Carlos Murguia was affiliated with the Dynamics and Control group at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he pursued a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has served as postdoctoral research fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Singapore); the University of Melbourne (Australia); and the University of California (USA), Los Angeles. During his time as postdoctoral fellow, he held visiting scientist positions at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin (UTAUS), and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). As of March 2020, Carlos Murguia is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His main research strengths and interests are in nonlinear dynamics and control, distributed dynamical systems, fault isolation/mitigation, and en Marliersecurity and privacy of cyber-physical systems with applications to cooperative mobility and robotics.
The OVV report “Who Steers?” advised the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management to ensure that Human Factors would be put on the agenda of the UNECE. Since then, Rino Brouwer has represented the Netherlands on this topic within EU and UNECE legislative processes. In addition, Rino Brouwer initiates research on how the interaction between an automated vehicle and user will become part of the type of approval.
Arno Volker studied Applied Physics at TU Delft. After graduation, he joined TNO in 1997, where he was mainly engaged in a PhD research project. In 2002 he obtained his PhD (cum laude) in this research at TU Delft. At TNO, Arno works on the development of industrial ultrasonic measurement systems for various applications including inspection and material characterization. He is currently a senior scientist in the acoustics and sonar department of TNO.
Viktor Haase, graduate biologist, has in-depth knowledge in the field of sustainable development, climate change adaption and environmental economics. As State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Nature and Transport North Rhine-Westphalia since June 2022, he has been driving the further development of a sustainable mobility system.
“We have to seize the opportunities offered by digitisation and connection of all mobility services, because the environment, people and goods need smart, sustainable mobility. Together with our network partners in the region, I am working on the mobility of the future in order to further develop the environment, nature and transport as a triad.”
Niek Prins works as a Smart Mobility consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV. His areas of focus include automated driving, futureproof infrastructure, mobility data, smart asset management and AI-aided road safety assessments, as well as innovations in mobility and traffic management. With a background in policy science and a broad experience in traffic projects and product development, Niek Prins aims to bridge the gaps between strategy and operation as well as organization and external (technological) developments, helping clients to assess the implications of changes and to create tangible results.
Erik Regterschot is a leading professional in sustainable mobility for Royal HaskoningDHV: an international engineering and consultancy firm. He has a broad experience in the urban mobility transition and his main focus is on liveable cities. In his current position Erik is responsible for various low emission zones (LEZ) and zero emission zones (ZEZ) in the Netherlands and abroad. His core business is to create projects, build public-private coalitions and secure political decision-making. He is program leader of the national implementation program for Zero Emission Zones in 30 Dutch cities and works for several municipalities on the realization of zero emission cities.
You can do two things when something is annoying: either accept it or try to do something about it. Bob Randsdorp chooses the latter. Time is precious and standing still in traffic is not what he likes to do. His professional career so far is about improving mobility together, fighting traffic and coming up with new smart solutions to increase the efficient usage of our modes of transportation and road network. With +20 years of experience and currently as Director Business Development Smart Mobility Software at Royal HaskoningDHV he helps all sorts of mobility stakeholders to ease their lives during their daily commute, professional business or traffic management with intelligent transportation solutions.
Yoram Meijaard graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology with a master’s degree in Information Security Technology. As of 2020 Yoram works as cybersecurity consultant at TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. His main research focus is cybersecurity of critical cyber-physical systems, for example digitally controlled vehicles and mobility systems.
In addition to her studies in Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology, Louise de Laat is the team lead of the ZEM project at TU/ecomotive. As a twenty-four years old young woman, she is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Within this student team, she is involved with the innovation and the statistical point of view of the newest car. “Shaping the future of sustainable mobility together is what I admire to do with the organizations and industries which are willing to get involved with our CO2 neutral vision. Last year we really embraced the ambitions of a net-zero future and push this future to a broader public, international, and national-based. I would like to bring people, from different backgrounds and organizations closer together, so that they work more collaboratively with each other on a greener future”.
Espedito Rusciano is a senior Advisor in Dutch Vehicle Authority (RDW). He is Technical leader of Expert team of the Applied Innovation department of RDW. He is involved in several working group at UNECE level on ADS. Espedito is co-chair of the VMAD SG3 group that develops guidelines for Auditing of SMS, assessment and In-service monitoring and reporting of ADS at UNECE/GRVA level. His previous experience comes from Aerospace Industry where he was involved on the development of guidelines on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and on development and Testing of RPAS and fighter aircrafts. He has a M.Sc. in Aerospace engineering and a master’s in business and Administration.
