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DRIVING CHANGE TOGETHER

The challenges of reducing emissions and pollution cover all sectors of the economy, including transport. The transport sector is responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the perspective of rapid urbanization of many countries of the world and progressive globalization, manifested by the increase in the volume of freight transport, as well as the mobility of people, this will result in an increase in the demand for transport services. The challenge of transport emissions is proving increasingly important. This trend puts the emphasis on technological and organisational change, steering the world towards electromobility and zero-emission transport.

Maintaining the current rate of development, including the development of urban agglomerations and megacities, while keeping the current transport model and the dominant types of propulsion and energy sources, is incompatible with the promotion of a sustainable transport model and the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels.

With this in mind, the Polish Presidency of COP24 proposed to make electromobility one of the leading topics of the Conference of the Parties. The tool to achieve this goal is the Driving Change Together – Katowice Partnership for Electromobility, prepared by Poland and the United Kingdom. It is an impetus to ensure that all people can live in clean, citizen and environmentally friendly cities by making efforts to promote electromobility and clean transport. It can stimulate legal, economic, social and cultural conditions for the development of electromobility, sustainable patterns and innovation in transport, with the ultimate effect of reducing emissions in this sector and improving the health of the planet’s population. Agreement partners can be states, regions and cities, as well as NGOs.

The Polish Presidency expresses the hope that the cooperation of all parties at global level will help to accelerate the electromobility revolution, creating one of the concrete dimensions of implementation of the Paris Agreement and fulfilment of the Global Climate Action objectives. Therefore, we encourage all interested parties to read the content of the declaration, as well as to become a signatory to it. The helm of the future is in our hands!

If you are interested in joining the “Driving Change Together” Partnership, please

Speakers

Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister of Poland

Born on June 20, 1968 in Wrocław Polish manager and banker, politician. His mother Jadwiga is a chemist and his father Kornel Morawiecki a former opposition member. His family on his father’s side was originally from the Świętokrzyskie region, but before WWII his grandparents moved to Praga District of Warsaw, where Kornel was born.

Mateusz Morawiecki has been married to Iwona since 1991, and has four children: 2 daughters Olga and Magdalena and 2 sons Jeremiasz and Ignacy.

Since 1979, he printed underground magazine “Biuletyn Dolnośląski” in Winciorek Family’s house in Wilczyn. Since December 1981, he took part in the opposition movement actions: he painted letterings on walls, tore down flags, distributed posters and leaflets, printed and distributed underground magazines and put up opposition banners. In 1983–1988, we was repeatedly arrested and interrogated in relation to his opposition activities. Since 1986, he published his own articles under a pseudonym in underground magazines, mainly in “Biuletyn Dolnośląski”. In the 1980s, on several occasions he was beaten for political reasons, summoned for interrogations and subjected to house searches. He was active in Fighting Solidarity movement, set up by his father, and in the Independent Student Association.

On 11 December 2017, he was appointed Prime Minister, Minister for Development and Finance. Prime Minister since 9 January 2018.

Since 29 September 2016 until 11 December 2017, he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development and Finance. Since 16 November 2015 until 29 September 2016, he held the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development.

Morawiecki is an alumnus of the University of Wrocław, Business Administration Central Connecticut State University and Wrocław University of Technology, MBA at Wrocław University of Economics, the European Studies at the University of Hamburg and the University of Basel, where he obtained the degree of Master of Advanced European Studies.

He started his professional career in Cogito Co. in 1992. In 1993–1996 he worked in Enter Marketing-Publishing in Wrocław. During that period, upon request from the Wrocław voivode, he participated in the educational and restructuring programme of state agricultural farms. In 1995, he completed an internship at Deutsche Bundesbank, and in 1996–1997 he was a researcher at the University in Frankfurt an Main. In 1998 Morawiecki was appointed deputy director of the Accession Negotiations Department in the Committee for European Integration and was a member of the group negotiating the accession of Poland to the EU (banking and finance). Between 1998 and 2001, he worked in Bank Zachodni WBK – first as the advisor of the CEO and next as the Member of the Management Board and Director of the bank. In June 2001, he became the Member of the Bank Zachodni WBK’s Management Board and in May 2007 he was appointed CEO.

In 2013, Morawiecki was awarded the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity for his merits for the benefit of independence and sovereignty of Poland and respect of human rights.

On 23 June 2015 Morawiecki was awarded Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for extraordinary merits in the area of supporting and promoting Polish culture and national heritage.

Michał Kurtyka

Minister of Climate and Environment

He is a graduate of the prestigious Parisian École Polytechnique and a scholarship holder in the field of quantum optics of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, located near Washington, D.C., where he worked under the leadership of Nobel laureate in physics William D. Phillips. During the course of his studies, he also specialised in economics, with particular focus on market organisation, studying under Professor Jean Tirole, the 2014 Nobel laureate in economics. In the field of international economics, he studied at the University in Louvain-la-Neuve and he acquired his master’s degree at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. He defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Warsaw. He was a lecturer in the field of change management, economics, market organization and industrial strategy at the University of Warsaw, the Collegium Civitas and the Oxford Programme On Modern Poland. He is a co-author of the concept of implementation of effective changes in an enterprise, described in the book Change Management. From Strategy to Action, as well as the author of the book From Restructuring to Modernisation. Delayed Transformation of the Polish Power Sector in 1990–2009.

