Speakers

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David Hind

Principal Engineer - Electrified Powertrain

Drive System Design

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David Littlejohns

CEO

Airtech Ventures Ltd

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David Pates

Managing Director

hofer powertain

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Denız Çetın

CCO

Karsan Automotive

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Fadi Alakkad

Lead Engineer - Software Architect

University of Warwick

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Feda Abidrabbu

Commercial Director

Beam Connectivity

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Francisco Ulloa-Herrera

R&D Engineer

Applus IDIADA

Claire Spooner

Director of Mobility

Innovate UK

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As Innovate UK's Director of Mobility, Claire champions innovative sustainable solutions in the realm of mobility within the Net Zero Domain. She leads strategic transport initiatives aimed at accelerating the transition to a net zero economy, collaborating with industry, research institutions, and government bodies. Claire's interests reach across all transport modalities, exploring innovations in AI and digital twins, connected and autonomous vehicles, sustainable aviation fuels, EV battery developments, sustainable shipping, hydrogen transport, skills development, aerospace, low and zero emissions propulsion systems, novel materials for low carbon infrastructure, and new transport modalities. She shapes the Mobility portfolio's direction, guides strategic investments, manages programs, and fosters partnerships to develop cutting-edge technologies and services. By addressing transport challenges, Innovate UK's Net Zero Domain contributes meaningfully to the global sustainability agenda and Net Zero targets.

Dr. Claire Weiller

Senior Director, Product & Program Management

Fermata Energy

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Dr. Claire Weiller serves as the Senior Director of Product and Technical Programs Management at Fermata Energy, the leader in Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging technology. 

Her work has been instrumental in deploying new charging technologies to support the electric vehicle industry’s growth over the last 10+ years. She works with both the public and private sectors to design innovative business models and programs for energy flexibility and vehicle-grid integration strategies.
She also serves as an expert evaluator for European research and development funding programs. Her early work in wind, solar, and energy efficiency, was instrumental in closing more than 100M€ in debt and equity financing for pre-construction projects.
Claire holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and M.Phil. in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge, a M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich and a B.Sc. in Environment from McGill University.

Colin Maltby

Senior Project Manager - Future Mobility

Solihull MBC

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Colin works within the UK Central Infrastructure programme at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

As part of this role Colin delivers the Council’s transport electrification agenda as well as innovation projects including micro-mobility and autonomy. Colin joined the Council in 2019 from National Highways where he delivered national change and innovation projects. Colin has led successful autonomous passenger vehicle deployments for the Council at the NEC and Birmingham airport sites.

Dan Clarke

Head of Innovation and Technology

Greater Cambridge Partnership

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Dan Clarke is the Head of Innovation and Technology for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, bringing extensive experience in automated vehicle (AV) projects. He has been instrumental in developing the business case and strategic deployment plans for AVs in Cambridge. Dan successfully led a consortium to deliver an AV pilot, integrating automated vehicles into the public transport system, and currently leads the Cambridge Connector project, which will deploy four automated buses as part of the city's public transport network.

In addition to his work with AVs, Dan has implemented several journey planning and travel information projects, which forms the basis of the current Mobility as a Service (MaaS) proposal he is developing for Cambridge. He has also deployed sensor and data infrastructure to enhance the understanding of movement within the city, supporting transport planning and network management. This includes smart signal and crossing trials aimed at optimizing traffic flow and improving pedestrian safety.

Prof. David Greenwood

Director for Industrial Engagement

WMG

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Prof. David Greenwood is Director for Industrial Engagement, and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG. Previously, David established and led the Energy Directorate at WMG where he led a team of over 200 researchers and engineers. Projects spanned several fields, including cars, trucks, boats, off highway machinery, aircraft and motorcycles. His research spans batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and the integration and control of these for propulsion and energy applications.

David moved into academia after 20 years in industry latterly as Head of Hybrid and Electric Systems for engineering consultancy Ricardo UK Ltd.

Professor Greenwood holds advisory and board positions for Innovate UK (Faraday Challenge), the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, and the Faraday Institution. In October 2023 he was honoured to be made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Dr. David Simkin

Head of the DER Winding Centre of Excellence

University of Warwick

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Head of the DER Winding Centre of Excellence David leads development projects on eMachines and drives at the newly opened DER Winding Centre of Excellence facility at the University of Warwick. This facility was set up to assist UK supply chain companies to create manufacturing processes for high volume, innovative eMachines. David has previously led eMachine development teams at eMachine manufacturing companies such as JLR, Saietta, YASA Motors and Converteam. He has 40 years of manufacturing experience of eMachine systems for the automotive, marine and industrial markets.

David Skipp

Chair, CAM Working Group

Automotive Council

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David Skipp is a Business Strategy Consultant working in the Automotive sector with a primary interest in Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM). He is the Independent Chair of the CAM Working Group of the UK Automotive Council.

Since graduating from Brunel University with a multi-discipline engineering degree, David held a number of senior positions at Ford Motor Company working on Propulsion Development, Vehicle Development, Research, Strategic Planning, Innovation, Partnerships and Mobility Solutions during a  35 year career. 

David Wong

Head of Technology and Innovation

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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David Wong is Head of Technology and Innovation at SMMT, the UK’s automotive industry body that represents the interests of more than 800 members including all major vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers, aftermarket businesses, technology and engineering firms, and mobility start-ups. David is SMMT’s lead on connected and automated vehicles, electric and fuel cell vehicles, autotech and future mobility innovation. He also sits on the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and is a board member of greentech consultancy Cenex. He was a member of the UK Government’s Future Communications Challenge Group, which advised on 5G strategy, and the multi-sectoral EV Energy Taskforce.

