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Alain De Cat
CEO, Powerdale

Alain De Cat studied mechanical engineering and has a post graduate in management. His field of expertise is Energy.

After Tractebel Engineering and Siemens, since mid-2014, he is a partner at Powerdale (Belgium). He became the CEO of Powerdale in 2018.

Alain Van Gaever
Policy Officer, European Commission

Alain Van Gaever works in the European Commission on policy issues related to electric mobility. He is currently chair of the working group on e-Mobility services & on the Clean Bus Deployment initiative.

Prior to that he chaired several groups related to connected and automated driving; working on diverse issues such as privacy and data protection, liability and frequencies.
His past work experience is firmly footed in the Internet & telecoms sector where he worked both in public & private organisations – including companies such as Cisco and Google. His focus has mainly been on introducing new technologies into the market and handling the associated business, organisational and legal challenges.

Alain started his career as a Captain in the Armed Forces. He has an M.Sc degree in Telecom Engineering (Royal Military Academy - Ecole Polytechnique) and holds an MBA from the Solvay Business School (VUB). He has been president of Junior Chamber Antwerp where working with volunteers he learned invaluable lessons on leadership & entrepreneurship.

Alexander Verduyn
Policy Officer Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, European Commission
Alister Hamilton
Director and Chair, EVA Scotland

Alister Hamilton has been Chair of the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland, EVA Scotland, since May 2017.

The association has over 800 members and an annual growth rate of 50%. EVA Scotland aims to represent the interests of EV users in Scotland, promote the electrification of transport and be a collective voice to work with industry, the media and all levels of government.

Amelie Ewert
Research Associate, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Amelie Ewert works as a research fellow for the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Vehicle Concepts in Stuttgart, Germany. In her field of work she is responsible for user requirements and future perspectives of light vehicle concepts in the context of a changing environment. Her field of expertise is urban and transport planning. Prior to her work she wrote her masters’ thesis with DLR and gained experiences in the field of sustainable mobility in an international context at the German Development Corporation. She holds a bachelor degree in Geography and a master’s degree in environmental management and urban planning.

Anders Berger
Director Public Affairs, Volvo

Dr. Anders Berger is Transport Solution Specialist at Volvo Group focusing transport effectiveness concepts and total customer solutions related to the environmental and efficiency challenges of the road transport system.

He contributes extensively in setting the national and international research agendas and roadmaps. With a coordinating role across the Volvo Group truck and bus brands, he extensively engages in the public discourse in the areas of transport efficiency, e-mobility, automation and connectivity.

Anders holds a Ph.D from Chalmers University of Technology.

Anders Wall
Chief International Officer, Green Mobility

Anders Wall heads up GreenMobility’s international team and their ambition of offering the service in 20 cities by 2021. Anders has lead a number of franchise and partner based businesses and has 18 years of experience with developing and growing international partner-based businesses within consumer products & services.

Anders has among others been CCO of Baresso Coffee where he had the responsibility of all franchise-partners as well as the development of the franchise concept. Latest, Anders was CEO of Paradis Group, where he had the responsibility of the company’s expansion through partners in Denmark and USA.

Anders holds an MBA from ATV Institute of Executive Education and joined GreenMobility as Chief International Officer in October 2017 where he leads the company's international expansion.

Andrew Winder
Manager Clean & Urban Mobility, ERTICO

Andrew Winder is a manager of activities in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for clean and urban mobility at ERTICO (Brussels) since 2013, being involved in EU projects concerning electro-mobility, reduction of emissions and evaluation. He was previously Senior project manager / Senior engineer at Egis France (Lyon), dealing with ITS, traffic management, urban transport research and knowledge management projects in Europe and internationally. He has also worked in consultancies and in the public sector in the UK, focusing on public transport and access studies and user surveys. His degree is in Transport Management (Aston University, Birmingham, UK). His participation in the AVERE Electromobility Conference is related to his role in the EU project ELVITEN, which aims to boost the usage of electric L-category vehicles (e-bikes, scooters, tricycles and micro-cars) in the urban environment as an alternative to Internal Combustion Engine vehicles.

Anne-Marie Spierings
Provincial Executive, Noord-Brabant Netherlands

Anne-Marie is in charge of both the Agricultural development and Energy and Administration files in her position as Member of the Provincial Executive in North Brabant. Her sustainability vision is to reduce dependency on fossil fuels as quickly as possible through leadership and the use of the available opportunities, in collaboration with residents and businesses.

Since 2014, she has also been Parliamentary party chair, spokesperson for economic affairs and administration and member of the internationalisation platform. Anne-Marie holds a degree in environmental sciences from the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Arturo Pérez de Lucia
Director General, AEDIVE

Arturo Pérez de Lucia manages since its creation in 2011 the Spanish Business for the Momentum of the Electric Vehicle Market.

With a degree in Information Science, for more than 20 years he has been editorial director of several professional publications in flieds like Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Moiblity, as well as Marketing and Communication Manager of several Engineering companies.

Baerte De Brey
Chief International Officer, ElaadNL

Baerte de Brey is the Chief International Officer within ElaadNL. ElaadNL is the knowledge and innovation centre in the field of (smart) charging infrastructure and is owned by the Dutch DSOs.

Responsible for analyzing the long-term effect of electric mobility on the electricity grids, Baerte helps building a sustainable business case around this transition. This includes vehicle2grids, EV-storage and customer behavior research.

He graduated from Leiden University in 2001 with a law degree and received a MBA from Nyenrode Business University in 2006. As an expert for the European Commission he sometimes reviews collective European programs concerning EV interoperability and smart charging. In his spare time he is a member of the Provincial Council of Utrecht.

Bart Biebucyck
Executive Director, FCH-JU

Bart Biebuyck is the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe.

Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market.

It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) programme in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his know- how in Japan, where for two years he worked on the PSA-Toyota Small Vehicle Development Project which resulted in the launch of the Toyota AYGO in 2006.

In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.

Bart joined the FCH JU as the new Executive Director on the 16 May 2016.

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Benoit Nemery
MD, PhD. – KU Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care,
Centre for Environment and Health

Ben Nemery is holder of degrees in medicine (Leuven, 1977), occupational medicine (Louvain, 1980) and toxicology (MSc, University of Surrey, 1982; and PhD, Council for National Academic Awards, UK, 1986).

He has been affiliated with the Medical Faculty of the KU Leuven since 1987. He founded the research unit of Lung Toxicology, a joint venture between the departments of Pneumology and of Occupational, Environmental and Insurance Medicine.

He was promoted to full professor in 1998, and was chair of the KU Leuven Department of Public Health (2005-2011). He teaches toxicology and occupational medicine, mainly at postgraduate level. He holds a weekly outpatient clinic for occupational pulmonary disorders.

His research involves experimental as well as clinical-epidemiological studies in the mechanisms of lung disease caused by occupational and environmental pollutants. Recently he has concentrated on occupational and environmental health in the South, especially Africa. He is co-author of over 300 publications in international biomedical journals and has contributions in more than 40 books.