He began his professional career in the Office of the Committee for European Integration, in the team of Minister Jan Kułakowski – responsible for conducting accession negotiations with the European Union – where he led the analytical team and was directly responsible for the field of energy and transport. Later, he oversaw the modernisation of many Polish companies by supporting them in adapting to the challenges of the European and global markets. He was a promoter of European cooperation in the area of industrial change and adjustment of the European industry to the challenges of globalisation at, among others, the European University of Labour and the Dublin Foundation.

He is the author of the government programme for electromobility development in Poland, which was described for the first time as a concept in the book written in 2013–2015, together with Professor Leszek Jesień, New Electricity and New Cars.

Starting 1 January 2016, he served as the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Energy, where he was directly responsible for the technological development and implementation of innovations in the energy sector, implementation of climate and energy policy in the fuel and gas sector, conducting international relations with countries and international organisations. He was also responsible for supervision of the state’s participation in the biggest Polish energy companies in the oil and gas industry, such as Orlen, Lotos and PGNiG. He was the originator of “The Electromobility Development Plan”, and thereafter he guided the creation of the Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels, thanks to which these forms of transport will be able to develop dynamically.

On 27 April 2018, he was appointed as Government Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of COP24 – the United Nations Climate Summit in Poland. On 2 December 2018, he became the COP24 President, which ended with a success. At the 24th UN climate summit, the international community agreed on the Katowice Rulebook, implementing the Paris Agreement.

From July 2018, he held the position of the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Environment.

On 15 November 2019, he was appointed as the Minister of the newly established Ministry of Climate.

Adina Vălean

EU Commissioner for Transport

Adina Vălean is the European Commissioner for Transport. Before taking office on December 1st 2019, she was a Member of the European Parliament for 12 years. As an MEP she served as the Chairwoman of ITRE Committee (July-December 2019), Chairwoman of ENVI Committee (2017-2019) and as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2014-2017). She was also a Member of the Romanian Parliament between 2004-2007. Adina Vălean holds a Master degree in European Integration Studies and Security and a bachelor degree in Mathematics. 

Inger Andersen

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

Inger Andersen is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.  Between 2015 and 2019, Ms. Andersen was the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Ms Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact. She has played a key role in supporting riparian countries on international water management and hydro diplomacy.  Ms. Andersen also held various leadership roles at the World Bank for 15 years including as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa and Vice President for Sustainable Development and at the United Nations starting in the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office working on drought and desertification issues.

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"Switching to zero emissions mobility worldwide is crucial to reduce air pollution and to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from 2035, all vehicles sold are to be electric. Despite progress, we are still far from achieving this target, especially in low and middle income countries. As we seek to address the climate crisis, all countries and companies must step up action to make the much-needed transition to electric mobility."

Nadhim Zahawi

Minister for Business and Industry, United Kingdom

Nadhim Zahawi was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 26 July 2019.

He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.

Nadhim was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010.

Yasmin Fouad

Minister of Environment, Egypt

Dr. Yasmine Fouad was appointed Minister of Environment of the Arabic Republic of Egypt on 18 June 2018. She was previously Assistant Minister of Environment since 2014.
Dr. Fouad holds MSc in Environmental Science and PhD in Political Science - Euro Mediterranean Studies. She has more than 20 years’ experience in Environment and International cooperation, working in Government, UN organizations, NGOs and Universities.
As Minister of Environment, she leads a transformational change in environment sector in Egypt by creating more business oriented enabling environment, through 1) leading the processes of developing the Waste Management Law (202/2020), 2) leading the development and implementation of National Solid Waste Strategy; 3) developing waste to energy as new economic instrument; 4) participating in progressing the first governmental green bonds in Egypt and Middle East; 5) co-leading mainstreaming environmental sustainability aspects into national investment plans, as well as 6) improving Greater Cairo air quality and supporting construction of waste management infrastructure.
Dr. Fouad’s work paved the way to the creation of environmental sensitive practices among current and future generations. She led designing, developing and launching several environmental initiatives that aim at raising awareness and ensuring youth involvement, such as the presidential initiative “Live Green” for three years (2020-2023).
Dr. Fouad has clear milestones at the international level. She has played a crucial role in advancing the biodiversity Agenda, and leading the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, in her capacity as the President of the14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP14) since November 2018. To this connection, she has initiated the Egyptian Initiative, - adopted at the CBD-COP14 in November 2018 – that aims at ensuring synergies among the three Rio Conventions (Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification) - to ensure sufficient financial resources to tackle those related challenges. For Climate Change, she co-led the climate finance negotiation track during UNFCCC COP 24 (Katowice, Poland, December 2018), that resulted in developing the finance part of the Paris Agreement Work Programme successfully.
In previous positions and assignments, she had supported 1) the Earth Institute in designing a Centre of Excellence for Adaptation to Climate Change; 2) AMCEN President in leading and managing the two climate change initiatives (African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) and African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI)); 3) Nile Basin Discourse - a regional NGO - in supporting the impact of climate change on water resources in the Nile Basin.
At the Academic level, she has been selected as a lead author to chapter four of the IPCC Special Report on “Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems” in 2017.

