Game-Changing Speakers at TU-Automotive West Coast
We have hand-picked expert speakers from throughout Silicon Valley and beyond for the 2016 event, see a selection below...
Alisyn Malek Investment ManagerView Bio
Alisyn Malek is a venture investor with GM Ventures. In this role she leverages her experience working in automotive product development and innovation to identify and invest in promising startups with an automotive application.
Alisyn joined General Motors in 2008, working primarily in the electrification area, focusing on the advancement of charging technologies and leading the early development of the DC charging system for the Chevy Spark. She also worked in electrification strategy development and the deployment of Ethernet based communication protocols in the automotive environment.
Alisyn holds bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and German. She has a master degree in energy systems engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her master of business administration through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Alisyn is patented and published in electrification technology
Sebastien Henot Business Innovation ManagerView Bio
Sebastien Henot: Manager of Business Innovation at Renault Innovation Silicon Valley: Today, my main role to create disruptions in the OEM's business model in order to adapt it to future technological and societal trends; like electric vehicles, autonomous driving, connected cars, Internet of Things, and mobility as a service.
I am an IT engineer (Master of Science degree fromTelecom ParisTech, 2003) with 15 years of international business operations and strategic marketing experience. Prior to the Silicon Valley, I was Global Chief Marketing manager for electric vehicles at Renault, in charge of defining the strategic marketing roadmap for our EV line up. I also spent 3 years in Eastern Europe. I was in charge of operational marketing topics (ie. sales planning, pricing strategy, commercial action plans) in the Adriatic region (6 countries), and at the same time reinforcing my expertise in Pricing, supply chain and sales forecasting.
Adi Singh Senior ScientistView Bio
Ford Motor Company
Adi Singh is the chief architect of the software infrastructure that supports Ford's Smart mobility experiments out of California. A product of Stanford University, Adi completed his graduate work in Aeronautics & Astronautics focusing on UAVs.
At Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, Adi leads projects in drone applications, dynamic shuttles and scalable data-processing, while supporting an array of other projects in connected vehicles and data-driven healthcare. He is also the company's primary liaison to Stanford's Computer Forum and StartX Accelerator, and regularly speaks at conferences on Mobility, Connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Adi's interests lie in bringing the most cutting-edge technology solutions into the automotive industry, and in demonstrating how these technologies enable the industry to tackle the biggest challenges in mobility, sustainability and connectivity faced by the world today.
John Suh Executive DirectorView Bio
John Suh is the Executive Director of Hyundai Ventures, which focuses on strategic investments and business partnerships in the United States for Hyundai Motor Group. Hyundai Ventures’ areas of focus include 1) the connected car, 2) eco-friendly technologies, 3) intelligent systems and manufacturing technology, and 4) mobility-as-a-service and manufacturing technology.
Prior to joining Hyundai, he worked at General Motors, Xerox, PARC, and several startups where he had roles in corporate investing, product management, and R&D. John has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University, and MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Henry Bzeih Managing Director, Kia Connected & MobilityView Bio
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Michael Mikos CFOView Bio
car2go N.A. LLC
Michael Mikos is chief financial officer and director of business development of car2go N.A., LLC, a role he assumed in July, 2015. In this role, Mikos is responsible for the financial management and expansion of car2go’s business in North America. He reports directly to car2go N.A. president and chief executive officer Paul DeLong.
Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mikos served as director of strategic development, assuming that role in March, 2013. He was responsible for the development car2go’s city launches across North America and managed the development and integration of new Daimler mobility products. Mikos also built strategic partnerships and investments throughout the North American mobility market.
Prior to joining car2go, Mikos was project manager of revenue enhancement for Daimler Trucks of North America, where he wore multiple hats from marketing and sales to financial analysis since assuming that role in 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Mikos served as district sales manager, where he was responsible for sales of Sterling Trucks through direct dealer and customer contacts in the Southern Region. Prior to that, he served as national sales support manager, leading sales operations projects, and was also a financial product analyst for Daimler Trucks of North America.
Before joining Daimler Trucks of North America, Mikos worked at Navistar International – formerly International Harvester – as an operations finance and activity-based management analyst, developing and implementing financial models at manufacturing sites and conducting analyses that helped identify operational efficiencies.