Werner Suppan graduated in Material Sciences from Motanuiversität Leoben. Before his role as vice president research and development tubes and sections, Werner Suppan was managing director, production manager, and quality manager at voetstalpine Krems.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ali U. Peker, CEO, Adastec Corp. (B.Sc. 1991, M.Sc. 1993, Ph.D. 2017 Computer Engineering, at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul) has 30+ years of experience in software development. He has experience in large-scale system integration projects in the public and private sectors. He started as a software designer and became a software architect at Nortel. (1992-1995). After that, he became the software development director at GISMAP Inc., responsible for GIS applications (1997-1999). In the year 2000, he became vice president of Infotech. He was the CEO of Infotech till 2018. Together with his five partners, he founded ADASTEC Corp, an autonomous driving software company for public transportation, in San Francisco, USA. His Ph.D. is titled “Digital map and GNSS fusion to enhance localization for intelligent vehicle applications.” His research interests focus on location-based technologies, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles.
Kristian Winge is CEO of Sycada. He was born in Denmark, spent his childhood years in Greenland and now lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Kristian Winge has dedicated his professional life to develop and implement technology with impact. Sycada develops technology that accelerates the decarbonization of our transportation needs. Sycada has been involved in several European innovation projects in zero-emission transport, covering buses, trucks and light commercial vehicles. Sycada is currently introducing advanced AI-based solutions for energy usage predictions and optimized fleet and charge planning.
Gwen van Vugt is a professional generalist that loves to stitch technical and commercial worlds together, backed up by an educational background in both technology and business studies. He has a natural curiosity to new technologies and is always on the quest for business opportunities. Gwen van Vugt is a relationship builder who makes realistic promises and delivers on them.
His professional experience in large international companies taught him to work in a structural manner and with perseverance to reach medium and long term goals. Having a vision, setting targets, working hard in a team to reach them and finally generate commercial success with satisfied loyal customers is what makes him move every day.
Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi did his master’s and PhD in theoretical elementary particle physics. After that he worked as a researcher at the University of Munich and at Shell Research & Technology Center Amsterdam. Next to this, Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi has been a member of different supervisory boards. Before working at TNO, he was the director of Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and General Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Ivo Cré is director for Policy and Projects at POLIS, the network of cities and regions for innovation in urban mobility. In addition, Ivo Cré is coordinating POLIS’ activities on access looking at regulations, services and infrastructures that enable access to cities. In this regard, he is active in EU research and innovation projects and advocacy relating to public transport, access regulations, parking and digitalization of these aspects. Before joining POLIS in 2006, he worked at EUROCITIES, and was an advisor to a Member of the European Parliament and the Belgian Federal minister for Environment.
Harm Weken is since 1995 managing Partner of FIER Automotive & Mobility, a business development company in the automotive sector, with since 2012 a 100% focus at zero emission mobility. He is co-founder of GoodMoovs.com, the largest all electric business-to-business car sharing program in the Netherlands.
Philipp Wünderlich has spent years to understand battery technology from the nanoscale to the Gigafactory level. Now, he is helping clients by transferring the insights from battery science and engineering into the market.
Klaus Feldmann is the Chief Technical Officer of sustainability & e-Mobility Offers and Solutions for the Automotive industry supporting customers in their path to carbon neutrality across their products and footprints and service to fight against climate change and contribute to a decarbonized economy.
Pedro Gomes worked as a researcher in the Air Quality Group of CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research at NOVA University and later at AGENEAL, Local Energy Management Agency of Almada in the fields of energy efficiency, GHG emission mitigation and sustainable mobility. He is responsible for several key topics, including AFIR, EPDB, EV charging infrastructure (including smart charging/grid connections), Clean Vehicles Directive implementation, and Sustainable Transport, and is currently working on several EU-funded projects (APOLLO, CleanMobilEnergy, eCharge4Drivers, SOLUTIONSplus, EAFO3.0). He leads on the Clean Vehicles & Air Quality Working Group.
