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International B2B forum for innovations
in automotive & mobility

APRIL 23 & 24, 2025   


Conference Agenda - 2023 edition

  • 08:30 – 08:45


  • 08:45 – 09:05

    Chair’s Opening and Conference Commencement
    Chris Ahn, Connected Vehicles and Electrification Leader, Deloitte

  • 09:05 – 09:15

    Piemonte: A Successful Smart Mobility Ecosystem
    Rosanna Viola, Division Manager Industrial & Technologicak Goods, Piemonte Agency

  • 09:15 – 09:40

    Navigating Converging Social, Economic, and Technological Trends in Modern Mobility Ecosystems 
    Kellie Lindsay, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Autotech Ventures

  • 09:40 – 10:20

    Driving the Future of Transportation Ecosystems

    Panel discussion: Meeting Transportation Mobility Requirements for Passengers Today

    - Integrating multimodal systems in today’s urban environments
    - Improving interoperability between different platforms
    - Investing in a Fair and Accessible Mobility Infrastructure

    Panel Moderator:
    Bob Bennett, Principal and Founder, B² Civic Solutions


    • Sajid Yacoob, Senior Partner – Smart Mobility Group, Tata Consultancy Services
    • Valerie Brugeman, Principal of Engagement and Strategy, Urban Mobility Solutions, Mercedes-Benz USA
    • Vraj Patel, System Requirements Engineer, May Mobility

  • 10:20 – 10:50

    Coffee Break

  • 10:50 – 11:10

    How Is Automation Driving Innovation in Parking Technology?
    Berveleen Mashonga, Product Manager in Product Planning and Strategy, Hyundai Mobis

  • 11:10 – 12:00

    Panel discussion: Improving Passenger Safety and Security in a New Age of Vehicle Technologies

    - Why are autonomous and connected vehicles more vulnerable and how can we mitigate these risks?
    - Understanding new the threats posed to increasingly connected transportation environments
    - How is the physical driving environment changing and how can new vehicle technologies address this?

    Panel Moderator:
    Sajid Yacoob, Senior Partner – Smart Mobility Group, Tata Consultancy Services


    • Berveleen Mashonga, Product Manager in Product Planning and Strategy, Hyundai Mobis
    • Magnus Andersson, CEO, Terranet
    • Partha Goswami, Founder, PG Mobility Analysis

  • 12:00 – 12:15

    Unlocking V2X Through the Cellular Network
    Jeremy Agulnek, Senior Vice President of Connected Vehicle, HAAS Alert

  • 12:30 – 13:30

    Networking Lunch

  • 13:30 – 13:40

    Trends and Developments in New Vehicle Technologies

    Chair’s Opening and Afternoon Session Commencement
    Victoria Waters, Assistant Director, Mcity

  • 13:40 – 14:20

    Panel discussion: Ensuring a Future for Electric Vehicles

    - Technology, affordability, infrastructure: overcoming obstacles to mass adoption
    - Understanding the value and use cases of electric car conversions

    Panel Moderator: Kevin Riddell, Senior Manager- Powertrain Forecasting, GlobalData


    • Ann Schlenker, Director of Government Research Programs, Center for Automotive Research
    • Mark Heusel, Practice Group Chair - International Practice Group Chair, Dickinson Wright
    • Andrew Higashi, Strategy, Innovation, & Commercial Leader, Microsoft

  • 14:20 – 15:00

    Overcoming the Obstacles for Electrification in America
    Nick Twork, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Market and Communications, Our Next Energy

  • 15:00 – 15:40

    Panel Discussion: Understanding the Case for Hydrogen Propulsion

    - In what context do hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have a future?
    - Understanding the technical challenges of hydrogen propulsion for light duty vehicles
    - Can hydrogen ever become a viable mass transportation fuel?

    Frank Abkenar, Independent Consultant, Abkenar Consulting and former Global Powertrain Director - Ford Motor Company


    • Maureen Marshall, Senior Director – Midwest Region, Calstart
    • Mohammad Fatouraie, Director of Engineering, Bosch USA
    • David Cleary, Research Center Director, Aramco

  • 15:40 – 16:00

    Afternoon Coffee Break

  • 16:00 – 16:15

    AV Technologies for Defence and Intelligence Solutions
    Matthew Foglesong, Director of Technology, National Advanced Mobility Consortium

  • 16:15 – 16:55

    Panel Discussion: Autonomous Vehicles:
    Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

    - Taking a software-first approach to drive AV development
    - What is the importance of industry partnerships in driving innovation?

    Mo Al-Bodour, Automotive Consulting Manager, SBD Automotive


    • Cemre Kavvasoglu, Product Management Director, North America, ADASTEC
    • Gary Streelman, Director Advanced Engineering & New Concepts, Marelli Electronic Systems
    • Tim Woods, Director, Autonomous Vehicle Alliance
    • Kristian Jaldemark, VP, Carmenta Automotive

  • 16:55 – 17:35

    Panel Discussion: Building a Workforce to Grow with the Requirements of Industry Today

    - What are some of the challenges and opportunities of attracting and retaining top talent?
    - Understanding the advantages of developing a more diverse workforce
    - Developing non-traditional, collaborative training methods to meet industry needs

    Panel Moderator:

    Sarah Gregory, Talent Solutions Director, Detroit Regional Partnership


    • Joe Kaczmarek, Talent Solutions Specialist, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    • Patrick Rouse, Director, Workforce & Continuing Education, Engineering & Advanced Technology, Macomb Community College
    • Kandyce Smith, Deputy Director, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board
    • Phaedra Wainaina, Division Chief of Support, US Department of Labor Office of Job Corps

  • 17:35

                      Chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference close