14 Jan 2016 Driving connected cars into the Future
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Information — At a glance —

Thank you for attending the 2016 European Automotive Forum.

This edition was a great success thanks to your presence.

Here are the video-links for you to relive this conference day :

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

See you in January 2018!

Programme — Speakers & Key Partners —

Moderation by Sigrid de Vries, 360 Communications Management

  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Key Partners
  • Welcome
  • 8:30 - 9:15

    Registration & coffee

  • 9:15 - 9:30

    Opening address

    Thierry van Kan
    Chairman at Febiac

    Jacqueline Galant
    Federal Minister of Mobility, Belgium

  • 9:30 - 10:00

    Key note address Holistic View

    • What are we talking about ?
    • Disruption in business models
    • Society & business challenges
    • Latest research update

    Detlev Mohr
    Leader EMEA Automotive & Assembly Practice at Mc Kinsey & Company

  • 10:00 - 10:15

    The European Commission perspective Policy

    • Multi-modal
    • ITS & connectivity
    • Connected transportation
    • Role of industry and government(s)
    • Connectivity of policies
    • Risk of regulatory failure ?

    Violeta Bulc
    European Commissioner for Transport

  • 10:15 - 10:30

    The EU Council of Ministers perspective Policy

    • Agenda Dutch Presidency priorities with focus on ITS and automated driving
    • Expectations, challenges

    Mark Frequin
    Director General at the Public Service Infrastructure and Environment, Dutch Government, EU Council Presidency Q1/Q2 2016

  • 10:30 - 10:45

    The European Parliament perspective Policy

    • Learnings European Parliament on ITS, eCall, other connected areas
    • Opportunities
    • Which impulses from industry needed ?

    Philippe De Backer
    Member of European Parliament

  • 10:45 – 11:15

    Coffee break

  • 11:15 - 11:30

    The views of the European car manufacturers

    • Connected and smart mobility
    • Potential of ICT/ITS
    • The extended vehicle
    • New business models

    Erik Jonnaert
    Secretary General at ACEA

  • 11:30 – 11:45

    Connected broadband and wireless capacity, challenges, outlook

    Digital networks as a key enabler of Connected Cars

    • Point of view of an integrated telecommunication operator
    • Opportunities from the societal and economic viewpoint
    • Challenges we need to address to take a leading position

    Dominique Leroy
    CEO of Proximus

  • 11.45 – 12:45

    ICT, ITS, connected mobility: the situation today and attention points The connected value chain
    First panel discussion

    • State of play C-ITS, recommendations, challenges
    • How well connected are we ?
    • Role of the connected vehicle  and infrastructure ?
    • Bridges between policy and technology developments
    • Mobile connectivity, cloud, internet of things, cybersecurity
    • Bridges or gaps between connected vehicles and infrastructure.
    • Challenges, missing links, benefits, pitfalls

    Intro and moderation by Joost Vantomme, Director Public Affairs, Febiac

    María Alfayate
    C-ITS team, DG Move

    Gerrit-Jan Riemer
    Director Future Mobility at Opel AG, Onstar

    Steve Phillips
    Secretary-General at Conference of European Directors of Roads

    Olle Isaksson
    Head of Strategy Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson AB

    Stephan Hönle
    Senior VP Engineering Chassis Systems Control Robert Bosch GmbH

    Thierry Willemarck
    President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at FIA

    Joost Vantomme
    Director Public Affairs at Febiac

  • 12:45 - 14:00

    Networking lunch

  • 14:00 – 14:45

    3 case studies of vehicles and connectivity Cases

    • Case studies of connectivity, disruption and unlocking the potential

    Christian Ress
    Technical expert, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Europe

    Sebastian Hofelich
    CEO of DriveNow - BMW

    Gaël Colin
    Head of Sales & Marketing at the Business Unit Connected Vehicles & Services, PSA Peugeot Citroën

  • 14:45 – 15:45

    Sustainability and connectivity : quo vadis ? Potential for the future, The connectivity lab Outlook 2025
    Second panel discussion

    • New business models
    • Securing the connected car
    • How can connected cars contribute to the sustainability and climate challenge
    • Trust and confidence in connectivity
    • Does the industry need policy interventions ?
    • "How to utilize a connected vehicle for new value added in vehicle services ?
    • Link towards automated driving ?
    • How to make the vehicle and driving more efficient thanks to connectivity ?
    • The legal and regulatory challenges and approaches

    Intro and moderation by Peter Van der Perre, Director ITS Belgium  

    Wolfgang Hoefs
    Head of Sector DG Connect at European Commission

    Daniel Fesler
    Partner BAKER & McKENZIE, international law firm.

