SPEAKERS

Speakers are from our previous event

Rick-Ainsworth

Rick Ainsworth

Chief Commercial Officer
Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Pedram-Assadi

Pedram Assadi

COO
foodpanda

Pedram has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of foodpanda since January 2019. In his current role, he oversees all ongoing business operations in the region, and spearheads commercial growth and expansion efforts across the 12 markets in which foodpanda operates. Pedram began his career within the food delivery industry six years ago, having started his own food delivery company in the Middle East.

He then moved to Dubai as Head of Operations at Uber. Prior to his work in the food delivery industry, Pedram held tenures at Amazon, IBM and Rocket Internet. Pedram graduated from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, majoring in International Business Administration.

Mark-Avery

Mark Avery

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director
Bell Resources

Mark Avery is the founder, chief executive officer and managing director of the board of Bell Resources.

Mark is an experienced business leader, with extensive experience across a range of diversified industries, including property, childcare and legal. He has a strong background in business aggregation where he has been directly involved in the development, restructure, merger and/or acquisition of various companies across a number of industries.

Mark is non-practising Solicitor and currently holds an Australian practising certificate, having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from Bond University.

Rahul Bhasin

Rahul Bhasin

Principal Consultant, Mobility Practice
Frost & Sullivan

Rahul has 10+ years of experience in mobility domain.As a growth strategy consultant within the mobility practice, Rahul helps organizations to identify, prioritize and execute on opportunities to help firms achieve their potential. He has consulting and research experience in regions like APAC, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Rahul has worked with conglomerates like J.D Power, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata Motors.

Rahul obtained his MBA degree from Asian Institute of Management (Philippines) and Post Graduate Program in Data Science and Business Analytics from University of Texas at Austin.

Zuo-Chen

Zuo Chen

Marketing & Product Strategy Director
MG SALES (THAILAND) CO., LTD.

Mr. Zuo Chen started his career in automotive industry since 1999 at SAIC Motor, the largest auto company in China’s A-share market with the business covering research, production and sales of both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles worldwide and actively promotes the commercialization of new energy and intelligent driving technology. He has been engaged in China automobile business, including new and used car sales, car rental business, and car service business as well as vehicle extended warranty business.

Mr. Zuo has joined MG Sales (Thailand), a joint venture and business unit of SAIC Motor and CP Group, since the company was founded in 2013. As Marketing and Product Strategy Director, he oversees for the company’s product and communications strategies as well as overall branding and image.

With more than 20 years of experience in automotive industry, he has contributed a lot to the success of MG in Thailand. Since the launch of the first MG model to Thai market in June 2014, MG has been introducing several innovative and smart car models and is positioned as the market leader in SUV segment as well as BEV segment.

In all of his work, he expresses a strong belief in the importance of customer, vehicle and environment. He wants to use his untiring commitment and drive to provide more high-tech, fashionable and value-for-money vehicles to Thai consumers.

Niels-de-Boer

Niels de Boer

Programme Director, Energy Research Institute
Nanyang Technological University

Niels de Boer joined NTU as a Senior Scientist in the Energy Research Institute (ERI@N). He is also the Program Director of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles – NTU (CETRAN). Prior to joining NTU, has a long track record of delivering R&D projects in Industry. His experience includes work on automotive powertrain development in Delphi Singapore where was responsible for software development but also part of the global core team which developed processes to ensure software quality.

Subsequently, he was responsible for automotive infotainment platform development and research in automotive infotainment systems in Siemens-VDO/Continental. After working in the automotive field, Niels moved to a more research based environment where he was responsible as R&D Director for the development of electrical drivetrains for Vestas and later was responsible for research on electrical systems not only including the wind turbine drivetrain but also the wind farm and grid connectivity.

Prior to his current role, Niels was Technology Quality Manager at Lloyd’s Register where he was responsible for ensuring the outputs of all research globally relating to Energy Technology meet business objectives. This included the development if certification requirements and certification assessment methodologies.