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Eduard Muřický

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Mr. Eduard Muřický, born on 14 April 1968, is married and has a daughter and a son. In 1987 he graduated from the Johannes Kepler Grammar School in Prague, majoring in economics. After graduating from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics, Prague, from 1992 to 1994, he worked in the Agency for Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the former Ministry of Economy with focus on the Phare program. Then he worked in managerial and executive positions in the private sector, especially in the area of trade, starting in the company Mediatel, where he gradually held positions as assistant to the marketing manager, product manager, marketing director and sales director of the company. In 2007, he joined the company JPS as the product manager. In 2008, he became the Director of the Department of Strategies and Trends of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In October 2014, he was appointed the Deputy Minister. He is currently in charge of the Section of Industry and Construction.

Vladyslav Kryklii

Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine

In 2009 he graduated with honors from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a degree in Finance (qualification - Master of Economics); candidate of economic sciences (2015).

He worked in the investment banking industry. Vladyslav Kryklii was the head of the stock market securities department at Interbank CB. Also worked in the corporate finance department at the investment company Astrum Investment Management. In 2011-2013, he was engaged in entrepreneurship and startups.

From 2014 to 2015, he worked as an Advisor to the Minister of the Interior on the implementation of information technologies. In 2015 - Director of the Main Service Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. The reformer of service centers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

On July 21, 2019 elected as People's Deputy of Ukraine on the electoral list of the political party "Servant of the People"

On August 29, 2019, appointed as the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the IX convocation.

Jordi Gallardo Fernàndez

Minister of the Presidency, Economy and Finance, Andorra

EDUCATION
Bachelor’s degree in History, University of Lleida (Spain)
Executive MBA, IESE Business School
LANGUAGES
Catalan, Spanish, French, English
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Museum technician
Secondary school history and geography teacher
Assistant manager of retail company
Director of the Cultural Heritage Department, 2005–2007
POLITICAL CAREER
President of Young Liberals of Andorra (Joves Liberals d’Andorra) 2003–2005
Secretary of Organisation for the Liberal Party of Andorra 2005–2009
Secretary of State for Cultural Policy 2007–2009
General Councillor 2015–2019
President of the Parliamentary Group 2017–2019
President of the Liberal Party of Andorra 2011–present

Anders Tyvand

State Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Norway

(1980) was at the end of October 2020 appointed as a State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Transport. Tyvand is a member of the Christian Democratic Party and has previously held a seat in the Norwegian Parliament from 2013 – 2017.

Jameel Mtour

Chairman of Environment Quality Authority, Palestine

Personal Information:

• Marital Status: Married, Father of four children.
• Birth Place: Sair –Hebron, Palestine.
• Birth Date: 3/5/1961.
• Work Place: Palestine _ Ramallah._Al Birah _Al Sharafa_P.OBox 3841

Educational Background:

2004: Master Degree in public & community health, Birzeit University.
1986: B.A. in Health Science, Honor list, Bethlehem University.
1981: 3rd Secondary certificate “Tawjehi” – scientific Stream, 85%.

Experiences:

July 2020 till now: Chairman of Environment Quality Authority.

April 2014 till July 2020: Deputy chairman of Environment Quality Authority (E.Q.A).

August 2013 till April 2014: Acting Chairman of Environment Quality Authority (E.Q.A).

November 2005- July 2013: Deputy Chairman of Environment Quality Authority (E.Q.A).

June 2004- July 2007: Acting General Director of administrative and financial affairs in addition to Deputy Chairman of E.Q.A.

May - November 2005: Assistant of chairman of E.Q.A. & Acting General Director of administrative and financial affairs.
October 2003 – June 2004: Director of public relations, media and protocol Department, Ministry of Environment Affairs.

June 2001- October 2002: Director of the Environmental Approvals and licensing Department, Environment Affairs Ministry.

February 2000 – June 2001: Director of Environmental Police Department, Environment Affairs Ministry.

July 1986 – October 1986: Health Supervisor in al Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem.

Note: October 1986 - September 1999: a political prisoner In Israeli occupation jails.

Benoît Revaz

State Secretary, Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland

Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
Benoît Revaz has been Director of the SFOE since 2016. Prior to his current position, he held various management positions in Entreprises Electriques Fribourgeoises (now Group E), EOS Holding, Alpiq Holding and E-CUBE Strategy Consultants.

João Pedro Matos Fernandes

Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Portugal

João Pedro Matos Fernandes, born the 12th December 1967, is Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Climate Action, from last October.

Since 2015, and during the XXI Constitutional Government he was Minister of Environment and, from 2018, Minister of Environment and Energy Transition.

