Urban automobility is changing rapidly, driven by the need for cleaner, smarter and safer ways of getting around in cities. While traditional car manufacturers are moving ahead to deliver exactly those vehicles that suit the needs of their customers, digitalization and changing regulation offer opportunities for new mobility solutions and disruptive business models.
How does the automotive industry respond to this changing environment? Can public authorities balance out the need for mobile yet green and pleasant cities? Which steps must be taken to tackle the transport challenges of the cities of tomorrow? How can new mobility providers contribute to this aim? And what’s the view of the citizens and businesses in all this?
Five questions at the core of the 6th European Automotive Forum.
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Moderated by Virginie Claes & Jacques Van Den Biggelaar
Mayor of the city of Brussels & chairman of the Board Brussels Expo
Bart De Wever
Mayor of the City of Antwerp
European Parliament – video messages from Henna Virkkunen MEP & Matthijs van Miltenburg MEP
Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, European Commission
Smart Mobility Adviser, Ministry of the Economy, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
EU Affairs Adviser, AKKA Technologies
Chairman Working Group on Transport, Eurocommerce
General Delegate of the Permanent Delegation to the EU, International Road Transport Union
Deputy President for Mobility, FIA
Director Public Affairs, Volvo Group
Virginie de Chassey
Senior Vice-President Public Affairs, PSA Group
Senior Project Manager Urban Solutions, Audi AG
EMEA Automotive Managing Partner, Deloitte
Secretary General at European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
Secretary General, European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers
Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, European Commission
Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Digital Agenda, Belgian federal government
Minister of Mobility, Belgian federal government
Chief Operating Officer, ALD Automotive International
Managing Director, ALD Automotive Belgium
Chief Executive Officer, EDF Luminus
Head of Automotive Strategy, Facebook
National Technology Officer Microsoft Belux
Director, Knowledge and Membership Services International Association of Public Transport
Including Drone Air Show!
CEO & Founder, FlyMETRICS
Tom Antonissen acts since March 2017 as EU Affairs Adviser to the Secretary General and Board of AKKA Technologies, an engineering and technology consulting company, which supports clients with a wide-range of global services for industrial projects combined with the ability to collaborate across the entire product lifecycle
In addition to his advisory role, Mr Antonissen supports the AKKA Research team in developing and implementing EU-funded collaborative projects, and acts as main liaison with ERTICO – ITS Europe – among others as a member of its Strategy Committee.
Mr Antonissen has been working on European transport policy for more than 15 years, holding senior roles at the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG), the European Union Road Federation (ERF) and the Washington-based International Road Federation (IRF), with a particular focus on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), multimodal transport, logistics, road safety and road user charging. He acted for several years as a road safety expert for the European Commission.
Mr Antonissen studied Law (VU Brussels) and obtained a Master in International and European Law at the Institute for European Studies, based in Brussels as well.
François Bellot was appointed in 2016 as minister for Mobility, responsible for Belgocontrol and the national railway company.
Before joining the federal government, Mr Bellot held various legislative offices, first as a member of the House of Representatives (2000-2010), then Senator (2010-2014) and finally as a member of the Walloon Parliament and Federation Brussels-Wallonia (2014-2016). He held legislative and executive provincial mandates between 1995-2000.
Mr Bellot was elected councilor of the City of Rochefort in 1988 and served as its mayor between 1995-1998 and again since 2000.
Prior to his political career, Mr Bellot worked as an engineer in construction and large transport infrastructure projects.
Mr Bellot holds degrees in civil engineering (Liège), industrial management (UC Louvain), Political Sciences (UC Louvain) and graduated from the French École Nationale d’Administration.
The #WeAreMobility fair at the Brussels Motor Show is organised under the patronage of Mr Bellot in his capacity of Minister of Mobility, jointly with the Minister of Digital Agenda.
Anders Berger works as Director Public Affairs at Volvo Group since 2017, with a special focus on electrification, automatization and digitalisation of the transport system.
Dr Berger joined Volvo in 2008, first as a product area manager and then as a transport solution specialist, focusing on transport effectiveness concepts and total customer solutions to meet the environmental and efficiency challenges of the road transport system. He contributed extensively in the ERTRAC roadmap process providing input to the EU Framework Programmes and chaired the Long Distance Freight Transport work group.