Keynote: “Application of data analytics and expert systems for effective battery management”
Gerhard Meister is Vice President, Business Field Electrification at AVL List GmbH. In this role he holds the responsibility for portfolio strategy and the global business in electrified propulsion systems development. After graduating from his Master studies in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics from the Technical University, Graz, Austria in 1999, he moved in 2000 to the US for over seven years where he worked for AVL in different roles in engineering and sales. Most recently, before starting his latest role in October 2021, Gerhard has launched the operations for AVL’s powertrain engineering division in Italy including the xEV and Smart Vehicle Tech Center in Cavriago (RE) where BEV and HEV propulsion systems are developed for the Italian and international customer base. Gerhard Meister possesses strong experience in powertrain development, business strategy and business development. His interest is in developing sustainable technology platforms for the transportation industry.
Arturo Tejada holds Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and MSc. and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (2006), where he specialized in hybrid system theory. He is the author of over 40 scientific publications in top peer-reviewed conferences and journals. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Integrated Vehicle Safety department of TNO, where he supports OEMs and regulators in certifying and monitoring the safe behavior of automated vehicles in traffic.
Jan-Pieter Paardekooper is a research scientist at the department of Integrated Vehicle Safety at TNO and research fellow at the department of Artificial Intelligence of the Radboud University. His research interests are in the application of AI and Machine Learning techniques to self-driving vehicles, which include scenario-based safety assessment using naturalistic driving data, prediction of road user behaviour, and working towards controllable, explainable and responsible AI.
As an avid advocate of secure open data exchange, Menno Malta started Monotch in 2015 with Paul Potters. Monotch realizes safe, smart and sustainable mobility by connecting data, services and transactions. Together Paul Potters and Menno Malta developed the Traffic Live Exchange Platform (TLEX), in which real-time data flows are used in all kinds of applications in the entire mobility ecosystem. In 2019, Monotch was awarded the Automotive Innovation Award, the Automotive Brand Contest Award at IAA Frankfurt, and Monotch was among the best mobility start-ups of the EU Startup Prize. Monotch is also involved in renowned European mobility projects such as Talking Traffic, Intercor, CONCORDA and NordicWay 3.
The last 15 years Laurens Lapré has worked on Intelligent Transport Systems and Mobility, both from the public perspective as from the private supplier side. For the automotive industry, he helped in shaping their first connected services portfolios. For the Dutch government, he is actively involved in the development of Smart Mobility Services and large scale integration projects for national infrastructure authorities. He is frequently asked to partake in governmental expert sessions.
Maurice Geraets is Co-CEO NXP Semiconductors Netherlands. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT and electronics industry and works at NXP Semiconductors since 2002. In his current position he focuses on disruptive innovations for ‘secure connections for a smarter world’. This concerns e.g. intelligent transport systems (ITS) and automated driving. Next to his role at NXP, Maurice Geraets is active in the governance of the 1 billion Euro Dutch SmartwayZ program, is board member of several associations on automotive and mobility, is member of the Corporate Partnership Board of the OECD International Transport Forum and is member of the management committee of the European industry association AENEAS.
Dr. Nina Nesterova is a Professor Sustainable Development of Tourism at the Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Next to it, Nina Nesterova is a chair of the CIVITAS educational network, engaging European universities active in the field of urban mobility into the joint development of the future mobility professionals. She is also co-chairing CIVITAS New Mobility Service Partnership, working on the large scale deployment of the new mobility services.
Menno Kleingeld is currently working as CIO for VDL Groep, driving digital and IT transformation for the >100 companies in VDL Groep. This includes Industry 4.0, Cloud and AI components, but also upgrading of the underlying infrastructure to enable these new developments. Prior to this role, Menno Kleingeld has been the founder and Managing Director of VDL Enabling Transport Solutions (ETS) in September 2015. VDL ETS is aimed to providing (technical) solutions for the e-mobility market for heavy duty transport (bus, truck, AGV) in the broad sense. Solutions include vehicle concepts (prototype vehicles), e-mobility building blocks, charging infrastructure, alternative energy systems (hydrogen), energy storage, connectivity, software solutions and new business models. Throughout his professional life, he has been working in business environments facing technical and business model disruptions. His passion is to drive these from a customer, user and technical perspective and form teams to successfully storm these disruptions
Marc Horsten is an experienced project manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. He is strong information technology professional skilled in internal audit, materials science, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), automotive engineering, and DFSS Green Belt.