He is a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium and various other national and international scientific bodies, including the European Respiratory Society, where he held leadership positions.

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Bert Witkamp
Project Manager EAFO, AVERE

Bert Witkamp is owner of Valuad Ltd, a Belgium consultancy specialising in Sustainable Transport. He is also Board Member of the Belgium Electromobility Association ASBE. Bert was until recently Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility and represents AVERE in the EU projects SEEV4City and REE4EU.

Bert frequently serves the EU Commission as expert in electromobility or alternative fuels. He is Project Coordinator of the EU Commission project “European Alternative Fuel Observatory”: www.eafo.eu. Bert an Operating Agent for the IEA Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Technology Cooperation Platform leading the Task “Fuels and Drivetrains”. He is also independent observer in the Clean Energy Ministerial “Electric Vehicles Initiative”.

As CEO he has run businesses in wind energy, biomass, solar energy, sustainable housing and sustainable waste management.

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Bjørn Utgård
Director of New Markets, EV Box

Bjørn Utgård, a Norwegian engineer and entrepreneur, has been dedicated to clean transport, energy and industry since 2001. He currently leads the global expansion of EVBox, the global leading manufacturer of EV charging stations and charging management software.

Before joining EVBox, Bjørn supported industrial, governmental and non-governmental decision-makers with cutting-edge techno-economic analysis in the clean technology space, and built several successful international clean tech ventures.

Mr. Utgård has lived and worked on 4 continents and currently splits his time between Europe and Latin-America – and is married to a Costa Rican.

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Bram Poeth
CEO, Eneco

Accelerating Happiness in eMobility!

Now back to Entrepeneurship: building a leading EV Service Provider in Northwestern Europe, with a great team and a high class network of partners and customers.

Cécile Goubet
Secretary General, AVERE France

Cécile is General secretary of the french association for electric mobility. Cecile has a strong backgrounf in energy and climate policies. For more than ten years she worked on delivering solutions to decarbonise the economy at international, european and national level.

After working as business developer and then market analyst on those issues in various public and private companies, she chose to focus on one aspect of the energy and climate transition : the transport sector.

For Cecile, decarbonisation of the transport sector is an absolute key driver to achieve the goal of developing a low carbon and competitive economy.

Christian Lambert
Managing Director, DriveNow Belgium

Christian worked more than 23 years for the BMW Group where he held various functions. For last 10 years, he is a member of the Board of BMW Group Belux, having the responsibility over the Sales Division.

Since January 2015, he was responsible for a European project for a new digital approach in the international CRM within the HQ strategy department of the BMW Group in Munich.

Being within the Strategy Department, he has been asked to start up and lead DriveNow in Belgium as from July 2016.

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Christina Bu
Secretary General, Norwegian EV Association

Secretary General (CEO), Norwegian EV Association.

World's largest EV owner association with 50.000 members in Norway.

Christoph Erdmenger
Head of Department on Sustainable Mobility

Christoph Erdmenger is Head of Department on Sustainable Mobility in the Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg, the core automotive Region in Germany. The department was newly created in 2012 with the aim to integrate and foster environmental, economic and social issues in Transport policies. In detail the department cares for programmes on bike, foot, automated driving and electric mobility. It furthermore brings air quality management and transport planning together and integrates climate protection into transport policies in Baden-Württemberg. In the past years Baden-Württemberg achieved to close the gap to other German regions e.g. in cycling policies and air pollution levels. The Region considers itself furthermore as the leader in electric mobility in Germany, e.g. through the country-wide charging infrastructure system SAFE.

Formerly Mr. Erdmenger was head of unit on transport policies in the national environmental protection agency Umweltbundesamt. He began his career at the European Secretariat of the international Network ICLEI – Local governments for sustainability. His professional scope in the past 20 years covered environmental management instruments, energy policies and sustainable procurement.

Cristina Corchero
Head of the Energy Systems Analytics Group, IREC

Cristina Corchero holds a M. Sc. and a PhD degrees in Statistics and Operations Research (2004, 2011) from the BarcelonaTech – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

She worked as post-doc researcher at the Group of Numerical Optimization and Modelling (GNOM, UPC) and she is part-time professor at the UPC since 2005. In 2011, she enrolled the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) as post-doc researcher in the Electrical Engineering Area. Since 2016 Cristina leads the research group on Energy Systems Analytics devoted to the application of novel optimization techniques and data science to innovative energy usages and the energy systems integration field. She also is operating agent of the IEA HEV TCP on V2G technology.

Daniel Rosa
VP sales

Daniel is the head of business growth for Floatility, a turnkey light electric vehicle sharing company providing mobility as a service technology which solves the last mile problem for smart cities of tomorrow. He is responsible for hacking the intersection of strategy, sales and partnership development, focusing on international expansion of the www.e-floater.com brand.

Daniel is an eco-preneur with 15 years of corporate and consulting experience in accelerating the commercialization of sustainable innovations. Since 2005, he is a permanent resident of Singapore successfully establishing and leading regional offices of international renewable energy companies, delivering megawatts of large scale solar and wind power projects. Born in Australia of European descent, with qualifications in design, business and project management, Daniel is the owner of Zenkaya permaculture farm, cycles every day, loves yoga and building tiny homes.

David Fernández
Innovation Consultant, Bax Innovation Consulting

David is an Innovation Consultant at Bax & Company, part of the mobility, materials and smart industry team.

He holds a BSc in Industrial Technologies Engineering from the University of Vigo and a MSc in Industrial Engineering from the ETSEIB-UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)

Dimitri Vergne
Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, BEUC

Dimitri Vergne is Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). He is well-versed in EU political affairs, after studies in France, Germany and at the College of Europe in Bruges. After complementing these studies with internships at the German Bundestag and European Commission, Dimitri moved into the field of EU road transport.

Here, he represented the interests of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for four years. Dimitri now works on behalf of Europe’s consumers, advocating for EU legislation that will spur the transformation towards a future of clean mobility.

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Dorothée Coucharrière
International Public Affairs Director, Blue Solutions, Bolloré

Dorothée Coucharrière has over ten year’s professional experience in driving Climate change mitigation policies within the Energy and Transport sectors.

Before she joined Blue Solutions, the subsidiary of Bolloré group, that has developed the Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) battery and related mobility and stationary applications, she was Policy officer for clean transport, at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, and was principally responsible for electro-mobility deployment.

Prior to joining the Commission, she started her career at the French legislative assembly and then moved to the energy sector to take charge of the institutional relations of the alternative energy company Poweo. Then, she supported the Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall in its development ofrenewable energy projects in France.

Dorothée graduated from Sciences Po (Paris) and has an MPhil in Comparative Law studies.

Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group

Abayomi joined the BMW Group in 1997 starting with the development of passive safety concepts. 2000-2014 he specialised in concept development for pedestrian protection systems and represented the European Industry at international level for the development of legislative and consumer pedestrian testing procedures.

In March 2014 he moved to the BMW EU Representative Office where he is responsible for all technical dossiers being worked on by the EU Institutions. He also facilitates the BMW electromobility infrastructure projects at EU level.

