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Manufacturing, Innovation, Industries

FT Future of Transport Summit

Transforming Mobility for People and Business

London |
Speakers include:
Chris Browne

Chris Browne


Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP

Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP

Minister of State for Transport

Paul Stein

Paul Stein



After a fantastic inaugural Summit in 2018, we are back this year with the FT Future of Mobility Summit. Visit the 2019 website for all you need to know about the exciting event ahead. 

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Full Overview

We are in the midst of a mobility revolution with the power to reshape business and society. Companies are seeking new ways to reduce the cost and increase the speed of moving people and goods in supply chains. Artificial intelligence and increased connectivity are enhancing urban mobility. Investment in hyperloops, autonomous vehicles and digital railways is paving the way for the future of transport.

And it’s not just about technology. The way we get from point A to point B is also changing due to developments in the employment landscape, demographics, environmental concerns, regulation and political risk. Building on the success of the annual Financial Times Future of the Car Summit, the FT Future of Transport Summit broadens the conversation to focus on disruptive forces driving the new mobility ecosystem and how they could impact different stakeholders. The topical focus is relevant for all sectors including, manufacturing, technology, insurance and government.


Speakers (24)

Chris Browne

Chris Browne

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Browne joined the Airline Management Board at easyJet as Chief Operating Officer on 1 October 2016, and is responsible for all operational departments in the airline. Prior to this, Ms Browne had been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the easyJet plc Board on 1 January 2016. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Bovis Homes plc.

Ms Browne has particularly strong operational and strategic expertise having previously held several senior leadership positions within aviation including Chief Operating Officer, Aviation, of TUI Travel plc (2014-2015), Managing Director, Thomson Airways (2007-2014) and Managing Director, First Choice Airways (2002-2007). She also has over 25 years’ commercial and general management experience in a consumer facing industry with previous roles at Carlson Worldwide and Iberia Airways.

Ms Browne was awarded a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) for Leadership in Management (2011), an OBE for Services to Aviation (2013), membership into the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame (2014), a Travel Trade Gazette Outstanding Achievement award (2014), a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) for Outstanding Services to Aviation (2015) and a Doctorate of Science from Queens University Belfast for Economics (2016)

Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP

Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP

Minister of State for Transport

Jesse Norman MP was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Transport on 12 November 2018. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport from June 2017 to 9 November 2018. He was elected as the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010.

Mr Norman was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 18 July 2016 until 14 June 2017. During the 2010 to 2015 Parliament, he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. In June 2015, he was elected Chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. He was awarded Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year and The House Backbencher of the Year in 2012.

Mr Norman’s books and pamphlets include ‘The achievement of Michael Oakeshott’, ‘After Euclid’, ‘Compassionate conservatism’ and ‘The big society’. His book ‘Edmund Burke: politician, philosopher, prophet’ was listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Political Book Awards and the George Orwell Prize. He has also written regularly for the national press.

Before entering politics, Mr Norman was a Director at Barclays, researched and taught philosophy at University College London, and ran a charitable project in Communist Eastern Europe. He studied at Oxford University (BA) and University College London (MPhil, PhD).

Paul Stein

Paul Stein

Chief Technology Officer

In April 2017, Paul Stein was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Technology Officer. Mr Stein joined Rolls-Royce in 2010 as Chief Scientific Officer and for two years acted as the Engineering and Technology Director for the Company’s Nuclear business in addition to his Chief Scientific Officer responsibilities. His most recent role was Director of Research & Technology, accountable for the company’s global investment in R&T, as well as fostering innovation and promoting and sustaining specialist engineering talent.

Mr Stein was Director General, Science and Technology, at the UK Ministry of Defence immediately prior to joining Rolls-Royce. Before that, he was Managing Director of Roke Manor Research and in 2003 was appointed to the Siemens UK Executive Management Board, leading technology and contributing to business strategy.

Mr Stein holds an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Steven Armstrong

Steven Armstrong

Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Ford Motor Company

Steven Armstrong is Group Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. In this role, he is responsible for leading Ford’s European and Middle East and Africa business units, executing the One Ford plan to achieve profitable growth through an unprecedented focus on new products, a strong brand and increased cost efficiency.  

