Christophe Arnaud is the CEO of Blue Systems, the Bolloré Smart Mobility Division. He is responsible for the development of Mobility and Infrastructure as a Service (MAAS & IAAS) solutions for cities around the world. In addition to that, he is the President of Blue Solutions smart charging and shared mobility operations in the UK and US since 2014.
In this role, Christophe developed and launched in Los Angeles the first in the world mobility platform that enables cities to monitor and regulate micro-mobility within their city limits.
He is also in charge of the company’s two US-based carsharing services, including BlueLA that provides low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles with clean and affordable transportation options.
In London, Christophe has led the ground-breaking initiative focusing of deployment of a charging infrastructure and a single platform for all types of users of electric vehicles (individuals, private and public fleets – including London Metropolitan police and Electric Black Cabs). The service aggregates real time information from over 1200 charging stations and processes over 300,000 charging and parking sessions a year.
Previously, Christophe worked for IER (2007-2014) which is another division within the Bolloré Group, which designs and sells solutions to manage the flow of passengers and baggage in airports and railway stations.
Christophe began his career in the automotive industry as a product manager at Valeo and then joined Faurecia as a sales manager in the “Automotive Seating” division.
He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris engineering school and SKEMA Business School.
Christophe enjoys mountaineering activities and has climbed several peaks over 5000 m of altitude. He also practices paragliding, cycling and running.
Sam Baker is the COO and co-founder of Wunder Mobility, helping cities and companies around the globe to plan, develop and deploy safer, more efficient transport solutions faster than ever before.
After graduating from Santa Clara University, Sam started his career at Ebay supporting executive decision-making for a complex network of international subsidiaries and strategic acquisitions. He lived in Central America where he led a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation to launch innovative financial products for youth.
When he returned to California, Sam joined the Just Business (JB) venture capital firm as a partner investing in socially impactful businesses. He also served on the board of directors for Squarebar, an organic protein bar company. Additionally, Sam is an active startup investor and nonprofit advisor.
Malcolm Cain is currently the director of the newly-created Office of Inclusion at New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. The City Council and the TLC created the Office of Inclusion to examine, address, and end discriminatory service refusals in New York City. Malcolm has worked for the TLC since 2015, most recently as the Deputy Director of External Affairs. He began his career in public service in 2010 at the NYC Department of Health, before working at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Throughout his City service, he has had the privilege and responsibility of communicating vital city policies to diverse communities across the city. Malcolm has a deep passion for equitable transportation in the City of New York, and wishes to continue to find ways to address this issue at a systemic level.
Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for Uber and Lyft drivers and the author of a new book titled The Rideshare Guide: Everything you need to know about driving for Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies. Harry has quickly established himself as one of the top rideshare industry experts with appearances in hundreds of top media publications and his site is trafficked by hundreds of thousands of visitors every single month. He currently serves as an advisor to LA CoMotion.
Tiffany Chu is a designer, planner, and founder at Remix. She and her team of 60, based in San Francisco and Amsterdam, are working with over 300+ cities around the world to plan their transportation future. She’s passionate about building livable cities and creating impact through user-centered design and technology. She has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Leaders Under 35 in Government, Curbed’s Young Guns, and has spoken at SXSW, Helsinki Design Week, and the New York Times Cities for TomorrowConference.
Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, partnering with the City of Charlotte to launch their first open data initiative. Tiffany is also an alum of Y Combinator, was the first user experience designer at Zipcar, wrote for Dwell, and studied architecture and urban planning at MIT. She hopes to never own a car during her lifetime.
Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Columbus for the Columbus Partnership leading strategy and public-private partnerships for the Central Ohio region’s $550 million smart cities initiative. She was instrumental in Columbus becoming the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge in 2016 and since has managed the upstart of a new joint venture for the region focused on realizing a connected, autonomous, shared, and electric transportation ecosystem that improves people’s lives. Jordan oversees an aggressive electric vehicle adoption program, shared mobility growth plan, autonomous vehicle deployment, and a dynamic corporate engagement portfolio.