Mr. Matos Fernandes served as: President of the Governing Board of the water management company Águas do Porto, EM (2014-2015); Advisor to the Governing Board of Terminais do Norte and Portos do Norte (port management companies from the Manica Group), Director of the Port of Nacala, Mozambique (2012-2013); President of the Association of Portuguese Ports (2008-2010); Chairman of the Governing Board of Viana do Castelo Port since its foundation (2009-2012); Chairman of the Governing Board of the Douro and Leixões ports; Administrator of Quartenaire Portugal, Consulting for Development, and coordinator of several works in the fields of urban and organisational strategy, spatial planning and environmental issues (1999-2005); Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Environment (1997-1999); Advisor of the Secretary of State for Natural Resources (1995-1997); From 1990 to 1995, he worked in the Northern Region Coordination Commission (Spatial Planning) where he assumed the coordination of the transport sector.

João Pedro Matos Fernandes has been a Professor of the Instituto Superior Técnico (infrastructures) and of the Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Impacts of Transport). He was a visiting professor, on Master degrees, at the Universities of Oporto, Lisbon and Naples.
João Pedro Matos Fernandes is graduated in Civil Engineering (field - Spatial Planning) by the Oporto University and holds a Master degree on Transportation by the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon.

Emil Högberg

State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden

Personal
Born 1976. Married, two children. Lives in Huddinge.
Educational background
Master of Laws, Stockholm University 2001
Positions and assignments
State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation 2019–
State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office 2017–2019
Political Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office 2016–2017
Opposition Leader/Municipal Commissioner,
Huddinge Municipality 2011–2016
Desk Officer, Government Offices 2006–2010
Municipal Commissioner, Huddinge Municipality 2003–2006
County Administrative Court Clerk, Västernorrland
County, Administrative Court 2002
Political Adviser, Ministry of JusticeI 2001

Alexandra Sdoukou

General Secretary at the Ministry of Environment & Energy, Greece

Alexandra Sdoukou is a lawyer, permanent employee at the Management Organisation Unit of Development Programmes (MOU S.A.) under the Ministry of Economy and Development. Since 2004, she is working as legal advisor in the public administration in various positions at the Ministries of Economy, Development and Environment, Energy & Climate Change.
She has been specialised as energy policymaker, working with all Energy Ministers from 2007 to 2015. From 2012 to 2015, she was Head of Cabinet at the Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, competent to develop policy formulation, implementation and monitoring on a wide range of energy and environmental projects.

From October 2017, she was Advisor to the President of Nea Dimokratia on energy and natural resources.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Democritus University of Thrace, a Master’s Degree LLM in European Commercial Law from the University of Bristol U.K., and a M.Sc. in International & Economic studies from the Athens University of Economics & Business.

Patrik Andersson

CEO and President of GARO Group

Patrik Andersson is the CEO and President of GARO Group. He has been working in GARO since 2008, where he has taken various managerial positions. GARO has operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, UK and Polen and make business in all Europe.

Quote:

"As a result of many years of development work on engine heaters, GARO had an early interest in vehicle charging and presented its first charging station already in 2008. Since then, we have focused intensely on further development and our range of charging solutions has been significantly expanded. Today, GARO is one of the leading suppliers of charging infrastructure in the Nordic region. With a broad product portfolio, we can offer all types of vehicle charging – from wall boxes for single-family homes, to charging stations for residential areas, companies, service stations and other public environments."

Wolfgang Bremm von Kleinsorgen

CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Central Europe

Wolfgang Bremm von Kleinsorgen is the CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Central Europe. He has been working in Daimler since 1997, where he has taken various managerial positions, including After Sales, Product Management and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Luxembourg. His previous position was Strategic Product Management, where he was i.e. the leader of e-mobility Committee. Wolfgang is a Mechanical Engineer (RWTH Aachen) and a graduate of MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs – Management School of Business in Paris, where his final project was on Electric Vehicles.

Quote:

“We invented the automobile,  now we pioneer in e-mobility. With a new family of full-electric EQ vehicles and over 40 PiH models, electrified cars will exceed 50% of our sales by the end of the decade.“

Rafał Brzoska

CEO, InPost

Rafał Brzoska - The founder and co-owner - together with the American investment fund Advent International - of the Integer.pl Group - the leader of the logistics business in Poland. The most valuable assets of Integer.pl Group are the world's largest self-service APM InPost network - which only in Poland has 9,000 devices. InPost is the largest courier operator in Poland. For many years, the innovative services provided by this company have successfully revolutionized the Polish and international logistics sector.

Rafał specializes in developing and implementing sales strategies and generating new business opportunities. Apart from managing the entire Group, Rafał deals with acquiring key business partners and contracts; and building a long-term development strategy based on innovative technologies and creative business solutions. His pioneer approach to business and management has helped to promote Polish innovation around the world. A bold look at technological and business innovation and his strategic vision has transformed the postal and courier industry, facing the stagnation of previous years and rediscovering the potential of the courier market.

He is also an investor and patron of many start-ups. The success of the Integer.pl Group created from scratch, resulted in attracting business ideas whos the authors are interested in substantive, advisory and later financial support.

Thanks to his unique experience in building a business from scratch – throughout two venture capital funds: bValue and Inovo - he attracts the most promising star-ups. The portfolio of funds includes, among others Callpage and Booksy. Believing in marketing automation, he also invested in Advantage Media, adding this investment as the first of its kind in the portfolio, i.e. Salesmanago, which is currently one of the largest marketing automation platforms in the world for eCommerce.