Guido Di Pasquale is the managing director of PAVE Europe – partners for automated vehicle education. He has 20 years of experience in the transport and automation field, specializing in Intelligent Transport Systems, Automated Mobility, integrated mobility, research and innovation, strategy and policy. Prior to joining PAVE Europe, Guido di Pasquale was co-director of knowledge and innovation at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). He has also worked for the industrial sector as an innovation manager in the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) for urban mobility, public transport, new mobility services and co-operative systems.
“Born in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands and raised with the conviction to contribute to the world. For me that means making our living environment better. Be it through renewable energy, healthy food, rich nature, clean water or clear air, I want to contribute. I have studied Environmental Sciences. After that, I have worked for sixteen years at a consultancy and engineering firm. Since 2010, I am politically active for D66 (Democrats 66). From 2011 until 2015 and in 2020/2021, I was a member of the Provincial Counsel of Noord-Brabant. From 2015 until 2020 and from 2021, I was and am a Provincial Executive and Vice-Governor of Noord-Brabant. Currently my focus is on the energy transition, the circular economy and the environment.”
We will soon have to address different types of drivers in their own way with the technology. That is not yet a piece of cake in the world of Intelligent Mobility. This means that the role of the engineer who designs the car is also changing. As a lecturer, Frans Tillema is responsible for research in the field of intelligent mobility. He has a strong foundation in engineering and a broad interest in the automotive industry. He likes to use his expertise in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems.
Subject: The automotive sector in the broader mobility landscape. Innovation to connect the dots for moving people and goods
Joost Vantomme will put the vehicle in the broader service economy. The automotive value chain is embedded in a larger stream of fundamental societal changes. He will give a glimpse of the successful cooperation in ERTICO-ITS Europe with a focus on the value of inter-sectoral cooperation, the ongoing innovation, the need for multimodality, the challenges in Mobility as a Service, the impetus for reskilling and the European policy agenda. He will close his keynote with some suggestions from ERTICO projects for a successful twin transition of digital and green transport and mobility.
Joost Vantomme is a Belgian national with 30 years of experience in legal and regulatory policy affairs combined with a strong track in strategy and project management. Before joining ERTICO in January 2022 as Chief Executive Officer, Joost Vantomme was the Smart Mobility Director of ACEA for over five years. He held positions as chair of the Strategy Committee of ERTICO-ITS Europe as well as a member of its Supervisory Board. He serves also as a member of the Board and Vice President of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance.
Since childhood, Mark Harbers has had a passion for everything that drives, sails and flies. Traffic, protection against water, and care for clean water, these are issues that affect every Dutchman every day. For this purpose, he will do his utmost together with many partners involved in smart mobility, infrastructure and water management.
According to Bas ten Broeke, the development of technology and infrastructure is basically a chicken-and-egg problem. At a certain point, technology requires an existing infrastructure, which in turn is mainly developed when there are many users of this technology. Westport Fuel Systems is therefore pursuing a two-step approach that is efficient and, above all, quick to implement.
After graduating from Fontys Universities (Eindhoven) in Automotive Management, Rob Kroon has developed himself as an experienced project manager in the field of sustainable mobility and transport. He is working as a project manager/consultant at FIER Automotive since 2011. At FIER, Rob Kroon is involved in different (national and international) projects, mainly focussing on overall project management and his role as an EV expert. Next to that, he is also involved in tasks like conducting research studies, workshop leader, communication and dissemination, et cetera.
Subject: Public sector in the driver’s seat in the transformation to smart, sustainable and safe mobility
Climate change, congestion, lack of space, air-pollution and nitrogen deposition are all urgent challenges we need to deal with in Europe. Large scale deployment of smart, sustainable, and safe mobility solutions in our cities and regions are part of the solution. This is easier said than done. We need a process of learning by doing in which all stakeholders are involved. Industry, research, government and citizens. We need purpose driven innovations. Solving problems that matter to people.
Zuhal Gül is program manager of SmartwayZ.NL. SmartwayZ.NL is a mobility program in the Southern Netherlands dedicated to improving accessibility and stimulating innovation. This ranges from developing smart solutions and encouraging sustainable travel behavior to widening highways and improving transportation hubs. Many partners work together within the program, including the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat, the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Limburg, several municipalities, companies and knowledge institutions.