    Hermann Meyer
    CEO of ERTICO

    Martin Kristensson
    Director of Connectivity Strategy at Volvo Cars

    Frank Foersterling
    Sales & Portfolio Innovations Continental Automotive GmbH

    Peter Van der Perre
    Managing director of ITS Belgium

  • 15:45 - 16:00

    Wrap up & Conclusions

    Joost Vantomme
    Director Public Affairs at Febiac

    Luc Bontemps
    Managing Director at Febiac

  • 16:00 - …

    Cocktail

    • Let's meet and greet in the technology Hall 12 !
Christian Ress

Christian Ress

Technical expert, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Europe.

Speaking from 14:00 to 14:15

He studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen and finished as Graduate Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.). From 2008 to 2010, he was Chairman of ADASIS Forum, an industry consortium to specify standardized interfaces between navigation system/digital map and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). From 2001 to 2009, he was Research Engineer at Ford Research and Innovation Centre Aachen, Germany: software development and project management for innovative telematics and driver assistance systems. From 1999 to 2001, he was Systems Analyst at IBM in Aachen, Germany: software development for e-Business applications. From 1995 to 1999, he was System Engineer at CAE Electronics in Stolberg, Germany: software development for professional flight simulator systems.

Daniel Fesler

Daniel Fesler

BAKER & McKENZIE, international law firm.

Member of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

Daniel Fesler is a Partner from the Brussels office. He heads the ITC practice of Baker & McKenzie Belgium and assists clients on all aspects of IT/Telecom, data protection and e-commerce law. Daniel has a large experience in terms of management of legal projects with a technological dimension notably in the automotive sector, and has led and participated to numerous data protection compliance programs, IT outsourcing transactions, implementation of IT solutions including in respect of connected cars at national and international level.

Daniel has also a strong dispute resolution practice, mostly in the ITC area, which gives him a vantage point when it comes to assess risks associated with certain projects or ventures in these fields.

Daniel has a law degree from the Free University of Brussels where he taught computer, information and communication law. Daniel has been and still is member of various governmental committees dealing with audiovisual, telecom and press affairs. He also assists the Belgian French speaking Bar as an expert of ITC matters.

Detlev Mohr

Detlev Mohr

Leader EMEA Automotive & Assembly Practice at Mc Kinsey & Company.

Speaking from 9:30 to 10:00

Dr. Detlev Mohr is a Director in McKinsey's Stuttgart office. He is the leader of the EMEA Automotive & Assembly Industry Practice. In his more than 20 years with the firm, he has worked with automotive and industrial clients in Europe, China, and the US. His focus areas are corporate and business-unit strategies, as well as transformation programs, organizational change, and innovative topics.

Detlev studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen and holds a PhD in Finance from this university.

Dominique Leroy

Dominique Leroy

CEO of Proximus

Speaking from 11:30 to 11:45

As CEO of Proximus, Dominique is a fim believer that the connected world should help people and organizations to live better and work smarter.

After graduating at the Solvay Business School in 1987 with a degree in Business Engineering, Dominique started her career at Unilever, where she held positions in marketing, fiance, logistics, sales and general management. From September 2007 until October 2011 she was Country Manager and Vice President Customer Development at Unilever Belgium, and member of the Unilever Benelux Board. Joining Proximus in October 2011 as Vice President Sales for the Consumer Business, Dominique took over the position of Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business in June 2012, becoming a member of the Executive Committee. In January 2014 she was appointed CEO of the Proximus Group. In this capacity she has pledged to transform the company and bring it back to growth by 2016. In 2013, she received the title of Master Marketeer from StiMa (Stichting Marketing). She also won the Trends Business Woman Award in the CEO category in 2014. Dominique is also an independent board member at Lotus Bakeries and Delhaize, and board member of the Proximus subsidiaries Tango, Telindus and BICS*. She is very active in Belgium as member of several professional and management associations (e.g. Women on Board, Young Professional Organization, UBA, Guberna, etc.). Born in Brussels in 1964, she is married and mother of two sons (19 and 17 years old). Besides her family and job, she has a passion for music, travelling, modern art and sports (running, cycling, skiing, and mountaineering).

