2021 Speakers

  • Rich Steiner

    Rich Steiner is Head of Policy and Communications at Gatik, the market leader in autonomous middle mile logistics. Rich leads Gatik’s government affairs and regulatory strategy across North America. For over a decade, Rich has worked at the intersection of technology and public policy. Prior to Gatik, Rich worked as a Senior Manager for the […]

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  • Jason Eichenholz

    Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser and photonics product development and commercialization. Over the past twenty-five years, he led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics and photonic-enabled products. At Luminar he is responsible for R&D and Engineering of new products and bringing Luminar’s technology to market. […]

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  • Megan Sirjane-Samples

    Megan Sirjane-Samples is the Director of Government Relations for Lyft, the nation’s leading rideshare and transportation network company. She leads a team of professionals across the Eastern region, developing and executing Lyft’s legislative, regulatory, political and policy strategies. Prior to Lyft, Megan served as an advocate and lobbyist for a variety of interests in roles […]

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  • Laura Kelley

    Laura Kelley, Central Florida Expressway Authority Executive Director  Laura Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in executive transportation management, helping shape national, state and local policy. In 2014, she was named the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s (CFX) first executive director, managing the daily operations of the agency’s 125-mile expressway system and $3.2 billion-dollar […]

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  • Hardik Gajjar

    Hardik Gajjar is a senior port and intermodal planner at WSP and has contributed significantly to various port and intermodal rail projects involving master planning, terminal planning, and cost analysis. With over a decade of technical experience, he brings the capability of capacity analysis, terminal planning, operational analysis, and cargo movement analysis.  His experience ranges […]

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  • Albert Gore

    Albert Gore is the East Coast Lead for Public Policy and Business Development at Tesla. Previously, he was Deputy Director, Policy and Electricity Markets—Finance at SolarCity, and prior to that was Vice President of Business Development at Strategic Capital Partners, a commercial real estate investment and development firm. He has a bachelor’s degree in government […]

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  • Kati Migliaccio, PhD PE

    Dr. Migliaccio is Professor and Chair of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Florida (UF) and a Professional Engineering in the state of Florida. She has a BS in Agricultural Engineering (1997) from Texas A&M University, MS in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (1999) from University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Biological […]

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  • Jim Mullen

    Jim is the Chief Administrative and Legal Officer of TuSimple. He has more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in the trucking industry. Jim is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Trucking Associations, the largest and most comprehensive national trade association for the trucking industry. Prior to joining TuSimple, […]

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  • Joshua Aviv

    Joshua Aviv, Founder & CEO, SparkCharge Joshua Av​​iv is a certified Data Scientist and the Founder & CEO of SparkCharge. His experience in entrepreneurship and startups spans over 6 years and he is a dynamic figure in the cleantech community. Joshua is also the most recent winner of the world’s largest pitch competition, 43North. Joshua […]

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  • John B. Rogers, Jr.

    John B. Rogers, Jr. is the Founder and Vice Chairman of LM Industries, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles and other high-technology products in partnership with other global manufacturers. This disruptive company is redefining the rapid development of connected hardware by pairing advanced manufacturing with open innovation tools. LM Industries is the […]

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  • Cosimo Leipold

    Cosimo Leipold is Head of Partner Relations at Nuro, responsible for new business development and ongoing partner management. Cosimo manages Nuro’s business strategy and partnerships discussions to bring the first fully unmanned, on-road vehicle for local deliveries to market. Prior to joining Nuro, Cosimo spent 6 years at Capital One, serving as Senior Business Manager […]

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  • Alain Kornhauser

    Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Penn State where he obtained a BS and MS and Princeton, earning a PhD. In 1971 he joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at U of Minnesota where he applied automation, network analysis and optimal control to the […]

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  • Joseph Holmes

    Joseph Holmes recently joined Perrone Robotics serving as the Vice President for Global Business Development. Joseph is responsible for finding meaningful projects and increasing the number of partnerships across the globe. He previously worked for EasyMile as the Director of Sales for North America, and prior to that with FirstGroup in the both UK and the […]

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  • Kevin J. Thibault

    Kevin J. Thibault (Tee-Bo), Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Kevin J. Thibault was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 18, 2019. As Secretary, Thibault oversees the lead agency in state government with the statutory responsibility to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, […]

