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Urban E-mobility Forum 2019, the event co-organised by the Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation and Poland Today, aims to help all sides of the e-transformation process to find better and more effective solutions to implement e-mobility in cities across Poland.
The event will bring together city authorities, businesses and European experts in e-mobility to share knowledge, experiences and case studies.
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Wojciech Szczurek, Mayor of Gdynia
Marcin Korolec, President, Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation (FPPE)
Daphne Bergsma, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Peter Vesterbacka, Finnish visionary, entrepreneur and investor
Gerard Hellburg, Program manager, Zero Emission Mobility (Amsterdam)
Sanne Kaasjager, Head Economic Department, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland
Matias Ahlblad, International Sales Manager, Fortum
Michał Łakomski, Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for Smart City, City of Poznań
Paweł Wideł, Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Groupe PSA
Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayor, City of Gdynia
Krzysztof Bolesta, Vice President, FPPE (moderator)
Dario Dubolino, Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility, European Commission
Erik Koppe, Project Manager at the MEGA-E project (Metropolitan Greater Area’s – Electrified) and Quartermaster for Eastern Europe for Allego
Bartosz Piłat, Krakowski Alarm Smogowy
Anna Kowalska, Director, Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego, Rzeszów
Grzegorz Pawelec, Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, Hydrogen Europe
Marcin Korolec, President, Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation
Agata Rzędowska, e-mobility journalist (moderator)
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Grzegorz Gałczyński, Strategic Industry Manager, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
Jamie Lee-Brown, Transport Global Practice, World Bank Group
Joanna Świderska, Deputy Director, Project Implementation Department, Centre for EU Transport Projects
Paweł Skotarek, Senior Consultant, Polish Investment & Trade Agency (PAIH)
Sławomir Podsiadły, Deputy Director, ZTM Lublin
Krzysztof Bolesta, President, FPPE (moderator)
Mateusz Figaszewski, Director, E-mobility Development & PR, Solaris
Alicja Pawłowska and Paweł Kimel from City of Gdynia
Michał Maćkowiak, CEO, Rafako E-bus
Marek Gawroński, Public and Governmental Affairs Vice President, Volvo Group Poland
Carsten Bermig, Policy Advisor to Commissioner for Industry, EU Commission
Katarzyna Sobótka-Demianowska, Head of Emobility, ABB Poland
Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today (moderator)
Mayor of Gdynia
Wojciech Szczurek, a judge by profession, is a third-generation resident of Gdynia and has been Mayor since 1998. He was re-elected in 2014 with 79% of the vote. Before that, from 1991-1998, he was the Chairman of the Gdynia City Council. Since 2003 he has been the President of the Amber Road Cities Association, whose activity has contributed to the commencement of construction of the A1 motorway. He has a PhD in law and graduated from the University of Gdańsk.
The Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation
Marcin Korolec, a lawyer, has been: government plenipotentiary for climate policy from 2013-2015; Minister of the Environment 2011-2013; Deputy Minister of Economy 2005-2015; President of the COP19 Climate Change Conference in Warsaw; co-Chair of the EU delegation during the 17th Climate Change Conference in Durban; member of the Supervisory Board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection; led Poland into the Administrative Committee of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); represented Poland on the Board of the Green Climate Fund 2013-2015.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Daphne Bergsma has been Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Poland, also accredited to the Republic of Belarus, since August 2019. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987 and her career has included the following posts: Ambassador at Large / Special Advisor Consular Issues in The Hague (2018-2019); Director Europe Department/Deputy Director-General European Cooperation in The Hague (2013-2018); Ambassador to the Slovak Republic (2009-2013). She speaks Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Russian.
Finnish visionary, entrepreneur and investor
Peter was the force behind creating the Angry Birds franchise and is a co-founder of Slush, one of the world’s leading startup events. He is the driving force behind the FinEst Bay Area Development, the plan for a subsea tunnel connecting Finland & Estonia. He is also marketing and brand advisor to the Estonian startup Nobe, new electric car company and an expert on the Finnish MaaS concept (Mobility as a Service) that aims to bring every kind of transport together into a single intuitive mobile app.
Zero Emission Mobility
Gerard Hellburg works for the Vervoerregio Amsterdam, the Public Transport Authority of the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. The Program ZEM started in 2017 and includes projects that aim to reduce CO2 emission by public transport to zero by 2030 and for a CO2 neutral mobility system in 2050. Examples include implementation of the 100 ZE-buses in and around Schiphol as well as 31 ZE buses in Amsterdam, and research projects such as an SCBA study to compare different ZE techniques and business cases to calculate feasibility.