Making the world more sustainable and safer, that is what Rick Baggermans is committed to every day. How? By realizing behavioral change in large groups of people. Behavior is the basis of many issues in the field of sustainability and safety. Most of our behavior is unconscious. Knowledge about the unconscious brain is therefore crucial to change behaviour. He uses his knowledge of these unconscious processes every day to get people moving. Rick currently work for the SmartwayZ.NL program at the Province of North Brabant where he is responsible for structural behavioral change. His goal is to encourage as many people as possible to travel differently and thus contribute to a sustainable, accessible, liveable and safe southern Netherlands.
Professor Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller was until 2019, Head of Engineering at BMW motorbikes where he developed new products, engines, electric drive systems and motorbike safety technology. Before that he was Technical Director of the Engineering and Purchasing Department at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, the truck manufacturer. He became a full Board Member in 2006 and was responsible for product development, purchasing and planning. During his tenure at MAN from 1990 to 2009, he headed various departments including those responsible for development of alternative drive systems (batteries, various hybrids, natural gas, hydrogen in ICE and fuel cells) and heavy trucks. He holds a diploma and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. In 2006 he was awarded honorary professor at this university for his lecture on “commercial vehicles”.
Els de Wit is a strategic advisor on smart and sustainable mobility at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement and leads a team responsible for international policy development and innovation in the field of smart and sustainable mobility. Connecting partners on smart and sustainable European and international corridors and scaling up together is one of her main drivers.Together with her colleagues she works closely with all relevant stakeholders in the field of transport and energy in public private partnerships for active mobility, sustainable logistics, smart mobility solutions, zero emission drive trains and new energy carriers for all transport modes such as hydrogen and electricity. She is currently chair at the Inland Transport Committee of the UN ECE, working group on trends and economics. At national level she is chair of the steering committee of the cross sectoral mission innovation programme for sustainable mobility (Mission D+). She graduated both in international environmental law and French at the University of Amsterdam in 1991 and 1993.
Argaleo improves decision making to create liveable, sustainable and safe cities. Our data digital twin solutions support policy- and decisionmakers with fast and realtime information.
Emilia Silvas is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her current work interest lies in area of Cooperative/Autonomous Vehicle Systems and Mobile Robots. This includes Advanced Control Methods; Optimal System Design (including multi-level optimization); System Identification and Modeling; Data Mining (methods at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning and statistics). Emilia Silvas’s research experience includes integrated hybrid vehicle system design for commercial vehicles, involving development of a method for optimally choosing topologies, sizes and control for hybrid vehicles, both on the power train level as-well as at the auxiliary units level
Peter Verkoulen is responsible for the Dutch Gaia-X hub: digital sovereignty and social and economic value through federated data and cloud infrastructures. More generally, he has extensive experience in setting up and developing innovative digital ecosystems.
“Human factors is an integral part of mobility.” This combination is also the recurring theme in Ilse Harms’s career. As a traffic psychologist, she held various positions e.g. at Rijkswaterstaat and the Ministry of Infrastructure, while simultaneously obtaining her PhD.
Subject: Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility as a smart solution for society.
How will Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) contribute to making our transport smarter, safer and more sustainable? This keynote will present recent European activities, with a strong focus on R&I, that aim to make our mobility ecosystem resilient, inclusive and acceptable to cities and people around Europe, as we strive towards our decarbonisation goals of 2050.
Subject: Towards green mobility along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor – shaping the mobility transition through cross-border collaboration / or from a local and regional perspective
We are committed to reduce more than half of CO2 emissions from transport by 2030. That is why we reshape mobility for our citizens in urban areas and rural communities. Our goal is to promote a new form of mobility that improves our health and raises the quality of life. It will enable everyone to participate actively in society while protecting our climate. We are pursuing a transition to electric mobility and other climate friendly technologies. We are committed to overhaul the mobility sector by switching to environmentally-friendly forms of transport.
Matthew Greener joined Arriva in 2017 as Head of Fleet Management with responsibility for setting and delivering Arriva’s bus fleet acquisition and utilisation strategy. From January 2022 he took up a new role as Arriva’s Zero Emission Institute Director and is responsible for setting the direction for Arriva’s strategic approach to delivering zero emission bus fleets to support our clients achieve their decarbonisation and air quality objectives and targets. Before joining Arriva, Matthew Greener held a number of senior roles within the transport sector, mainly focussed on fleet procurement strategies, fleet optimisation, utilisation and life cycle management analysis to drive improved business performance.
