SPEAKERS

Maria Tsavachidis

CEO

EIT Urban Mobility

Dr. Maria Tsavachidis is the CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, a European knowledge and innovation community to accelerate the transition towards sustainable urban mobility and livable urban spaces. Before joining the European Institute for Innovation and Technology in 2018, she was responsible for Innovation at Siemens for more than 20 year in different positions. She started her career as a researcher in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems and holds a PHD in traffic engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

Prof Carlos Moreno

Scientific director of the Chair “Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation”

IAE Paris – Sorbonne University (France).

Carlos Moreno earned recognition as a scientist with an innovative mind, pioneer works and his unique approach on urban issues. He is also a scientific advisor of national and international figures of the highest level, including the Mayor of Paris Smart City special Envoy.
He works at the heart of issues of international significance as a result of his research, bringing an innovative perspective on urban issues and offering solutions to the issues faced by the cities, metropolises and territories during the 21st century.
Some of his concepts traveled the world: the Human Smart City, the 15mn City, the Territory of 30mn.

Aleksandra Klenke

Policy Officer, European Commission

Directorate Mobility and Transport, Sustainable and Intelligent Transport Unit

Aleksandra Klenke, Policy Officer at the Directorate Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, in the Unit in charge of Sustainable and Intelligent Transport. Member of a team focusing on alternative fuels infrastructure for transport. Joined the European Commission in 2014. Having worked from 2003 to 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee on transport and energy sectors. A researcher on economics projects at the Catholic University of Mons/Belgium from 2000 to 2003. Graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and University of Lille (France) in strategic management and European Economics.

Valentino Sevino

Director of Mobility Planning Area

Milan Environment and Territory Mobility Agency

Valentino Sevino holds a Degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering (Politecnico di Torino, Ecole Polytecnique Federale de Lausanne and Université Savoie Mont Blanc – Chambéry). After ten years of experience in the field of mobility and environment at the European Commission, Metropolitana Milanese and AMAT too, he has been Director of Mobility Planning Area at AMAT (Environmental Mobility and Territory Agency, City of Milan) since 2008. Fields of work: sustainable mobility (e-mobility, shared mobility), public transport planning and regulation, pedestrian areas, cycling mobility and parking regulations, smart city, city logistics.

Ángeles Marín Andréu

Director of the Mobility Strategy Office

MITMA

Ángeles Marín has a Telecommunications Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has been a State Official since 2006 (at the Higher Body of Systems and Information Technologies).

She has worked for the Ministry of Development, now known as the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, since 2012. After working at the Technical Department of the General Secretariat of Transport (2012-2016) and the Subdirectorate of International Relations (2016-2019), she has been the Director of the Mobility Strategy Office at the General Secretariat of Transport and Mobility since January 2020.

In this position she is responsible for coordinating the drafting, promotion and launch of the Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy for 2030, writing the Draft Law on Sustainable Mobility and implementing the measures of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (RTRP) within the scope of the Transport Secretariat.


Manel Villalante

Chief Development and Strategy Officer

Renfe

Manel Villalante is currently Renfe’s Chief Development and Strategy Officer, Chairman of the Czech operator Leo Express and CEO of Renfe of America.
 He also chairs the Global Passenger Forum of the International University of Catalonia (UIC).

Prior to this he was the Director of Mobility and Transport Infrastructures at the Barcelona Regional Urban Development Agency (2012-2018), Managing Director of Land Transport for the Spanish Ministry of Development (2010-2012), Managing Director of Land Transport for the Catalan Autonomous Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) (2007-2010) and Director of Mobility at Barcelona City Council (1991-1997), and he held various managerial posts from 2004 to 2007 at Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) and from 2000 to 2004 at Barcelona Metropolitan Transport (TMB).

He has also been a member of different Boards of Directors at companies including Renfe Operadora, TMB, FGC and the Sagrera Alta Velocidad Consortium.
In the academic sphere, he currently directs the Postgraduate course ‘Smart Mobility: Intelligent Transport Systems’ at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, having been a lecturer in Transport Planning and Economy at the same university.