Previously she led member and community affairs for the Columbus Partnership, CEO organization representing the largest employers in Central Ohio focused on improving the economic prosperity for the region. In that role she drove the thought leadership agenda for the region’s business community and advanced community impact initiatives. One of which was the formation of Columbus’ Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining Ohio State students post-graduation with innovative programming and community engagement.
In the community, Jordan is Co-founder of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy and member of the board for Columbus School for Girls.
Claire Enslin is a Product Designer at WhereIsMyTransport specialising in using technology to create real world transport solutions for the global south. She has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town where she focussed on gender experiences of safety and freedom of movement within urban landscapes in emerging contexts. This informed her first role at WhereIsMyTransport where she managed the Data Collection team to map informally run transport systems in Africa.
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
Alex Gibson is Director of Mobility Strategy at TransLoc. With his interest in solving meaningful problems, Alex is applying both his passion for transportation infrastructure and data and his understanding of how to leverage those assets to make public transportation and cities the best they can be. Through alignment and evangelism, Alex ensures that his team is able to combine data with the mission of TransLoc to become the most trusted provider of accessible and accurate transit data and information. Prior to joining TransLoc, Alex founded multiple companies, including third-party logistics firm Riley Life Logistics, and worked in Product Management at Rally Software to help build products to make engineering teams more successful.
Pierre Gosset is the Chief Technical Officer of SYSTRA Group. He is a member of Systra’s Executive Committee. As part of his responsibilities, he oversees the Innovation and Digital development of SYSTRA Group in the new mobility field. Pierre has more than 20 years experience in the Railway business. He started his career as a Signalling engineer in RATP in Paris. He then moved to Alstom Transport where he spent 16 years and had various positions in projects, commercial, Product Management and transversal fields. He headed Alstom Transport Engineering department from 2012 to 2014 as Vice-President.
He has then been nominated Systra Group Chief Technical Officer early 2015. Pierre Gosset has a wealth of experience in railway and mass-transit projects covering Signalling, E&M, Infrastructures and Rolling Stocks. He had the opportunity to work in various context and has got a multi-cultural international background.
Martynas Gudonavičius is CEO and Co-Founder of Trafi. Joining the company at an early stage, Martynas has since then spearheaded the global expansion and focused on the commercial side of the business. Before joining Trafi, Martynas was Head of Emerging Markets at InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile ad network and tech platform. Previous to that, Martynas was acting as Sales Director for Central and Eastern Europe for Adform. Martynas has a strong background in business, and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Kaunas University of Technology.
David joined Covestro in 2004 when it was the chemical arm of Bayer. He is presently the Senior Vice President of the Polycarbonates business unit leading a broad portfolio of ventures and entrepreneurial activities from new mobility and energy storage to business model innovation, where Covestro projects significant growth.
During his career at Covestro David has spent time as futurist on the strategy team, run M&A projects and driven supply chain build-up in the Indian sub-continent. He also spent one and a half years on sabbatical, publishing “Complexity is Free”, a novel on the future of 3D-printing, and working on his start-up focusing on 3D-printed wearable devices.
Danielle J. Harris is the Director of Mobility Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, where she works with portfolio companies, partners, and cities to catalyze collaboration within the mobility industry. As a thought leader in new mobility with 10 years of experience in transit planning, street design and transportation policy, Danielle provides a systems approach to help both startups and incumbents strategize and thrive within the ever-evolving mobility revolution. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Danielle was the Innovation Strategist for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Office of Innovation, where she integrated her background in land use and transportation planning to create dynamic teams with both city departments and tech companies.
Sarah Houde spent her early career as a communications and public relations director in the private and non‑profit sectors before becoming executive director of Youth Fusion, a pan‑Canadian charity that doubled in size in its three years under her leadership. She then joined private equity firm XPND Capital as vice president of public and government affairs, steering a number of transport electrification projects. In the fall of 2017 she was named CEO of Quebec’s new cluster for electric and smart transportation and was tasked with positioning the province as one of the sector’s global leaders.
Ms. Houde holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in political science and a graduate management diploma.
Future Mobility Pioneer
Michael Hurwitz is passionate about socially-positive technology. An internationally recognised pioneer in future mobility, he created the UK’s national programmes on electromobility and autonomy and is now responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future. His team seeks out market innovators, encourages the testing and implementation of new business models or services that could help address the challenges facing the city and sets the policy frameworks to ensure new innovations work for all. Michael has brought an entrepreneurial spirit to public service, working tirelessly to realize the potential of low-emission vehicles, connectivity and other technologically advanced transportation solutions for London and the UK.
Michael Horvath is Co-Founder and Board Member of Strava, the social network for athletes, based in San Francisco, California.
Michael is currently Strava’s interim CFO and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Strava 2010-2013 and President of Strava 2014-2017, leading Strava‘s growth from a handful of users to a brand that is loved by millions of athletes around the world.
Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm, and was the CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech company. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University where he was men’s lightweight crew team captain. In a former life, Michael was an economics professor at Stanford University and an entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Hutton provides leadership with respect to department-wide multimodal policy integration, including on issues related to technology innovation and in developing strategies that advance TC’s strategic objectives for Canada’s transportation system. With respect to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), he oversees TC’s ITS policy research, analysis and advice, serving as the policy lead for key initiatives including:
Sarah M. Kaufman is the Associate Director at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.
Ms. Kaufman leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.
Ms. Kaufman has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CityLab and Urban Omnibus for her work on gender and biking, job access and intelligent transportation.
David King researches the codependence of transportation and land use planning along with transportation finance and economics. Of particular interest are transportation policies such as parking management, taxi services and microtransit, all of which integrate with land use planning. His work on finance examines how existing and new finance tools can raise revenues for more effective and just transportation systems. His current research focuses on taxi and jitney services, informal transit, street design, and how new technologies affect transportation finance and local policy.
In addition to academic accomplishments, King is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee and frequently consults with private firms and public organizations about challenges and opportunities in passenger travel, especially with regard to demographic and technological change.
King completed his doctorate at the University of California Los Angeles and a master’s in urban and regional planning at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Nadine Lee is the Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. In this role, Nadine launched innovative concepts in planning, project delivery, and operations, all in the interest of providing an accessible, convenient and reliable mobility system for the citizens of Los Angeles County. She also led the development of Vision 2028, Metro’s 10-year strategic plan to increase prosperity for L.A. County through improved mobility.
Prior to her tenure in L.A., Nadine led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that produced a 40% growth in corridor bus ridership in its first few months of revenue service. Nadine also served as the Engineering Project Manager for the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.
Nadine is a graduate of Leadership APTA and past Director on the WTS International Board. She was awarded 2019 WTS International Woman of the Year. She also studied the role of performance management in improving service delivery in four Southeast Asia cities as part of the TCRP International Transit Studies Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Nadine received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Despite being an engineer by education, Nadine flexes her creative muscles in Adult Beginning Ballet several times a week and just completed her third performance in May.
Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2016, Living Cities named her as one of its “25 Disruptive Leaders.” Julie’s work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She serves on the Boards of Tumml and Empower Work. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from Stanford.
Greg Lindsay joined NewCities in June 2015 as Senior Fellow to lead our Connected Mobility Initiative. Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Fortune, among many other publications. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.
Alisyn Malek is the COO and Co-Founder of May Mobility, Inc. May Mobility’s vision is to transform cities through autonomous technology, creating a safer, greener, more accessible world.They have made it their mission to reimagine transportation by developing and deploying autonomous shuttles that get people to their destinations safely and easliy. Service has launched in Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, Providence, Road Island as well as Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Alisyn was formerly the head of the innovation pipeline at General Motors. Prior to that role she was an investment manager at GM Ventures. During her tenure there, she led investment in the autonomous space, including the early negotiations with Cruise Automation, helping to cement GM’s autonomous strategy. As an automotive engineer,she led a global team to develop SAE Level 3 charging technology for GM’s Spark and Bolt EV Products. As well as supporting release of electrical components for the first generation Chevy Volt.
