Speakers & Panelists

Arantxa Alonso Fernández
Business Development Officer

Arantxa Alonso has an engineering and marketing background. She has more than 15 year experience in the automotive industry. She is passionate for the challenge of redefining mobility and is aware that the biggest innovations and disruptions might only be found when looking from a different perspective, with the eyes of new partners.
Glen De Vos
Senior VP & Chief Technology Officer

Mr. De Vos focuses on leading automated and connected vehicle technologies, while also developing commercial relationships with non-traditional customers, such as Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) providers. As CTO, Mr. De Vos leads the global engineering organization, which includes more than 16,000 technologists located in 14 major technical centers across the globe.
Jason Stein
Vice President/Publisher, Automotive News

Jason Stein directs one of the world’s largest automotive business‐to‐business media organizations. As Publisher of Automotive News, he oversees the news and commercial operations including the marketing, digital, audience and event activities for the US, Europe and Canada.
Dr. Malgorzata Wiklinska
Head of Ecosystem & Global Innovation Hubs
ZF Group
Peter H. Harris
Chief Customer Officer, Volkswagen Group

Joined Volkswagen Group late 2010 and currently driving the Marketing Digitalization and Innovation initiatives across the Group with particular emphasis on customer & retail. Primary focus areas are the future customer mobility ecosystem, digital platforms, digital retail, customer personalization, customer loyalty, 1:1 engagement & smart data & analytics. A large part of the role is also devoted to scouting & engaging start-ups globally.
Lars Roessler
Investment Manager & Head of Innovation & Strategy
Fluxunit – OSRAM Ventures

Lars is an experienced management consultant and was project manager at OSRAM’s corporate
strategy department. He has successfully lead multiple innovation projects in various industries, including the lighting industry. Leveraging this strategic background, Lars actively manages
portfolio companies and constantly scouts new ideas for Fluxunit’s portfolio.
Omer David Keilaf
CEO & Co-Founder,

Omer has spent over 18 years driving cutting edge technologies from inception to commercialization. Before founding Innoviz, Omer led the system and product definition efforts at ConsumerPhysics, building the world’s first handheld molecular sensor for mobile devices. Previous roles include leading teams at bTendo (acquired by ST Micro) and Anobit (acquired by Apple). BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and MBA at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Hagen Wiesner
E​ VP Group Operations

Hagen Wiesner has 25 years of experience in the Automotive Industry in R&D, Production, Purchasing and General Management. He joined Faurecia in 2006 and is currently responsible for Operations, Purchasing, IT and Digital Transformation across the Group.
Orit Shifman
OSR Enterprises AG Founder, Group CEO & Chairman of the Board,

OSR is a Swiss-based Automotive Tier1, developer of the EVOLVER platform, a multi-domain AI vehicular Brain which is the core of next-generation automotive innovation.
Orit is an entrepreneur and attorney-at-law (LLB, LLM) with additional studies in computer science & statistics, but mainly, she is a technological autodidact, leveraging her experience and vision to spearhead technologies for the new era of mobility.
Ohad Zeira
Vice President,
Fleet Ventures for Avis Budget Group

In this role he is creating and investing in new businesses that deploy and support the shared, electric and autonomous fleets of tomorrow.

Ohad is an active board advisor for companies such as ClipCall and MyPlanet and on the board of advisors for the Internet of Things Consortium. Ohad holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from Cornell.
Scott Corwin
Managing Director and Future of Mobility Leader,

Scott is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Strategy & Business Transformation practice with more than 25yrs of experience helping entities across a wide range of sectors address disruptive change in their industries & markets. Scott leads Deloitte’s Future of Mobility™ practice & works closely with global leaders in business, gov., academy, local communities and non-gov orgs to actively shape the emergence of the mobility ecosystem
Robbie Diamond
Founder & CEO, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)

In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating the nation’s dangerous dependence on oil.
Liad Itzhak
VP Head of Mobility

Liad is leading the Mobility business unit at HERE Technologies, driving the next revolution of the mobility ecosystem. Itzhak brings vast experience as a leader in the world of smart mobility, with expertise in consumer apps and Big Data. Prior to joining HERE, Itzhak built key units at Waze/Google from the ground up, including Data, Maps and QA. Itzhak led the Data strategy of the company, turning Waze into a data-driven organization.
Dr. Volker Kase
Head of Innovation Management for Products - Senior Director, Audi AG