Javier Calleja

CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach

Javier Calleja has been appointed the CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach since 3rd October 2018.

Javier Calleja has a broad business experience across multiple sectors, including transport industry, and leading high qualified teams. Over last 20 years Javier Calleja was a partner at Bain & Company, a leading global consulting company. He has deep experience with large transformations and operational improvement projects, across many geographies in Europe, and America. Before Bain & Company he worked at Roland Berger consulting company and Tecnicas Reunidas, which is the largest engineering company in Spain.

Javier Calleja is graduated with Master Degree Mechanical Engineering at University in Bilbao (Spain) and has Master of Business Administration title from INSEAD in France.

Being a member of Spanish UNLTD, he supports development of various social entrepreneurs.

Javier Calleja was born in Spain. He is married and has two children.

Peter Carlsson

CEO, Northvolt

Peter Carlsson is the CEO and founder of Northvolt. He left the position as CPO and Head of Supply Chain at Tesla Motors in the end of 2015 to become an entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor. In 2016 Peter founded Northvolt with the mission to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory.
Before joining Tesla, Peter was the CPO for NXP (former Philips Semiconductors) responsible for purchasing and outsourcing. Located in Singapore, he was country manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. Before starting at NXP, Peter was CPO at Sony Ericsson since 2005. Peter had a total of 13 years experience from different roles with Ericsson and Sony Ericsson. He has a Masters degree with specialization in production and quality control at Luleå Technical University in Sweden.

Umberto Guida

Senior Director - Knowledge & Innovation, UITP

Umberto GUIDA holds a Master of Science degree in IT and System Engineering and a 5 year degree in electrical, Electronics and Communication from the “Università degli Studi di Napoli 'Federico II’”.

Mr. Guida has a long experience in Research and Innovation Projects Management, in particular in the Transport domain, as well as in System Engineering techniques and Complex Systems development.

 

With his high knowledge of Public Transports technologies, services and strategies, in particular related to buses and including electromobility, Mr. Guida has coordinated large EU Funded projects like EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) and ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System).

Since November 2018, Mr. Guida is the UITP Senior Director of the knowledge and Innovation department supervising the five Unit dealing with the different aspects of the Public Transport being City Bus, Urban rail, Urban Mobility Research and Enablers, Urban Mobility Governance and Stakeholder Service Excellence.

Quote:

"The public transport sector has been making major strides in the road to electric mobility and can be considered the spearhead of clean and sustainable cities. Now, our sector and cities need to work hand-in-hand to support and implement the large-scale deployment of e-mobility."

Andreas Hager

CEO, e-troFit

Andreas Hager is CEO of the e-troFit GmbH. After his graduation as Bachelor Professional of Trade and Commerce he gained many years of professional experience as sales manager worldwide, before he joined the in-tech group. In over 3 years as site manager Ingolstadt he achieved a growth from 40 to 200 employees. In 2018 he became head of the newly established business unit New Mobility Solutions, in which, among other things, the e-troFit concept was developed. 2019 the project was spun off as a subsidiary company and Andreas Hager became CEO of the e-troFit GmbH. In addition, he is the managing director of two other in-tech subsidiaries in the area of charging and mobility concepts. His high level of empathy and strong communication skills, are also reflected in his leadership style. A great motivational capacity and his wide intercultural competence round off his profile.

Quote:

“E-Mobility has the power to enable emission free mobility and transport. It is our duty to be creative and innovative and to accelerate this change wherever we can.”

Espen Hauge

President of AVERE - the European Association for Electromobility

Espen Hauge is President of AVERE - the European Association for Electromobility, VP of the World Electric Vehicle Association, and also Chairman of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association. He has been engaged on the EV scene for 15 years. Under his leadership the Norwegian Association has grown exponentially, AVERE has celebrated successful international events like EVS30 in Stuttgart 2017, EVS32 in Lyon 2019, AEC2018 in Brussels, and WEVA has launched the World Electric Vehicle Journal - the first scientific journal for electric vehicles. His career includes project management, engineering, R&D, and management in the energy industry, in construction, working for global companies such as ABB and GE, as well as for the city of Oslo.

Quote: 

“At the end of a difficult year we now see more hope for the future. We will rebuild greener and better. One source of optimism is the development within electric vehicles and electrification in general. This is great but we need to ensure continued acceleration of the electric revolution towards a 100% sustainable future!”

Fiona Howarth

CEO, Octopus Electric Vehicles

Fiona runs Octopus Electric Vehicles - a specialist leasing business in the UK making it easy to switch to clean, green driving. Octopus EV is part of the global Octopus Energy Group - and brings together everything you need to go electric - from a team of impartial experts to help you choose and finance your new car; to green energy tariffs designed for EV drivers and smart technology developed to optimise your car’s charging profile. In the smart charging space, Fiona is also overseeing one of the world's largest demonstration projects for domestic Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G): Powerloop.

After an early stint with BMW developing hydrogen powered cars, Fiona spent time at global consultancy Bain & Company, and the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (now BIES), before focusing on taking smart products to market - most notably with the connected heating product “Hive by British Gas”, which is now in well over 1 million homes

Quote: 

“Tesla is leading the transformation on our roads, just like Apple did for our phones. And as our auto and energy sectors come together, we are seeing many new business models.”