Erik Jonnaert

Erik Jonnaert

Secretary General at ACEA

Speaking from 11:15 to 11:30

Erik Jonnaert is the Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), a position he has held since July 2013. ACEA brings together all major manufacturers of passenger cars, vans, trucks and buses with production in the EU, including BMW AG, Daimler AG, DAF Trucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen AG, Volvo Car Corporation and AB Volvo.

Prior to his ACEA appointment, Mr Jonnaert was Procter & Gamble's (P&G) Vice President for External Relations in Europe and Asia. Mr Jonnaert began his career at Linklaters law firm, before moving on to gain over 25 years of experience in public and regulatory affairs, communications, and stakeholder relations through various leadership roles at P&G.

In addition to his ACEA posting, Mr Jonnaert is currently Vice Chairman of the iMobility Forum and on the Board of ERTICO , a stakeholder partnership promoting Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe  . He is also  on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, focusing on the future of Automotive & Personal Transportation.

A Belgian national, Mr Jonnaert holds a masters in law from the University of Gent, Belgium and from Harvard Law School, USA.

Frank Foersterling

Frank Foersterling

Sales & Portfolio Innovations Continental Automotive GmbH.

Member of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

After having completed a degree in mathematics at the State University of Kharkov in Ukraine, Frank Foersterling joined Siemens Communications in 1990. For nearly 15 years he held various positions as head of R&D teams for telecommunication networks.

In January 2005, Dr. Försterling moved to Continental, where his major areas of work were infotainment, connected vehicles, ITS solutions, V2X, highly automated driving, electronic Horizon and cloud-based solutions for the automotive sector.

His current activities include connected vehicles and dynamic electronic Horizon, which implies cloud application for enhanced driver assistance and vehicle efficiency solutions as well as for automated driving.

Dr. Försterling represents Continental within the ERTICO Supervisory Board and the ERTICO Strategy Board.

Gaël Colin

Gaël Colin

Head of Sales & Marketing at the Business Unit Connected Vehicles & Services, PSA Peugeot Citroën

Speaking from 14:30 to 14:45

Working at PSA Peugeot Citroën since 1995 (20 years) with several marketing and sales positions at Network level, Regional level, National level in France and in Europe (10 years spent in Croatia, Slovakia and in The Netherlands). Had joined, in february 2014, the newly created Business Unit Connected Vehicles & Services as Head of Sales & Marketing.

Gerrit-Jan Riemer

Gerrit-Jan Riemer

Director Future Mobility at Adam Opel AG, Onstar.

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Since March 1st, 2011, Gerrit Riemer has the position of Director Future Mobility at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim, Germany.Professional Career: Gerrit Riemer began his career at Opel 1995 in the purchasing group. In 1999 he transitioned to Opel's Advanced Propulsion Center, where he held various positions, including project manager for the fuel cell propulsion system of the global HydroGen4 fleet. Prior to his current position, he spent three years in the USA as business planner for the global fuel cell sector. Gerrit Riemer has a chemical engineering degree from the Technical University of Aachen. He has two daughters and is an avid triathlete.

Hermann Meyer

Hermann Meyer

CEO of ERTICO.

Member of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

Since 2008, Hermann works at ERTICO – ITS Europe, a public-private partnership initiative with116 leading organisations to develop and deploy Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe. He leads a team of 40 highly qualified professionals in Brussels who are managing cooperation activities of ERTICO Partners in Europe and beyond.

Hermann is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux 2015, Co-Chair of the iMobility Forum, member of the Steering Group of ERTRAC and a member of the Coordination Committee of the Network of National ITS Associations.

In 2009/2010, he was the Chair of the eCall Implementation Platform of the European Commission. He presented the view points of the ERTICO Partnership at several hearings of the European Parliament.

Prior to joining ERTICO, he represented the interests of the Volkswagen Group in the EU institutions in Brussels as Head of the Government Relations Office. He joined Volkswagen in 1995 serving as Manager in the “Sustainability Strategy” Department and as Head of the “Technology and Science” Department in the Government Relations Offices in Bonn and Berlin.

He was seconded in 1996/1997 to the Principal Policy Department in the German Federal Ministry of Transport and from 2003 to 2006 to the European Car Manufacturing Association (ACEA) as Director of Environmental Policies.

Between 2001 and 2003, he headed the “Vehicle Technologies” Working Group of the “Sustainable Mobility 2030” Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development presenting the results at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2003.

Hermann holds a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Master of Arts in Economics from State University of New York. He is married with three children.