Previously, Armstrong was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ford of Europe. In this position, he was responsible for many of Ford of Europe’s operations, including manufacturing, quality, product development, purchasing, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. Prior to that, he was President of Ford South America responsible for all Ford South American operations.

A native of the United Kingdom, Armstrong has worked in the United States, Sweden and Germany. He served as President, Ford Brazil, leading all aspects of Ford’s largest business unit in South America.

Armstrong also served as Chief Operating Officer, Volvo Cars, where he oversaw the divestiture of Volvo Cars to Geely Automotive Holdings Ltd. He was responsible for major quality and cost improvements while COO of Volvo, and led the company’s development of the S60 and V60 vehicle lines.

During his 25-year-plus career, Armstrong has served in a variety of senior management and purchasing positions for Jaguar, Volvo, Ford of Europe and served as Chief Operating Officer of Getrag-Ford Transmissions. He has been recognized with many awards, including being named a Eurostar by Automotive News in 2005 for improving supplier relations for Volvo.

Born in 1964, Armstrong is based in Cologne, Germany. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of East London.

Stephen Attenborough

Stephen Attenborough

Commercial Director
Virgin Galactic

Stephen Attenborough leads commercial activities for Virgin Galactic, part of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which is on track to become the world's first passenger-carrying commercial spaceline.

Mr Attenborough was invited by Richard to join Virgin Galactic as the company's first full time employee in 2004 to put in place the commercial foundations of the business and to create a new market for private space travel. He now leads the company’s commercial activities, covering brand management, sales, marketing and communications, customer relations, education and outreach, as well as partnerships for the human spaceflight business. This work has now attracted around 700 Future Astronauts from 60 countries along with $80m in deposits. He has also been responsible for work-streams investigating and now building the non-tourism applications for the new space vehicles, particularly science research and small satellite launch.

Mr Attenborough joined Virgin Galactic following a career in investment management in the City of London, most latterly as a Director at Fund Managers, Gartmore. He lives in London and Sussex in the UK, but spends a lot of time in the Mojave and New Mexico deserts. He speaks regularly around the world about the importance of opening access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.

Paul Campion

Paul Campion

Chief Executive Officer
Transport Systems Catapult

Paul Campion took on the leadership of the Transport Systems Catapult in July 2017. His previous experience spans not only leadership roles in IBM’s Travel and Transport on consumer products businesses but also in the IBM software business, financing business and other executive roles. Whilst at IBM he had management roles in the European and worldwide business as well as the UK, and lived and worked in the USA, France and Switzerland. His association with the TSC goes back to before its formal creation, as part of the Industry Advisory Group which helped to define its role and structure. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on its Board.

Julia Chen

Julia Chen

Future of Urban Mobility Strategy Lead
Department for Transport, UK

Julia Chen leads on the UK Government’s Future of Urban Mobility Strategy, one of the initial priorities of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge established in the Industrial Strategy. She is based in the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – a joint policy team across the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – which was set up in 2015 to ensure the UK takes full advantage of the opportunities presented by connected and automated vehicle technologies. Previously, Ms Chen worked on clean electricity policy at BEIS.

Harj Dhaliwal

Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director, Middle East and India
Virgin Hyperloop One

Harj Dhaliwal oversees all customer activity and projects for Virgin Hyperloop One in the Middle East and India. With over 34 years of civil engineering experience, he has a proven track record for managing mega rail and infrastructure projects in complex challenging environments around the world.

Mr Dhaliwal began his career as a contractor, moved into consulting and has held senior management roles in global client and consulting organizations. He has spent the last 20 years in the development, delivery, and management of heavy rail, light rail, and metro projects including PPP, PFI and D&B projects across Europe and the Middle East. Notably, he was the Programme Director responsible for delivering the first national heavy railway in the UAE – Etihad Rail.

Prior to joining Virgin Hyperloop One, Mr Dhaliwal was most recently at Parsons where he was SVP for International Rail and Transit Systems and was responsible for managing business across Europe and the Middle East with over 400 staff deployed across some of the largest and complex rail and metro projects in the world. He also led the development of several multibillion-euro rail and transit programs in the UK and Ireland.  