Jens Hörning

CEE Automotive Industry Leader, PwC

Jens is a partner at PwC and started with the firm in 1996 when he joined PwC in Frankfurt/Germany. In 2002, together with his wife, he went on a secondment to Prague/Czechia where he gained significant experience within the Central European business environment. Since June 2006 he has been located in Bratislava/Slovakia where he lives with his wife and two daughters. 

Jens has extensive experience in providing audits and audit related advisory services to multinational automotive and industrial manufacturing clients and shares his deep insights of automotive and manufacturing industry related issues, providing solutions and adding value to the clients.

Jens is the PwC CEE Automotive Industry Leader. He has extensive experience in advising automotive manufacturers and suppliers and dealing with related industry issues. Jens has been leading several projects for automotive companies in the area of Operational Efficiency and State Aid Incentives. He organizes regular automotive conferences and surveys, speaks at different business forums on automotive trends in CEE and coordinates the use of PwC Autofacts® services for PwC Central European offices and their clients.

Quote:

The automotive industry is in the middle of a fundamental transformation. Technology, climate change and regulation is driving electrification, connectivity and mobility solutions, and the pandemic appears to be an accelerator for these developments. Whilst there are huge challenges for the industry on its way to new mobility concepts, the transformation offers potential for growth and adjusted future business models. What are the critical success factors and what is the balance between driving technology developments and customer focus?

Noam Ilan

VP business development, Electreon

An experienced and creative entrepreneur and manager; a leading figure in the world of clean energy and mobility innovation.

Expert in cleantech and mobility technologies, markets, regulation and policy. A well-known speaker and mentor in the field.

VP business development Electreon since 2019 and board member 2015-2019.
In 2011 Noam co-founded and was VP Business Development at Capital Nature; Israel's leading clean energy and mobility investment firm, the first investor in Electreon. Noam served as a board member of several companies such as Augwing, a publicly traded clean energy company. 
In 2006 Noam co-founded and was the director of Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy initiative, Israel's leading clean energy entity. Prior to that he founded one of Israel's first internet software companies, Cortext, sold to VCI, a NASDAQ listed company.
Noam is also the founder and chair of Israel's biggest clean energy conference – the Eilat Eilot conference.

Hold MA in environmental studies from the Tel Aviv University.

Quote:

"The world is going through an amazing process of electrifying transportation, but in order to really achieve the goals of emissions reduction we need to solve the challenges of electrifying commercial fleets by decreasing the size of batteries and the down time for charging and making charging a cost effective service for fleet operators."

Viktorija Jersova

Senior Transport Planner, Milton Keynes

Victoria recently completed her Master’s degree in Transport and City Planning (RTPI) at UCL. The course brings a cross-disciplinary focus to transport and urban planning, aiming to critically examine the current challenges of transitioning to sustainable travel behaviours and sustainable cities. Her latest academic work includes a dissertation focussed on the development of a Mass Rapid Transit system in Milton Keynes.

Victoria is a Senior Transport Planner for Milton Keynes Council, she previously worked as a Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator for Luton Borough Council. Her work in transportation is wide ranging including the delivery of electric vehicle infrastructure, shared mobility schemes (such as car clubs) and cycle and pedestrian improvement schemes. She has worked on the development of urban design improvement strategies, Local Walking and Cycling improvement plans and other transport related strategies.

Her first degree is a Bsc in Business Finance and this combined with her latest academic achievement and wide ranging practical experience gives her a unique perspective on major transport projects.

Quote:

“We must obey the great law of change. It’s the most powerful law of nature” – E. Burke.

Electric vehicles, e-scooters, autonomous vehicles are not yet fully accepted by people across the globe and are widely criticised. A lot of serial car users still think that cycling along with public transport is below their level.

However, these changes are coming and we must embrace them to evolve into a community that cares about our planet by being sustainable and moving around without polluting our home.

Kazimierz Karolczak

Chairman of the Board at the Metropolis of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie

Chairman of the Board at the Metropolis of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie - the very first metropolis in Poland. Coordinates the works of the Metropolis related to implementation of its statutory tasks: formation of spatial order, socio-economic development, development and integration of public transport and promotion. He had previously held the position of the Deputy-Marshal of the Province of Silesia, where he had been responsible for issues related to e.g.: European Social Fund and Environmental Protection and Management. Between 1999 – 2003 he was involved in his own business activity, then in 2003 he settled WORKER Sp. z o.o., one of the first employment agencies in Poland which soon became one of the largest companies operating within its sector. In 2007 WORKER Sp. z o.o was sold to an international investor. At the time of sale, the company made profits at the level of more than PLN 50 million, employed and posted nearly 3 thousand employees.

Quote:

"Metropolis GZM is very tightly focusing on life-facilitating innovations. Our aim is to become a place where best solutions in e.g. public transport are tested and subsequently implemented. This is why we pin our hopes on developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Not so many years ago, very few people considered hydrogen as an alternative to coal. Today, when we pursue climate-neutrality, hydrogen can provide energy security and become an effective fuel used in transportation."