Vikrama-Dhiman

Vikrama Dhiman

Head of Mobility Products
Gojek

Vikrama has 16+ years of experience in building Internet products. He has worked with public limited companies and startups and been an Agile consultant with Fortune 500 companies. He is a well known figure in Indian startup and agile community. He currently heads Gojek’s Transport Product Portfolio. He reads 100+ books every year and is deeply passionate about equality and inclusivity.

Adrian-Duque

Adrian Duque

Business Development Manager
eMobility, Asia-Pacific Region, Schneider Electric

Adrian Duque is the Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager for eMobility. Currently based in New Zealand where he started Schneider Electric’s EV charging solutions business, and where his passion for eMobillity grew. Due to this, Adrian has been part of multiple eMobility awareness initiatives in the media, publications and conferences. Adrian has been with Schneider Electric for 17 years now and has held various roles under services, marketing, sales and business development. .

Adrian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and has worked in several industries including electronics, semiconductors, instrumentation and electrical.

Benjamin-Eule

Benjamin Eule

Director Global Marketing, Head of Sales Europe and Indonesia
Mitsubishi Fuso – Daimler Truck

Benjamin Eule is a senior leader and digital native with experience in the automotive industry from suppliers to partners to customers. He has successfully fully lead teams and projects for Daimler AG and Daimler Truck AG in Germany, India and Japan, from supplier management to global marketing and sales, from BharatBenz to Mitsubishi Fuso to Mercedes-Benz. Benjamin is married with three children and holds a degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from esmt Berlin.

Irene-Feige

Dr. Irene Feige

Head of Circular Initiative
BMW Group

Dr. Irene Feige is the Head of Circular Economy Strategy and Product Sustainability and the Head of the Institute for Mobility Research at the BMW Group.

As the Head of Circular Economy, Irene is engaged in setting the strategic roadmap for making the car truly sustainable. Bringing down resource consumption is directly linked to reducing the climate impact and other negative effects such as land use changes or biodiversity loss.

In her position as Head of Institute for Mobility Research, Irene is engaged in drawing future perspectives for sustainable mobility over the whole product life cycle. Before driving the sustainability movement within BMW Group, Irene held various positions in corporate strategy and stakeholder management. She has 20+ years of experience in the transportation industry in strategic functions and has a strong background in the scientific community.
Irene teaches an MBA course “Sustainable Mobility” at Technical University of Berlin and holds a Ph.D. in Economics.

Before joining BMW Group in 2006 she was an associate professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in Macroeconomics and Public Finance.

Satoshi-Fukada

Satoshi Fukada

R&D Producer
NTT

Bio is forthcoming.

Cindy-Gan

Cindy Gan

Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Singapore
Frost & Sullivan

Cindy Gan is Vice President, Asia-Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. She oversees Frost & Sullivan’s best practices awards programs, strategic events, marketing and corporate communications in the region.She has more than 15 years of global sales and marketing experience, having worked with clients across AsiaPacific, Europe and North America.

She specializes in demand generation, sales management and market development. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in 2006, Ms.Gan has organized several high-profile summits and awards banquets for Frost & Sullivan with tremendous success. Together with the Asia Pacific events team, she has been managing Frost & Sullivan’s flagship event, Growth, Innovation & Leadership (GIL) since 2008 across 8 cities – Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Besides conceptualizing, planning and managing events, developing client cultivation programs and lead generation activities across Asia-Pacific, she also actively establishes partnerships with local agencies. In addition, she also oversees the training and development of the event sales team for the region.Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Ms. Gan held various sales management and business development roles at leading media and events firms such as MediaCorp, IQPC Worldwide and Marcus Evans. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Imperial College, London and a Bachelor of Business from Monash University, Australia.

