Sponsors and jury
European Commissioner for Transport - sponsor
Since her nomination to the post of European Transport Commissioner in 2014, Violeta Bulc has made transport innovation, digitalisation and decarbonisation priorities for the European Union. An academic, author and former Vice-Prime Minister of Slovenia, Violeta Bulc has also led Vibacom, which brings innovative solutions to enterprises in the domain of sustainable development.
Founder of BlaBlaCar - Sponsor
Frédéric initiated and led his entrepreneurial adventure with BlaBlaCar, from the original idea up to the creation of the first global long-distance carpooling community. Frédéric holds a Masters in physics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm), and a Masters in Information Technology from Stanford University (USA) as well as an MBA from l’INSEAD. He was a scientific researcher for NASA in the USA and NTT in Japan before founding BlaBlaCar.
Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee
Responsible for a report on sustainable urban mobility when the Volkswagen scandal broke out, she gradually specialised in the air pollution issue and the future of mobility. In February 2016, after having worked to set up a European Parliament inquiry committee on the “dieselgate”, she became vice-president of the Commission of Inquiry on the measurement of emissions in the automotive sector. She is also a member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee where she continues to defend the health and safety of workers and fight against social dumping, particularly in the transport sector.
Partner & Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group
A Fellow at the BCG think tank BCG Henderson Institute (BHI), where he focuses his research on the mobility of the future, Joël Harzan has a client base of several European leaders in transport services and infrastructures, mobility platforms and OEMs. He launched and piloted Mobility Nation, a unique initiative that brought together public, private, start-ups and research institutes around the definition of a vision for Mobility in 2030 in the Parisian region.
Deputy Managing Director of Mobivia, Executive President of Via ID
Following up his career in the United States and France in publishing, retail and photography, where he held positions in operations and development, Yann Marteil joined Mobivia in 2015 to support the group’s transition to new mobilities. As such, he is in charge of Via ID, a business accelerator in new mobility that accompanies and co-finances some twenty startups in France and abroad (Smoove, Drivy, Heetch, Xee, Swiftly …).
Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
Kadri Simson works to make Europe a leader in the global digital economy. One of her commitments consists in working in particular for the development of modern, connected and sustainable means of transportation.
Deputy CEO Sales, Marketing, Customers & InterRent of Europcar Groupe
He is a member of the Management Board since 2015, joined the Europcar Groupe in May 2011 and has served as Managing Director of Europcar Italy and as Head of Mobility Solutions for Europcar Groupe.From 2004 to 2011 he was General Manager of the Italian company Leasys, a company controlled by Fiat Group Automobiles and Crédit Agricole and a leader in “longterm commercial” rentals in Italy. He holds a Masters in business management from the MIP Politecnico di Milano (1999) and a management diploma from the Università degli Studi di Roma (1995).
Catherine Leboul Proust
Chief Strategy Officer at GRDF
Former executive secretary of LYDEC, subsidiary of SUEZ based in Casablanca which is in charge of the animation of social governance, the corporate project, the internal audit department and the development department, Catherine Leboul-Proust joined GRDF after 20 years of experience in the industrial and energy sector where she has held various positions in the fields of institutional relations, corporate social responsibility and change management and organisations.
Chief Executive Director of Groupe ADP
Having held several positions at the Ministry of Finance and worked as Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at the Caisse des Dépôts Group, Edward Arkwright joined Groupe ADP with the ambition of accelerating the competitiveness of air transport by making the group a reference model. Edward Arkwright, who is a strategist and a true passionate of the sector, brings his field experience to the group.
“Serial entrepreneur” and digital champion for the European CommissionGilles Babinet is in charge of promoting French digital topics to the European institutions. Passionate about new technologies and innovation, he regularly shares his experience as a business leader with startup companies but also with public authorities.
Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & EnergyPrior to joining Startupbootcamp, Tanja Kufner was Director of the Wayra Academy in Munich. She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Venture Capital, Management Consulting and Telecommunications. She has worked in Corporate Venturing, VC and Family Offices since 1998 and earned her MBA from the University of San Francisco. To this date, she has invested in over 90 Startups, ranging from Seed to Series A.
Founder of the Autonomy fair and The Urban Mobility Summit
Ross Douglas is a South-African entrepreneur who started his career as a filmmaker. After starting the event company Artlogic, he created in 2008 the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the world’s first African contemporary art fair and a key gathering for the international art community.
Concerned about global warming, Ross turned his attention to sustainability. He decided to create an event to gather emerging new mobility solutions dedicated to lowering emissions and congestion. Autonomy, launched in Paris in 2015, was the result. The second edition in October 2017 hosted 220 exhibitors, 10 000 visitors and 50 cities – all dedicated to change the way we move in cities. Autonomy has partnerships with major companies like Renault, Engie, Uber, SNCF, ChargePoint, Allianz, OFO, SNCF and Bolloré; and has strategic partnerships with city networks including C40, Polis, and ICLEI.