Alisyn holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan , Mechanical Engineering and German Language. Malek was recognized as a top ten female innovator to watch by Smithsonian in 2018, named a top automotive professional under 35 to watch by LinkedIn in 2015 for her work in cutting-edge product development and corporate venture, and identified as a Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20’s awardee for her work in engineering and deployment of advanced charging systems.
Travis G. Mason is a Vice President of Policy and Head of Regulatory and Certification at Airbus where he leads the company’s regulatory strategy for new business and emerging technology investments in urban air mobility (UAM), unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned traffic management (UTM) and much more. Having joined the company in March 2017, he previously managed public policy across project teams for A³, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost for advanced projects, Airbus’ new commercial UAS business, and the Airbus Corporate Technology Office.
Travis joined Airbus after 6 years at Alphabet and Google, where he focused on public policy issues facing the company’s advanced technology efforts in aviation, renewable energy and life sciences. Travis also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton designing collaborative technology solutions across the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and State. He earned his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan, and also studied at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Galbraith Scholar. He is a founding board member of the Aspen Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Board and serves on the board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy at Syracuse.
CEO of Tembici, the leading bicycle sharing company in Latin America, Tomás Martins is the responsible executive for the company’s growth, with recent entry into the shared electric bikes market as well. As leader of the company, Tomás supervises all the main activities such as planning, implementation and logistic operation of systems of shared bicycles and parking lots. Present in 15 Brazilian cities, and in countries such as Chile and Argentina, Tembici counts 34 projects since its foundation in 2010. Graduated in International Relations from Fundação Álvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Tomás is a member of the board of the Institute for Leadership Training since 2014.
Virginio Merola graduated from the University of Bologna majoring in Philosophy.
In 1989 he was appointed regional secretary of the Local Governments’ League, the Italian association of Municipalities, Provinces and Regions.
His political commitment in the city government started in 1995, when he was elected President of the Savena District of Bologna for two subsequent terms.
In June 2004 he was elected member of Bologna City Council and soon afterwards he was appointed Deputy Mayor in charge of Urban Planning and Housing.
From July 2009 until February 2011 Virginio Merola was President of the Provincial Council of Bologna and in May 2011, having run as the candidate of the Italian Democratic Party, he was elected Mayor of Bologna, with more than 50% of votes at the first ballot.
Since January 2015 he is also Mayor of Bologna Metropolitan City.
In June 2016 he was re-elected Mayor of Bologna for a second 5-year mandate.
Benjie currently serves as the Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). He is working to prepare the agency and the city for institutional and technological change.
Benjie and his team drafted the first SDOT Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan. He also leads the department’s Lean Transformation. The goal is to make innovation—the drive for continuous improvement—part of the organization’s DNA.
He initiated the first ever city-wide Public Life Study to measure vibrancy and to understand how people use the right-of-way as public space. He also led the development of Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook.
Benjie’s worked on urban development issues that cover technology, transportation, and informality. His ideas have been featured in Citylab, Atlantic Cities, Next City, FutureEverything, and TED City 2.0. He is the principal author of “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities: A Primer on Innovative Business and Service Models” (a 2013 monograph on innovations in informal transportation).
Benjie serves on the boards of Project for Public Spaces and of Gehl Institute. He served on the advisory committees for L.A.’s Transportation Technology Strategy, the MobiPrize, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility and Design with the Other 90%: Cities.
Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create the Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
As founding director of the Transit Tech Lab, Natalia works with technology innovators and leaders at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help shape the future of transit in New York City. Previously, she built and ran the Parity Professional Program, now Declare, a community of 500+ women in venture capital, private equity and technology across London, New York and San Francisco. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
Seleta Reynolds has over 17 years of transportation experience throughout the United States in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her current position, Seleta was a leader in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section, coordinating streets projects citywide.
B.A. American History, Brown University.