Mr Dhaliwal is a chartered civil engineer, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Member of the UK Engineering Council and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is based in Virgin Hyperloop One’s Dubai office.  

Laura Eiro

Laura Eiro

Program Director
ITS Finland

Laura Eiro has an extensive background in transport policy sector and she has been for many years in the heart of developing the Finnish transport policy and Mobility as a Service. Ms Eiro has recently started in a new position as a Program Director at Intelligent Transport Systems Finland (ITS Finland), which is a non-profit association promoting the development and deployment of transport and logistic services. The aim is to increase the safety, security and efficiency of the transportation systems and help to create more traffic free zones in cities. Previously, Ms Eiro worked in the civil service in various positions, both in the Ministry of Transport and Communications and in the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, where she gained knowledge of all the transport modes as well as EU and international affairs. In her latest role in the Ministry, Ms Eiro was Director of Markets Unit in the Services Department, responsible for ensuring that transport and telecommunications markets are functioning and competitive. In the past years, she has had a key role in reframing of the Finnish transport market legislation to meet the future needs and to allow the development of new mobility services. Ms Eiro has a master of law degree from the University of Helsinki.

Steve Gooding

Steve Gooding

RAC Foundation

Steve Gooding is Director of the RAC Foundation, an independent think-tank that commissions and disseminates research relating to motoring and roads. Recent reports include road crash investigation, vehicle scrappage associated with clean air zones, and the take-up of electric cars.

Mr Gooding joined the Foundation in 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles, latterly as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the Department for Transport, where his responsibilities included developing the first Road Investment Strategy, administering transport funding for local government, policy on road safety, and the running of the department’s motoring services agencies.

Mr Gooding is a fellow of the CIHT, vice-president of the CILT and a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.  

Paul  Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Airports

Paul Griffiths is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, with the responsibility for the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) as well as Dubai World Central (DWC), which will eventually be the world’s biggest, and best, airport.

Mr Griffiths joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in 2007 and has since overseen a series of flawless facility openings including Terminal 3 at Dubai International in 2008, the emirate’s second airport DWC in 2010, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility Concourse A in 2013 and Concourse D on February 24, 2016. Next, he will lead efforts to completely re-design and set new standards for the airport passenger experience as part of the US$32 billion expansion of the next phase of DWC.

Prior to moving to Dubai, Mr Griffiths was Chairman and Managing Director of London’s Gatwick Airport. Before joining airport operator BAA in 2004, he spent 14 years with the Virgin Group, working closely with Sir Richard Branson as a Board Director of the Virgin Travel Group. In the 1980s, he spent four years in Hong Kong developing the marketing, commercial planning and technology functions for Dragonair.

Karla Jakeman

Karla Jakeman

Innovation Lead, Connected Transport
Innovate UK

Karla Jakeman is the Innovation Lead for Connected Transport, part of the Land Transport Team in the Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility Sector at Innovate UK. She is seeking solutions which use innovative technologies to leverage a smarter, greener and more sustainable future mobility systems for the efficient movement of people and goods around the world. Ms Jakeman focuses on working with Local Authorities, Customer Experience and Mobility as a Service amongst many other areas. Prior to this she worked for 15 years for a large automotive company as a Design Quality Engineer.  

Rt Hon Lilian Greenwood MP

Rt Hon Lilian Greenwood MP

Transport Select Committee

Lilian Greenwood was elected as MP for Nottingham South in 2010, having previously been a UNISON organiser in the East Midlands. She campaigned for investment in the Midland Main Line and the Nottingham Express Transit project before becoming a member of the Transport Select Committee. She joined the Shadow Transport team in 2011 as Shadow Local Transport Minister, in which role she was responsible for Labour’s policies on buses, walking and cycling, and she was made Shadow Rail Minister in January 2013. She retained the Transport brief when she was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in September 2015 until her resignation in June 2016. Ms Greenwood was elected Chair of the Transport Select Committee in July 2017.

Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch

Global Transport Lead
PA Consulting

Chris Lynch works with transport leaders across the sector to help them progress further, faster. With a background in Aviation, he now works across the industry to help move people and goods around the world in smoother, safer and more innovative ways. His experience helps clients set the vision for tomorrow and make seamless, sustainable transport happen, today. He and his diverse team of experts work globally, harnessing breakthrough technologies and innovative strategies to engineer lasting results in transport, travel and logistics. Mr Lynch has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Law Degree (LLB Hons) from the University of London.

Kenneth Malmberg

Kenneth Malmberg

Director, Strategic Alliances

Kenneth Malmberg is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Ridecell and is responsible for creating co-operations, with key third-party companies, enabling Ridecell to further enrich its car and ride sharing mobility services platform offering.

Mr Malmberg has extensive international experience in the mobile telecoms and internet services industry, having been involved in bringing several innovative mobile applications and solutions to market.  

Prior to joining Ridecell, Mr Malmberg was Business Development Lead for Infotainment and Telematics at General Motors Europe, where he was responsible for bringing GM’s B2B Connected Car offering to market. His experience before joining GM was in a number of key Business Development and Strategic Alliance Management roles with the Nokia Corporation.

In addition to a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Mr Malmberg holds a BBA in International Business from Schiller International University, and a MBA from Warwick Business School.

Natalie Robinson

Natalie Robinson

Head of Business Development
E.ON Drive

Natalie Robinson has worked in the energy industry for 20 years. In her current role, she is responsible for the Sales Strategy for E.ON Drive, which is focussed on delivering electric vehicle infrastructure, on scale, supporting E.ON’s ambition to be the partner of choice for e-mobility in the UK and Europe.  Ms Robinson has worked in numerous roles across consumer, B2B and public sector markets both in the commodity and solutions space. In previous positions, she has led multi-channel sales teams, partnership activity, strategic accounts and commercial management. As well as EV, she has specialist solution knowledge in large scale CHP. A graduate from University of Newcastle, Ms Robinson holds a degree in English and Diploma in Marketing.

Amanda Rowlatt

Amanda Rowlatt

Chief Analyst
Department for Transport, UK

Amanda Rowlatt is Chief Analyst for the Department for Transport.  She leads DfT’s central analytical team and oversees analysis relating the transport modes. She is responsible for ensuring value for money on DfT’s decisions; this includes appraisal methodology and transport forecasting. Before this Ms Rowlatt worked in a range of other Government Departments. She has been Chief Economist at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); the Competition Commission and the Office for National Statistics. She was also Director for Families and Child Poverty at DWP, and Director for International Finance and Europe at the Department for International Development. Outside Government, Ms Rowlatt is a Non-Executive Director of Brunel University, VSO International, and the Society of Business Economists.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Daniel Ruiz joined Meridian as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 leading the UK’s £100 million connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) programme. Dr Ruiz joined Meridian from Dynniq UK Ltd, where he was Managing Director.  As MD of Dynniq, he led a 500-strong team tackling traffic challenges on the road networks in the UK and Ireland by developing, installing and maintaining a number of technology-based solutions. He previously held roles as Head of Real Time Operations at Transport for London (TfL), Launch Director of the UK’s intelligent mobility innovation centre (the Transport Systems Catapult), and Programme Director for the Transport Coordination Centre for the London 2012 Games. Dr Ruiz gained his engineering degree from Selwyn College, Cambridge and his PhD in engineering from New College, Oxford. 

Sarah Sharples

Sarah Sharples

Professor of Human Factors
University of Nottingham

Professor Sarah Sharples is a Professor of Human Factors in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. She completed her PhD in 1999 and has been a researcher, research manager or grant holder on a number of industrial, government and EU funded projects, including a long term programme of research for Network Rail examining implications, design and implementation of novel interfaces for railway control and use of rail simulation for human factors research. She is a CI in the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Co-Director of the Horizon Doctoral Training Centre. She is PI of a national network to support PhD students in Digital Economy, and leads the University of Nottingham and Leicester Partnership with the Transport Systems Catapult, where she is also a Non-Executive Director. She also leads a national Network Plus: Connected Everything, which brings together communities of computer scientists, manufacturing, design, business and engineering specialists to examine digital manufacturing. She works in the domains of transport, healthcare and manufacturing, and is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist. Her main areas of interest and expertise are Human-Computer Interaction, cognitive ergonomics and development of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for examination of interaction with innovative technologies in complex systems. She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015-2016, and co-editor of the leading ergonomics/human factors text, Evaluation of Human Work, 4th edition (2015).