Peter Morsink is a project manager and leading professional in smart mobility and road safety at Royal HaskoningDHV. Since 1998 Peter has developed into an all-round smart mobility and road safety consultant through a wide range of assignments on different types of traffic and transport related projects. He has gained a lot of international experience in executing and managing research and consultancy projects in the field of vehicle and infrastructure safety, (inter)national road safety policy and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In his current position he is involved in many projects on innovative traffic management and road safety from different perspectives (infrastructure, CCAM technology, autonomous vehicles, education), on both a strategic and operational level, in the Netherlands and abroad.
Menno van der Zee is first and foremost a transport and technology enthusiast who also is one of the co-founders of The Routing Company. Based in Switzerland but originally from the Netherlands, he studied at the Delft University of Technology where he attained a Masters degree in mathematical optimisation and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In April 2019, he co-founded TRC together with Alex Waller, who at the time was a PhD student at MIT. With professors and researchers from TU Delft and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Menno van der Zee and Alex Waller developed advanced technology based on a proprietary real-time optimisation algorithm that links passengers’ ride requests with available vehicles at unparalleled speed. Today, Menno van der Zee’s primary focus at TRC is on writing & improving the code which makes use of this revolutionary algorithm for delivering efficient shared rides across all TRC’s operations.
Dami Adebayo drives The Routing Company’s new partnerships with public transport authorities, bus operators and private organisations in Europe. He focuses on the end-to-end ideation and delivery of innovative public transport projects using his unique combination of experience in mobility, strategic consulting and engineering. Prior to TRC, he helped large organisations build innovative digital products & businesses at McKinsey & Company. He also worked on Free Now’s multimodality strategy after concluding his engineering degree at the University of Cambridge.
International Executive with a focus on urban sustainable mobility. Co-creating new services and products in sustainable city development.
Magnus Granström is a researcher, team leader and manager in the vehicle industry as well as within academia. He has a background in applied physics, more specifically optoelectronics and organic electronics, but has held a number of management positions both in industry, academia and joint efforts such as the SAFER competence centre with approximately 50 partners.
Auke Hoekstra is an academic researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also the founder and director of NEONresearch.nl and Zenmo.com. Both model how we can quickly transition away from fossil fuels using a bottom-up agent-based methodology that respects individual freedom, heterogeneity, and technological learning. So, he sees electric vehicles as an especially important part of the energy transition and wrote his first book about them in 2009. He has been called “debunker in chief” on twitter where he corrects misinformation about electric vehicles.
Elly Blanksma has been mayor of Helmond since 2012. She was a member of the Lower House of the States General between 2006-2012 and was part of the cabinet. She was Finance spokesperson, chairman of several committees and member of the CDA executive committee. She is also vice chairman of the Metrolpoolregion Eindhoven (MRE) and vice chairman of the Safety Region Brabant-Zuidoost (VRBZO).
On European programs Suzanne Otters is chairman of the steering committee OPZuid 2014-2020. She is also chairman of the steering committee OPZuid 2021-2027 i.o. and administrative leader North-Brabant for the Just Transition Fund (JTF). Also she is involved in the interreg a Euregio programs in Flanders and Germany. On mobility she is a member of administrative advisory Committee Mobility (IPO), a member of administrative summit smart and sustainable mobility BrabantStad and chairman program council SmartwayZ.NL.
Subject: Governing Innovation – Innovating Governance. Mobility challenges & opportunities in the city of tomorrow
Karen Vancluysen will discuss how mobility in cities will have to change radically, if we are to reach the European ambitions in terms of climate neutrality, safety, and air pollution. What challenges lie ahead, both for cities and the industry, as we accelerate the necessary shift towards more sustainable mobility? What solutions and skills will we need to employ to make this a successful undertaking?
Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of POLIS in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Prior to that, she worked as network manager at ACCESS-Eurocities and as project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, Karen Vancluysen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities, and EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. She has been a speaker and moderator at many high-level events in Europe and beyond, on a wide range of urban mobility themes approached from the perspective of cities and the governance of innovation.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem is Mayor of Eindhoven from September 2022. He was for five years Minister of Finance in the Netherlands. Before those years he was chair of the Eurogroup and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). His impressive cv makes him the excellent person to contribute to further integration of all societal and economical challenges of the city of Eindhoven.