Egbert Figgemeier
Professor, Aachen University

Prof Figgemeier studied chemistry and did his PhD at the University of Paderborn. This was followed by academic research at the Universities of Dublin, Basel and Uppsala. In 2007 he joined Bayer Technology Services heading the materials and corrosion lab as well as the development of materials for battery applications.

From 2012 on, he worked as application development engineer for battery materials at 3M Deutschland responsible for technical support of customers in Germany and Europe. He was also in charge of initiating european colloborative projects such as FiveVB.

Since 2016 he is group leader at the Helmholtz Institute Münster (section Aachen) and he holds the chair for “Ageing and Reliability of Batteries” at the RWTH Aachen University.

Ekaterina Dmitrakova
Business Development Manager, car2go Europe

Ekaterina Dmitrakova is the Business Development Manager at car2go Europe, responsible for the coordination of special projects in the department of business development and the evaluation of the Eastern European market.

Erik Lorentzen
Head of Analysis and Consultancy, Norwegian EV Association

Erik Lorentzen works closely with policy development and the EV market with a special focus on charging infrastructure.

Lorentzen has a master’s degree of Political Economy, and has several years of experience working with climate and transport related issues for the Ministry of the Environment, the public funding agency Transnova and for the Norwegian Directorate of Public Roads.

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Franck Rieck
MSc, Reasearch Professor, Future Mobility, Rotterdam University

Professor Future Mobility at the Research Centre Sustainable Port Cities of the Rotterdam University of Applied Science. Educated as Mechanical Engineer and Industrial Designer. Frank Rieck has a background in innovation, marketing and management in the Automotive Industry. He is currently responsible for the research and innovation regarding Future Mobility.

He is chairman of Dutch-INCERT, a Dutch network of knowledge centres regarding eMobility and is representing the Netherlands as vice president of EU organization AVERE.

Giorgia Concas
Secretary General, AIE

Giorgia leads AIE, the European Association of Electrical Contractors, where her objective is to highlight the increasingly central role of electrotechnical service companies as society continues to electrify and digitalizes itself.

Her focus is primarily on the challenges and opportunities in terms of skills, jobs and technical questions arising from the deployment of innovative building and infrastructure technologies and solutions. Passionate about both EU policy making and environmental protection, prior to joining AIE, Giorgia earned a Master’s degree in European affairs from the Brussels Free University and worked for several years as a policy advisor for SolarPower Europe.

As a strong believer in electromobility, Giorgia chaired the EU Platform for Electromobility when working for the solar sector and has just brought AIE into the Platform as part of the infrastructure working group.

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Greet van Wesemael
Director, EV Consult

Greet van Wesemael is an experienced advisor and project manager in the field of sustainable mobility and planning. She has been active in the transportation sector since 1989 and worked for well-known organizations such as Arcadis, MSC, PSA and Bombardier as the lead on large mobility projects. In 2017, she got involved in the fast-paced, innovative world of electric mobility and since then, she has been working as director and owner of EV Consult Belgium.

Her experience in optimizing and streamlining projects helps with her ambition to accelerate sustainable mobility progress for Belgian companies and governments.

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Greg Archer
Director Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment

Greg leads campaigns for clean vehicles and sustainable energy for Transport & Environment, a Brussels based Federation of over 50 campaigning organisations working for sustainable mobility.

A veteran of fights on vehicle emissions regulations, testing and biofuels he is a bête noire for the car and oil industries with a reputation as both an effective campaigner and technical expert.  A strong advocate for electric vehicles, Greg established the Electromobility Platform and previously worked in the UK in a variety of posts in universities, consultancy and Government bodies on a range of environmental issues.

In addition to his work for T&E, Greg is currently President of ECOS, the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation.

He spends his working weeks mainly in Brussels; evenings often in the gym; and weekends in the UK with his family, garden and menagerie of pets!

Guillermo Amann
Senior Advisor to the President, ORMAZABAL

He is Senior Advisor to the President at ORMAZABAL- a Velatia company- (specialist in Medium Voltage products and systems, covering a wide range of solutions, products and services for the electricity distribution network), where he puts in practice his vast experience in the MV distribution field, giving advice to the President and CEO in all strategic matters for the further development of the company.

He is Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Electricity Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Services Industry (T&D EUROPE). He is president of AFBEL (the Spanish Association on Manufacturers of Electrical Equipment), Vice-President of AEDIVE (the Spanish Association for the development of the electro-mobility) and Vice-President of “Alianza INERCIA”, the Spanish conglomerate of sector organizations devoted to the promotion of the Smart Cities concepts.

Harm Weken
Partner, FIER Automotive

Harm Weken is since 1995 managing Partner of FIER Automotive, a business development company in the international automotive sector, with a focus on sustainable and electric mobility. Harm is co-founder and co-owner of GoodMoovs.com, the largest all electric business-to-business car sharing program in the Netherlands and part of a EU network of electric car sharing programs.

Moreover Harm, supports electric mobility initiatives and the academic sector as board member, advisory council member and in scientific reviewing committees at universities and electric mobility foundations, in Europe and abroad.

The core of the work of Harm and his company FIER, is (EU and national) project initiation and business development in electric mobility for private companies, public authorities and consortia. During recent years, the focus has been on: Stimulating electric vehicle (EV) uptake in fleet; Effectiveness of national EV incentives and policies; Stimulating electric trucks in distribution and inner city freight and; Electric car sharing and smart charging infrastructure.

For more information on the EU projects, FIER and GoodMoovs have been partner in, see: I-CVUE.eu (2017), ENEVATE.eu (2014), FREVUE.eu (2017) and the ongoing projects, the Electric Green Last Mile (eGLM.eu) and Pro-EME.eu, eMaas.eu and since January 2018 EAFO.eu.

Harm-Jan Idema
Smart Charging Commissioner, Living Lab

Harm-Jan Idema (MSc.) is an expert in smart charging electric vehicles. He is developing various fast and smart charging solutions in the world’s leading e-mobility countries and regions such as The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and California.

He has a significant track record in developing business cases and public tenders for over 10,000 public charging stations. Among others, Harm-Jan is closely involved in the development of a smart charging pilot with over 2,000 charging stations which enable faster charging when solar and wind energy is available and which reduce the peak demand in the electricity grid.

Besides that Harm-Jan is engaged in high-end projects which include a Smart Charging Outlook and the effect on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by enabling smart charging of electric vehicles. Besides his expertise in e-mobility projects Harm-Jan is member of the Dutch negotiation table to develop the new national agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the mobility sector.


Jan Cappelle
Professor, KU Leuven

Jan Cappelle graduated in 1999 at KU Leuven as electrical engineer with a master thesis at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). In 2008 he successfully defended a PhD on the performance analysis of electric bicycles at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Later that year he started his own research group E&A that integrated in the cluster of the KU Leuven department ESAT and steadily grew to the staff of 20 people of today. In 2014 he became an associated professor at the faculty of engineering technology.