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  • Colin Roche

    Colin Roche is Co-founder and CEO of Swiftmile, a micromobility infrastructure company whose Mobility Hubs charge and organize light electric vehicles (LEVs) like e-scooters and e-bikes. Swiftmile’s in-field charging model helps cities scale up shared micromobility with fewer of the pain points: reduced sidewalk clutter, less operational emissions and congestion, and more fully-charged vehicles to […]

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  • Carter Stern

    Carter Stern is a Senior Government affairs manager for Cruise, the all-electric, autonomous vehicle company. Based in Texas, Carter handles Cruise’s governmental affairs and regulatory strategy outside of California. Prior to joining Cruise, Carter worked at various mobility tech companies including Lyft and ofo, as well as running the nonprofit operator of Houston’s station based […]

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  • Gautam Narang 

    Gautam Narang  Gautam Narang is the co-founder & CEO of Gatik, a technology company with a mission to deliver goods safely and efficiently using autonomous vehicles. Gatik focuses on B2B short-haul logistics for the retail industry and has established the first autonomous Middle Mile logistics network in North America serving multiple Fortune 500 customers including […]

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  • Ariel Wolf

    Ariel Wolf leads Venable’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility group, where he counsels clients facing complex legal and policy issues at the intersection of automation, connectivity, safety, privacy, and cybersecurity. Ariel works closely with manufacturers, suppliers, and technology developers to navigate the emerging landscape being transformed by autonomous vehicles (AV) and mobility technology. Ariel’s work includes […]

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  • Clifford Cruz

    Clifford Cruz is the CEO and founder of Skyway, an unparalleled air traffic management company with its eye on the future of airborne vehicles and services. Clifford’s experience in cyber security solution architecture is just the beginning of his extensive expertise. He is similarly passionate in a range of related fields, such as radio and […]

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  • Michael Hughes

    Michael Hughes is the Chief Revenue Officer at  ChargePoint. He is an accomplished sales leader with 25 years of experience in strategic planning, sales, services, marketing, business and organizational development, product leadership, operations and market-making in early-stage and established technology companies. At ChargePoint, Hughes leads global sales, mobility ecosystem relationships and business development functions. Prior […]

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  • Robert Poole

    Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Policy and the Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at the Reason Foundation. He received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and did graduate work in operations research at NYU. His 1988 policy paper proposing privately financed express toll lanes invented that concept. The paper inspired California’s […]

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  • Dr. Dean Bushey

    Dr. Dean Bushey is the Vice President, Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business (GSIB), Americas. He has over 30 years of business, academic, and military leadership experience in energy, EVs, transportation, and mobility as a business leader, computer scientist, educator, commercial pilot, and autonomous and connected systems expert. He leads and directs GSIB America’s team in commercial […]

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  • Carla Bailo

    Carla Bailo, President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 42 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under her leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and […]

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  • Marc Scribner

    Marc Scribner, Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation Scribner’s work focuses on a variety of public policy issues related to transportation, land use, and urban growth, including infrastructure investment and operations, transportation safety and security, risk and regulation, privatization and public finance, urban redevelopment and property rights, and emerging transportation technologies such as automated road […]

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  • Alex Roy

    Alex Roy is Editor-at-Large for The Drive, host of The Autonocast, co-host of /DRIVE on NBC Sports and author of The Driver, has set numerous endurance driving records in Europe & the USA in the internal combustion, EV, 3-wheeler & Semi-Autonomous Classes, including the infamous Cannonball Run record.

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  • Senator Jeff Brandes

    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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  • Igino Cafiero

    Igino Cafiero, CEO of Bear Flag Robotics Igino Cafiero is the CEO of Bear Flag Robotics, acquired by John Deere in 2021. Bear Flag Robotics develops autonomous technology that can be added to farm tractors as a performance upgrade. Igino is a former founder and has business experience across a broad range of sectors including […]

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  • Brad Thoburn

    Brad Thoburn, Assistant Secretary Strategic Development at Florida Department of Transportation Brad Thoburn is the Assistant Secretary for Strategic Development at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He leads statewide and multimodal planning for the Department. Brad previously served as the Southeast Region Practice Lead for Transit and Surface Transportation Planning for Michael Baker International. […]

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  • Olaf Sakkers

    Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 18 of the leading global mobility startups. Olaf is regarded as one of the leading researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as, business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies.

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  • Grayson Brulte

    Grayson Brulte is the Co-Founder / President of Brulte & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in designing innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace. He serves as the Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also an active member of the city’s Smart City / Technology […]

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