Spearhead Audi’s innovation culture, steering of pre-development portfolio & activities, road mapping, global technology scouting, project lead for concept cars to showcase Audi’s vision of future cars on motor shows, acquisition of public funding from federal government and European Commission.
Shane Garvey
Vice President of IT
Chris Thomas
Founder and Partner,
Fontinalis Partners

Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis and is headquartered in Detroit, MI. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one portfolio company, Karamba Security. He previously sat on the Board of Directors of nuTonomy (acquired by Delphi). He also serves as a Board Observer of Ouster, Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. Chris is a staunch advocate of smart cities, early childhood literacy, and the doctrine of the strenuous life.
David Barzilai
Executive Chairman and Co-founder
Karamba Security

Brings entrepreneurial and go-to-market experience to Karamba Security.
He started his business career at Sun Microsystems’ exclusive distributor in
Israel, where he was consistently promoted until running the sales organization,
growing annual revenue from $10M to $35M. After Sun, David was the CEO and
co-founder of Conduct Ltd., which was acquired by Mercury Interactive
(NASDAQ: MERQ), then an S&P 500 Company.
Dennis Clark
Managing Director of Strategic Venture Partnerships
Honda Innovations

Dennis leads Honda’s global open innovation initiatives and strategic partnerships with technology startups.
Prior to joining Honda, Dennis worked in early stage venture capital building bridges between technology upstarts in Silicon Valley and multinational corporations overseas.
Matthieu de Chanville
Deputy Head
Alliance Ventures

Prior to he spent almost 2 decades in strategy & management consulting, with his most recent position as Senior Executive at the Boston Consulting Group. Based in Paris, he led innovation management within BCG Digital Ventures working with technology startups & venture capital. Also led digital strategy & transformation projects within the Technology Advantage Practice. From 2001 - 2016, he worked at A.T. Kearney where he was the lead for Digital Business in Paris
Joe Vitale
Global Automotive Sector Leader, Deloitte

also serves as the Global Lead Client Service Partner for Deloitte member firm services for several of the Deloitte’s largest automotive OEM clients. In these roles, he is responsible for delivering the firm’s multidisciplinary solutions, including consulting, enterprise risk management, tax, and financial advisory services to these global clients worldwide.
Jeff Miller
Head of Biz Dev for Strategic Initiatives, Uber

Jeff has spent the last decade focused on the development of innovative transportation
At Uber, Jeff oversees business development activities for Uber’s self-driving vehicle
initiative, cultivating commercial relationships with original equipment manufacturers
and other strategic suppliers. He also oversees business development for Uber
Elevate, Uber’s effort to introduce affordable urban aviation service via eVTOL
Moshe Shlisel
Co-founder & CEO

Moshe is a Veteran of the IAF. He served as the Deputy Commander of Special Operations and oversaw the development and application of highly complex products, including the development and implementation of hardware based security solutions. He held various executive positions within TADIRAN Communication and Elbit Systems, served as General Manager of medical ERP startup ExactCost, CEO of audience measurement startup TruMedia and COO of Staxify.
Gareth Dunsmore
Electric Vehicles Director, Nissan Europe

The role encompasses 3 main areas: infrastructure, sales & marketing for EV. Since the creation of this role in 2013, similar positions have been created in the US and Japan.
The role is varied and can range from managing a rapidly changing business environment to innovation and marketing. Including; driving sales, launching new EV models, and working with marketing teams to generate awareness of EVs and to encourage long-term consumer behavior change.
Jaime Moreno
Deputy Director for Mobility Management, Spanish Traffic administration (DGT)

since September 2014. The deputy direction for mobility management is responsible for managing interurban traffic, vehicles regulatory framework and for defining the connected and autonomous action plans. He began working at DGT in 2005.
László Deák
Chef Technical Advisor
E-Mobi Nonprofit Ltd
Budapest Hungary