Daniel Serra

Innovation Hub Director South

EIT Urban Mobility

Since 2019 Daniel has participated in the set-up of EIT Urban Mobility and was appointed Innovation Hub Director for the South Area on January 1st . Daniel has several years of experience in Urban Mobility, since 2015, Daniel has been Executive Project Manager at CARNET (Future Mobility Research Hub), where he has been working in the development of initial activities, setting up processes and research activities and leading projects like Virtual Mobility Lab, the first macroscopic model of the Barcelona metropolitan region or the creation of Mobility as a service Catalonia (MaaS Catalonia). Between 2003 to 2015 he worked in the Automotive Industry for mainl OEMs (Ford, Volvo, Land Rover, SEAT, VW, Daimler). Daniel also collaborates with ESADE in several MBA courses.
He will take part at the round table about the economic reality of the new automotive sector: financing and electric vehicles.

Joseba Lasa

Head of Electric Aircraft Lab

Tecnalia

Joseba Lasa received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2012, and is currently head of Electric Aircraft Lab in Tecnalia, where he works in future foresight and strategy of the aeronautical sector, and in the ideation and creation of new products, building and validating them full- scale. Following this work methodology the team has created Flyfree, an electric urban aircraft (air taxi), a disruptive airplane concept that allows an easier integration into urban environment (safe, efficient and small size) and offers a flight experience very similar to the comfort of land vehicles. This aircraft has recently been awarded with the Open House Madrid award for Best Mobility Proposal and Enaire award of Innovation in drones sector.
Electric Aircraft Lab is distinguished by its capacity for future foresight and strategy and the ideation of this near future, but in addition to all this by knowing which ideas are possible and knowing how to turn those into physical, working realities. His team engages in cutting edge research by designing and building creative experimental platforms that allow them to explore the fundamental principles of transportation and aerial robotics in the areas of dynamics and control.

Noemi Moya

Regional Head of Public Policy for Spain, Italy, France and Belgium

Voi Technology

A professional with 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, she is currently the Regional Head of Public Policy and Market Development for Spain, Italy, France and Belgium at Voi Technology. She has held executive positions at Nissan Europe, as the Director of External and Governmental Relations, the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Business and Knowledge Department, as the Director of the Minister’s Cabinet, and at the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness. She has also been a member of various EU working parties in Brussels and has worked as a public sector consultant. 
She has a Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the UAB, a Postgraduate Degree in Intercultural Relations with East Asia from the same University and Master’s Studies in Asian Geopolitics from Chonbuk National University, South Korea.

David Fidalgo

CEO

Y Mobility

David Fidalgo’s background is focused on automotive embedded and critical systems, engineering, digital systems and business innovation. He is an internationally recognised technology specialist with 15 years of experience in the autonomous and connected mobility market, who has held global positions in both consulting (7 years in Altran) and the industry (4 years in Ford & JLR) among which were several Global Strategy management positions. Prior to joining Altran, he developed the global electrification and mobility strategy of the PAG group (Ford, Volvo , JLR, Mazda) as part of the innovation team responsible to assess the best products and go to market strategy. He is currently the CEO of Y-Mobility, a boutique consultancy that partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to drive forward intelligent mobility.

Lluís Molina

Business Development Manager

European Battery Alliance – EIT InnoEnergy

Business Development Manager – European Battery Alliance – EIT InnoEnergy

Lluís Molina is an economist and has a Master’s Degree from Essex University. He has over 25 years’ experience in developing industrial projects, focusing on cleantech and the circular economy. He is currently responsible for accelerating strategic projects for raw material extraction and refining at the European Battery Alliance (www.eba250.com).

Ángel Lequerica

Director of new diversification business development

Fagor Ederlan Taldea

“Director of new diversification business development at Fagor Ederlan Group. I currently coordinate business development related to battery pack systems for mobility and lead opportunities related to automotive OEMs. Previously I held the position of Quality and Systems Director at FIT Automoción (JV between Fagor Ederlan and Continental, Bergara), and various functions in Quality Management and Project Management areas at ITT Automotive (Madrid). Aeronautical Technical Engineer by the UPM”.