Head Economic Department
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland
Sanne Kaasjager started as Head of the Economic Department at the Embassy in Warsaw in February 2019. He has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998, first in the UN department, then in Sri Lanka and Geneva. He was then involved in climate negotiations, peacekeeping operations and relations with Africa as advisor, strategist and manager at the ministry in The Hague. Now trade promotion and economic policy are his topics, translating Dutch business interests and sustainable development goals into a win-win.
International Sales Manager
Matias Ahlblad is responsible for sales development and the expansion of the Fortum Charge & Drive network into new international markets, with a special focus on Poland, Netherlands, Spain, Australia and Latin America. Matias has seven years experience in international business, developing and managing international sales in different industries.
Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for Smart City
City of Poznań
Michał oversees management systems, information services, information security, organisational matters and archives for the city of Poznań. Since October 2017 he has been the Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for Smart City. He holds a degree in Management from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and completed postgraduate studies in the field of mobile applications.
The Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation
Krzysztof Bolesta, economist, has been a Research Director at the Polityka Insight analytical centre since 2016. From 2012-2015 he was a member of the cabinet of the Minister of the Environment as an Energy and Climate Advisor. Since 2004 he has been in the Directorate-General for Competition, in which he assesses public aid programs in the field of energy and environmental protection. Since 2008 he has been in the Directorate-General for Energy, where he deals with the coal and oil markets, CCS technology, emissions trading system and energy infrastructure.
Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility
Dario Dubolino is Policy Officer in the "Sustainable and Innovative Transport" Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. He has recently been involved in negotiating the revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive. Previously he worked in the EC’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and in the EC’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, as well as for the Italian Ministry for the Environment. He holds a diploma in International Relations from the University of Genoa.
After serving as the Regional Minister of Finance, Infrastructure and ICT of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, Erik Koppe moved on to the electric-vehicle industry where he currently works as a project manager on the MEGA-E project (Metropolitan Greater Areas Electrified) and quartermaster for Eastern Europe for Allego, a Dutch e-mobility company providing EV charging solutions across Europe.
Krakowski Alarm Smogowy
Bartosz Piłat, a journalist and commentator, is an expert in Polish smog alerts and transport policies. He deals with issues regarding city management, including the efficiency of transport networks and urban planning, and environmental protection at the interface with the economy, including air quality, waste management and renewable energy sources.
Public Transport Authority in Rzeszów (ZTM)
Anna Kowalska completed MA studies in political science and history as well as post-graduate studies in European studies. She worked as a teacher, municipal school director, and political worker, including assistant to a Member of Parliament. She was the Mayor of the City of Dynów for two terms and was the Deputy Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship for one term. She has been operating in local governments, including powiats, since the 1990s. Since 2013, she has been the Director of ZTM in Rzeszów.
Research, Innovation and Funding Manager
Grzegorz joined Hydrogen Europe in May 2019 as Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, responsible for the coordination of the Maritime Working Group, focusing on decarbonisation of shipping, as well as Finance and Funding Working Group with focus on future IPPP on hydrogen under the Horizon Europe framework and the ETS Innovation Fund. He has 15 years of professional consulting experience, specializing in projects covering natural gas for heat and power, renewable energy and alternative fuels like LNG and hydrogen.
Agata Rzędowska is an electromobility enthusiast. She has been observing changes in the automotive market for many years. For almost 15 years she handled training and education in the field of environmental protection. Since 2016 she has written several hundred texts about electric vehicles. She is the author of the study "Electromobility" published by the Jagiellonian University in 2017 and she is the co-author and expert of numerous radio programmes on electromobility. In new technologies, she values functionality.
Product lead and Head of R&D with over 10 years experience in building strategy and development of IT products in technology companies. He has worked, among others, for Wirtualna Polska, Grupa O2, Agora SA, Goldenline and Codility. He has extensive experience in negotiation, concluding business partnerships and introducing new projects and services to the market, both Polish and international. He has a PhD from the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw.
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Since 1 November 2014 Elżbieta Bieńkowska has been EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker. Between 200-2013 she was Minister for Regional Development of Poland and from 2013 to 2014, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure. As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development she was in charge of the strategic development system of the country, including the effective investment of the European funds.
Strategic Industries Manager
Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
Grzegorz Gałczyński has ten years of experience in the automotive industry, including eight years in managing positions. In his role at PAIH, he is responsible for the coordination of the agency’s activities within the automotive industry, including opening new markets and developing relations with automotive organisations.
Transport Global Practice
World Bank Group
Jamie Lee-Brown co-leads initiatives on eMobility under the World Bank’s “Green Transport” community of practice. In 2018 he co-authored the World Bank’s “Electric Mobility and Development” engagement paper for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice. He is presently leading research on the development of supply chains for battery technologies and recycling processes. Jamie covers World Bank investment and analytical operations in Ukraine, Romania, and Eastern Partnership countries that involve urban transport, roads, and railways.
