private equity fund investing in the BRICS and N-11 countries. Manfred started his career with an international accounting firm and later was head of investment finance structures at a private wealth manager. Manfred has over 25 years of professional experience, over 10 years of it in China, India, Brazil, Russia, Korea and Mexico. Trained as a lawyer, Manfred also holds a PhD and a postgraduate degree in real estate portfolio management. He is a frequent speaker at international industry conferences.


Zeina Nazer

Zeina Nazer
Smart Mobility Advisor, Researcher, United Kingdom

PhD Zeina Nazer P.E., MBA

Smart Mobility Advisor, Researcher

Zeina Nazer (British/ Lebanese) has 23 years of global experience in strategy, consulting, M&A support, research, and platform development at firms including KPMG, Parsons, Jacobs and AECOM. As a leading Advisor for governments and major global players in Intelligent Mobility, Sustainable Transport, Smart Cities, energy, and the public sector, Zeina specializes in driving Corporate Planning, Commercial Due Diligence, Growth Strategy, Sales Improvement, Operations Excellence and Cost Reduction in the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia and USA.

As ITS Arab Secretary General, Zeina has contributed to standards development of transport systems worldwide for ISO and managed the delivery of several advisory services contracts to public sector in the MENA region. After 7 years working in USA, in 2005 Zeina moved to London to lead international consultancy work with Arcadis for M25 Design-Build Integral Demand Management. Zeina also provided support to financial design of the New Zealand Toll System project with Deloitte, supported Booz & Co in the PMO for Abu Dhabi DOT and played a major role in shaping the future of transport for Dubai Government.

Zeina founded Innova Consulting Ltd (ICL) in London in 2007, specialising in intelligent transport systems (ITS) engineering and consulting services for the public and private sectors.

Zeina was the chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Working Group on ITS Systems Architecture, contributing to standards development of transport systems.

Zeina served as the Director on the Board of Women in Transportation in the USA.

A keynote speaker, author and presenter of over 100 papers presented at international conferences, as well as a contributor to both business and industry press.

Ksenija Ostriž

Ksenija Ostriž
Deputy Mayor, City of Koprivnic - Croatia

Ksenija Ostriž

Deputy Mayor, City of Koprivnica

B.Sc.Econ. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics, field: marketing, 1990 – 1996.

Professor of economics, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, field: pedagogy, 1998. – 2000.


Deputy Mayor, City of Koprivnica, 08/2017. – present

  • Main fields: economy, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, culture and creative industries

Headmaster, Secondary School Koprivnica, 01/2013. – 08/2017.

  • Organization and controlling of classes and teaching quality, school management, HR management, creation of school extracurricular activities, project managment

Deputy Headmaster, Secondary School Koprivnica, 06/2006. – 01/2013.

  • Organization of classes, lifelong education organization and management, EU project design and management

CEO, Business Incubator Koprivnica, Member of the Board, Regional Development Agency North, 05/2005 – 06/2006.

  • Establishment of first business public incubator in Koprivnica for start-ups, project design, organization of trainings for entrepreneurs, participation in workgroup for design of city strategy

Professor of economics, Secondary school Koprivnica, 11/1996. – 05/2005.


Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of economy and entrepreneurship, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Agency for Mobility and EU, Courses and professional training in teaching, management, project management and public management 1997. – 2017. , Zagreb, Croatia

State school for public management, Local and regional development management, Public procurement and budget controlling, Public relations, Leadership, 2017. – 2019., Zagreb, Croatia

Arndt Pechstein

Arndt Pechstein
Agile Coach, Founder and Managing Partner of phi360

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Agile Coach | Management Consultant | Business Culture Catalyst

Arndt is an energetic blend of a scientist, serial entrepreneur, business coach, restless athlete, and passionate human being.
Arndt holds a PhD in neuroscience, a diploma in biochemistry & biotechnology, and has specialist backgrounds in Biomimicry (bio-inspired innovation), Agile Coching & Design Thinking (user-centered innovation), Circular Economy, and organizational development. As founder and managing partner of the boutique consultancy phi360 and founder & director of the Biomimicry Germany Think Tank, he advises companies and organizations on agile transition, innovation, adaptive leadership, new work, bio-inspired disruptive innovation, and a new digital mindset. Arndt’s mission is shaping a just, sustainable, and desirable future.