Jacqueline Galant

Jacqueline Galant

Federal Minister of Mobility, Belgium

Speaking from 9:15 to 9:30

Jacqueline Galant is Belgian Federal Minister for Mobility charged with Belgocontrol (Belgian organization ensuring the safety in the airspace of Belgium and Luxembourg) and SNCB (Belgian Railway operator). She obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science (FUCaM, University of Mons, BE).

She was subsequently Political Advisor the Minister of External Affairs, L. Michel (1999-2003), elected Mayor of Jurbise in 2001, acting Mayor of Jurbise to date and Federal Deputy (2003-2014). May 2014 she was elected to Walloon Parliament and the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and remained in office until she began serving as Federal Minister.

Jacqueline Galant is also President of the MR Federation in Mons-Borinage since 2004.

Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme

Director Public Affairs at Febiac.

Moderator of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Wrap up at 15:45

Joost Vantomme has over 20 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs. He served telecommunications (Proximus) and postal incumbent operators (bpost) as legal and regulatory/public affairs director, combined with executive management roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA and at UN level (UPU). He was influential in the EU telecoms and postal reform as well as in a number of national regulatory reforms. Furthermore, he has been member of the cabinet of the Belgian federal Minister of Economy. He was also director at the EU consultancy Hill+Knowlton Strategies and is frequent speaker at conferences and academic audiences. Joost is author of a large number of papers on regulatory policy topics in network industries, transport and e-commerce. He is director of public affairs at FEBIAC since November 2014. FEBIAC is the Belgian Federation of the automotive industry.

Joost holds a Master in Economic Business Law, a Master in Law and a Diploma in Teaching Law (Universities of Leuven, Louvain and Poitiers). He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.

Luc Bontemps

Luc Bontemps

Managing Director at Febiac.

Conclusions at 15:45

From 1973 to 1978 Luc Bontemps studied Solvay Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He then was a research assistant in the Centre for Applied Economics of the VUB. From 1980 to 1982 he was Adviser for Industrial Policy at the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economics Affairs. After his military services in 1982, he became Marketing Advisor at the Headquarters of Pirelli Coordinamento Pneumatici in Milan. From 1986 until 1988, Luc Bontemps worked as Marketing & Original Equipment Manager at Pirelli Tyres Benelux, in Brussels and Amsterdam. In 1988 he started working for Carre, Orban & Partners Int. as Management Consultant. In 1990 he became Vice President of Recticel North America in Detroit. Since January 1999, Luc Bontemps has been working at FEBIAC in Brussels, first as General Manager until 2003, and then as Managing Director, which is still his current function.

María Alfayate

María Alfayate

C-ITS team, DG Move

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

María Alfayate is coordinating the C-ITS team, within the ITS Unit of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) in the European Commission.

Previously, she worked in the Directorate General for Energy and Transport where she was responsible for establishing and coordinating a research, development & demonstration programme on clean urban transport, the “CIVITAS Initiative”. She managed as well transport research & development projects in the fields of urban transport, integration of transport modes and ITS.

Besides her work at the European Commission, Maria has been alternating it with years of work in the private sector. In particular, she has been very active in the field of international business development for engineering and transport infrastructure companies, in North and Latin America, and North Africa.

Maria studied Economics at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (ES) and, holds an MBA in International Management by the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (BE) and, a Master degree on European Community Law by the Universidad Carlos III (ES). 

Mark Frequin

Mark Frequin

Director General at the Public Service Infrastructure and Environment, Dutch Government, EU Council Presidency Q1/Q2 2016

Speaking from 10:15 to 10:30

September 1st, 2015 Mr. Frequin was appointed Director General at the Public Service Infrastructure and Environment and is in charge of Mobility. In that capacity he is overseeing civil aviation, public transport, railways and maritime ports.

Before that position, Mr. Frequin has been Director General of Housing Policy at the Public Service of Housing and Director General of Energy and Telecommunications

Mr. Frequin holds a Master’s degree in Planning and Economic Geography.

Martin Kristensson

Martin Kristensson

Director of Connectivity Strategy at Volvo Cars.

Member of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

Martin Kristensson is the Director Connectivity Strategy at Volvo Car Group, and is responsible for defining and aligning Volvo’s strategy for connected cars across the organization.

Martin has a MSc degree in Computer Science and a background in mobile services, mobile commerce, and business development. With fifteen years of experience from connected services and five years from automotive, he is internationally recognized as a connected car expert. 