Chief Technical Advisor E-mobi Noprofit Ltd. Main Activities : E-charger network for the country, project financed by the HU Government. 2017 – Business Development Director EL-CO Tech Ltd. Smart Meetering systems, I&C for Waste Water Plant, M&L Voltage network services. 2016 - Managing Director of Innoradar.Ltd from 2017, management consulting and government affairs in Power,
Smart Grid, Renewable, Transport and Innovation, M&A.
Sebastian Dalles
Senior Investment Manager
Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures (DBDV)

At DBDV, Sebastian focuses on start-up investments in the wider mobility and logistics space beyond Deutsche Bahn’s core rail business creating top-level deal flow and building up a highpotential
portfolio of investments around the themes of Smart Mobility, Smart City, Smart Logistics, Internet of Things, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence.
Before joining DBDV, Sebastian worked in Deutsche Bahn Group’s
Jim Adler
Managing Director,
Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Adler is managing director and board member of Toyota AI Ventures, and a vice president at Toyota Research Institute. He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
Most recently, Jim was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft.
Joachim Franz
Head of Customer Experience Management, Volkswagen AG
Jayson Pankin
Co-Founder, President & CEO
AutoHarvest Foundation

He was named by IAM Magazine for 4 years running as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists and was the Small Business Foundation of Michigan’s “Intrapreneur Extraordinaire” for 2008. He is on the International Committee of China’s International Technology Transfer Network and a working partner with the China Entrepreneur Club. He earned his BBA in Accounting and MBA in International Business at the George Washington University.
Greg Urban
Executive Director, Automotive Technologies, UBS Investment Bank

Greg leads the auto tech efforts for UBS’ investment bank, covering companies engaged in vehicle autonomy, electrification, connectedness and advanced manufacturing. Greg has completed more than 60 relevant M&A and financing transactions for clients globally. Greg received an MBA from the NYU Stern and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Kirstin Hegner
Head of
Digital Hub Mobility,

Kirstin Hegner heads the activities of Digital Hub Mobility. The graduated international economist provides many years of professional experience from a leading strategy and management consulting as well as from various positions in an international automobile company. She is a member of the supervisory board of an automotive supplier and is active as a business angel.
Mark L. Joseph
Chief Commercial Officer Transdev Group

He has over 30 years of leadership experience in public and private transportation across the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland, and South America. Mark was CEO of the Americas until July of 2017. As CEO of North America, Mark built Transdev into the largest multi-modal transportation company in the U.S. and Canada, operating bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and taxi companies under contract to 200 cities, counties, airports, and universities.
David Gilmour
Vice President of BP Ventures and Business Development, BP

David is responsible for BP’s venturing and commercialization activities. He leads the BP Ventures team as vice president of business development in group technology at BP. Prior to joining group technology in October 2016, David held roles as CEO and COO of Air BP, BP’s aviation fuel supply business.
Dirk Evenson
Managing Partner,
New Mobility World

Dirk is managing partner of evenson, consultants for the human side of progress. He and his team are also the makers of New Mobility World, the leading event and platform for innovation across industries.
Prior to that, he was head of communications at the German Association of the Automotive Industry in Berlin and managing director of MetaDesign in Abu Dhabi.
Alex Barth
VP Business Development,

Alex is an open data expert with years of practice in developing and implementing open data strategies and solutions on behalf of multinational organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. At Mapbox, he leads our business development team and oversees partnerships, strategic expansion into new markets, and corporate development.
Jonas Schneider

Jonas is running the AVL Startup Initiative with its CREATORS EXPEDITION program that connects auto-tech startups with AVL as an independent corporate partner. Before joining AVL, Jonas has been working in startups and corporates in the Big Data and AI industry - thus he
knows both sides. Besides his job at AVL, Jonas is also a business trainer and innovation coach
mentoring early stage startups.
Michael Granoff
Founder & Managing Director
Maniv Mobility

A venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has a portfolio of over 20 mobility startups, the majority of which are based in Israel. Amongst them are companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, data monetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security and more.
Dr. Anat Bonshtien
Chairman & Director,
Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative

Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien is the Acting director and head of the National program of oil alternatives and smart mobility which aims to serve as a catalyst for the reduction of global dependency on oil by establishing Israel as a center in the field. Dr. Bonshtien is heading the steering committee and responsible for the operation including synchronizing ten government's ministries.
Rammy Bahalul
Director BD Autonomous Machines and Vehicles,