He combines technical and analytical knowledge with human behavior and creative approaches to drive change and innovation and has successfully led numerous change projects.
Arndt is also an inspiring keynote and TEDx speaker. As a multi-award-winning entrepreneur his transformative work is applied in SMEs and corporates across all sectors. Arndt is a black belt in various martial arts, passionate breakdancer, climber, outdoor enthusiast, and he teaches parkour.

Pascal Roux

Pascal Roux
President of MDP Consulting, France

Pascal Roux

President of MDP Consulting

After securing the function of Business Engineer, he managed multiple medium-size companies always with the overall objective of a distinction and an organizational innovation in companies. In 2010, Pascal acquired MDP Consulting and became its President. He brings all his passion to confirm the uniqueness of the Cabinet and to bring its customers the assurance of special consideration and professional. He anchors the complementary components of competence Tourism Engineering and Urban Planning.

In 2011, MDP became an Affiliate Member of the World Tourism Organization. MDP Consulting has now an international dimension and reputation allowing the firm to broaden its thinking.

Tourism economies make the territories to grow with their own rooted features. Pascal's passion is to reveal and enhance those ones.

Urban organizations are the bed of so many challenges for the ability of humans to be able to live in sustainable and smart surroundings… Merging his alpine style of flying via cable cars, and his vision of planning out of the box, Pascal travels the world to design and promote the way to investigate the 3rd dimension and take a ride of cable propelled transit solution to smartly over cross any mobility issues.

Pascal is regularly invited to participate in lectures, workshops and conferences throughout the world with a focus on innovation planning, and how organizations and ideas impact destinations. Also, he makes sustainability and strategic prospective a key topic of his talks.

Pascal has worked throughout the world cities and destinations. He understands multicultural views and models. He is a native French and speaks English.

Luca Silipo

Luca Silipo
Manager of the GEODIS World Lab, Berlin - Germany

Luca Silipo

Luca has started his career in finance after a post-grad in Geneva. As an economist and then a Chief economist for investment banks he has lived in London, Milan, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong. After fifteen years in the industry, he moved to the real sector. He has created and currently manages the GEODIS World Lab, a multi-disciplinary research department in charge of providing top-down strategic inputs to the board of one of the global largest supply chain corporations. Aside from his long-standing love affair with music – also as an amateur composer and conductor – he has been increasingly interested about social, economic, and environmental sustainability. He has published a book, On Proximity, about the potential of objects to constantly remind to us the importance of society, invested as they are with the social meaning of their production, their use, and their disposal. Luca currently lives in Berlin.

Uwe Stahn

Uwe Stahn
Inventor and CEO of Synchrotrain - Germany

Uwe Stahn

Inventor of SynchroTrain

Uwe Stahn is a trained electronics technician with several years of practical experience as an electrical mechanic in the maintenance of an automatic factory. At the same time he studied technical cybernetics and automation technology for 2 semesters in distance learning and then changed to a direct study of information technology in mechanical engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin. He then worked for several years as a freelance designing engineer and software developer. In addition to his work as a systems analyst, he has been involved in the optimization of transport systems since 1999. In 2006 the worldwide patented solution "synchrotrain" was developed.

Synchrotrain is a centrally controlled personal rapid transit (PRT) system on the existing infrastructure - railway track - with a planned average speed of up to 200km/h. It thus has the capacity of a motorway with 13 lanes in each direction or 15 times the capacity of today's rail. So far, several functional models (1:12, 1:24) and a simple prototype (1:1) have been developed, as well as a circuit with overhead contact line for the 1:24 models on which all driving manoeuvres and control can be tested.

Anthony Townsend

Anthony Townsend
Author "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia"

Dr. Anthony Townsend, USA

Evening Keynote on Visionary Mobility

Dr. Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on urbanization and digital technology. He is the founder of Bits and Atoms, a smart cities strategy consultancy and planning studio that works with industry, government and philanthropy on economic development, digital placemaking, and strategic technology forecasting. His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013. In 2001, Anthony co-founded NYCwireless, a pioneer in the community and municipal wireless movement. His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013. Anthony holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Bits and Atoms LLC www.bitsandatoms.net

Professional site www.anthonymobile.com

Twitter @anthonymobile

Paul Vorster

Paul Vorster
CEO Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa

Paul Forster

CEO Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa

Paul has served as CEO of ITS South Africa since its establishment in 2001. He is a Founder Member of the ITS Africa Working group, together with ITS Ethiopia and ITS Nigeria. He has served as the host of the biennial i-Transport Conference and Exhibition. This event will next be hosted in October 2010 rebranded as the Smart Mobility Conference. He has been an active member of the ITS Policy Committee of the International Road Federation (IRF) and served on the panel of advisors to the Gauteng Transport Commission. He is an advocate for the Smart City concept, with emphasis on smart mobility. Paul has been invited to speak on multiple international forums, including at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and several ITS World Congresses.