Mr. Mikos has an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Liz Kerton Executive DirectorView Bio
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.
Matt McElvolgue Associate Creative DirectorView Bio
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Hakan Kostepen Executive Director - Product Planning Strategy & InnovationView Bio
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America - Silicon Valley Center
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David DiMeo Director, Connected Car InnovationsView Bio
David is a seasoned technologist with over 15 years of experience in telecommunications, consumer electronics, business development, digital marketing, product management, partner management and channel management. David’s achievements includes launching a consumer portal within Ford that allowed customers to download applications and updates for SYNC through an internally developed app store that also provided user account and subscription management including online payment processing and integration with dealership sales and service systems.
David had also been the principle architect behind the development of a system that has the ability to learn the natural routes of the individual and create profiles based on a number of factors and combine all available information to predict with high confidence the driver is most likely traveling and look ahead to provides insight and assistive information when contextually relevant.
David is currently a Director within the Innovation Lab at FordDirect focusing on the impacts that the connected car will have on the customer expectation of both the OEM and its dealer body and working to identify opportunities that will enhance or improve the relationship both the Brand and the Dealership.
Sylvano Carrasco Vice PResident Hardware & TelematicsView Bio
Sylvano Carrasco is Vice-President of Hardware and Telematics at Getaround . Getaround is a leader in peer-to-peer car sharing and is revolutionizing on-demand mobility using the Smartphone and its Connected Car platform. Sylvano leads the design of the Getaround Connect, an advanced aftermarket Connected Car device which can be installed in any vehicle. He also manages Telematics for monitoring the location, movements, status and behavior of vehicles In Getaround's Fleet across the US.
Prior to his current role, Sylvano was President of Carona Designs, a product development company specializing in embedded mobile peripherals. Mr. Carrasco is founder of several technology companies and has led the development of over 30 products and semiconductors. Mr. Carrasco has provided embedded, chip design, hardware and software services to companies such as Alcatel, Avici, Aptis, Belkin, CalAmp, Electronics for Imaging, Nortel, Scientific-Atlanta/Cisco, and Spar Aerospace.
Mr. Carrasco has a B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Jeffrey Hannah Director, North AmericaView Bio
Jeff Hannah is the Director, North America for SBD. SBD works with 90% of global vehicle manufacturers and most of their partners helping them choose the right technologies, select the optimal partners, and develop winning market strategies. Jeff has more than twelve years’ experience in the connected vehicle industry, as well as working with leading technology companies from across the globe. Prior to his role with SBD, Jeff was a leading member of General Motor’s Global Connected Consumer organization which included the industry’s leading Telematics service OnStar. He is the co-founder of the Michigan Telematics Group to promote networking and business development and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Tony Cannestra Director of Corporate VenturesView Bio
Denso International America
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, once of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra’s primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA, with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
Akshay Anand Commerical InsightsView Bio
Kelley Blue Book
Akshay Anand is manager of commercial insights for Kelley Blue Book. Anand regularly produces data and reports, developing and sharing powerful storylines and actionable information with executives in the automotive industry. Anand regularly lends his insight on automotive news and information via commentary to media.
Prior to his current role, he was senior insights analyst, where he developed and provided insights reflecting Kelley Blue Book’s position as the market leader for new- and used-car research. Anand was also previously a market intelligence analyst at Kelley Blue Book. In that position, Anand was charged with analyzing Web traffic data to identify trends and patterns on KBB.com.
As a subject matter expert for Kelley Blue Book, Anand is knowledgeable on brand, segment and model-specific data and insights. In addition, he is familiar with the competitive environment within the automotive industry, car-shopper behavior and more.
Anand holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a focus on economics, from the University of California, Irvine.
About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies. Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com ranked highest in its category for brand equity by the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study and has been named Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year for four consecutive years. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive™ company.
Greg Basich Senior AnalystView Bio
Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Automotive Multimedia and Communications service (AMCS), has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive industry as a business-to-business online and print journalist and editor. He has covered a range of segments in the industry, including automotive infotainment and audio, fleet management, alternative-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and aftermarket parts and suppliers.