Arturo Pérez de Lucía

Managing Director

AEDIVE

Arturo holds a degree in Communication and has managed for more than 20 years several professional publications in the field of energy efficiency, construction, architecture and sustainable mobility. In 2011 took over as head of AEDIVE, the Spanish Association for the Momentum of the Electric Vehicle market. Today, AEDIVE gathers more than 130 companies representing the different links of the industrial, technological and service value chain around the electric mobility sector and is the benchmark for Central, Regional and Local Administrations in this matter. Arturo is a firm supporter of the emobility and he has already purchased several electric vehicles, which has been driving for several years, having accumulated more than 150,000 kilometers of experience in zero-emission driving.

Mónica Díaz

Technician – Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Area

EVE Basque Energy Agency

Mónica Díaz, Industrial Engineer, is a technician in the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Area of the Basque Energy Agency and has been dedicated for more than 10 years to promoting sustainable mobility in general and specifically electric mobility.

Jon Asin

CEO & co-founder

BeePlanet Factory

Jon is CEO and Co-founder of BeePlanet Factory S. L. (created in March 2018), a startup dedicated to the reuse of electric vehicle batteries and recharging systems, a company that won the La Caixa Entrepreneur XXI Award in February 2019 in Navarra (https://bit.ly/2Nfj7Ve) and the Expansion “Startup” Award (https://bit.ly/38aBKTI).

Telecommunications Engineer by UPNA (Universidad Pública de Navarra) with more than 20 years of experience in three sectors of great relevance for electric mobility: Energy (Ingeteam Power Technology), Automotive (TRW Automotive) and ICT (Telefonica Móviles, Matra Nortel, S21sec). He was a founding member of AEDIVE (Association of Innovative Electric Vehicle Recharge Infrastructure Companies) in 2011, holding the position of president from 2016 to 2018 and from 2009 to 2015 he was an expert member of the IEC committee TC69 “Electric road vehicles and electric industrial trucks”, a committee in charge of developing international standards for electric vehicles and their chargers.

Aitor Fernández

Chairman

Spanish Autonomous Connected Vehicle Association

With a Degree in Business Management and Administration, Aitor has worked for multilateral organisations and multinational companies in the technology and infrastructure sectors, in activities related to innovation, communication and business strategy.
He has also been involved in the creation and development of several start-ups in the Asturian ecosystem, all of them nationally acclaimed.
He is currently Chairman of the AEVAC and his aim is to promote an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive mobility model, based on autonomy and connectivity, that will improve the quality of life for all.

Nora Spiegel

Team Leader Mobility Ecosystems

AustriaTech

DIin Nora Spiegel – is a mobility expert at AustriaTech where she leads the Team Mobility Ecosystems. She holds a master in environmental resource management and works on her dissertation on the transition towards sustainable mobility. Through her work in several (inter-) national research projects in the field of mobility behaviour and transitions in the mobility system, she has gained expertise on the mechanisms of changes in mobility behaviour and the impacts of different mobility settings. At AustriaTech she leads the ENUAC Project CATAPULT, focusing on co-creation methods in the adaptation and deployment of new mobility services.

Juan José Rodríguez Ballesteros

Founder and Managing Partner

Green B2E

Juan José Rodríguez holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, specialising in Mechanics, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, an Executive Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency from the Valencia Institute of Energy Technology and completed the Executive Programme at ESADE Business School in Barcelona and the Executive MBA at the London Business School.