John Rossant personally leads the CoMotion team. He is the Founder and Chairman of the NewCities Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her latest books are the 5th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2018) and Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014, now out in 18 languages.) She is the recipient of diverse awards, including multiple doctor honoris causa, the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences, and made a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.
Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions.
Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank. Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
Eran Shir is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nexar, the world’s first vision-based connected vehicle network to promote safer driving by delivering critical safety alerts in real-time, improve roadway efficiency, and bring innovative tools to drivers. Nexar has more than 500 million miles of anonymized network data that help cities, transit authorities, and mobility companies make our roads safer and smoother. Eran is a physicist by training, and has spent much of his career building complex networks. Prior to Nexar, Eran served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Israeli VC Aleph. He also co-founded an advertising startup that was acquired by Yahoo, where he went on to serve as the Creative Innovation Officer.
Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA Angeles. His research has focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. In The High Cost of Free Parking, published in 2005 and updated in 2011, Shoup recommended that cities should (1) charge fair market prices for on-street parking, (2) spend the meter revenue to finance added public services in the metered neighborhoods, and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. In Parking and the City, published in 2018, Shoup and his co-authors report on the subsequent flowering of research and action on these three reforms. Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Center.
Chris Teale is associate editor at Smart Cities Dive, a trade publication based in Washington, D.C. covering the latest news and trends in urban mobility, sustainability, resilience, governance and tech. He has been with the publication since February 2018 after several years in local journalism.
Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of the Polis network in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. Since 1989, members have been working together to develop sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. The network also engages in debates around topical issues such as active travel, shared mobility services, MaaS, automated transport, electromobility and innovative governance approaches. Prior to joining Polis in 2004, Karen was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities and many EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics.
Mr. Walder has led the biggest and most complex transportation systems in the world, previously serving as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, CEO of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, and Managing Director of Transport for London. Most recently he ran Motivate, the global leader in bike share, before its sale to Lyft. Mr. Walder was also a Partner at McKinsey, where he led the Global Infrastructure Practice for the well-known consulting firm, and a Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Currently, Mr. Walder is on the Board of Advisors of the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and is an Advisor to Lyft. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and was on the Board of Advisors at the Eno Transportation Foundation.
He has a BS in Economics from Harpur College at the State University of New York at Binghamton and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Janelle is a Designer turned Entrepreneur. She is an explorer, and is always curious about new frontiers. Before attending graduate school in Industrial Design at Purdue University, Janelle travelled alone to Africa and went on safari for 3 months. Since then, she has traveled around the world for both professional and personal pursuits. She loves the new world that is emerging and could not be more happy to help usher it in.
Janelle is an Innovative Leader with over 10 years of Brand Building, New Category Creation & Design Thinking for Fortune 500s to Start Ups, bringing breakthrough Products and Sustainability to reality. She was selected as one of 19 Influential Women In Mobility in 2019; awarded Female CEO of the Year in 2016; she was featured in WSJ, FastCompany, CNN, VOGUE, BBC etc. She also holds over 30 utility & design patents.
In his position as LA Metro CEO, Washington manages an annual operating budget of $1.6 billion and is responsible for overseeing $15 billion in capital projects and providing oversight of an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean- air buses and six rail lines. LA Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for LA County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.
Washington was a leader in the successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in LA County, which garnered 71.15% voter approval. Measure M will build 40 major highway and transit projects in the first 40 years, create 778,000 jobs through construction and various programs, and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact.
Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly 10 years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.
Azmat is the Founder/CEO of Citymapper, the multimodal urban transport app, one of Apple and Google’s apps of the year, which helps commuters get around in 40 of the world’s most complex cities. Citymapper has the most comprehensive mobility integrations, including buses, metros, trains, cabs, and all the emerging floating transport players – cycles, scooters and carshares. It has also recently launched Pass, a subscription to all mobility. Citymapper has raised $50m in venture capital funding from Index Ventures, Benchmark, Balderton Capital, Connect Ventures and others. Azmat previously worked at Google, the World Bank, and investment firms, and has degrees in engineering and business.
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