Pras Ganesh

Pras Ganesh

Executive Vice President, Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Program Director, Asia-Pacific Region,
Toyota Mobility Foundation

Pras Ganesh A lawyer by education from India, Pras pursued his Masters in International Relations in Japan and the United States. Thereafter he spent his initial career as an in-house legal advisor and a management consultant in Japan and Australia, prior to joining Toyota. For the last 19 years he has been in Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, Europe, and now Thailand, with experience in Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, Global External Affairs, Corporate Planning, Fleet Business Solutions and Manufacturing Support.

Currently, as Executive Vice President of the Corporate and Manufacturing Management Group for the Asia region he has responsibility for planning related areas, including corporate planning, business planning, product planning, external & public affairs and fleet business solutions for operations.

Furthermore, he is responsible for manufacturing support functions for the region, such as production control, logistics, manufacturing assistance and HR development. Pras is also the Program Director for the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), responsible for the Asia-Pacific Region. In a world with mounting mobility challenges, Toyota Mobility Foundation was set up to use Toyota’s know-how in partnership with stakeholders to address the mobility issues of tomorrow today.

Tobias-Geber-Jauch

Tobias Geber-Jauch

Head of Connected Service, Manufacturing & Automotive
Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Tobias Geber-Jauch has been Head of Connected Services for Automotive and Manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe in Fujitsu since 2021. He joined Fujitsu in 2017 as Chief Technology Officer for Strategic Pursuits in the Central Region. Tobias Geber-Jauch has been Head of Connected Services for Automotive and Manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe in Fujitsu since 2021.

He joined Fujitsu in 2017 as Chief Technology Officer for Strategic Pursuits in the Central Region. His career in the automotive industry started as a design engineer. In this role, Tobias was involved in designing cars, new production lines and appliances for OEMs. Moreover, he was involved in the first projects of implementing CAD/CAE-based development.

Tobias has a strong passion for driving New Mobility and Connected business growth and, most importantly, bringing targeted solutions to the markets in a human-centric approach. His career in the automotive industry started as a design engineer. In this role, Tobias was involved in designing cars, new production lines and appliances for OEMs. Moreover, he was involved in the first projects of implementing CAD/CAE-based development.

Tobias has a strong passion for driving New Mobility and Connected business growth and, most importantly, bringing targeted solutions to the markets in a human-centric approach.

Emeline-Goujon

Emeline Goujon

Global Account Manager
Frost & Sullivan

Emeline has 7 years of sales and business development expertise. She spent 3 years as Business Development Executive in Frost & Sullivan France, and the last 2.5 years as Account Manager in Frost & Sullivan Japan. Emeline has particular expertise in the definition of sales strategies and account management, with international clients, cross industry. Before Frost & Sullivan, Emeline was Sales Manager at in a naval defense group and also Account Manager within a global automotive supplier.

She holds a Msc in “International Marketing and Business Development” from Skema Business School, and had the opportunity to live in different countries worldwide : USA, France, Mexico, UK and Japan.

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Christoph Herzig

Global Product Director & Head of Fleet Applications
HERE Technologies

With deep experience in building businesses and applications, Christoph is focused on helping supply chains and fleet operators address logistical challenges – including bringing order to the often chaotic and costly last mile of logistics.

Masaki Honda

Masaki Honda

Senior Consulting Director,Mobility Practice, APAC
Frost & Sullivan

Masaki Honda has 12 years of marketing and management expertise, which include business development and investor relations in automotive and transportation industries. His expertise includes in Management of vehicle development projects, Development and implementation of new business models, Management of overseas partners and Financial analysis. Masaki also has 8 years of experiences in consulting and market research in automotive industry, Mobility, mega trends, Market assessment, competitive benchmarking and strategy development.

He brings with him Industry Expertise Experiences in marketing and management functions in Automotive (Vehicle Manufacturer, Tyre Maker) Transportation (Courier and Logistics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Bradford University and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Hitotsubashi University, Japan.