His research interests include stand-alone power systems, light electric mobility and photovoltaic energy measurements. Currently, he is involved in several national and international projects about light electric mobility, with a special focus on the speed pedelec.

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Jan Tytgat
Director Government Affairs EU-Benelux, Umicore

Jan Tytgat obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He joined Umicore in 1987 and has assumed several managerial positions (laboratories, purchasing and battery recycling) before joining Umicore’s Government Affairs department in 2012.

In his current position as director Government Affairs EU-Benelux, he is in charge of the relation with public authorities on sustainable mobility, energy, trade and recycling.

He is Member of the Board of Recharge (the European Association for Advanced Rechargeable and Lithium Batteries) and of EBRA (the European Battery Recycling Association).

Jeanette Shaw
Director Government Relations, Forth Mobility

Jeanette Shaw has served as Forth’s first Director of Government Relations and develops transportation electrification and e-mobility legislative and regulatory policies. Forth is a nonprofit industry organization working to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation. Through innovation and industry development, demonstration projects, advocacy and engagement, Forth is transforming the way we get around.


Ms. Shaw previously served as Vice President or Organizational Development Consultant to several high-tech companies and nonprofit organizations, including National Semiconductor and TechNet, where she served as Vice President of Public Policy. Jeanette holds a Master’s of Business Administration Executive Program from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jochen De Smet
President, AVERE Belgium

Jochen De Smet is an Belgian energy specialist with a special focus on integration between (electric) mobility and energy issues. He focusses on the use of renewable energy for mobility opportunities in greening the mobility and energy system. He has expertise in electric and hydrogen applications, inbedded in smart grids.

Jochen is president of AVERE Belgium, federation of electric mobility, and former advisor of minister Bart Tommelein and Minister Annemie Turtelboom in the Flemish government. In this position he worked on the energy efficiency policy, integration and the roll-out of smart meters. He adviced the Flemish minister in the creation of the first action plan “Clean Power for transport” for Flanders, focussing on the roll-out of battery electric cars.

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Joeri de Ridder
Owner, Electric Drive bvba

Joeri de Ridder pioneered electric vehicles in Belgium as co-organizer of the Ecomobiel fairs in Antwerp from 2005 till 2009 and with the launch of the first electric car on the Belgian market – the Reva – in 2008 as technical and commercial responsible for its distributor Green Mobil. The compact Reva was an electric city-car designed in California and manufactured in India by the Reva Electric Car Company, recently acquired by the Mahindra group.

In 2009 Joeri founded Electric Drive BVBA with the mission to minimize the effects of climate change by encouraging carbon-neutral mobility.

Focusing now on road-legal light commercial vehicles from the French OEM Goupil-Industries, Electric Drive has a leading position in Belgium with fleet-clients like the Cities of Antwerp and Brussels. The newest member of his portfolio is the Maxus EV80 truck from Saic, the largest full electric light duty truck built by China’s oldest and largest car manufacturer.

With 200+ EV’s sold in Belgium, Electric Drive’s clients have accumulated over 2 Mio km of road user experience and the company has a team with more than 30 years combined EV, automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering experience.

Joeri has been the Chairman of the Belgian section of AVERE (ASBE) from 2007 until 2016 and was a Board Member of AVERE. He also built the Belgian charging locations database as part of the ASBE website. Between 2014 and 2017, Joeri was Chairman of AVERE and since 2016 also chaired WEVA (World Electric Vehicle Association). With Joeri at the helm, AVERE won the EC tender to develop the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (WWW.EAFO.EU). Joeri also created Avere’s Electromobility Conference.

Recently Joeri became member and Mobility specialist of the Strategy Committee of the Green Consulting Group. The GCG is a company that makes use of a team of senior consultants and service partners with experience in the various sectors of the green economy, who provide integrated support to institutions and companies. We have particular expertise on islands and remote locations, where integrated solutions are especially important for energy and water management, the environment and electrical mobility.

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Joeri van Mierlo
Head of MOBI-VUB

Joeri Van Mierlo is a key player in the Electromobility scene. He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, one of the top universities in this field.

Prof. Dr. ir Joeri Van Mierlo leads the MOBI – Mobility, Logistics and automotive technology research centre (http://mobi.vub.ac.be). A multidisciplinary and growing team of 100 staff members. Prof. Van Mierlo was visiting professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2012).

He is expert in the field of Electric and Hybrid vehicles (batteries, power converters, energy management simulations) as well as to the environmental and economical comparison of vehicles with different drive trains and fuels (LCA, TCO).

Prof. Van Mierlo is Vice-president of AVERE (www.avere.org), the European Electric Vehicle Association and Vice-president of its Belgian section ASBE (www.asbe.be). He chairs the EPE chapter “Hybrid and electric vehicles” (www.epe-association.org). He is an active member of EARPA (European Automotive Research Partner Association) and member of EGVIA (European Green Vehicle Initiative Association). He is director of Flanders Make department “Power electronics, actuators and energy storage”.
He is IEEE Senior Member and member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) en IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.

He is the author of more than 500 scientific publications. He is editor in chief of the World Electric Vehicle Journal and co-editor of the Journal of Asian Electric Vehicles and member of the editorial board of “Studies in Science and Technology”, “Batteries”​ as well as of “ISRN. Automotive Engineering”. He is Guest Editor of Special Issues “Rechargeable Battery Technologies–From Materials to Applications”​of “Batteries” as well of “Advances in Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles and Hybrid Vehicles”​of the “Energies” Journal.

John Gartner
Director, Navigant

John Gartner is a director leading transportation and mobility consulting within Navigant’s Energy Practice. His key areas of expertise include electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, EV integration into the grid and utility operations, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, EVs, advanced batteries, ultracapacitors, and stop-start vehicle technology. John has overseen dozens of projects focused on the local and national impact of EVs on utilities, business models for charging services, and EV charging equipment for U.S. and international clients.

He speaks frequently about EVs and charging infrastructure at industry conferences around the world, and he is often quoted in major media outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Time and Forbes magazines, and other publications. He has authored more than a dozen Navigant Research reports and whitepapers on transportation and mobility topics.

Jon Stenning
Associate Director, Cambridge Econometrics 

Jon is an associate director at Cambridge Econometrics, where he leads on energy and climate issues. He is an experienced economist adept at distilling complex quantitative analysis into policy-relevant messages. His current focus is on the macroeconomic impact of decarbonisation pathways, including the economics of decarbonising road transport.

Julia Poliscanova
Clean Vehicles Manager, Transport & Environment

Julia joined T&E in June 2015, having previously worked for the Mayor of London and in the European Parliament. During her four years in the parliament, she was advisor to Fiona Hall MEP, and followed EU legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.

Julia works on T&E’s clean vehicles team and is currently engaged with CO2 legislation for cars and vans, as well as work on sustainable batteries for electric vehicles. She is also coordinating T&E’s work on reducing emissions from diesel cars in European cities.

Kátrin Schweren
Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs, tiko

Kátrin began her career in the European Parliament as political research assistant. She joined BEUC, the European Consumers Association in 1995, as Head of Economic Section, representing the consumers interest in areas such as the introduction of the euro, financial services and public services. Her study on the national transposition of the voice telephony directive led her way into the telecoms sector.