Chris Sheldrick

Chris Sheldrick

Co-Founder and CEO

Chris Sheldrick is Co-Founder and CEO of what3words. Previously managing large scale music events around the world, he experienced how bands and equipment constantly got lost trying to find venues due to inadequate or poor addressing. Determined to find a universal solution, he co-founded what3words, the simplest way to talk about location. It has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique three-word address. Now people can refer to any precise location, from a parking spot to a delivery entrance, in just three words. From Mercedes-Benz to DB Schenker, Lonely Planet and the UN, today hundreds of businesses, governments and posts use what3words to improve efficiency, customer experience and even save lives.

Tim Shoveller

Tim Shoveller

Managing Director
Stagecoach Rail

Tim Shoveller is Managing Director of Stagecoach Rail, with responsibility for Stagecoach Group's rail businesses. Previously, as MD of South West Trains, he has led the development of both Alliance working with Network Rail and a radical capacity enhancement scheme that will increase peak capacity by 30%.

Earlier in his career, Mr Shoveller was Managing Director at East Midlands Trains from the start of the franchise in 2007. He joined Stagecoach from Virgin Trains where, as Business Development Director and previously Operations Director, he played a key role in the success of Virgin West Coast. Earlier career highlights included roles as Operations Director at Midland Mainline, Wessex Trains and senior positions at Eurostar.

Mr Shoveller has 25 years’ experience in the rail industry, initially joining British Rail as a Guard at Guildford. He is also a Fellow and Board member of the Institution of Railway Operators and is passionate about developing people and skills within the industry. He is Chairman of the Railway Benefit Fund charity, which supports current and former employees and their families.

Anna Soisalo

Anna Soisalo

Executive Director
Smart Design

Anna Soisalo takes the lead on helping clients transform their businesses and bottom lines through a design-led approach. The creative lead in Smart Design’s London studio, she spearheads multi-disciplinary design teams to create engaging customer experiences and define new business models. With a background in consulting and digital strategy, she is also a whiz at quantitative analytics. Having previously led the digital business design practice at DigitasLBi, her work spans a range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, FMCG, transportation and telecommunications. She studied economics at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Alain Visser

Alain Visser

Lynk & Co

Born in Belgium, Alain Visser started his career in the automobile industry in 1986, where he worked his way up to various senior positions at Ford, including President and Managing Director, Ford Benelux. He is now Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales, Service and PR at Lynk & Co. Before joining Geely, he served as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo, globally.

For the last two years, Mr Visser has been named in the top ten most influential Chief Marketing Officers in the world, by Forbes Magazine – for his honest and forthright approach in making big changes within the automotive industry.

Mr Visser also worked at General Motors’ Rüsselsheim, Germany HQ for eight years. His roles there included Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Opel/Vauxhall. He was also a Member of the Board of Adam Opel AG.

Mr Visser holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Antwerp, as well as an MBA from Duke University in North Carolina, and speaks six languages, including Italian, English, French and German.

Ohad Zeira

Ohad Zeira

Vice President, Fleet Ventures
Avis Budget Group

Ohad Zeira is Vice President of Fleet Ventures for Avis Budget Group. In this role, he leads the creation and development of new businesses that deploy and support the shared, electric and autonomous fleets of tomorrow. Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, he was Director of Consumer IoT at Verizon, where he owned the consumer IoT portfolio and led key projects in natural and contextual user interfaces. Previously, he was the co-founder and product lead for the Wemo brand, a pioneering connected smart home/connected consumer platform, which was launched out of a corporate new venture group that he led for Belkin. Mr Zeira is an active board advisor for companies such as ClipCall and MyPlanet and on the board of advisors for the Internet of Things Consortium. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University.