Friederike Kienitz

Region Vice President, Legal, External Governmental Affairs & Communications, Nissan Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania

Friederike Kienitz is the Vice President of Communications, Legal, External & Government Affairs for Nissan Europe. With the automotive industry in a state of change, new regulatory and policy trends in Europe, Friederike and her team aim at transforming the company's engagement and communications approach, finding new ways to communicate to all stakeholders. Her objective is to make the company's new technologies and electrification strategy accessible to all, and also to demonstrate the broader benefits of these technologies to individuals, societies and economies.

Meital Lehavi

Deputy Mayor for Transportation, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

Meital Lehavi is the Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv who holds the city council transportation, traffic and parking portfolio.

She is a member of the local planning and construction committee and the environmental committee, a board director at Ahuzot HaHof and Kiryat Atidim. Meital serves as a council member since 2003 and as a deputy mayor and Chairwoman of "Meretz" faction since 2009. In 2014 Meital was elected as the chairwomen of "Meretz" municipal forum.

Winner of the 2016 Green Globe Award for her life-long environmental activity She started her path as a social activist while founding the Tel Aviv- Yafo's "Community Forum".

Since the beginning of her political activity, she has been acting to promote values ​​of democracy , equality and empowerment of disadvantaged communities, as well as improving quality of life , health and the environment .

Nowdays, she promotes and leads initiatives for technological innovation in the fields of traffic and transportation.

Meital is one of the initiators of the Metropolitan Transport Coalition, acting to change the Israeli wage system by allowing workers to convert
their car holding reimbursements for a “Green arrival to work” bonus.

She regularly participates in Knesset sessions regarding transportation, Meital is initiator of Tel Aviv-Yafo’s city plan for safe walking to school and the the renovations and upgrading of the city’s train stations and their connectivity with other means of public transport. She promotes the rearranging and expansion of the taxi service system in the city as part of national reform.

Javier Mateos Castro

CEO, ZITY

Industrial Engineer and Executive Management Program by IE in Madrid, Javier joined the Ferrovial Group in 2007, managing infrastructure maintenance services, having under his responsibility since 2012 the largest energy efficiency contract in Spain up to that date. After four years as Regional Business Manager for energy efficiency, infrastructures and facilities maintenance, managing a team of 1,200 people and an annual turnover of € 45M, in 2017 started a new stage as CEO in the carsharing company ZITY, Joint Venture owned by Renault and Ferrovial.

After three years as CEO of the Company, given the international expansion of the project, Javier is the person in charge of the business in each of the countries where ZITY provides the carsharing service, and is responsible for the expansion strategy of the Company. As part of his responsibilities, he is President of ZITY's French subsidiary, Car Sharing and Mobility Services France

Quote:

"For the first time in history we are aware of the revolutionary change that we are participating in with e-mobility. And we do it in response to a society that calls for efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly measures".

Adam Mutwil

Director, Head of Division Electric Mobility, Charging- and Hydrogen Infrastructure Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany

Previous positions:

  • Deputy Director Division Electric Mobility, Charging- and Hydrogen Infrastructure
  • Division of Energy and Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Transport Counsellor at the German Embassy Beijing, Economic Department  
  • Division of International Affairs, Federal Ministry of Transport, Buildings and  
    Urban Development
  • Advisor for Members of the German Parliament

Quote:

"Electromobility is a key to shaping a sustainable transport system and achieving our climate protection goals in the transport sector: a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2030 compared with 1990. To achieve this reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, we as the German government have set ourselves the goal of having 7 to 10 million electric vehicles - fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids as defined in the German Electromobility Act - on Germany's roads by 2030. One million publicly accessible charging points are also to be built by 2030."

Gilles Normand

Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles & Mobility Services, Groupe Renault

Gilles Normand is the Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles and Mobility Services of Groupe Renault and member of Groupe Renault Management Committee. He started his career at Renault in 1988, where he has taken various managerial positions at Product Planning, Sales & Marketing and Mercosur, before joining Nissan where he successively led the Sales & Marketing for Latin America, became President of Nissan Espana and was appointed Corporate Vice President, in charge of Africa, Middle East and India. His previous position was Senior Vice President, Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region of Groupe Renault.
He graduated from EDHEC business school, France.

Quote :
“The Groupe Renault is pioneer and leader in electric mobility in Europe. We believe that EVs are more than mere cars: they favor energy transition and represent a huge potential for creating smart, sustainable ecosystems, in close collaboration with public and private stakeholders.”

Moran Price

CEO & Co-Founder of IRP Systems

Moran oversees IRP’s strategy and growth, manages the engineering and business teams, and leads the company through her personal dedication to shifting the mobility sector towards clean energy solutions. She is a seasoned engineer and senior manager and has held leadership positions in startups and global companies. Moran has extensive experience managing cross-functional teams across sectors, including aerospace and automotive. She started her career as an engineer at Intel, where she became Hardware Design Manager and Strategic Planner. Moran has an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Quote:

“E-mobility will have a tremendous impact on our lives, beyond cleaning the air - from new and digitalized mobility platforms to redefining the urban space – we’re talking about a true revolution.”

