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​​​​​Bryn Balcombe
Chief Strategy Officer, Roborace

Bryn Balcombe is the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. His previous experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design.
Miguel Banon
Vice President, Business Line Cybersecurity, DEKRA

Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27/WG 3 "Security evaluation, testing and specification”, EN/CLC/JTC 013/WG 03 "Security evaluation and assessment”, president of the UNE CTN 320 “Ciberseguridad y protección de datos personales”, and member of the Common Criteria Users Forum Management Committee.

 David Barzilai
Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Karamba Security

David brings extensive entrepreneurial and go-to-market experience to Karamba. He was VP Marketing at Mellanox (MLNX) enabling revenue growth from $260M to $500M. VP Software at Voltaire (VOLT, acquired by Mellanox) managing software sales from $0.5M to $6.5M in one year. VP at Mercury Interactive (MERQ), signing-up world largest ISPs as OEMs. CEO of Conduct, which was acquired by Mercury Interactive, yielding returns of 22X and 6X to its investors. Sales executive at Sun Microsystems, Israel, bringing it to be the largest UNIX company in Israel by market share and revenues. Software engineer at Amdocs (NYSE:DOX). David earned a BA in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Oren Betzaleli
Senior Vice President & GM, Software Platforms, HARMAN

​Oren Betzaleli is an exper​ienced executive with a proven track record in senior leadership positions. Oren serves as Senior Vice President, Software Platforms Product Business Unit (PBU) at HARMAN, and as General Manager of HARMAN Israel. HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, cybersecurity solutions, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and services supporting the Internet of Things.  As Senior Vice President, Software Platforms PBU, Oren has global P&L responsibility for the PBU, which includes four main portfolios: Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA), Automotive Cybersecurity (HARMAN SHIELD), Device Virtualization and Automotive Cloud Platform. As General Manager of HARMAN Israel, Oren leads a team of more than 200 automotive professionals from the company’s Israeli HQ, developing and selling software products to global car manufacturers. Until 2017, Oren also held the position of Vice President, Marketing, for HARMAN Connected Services division. Oren has joined HARMAN following the Redbend acquisition of 2015, where he served as EVP of Products and Marketing. Prior to that Oren was 4 years in Retalix (acquired by NCR in 2012) and 12 years in Amdocs. Oren is an alumnus of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served for 8 years as an officer and team leader.
Teodor Buburuzan
Device Connectivity (EECP/3), Volkswagen​

Dr. Teodor Buburuzan is a leading communications engineer with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. His main area of interest currently lies with developing and integrating hardware and software connectivity solutions for the Volkswagen Group's vehicle projects. He is also responsible for providing the technical and commercial framework for V2X technologies (like IEEE 802.11p, LTE-V2X and 5G) and for integrating them with the overall Volkswagen connectivity strategy. Before joining the Connected Car department of the Technical Development, he was active as a senior researcher within Volkswagen Group Research and working on topics related to connected and automated driving. In this area he was active for over six years with focus on both V2X and V2X communication technologies for cooperative systems. Dr. Teodor Buburuzan currently chairs the ETSI TC ITS WG1, in the past acted as chair for the Roadmap and Profile working groups within the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium and was an active contributor to various conferences and standardization activities. Dr. Teodor Buburuzan holds a PhD-Title on Wireless Communication Networks from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, and a Computer Science Diploma from the "Al.I.Cuza" University in Iasi, Romania.
André Cardote​
Head of Product Management, Veniam

 ​André Cardote is the Head of Product Management at Veniam. He received his Ph.D. in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering / Wireless Networks from the University of Aveiro in 2014. During his Ph.D., he has spent time at Carnegie Mellon University as a visiting researcher. His main expertise is computer networks and he is also interested in electronics and other related fields. André has been part of the team that developed an inter-vehicle communication solution for Veniam from the early beginning, and has since then been involved in the deployment of vehicular networks in multiple geographies.
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Max Cavazzini
EMEA Automotive & Manufacturing Lead, Amazon