Rammy heads NVIDIA’s Autonomous Machines & Vehicles business and ecosystem development in Israel. Prior to joining NVIDIA Rammy
held multiple executive roles with companies in Israel and US.
Rammy holds BS from University of Bridgeport CT and MBA from University of Tel-Aviv.
Gadi Hornstein
Mobility and IoT
Israel Innovation Institute

With more than 15 years of expertise in marketing and R&D roles, he leads the Mobility and IoT sector in the Israel Innovation Authority thorough all its verticals, making sure it enables the growth of the local startups and industry that invents future’s technology. Prior to The IIA Gadi was acting as the director of marketing and business development in several automotive startups.
Matthias Illing
Sr. Manager Adjacent Innovation Group Leader
Bosch Automotive Electronics

Matthias Illing studied Physics in Würzburg, Germany and Buffalo, N.Y. He received a PhD from University of Würzbur

In his role, he is interested in enabling entrepreneurship and open innovation in a corporate environment. Current projects are in the fields of light e-mobility, powernet for automated driving as well as enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers
Alexis Chavelas
Vice-President Digital, Mobility Platform, Alstom Transport

Alexis began his career with Alstom Transport in 1997 as a Test and Commissioning Signaling engineer. Then became Saint Ouen Signaling Site Managing director and Vice President Market strategy and Platform Portfolio of Alstom Digital Mobility. Today Alexis Chavelas is Vice President of Digital Mobility Platform at the Alstom headquarters in Saint-Ouen (France), and is a member of the Digital Mobility team
Laurent Kocher
Chief Executive Officer New Mobility Services

Joined Keolis Group in Jan 2014 as Group Executive Director Marketing, Innovation & Services. Following the re-organisation of the Group Executive Committee announced in April 2018, he was appointed head of the recently created New Mobilities Executive Board as Executive Director New Mobilities. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, began his career in 1989 at IBM France as a sales engineer for key accounts in public & health sector
Jürgen Bilo
Managing Director
Co-pace GmbH Startup Organization of Continental

Juergen Bilo holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and Executive Management of Babson College USA.

After his return to Germany in 2002 he was responsible for a Customer Center and starting 2003 as Managing Director for the Haptic- and Climate-Control Business of Siemens VDO. In 2011, he took over the position as Vice President Program- Management and Sales of the Business Unit Hybrid Electric
Antoine Basseville
Director of the Alliance Tel Aviv Open Innovation Lab

Antoine is an engineer and spent 25 years in the automotive industry with half on the electronics perimeter (data base, CAD tools, harness and ECU design project manager, quality…) and half on the financial side (manufacturing cost, benchmarking, financial management…). From October 16 Antoine is in charge of creating from scratch the Innovation Lab of the Alliance in Tel Aviv and thus is the CEO of the local subsidiary.
Michael Granoff
Founder & Managing Partner
Maniv Mobility

Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in TLV which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has a portfolio of over 20 mobility startups, the majority of which are based in Israel. Amongst them are companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, data monetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security and more. He serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy.
Micha Risling
Head of the Automotive Business Unit at Valens

With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and R&D executive roles in established NASDAQ and startup companies, Micha heads the company’s automotive business unit and leads the company’s marketing and business development activities in several verticals. Over his tenure at Valens, he played a major role in establishing the company’s reputation as a leader in the digital connec
Dr. Mathias Reif
Global Head of Israel Desk and Head Of Corporate & M&A (Germany)

Dr. Mathias has more than 18 years of experience in national & international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, squeeze-outs and restructurings with a special focus on the tech and media sector.

