2019 Speakers

Jody Kelman
Self-driving Platform Team, Lyft

Jody Kelman leads the self-driving platform team at Lyft, where she runs products for self-driving vehicle integration and deployment. Prior to Lyft, Jody worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on public-private partnerships and technology-driven infrastructure investments. In 2008, she served on President Obama’s Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform transition team. Jody graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and […]

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Scott Faris

Scott Faris, Chief Business Officer, Luminar, is an experienced serial technology company executive with over three decades of operating, venture-financing and scaling experience in optoelectronic and solid-state device industries. Prior to Luminar, Scott was CEO of Panaceutics, Inc. and Planar Energy, Inc., a company developing solid-state batteries for electric vehicles. Scott has been CEO of […]

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Oliver Cameron
CEO, Voyage

Oliver Cameron is a co-founder and CEO of Voyage. Voyage is a leader in self-driving cars, and is on a mission is to deliver on the promise of this revolutionary technology. Oliver previously led the autonomous vehicle, artificial intelligence, and deep learning curriculum at the online education startup Udacity.”

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Miriam Chaum
Head of Public Policy for Self-Driving Cars, Uber

Miriam Chaum is Uber’s Head of Public Policy for Self-Driving Cars. In this role, she works closely with Uber’s local policy teams and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group to advance policies that promote the safe development and deployment of automated vehicles. Miriam has worked for over ten years on a range of social and environmental policy […]

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Michelle Maggiore
Transportation Solutions Group Team Leader, Cisco

Michelle Maggiore leads Cisco’s global Transportation Solutions Group. She is a professional transportation engineer with 20 years of experience in technology deployment, performance management, and strategic planning for transportation agencies and local governments, most recently applying her background to the deployment of technology in the public sector. At Cisco, Michelle advises sales teams, product developers, […]

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Reginald B. McKnight, Esq.,
Head of State Policy & Government Affairs, Waymo

For more than 15 years has been at the forefront of solving some of the nation’s most complex public policy, legal and crisis communications issues as a lawyer and strategic advisor to a variety of multinational corporations. He is currently the Head of State Public Policy & Government Affairs at Waymo. In this role, he […]

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Rahul Gupta
Managing Director, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics

Rahul Gupta is a Managing Director in Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP focusing on Smart Infrastructure. He has over 30+ years of the combined federal government (legislative and executive branches as well as independent commissions) and private sector experience leading in infrastructure, geospatial, digital and analytics, cyber and security, and telecommunications. He has published […]

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Tassilo Wanner
VP of Global Public & Regulatory Affairs at Lilium

Tassilo Wanner is the VP of Global Public & Regulatory Affairs at Lilium. He oversees the company’s worldwide stakeholder engagement, advocacy efforts, and regulatory and government affairs strategy. Previously, Tassilo was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, leading TTL (Transport, Travel, and Logistics) as well as strategy and change management studies. Before joining McKinsey, […]

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Ned Cabot
Country Digital Acceleration Team Leader, Cisco

Ned Cabot leads Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) team in the Americas. CDA is a partnership between Cisco and state or national leadership, industry & academia aimed at accelerating a country’s digital agenda. A CDA partnership can help a country grow GDP, create new jobs, enhance educational opportunities and drive innovation across government and private […]

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Neil Pedersen
Executive Director, Transportation Research Board

Neil Pedersen has been Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) since 2015. In that role, he provides executive direction and leadership to TRB’s technical activities, including its annual meeting of over 14,000 transportation professionals, it’s more than 200 technical committees, its conferences, and its publications; its peer-reviewed policy consensus studies; and its multimodal […]

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David Harkey
President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

David Harkey is the current president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute. He took the helm of the Institutes in 2018 after spending 11 years as director of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

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Vince Lichtinger
Manager, Fuels and Emerging Technology, Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Vince Lichtinger is the manager of the Fuels and Emerging Technology group for Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He graduated with Honors from Case Western Reserve University in 1989 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and began work at Marathon Oil Company as an Associate Chemical Engineer creating process simulations of refineries. Vince then spent 6 years […]

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Troy Rutherford
Program Director, Boeing NeXt

Troy Rutherford is a program director with Boeing NeXt, an organization that is leading the introduction of new mobility solutions and the next-generation ecosystem that will bring flight closer to home. He leads the team of engineers and researchers developing Boeing’s new unmanned cargo air vehicle. Capable of carrying 250 to 500 pounds, the cargo […]

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Peter Berger
Director of Innovation, EmbraerX

Peter Berger is the Director of Innovation at EmbraerX in Silicon Valley. EmbraerX is the disruptive innovation division for Embraer, the third-largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. Mr. Berger has three roles within EmbraerX. First, to oversee active projects, most notably the all-electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) being built in collaboration with Uber. […]

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Robert Brown
Head of Public & Government Affairs, TuSimple

Robert Brown is the Head of Public & Government Affairs for TuSimple. Mr. Brown is responsible for the federal, state, and local public and government relations for TuSimple. Working with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics […]

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Kelsey Brunette Fiedler
Ideation Analyst, Munich RE America

Kelsey Brunette Fiedler is an Ideation Analyst at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.’s (Munich Re) Incubator, a strategic business unit within New Strategic Markets. Her main responsibilities are vetting and analysis of new products and services within the Mobility Domain. She is currently leading the pilot of project AVerified, which provides verification of operational safety for […]

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Jeff Brandes

Jeff Brandes
Florida Senator, District 24

Jeff Brandes is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, a Veteran, and a local businessman. After serving in the Army from 1999 to 2006, he joined his grandfather in the family lumber business. He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012, then […]

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Stefan Seltz-Axmacher
CEO, Starsky Robotics

CEO and Founder of Starsky Robotics, a driverless truck startup launched in August 2016 which aims to make roads safer and allow truck drivers to work closer to home. Starsky Robotics began moving freight on the highway in February 2017, and in February 2018 drove a truck fully unmanned for seven miles on the highway. Starsky raised a $16.5 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures, with substantial contributions from previous investors like Y Combinator, Trucks.vc, 50 Years, 9Point Ventures, and many others.

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Marcus Welz

Marcus Welz
CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, North America and CEO of Bytemark, Inc.

Marcus Welz leads the Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems business in the U.S. The company offers advanced software and systems to modernize and improve urban and interurban traffic. In this role, Welz manages all functions including sales, R&D, product management, customer service and drives strategic business direction. On November, 2018, Welz was also named as CEO […]

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