He is an entrepreneur who has co-founded and strategically leads the international expansion of the GreenB2E, JRB Green Consulting LTD (UK and UAE) business groups operating in the Energy and Sustainability sector in various geographical areas such as Europe, MENA, LATAM and AFRICA. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Energy and Sustainability Sector, having actively participated in Engineering, Development, Promotion, EPC Construction, Financing and the Operation of Utility Scale Renewable Energy Production Plants and Energy Efficiency Projects all over the world. He has proven experience and extensive technical knowledge in Photovoltaic Solar, Thermoelectric Solar, Wind, Mini Hydro, Biomass and Waste-to-Energy technology, having co-developed projects in these technologies with Iberdrola, Acciona Energía, BP renovables, Total Renovables Group, Enel Renovables, Gamesa Energía and Engie, among others. He has also co-founded and actively participates in the incubation, acceleration and development of several innovative start-ups related to the Fintech sector, renewable energies and Blockchain technology, developing pioneering projects for the energy sector, such as the Grennovation platform for energy exchange and Marketplace for CO2 (carbon credits) and energy based on Blockchain applicable to voluntary energy markets, energy communities, storage systems, renewable hydrogen and electric mobility, among others.

He is currently strategically leading an International Consortium formed by Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern Groups, leaders in low carbon Hydrogen production technologies, that are developing Large Scale Hydrogen and Synthetic Fuel (Ammonia and Methanol) Generation Projects in Spain, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Israel and Algeria. The Consortium is also involved in projects for the creation of hydrogen distribution and supply infrastructures and the decarbonisation of the transport sector (road and maritime) by means of hydrogen.

Jordi Carmona

Secretary of the Automotive Sector

State UGT FICA

Worker at Nissan Zona Franca holding the positions of General Secretary of UGT FICA Nissan Zona Franca, Spokesperson of UGT FICA Nissan at State level and Member of the European Committee of Nissan. In the trade union he held the positions of Secretary of Trade Union Action at UGT FICA Catalonia and the current one.

Gaizka Lazarobaster

Intelligent and sustainable mobility researcher

TKNIKA / Euskadi VT Applied Research Centre / EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / Vocational Training Office

GAIZKA LAZAROBASTER ARAKISTAIN•  Higher Vocational Training Diploma in Maintenance of self-propelled vehicles  •  Technical teacher in vocational training for SELF-PROPULSION •   Coordination of the training needs of teachers in the Self-propelled Vehicle Maintenance category (Vocational Training Office) •  Intelligent and sustainable mobility researcher at TKNIKA (Basque VT Applied Research Centre) •  TKGUNE AUTOMOZIOA project facilitator (Collaboration and training for companies in the Self-propulsion sector) •  Organiser of the EUSKELEC electric vehicle championship (5 editions).

David Valls

General Manager of Extremadura

New Energies

15 years of experience in the Critical Raw Materials sector in European projects. Currently in the development and start-up of the Extremadura New Energies Industrial Project for the production of battery-grade LiOH in Cáceres.

Dr. Elisa Sayrol Clols

Senior Lecturer Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

CARNET Academic Committee

Elisa Sayrol holds a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (1994).
She is part of the Academic Committee of CARNET, a knowledge hub founded by the UPC together with SEAT and VW Research. She has been the UPC representative at EIT Urban Mobility from January 2019 to January 2022, period in which she has also coordinated the Master in Urban Mobility of the UPC. She was Deputy Director and Director of the School of Telecommunication Engineering of Barcelona, as well as Vice-Rector of Institutional Relations of the UPC, all in the period 2001-2013.
Her research interests, publications and projects include the study of machine learning and deep learning techniques involving computer vision, particularly in urban mobility applications. She coordinates a project and participates in several projects funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, one of which is Women in Urban Mobility.

Carlos Poveda Rey

CEO

UMILES Group

Carlos Poveda is CEO and founder of UMILES Group, a Spanish company with international presence that has three divisions; UMILES UAV, a leader in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) offering customised services in more than ten countries on four continents, UMILES Next, which offers advanced and sustainable mobility solutions in air and ground environments, and 4UJet, an executive aviation company for passenger transport and organ transport for the ONT (National Transport Organisation). As an aviation pilot, flight instructor and safety expert, Carlos Poveda has always had a passion for flying.