Massimo's business life has been almost entirely dedicated to innovation and technology,. After earning his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management at Politecnico di Torino, he founded his own startup in the biometric business and then he helped two media companies in the digital transition acting as Chief Digital Officer. In 2005 he joined 3 Italia, a Hutchison Whampoa Company, where he lead digital marketing, communication&adverstising, before moving to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) in 2011 as Infotainment product planner and global lead for FIAT eco:Drive, becoming in 2013 head of FCA's Connected Car EMEA. Massimo moved then at Oracle as Digital Innovation Director EMEA for automotive&manufacturing, before joining in early 2018 AWS, where he’s leading Automotive Business Development in EMEA for Amazon Web Services, supporting customers to invent and innovate at scale. Massimo is based in Torino with his family, loves to travel, discover new food and spend time skiing on the Alps.
Marjorie Dickman
Global Director & Associate General Counsel, Automated Driving and IoT Policy, Intel Corporation

Marjorie Dickman is Global Director and Associate General Counsel in the Law and Policy Group at Intel Corporation.  She is responsible for worldwide government affairs and public policy for the company’s Automated Driving and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. Dickman brings over 20 years of legal, legislative and regulatory expertise, leading Intel’s engagement with U.S. and international governments on Automated Driving and IoT policy, including self-driving and connected vehicles, mobility-as-a-service, industrial automation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, privacy, cybersecurity, 5G and wireless technologies. Prior to joining Intel in 2004, she practiced law at a Washington, D.C. firm, advising media and telecom clients on legal, policy and transactional matters.  She received her B.A. cum laude in Public Policy from Duke University, and studied Politics & Media at The London School of Economics and Political Science.  She received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on The Georgetown Law Journal’s Editorial Board.​
Amir Einav
VP of Marketing, Karamba Security​
In the intersection of Connceted Automotive and Cybersecurity Amir brings extensive experience in international product and marketing leadership. In the past 10 years at HPE, he led cybersecurity products (HPE ArcSight) and HPE mobile core offerings on a global scale, building an effective Product2Market value chain and leading multiple successful product introductions and portfolio extensions. Amir has a BA in management and economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Dino Flore
VP Technology, Qualcomm
Dino Flore is a Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm, where he is currently in charge of Technology & Products for EMEA.  Dino joined Qualcomm in July 2003 as member of the Engineering Service Group. From 2005 to 2017 Dino was part of Qualcomm Standards group, where he has covered a number of leadership roles in the area of 3GPP standardization. From March 2013 to April 2017, he served as Chairman of 3GPP RAN, the Technical Specification Group in 3GPP with overall responsibility for the radio interface and access network. Form September 2016 to September 2018 Dino was appointed Director General of the newly formed 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), whose goal is to bridge automotive and telecom industry to develop next generation connected mobility solutions. Prior to Qualcomm Dino worked from January 2000 to June 2003 at Arraycomm as Senior Research Engineer, developing algorithms and solutions for smart antennas. Dino received a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and a M.S. degree in Mobile Communications from the EURECOM Institute, France, in 2000.
Aline Gouget
​Technical Advisor, Advanced Cryptography, Gemalto

Aline Gouget is Technical Advisor at Gemalto on Advanced Cryptography. She is in charge of the security analysis of cryptographic mechanisms and protocols, solving critical issues for different industrial sectors and also designing innovative solutions. Her research topics include quantum-safe cryptography, homomorphic encryption, IoT security and privacy, and blockchain technologies. After studies in pure mathematics at the University of Caen (France), she obtained her Ph.D. on symmetric-key cryptography in 2004. She has published over 30 scientific articles and she is the inventor of more than 30 patents. She has been involved in developing standards, e.g. at ISO/IEC SC27 (Cryptography and security mechanisms). She has 15 years of experience in the application of Cryptography for industrial needs. In 2017, Aline has been awarded the prize Irène Joliot-Curie for “Female Scientist in an Enterprise”.
Tomaso Grossi
Business Development Manager​, Autonomous Driving, Tomtom