Before this, Anders Berger worked for the Swedish enterprise software company IFS as Director for Business Solutions from 1998 to 2007.
Dr Berger earned PhD’s in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Organisation from Chalmers University of Technology, where he also worked as an Assistant Professor between 1996 and 1998.
Philippe Close became Mayor of the City of Brussels in 2017. He is also Chairman of the Board of Brussels Expo.
Mr Close was first appointed Vice Mayor in 2006 with responsibilities for Tourism and Personnel, and again in 2012 for Tourism, Personnel and Financial Affairs. From 2006 to 2012, Philippe Close was Chairman of the Board of the Regional Brussels Office for Tourism, VISITBRUSSELS.
Mr Close started his career in politics as a political adviser and spokesperson Roger Lallemand and Elio Di Rupo. In 2001, he was appointed Head of Cabinet of the Mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans.
From 2009 to 2017, Mr Close was also a member of the Brussels Regional Parliament.
Philippe Close studied law at the Free University of Brussels.
Grégoire Dallemagne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EDF Luminus, the Belgian subsidiary of the French energy company EDF, in 2011.
Mr Dallemagne has also been Chairman of FEBEG, the Belgian federation of electricity and gas companies, since 2015.
He started his career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor and moved to the telecom sector in 2000 by joining the international Tele2 group, where he held various executive positions in Sweden and Luxembourg.
From 2003 to 2007 he worked as Managing Director of Tele2 - Versatel Belgium. After the takeover of the company by KPN, he became managing director of KPN Belgium and member of the management committee of KPN International.
Grégoire Dallemagne obtained his commercial engineering degree from Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and supplemented this with an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Virginie de Chassey is Senior Vice President Public Affairs at PSA Group since 2016 where she leads the public affairs team. Previously, she was Director of Internal Communications from 2012 to 2015.
Ms de Chassey joined PSA Peugeot Citroën in 2004, first in key corporate communication and sustainable development roles (2004-2010) and then responsible for Spare Parts and Services Quality (2010-2012).
Prior to joining the PSA Group, Virginie de Chassey worked in media and branding at the aluminium and mining company Pechiney/Rio Tinto Alcan from 1993 to 2002.
Ms de Chassey holds a license in history from the Université Paris-Sorbonne and a master’s degree in Information and Communications from the Institut Français de Presse - Université Panthéon-Assas.
Alexander De Croo was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services in 2014. Previously, Mr De Croo served as Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Pensions between 2012-2014.
Mr De Croo was appointed Chairman of the Open VLD in 2009, the Flemish liberal party, and elected Senator in 2010. He has been the Mayor of the Town of Brakel since 2013.
Before entering politics, Mr De Croo worked as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (1999-2006). In 2006, he founded his own company: Darts-IP, a consulting company in the field of intellectual property rights, which today operates throughout the world.
Alexander De Croo graduated in Business Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).
The #WeAreMobility fair at the Brussels Motor Show is organised under the patronage of Mr De Croo in his capacity of Minister of Digital Agenda, jointly with the Minister of Mobility.
Bart De Wever became Mayor of the City of Antwerp in January 2013 and has been national party chairman since 2004 of the N-VA, the Flemish-nationalist party. He is also an elected member of the House of Representatives since 2014.
Mr De Wever started his career in politics in 1996 as a local representative in Berchem, a district of Antwerp city. Mr De Wever was a representative in the Flemish Parliament between 2004-2007 and again between 2009-2012. He served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 until 2009.
Mr De Wever studied history at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven. Prior to his political career, he worked as an academic assistant and published several writings on Flemish history and the history of the Flemish nationalist movement.
Philippe Dehennin was appointed President of FEBIAC, the Belgian Federation of the Automotive Industry, in June 2017, after being appointed Director and member of the Management Committee at FEBIAC in 2016.
Between 1987 and 2016, Mr Dehennin served in leading positions at BMW group, eventually becoming President & CEO for Belux, France and Switzerland consecutively. Prior to this, Mr Dehennin held commercial management positions at Inchcape/Toyota in Belgium and Greece. Mr Dehennin started his career in marketing at Petrofina, a Belgian oil company, in 1972.