Dr. Jose Serras-Pereira

Director - Growth Consulting Automotive & Transportation [Mobility], Frost & Sullivan

Dr. Jose Pereira started his career with academic research into future vehicle powertrain systems before transitioning into industry where he spent 10 years at Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, in roles focused on in-vehicle technology development, customer focused product engineering & more recently addressing long-term business strategy & planning. He joined the Mobility Consulting group of Frost & Sullivan in 2019 as a Director to contribute more widely as an advisor to clients and their growth and transformations challenges as well as the sustainability challenges facing the industry as a whole.

Quote:
"Despite the challenges of 2020, the year has witnessed an accelerating transition towards electrified vehicles in Europe. Stringent CO2 emissions targets for OEMs, a growing diversity of EVs on the market and new EV-focused business models, are combining to make EVs more desirable than ever, in both the consumer and the fleet sectors. Will this be the pattern for the coming decade? or will unforeseen obstacles get in the way of this expected e-mobility revolution?."

Gary Silberg

Global Head of Automotive, KPMG

Gary Silberg is the Firm’s Global and US Automotive Industry Leader, as well as the Global Lead Partner for Ford Motor Company. Gary has 25+ years of business experience, including over 17 years in the automotive industry.

Gary has advised numerous domestic and multinational companies in areas of strategy, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. His specific focus includes helping clients identify and evaluate new investment and growth strategies from technology start-up companies to large scale multibillion dollar investments. For the past eight years he has focused on the intersection of technology and the automotive industry with groundbreaking research on Self- Driving Cars, connectivity and mobility demand services. He has also worked on some of the most iconic, complex and strategic transactions in the industry. In particular, Gary has worked as an advisor to Ford Motor Company on its three most recent divestitures: Aston Martin, Jaguar/Land Rover, and Volvo and it’s recent multibillion AV Joint Venture with Volkswagen. Gary Silberg has also advised Chrysler Corporation as part of its transaction with Fiat and now is working on the Peugeot/FiatChrysler transaction. He also has extensive knowledge and experience working with tier 1 automotive suppliers. He has assisted several start-up automotive companies in developing their long-term strategies and business plans.

Gary is the chair of the annual Executive Automotive Share Forum Series, conducted in parallel with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and Los Angeles.

Quote:

"Clean energy solutions will be the future of mobility if companies are able to afford the investments required by the crisis situation".

Dr. Wolf-Stefan Specht

Head of Group National Sales Companies Steering and Group Mobility

Dr. Wolf-Stefan Specht has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 2001. He has held various management positions in sales of Volkswagen brand since 2004 being responsible for several regions as well in Europe and also Asia. Since November 2017 he was the president of the management board of Volkswagen Group Polska, particularly involved in the development of electromobility. On 1st of November dr. Specht took over responsibility for Group National Sales Companies Steering and Group Mobility in Wolfsburg.

Quote:

"The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time. To mitigate its impact, the automotive industry plays an important role. We are clearly committed to our “Way to Zero”.
E-cars combined with green energy are the key. By 2029, Volkswagen Group will have brought to market approximately 70 fully electric models as well as 60 plug-in hybrid vehicles across all brands."

Christoph Stürmer

Global Lead Analyst, PwC, Autofacts

Christoph Stürmer is the Global Lead Analyst of Autofacts, PwC’s independent competence and research center on the global
automotive industry. He has been active in and for the automotive industry for 20 years.

Quote:

"By providing distributed and mobile storage, electric vehicles can be the true driving force powering the shift to clean energy by 2050."

Andreas Unterstaller

Transport and Environment Expert

Andreas Unterstaller works as transport and environment expert at the European Environment Agency, an agency of the European Union that provides independent information on the environment and climate. Mr Unterstaller has led major assessments on transport’s environmental and climate impacts, including on life cycle and circular economy aspects of electric cars. He previously worked for the automotive industry unit of the European Commission.

Quote:

“The European Environment Agency’s work has shown that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. Many of those challenges are linked to our current mobility system that needs a fundamental change towards sustainability. A shift towards e-mobility is part of that change and needs to go hand in hand with the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system.”

Uri Wainshtein

Regional Director Russia & CIS, CEE, Mobileye

Uri Serves as Director of Russia and CIS in The IMS division, responsible for business Development and manages Russia and CIS sales team, including marketing activities and public relation.

Prior Uri was responsible for sales and regulations in Israeli market and lead sales managers in Mobileye an Intel company.

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Maciej Kautz

TV & radio journalist

Maciej Kautz is a journalist, host and producer at Polskie Radio – Poland’s public broadcaster. He originated “International Poznan” – a talk show in English that encourages foreigners to speak openly about their lives in Poland. Maciej also works as a TV producer and hosts morning shows. His television program was awarded nationally and featured at the MIPTV in Cannes, France. He studied at the Appalachian State University and holds a Master of Laws degree from Adam Mickiewicz University. After completing a three-year legal apprenticeship and passing the qualifying exam, he is now attorney-at-law in Poland.

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Alicja Pawłowska-Piorun, PhD

acting Head of Low Emission Transport Unit National Centre for Climate Change

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