Chair and moderators (3)

Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Motor Industry Correspondent, based in London but with a global remit. He leads the FT’s coverage of the industry, online and in print, and works with a team of local correspondents around the world to cover the major car makers, industry trends and technological breakthroughs. Prior to this, he covered technology and UK company news for the FT, and has previously covered energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014. Mr Campbell holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1   

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Josh Spero

Josh Spero

Acting Transport Correspondent
Financial Times

Josh Spero has been the FT's acting transport correspondent since April 2018, having been deputy editor of Special Reports previously. He joined the FT in 2016 after five years as editor of Spear's magazine. His first book, Second-Hand Stories, came out in 2015.

Agenda - 29th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Reshaping urban transport: Powered by smart vehicles and big data

    Steven Armstrong, Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Integrated, intelligent and ingenious - What does transport really look like in tomorrow’s world?

    Changing passenger demands, complex commercial pressures and new competitors are revolutionising transport. Today’s industry leaders are being challenged to think differently about their future. But what does it look like? Insights from PA’s latest research into the Future of Transport paints a vivid and realistic picture of what the next decade might bring.

    Chris Lynch, Global Transport Lead, PA Consulting

  • 9:50am
    Panel: Envisioning the new mobility ecosystem
    • Which new transport solutions have the most potential?
    • How could business supply chains be transformed?
    • How will transforming transport feed back into economies and societies?
    • Where do the new opportunities lie for suppliers in the transport sector?
    • What will be the Kodak moments in transport and when will they happen?

    Paul Campion, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Systems Catapult

    Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East and India, Virgin Hyperloop One

    Karla Jakeman, Innovation Lead, Connected Transport, Innovate UK

    Chris Lynch, Global Transport Lead, PA Consulting

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Morning refreshments
  • 10:50am
    The challenges and opportunities of transport’s technological transformation - a Government perspective

    Jesse Norman, Minister of State for Transport

  • 11:20am
    Enhancing operations and experiences with technology

    Hear how one company is harnessing the potential of data and technology to improve operational efficiency and customer experience.

    Chris Browne, Chief Operating Officer, easyJet

    Interviewed by Josh Spero, Acting Transport Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:50am
    Smarter mobility needs smarter addresses

    what3words is a universal addressing system designed to make sure every place in the world has a simple address. It is the first system designed for voice and for human interaction with machines - every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned a unique address made of just three words from the dictionary. These three-word addresses can be used in cars, drones, autonomous vehicles and mobility apps. what3words is used in over 170 countries, in 26 languages and is being adopted by governments around the world as an official addressing system.

    Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO, what3words

  • 12:00pm
    In transit: Designing an inclusive mobility ecosystem

    To succeed in the new mobility ecosystem, organisations must create value for a complex network of stakeholders. Launching better mobility solutions requires a deep understanding of technology’s influence on attitudes and behaviours. This presentation will provide real-world insights into applying a human-centered design strategy to support the process.

    Anna Soisalo, Executive Director, Smart Design

  • 12:20pm
    Panel: The human factor
    • What will the rise of new transport solutions mean for jobs and lifestyles?
    • How are ownership models changing?
    • Which emerging transport solutions are most aligned with what the public is demanding?
    • How is personal data on transport being collected, commercialised?
    • What regulation is needed to limit the use of personal data on transport?

    Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation

    Natalie Robinson, Head of Business Development, E.ON Drive

    Sarah Sharples, Professor of Human Factors, University of Nottingham

    Ohad Zeira, Vice President, Fleet Ventures, Avis Budget Group

    Moderated by Aliya Ram, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Travel hubs of the future

    Find out how one travel hub is leveraging technology to improve transport operations and passenger experiences.

    Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

    Interviewed by Josh Spero, Acting Transport Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    City-integrated autonomous mobility

    Making a self-driving car is one thing, but what will it take to make autonomy really "match fit" to play in the city?  