Tomaso Grossi is responsible for Business Development for TomTom’s Autonomous Driving products in Europe and regularly speaks at industry events on a range of topics including connected car, autonomous driving, and mobility services. He has experience in marketing and selling technology products and services in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer settings. Tomaso graduated from the University of Kent (UK) with a BA in International Business and has an MBA in Management and Marketing from Bentley University (USA).

Eddy Hartog
Head of Unit, Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology

Mr Hartog has Dutch nationality and was born and raised in Utrecht (the Netherlands). He obtained a degree in political economics at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and subsequently a post-graduate degree at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). He has worked in the European Commission since 1989, first in Trade policy, then in Regional policy and in Maritime policy and lately in Information Society and Media policy. He is a Head of Unit since 2003. His present responsibility (since July 2016) is Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Te​chnology. Mr Hartog is married and has two daughters.

Shay Horowitz
Head of Marketing, Cymotive

Shay Horowitz is the Head of CYMOTIVE Marketing division, responsible for the company strategic growth and corporate Marketing. Shay has 15+ years’ of experience in a variety of executive positions where he successfully introduced innovative Cyber Security, Big Data, BI, Telecom and System on a Chip technologies into multiple markets. During his career tenure, Shay won large scale deals with Fortune Global 500 companies in Europe, Japan and China. Being passionate about the automotive industry, Shay now combines his passion with his profession.
Philippe Huysmans
VP of Growth, Ridecell

Philippe Huysmans is VP of Growth for Ridecell and is responsible for all revenue and customer success activity. Philippe is a seasoned strategist and serial entrepreneur with a venture capital background and deep expertise in the technology sector. He's co-founded and managed multiple technology startups including Tapbuy, Flayr, and ScreenTonic and successfully seen the companies acquired by market leaders. Philippe has spent years as an EMEA Director in Paris, London and Seattle while at Microsoft.  Philippe holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BS/MS from the Solvay School, University of Brussels.

Bilel Jamoussi 
Chief of Study Group Department, TSB, ITU
Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries. Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.​
Alain Kornhauser
Professor, Princeton University, USA

​Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Penn State earning a BS and MS and Princeton, earning a PhD. In 1971 he joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at U of Minnesota where he applied automation, network analysis and optimal control to the design of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Systems. He returned to Princeton in 1972 extending his pivotal work to more conventional forms of transportation. In 1979 he founded ALK Technologies, Inc. to help the private North American Railroad System emerge from bankruptcy by rationalizing its network structure and transitioning to emerging computer technology. ALK created the standard digital map database and computerized routing systems that continue to be relied upon by essentially all railroad and trucking companies in North America. He transitioned this technology to the consumer marketplace where he pioneered the development and market acceptance of GPS navigation systems. After 33.5 years, he sold ALK to Trimble Navigation in December 2012. At Princeton, Prof. Kornhauser is completing his 47th year on the faculty. He serves as Director of the Transportation Program where he continues his basic research in Transportation focused on the real-time operation of large fleets of driverless vehicles and on the development of Deep-Learning Neural Networks that safely drive road vehicles. Heled Princeton’s entries the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and 2007 Urban Challenge. Today he is particularly focused on the use of aautonomousTaxis to deliver ubiquitous affordable mobility to everyone, especially economically challenged households. He is Faculty Chair of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE), Editor of the Smart Driving Cars Newsletter, Organizer of the Annual Princeton SmartDrivingCars Summits and Board Chair of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA). In addition to his teaching and research duties he serves as the ORFE’s Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Professor Kornhauser completed 14 NYC Marathons.
Roger Lanctot
Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics

Roger is Director, Automotive Connected Mobility in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, and is an advisor to the L.A. Auto Show Automobility forum, the International Telecommunications Union, and the World Wide Web Consortium. Roger draws on 25+ years' experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. Roger is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Julien Masson
VP Sales, CloudCar

Julien has an extensive experience in infotainment and telematics within the automotive industry. He has acquired over 18 years working in different parts of the connected car value chain.Before joining CloudCar, Julien was the Head of Connected Car at Orange Business Services where he lead the deployment of Orange’s vertical automotive business strategy for the whole connected vehicle ecosystem. Prior to that, Julien led the European Business Development and Sales Operations at Parrot Automotive. His experience also includes working for Tier 1 Audio and Navigation suppliers such as Clarion and Parrot Automotive and automotive OEMs such as Nissan where he defined cross-car-line audio, Bluetooth, and navigation strategies in cooperation with Renault. Julien was also at Connexis where he rolled out in mass production voice & data services for BMW Assist.
Anne Mellano
VP of Operations and Co-founder, Bestmille

As VP of Operations and cofounder, Anne oversees Bestmile’s operational infrastructure and manages the company’s day-to-day business and marketing operations. She is a civil engineer with specialization in innovative transportation systems. Prior to founding Bestmile, Anne worked in an urban planning office in Lausanne as a Transport Engineer where she was in charge of project management for two of the first autonomous mobility projects in Europe, ultimately developing with cofounder Raphaël Gindrat the concept of the Bestmile Mobility Services Platform to enable autonomous vehicles to work together as intelligent fleets. Anne directs Bestmile’s role in Swissand European Union government-sponsored mobility projects including the EU’s ambitious AVENUE project to bring autonomous mobility services to multiple European cities. She speaks around the world advocating for safe, efficient, accessible mobility for all. Anne holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation from the EPFL.

Michael Meyer
Research Manager, Ericsson Eurolab, Aachen

Dr. Michael Meyer holds the position of a Research Manager at the Ericsson Eurolab, Aachen. Within the global Ericsson Research organization, he is responsible for the research on Radio Network Architecture and Protocols. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Paderborn, Germany, in 1996. The same year he started as research engineer at Ericsson Eurolab. In 2004 he was awarded the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award. Dr. Meyer has an extensive background in mobile communication systems due to his work on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G systems. He was deeply involved in the LTE concept development and standardization in 3GPP. In addition, he has been active in establishing various research projects on German (5GNetMobil) or EU level (METIS, 5GCAR, 5GCroCo). His current research interests focus around 5G and its relevance for vertical applications like automotive. He published more than 30 publications and holds more than 90 patents.​

Koji Nakao
Rep. ITU-T SG17, NICT, Japan​

Koji Nakao received the B.E. degree of Mathematics from Waseda University, in Japan, in 1979. Since joining KDDI in 1979, Koji has been engaged in the research on communication protocol, and information security technology for telecommunications in KDDI laboratory. After 2003, Koji has moved to KDDI head office to construct and manage its security systems. In 2004, he has started to additionally work for NICT (National Information Communication Technologies). His present positions are "Information Security Fellow" to manage all the security issues required in KDDI and "Group Leader" to manage research activities for network security technologies in NICT. As for standardization activities, Koji is currently working for a vice-chair of SG17 and a vice-chair of FG Cloud in ITU-T and also acting for a national conv​ener of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27/WG4 in Japan.​
Walter Nissler

Walter Nissler is Chief of the Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section of the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Before, he worked for six years at the European Commission in the area of road safety and for twenty years in national administration dealing with vehicle testing and type approval. His educational background is mechanical engineering with a University degree in vehicle engineering.