Stéphane Barbier

Stéphane Barbier

Stéphane Barbier, France

Keynote Speaker

Stéphane is currently CDO – Chief Development Officer - of TRANSPOLIS - a smart city lab - in charge of marketing, communication, business development and the fundraising activity. Prior to that, he was deputy CEO of STUDIOSANTE a fast-growing healthcare company specialized in home healthcare services. He ran the strategic development and the global operations. 

Stéphane has had a varied and exciting career. He has been Senior Director of Business Development at INVESTINLYON and General Secretary of the WORLD TRADE CENTER LYON. In his involvement in international business development, Stéphane led many strategic operations :

  • he advised innovative startups and Fortune 500 companies start their business in France with a focus on the healthcare and cleantech sectors,
  • he helped bringing talents to Lyon to make it one of the most attractive cities in Europe for the creative class,
  • he worked closely with the finance industry - PE and Sovereign Wealth Funds from the GCC countries - to support strategic urban projects.

Stéphane started his career as Marketing Director for OTIO France, a French high-tech startup for which he set promotional and marketing actions to launch several new products and holds a Master's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Lyon and has received training in Strategic Management from EML the Lyon Business School.

As General Secretary of the WORLD TRADE CENTER LYON, member of the World Trade Centers Association in NYC, Stéphane turned a non-profit association into a profitable private company with a major real estate project. Prior to that, Stéphane ran INNOVEXPERT to boost the consulting activity for SMEs and tech companies. Stéphane co-founded PARTNERS Consulting in 1996. During 7 years as CEO, he focused on strategy and business development with international clients. At this time, Stéphane was convinced that the humanities should be better combined with technology to face new innovation challenges.

He is also a Board member of HARA (Health Angels Rhône-Alpes), the regional network of healthcare business angels.

Gabriele Wendorf

Gabriele Wendorf
Director of the ZTG (Center for Technology and Society), TU Berlin - Germany

Gabriele Wendorf, Germany

Panel Sessions Chair

Gabriele Wendorf is the scientific director for the ZTG (Centre for Technology and Society) at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). She was previously a Vice President of TU Berlin and visiting professor at the Chair of Designing, Architecture and Urban Development in Global Relations. Her background is a rich mix of economics, applied science and urban development.

In addition to her long academic career, Wendorf cofounded and served as CEO of the Association for Applied Programming (Gesellschaft für anwendungsorientierte Programmierung GAP mbH)

She studied Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in Civil Engineering a TU Berlin.

Emmanuel John

Emmanuel John
Director, Transportation Growth Initiative, Abuja - Nigeria

Emmanuel John, Nigeria

Keynote Lecturer

Emmanuel John holds a Master’s Degree in Transport and Logistics and he is the Director of Strategy of Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI), a non-governmental Organization focused on transport research, human resource development and networking, which membership is composed of private transport companies, government ministries & agencies relating to transportation, research institutes, Universities, Civil Societies and individuals with interest in transportation. Prior to this, he had worked with Government of Nigeria at the Federal Road Safety Corps for 20 years as a transport and road safety expert and was involved in the development of many national road safety initiatives and policies. He is also the Series Director of the TGI’s annual International Transportation Conference which network African transportation experts, decision makers and practitioners. Emmanuel is the Coordinator of Transport Research and Projects of the Africa Union of Transport and Logistics Organization, a continental body composed of transport organizations, academics and other technocrats from 26 Africa countries. Emmanuel has been involved in the coordination of many sustainable urban mobility initiatives in Nigeria and in Africa including #OpenStreetsAbuja, activities marking the World Bicycle Day, Development of the first draft national Cycling Policy and Strategy, the annual Sustainable Urban Mobility Course for Africa, holding in Abuja, amongst others. He has authored six books among which are “The Future of Urban Mobility in Nigeria: Mitigating the Impact of Population Growth on Urban Mobility” and “Non Motorised Transportation in Developing Countries”. He is a chattered Engineer, regular keynote speaker, Radio/TV commentator, and Corporate Member of the Chattered Institute of Transport and Logistics, UK.