After being brought up in India, Spain and Congo, Mr Dehennin studied Business Administration and Finance at George Washington University. He also graduated from the Executive Development Programme at INSEAD.
Eric Desomer is a senior partner at Deloitte since 2001 and currently the Managing Partner in charge of manufacturing in Belgium and the regional managing partner in charge of automotive in EMEA. He sits also on the global manufacturing executive cabinet.
Before holding this position, Mr Desomer was in charge of the technology practice for several years.
Eric Desomer has been with the firm for 23 years, becoming a partner in 1995.
Mr Desomer holds a masters degree in Taxation.
Lisa Füting is Senior Project Manager for Audi Urban Solutions at AUDI AG since 2016 where she is responsible for the development of Audi corporate strategy 2025 focus area urbanization and the market entry for new urban technologies and services.
Ms Füting joined the Audi Urban Future Initiative as project manager and spokesperson in 2011 and started her professional career within the company’s product communications department in 2008, working on all aspects involving the brand’s design.
Lisa Füting holds master’s degrees in Cultural and Curatorial studies from the Universities of Passau and Vienna.
Bernd Gruner acts as the Chairman of the Working Group on Transport since 2016 at Eurocommerce, the European Retail and Wholesale Assocation.
In his 25-year career, Mr Gruner has held several positions as a consultant in the trading, logistics and food industries, serving most recently in senior positions representing French and German wholesalers federations CGI and BGA respectively, the European Poultry Egg and Game Association EPEGA and as the coordinator of Nentinvet, the European network promoting recognised mobility for VET learners in the sectors of international trade and transport & logistics.
Prior to this, Bernd Gruner worked for European federations in the agricultural industry, first as Deputy Secretary of COCERAL (1996-2003), then as Secretary General of CELCAA (2003-2012).
Sylvain Haon serves as the Director Knowledge and Membership Services of the International Association of Public Transport.
From 2003 to 2014, Mr Haon served as the Secretary General of Polis, the network of European cities.
Previously, Sylvain Haon headed the Brussels office of the European affairs directorate of the French railways (2000-2001) and worked at the French embassy in Italy on public works and land transportation (1998-2000).
Mr Haon graduated from Science Po (Strasbourg) and holds a master’s degree in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Henrik Hololei was appointed Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission in October 2015.
Mr Hololei joined the European Commission in 2004 as Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud (2004-2009), and Vice President and Commissioner for Transport (2009-2014). Mr Hololei left the cabinet in 2013 to become Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission (2013-2015).
Mr Hololei held various senior positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004, where he was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union. In 2001-2002, he served as Minister of Economic Affairs.
Mr Hololei is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark.
Miel Horsten started his career in 1997 at the maintenance department of ALD Automotive, then called Hertz Lease. He held several roles inside the company and became Operations Director in 1999. After the acquisition of the company in 2003 by Société Générale, he became Insurance Manager for ALD International in Paris.
In this role, he created ALD’s reinsurance company ALD Re in Dublin in 2005. In 2007 he became CEO of ALD Automotive USA until he took up the role of Products and Services Director worldwide for ALD International in Paris. Since 2012, Miel is CEO for ALD Automotive, the largest vehicle leasing company in Belgium with 63.500 vehicles. Miel was elected CEO of the Year in 2015 by Peopleshere Magazine.
In 2016 he also became President of Renta, the Belgian Lease and Car Rental Association. Miel is President of the Board for ALD Re in Dublin and is on the Operating Board and Innovation Committee of ALD, the parent of all ALD Automotive subsidiaries. Miel Horsten is 44 years old and father of two children.
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.
Pex Langenberg is the Vice Mayor for Mobility, Sustainability and Culture of the City of Rotterdam since 2014. Mr Langenberg served as the President of POLIS Network, the network of European cities, in 2016 and 2017.
Previously, he held the position of Vice Mayor for Traffic, Transportation and Culture of the City of Leiden from 1994 to 1998 and served as its city councillor between 1986 and 1998 for the liberal party D66.