Darrell Huntsman

Darrell Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer
Frost & Sullivan

With 20 years of experience managing operations for consulting and financial companies, as well as founding startups, Darrell Huntsman was named CEO of Frost & Sullivan in 2019. He drives and implements the organization’s vision, leading the development of the company’s short-and long-term strategies and overall global operations that provide solutions to help customers identify, prioritize and execute on growth opportunities.

Akihiro-Inatsugi

Akihiro Inatsugi

Director, Corporate Sustainability Division
Bridgestone Corporation

Akihiro INATSUGI has been employed by Bridgestone Corporation since 2004. He was engaged in development of various environmental policies such as refined environmental mission statement and the long-term environmental vision. From 2012, he was engaged in launch of a new plant in North America which produces large and ultra-large off-the-road radial tires for construction and mining vehicles.

After returned to Japan in 2015, he worked in the CSR department and promoted building a global CSR enhancement structure and launch of Bridgestone’s new global CSR commitment “Our Way to Serve”. In 2018, he moved to the corporate planning in Global HQ. From January 2019, he is promoting sustainability challenges and strengthening a platform and structure for global activities in Bridgestone.

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Kirk James

Chief Marketing Officer
gogoro

Kirk James leads a global team of brand, design, and marketing innovators at Gogoro. We’re working together with riders and industry partners to accelerate the shift to more sustainable energy and urban mobility ecosystems that are cleaner, connected, and way more enjoyable.

For over 30 years I’ve worked with pioneering brands in sport, technology, entertainment, and style helping leaders navigate rapidly shifting markets and deliver 360˚ brand experiences that motivate consumers to embrace new ideas and inspire them to take action.

Jason-Jameson

Jason Jameson

SVP and General Manager, Asia-Pacific
HERE Technologies

Jason Jameson is a Senior Vice President and General Manager for HERE Technologies in APAC. As organizations embrace location-based solutions for their digital transformation, Jason and his team are at the forefront of bringing the power of location to customers, partners and developers, across industries and markets, to solve business problems. Jason started his IT career over 25 years ago and has extensive experience in managing sales and driving customer success of cloud-based solutions to diverse markets and organizations.

He joins HERE from IBM where he held a variety of executive leadership roles over the past decade. Most recently, he led their cloud business in APAC and was responsible for overall business management, including profit, revenue and bookings for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Janesh Janardhanan

Janesh Janardhanan

Senior Consulting Director, APAC
Frost & Sullivan

Janesh Janardhanan has 16 years of experience in the Aerospace and Logistics sectors which includes urban air mobility and drone delivery. He is an advisor to leading Aviation and Logistics firms in Asia Pacific and also advises Government overseeing these sectors. Janesh is highly skilled in Advisory, Market Analysis, Market Research, and Project Management.

He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore and was a Singapore Ministry of Education Scholar for his Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore. Janesh is a prominent speaker at many conferences in Asia Pacific.

Robin Joffe

Robin Joffe

Partner and Japan President
Frost & Sullivan

Robin Joffe has over 30 years of international business experience in market entry across Asia, United States and Europe. Skillful in Sales and Channel Management, Strategy Mapping and Business Transformation. Having expertise across sectors such as Information & Communication Technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services, Robin advises clients on geographical expansion and business growth.

Robin is a Partner in Frost & Sullivan as well as President of Japan branch, overseeing sales and management of the firm. He gave speeches at many conferences in and outside of Japan, including Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017 Brisbane.

Robin holds B.A. in International Business, Hofstra Univ. NY, USA. He also holds MBA from Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University as well as Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong SAR.

Deepak Kadambi

Deepak Kadambi

General Manager, South East Asia
Geotab

Deepak Kadambi is the General Manager for South East Asia at Geotab. He has over 20 years of strategy, operations and engineering experience across the transportation, technology and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Geotab, Deepak was the Head of Strategy at Omnitracs, a telematics company in North America.