    Daniel Ruiz, Chief Executive Officer, Meridian

  • 2:50pm
    Panel: Urban mobility
    • Which emerging urban mobility solutions show the most promise?
    • Where are the most exciting developments taking place?
    • Why is the shift towards Mobility as a Service in cities happening?
    • Which public-private partnerships on urban transport are showing results?
    • How could transforming transport in cities free up space and help the environment?

    Julia Chen, Future of Urban Mobility Strategy Lead, Department for Transport

    Laura Eiro, Program Director, ITS Finland

    Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, Transport for London

    Kenneth Malmberg, Director, Strategic Alliances, Ridecell

    Moderated by Josh Spero, Acting Transport Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:45pm
    The world doesn't need another car brand - then why create one?

    Alain Visser, Chief Executive Officer, Lynk & Co

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Overcoming barriers to progress
    • Where are the conflict lines in the new mobility ecosystem including cultural, economic and regulatory barriers?
    • Advances in transport are outpacing public policy – what can be done about it?
    • What can be learned from other industries that have been through digitalisation?
    • What are the security questions around increased connectivity in transport?
    • Who should pay for the growth of the new mobility ecosystem?

    Rt Hon Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair, Transport Select Committee

    Amanda Rowlatt, Chief Analyst, Department for Transport, UK

    Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, UK Rail Division, Stagecoach Group

    Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer, Rolls-Royce

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Space for everyone

    Hear the story of how the project to launch the world’s first commercial spaceline – Virgin Galactic – first saw the light of day. Find out about the latest developments from the extensive test flight program. Understand how the business is balancing and aiming to meet its dual objectives of safety and commercial viability. How could success in these areas provide the spark to light the fire of a new industry that could help to meet some of the most pressing challenges faced back down on Earth in the coming decade?

    Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic

  • 5:10pm
    Closing remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Drinks reception

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  • Standard Summit Ticket                                        £999

The registration fee covers your attendance at the conference, this includes refreshments, plus any documentation made available on the day. Our fees do not include travel and accommodation costs. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.


Discounts are available when registering multiple delegates. When booking 3 - 5 places save 10% per ticket, 6 - 9 places save 20% per ticket and for 10+ tickets save 30% per ticket. Discounts will automatically apply when booking.

VIP Tickets:

Our VIP criteria is as follows:

Senior executives (C-Suite, Director, Heads, VP) from the following sectors:

  • Government
  • Transport Operators
  • OEMs
  • Logistics Companies
  • Investors
  • Retailers

We have now allocated all our VIP tickets and there is a waitlist for additional places. However if you meet this criteria, and would like to be added to the waitlist please contact


Why Attend?

  • Explore business opportunities within the new mobility ecosystem 
  • Assess the potential impact of emerging transport solutions on jobs and lifestyles  
  • Learn how transport in cities is evolving with the rise of autonomy and connectivity
  • Discuss regulation of the use of personal data relating to transport activities
  • Hear what policymakers are doing to support innovation and investment 

Who Will I Meet?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

This event is crucial for the decision-makers from organisations in all sectors that stand to be commercially, socially and environmentally impacted by a redefined mobility ecosystem with new ways and means of transporting goods and people.


  • Transport Operators & Regulators
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Transport Manufacturers
  • Transport industry infrastructure and equipment suppliers
  • Information technology suppliers
  • Energy & Power suppliers
  • Consultancies
  • Banks and Private Equity

Job Titles:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Country Director
  • VP, Strategic Development
  • Head of R&D
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Marketing
  • Head of Production
  • Head of Product Strategy
  • Head of Connectivity
  • Head of Automotive Standardization
  • Standardization Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Sales Director
  • Business Development Director
  • Director of Design
  • Research and Innovation Director
  • Director of Hybrid / Electric Vehicles
  • Director of Powertrain
  • Director of Product Management
  • Senior Partner, Automotive
  • Principal Analyst

Become an event partner

Align your organisation with this prestigious date in the transport calendar and gain exclusive access to the most senior decision-makers in the industry. From taking to the stage alongside our expert speakers to hosting an intimate roundtable of prospective clients or promoting your products in the exhibition area, we can tailor a package to suit your needs.