Mr Langenberg has held several senior administrative positions in his career, often related to transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, the City of Amsterdam and at the Dutch Embassy in Washington, DC.
Before his appointment at the City of Rotterdam, he worked as a Programme Director Water Business and International Water at the Ministre of Infrastructure & Environment.
Mr Langenberg studied Political Science at the University of Leiden.
Matthias Maedge joined the International Road Transport Union as General Delegate of the Permanent Delegation to the European Union in March 2017, to further increase IRU’s voice for commercial road transport in Europe and to ensure that the industry is ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Before joining IRU, Mr Maedge worked for the Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA) from 2008 to 2017, eventually becoming its Secretary General. From 2006 to 2007, he worked in the German parliament (Bundestag) as a research associate to the shadow Secretary for Education. Mr Maedge started his professional career as an officer in the German army.
Mr Maedge holds a master’s degree in Political Science, Media & Communication and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Mauro Morana is CEO & Founder of flyMETRICS since 2016, a European lean startup made by industrial experts in sensing and complex systems, targeting the launch of a new generation of microcopters, capable of extended flight and autonomous operation in industrial environment.
Dr Morana is also the Managing Director since 2012 of MorphwiZe, a unique player in specialty computing and Science-2-Business acceleration 'engine'.
Previously, Mauro Morana worked as Project Manager and Senior Scientist at Konarka Austria from 2004 to 2011 working on organic semiconductors. Before that, Dr Morana worked at Siemens (2003-2004) and Microsoft Italia (2001-2002) on research and engineering.
Mauro Morana holds a master degree and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cagliari, and a post master’s degree in Computer Networks from the University of Milano.
Antonio Perlot was appointed Secretary General of ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers in 2014, after having served as its Public Affairs Manager since 2006, advising the industry on public and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining ACEM, Mr Perlot worked with the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Association (FEMA), first as Campaigns Officer (2001-2002), then as Secretary General (2002-2006).
Mr Perlot started his career as a public affairs consultant representing clients from different industry sectors and, before that, in the NGO sector.
Mr Perlot holds a BA in political science (specialisation in European integration) from La Sapienza University and a Master in Diplomatic studies from Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale.
John Saffrett is Chief Operating Officer of ALD and responsible for the operational management of the company’s 1.48 million vehicles across 43 markets, in addition to managing the company’s IT and digitalization development strategy.
John Saffrett has held various roles within ALD from 1997 to 2006, starting out in Sales Account Management and eCommerce for the Group’s subsidiary in UK before being appointed IT Director UK from 2002. In 2006, he joined Fimat/Newedge UK, now Societe Generale Prime Services, as Europe CIO / Global Head of Corporate IT Services and went on in 2011 to become Managing Director, Program Director of Fimat/Newedge UK. He returned to ALD in 2015 and was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for ALD.
John Saffrett holds a Bachelor degree in IT from Hertfordshire University and an MBA in Automotive from Nottingham Trent University.
Jean Schiltz joined the Ministry of the Economy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in April 2017 to advise on the use of technological applications in mobility and transport.
From 2011 to 2017, Mr Schiltz worked at the headquarters of Volkswagen AG in various roles, including being responsible for the design concept of specific passenger Car projects in the early development phase.
Previously, Jean Schiltz worked for Luxinnovation GIE as a Project Officer in Technologies and Innovation Management.
Mr Schiltz holds master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and in Engineering Design Management in Transportation from the Institut Supérieur de Design.
Bruno Schröder is National Technology Officer at Microsoft Belux since 2006, responsible for technology policy in Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg.
Since 2009, he is also Vice President of the Microsoft Innovation Center ASBL a public-private partnership between Wallonia and Microsoft Belgium focusing on the digital transformation of the Walloon economy through advanced coaching of Walloon companies and entrepreneurs.
Prevously, Mr Schröder served as the Public Sector Director at Microsoft from 2004 to 2006.
Before joining the company, he was a Partner at Unisys Belgium, the information technology company.
Mr Schröder has been involved in the software engineering research community, serving on the Board of CETIC (the applied research center in software engineering and embedded systems), first as a member (2011-2014) and then as its President since 2014, as Member of the Board of the WSL (Walloon engineering incubator) since 2014, and Member of the Board of the Alumni Network of Engineers at Louvain University since 2011.