Olle Isaksson

Olle Isaksson

Head of Strategy Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson AB.

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Olle Isaksson, Head of Transport & Automotive, Ericsson Based in Stockholm Olle Isaksson manages Ericsson´s global business development in the Transport and Automotive sectors. He has more than 25 years of experience from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry where he has held a number of management positions in Product Management, Marketing, Sales and Supply Chain Management, applying mobile ICT solutions globally on needs from enterprises and primarily in the transport, energy and healthcare sectors. He is also member of the European Commission’s ITS Advisory Group, on the board of ITS Sweden and on the board of the research institute Viktoria Swedish ICT. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University.

Peter Van der Perre

Peter Van der Perre

Managing director of Intelligent Transport Systems Belgium.

Moderator of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

ITS Belgium is a public-private partnership that seeks to accelerate the deployment of ITS or connected mobility in Belgium. Prior to this, Peter worked for more than 10 years for ITS Europe, where he was head of development. Peter obtained a master’s in economics and ICT as well as a doctorate in industrial engineering.

Philippe De Backer

Philippe De Backer

Member of the European Parliament.

Speaking from 10:30 to 10:45

Philippe De Backer (35) holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School.

Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialised in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences.

Philippe is currently a Member of the European Parliament where he is a full member of the Industry, Technology, Research and Energy Committee. He is a substitute Member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee.

As a liberal, Philippe truly believes that it is his duty to take up responsibility in the community and actively work for the society and the people that live in it. He believes strongly in individual liberty, self-development, free markets and equal starting chances for everybody

Sebastian Hofelich

Sebastian Hofelich

CEO of DriveNow - BMW

Member of the panel from 14:15 to 14:30

Sebastian Hofelich has been Managing Director at DriveNow GmbH & Co. KG since July 2015. The industrial engineering graduate has been a commercial manager within the company since 2011 and also joined Robert Kahr at the helm of DriveNow Austria GmbH in August 2014. He entered the BMW Group in 2002 and worked as a project manager in internal company consulting until 2006. He then went on to hold management positions in central and decentralized controlling, where he was responsible for sales controlling from 2009 – a role which included coordinating the profitability program for all global sales companies and sales centers.

Sigrid de Vries

Sigrid de Vries

360 Communications Management

Sigrid de Vries is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience in EU public affairs, media and communications management. A creative and effective communicator, Sigrid organised and led numerous events and conferences and ran a number of motivational campaigns involving young professionals. She has worked extensively with senior executives and strategists from large to medium-sized companies and has the ability to build bridges and coalitions between institutions, businesses and cultures. Before launching three sixty, Sigrid worked as a journalist for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the Dutch financial daily ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’ and its Flemish sister paper ‘De Tijd’, including as EU correspondent in Brussels and five years as Germany correspondent in Berlin. She was director of communications at ACEA, the European automobile industry association in Brussels, and vice-president communications and institutional relations at Iveco and CNH Industrial (EMEA region). 360 Communications Management, a specialised communications management consultancy in Brussels, supports organisations and individuals in a variety of sectors including the fuel, transport and construction machinery industries. A Dutch native, Sigrid is fluent in English and German, has a good command of French and comprehends Italian and Spanish. 

Stephan Hönle

Stephan Hönle

Senior VP Engineering Chassis Systems Control at Robert Bosch GmbH

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Mr Stephan Hönle is the holder of a Physics Diploma at University of Ulm and a PhD in Material Science at Max-Planck-Institute Stuttgart. From 1998 until 2005, he has been working at Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen, first in the Central Research as CAE/CFD simulation manufacturing processes until 2002, then as Project Manager Bosch-Michelin JV until 2005. He then worked at Robert Bosch GmbH, Abstatt, Chassis Systems Control as Director Advanced Development from 2005 to 2008 and as Project Director iBooster from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he was Vice President Engineering Active Safety and Passive Safety at Robert Bosch LLC, Plymouth, MI (USA), Chassis Systems Control. From 2014 to present, Stephan Hönle has been Senior Vice President Systems and Advanced Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH, Abstatt, Chassis Systems Control.

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

Secretary-General at Conference of European Directors of Roads.