In 1999, Katrin joined Swisscom holding different positions in the field of regulatory, strategy and public affairs. Having worked as Swissgrid’s Head of Regulation, she joined Swisscom Energy Solutions as a consultant in 2012 to become its Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs since 2017.

Kátrin has studied in Barcelona and Fribourg and holds a PhD in Economics from Fribourg (CH). Katrin holds German and Swiss Nationality.

Lieselot Vanhaverbeke
Assistant Professor, MOBI-VUB

Prof. Dr. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke is Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, at the department of Business Technology and Operations (BUTO) and the research group Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology (MOBI). She teaches Operations Research and Research Methods.

Her research on location analysis, consumer mobility and economic aspects of electric vehicles is published in academic ISI journals. She is member of the Belgian Operational Research Society (ORBEL) and The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Liliya Safiullina
Business Development Manager

E-mobility professional, gaining experience in electro-mobility for few years in various roles within the industry. Liliya holds a degree in electrical engineering.

As a team member, Liliya is developing project and product activities that allow implementing zero emission e-bus fleet by the Cities and Public Transport Operators today.

Following the guidelines of the European Union cities in Europe implements low-emission or zero-emission plans for public transport to decrease a level of air pollution. Public transport operators replace bus fleet from diesel to electric or hybrid solutions. Ekoenergetyka-Polska provides high-power charging infrastructure for e-buses, creating customized solutions and helps operators change to emission-free transport.

Each project is different due to the needs, location, conditions, local architecture or choosing the solution of charging. It is a huge challenge both to producer and city or public transport operator. The producer's role is to adapt the product to specific requirements.
Headquarters of Ekoenergetyka-Polska is located in West Poland, but its products can be found all over Europe. Company is gathering experience in different locations as Arctic Circle or Mediterranean climate countries. Customization allows to prepare product for requirements of Electric bus producers (various types of charging solutions like pantograph, Oppcharge or plug-in), city architecture - charger’s design is adapted appearance to the environment, power methods (electrical grid, tram traction systems) and other conditions. A quick look at a few case studies (Oslo, Hannover, Barcelona, Lulea, Warsaw, Krakow, Września) with different solutions.

Every manufacturer of the charging infrastructure have to customize their product for a variety of requirements and solutions because the market and customers expect it. Ekoenergetyka-Polska has achieved the level of the European leader due to its presence on the market and the collection of experience.

Louis Shaffer
EMEA Distributed Energy Segment Manager, EATON

Louis Shaffer has a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Having worked in the US, Asia, and Europe, Louis is currently based in Eaton’s EMEA headquarters in Morges, Switzerland. His career of more than 20 years has included progressively higher positions in engineering, sales, service, and marketing.

Louis has worked for Eaton since 2011, where he is currently the Distributed Energy Segment Leader for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Eaton’s Electrical division.

Energy increasingly comes from diverse and distributed sources, impacting all aspects of power generation, distribution, and end user usage. In his current role, Louis focuses on how to leverage rapidly evolving technologies - and in particular energy storage and microgrids - to address the new challenges and opportunities that have emerged for both the developed and emerging markets in EMEA for distributed energy.

Lucie Beaumel
Head of office

Since February 2015, Lucie Beaumel is head of office of EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association), the private side of the Green Vehicles contractual Public Private Partnership (cPPP) launched by the European Commission in 2013. As such, she is ensuring constant links between the association members (OEMs, suppliers, universities, RTOs…) and the different European Commission services involved in the partnership and is coordinating the activities of EGVIA members in order to disseminate the activities and achievements of the initiative.

Before joining EGVIA, she has been supporting FP7 consortium for 5 years in drafting and managing their research projects in various areas such as transport, health, ICT …

Maciej Mazur
Managing Director, PSPA

President of the Management Board and founder of the Polish Association of Alternative Fuels. Business practitioner with many years of experience in the energy sector. Since 2012, he has been working in the alternative fuels industry, in particular in the e-mobility and natural gas sectors.

He has worked, among others, on the implementation of the largest infrastructural projects carried out in Poland (including the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal) and advised companies from the fuel, automotive, financial and FMCG sectors.

He is a practitioner in the field of implementation of corporate communication strategies and has extensive experience in the area of media relations and public affairs. Graduated in International Relations from the Faculty of International Trade Policy at the University of Warsaw. He also holds an MBA diploma.

He is currently working on his doctorate in economics. Author of numerous publications in the field of energy and public communication. Speaker at numerous industry debates and conferences.

Marcia Giacomini
project manager / senior consultant, TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH

The ERA-NET COFUND Electric Mobility Europe (EMEurope) follows the needs and demands of policy makers while at the same time considering those of stakeholders and the industry. It elaborates and expands the systematic and steady exchange of information and mutual learning process started in the ERA-NET Plus Electromobility+ and uses a two-track approach comprising:

EMEurope Call 2016, a co-funded, transnational call for proposals aimed at the selection and funding of innovative, transnational projects that demonstrate and validate solutions which have already reached sufficient maturity for deployment in the following five key areas of electric mobility:
System Integration (transport, (sub)urban areas)
Urban Freight and City Logistics
Smart Mobility Concepts and ICT Applications
Public Transport
Consumer Behaviour and Societal Trends
A total of 13 projects will be funded throughout the term of EMEurope:
eVolution2G-V2G - Innovative Vehicle to Grid model for electric mobility deployment in Europe
EUFAL - Electric Urban Freight and Logistics
Electric travelling - platform to support the implementation of electromobility in Smart Cities based on ICT applications
eMaaS - Electric Mobility as a Service
EMWF - Electric Mobility Without Frontiers
OSCD - Orchestrating Smart Charging in mass Deployment
COSTART - A comprehensive strategy to accelerate the integration of electric buses into existing public transport systems
CYB - Cloud Your Bus
PLATON - Planning Process and Tool for Step-by-Step Conversion of the Conventional or Mixed Bus Fleet to a 100 % Electric Bus Fleet
Trolley 2.0 - Trolley Systems 4 Smart Cities
evRoaming4EU - evRoaming for electric mobility in Europe
proEME - Promoting Electric Mobility in Urban Europe
Policy Cooperation activities aim at the achievement of a stronger alignment of strategy and policy among the relevant stakeholders. A successful development of electric mobility requires suitable, supportive and strongly tuned frame conditions, such as fiscal incentives or legal provisions. The mutual learning and exchange of information provide an essential basis for this development, contributing to the implementation of effective and maximally tuned national and regional provisions and laws.
For more information: www.electricmobilityeurope.eu

Marco Pieve
European Projects Coordinator, Piaggio

Marco Pieve is graduated in Aerospace Engineering on 1997, obtains in 2001 a PhD degree in Computer Aided Mechanical Design. He is in charge of European Projects Funding. He has been working in 2-Wheelers Vehicle Innovation Dept. at Piaggio since 2001 starting his career in vehicle structural analysis and simulation area and ergonomics.

From 2002 to 2004 participates as expert in MAIDS Project (Motorcycle Accidents In-depth Study), promoted by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Industry.

Since fifteen years he has been coordinating technical and management activities of European Projects dealing with e-mobility (H2020 GV5-2014 RESOLVE - “Range of Electric SOlutions for L-category Vehicles”) and safety issues such as eCall for motorcycles (I-HeERO - CEF-TRAN-2014) and cooperative intelligent transport systems (H2020 MG-6.2-2016 - C-MOBILe).

He is member of EGVIA Industry Delegation, representing L-category Vehicles (powered-two wheelers, tricycles and light quadricycles).

Marie-France Van Der Valk
Chair, Platform for Electromobility

Marie-France Van Der Valk was appointed in 2010 European Affairs Director in the Public Affairs Department of Renault.  Based in Brussels, she is in charge of promoting the interests of the Group – for both Renault and Nissan – to the European Institutions on all issues linked with car industry. She chaired the PT1 Global landscape during the GEAR 2030 platform launched by the EU Commission in 2016.

Marie-France joined Renault in 1996 in the Legal Department and spent 4 years at the Manufacturing Department in charge of Industrial Performance for Assembly Plants.

Previously, she worked for the OECD (Nuclear Energy Agency) and for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).   Marie-France has a Law degree (Private International Law and Environment Law).

Marion Labatut
Director Policy Issues, Eurelectric

Marion Labatut has 10 years’ experience in electricity markets economics and regulation. She is Director Policy Issues at Eurelectric.

Before joining the Brussels-based trade association early 2014, she was an electricity markets analyst at EDF in Paris, focusing on long term European trends and delivering investment projects’ valuation. Earlier on, Marion also had the opportunity to manage a cooperation project on Vietnamese energy policies at the French agency ADETEF in Hanoi.

Marion graduated from Sciences Po Paris in economics and international business in 2006, she also holds an executive master in energy systems optimization from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Mark Kerstens
Vice-President, ChargePoint

Mark Kerstens is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts at ChargePoint where is responsible for the strategy, customer relations and sales in multiple strategic verticals and heads up the strategic accounts team. He has 24 years of experience in general management, sales, business development, strategy, fundraising and finance for multi-billion-dollar businesses such as BP as well as start-up and growth-stage companies.

Prior to joining ChargePoint, Mr. Kerstens was Chief Executive Officer of a Silicon Valley based venture-backed solar technology company. Previously, he worked at BP in Europe and the US for 16 years, in a number of senior sales, operations and marketing roles.

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Maroš Šefčovič
Vice-President, European Commission
Since November 2014, Mr Šefčovič has served as Commission Vice President in charge of the Energy Union, one of the ten main priorities of the European Commission. The far-reaching initiatives of Mr Šefčovič include: the Smart Financing for Smart Building initiative to renovate housing stock, the European Battery Alliance to create a competitive, sustainable battery ecosystem in Europe; and the Platform for carbon-intensive regions in transition and related country teams.
European affairs have been at the centre of Mr Šefčovič's career for over a decade. In 2004, he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the EU, contributing to the country's major integration projects such as its entry to the Eurozone and the Schengen area. In 2009, he became the Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. Subsequently, between 2010 and 2014, he held the office of European Commission Vice President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2014, Mr Šefčovič was elected as the Member of the European Parliament, which led to him being appointed to his current position.
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Matti Kahola
Senior Analyst, Delta-ee

Matti is a Senior Analyst leading Delta-ee’s EVs & Electricity research service which helps companies take advantage of the emerging opportunities from the interface between EVs and the energy system. In his role, Matti supports most of the largest European energy suppliers, technology manufacturers, and new energy start-ups helping them understanding and take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the digital new energy landscape.

In addition to his work on electric vehicles, for the past 2 years Matti has been managing Delta-ee’s Connected Home research. From this experience, Matti bring a wealth of knowledge both the connected home market and home energy management systems with many of the lessons learnt from these markets being applicable to the connectivity and interoperability challenges of
EVs and EV charging.

Maurizio Maggiore
Senior Expert, DG RTD European Commission

Since 2002, working in the Surface Transport Unit of the European Commission's, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Maurizio Maggiore has been responsible for automotive and maritime projects covering lightweighting, clean engines and aftertreatment, electromobility under all aspects (including fuel cell and hydrogen).

He is also responsible for the technical content of the European Green Cars (and later Vehicle) Initiative and participates in several Commission working groups, mainly on electrification, alternative vehicles and fuels and on emissions (pollutants, noise and CO2) policies.

Born in Como, Italy, he holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Milan Polytechnic University, and in 1987 joined Agusta, the Italian helicopter manufacturer. He worked there for 14 years, initially in the Advanced Design Department, and later in the Research Coordination Office. In this position he managed EU-funded cooperative research projects in a number of different areas such as aerodynamics, interior and exterior noise, concurrent engineering, training & gearbox design.

A strong supporter of the need to increase public awareness and understanding of science and technology, he has been writing professionally since 1979 as a freelance journalist. In 2000 he was tapped as Editor in Chief for mechanical technologies of a magazine for two years.

Mihaita Gabriel NEACSU
President, AVER Romania

Mihaita Gabriel NEACSU was born in Bucureşti (România), on June 18, 1985. He received Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering – Electric Drives from Politehnica University of Bucureşti in 2009, the Master Degree in Intelligent Electric Systems from Politehnica University of Bucureşti in 2011, the Master Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from Military Technical Academy in 2011, and the Research Doctor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2015.

He is a Research Scientist III at Icpe and President of AVER (Association for promoting electric vehicles in România). His scientific interests include power conversion, power electronics, electric mobility, renewable energy and FPGA-based systems design. e-mail address: mihai.neacsu@icpe.ro

Moritz Dickehage
Project Engineer, smartlab Innovationsgesellschaft mbH

Fortunate to graduate during the exciting, large scale developments of renewable energy integration and mobility electrification, Moritz Dickehage has worked in various research projects in the field of electric mobility even before his graduation as a M.Sc. in electrical power engineering.

As an alumnus of the RWTH Aachen University, he’s continued to work in the field of electric mobility for the smartlab GmbH since 2016, with a strong focus on research projects and international roaming to enable a quicker transition to a sustainable mobility future in Europe.

Na Jiao
Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Dr Na Jiao obtained her PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research focuses on innovative business models for second-life electric vehicle battery systems. During her PhD, Na has worked with global car companies across Japan, China, US and Europe, presented her research globally at conferences and events, and won the Best

Originality Award and First Runner-up of the first International Competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles hosted by the Environment Bureau of Hong Kong. Prior to this, Na obtained her BEng degree in Material Science and Engineering at Central South University (China) and did her final year project on ionic liquid electrolytes for thermo-electrochemical cells at Monash University.

At IDTechEx, Na's activities focus on electric vehicles, energy storage and battery second use.