As an online journalist and editor, Greg stayed at the forefront of auto industry business news and technological developments and now uses that background at Strategy Analytics to provide analysis and actionable advice for the company’s clients.
Prior to his time at Strategy Analytics, Greg was the Web Editor for Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazines for more than two years, and prior to that was the Executive Editor for Mobile Electronics magazine for two years, which focused on the U.S. automotive infotainment segment. He also worked in senior editorial roles on a number of other publications covering various segments of the automotive aftermarket.
Greg holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Derek Viita Senior Analyst, User Experience PracticeView Bio
As Senior Analyst for the In-Vehicle UX service at Strategy Analytics, Derek Viita provides consumer-focused insights on every detail of car-related experiences. Areas of expertise include mobile and integrated HMI, autonomous vehicles, driver distraction, and voice-controlled systems.
Derek has 10 years of experience advising companies and government agencies in the automotive and wireless spaces. He has scoped and executed a variety of worldwide strategic, usability, and design validation research.
Before joining Strategy Analytics, Derek worked with Microsoft’s IoT and Connected Car teams, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Derek holds an M.S. in Psychology with Human Factors emphasis from the University of Idaho.
Joel Hoffmann Automotive Business Development ConsultantView Bio
Open Mobile Alliance
Joel Hoffmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience developing new markets, with heavy focus on automotive software and open development concepts in the Connected Car segment. He is currently developing and executing the automotive engagement strategy for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). OMA seeks to build a bridge from its 20 years of successful open standards development in the mobile and network operator space to the automotive need for enhanced communication around the internet of things.
Previously, he served as an Automotive Strategist for the Intel Automotive Solutions Division where he successfully grew the first open automotive software consortium, GENIVI Alliance, as Director of Marketing and Intel representative to Board. Additionally, he expanded Intel’s automotive industry influence from #3 to #1 on the Connected Car topic through social media, interviews and public showcases worldwide.
Jennifer Kent Director, Research Quality & Product DevelopmentView Bio
Jennifer Kent manages Parks Associates process for the production of high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer publishes research and analysis in the connected cars space, as well as the connected home and other emerging consumer technology markets. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator and earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society from Baylor University.
Carlo Bailo AVP - Mobility Research & Business DevelopmentView Bio
The Ohio State University
Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. Also, she is President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.
Until Feb 1, 2014, she was senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.
Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.
Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich. In 2003 she was promoted to director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the assistant chief vehicle engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.
Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as vehicle program director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also recovery program director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the chief recovery officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.
Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan
Richard Martinelli PartnerView Bio
Richard Martinelli, a partner in the New York office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Rich's practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property with significant experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling.
He has litigated patents at trial, before the ITC, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich has counseled clients and rendered opinions on patent validity, infringement and freedom to use. In addition, he is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Rich’s patent work has involved a wide range of technologies including the fields of analog and digital circuits, image processing, image sensors, 3-D graphics, audio and video compression, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, network technologies, digital rights management, encryption, electric motors and control, semiconductors, medical devices, automotive components and consumer products
Christopher Broderick PartnerView Bio
Christopher P. Broderick practices in all aspects of intellectual property law with an emphasis on litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, and unfair competition and trade secret actions. He represents clients through all stages of litigation including trial.
Chris's clients have been involved in a variety of industries and technologies, including wireless communications, handsets, cameras and camcorders, printers, displays, satellite television, semiconductors, software, Internet business patents, manufacturing techniques and consumer products.
Chris has substantial international experience including international arbitrations and administrating a worldwide trademark enforcement program. He also has practiced extensively in the Eastern District of Texas and defended numerous corporations in cases filed by patent trolls.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Chris practiced engineering for 10 years at Hughes Aircraft (now Boeing Satellite Systems) and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he designed satellite systems.
Evangelos Simoudis Co-Founder & Managing DirectorView Bio
Evangelos has been working in Silicon Valley as a technologist, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and VC. Today as the co-founder and managing director of Synapse Partners he advises global corporations on Startup-Driven Innovation and information technology and invests in early stage startups working on big data applications. He is a recognized thought leader in corporate innovation, big data, cloud computing, and digital marketing platforms, a writer and speaker on these topics.