Dean Zabrieszach

Chief Executive Officer

Ohmio Automotion

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Dean Zabrieszach was appointed to the position of CEO of HMI Technologies in Australia in March 2015 and, since 2018, has been the Global CEO of HMI and its sister company, Ohmio Automotion.

Dean is:

  • a Board Member of ITS Australia (2002 to present), former President of ITS Australia (2017-2023), and currently ITS Australia International Ambassador.

  • a Board Member & former Chair of ITS Asia Pacific,

  • Project Director for the 23rd ITS World Congress in Melbourne in 2016,

  • a member of the AustRoads Cooperative ITS Program,

  • former Australian Head of Delegation (2007-2024) and former Convenor of Working Group 9 (2007-2017) on the International Standards Organisation Technical Committee 204 (ISO TC 204) for Intelligent Transport Systems, • former Chair of Australian Standards Committee IT-023 for Intelligent Transport Systems (2007-2024), and

  • MCEC Club Melbourne Ambassador

Prior to joining HMI Technologies, Dean worked with VicRoads, the state road authority of Victoria, from 1984 to 2015.

Dean occupied a number of senior positions within VicRoads including Manager Program Development, Manager Maintenance Program, Manager Intelligent Transport Systems, Director Road User Services and Director Road Operations.

He has extensive experience in traffic management and security management, as well as the development of numerous road infrastructure projects in metropolitan Melbourne.

Dean played a leading role in developing the state’s traffic and transportation plans for major events such as the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, the Melbourne 500 cc/Moto Motorcycle Grand Prix and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the deployment of numerous ITS solutions and the development of business cases for major infrastructure projects such as the Monash Freeway-CityLink-West Gate Freeway project, and Melbourne’s successful bid to host the 23rd ITS World Congress in 2016.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Degree from the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Debbie Hopkins

Associate Professor

University of Oxford

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Dr Debbie Hopkins is an Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oxford. Debbie’s research focuses considers the implications of transport transitions for particular groups. She currently leads a UKRI ESRC funded project ‘Trucking Lives’ (www.truckinglives.co.uk) that examines the everyday experiences of UK lorry drivers. Her previous research considered the ways logistical workers make sense of technological changes, and how automation might reconfigure their job in the short, medium and longer term. 

Dennis Hayter

Chair

Cenex

Emyr Thomas

National Highways

Dr. Evi Petavratzi

Senior Mineral Commodity Geologist

British Geographical Survey

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Dr Evi Petavratzi is a Principal Mineral Commodity Expert at the British Geological Survey (BGS), with over 15 years of working experience. Her work is in the field of critical raw materials and sustainable and responsible supply, both from primary and secondary sources. She is interested to identify routes to equitable resource use of the materials essential to the net zero objectives. Circularity and the potential supply of critical raw materials through the circular economy have a key role to play in that and are therefore of major interest to her.

Dr. George Beard

Head of New Mobility

TRL

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Dr George Beard is Head of New Mobility at TRL. He has 11 years’ experience conducting social and behavioural research and evaluation in the transport sector across a variety of areas including active travel and micromobility safety, inclusive mobility, electric vehicle adoption and charging, real-world trials, and monitoring and evaluation. George has particular experience delivering research in the fields of active travel and micromobility, this includes for example conducting large-scale off- and on-street evaluations of the impact of cycling infrastructure on road user safety for Transport for London, off-street safety performance testing of e-scooters for DfT and various commercial clients, providing evidence on current practice and safety implications of ‘powered transporters’ such as e-scooters and other forms of micromobility for the Road Safety Authority in Ireland, delivering research for the European Commission to develop regulatory options for micromobility, as well as a recent project for the Department for Transport which is providing evidence and recommendations on the technical requirements for future e-scooter Construction and Use Regulations, and another for the European Commission to recommend how to harmonise micromobility regulations across the EU. Through his work at TRL, George’s mission is to help accelerate development and adoption of active travel, micromobility and other new mobility solutions – to support a transition away from car dependence, to rapidly reduce the environmental impact of transport, and to make transport more equitable – all while ensuring we strive toward Vision Zero whereby no-one is harmed as a result of transport. George is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the International EV Policy Council.

Glen Pascoe

Principle Engineer

Fortescue WAE

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Glen Pascoe (BEng (Hons), MDes, MIMechE) is an engineering leader with a career journey marked by industrial experience developing groundbreaking energy storage devices. Graduating in Automotive Engineering and later earning a degree in Design for Sustainability, Glen has embarked on an 18-year career in the UK's technology development sector. His tenure included early contributions within F1, particularly at Williams, where he played a role in integrating KERS and advancing composites engineering. Transitioning through roles focused on hybrid powertrains and motorsports, Glen now leads Fortescue WAE's technology and innovation activity; overseeing the research and development of engineering capabilities, new products and powertrain technology solutions for a wide variety of market applications, reflects his enduring commitment to innovation and decarbonisation.

Dr. Greg Yakovlev

Director

Delph25 Ltd

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Delph25 is an investor and an advisor in the energy transition and circular economy themes. Investments have been made into companies engaged in energy storage management and trading, Lithium battery materials production and energy transition technology metal production.

Gunny Dhadyalla

Networks Director

AESIN

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