Michael Sena
Consulting AB

Michael is a consultant specializing in connected vehicle service delivery. He writes a newsletter called The Dispatcher that explores the topics of automated and connected vehicles.
Russell Shields
Chair, Ygomi

Russ Shields is Chair of Ygomi. Mr Shields is a Board Member of the ITS World Congress, founding Board Member of ITS America, former Chair of the TRB Communications Committee, former Convener of ISO/TC204/WG16, and Co‑Chair of the ITU Collaboration on ITS Communications Standards​​​. Mr Shields is also a member of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, a Presidential advisory committee. He received the 1998 SAE‑Delco Electronics ITS Award, was named an SAE Fellow in 2007, was inducted into the inaugural class of ITS America’s Hall of Fame in 2008, and was named the inaugural U.S. member of the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame in 2010. ​In 2008, to recognize his more than 40 years defining new industries, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in Entrepreneurship.
Johannes Springer

Dr Johannes Springer is responsible for the 5G Automotive Program at Deutsche Telekom in the Group Technology Headquarter. Dr Springer studied Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering at the Berlin Technical University. After his doctorate in 1992 he was in charge at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH). In 1998 he joined Deutsche Telekom Group in various management positions. From 2004 to 2010 and since 2006 he worked for Toll Collect as CTO/COO, the GPS/GSM based electronic tolling operator for heavy trucks in Germany. From 2011 to 2016 he was Vice President Technology and Solution Design within Strategic Business Unit Connected Car in T-Systems.
Jean Todt

Jean Todt is President of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de L'Automobile) - the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s motoring organisations. The federation works across two key interlinked areas of activity – Sport and Mobility. In the realm of Mobility, the FIA aims to ensure that safe, affordable and clean systems of transport are available to all. He was elected to the position in October 2009 and re-elected in December 2013. He made road safety a priority of the federation through the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign, launched in 2011 in support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The campaign is based on global advocacy for road safety, supporting action on the ground by its 250 member clubs in nearly 150 countries, building institutional and commercial partnerships as well as mobilising the motor sport community to promote road safety.
• On 29 April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jean Todt as his first ever Special Envoy for Road Safety.
• Jean Todt is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society.
• Jean Todt began his career in 1966 as a world championship rally co-driver, before joining Peugeot as Sporting Director in 1981. In 1993, he joined Ferrari Racing, later taking responsibility for all motor sport activity for the Ferrari-Maserati Group. He was appointed General Manager of Ferrari in 2004 and at the end of 2006 became Chief Executive Officer of the company until 2008.
• In 2011, Jean Todt was named Grand Croix de la Légion d'Honneur, the highest honour of the French Republic. He is Chairman of the Board of the Suu Foundation, a humanitarian organization dedicated to advancing the health and education of the people of Myanmar founded by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Institute (IPI). He is also one of the Founders and the Vice-President of ICM, an institute devoted to medical research for brain and spinal cord disorders.
• Jean Todt was born on 25 February 1946 at Pierrefort, Cantal (France). He has one son, Nicolas, and shares his life with actress and film producer Michelle Yeoh, who is Global Road Safety Ambassador.
Joost Vantomme
Smart Mobility Director, ACEA / OICA

Joost Vantomme is the Smart Mobility Director of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers. Joost serves also as member of the Supervisory Board of ERTICO (advocating intelligent mobility solutions) and of the Board of the Mobility as a Service Alliance (MaaS). Joost has over 25 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs. He served as legal and regulatory affairs director in the telecommunications, postal, logistics and automotive sector. He had leading policy making roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA, as well as at the UN level (UPU). Joost has also been member of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economy and director at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, an EU consultancy firm.
As a frequent speaker at conferences and author of papers, he engages with stakeholders on European and international policy issues in a digital agenda context. Joost holds a Master in Economic Business Law, a Master in Law and a Diploma in Teaching Law (Universities of Leuven, Poitiers and Louvain). He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.​
Holger G. Weiss
Founder & CEO, German Autolabs
Holger G. Weiss is Managing Director and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE - a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros. Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America. Holger G. Weiss is a board member of various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners - one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities, he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations.