Advisory board

The Smart Mobility World Congress 2017 gathers a team of experts from around the globe to give strategic guidance to the event. This Committee includes industry visionaries, technology experts and executives who are committed to accelerating awareness and deployment of the next stage of mobility and transportation solutions.

  • Pere Calvet

    UITP President & FGC General Manager

    Pere Calvet is a civil engineer with over 25 years of experience on the railway sector. Since 2011 has been General Manager of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). Before this position, he had been appointed as Projects Director (1999-2008), Head of the Fixed Installations Division and Deputy-Director of the Planning and Studies Division.

    He has also been General Technical Director of Ifercat (Regional Rail Infrastructure Management Company) and this year has been elected president of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). He is also member of the executive board of the Barcelona Transport Authority (Autoritat del Transport Metropolità, ATM), member of the board of ATUC (Spanish Association of Urban Transport Companies) and chairman of the Smart Mobility World Congress.

    In the academic field, he is professor at the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering. He has recently been awarded by the Spanish Association of Civil Engineers with the Medal for Professional Merit.

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  • Prith Banerjee

    Senior Client Partner

    Prith Banerjee is Senior Client Partner for IOT and Digital Transformation at Korn Ferry. Prith started his career in academia and spent 20 years as a Professor, Chairman and Dean at the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University. He founded two EDA software startups (Accelchip and Binachip). Subsequently, he spent the past 10 years in the corporate world as Director of HP Labs, CTO of ABB, Managing Director at Accenture, and CTO of Schneider. 

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cray.  He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE. He received a B.Tech.  in electronics engineering from  IIT Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

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  • Peer Bentzen

    EVP Business Development, Post - eCommerce - Parcel

    Peer is currently the EVP of Business Development Post-eCommerce-Parcel at DPDHL Group, where he is focused on building new global businesses opportunities and business models. Recently helped to build and launch the new Saloodo service that aims to become a new platform for freight. He is also involved in the development of new eMobility, city logistic & cloud platforms that DPDHL is evolving for the smart future of logistics. Current focus on new approaches to city logistics and different business models to enable a smarter urban system of the future.

    He has built business and services in the digital space for over 18 years and worked for such companies like AOL (building platforms like Mobile Messenger AIM, etc.) and Microsoft (building such services/platforms like Unified communicator, Office365 etc.) in Europe & US.

    He is a digital native leader who have extensive experience in product management, product development and building eco-systems for various platforms with leading partners (e.g. Facebook, Linkedin, Airbnb, Twitter, Youtube, Salesforce, etc.). He also very involved in providing mentoring and advisory for several startups & accelerators (e.g. PlugAndPlay, 4YFN).

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  • Lynne Canavan

    Executive Director

    Lynne Canavan is the Executive Director of the OpenFog Consortium, the global organization working to accelerate the adoption of fog computing in order to solve the bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, 5G and embedded AI.

    Previously, Lynne was Vice President of Program Management for the Industrial Internet Consortium where she oversaw the activities of the Consortium's Working Groups, member services and broader ecosystem initiatives.

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  • Eduardo Costa Ramos

    CEO

    Eduardo is the Head of Business Development for the Brisa Group (the Portuguese based roads concessionaire) and the CEO of A-to-Be (former Brisa Innovation and Technology).

    Since joining Brisa in 2004, he has worked in the ParentCo Corporate Center. First in Planning, then in Finance and for the last 5 years in Business Development, having also non-executive roles in BoDs of Brisa's subsidiaries in Portugal, Brazil, the US, The Netherlands and India.

    Since Q2/2017, Eduardo accumulates his functions in Brisa's Business Development with the executive leadership of A-to-Be (www.a-to-be.com), the Technology business unit of Brisa Group in partnership with Pathena Venture Capital.

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  • Miguel Eiras Antunes

    Leader, Public Sector and Transportation

    Miguel is the Sector and Consulting Leader for Public Sector, Transportation, Infrastructures & Services in Portugal, as well as the Service Line Leader for Strategy and Operations. In Portugal Miguel also leads our cross functional teams responsible to energize the Future of Mobility and Smart Cities programs.

    Over his 22 years of experience, Miguel led the in Portugal and Angola the practices of Deloitte Digital, Media & Telecommunications, Construction & Real Estate, Utilities, Tourism and Health industries. Also coordinated several, functional and sectorial studies, initiatives and forums.

    Concerning transportation Miguel is Lead Client Service Parner for Transportation players in Aviation (TAP), Rail and Roads Infrastructure Managers (CP, Carris, REFER, BRISA), Ports and Municipalities (Lisbon, Cascais, Oporto).

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  • Dino Flore

    Director General

    Dino Flore works for Qualcomm where he serves as Head of Technology & Modem for EMEA. He is also the Director General of 5GAA, the association created to connect automotive and telecom industries with the goal to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.

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  • Warwick Goodall

    Director, Transport and Technology

    Warwick Goodall is the leader for the Transport Technology and Future of Mobility business in Deloitte in the UK. He is a Director in the Technology Strategy practice, leading a team that advises CIOs and Boards across the industry.

    Warwick's clients cover roads, railways, buses and air, and span both the public and private sectors. He typically advises CIOs on technology strategy, digital strategy, IT organisational design, sourcing and the delivery of major transformation programmes.

    Warwick is also the co-leader of the Future of Mobility™ research in the UK market.

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  • Andrés Hernández

    Partner

    Andrés Hernández is leading MHPs R&D transformation consulting department. He is an Associated Partner advising CxOs within the automotive, industrial machinery and transportation industry with his cross-functional team of management and digitalization consultants.

    Before joining MHP he has worked for more than 15 years in various global management consultancies as well as building up a "boutique" automotive management consulting focusing on the areas of R&D, Quality and Supply Chain.

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  • Lars Heidenreich

    Head of Smart Mobility

    Lars Heidenreich heads up the Smart Mobility team within Volkswagen Group's Digitalisation Department. Prior to that he has held a wide range of roles including as Director for Business Innovation in the Group's Research Department or heading up the Group e-mobility Program Management.

    Before joining Volkswagen Group in 2010 he worked as a research associate at the University of Mannheim (Consumer Behavior) and as a consultant. Lars Heidenreich holds a Doctorate in Economics (Dr. rer. Pol.) from the University of Mannheim where he also graduated with a degree in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.).

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  • Mohamed Mezghani

    Deputy Secretary General

    Mohamed Mezghani has been working for more than 25 years in public transport and urban mobility related fields. He is Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) since January 2014.

    Until then, he has worked at UITP as Senior Manager (1999-2001) and Knowledge Director (2001-2006) chairing the department developing knowledge-related services for UITP members: professional training, research projects, thematic studies, technical advice, conferences, networking activities, information centre, etc. From 2006 till 2013, he has worked as independent consultant and Adviser to UITP on several technical assistance and training projects in Africa and the Middle-East and managed a number of projects involving numerous experts and multidisciplinary teams.

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  • Marta Muñoz

    IoT Research Director, EMEA

    Marta Muñoz Méndez-Villamil in her current role as Research Director, European IoT Practice Leader, she is responsible for leading IDC Europe's Internet of Things (IoT) Research, Advisory and Consulting services. Her role involves researching innovative trends and best practices, advising businesses globally on their IoT strategy, product portfolio and roadmaps, as well as setting a vision for future internal IoT research.

    Previously, Marta was Operations Director, IDC Spain, advising local Spanish customers on their Digital Transformation journey, in areas such as the impact of Internet of Things, Mobility, Workplace Transformation and Analytics on the business and their go-to-market strategy.

    With over 20 years of experience working in the IT and Telecommunications market, Marta brings a wide understanding of the current trends in the industry and the challenges that a changing ecosystem bring to the ICT landscape. She has worked as an Analyst and Research Manager in Ovum and Netcom Consultants, in the UK, as well as the Strategy and Technology Department of Telefónica in Spain.

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  • Stefan Schumacher

    Director, Global Automotive Solutions

    Stefan Schumacher has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry and the industrial sector. After finishing his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, he began his career as an application engineer in CAD/CAM solutions. After a few years of customer project experiences, he started his own for industrial applications and projects. After some successful years, he decided to develop his new market experiences towards a consulting approach. He entered a business consultancy in Berlin, Germany, where he advanced to head of a consulting unit for eBusiness.

    In 2001, he moved to IBM to get closer to client projects for large scale business transformations driven by new technologies. Since 2007, Stefan Schumacher has been working on business development in the automotive industry, focusing on new mobility and connected car solutions, expanding his role in 2010 to support IBM's global customer base.

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  • Ilona Simpson

    CIO, Venture Partner, Board Advisor

    Named one of 4 Women Making Waves in IoT in 2016 by Silicon Republic, Ilona Simpson is a passionate technologist, a relentless problem solver and a pragmatic strategist.

    She is referred to as an undeniable paragon for female success in the business world, leading by example in both the tech and automotive industries throughout the past decade; during which she's been CIO at Aston Martin, VP of IT at DHL and CIO, UK at Porsche. 

    Professionally, Simpson has plenty of experience working with start-ups as well as large corporates, having gone through successful first-stage fundraising initiatives for up-and-coming companies. She is an angel investor in tech start-ups and a venture partner at a European VC firm.

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