He was also a part of Verizon’s Corporate Strategy team. As a Transportation Engineer, Deepak has worked with various government organizations on infrastructure planning and engineering projects. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.

Yoshifumi Kato

Yoshifumi Kato

Chief Technology Officer,
DENSO CORPORATION

Yoshifumi Kato joined NIPPONDENSO CO., LTD in 1985. He was appointed as Managing Officer in 2010. He was in charge of Body Electronics Components Product Division, Driving Assist & Safety Business Unit, Engineering Research & Development Center and was appointed as Head of Engineering Research & Development Center in 2016.

He was appointed as Senior Executive Director in April 2017 and changed his title to Senior Executive Officer in January 2019. Since April 2020, he has also served as president of MIRISE Technologies, a new semiconductor development company. Since January 2021, he has been in charge of company-wide research and development as Chief Technology Officer.

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Takuya Kusaba

HERE Project Office
Mitsubishi Corporation

Bio is forthcoming.

Julian-Legazpi

Julian Legazpi

Chief Commercial Officer
Scorpio Electric

Julian Legazpi serves as the of Scorpio Electric. Prior to this, he the was Managing Director for KTM Asia and was a director for KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc., which served as the manufacturing hub for Asia.

Edwin-Liebemann

Dr. Edwin Liebemann

Senior Managing Officer, Regional President of Cross-Domain Computing Solutions, Japan
Bosch

Dr. Liebemann is Senior Managing Officer of Bosch Corporation, Regional President of Cross-Domain Computing Solutions Japan since from Jan. 2021. He earned Diploma in Theoretical Physics, PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Konstanz, Germany. From 1992, he started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany, working first on Corporate Research & development, from 1995 to 1999 handled Quality Assurance and Manufacturing, Oxygen Sensor Production as an manager in Robert Bosch Corporation, Anderson, SC, in USA.

After came back to Robert Bosch GmbH Germany in 1999, he became a director of Advanced Development Chassis Systems and Driver Assistance, Director product Management for ABS and ESP Systems (2002), Vice President Marketing, Product management and Advanced Development ABS, ESP and Brake Systems (2005), Senior Vice President Application Engineering ABS and ESP (2009), Senior Vice President SW and Application Engineering ABS, ESP and Brake Systems (2012), Senior Vice President Head of Engineering ABS, ESP and Brake Systems (2015). In 2019 he has moved to Bosch Corporation, Yokohama, Japan as Senior Managing Officer, Regional President of Chassis Systems Control Japan.

Pierre-Loing

Pierre Loing

Vice-President, Global Product strategy & Planning, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd

Pierre Loing is Global Vice President, Product Strategy and Planning, at Nissan Motor, responsible for global product planning across all brands. At a time of industry transformation, Pierre ensures that Nissan’s full range of products and services meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

He has held a variety of senior roles in Product Planning, as well as Marketing and Sales functions across various regions in Nissan and the wider Alliance and led the development of such iconic models as Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke

Dato’ Madani Sahari

Dato’ Madani Sahari

CEO
Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute

Dato’ Madani Sahari is the CEO of the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), previously known as the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). MARii is the focal point, coordinating centre and think tank towards enhancing the competitiveness of the automotive industry and overall mobility, through the adoption of Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), under the custodian of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

He has played an active role in shaping the landscape of the automotive industry through his involvement in the formulation of the National
Automotive Policy and under his leadership, MARii has expanded its scope to cater for the ever increasing demands for Robotics and IoT adoption in Malaysia.

Since its establishment in 2010, the Malaysia Automotive Institute (now MARii) has developed numerous programmes and centres and excellence, equipped with the facilities to assist the industry, academia and relevant stakeholders. The existing facilities, programmes and experience within the MARii network will allow immediate access for industry players to develop their capabilities in Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced IT towards Industry 4.0 compliance.