As the Global Head of DWF’s Israel desk, he has extensive experience in handling corporate transactions for Israeli clients and is seen by many Israel-based companies as their trusted advisor in all of their business.
Meir Arnon
Chairman, EcoMotion 6th Main Event
Chairman, Focus Capital Group
Partner, Motion Venture Partners

Meir Arnon is an Israeli serial entrepreneur and investor. Between 1980-1995 Arnon led High-tech companies and took them public on NASDAQ. Since then he aquired, led and sold several Automotive Tier1 companies. Currently, Arnon is investing in Israeli mobility tech. He holds degrees from The Technion, INSEAD, HBS
Smadar Itzkovich
Head of Industrial Dev. Division
Ashdod Municipality and Smart Mobility Living Lab

Dr. Smadar Itzkovich joined the public sector 12 years ago, following a senior management position in the high-tech field. Over the years she established award-winning programs in education as well as the Division for Industrial Development at Ashdod Municipality which has led to high-tech development in the city and the creation of Startup accelerators and technology development centers.
Oren Betzaleli
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Software Platforms - HARMAN

Oren joined HARMAN in 2014 as a result of the Redbend acquisition and has served in several roles since then, including VP Marketing for the Connected Services division. Today Oren oversees a portfolio of Software Products, including Remote Software Updates (FOTA, SOTA) Platform, Device Management Platform, Automotive Cloud Service Delivery Platform, Automotive Cybersecurity and Device Virtualization Platform
Scott McCormick
Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a MBA, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence. Scott has repeatedly was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems. In 2016, he was named the Chief Transportation Consultant to the Asia Pacific Region by the US State Dept.
Daniel Zucker
Head of Local Market Implementation
Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Inititative within Prime Ministers Office.

He leads the initiative efforts to promote the usage of both CNG and electric transportation & coordinates between the different ministries in this aspect. Daniel holds a M.Sc in environmental science from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a M.A in public policy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Eran Sandhaus
Managing Director Smart Mobility, Copia Growth Advisors

Eran Sandhaus is a strategic advisor and board member for corporates & startups in the smart mobility space and a mentor at PlugNPlay accelerator. Eran oversaw Delphi Automotive's Autonomous Driving and Connected Services efforts globally. Prior to Delphi, Sandhaus held multiple executive and senior leadership roles at Cypress,Qualcomm, TI and Marvell. Sandhaus holds a BS.c in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Technion.
Liron Friend
Head of Developer Relations

Liron leads Nvidia Developer Relations in Israel where she helps startups and researchers in Israel on their journey to creating breakthrough products for the Artificial Intelligence era,
specifically mostly on Deep Learning solutions. Liron brings over 15 years of experience leading
R&D, cloud and devops teams and holds a BSC in Computer Science.
Alexander Kraus
Senior Vice President Automotive
Auto Service GmbH

Global responsibility for Business Unit Automotive; serving the automotive industry with international type approval, functional safety, simulation and testing services in Europe, Asia and Americas. Responsible to develop the know-how, resources and service portfolio for testing and certification of Highly Automated Driving solutions in TÜV SÜD.
Yaniv Aronowich
Partner, Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.

Yaniv co-heads Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.'s cross border and domestic M&A practice group. Yaniv has a diverse practice, which covers wide areas of corporate, commercial and administrative law, with emphasis on all aspects related to smart transportation. Yaniv works with both strategic players and startups in the fields of automotive and smart transportation.
Gila Kamhi
Research Lab Group Manager, User Experience Technologies
General Motors

Currently leading a team with multi-disciplinary in-depth expertise covering human-factors, cognitive psychology, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, linguistics, speech and acoustics technologies. Gila Kamhi holds a MSc degree in computer science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a BSc degree from Israel Institute of Technology - Technion, She is a co-author of several publications and patents.
David Barzilai
Executive Chairman and Co-founder
Karamba Security

David brings entrepreneurial and go-to-market experience to Karamba Security.
He started his business career at Sun Microsystems’ exclusive distributor in Israel, where he was consistently promoted until running the sales organization, growing annual revenue from $10M to $35M. After Sun, David was the CEO and co-founder of Conduct Ltd., which was acquired by Mercury Interactive (NASDAQ: MERQ), then an S&P 500 Company.
Eli Groner
Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office

Eli Groner is currently serving as Prime Minister Netanyahu's Director-General, a position he assumed after being confirmed by the Israeli Cabinet in June 2015. He manages Israel's federal bureaucracy, and is responsible for formulation and implementation of most domestic policy decisions. Among other responsibilities, Mr. Groner is the Israeli head of the China-Israel Joint Economic Task Force, oversees the National Cyber Bureau.
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