Spaces are limited. For further details, please contact John Wallace today on +44 (0) 20 7873 4926 or email



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Presented By (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Lead Sponsors (2)

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.
As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into opportunity.
Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.
We are over 2,600 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. And we operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.
PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Based in London and New York, Smart is a strategic design company. We believe in designing with people, and for people, to create a smarter and more sustainable world. Since redesigning the iconic New York Taxi over a decade ago, our multi-disciplinary design experts continue to solve a range of modern mobility challenges whether it is advancing the in-flight experience, helping established car companies break into the ride-sharing market, solving the logistical last mile, defining the future of autonomy, or reimagining the passenger experience. 

We create innovation platforms, redefine customer journeys, help clients launch into emerging markets, and envision entirely new revenue streams. Launching category-defining products, services and experiences is our specialty.

With a rich heritage in humanising emerging technologies, and unique expertise in bridging the physical and digital, Smart provides real-world solutions to our client’s toughest challenges. No matter how technology evolves, our fundamental goal remains the same: make experiences more intuitive, enjoyable and relevant for the people we’re designing for.

Founded in 1980, we have a history of successful innovation with Ford, Gett, KIA, Toyota, Lufthansa Technik, New York Taxi and Nissan, while creating market impact for the likes of PepsiCo, OXO, Sephora, Samsung and Visa.

Associate Sponsor (1)

what3words is a universal addressing system designed to make sure every place in the world has a simple address. It is the first system designed for voice and for human interaction with machines - every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned a unique address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3 word addresses can be used in cars, drones, autonomous vehicles and mobility apps. what3words is used in over 170 countries, in 26 languages and is being adopted by governments around the world as an official addressing system.

Exhibitor (1)

Ridecell is on a mission to empower new mobility operators, including OEMs, car rental companies, auto clubs, cities, transit agencies, dealer groups, and private fleets to launch, expand, and maximize the utilization of their own ridesharing and carsharing services. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company provides an intelligent software platform that runs new mobility services, such as carsharing, ridesharing, and autonomous fleet management. End-to-end integration and automation accelerate time to market, enabling Ridecell customers to launch mobility services quickly, operate efficiently, and scale revenues as business grows.

Founded in 2009, Ridecell has already processed over 20 million rides and rentals, and has a team of more than 100 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In May 2018, Ridecell closed a Series B round of funding led by Cox Automotive and Initialized Capital. The company now powers new mobility offerings, including ReachNow, mobility service from the BMW Group, ZITY by Groupe Renault and Ferrovial, and GIG Carsharing service by AAA. In addition, Ridecell powers dynamic shuttle services for campuses such as Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, UCSF, 3M, and transit agencies like SouthWest Transit.

Supporting Partners (3)

The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

FISITA is the international membership organisation that supports the automotive and mobility systems sector in its quest to advance technological development. Having delivered against this mission for every generation of engineers since 1948, we are uniquely placed to promote excellence in mobility engineering and the development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.

Since creation, FISITA has seen significant growth in influence and relevance. Today our network of Member Societies and Corporate Members extend a reach to over 210,000 engineers in 37 countries, placing us at the heart of the industry and enabling members to connect with each other, network, share technological advancements and collaborate in a pre-competitive environment.

FISITA facilitates dialogue between engineers and industry, governments, academia, and environmental and standards organisations, across all areas of automotive and mobility systems technology. Achieved through organising and delivering internationally-acclaimed technical events, including the World Automotive Congress, World Mobility Summit, FISITA PLUS conference and EuroBrake, the world’s largest braking technology conference; as well as endorsing the significant events run by our Member Societies.

The FISITA Roadmap to 2020 strategic engagement plans see our organisation’s continued investment in the next generation of engineers through the ‘Your Future in Automotive’ initiative, the long-term ‘Engineer 2030’ project and ‘International Work Experience Programme’, while our recently formed Industry Committee is pioneering our strategic tracking of the evolving mobility sector through the FISITA Eco-System mapping project – ensuring that our organisation continues to deliver leadership and a relevant community to this and future generations of engineers.

Engineers create solutions, FISITA continues to support them to do so.

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