Dato’ Madani graduated from the University of Lorraine (formerly Nancy-Université), France, with a degree in Industrial Technology and a Masters in Quality Engineering, in addition to being a Certified Quality Engineer. Dato’ Madani carries with him 25 years as an executive manager with national and international automotive manufacturers in the areas of strategic collaboration, project development and manufacturing.

Kaushik Mahadevan

Kaushik Mahadevan

Vice President, Mobility Practice
Frost & Sullivan

Kaushik Mahadevan has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, especially strategic consulting and market research. His experience base covers a wide range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with Senior Management Executives in the automotive industry. He has done his Master of Science in Automotive Systems Engineering, RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Luca-Martin

Luca Martin

Chief Executive Officer
KTM ASIA

Mr. Luca Martin is an executive with more than 10+ years of experience in the automotive sector and strong background in supply chain, finance and business development. He lived and worked in 5 different countries, currently based in Singapore. At present he is the CEO of KTM ASIA, Managing Director, COO and board member of KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing since June 2018. KTM AG is an Austrian public company and the biggest European power 2 wheels manufacturer. He is responsible for leading all the operations in Asia, known for cost effective resource management and strategic influencer among international board of directors.

He has a wide experience in the launch new products in Asia and in the setup of new business in the emerging markets. Previously he was the Head of Strategic Sourcing at Ducati. From June 2013 to January 2017 he was the APAC Supply Chain Director.

He helped to scale up the Ducati business from 500 unit up to 10´000 in just 3 years. He was one of the key players for the launch of the new Scrambler, the Ducati bike most sold ever. From March 2012 to June 2013, he was Global Sourcing R&D PM at Ducati headquarter and he started his career as Project Engineer R&D Diesel Engines at BMW AG. Moreover, he is mentor, business angel and partner of several start-ups in different tech fields. He got a master degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering.

Chew-Men-Leong

Chew Men Leong

President/Head, Urban Solutions,
ST Engineering

Chew Men Leong is President/Head, Urban Solutions, of ST Engineering, a global technology, defence and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. Appointed to this role on 1 January 2021, he leads the Group’s global smart city business in the areas of mobility, utilities, infrastructure, connectivity, autonomous and sustainable solutions.

Men Leong previously served as the Group’s Chief Marketing Officer where he oversees the marketing of smart city solutions and defence exports, while holding concurrent appointment as Deputy President and President (Defence Business) for its Marine arm. Prior to ST Engineering, Men Leong held various senior management and leadership roles. He served as the Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority and oversaw operations and transformation of Singapore’s land transportation system. He also served as the Chief Executive of the Public Utilities Board and was responsible for ensuring an adequate and sustainable water supply for Singapore.

Men Leong began his career with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and remained in service with the SAF for 25 years. During this time, he held various appointments including Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) where he operationalised key aspects of the Third Generation RSN and transforming its capabilities. Men Leong graduated from Imperial College London with a Bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He obtained a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University, and graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton School of Business.

Kirk Mitchell

Kirk Mitchell

Vice President , Corporate Development Asia Pacific
HERE Technologies

Deepak Kadambi is the General Manager for South East Asia at Geotab. He has over 20 years of strategy, operations and engineering experience across the transportation, technology and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Geotab, Deepak was the Head of Strategy at Omnitracs, a telematics company in North America. He was also a part of Verizon’s Corporate Strategy team.

As a Transportation Engineer, Deepak has worked with various government organizations on infrastructure planning and engineering projects. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.

Toshiro-Muramatsu

Toshiro Muramatsu

General Manager, Connected Car and Service
Nissan

Toshiro Muramatsu started to work for NISSAN in 1991 as a research engineer. Research topics were collision avoidance radar, in-vehicle multimedia with wireless interface, advanced concept on Electric Vehicle, Telematics platform and its services. During these period, Toshiro had been dispatched to the Southern California and Michigan. Toshiro became Chief Service Architect of Vehicle IT Division, responsible for vehicle IT service architecture planning and implementation for global market in 2011.