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Oleksiy Ryabchyn
Member of Parliament, Ukraine Parliament

Dr. Oleksiy Ryabchyn is a Ukrainian politician from Donetsk region. Oleksiy holds a PhD in Economics from Donetsk National University, Ukraine and an MSc in Innovation and Sustainability for International Development, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK.

In 2014 he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine) on the party list of Batkivshchyna. He chairs the subcommittee on Energy Efficiency of the Energy Committee.

Alex represented Ukraine in Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris, Marrakesh and Bonn. He is a permanent negotiator with Energy Community on the issues of energy efficiency. He is focused on promoting green economy, renewables, fighting climate change as well as and supporting 17 displaced universities that fled from Donbas and Crimea because of a military conflict.

He co-chairs the “Green power shift” inter-factional caucus aimed at awareness raising and enforcing the political discourse on the sustainable development and green agenda.

Pascal Smet
Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Brussels-Capital Region
Pascal Smet, started in his current position as the Minister for Mobility and Public Works In 2014, where he helps to foster a sustainable urban development, such as thinking of innovative ways to design public space, with an emphasis on public transport, as well as more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Originally from Haasdonk Belgium, he was previously the Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities.
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Patrick Danau
General Director for Production

Patrick Danau was born in 1956 in Ghent/Belgium.

Danau studied electro-mechanical engineering at the Hoger Technical Institute Sint-Antonius, in Ghent.

He started his career in the assembly department of the Brussels plant in 1978. From 1982 until 1984, he was responsible for production at the Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage in South Africa.

After that, Danau held senior positions in planning and assembly at the Brussels plant until 2006. Subsequently, he was Head of Production at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany; later he was responsible for the technical management of Auto 5000 and then transferred to the VW plant in Pamplona, Spain, at first as Director for Production and as Managing Director as of 2011.

Patrick Danau has been General Director for Production, Technology and Logistics and Spokesperson of the Management of AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V. since May 1, 2014.

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Peter Badík
Managing Partner, GreenWay

Since 2011 Peter Badík devotes his work to promote ecological transportation, with focus on electric vehicles. He is the co-founder of GreenWay and Voltia Companies. GreenWay is the leading provider of EV charging services in CEE region. It operates the largest network of fast chargers in Slovakia and Poland.

He is one of the founding members of Slovak Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) where he acted as the Director.

Peter Kouroumbashev
MEP (S&D, Bulgaria), European Parliament

Mr. Kouroumbashev joined the European Parliament in February 2017, where he has contributed to a number of files as Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Peter believes that innovation in clean energy is a must and both consumers and companies will benefit in the transition. He also promotes the benefits of e-mobility and hydrogen mobility and supports the need for the financing clean mobility, battery technology, storage solutions and charging infrastructure across Europe.

Prior to the European Parliament, Mr. Kouroumbashev was a Member of the Bulgarian Parliament, from 2009 – 2014, where he chaired the Committee on Environment and Water

Peter Kouroumbashev holds a MCS from the Technical University of Sofia and is an alumnus of the prominent Sofia Secondary School of Mathematics.

Rob Kroon
Project Manager / Consultant, FIER Automotive

Rob Kroon has a wide experience in the automotive and (electric) mobility sector. Employment as Project Manager / Consultant at FIER Automotive, he worked on several EU projects like ENEVATE, i-CVUE, FREVUE, BATTERIE and their spin-of projects.

Due to the involvement in these EU projects and other business development projects, Rob has built experience, knowledge and an interesting network in the field of electric mobility and has specialized in Sustainable Heavy Duty field.

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Robert van den Hoed
Lector Energy and Innovation, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Robert van den Hoed (chair) is lector Energy & Innovation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His research focus is on future charging infrastructure for electric mobility and net-integration of electric vehicles.

Van den Hoed leads a group of 15 researchers within the Urban Technology research program, dedicated to charging infrastructure research in close collaboration with industry partners.

Roland Cracco
CEO, Interparking

Roland Cracco studied law at the VUB, obtained a master's degree in Real Estate from the KULeuven and a master's degree in Finance from the Solvay Business School.

Roland Cracco worked for five years as a lawyer, after which he exchanged the toga for managerial positions with the steel construction giant Victor Buyk and Immobiliën Hugo Ceusters.

Roland Cracco is at the CEO of Interparking for twelve years now.

Roland Steinmetz
Director, EV Consult

Roland Steinmetz is an experienced project manager in the fields of electric transport, energy, mobility and sustainability. Roland has been involved in the introduction of electric transport in the Netherlands and Europe since the start-up phase and has been active in the transportation sector a long time before he started his own company in 2011: EVConsult.

He worked with several public organizations and with private organizations (OEM's, DNO's and energies). Since 2011, Roland has been a speaker at EV Conferences. As founder of EVConsult, Roland is often involved in innovative projects to connect goals of public parties to feasible solutions from commercial parties. He is result driven, engaging, strategic with a touch of technical knowledge and fully committed to a sustainable future.

Shovon Goutam
Mechanical Engineer, MOBI-VUB

Shovon Goutam graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, in 2009. He received his M.Sc. degree in Product Development and Material Engineering from Jonkoping University, Sweden, in 2013.

He worked as an Intern researcher at TOYOTA Motor Europe, Belgium Technical Center on the development of electrode material for Hydrogen Fuel cell for 1 year. In 2014, he started his Ph.D. in engineering science at Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology Department of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

He is currently working in the Battery Innovation Center of Mobility Logistic and Automotive Technology (MOBI) research group. His research interests include characterization and multiscale modeling of rechargeable energy storage systems, in particular, post Li-ion technologies for electric vehicles.

Sophie Punte
Founder, Smart Freight Centre

Sophie Punte founded Smart Freight Centre (SFC) in July 2013 as a global mission-driven organization leading the way to an efficient and environmentally sustainable global logistics sector. Sophie works with businesses and other stakeholders to remove market barriers, leverage existing initiatives and thus accelerate the uptake of practical solutions throughout industry.

She played a lead role in the establishment of the industry-backed Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) to develop a standard method for emissions measurement, led by SFC.

Previously, as Executive Director of Clean Air Asia, Sophie was a pioneer in bringing green freight on the agenda of Asian governments and establishing the China Green Freight Initiative and Green Freight Asia. Sophie also worked at the United Nations, KPMG and an engineering firm on environmental management and corporate sustainability. She holds a Master of Science (Biology) and a Master of Environmental Management from the Netherlands.

Stefan von Dobschütz
CCO eMobility, innogy SE
Since 2017 Stefan von Dobschütz has been co-leading innogy´s new business division and accounts for marketing, sales and business development. With more than 20,000 charging points installed worldwide and new products for charging infrastructure and innovative IT services, innogy is a leading technology and service provider in the field of electric mobility.
Stefan von Dobschütz has a degree in physics and started his career at the Boston Consulting Group. From there he moved to the BMW Group where he held different managerial roles. These included, most recently, the position of General Manager, inter alia, for BMW i, BMW's e-mobility sub-brand.
Susanne Balm
Project leader, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

As project leader at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Susanne is responsible for projects that bring research, practice and education together. The projects focus on sustainable vehicles and measures for freight transport and service logistics. The LEVV-LOGIC project focuses on the use of light electric freight vehicles in cities.