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Steve Phillips is the Secretary-General of CEDR – the Conference of European Directors of Roads – which brings together the national road directors of Europe and their respective staff. CEDR provides a platform of the coordination of technical issues ranging from road safety to financing and from ITS to procurement. Prior to be elected to his current position, he was SecretaryGeneral of FEHRL based in Brussels. He worked in Brussels for almost 11 years promoting the coordination of road research with many stakeholders including the European Commission. Before moving to FEHRL, he was the manager of the Environment Group at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

Thierry van Kan

Thierry van Kan

Chairman at Febiac

Speaking from 9:15 to 9:30

Thierry van Kan graduated from the Louvain University in 1972, with a licence in Applied Economics Sciences. From 1972 to 1975, he was General Secretary at the S.A. Moulins de Deynze. From 1976 to 1980, he was General Manager at the N.V Biscuits Delacre. In 1981 he became President of Godiva Chocolates and held this function until 1989. That year, he became Chief Executive Officer of D’Ieteren Auto. He remained CEO of D’Ieteren Auto until 2011 and then became Chairman of Febiac, which is still his current function.

During his career, he also held important other positions, such as Director of the BECI (Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry), Founder and Director of FEBELAUTO (Belgian Car Recycling Organisation), Director of the RACB (Royal Automobile Club of Belgium), Member of the Board of Directors of the FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium), Director of the UWE (Walloon Federation of Enterprises) and Vice President of the FBVA (Belgian Federation of Old Vehicles).

Thierry Willemarck

Thierry Willemarck

President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at FIA.

Member of the panel from 11:45 to 12:45

Thierry Willemarck has been elected the new FIA Region I President on 15 May 2013. Thierry Willemarck, Belgian national and also CEO of Touring Club Belgium, started his career in the oil industry before becoming a CEO with responsibility for Europe and the European Marketing Strategy in this sector. In 2001 he joined Touring Club Belgium, and successfully helped to turn the Club into the fully autonomous and debt free company that it is today. Mr Willemarck has also been centrally involved in the setting up of the FIA University. 

Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc

European Commissioner for Transport.

Speaking from 10:00 to 10:15

Violeta Bulc, of Slovenian nationality, became European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport in November 2014.

Ms. Bulc is an expert on balanced sustainable development strategies, organic growth and innovation ecosystems. She believes in the power of networks, holistic individual, and positive energy. She has received eight national awards for business innovations.

She is a member of management and supervisory boards of several professional associations (UN Chapter of Global Compact in Slovenia, Manager Association, Umanotera, Change the Game global initiative) and a member of the Slovenian National Council for innovative society. She is also honorary member of the Association of Slovenian Innovators.

Ms. Bulc is the author of a popular business book “Ritmi poslovne evolucije” (free translation “Rate of Business Evolution”), and co-author of several other professional publications and books.

She is a recognized thought leader and speaker on organic growth of organizations, progressive sustainable models, innovation ecosystems, and social entrepreneurship.

Ms. Bulc was a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Stanford Research Center of Innovation and Communication at Stanford University, and an outspoken promoter of its mission in the Balkan region (2006-2011). She is a lecturer at DOBA University on Innovative and Innovation Management and a visiting lecturer at MCI in Innsbruck, Austria. At DOBA she received an award for “lecturer of the year” by student vote.

At the start of her current mandate, Ms. Bulc stated “To progress towards the vision zero, I count on using the full range of instruments, including new technologies to make vehicles and infrastructure safer, soft measures to build a road safety culture or strategic targets, for instance for serious injuries in road accidents. I am determined to maintain the high level of safety and security that characterises the EU transport system. I will therefore ensure that inspections in the aviation and maritime sectors are carried out according to the highest standards of professionalism and cost-effectiveness.”

Ms. Bulc holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Informatics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is an entrepreneur and politician with a passion for sustainability and innovation. 

Wolfgang Hoefs

Wolfgang Hoefs

Head of Sector DG Connect at European Commission

Member of the panel from 14:45 to 15:45

Wolfgang Höfs is Head of Sector for Strategic Planning and Communication in the Digital Society, Trust and Security Directorate in the European Commission Communications Networks, Content and Technologies Directorate General (DG CONNECT). Previously he worked on ICT in transport, leading the sector ICT for low carbon mobility.

Before joining the European Commission, he worked for major players in IT and transport industry on mission-critical IT systems. He also cofounded a software start-up developing transport related application. He studied computer sciences and business administration at Technical University Dortmund, Germany and Birkbeck College London, UK and holds a Master degree (Dipl.-Informatiker) in computer sciences.

He was seconded by the Commission to the U.S. Department of Transportation to support EC’s international cooperation on ICT for transport focusing on connected vehicles and cooperative systems.

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