Toshiro was dispatched to Silicon Valley to establish advanced planning and prototyping team in 2013. Toshiro has R&D responsibility since 2016. Current major role is to develop and operate cloud system for Connected Car & Services.

Paulo Mutuc

Paulo Mutuc

Principal Consultant, Mobility Practice
Frost & Sullivan

Paulo Mutuc is Principal Consultant at Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility Practice. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Paulo leads strategy and research consulting projects for automotive and transport industry clients in the Asia-Pacific, particularly for Southeast Asia.

He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo, Japan) and is an alumnus of De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines). Prior to working at Frost & Sullivan, Paulo worked at the Hitachi Research Institute and was an economics researcher affiliated with the Asian Development Bank Institute and Waseda University.

Vijayendra Rao

Vijayendra Rao

Senior Director, Mobility Practice, APAC
Frost & Sullivan

Vijay has 15+ years of experience in Automotive sector which include tracking automotive markets globally especially in terms of Automotive Research. He is an experienced Research Director with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry.Vijay is highly Skilled in Business Planning, Market Analysis, Market Research, Management, and Project Management.He holds a Master’s degree focused in Automotive Engineering Technology from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen,Germany.

Vijay is a prominent speaker at many conferences in APAC and Europe region such as Ford in Australia, Proton in Malaysia, Nissan, Honda, Toyota in Japan to name a few.

Yoshihiro-Sawa

Yoshihiro Sawa

President
Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.

After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Design from Kyoto Institute of Technology, he joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980. For around 40 years in Toyota, Sawa’s responsibilities are focused on the fields of Design, Engineering, Research & Development.

He was also the President of Lexus International from 2017-2019. From 2020, Sawa serves as the President of Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing (TDEM), the Regional Headquarters for supporting engineering & manufacturing activities in the Asia region, located in Thailand.

Isao-Sekiguchi

Isao Sekiguchi

Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Nissan in ASEAN
President of Nissan Thailand
President Director of Nissan Indonesia

Isao Sekiguchi is responsible for driving Nissan’s growth strategy in ASEAN, including the introduction of electrified vehicles. In his role, Sekiguchi oversees business performance and brand development of the Japanese automotive company across 23 markets, including the ten ASEAN member states. He is responsible for leading teams across various functions, including marketing, sales, aftersales, network development, legal and government affairs.

Sekiguchi has more than 20 years of diverse international experience in the automotive sector. He joined Nissan in 2014 as Managing Director for Nissan North Africa and Egypt. Prior to Nissan, he worked with a major Japanese trading house, Sumitomo Corporation, with experience in leading and managing automotive companies based in US, Germany, and Slovakia.

Sekiguchi holds a master’s degree in business administration from Darden Business School, University of Virginia, and bachelor in international relations from University of Tsukuba.

Abhijit Sengupta

Abhijit Sengupta

Director and Head of Business, India, SAARC region & Southeast Asia
HERE Technologies

Abhijit Sengupta is the Director and Head of Business, India, SAARC region & Southeast Asia at HERE Technologies. Based out of Singapore, Abhijit brings over two decades of experience in Sales and Business Development, Product Management and Product Operations. He has been driving customer successes in the B2B and B2C segments with market-leading organizationsin India and Southeast Asia.

Abhijit has extensive experience in working in start-up phase in the Indian Telecom and communications sector and has led some “first to the industry” and “first to the market” product launches. In the last 12 years with HERE Technologies, Abhijit has led Product Management and Product Operations to launch the map and location content in high-growth Southeast Asia and India markets. Having worked with many key customers in the region, Abhijit has led thought leadership in defining Product and Content Strategy for the India and Southeast Asia markets.

While Abhijit is mandated to drive growth for HERE Technologies in India, SAARC region and Southeast Asia, he is also working with various stakeholders in the ecosystem to drive value and outcome.