Bruno Schröder graduated in Civil Engineering (Thermodynamics & Mecanics) from the Ecole Polytechnique of Louvain.
Christoph is the Head of Automotive Strategy at Facebook. In that role, he leads all major marketing and strategy initiatives to enable Facebook’s automotive partners leveraging Facebook’s family of apps to accelerate digital and mobile business transformation and to generate true business value. He also coordinates our partner efforts with leading business consultants and global agency networks for the automotive vertical.
Christoph is a seasoned international marketing executive and digital evangelist. Prior to Facebook he was EVP, Global Client Officer-Automotive at Wunderman/WPP, the World’s #1 digital agency, responsible for the global client relationship and digital marketing transformation for Ford and Jaguar Land Rover. He served as CEO at McCann//MRM, Germany where he personally oversaw the GM EMEA relationship, as COO of Kabel New Media (BBDO InterOne), where he launched MINI.com, and as CEO of Wunderman, Germany/CEE with Ford being his main client engagement. Throughout his career he focused on the Auto vertical, on integrated innovative marketing solutions and on digital transformation at scale.
He started in consulting, servicing Fortune 500 clients in automotive, retail, and telecom at The Boston Consulting Group.
Christoph holds a master’s degree in business from the EBS University (Frankfurt, Paris and London) and is lecturing at the EBS University on Digital Transformation
Isabelle Vandoorne is Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable & Intelligent Transport at the European Commission since 2017.
Ms Vandoorne joined the European Commission in 2001 as a Policy Officer, working in various roles mainly on intelligent transport systems, railway safety and digitalisation of transport.
From 2004 to 2009, Isabelle Vandoorne worked for the Directorate General Information Society & Media on the regulatory framework for telecommunications.
Before joining the European Commission, Ms Vandoorne worked for the Belgian national railway company from 1995 to 2001, with responsibilities in network systems and ICT.
Isabelle Vandoorne graduated as an Engineer in Electricity & Telecommunications from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium).
Thierry Willemarck has been elected as new Deputy President for Mobility at FIA in December 2017. Previously, he served as FIA Region I President from 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.
AKKA Technologies is an engineering and technology consulting company with 21 centres of excellence across Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia and the Americas.
As European leader in the Mobility and Automotive segments with more than 15,000 skilled employees and an in-house research center – AKKA Research – it supports its clients with a wide-range of global services for industrial projects combined with the ability to collaborate across the entire product lifecycle.
ALD Automotive Belgium is the number one in Belgium for long-term vehicle rental. Looking to lease a passenger vehicle or van? We've got you covered. But we also offer complete mobility solutions for your organisation, including the management of your fleet. Since 50 years, we put all we've got into ensuring that you receive optimal service. Of course, we're looking firmly to the future and we realize that there's more to mobility than just the car alone. That's why we're further developing our ALD newmobility package and also offering an eco-friendly ALD Bluefleet programme.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, commonly referred to as Deloitte, is a multinational professional services network with headquarters in New York City in the United States. Deloitte is the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals, provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services with more than 263,900 professionals globally.
Deloitte’s automotive group is at the forefront of top trends and issues facing the industry. Deloitte automotive industry professionals can help you navigate the complex issues and challenges impacting your companies and the rapidly evolving automotive industry.
Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 372,000 employees worldwide.
Satisfying the need for seamless mobility
People today expect and need solutions that make their daily mobility simpler, more flexible, faster, more reliable and affordable. Cities and national economies, on the other hand, face the challenge of reducing the costs, space requirements, noise and CO2 emissions of transportation.
With a long-standing transport expertise and IT know-how, Siemens is constantly developing new, intelligent mobility solutions that increase availability of infrastructure, optimise throughput and improve passenger experience. It’s in how we electrify, automate and digitalise infrastructure that we’re setting the benchmark for tomorrow’s mobility.
Today and tomorrow, digitalisation plays a key role for mobility providers in their struggle to achieve the reliability, flexibility and availability they need to make traffic solutions cost-efficient.
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