His current directorships include Singtel/Amobee, and Kite Solutions. Prior directorships include Brightroll (acquired by Yahoo!), Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco), Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation), Exelate (acquired by Nielsen), Extole, Host Analytics, and Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM). Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech.
Roderick MacKenzie Founder & CEOView Bio
Drive Time Metrics
Roderick MacKenzie has focused his career on bringing together the disparate worlds of Consumer Technology, Connected Services and Automotive.
An entrepreneurial executive and connected car veteran, he has extensive experience in both automotive (Land Rover / BMW / Ford) and tech sectors (Drive Time Metrics, XM Satellite Radio, Aha Radio by Harman) plus broad smart transportation experience with ITS America.
He is the CEO of Drive Time Metrics, Inc., a start-up developing innovative analytics solutions and new revenue streams from connected car data to help automotive OEMs monetize their connected vehicle platforms.
Prior to DTM, Rod was VP, Business Development, Connectivity at Harman where he led the global business development team that won Aha Radio adoption by 14+ automotive brands, including Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru, Porsche and Renault. Aha is a global automotive cloud platform, installed in 2+ million vehicles, available globally in 60+ markets.
As CTO of ITS America, he led the research work with US DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
At XM Satellite Radio, Rod led the development of XM’s Advanced Applications strategy, including the development of XM NavTraffic (established as the industry benchmark from adoption by GM, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai & more) and professional-grade XM WX Satellite Weather (established as aviation industry benchmark weather service with factory installation in >80% of new GA aircraft through integration with Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and Garmin avionics).
Rod previously gained 20+ years broad automotive product development experience in USA and Europe with Ford, BMW and Land Rover.
Holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel (University of London).
Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Europe and has lived in USA for the past 25 years, now based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Dan Lukasik Vice President, Parsons & ChairView Bio
Mr. Lukasik, P.E. is Vice President of ITS Systems for the Parsons Transportation Group. Mr. Lukasik has 27 years of experience in the design and implementation of ITS systems used for managing freeways, toll roads, arterial roadway networks as well as transit systems. He is considered an expert in Connected Vehicles, Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS); Active Traffic Management (ATM) and Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)
Dan currently serves as chair of the ITS California Board, an organization with 1800+ members dedicated to the education and promotion of ITS throughout California. He is also a member of the TRB Freeway Operations Committee and Co-Chair of the TRB Active Traffic Management Subcommittee.
Vishwas Shankar Program Manager, Global Business Strategy and InnovationView Bio
Frost & Sullivan
Vishwas Shankar is a Program Manager within Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation practice and with more than 12 years’ work experience. Vishwas has expertise in competitive intelligence and benchmarking, market entry and analysis, business opportunity assessment, as well as products / service price positioning in the area of electric vehicle, microcars, micro mobility, and carsharing. Vishwas has worked extensively on global automaker OEMs new product development, vehicle component strategic sourcing, platform strategies, and lightweighting. Vishwas has a Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
Kristen Hall-Geisler Automotive ReporterView Bio
Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance automotive journalist living in Portland, Oregon. Her work on alternative fuels and advanced automotive technologies has appeared in the New York Times and on the TechCrunch, HowStuffWorks, PopSci, and Wired websites. She is a member of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and as a complement to her deep interest in the future of transportation, the Society of Automotive Historians.
George Stepancich CEOView Bio
George Stepancich is the CEO and Founder of Invisionate, a California based LLC and management consulting firm where Business Development meets Venture Capital. The firm typically appears in the top 10 under an organic search on Google for Venture Capital Consulting. Previously, Mr. Stepancich spent the last 10 years running GoldLantern, LLC, a Consumer Electronics Company and was formerly the chief architect of vision and strategy for a start-up venture funded by Goldman Sachs. Prior to that Stepancich was Director of Business Development for the Telecom division of Siemens AG that generated $2 billion in sales. Mr. Stepancich joined Siemens from NETCOM a successful Internet Service Provider which was acquired for $256 million. Mr. Stepancich graduated from California State University and attended courses from faculty and staff associated with Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale. He is both a past and present board member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) that produces CES and a trustee of the CTA Foundation.
Sachin Lulla Global Watson IoT for Auto Leader- GTM (Sales) & Application Development (AutoLab)View Bio
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