A regular speaker in many industry forums, Abhijit believes that the world around us has to handle more and more data in the connected environment, location technology is the key and will help us to usher the Autonomous world.

Yoshinari-Shiraishi

Yoshinari Shiraishi

Global Sales Director
HERE Technologies

Shiraishi is leading next generation connected and automated vehicles, smart city and mobility with global Automotive and IoT companies. Prior to this position, Shiraishi had several management positions in IBM, SAP, Informix, Vodafone, Softbank Mobile and Fujitsu Ten as Director (RIJI) & Executive Chief Engineer of Product Planning, responsible for implementing connected vehicle and telematics services.

Shiraishi was a member of ERTICO, focusing on HeERO, Communication for C-ITS, Vehicle and Road Automation projects.

Shiraishi has Bachelor of Laws, Keio University and holds a qualification of registered management consultant from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.

Yukihiko-Tachibana

Yukihiko Tachibana

Senior Business Development Manager,
HERE Technologies

Bio is forthcoming.

Akihiro-Takahashi

Akihiro Takahashi

Vice President – Sales
HERE Technologies

Bio is forthcoming.

Vivek Vaidya

Vivek Vaidya

Associate Partner and Senior Vice President, Mobility Practice, Asia Pacific
Frost & Sullivan

Vivek Vaidya is an Associate Partner and Senior Vice President with the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Intelligent Mobility Practice. Vivek Vaidya is an opinion maker, strategic thinker and compelling speaker.

He has advised major automotive companies, transportation companies and governments on future scenarios and regulations, market & competitive strategies and strategic partnerships in his career spanning 20 years. He has strong personal relationships with CXO’s in the region. He is a preferred industry analyst for many business channels such as BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel NewsAsia, ET now etc. He has also spoken at various conferences across the world and quoted extensively in newspapers.

Krit Vichaiwatanapanich

Krit Vichaiwatanapanich

CoFounder & CEO
HaupCar

Krit Vichaiwatanapanich is Chief Executive Officer at HAUP, a mobility as a service (MaaS) startup based in Thailand. He believes in the impact of mobility services and electric vehicles. For the past years, he has been actively engaged in integrating technology from relevant industries to push for the greater impact of shared mobility such as introducing clean electric vehicles to the carsharing platform.

He holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy from the Imperial College London and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Benjamin-Wilson

Benjamin Wilson

Senior Product Manager
HERE Technologies

enjamin Wilson is a Senior Product Manager in the HERE Technology Global Dynamic Content team. He regularly engages with customers on their needs for next generation of automotive locations service such Live Traffic, Connect Vehicle Services and HD Live Maps.

He was also responsible for the roll out of Live Traffic services across the APAC region. Ben’s previous industry experience includes extensive work with big data with other Australian companies such as Australian Post Digital Mailbox and Realestate.com.au. Ben has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Melbourne University and Bachelor of Business (Economics) from Victoria University.

Aroop-Zutshi

Aroop Zutshi

Managing Partner
Frost & Sullivan

Aroop Zutshi is based in Silicon Valley, California, and sits on the corporate board of Frost & Sullivan Inc. As the Global President & Managing Partner, with over 30 years of experience Mr. Zutshi has been involved in developing the growth strategy for the company.

Aside from driving the globalization of Frost & Sullivan, he has also been responsible for Frost & Sullivan’s expansion of business across 48 office locations globally. Besides being responsible for managing Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Zutshi also works with fortune 500 companies in designing their growth strategies by evaluating new opportunities for growth. In addition as a global leader he has been working with many local, state and federal government agencies in helping their economic transformation agenda and initiatives.
A mechanical engineer by profession he works very closely with global majors in the field of sustainable and smart manufacturing, IIOT (industrial internet of things), Industry 4.0, Intelligent Mobility & Infrastructure, Smart & Safe cities and so on.