Before her career at AUAS (HvA), she worked as consultant at TNO where she gained experience in national and European projects in the field of sustainable logistics. In her work as consultant, she focused on the evaluation and impact assessment of innovative solutions for urban freight transport. In 2010, she graduated as Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics at the VU University Amsterdam.

She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Transport, Distribution and Logistics.

Theodoros Theodoropoulos
Researcher, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems
Theodoros Theodoropoulos is a researcher at the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece and is involved in several projects in the areas of electro-mobility, smart grid and embedded systems.
Mr Theodoropoulos has authored several IEEE conference papers and journals and is a reviewer of  IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems.
Verena Melchert
Project Coordinator, INTERREG V A Deutschland-Nederland

Verena Melchert works as a projectcoordinator for the EU-subsidy programme “INTERREG V A Deutschland-Nederland” at the euregio rhine-maas-north. She accompanies projects, starting with a first informal contact, through the application process and project implementation until project closure.

There are four regional programme managements at the Ems Dollart Region, the EUREGIO, the Euregio Rhine-Waal and the euregio rhine-maas-north which are the first contact points for prospective applicants. They process project applications and help with the search for cross-border partners.

The main objectives of the programme are to increase the innovative capacity of the border region and to reduce the barrier effect of the boundary.

Vincent Schachter
Senior Vice President Energy Services, eMotorWerks

Vincent Schachter is an entrepreneur at the crossroads of energy and digital, with a strong track record growing organizations through product development and partnerships.

He is currently Senior Vice-President, Energy Services at eMotorWerks, a Bay Area startup pioneer in the vehicle-grid integration space, developer of the leading smart charging aggregation platform JuiceNet. There he drives the company’s grid-facing business and products, including the algorithms that power JuiceNet. eMotorWerks was acquired by ENEL X at the end of 2017, with an even more ambitious growth agenda.

In his role as Senior Advisor & Entrepreneur in Residence at Engie in 2016-2017, Vincent Schachter was responsible for designing disruptive large scale business models in the Distributed Energy Resources + digital arena, and developing the corresponding new businesses through internal or external growth.  This resulted in the "Energy Communities" business model and initial offers.

As Vice-President R&D at Total New Energies from 2010 to 2016, Vincent designed Total's technology strategy and built its programs and partnerships in PV, biotechnology and smart grids from the ground up, helping develop the oil major into a prominent cleantech player and start affiliate Sunpower's transition to energy services provider.

Before entering the energy industry, he drove computational biology research and software development in startups and academia, founding  a computational biology lab at the leading French technology research organization, leading bioinformatics at the French national genome center, and co-founding Hybrigenics, the first spin-off from the Pasteur Institute.

Vincent received his PhD in Computer Science from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and co-recipient of a US Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

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Violeta Bulc
European Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

Pushing forward work on trans-European transport networks and promoting cross-border transport connections.

Facilitating travel by ensuring optimal connections between different transport modes, such as railway and air transport.

Basing new policies increasingly on the "user pays" principle, while preventing discrimination.

Completing negotiations on the new railway regulations (Fourth Railway package) and pursuing the Single European Sky policy.

Developing common EU standards for transport safety and security to improve the international environment for transport.

Violeta Bulc is part of the following Project Teams:

- Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
- Digital Single Market
- Energy Union
- Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs
- Budget and Human Resources
- Europe in the World

Ward Stevens
Policy Advisor Sustainable Development, City of Venlo

The ongoing urbanisation trend both in Germany and The Netherlands, is growing rapidly and has a structural effect on the mobility patterns of people.
Having access to a number of flexible mobility offers as well as the improving accessibility towards mobility, is becoming more and more important. Owning a car is getting less important and especially the companies are facing a challenge to reschedule their companies mobility management.

The project “SHAREuregio” continues the development and integration of a flexible e-car- and e-bike sharing system for the Cities of Venlo and Roermond, the metropole Mönchengladbach and the Kreis Viersen (area of 715.000 inhabitants).
The new offer will be focused on improving the air quality (reduce CO2 and NOx emissions) and increases the utilization of natural resources and capital. This will be realized in an innovative, cooperative cross-border project looking at developing, testing and implementing new e-mobility models.
This project reduces the barrier effect of the border for Citizen and institutions.

At the same time SHAREuregio targets an integrated approach meaning that “e-mobility as a service” (MAAS) platform. This mobility offers and connects transport modes in a better and more efficient way. SHAREuregio will offer e-mobility (e-cars and e-bikes) for business and private use by developing a FlexSHARE system (a mix of a car based and a free floating system).
The project will attract the use of electric vehicles and make the companies more aware about the theme of electric mobility. The project partners who will realize this project exist of municipalities in the project region, e-mobility providers, innovation companies, grid operators and a university. This consortium enables a wider know how and technology transfer within the region. A recent feasibility study with stakeholders in the region (including workshops) shows a need for a flexible mobility offer as well as the positive perspective that can be reached by this SHAREuregio project.
Around 45.000 employees travel daily from the Netherlands to Germany (area Nordrhein Westfalen-Niedersachsen and back.

The project “SHAREuregio is an EU-support program INTERREG V A Deutschland-Nederland.
Project goal :
On 01-01-2022 the delivery of an easily accessible cross-border, functional and self-supporting e-car and e-bike system in the region.

Project duration : 01-07-2018 to 01-01-2022
Project cost : € 2.800.000
Project partner : 10
Project stakeholders : 15-20
Project cars & bikes : 40 e-cars, 40 e-bikes (10 each) and charging stations
Project upscaling : upscaling is possible !

Willy Tomboy
Director of the Industrial Battery Working Group, RECHARGE

Willy  Tomboy has a Masters degree in Economics and Environmental Management
Willy Tomboy has worked in the automotive industry in Belgium, Germany, Canada, USA
Was Director Environmental Affairs & Corporate Citizenship of Toyota Motor Europe.
Now works with RECHARGE, the advance rechargeable battery association, on industrial batteries for electro-mobility. 

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Yunshi Wang
Director of China Center for Energy and Transportation, University of California Davis

Director of China Center for Energy and Transportation at University of California, davis

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Zachary Shahan
Director, CleanTechnica & President, Important Media

Zach has been the director of CleanTechnica.com (the #1 cleantech-focused website in the world) and Planetsave.com (a top green, science, and animal news blog) since mid-2010. He has been blogging (on those sites and several others) since 2008. In 2012, he also founded EVObsession.com, SolarLove.org, and Bikocity.com.

Zachary has a Master's degree in city & regional planning from UNC-Chapel Hill (the #1 graduate program in the nation for his specialization the year he completed it) and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and sociology from New College of Florida (the "honors college" of the Florida university system).

Aside from blogging about green matters, Zach has worked in various environmentally oriented fields (city and regional planning, green transportation advocacy, organic and natural foods, eco-friendly retail) in various sectors (government, non-profit, corporate) since 1998.