Speakers

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Paul Bhatia

ESA Business Applications Ambassador

ESA Space Solutions

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Philippe Queruau

Business Manager - Electrification and Flexibility

Veolia UK

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Richard Morris

Innovation Lead - Automated & Connected Vehicles

Innovate UK

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Rik Adams

Innovation Delivery Director

Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

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Rishabh Ghotge

Zero Emission Mobility Consultant

Cenex Nederland

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Robin Irwin

Managing Director

Konrad Technologies

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Rowana Legito

Project Manager

CALSTART

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Sara Sloman

Chief Strategy Officer

Paythru

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Shiva Noori

Circular Mobility Team Lead

Cenex Nederland

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Steffan Eldred

Innovation Lead for Zero Emission Vehicles

Innovate UK

Nick Fleming

Director of Transport and Mobility

BSI Group

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Nick has over 15 years’ experience in standardization working across emerging technologies and with the automotive and transport industry to develop both national and international standards that support adoption of new technologies, promote innovation, safety, security and consumer protection. BSI’s Zero Emission HGVs and Infrastructure Standards programme, supported by the DfT, is working with industry stakeholders on the development of standards to enable the demonstrations of battery electric and hydrogen-fuelled HGVs, towards wider deployment.

Pablo Decelis

Specialist Circular & Mobility

Cenex Nederland

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Pablo has a solid foundation in Civil Engineering and a Master's in Metropolitan Analysis Design & Engineering, and offers a blend of practical and research expertise. His master's thesis on optimizing electric vessel charging in Amsterdam showcases his commitment to sustainable transport solutions. He's explored innovative energy harvesting through his Electrack project, integrating Piezo electric materials into train tracks.

Since joining Cenex Nederland, Pablo has actively engaged in projects emphasizing cleaner energy, sustainable transportation solutions, with a focus on circular economy. 

Paula Claytonsmith

Chief Executive

Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG)

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Paula is LCRIG’s Chief Executive and formerly Director, Government and Strategy at LCRIG. Paula was previously Executive Board Director at Gaist, the multi-award-winning international highways and mobile mapping company working with the Government, local authorities, private sector, and international organisations. Paula has had a career spanning a range of sectors including leading local government frontline services, Assistant Director for a national public sector improvement agency tasked with performance improvement in councils, KPMG Government Advisory, international consulting assignments, political lobbying sector, and independent national government advisory roles. Paula has also worked in executive leadership roles in the charitable sector including a major stem cell cancer charity leading their operations department and a strategic policy and lobbying role in a leading environmental charity focused on behaviour change to improve local environmental quality.

Working in the Highways sector Paula has been a guest on several BBC Radio4 programmes relating to Infrastructure, international radio  and TV programmes, quoted in The Sunday Times, authored articles for IHE, CIHT, RSMA, LCRIG Insights and spoken regularly at national industry conferences both in the UK and internationally. In 2018, Paula was an expert witness to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on Local Roads Funding and Governance with acknowledgement by the Committee Chair in the House of Commons and Hansards. Paula is a Steering Group Member for the subsequent new change in Road Condition Statistics (PAS 2161), part of the NIC CAM expert group and provides policy advisory support the DfT Transport Technology Forum which LCRIG manages. Paula’s knowledge and insights are also drawn upon regularly by other DfT team including Traffic and Technology and Local Roads. Paula is part of the National Highways strategic Research and Innovation Advisory Board, and soon to be on the editorial advisory board for Highways Magazine. Paula has also been a technical committee member for PIARC (World Roads Association), and has a passion for all things innovation in the highways sector.

Dr. Rene Sebastian Hosse

Head of AD MaaS (mobility as a service) System Definition and Assurance

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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Rene has worked in autonomous driving safety engineering since 2009 in various positions, including research collaborations. From 2017 to 2022, he was the Head of Automotive Department at ESE by DB (German Railways), consulting and assessing automotive industry in safety-relevant applications. Since 2022, Rene has been the Head of AD MaaS (mobility as a service) System Definition and Assurance at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles; responsible for customer, safety, security, and regulative compliance of the AD MaaS System, as well as system release and homologation.

Dr. Richard Fairchild

Chief Operations Officer

Aurrigo

Richard Jinks

Chief Commercial Officer

Oxa

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Richard is Chief Commercial Officer at Oxa, responsible for the commercialisation of Oxa’s Universal Autonomy™ software platform.
Heading up the Commercial team, Richard leads business development, sales, customer success and strategic partnerships.
Richard joined Oxa in 2019 to set up its commercial function, after a 30-year career building and leading global teams and partnerships at large corporates.
Since joining Oxa, Richard has developed relationships and contracted with all of Oxa’s major customers, including Beep, bp, Ocado and ZF. He was also an integral part of the Oxa team during Series B and C fund raising.

Dr. Robert Byrne

Energy Innovation Programme Manager

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Ruth Dixon

Business and Innovation Manager

Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre - North East

Saket Mohan

Founder & CEO

Secure Elements Ltd

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Mr. Saket is a seasoned professional in automotive cybersecurity, boasting over 13 years of experience in connected cars and cybersecurity solutions. He has previously worked at Jaguar Land Rover (UK) , ClearMotion Inc, EDAG Engineering Limited (UK) and Transport Research laboratory (TRL) in areas of Telematics, Connected cars and Automotive Cybersecurity.

He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangalore, India and a M.Sc. in Embedded and Wireless Systems from Coventry University, UK.

Meet Mr Saket Mohan, the Founder & CEO of Secure Elements Ltd, an Automotive Cybersecurity Software Company providing software solutions for cybersecurity assessments, vulnerability management and cybersecurity monitoring, helping accelerate UNR155 compliance.

Sanne van Breukelen

Team lead Transport & Mobility

Cenex Nederland

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Sanne van Breukelen joined the Cenex Nederland team almost two years ago; she has a strong drive (being her three children) to help regenerate the world. Having worked at the Public Transport Authority in Amsterdam, her contribution mostly focuses on creating (even) cleaner public transport. Sanne has worked on projects transition diesel bus fleets to zero emissions.

Prof. Sarah Sharples

Chief Scientific Advisor

Department for Transport

Sean Gilgunn

Managing Director

UKBIC

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Sean Gilgunn joined UKBIC as Managing Director in October 2023.

He brings an impressive background in strategic and operational leadership including over 20 years of international commercial and management experience in the B2B battery systems, automotive and chemical sectors.

Sean joined UKBIC from Johnson Matthey where he worked across a variety of business areas, most recently as Global Procurement Director, Strategy & Operations.

Prior to this, he was based in Poland as General Manager and President of the Board of Directors for JM Battery Systems, a leading manufacturer of batteries across a wide range of applications. He has also spent a number of years leading global business units and key accounts focusing on critical markets including periods focused on South Korea, China and South East Asia more broadly.

As Managing Director of UKBIC, Sean is responsible for leadership of the UKBIC business and working closely with key stakeholders to ensure that UKBIC plays a valuable role for industry within the UK ecosystem.

Prof. Siddartha Khastgir

Professor - Head of Safe Autonomy

WMG, University of Warwick

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Professor Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Safe Autonomy at WMG, University of Warwick. He leads several collaborative R&D projects with industrial and academic partners nationally and internationally. His research focuses on generating safety evidence and arguments, test scenario generation, simulation-based testing, and safety of AI systems. Leveraging the cross-domain nature of safety, he is also involved in safety research in aviation, marine and healthcare. He has been appointed as a member of the UK Govt’s Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council.  Siddartha is an active member of various national and international standardisation and regulatory groups, including ISO, SAE and ASAM. Currently, he represents the UK on several ISO technical committees and is the lead author for two new ISO standards for aspects of automated driving systems. He sits on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) committees on safety of automated driving.  Prior to joining WMG, Siddartha was with FEV GmbH in Germany, leading automotive software development and testing for series production projects.  He has received numerous national and international awards for his research contributions, including the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in 2019 focused on safety evaluation of CAVs and a Forbes 30 Under 30

Sophie Cozien-Cazuc