Deputy Director, Project Implementation Department
Centre for EU Transport Projects
Since 2009 Joanna has worked at the Centre for EU Transport Projects, which is responsible for the EU’s transport infrastructure investment projects. Her main responsibilities include managing public transport projects, including co-financing projects that assist cities in the purchase of electric buses. Previously she worked at the Ministry of Infrastructure, dealing with road projects co-financed by the EU, before becoming the department head where she successfully closed the financial perspective of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2007-2013.
Polish Investment & Trade Agency (PAIH)
Paweł Skotarek is a lawyer, advisor and entrepreneur with comprehensive experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently a Senior Consultant at PAIH.
Low-Emission Transportation Fund
Director, Transport Analysis Department
Centre for EU Transport Projects
Paweł Engel has been involved in projects financed from European funds since the beginning of his professional career, and since 2008 in the transport sector. From 2008 to 2015, as Deputy Department Director, he was responsible for obtaining European funds at the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways. Since 2017, as Director of the Transport Analysis Department, he has been responsible for the evaluation process in the transport sector and preparation of the Integrated Traffic Model for Poland.
Adam Targowski is manager for sustainable development in Skanska Commercial Development Europe, responsible for setting sustainable development goals for projects, as well as certification of Skanska Group office buildings in the CEE region and residential investments in Poland. His tasks include support for issues related to Health & Wellbeing, as well as shaping public space to be friendly to people and open to local communities. His team works with tenants to raise awareness of the effective use of office space and new technologies.
Director of E-mobility Development and PR
Mateusz Figaszewski is the Director of E-mobility Development and PR department at Solaris. He is responsible for promotion of innovative zero emissions vehicles. He is also a Member of Industry Committee at UITP (Global Public Transport Association) where actively promote zero emission solutions for public transportation.
Michał Maćkowiak is responsible for managing the innovation department in the RAFAKO Group and is the CEO of RAFAKO E-BUS company which created the first Polish electric bus with batteries in the chassis. He works closely with InnoEnergy, is an expert in H2020 at EASME and supports start-ups in Europe in the energy and electromobility sector. He actively participates in the European Battery Alliance under the wings of the European Commission. Recently involved in the venture capital market, especially in shaping the VC market in Poland.
Sales and Marketing Director
Marcin Michalec has bee in the real estate industry for over 15 years, where as sales and marketing director for residential development companies, he was directly involved in the sales of over 1000 apartments in several Polish cities. He started his career with Knight Frank brokerage and consultancy company and has also worked at ICON Real Estate and Restaura. He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Technology, and is a licensed real estate agent.
Public and Governmental Affairs Vice President
Volvo Group Poland
Marek Gawroński oversees the implementation of Volvo’s corporate strategy towards electromobility within the Polish market, with a primary focus on zero-emission buses and trucks. Marek has many years of experience in the transport, automotive and energy sectors, working in the fields of communication, marketing, CSR and sustainable development. Before joining Volvo, Marek managed teams in Alstom, Shell, PGE where he was responsible for both the Polish market and the CEE region. Marek holds a master’s degree in Law from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.
Deputy Mayor of Gdynia
Katarzyna is a Gdynia resident who loves where she lives. As Deputy Mayor of Gdynia she is responsible for economic development and support for entrepreneurs, spatial planning, management of municipal properties and buildings, city branding, tourism and public communication. She manages the city entities such as: Gdynia City Planning Office, Public Transport Board, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia and Experyment Science Centre. She also coordinates the implementation of the city development strategy.
Policy Advisor to Commissioner for Industry
Since February 2014 Carsten Bermig has been a Member of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Climate Action under Connie Hedegaard and is responsible for various portfolios, from Industrial Transformation to the Digitalisation of Industry. Between 2010 and 2014 he worked as policy coordinator for economic and financial affairs in the Secretariat-General of the EC. Previously he worked in several departments of the Directorate-General for Competition and two years in the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General.
Head of Emobility
Katarzyna is responsible for implementing the company’s global e-mobility strategy in CE with an emphasis on public transport, both the infrastructure for charging electric buses and for individual users. She was previously responsible for the electromobility project, including the construction of infrastructure for rapid charging of electric vehicles. A graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology and the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland, as well as the TOP 500 Innovators programme at the Haas School of Business at the University of California.
Public Affairs and Government Relations Director
Paweł Wideł serves as Public Affairs and Government Relations Director at Groupe PSA and is responsible for Poland, Czech, Slovakia and Hungary. Since 1991 he has worked for General Motors in Poland, Czech Republic and Russia in various roles, including the Director of Fleet and Governmental Sales in Poland, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Cadillac and HUMMER and Saab brands in Russia and CIS countries. Along with his role as the Vice-President of the Lewiatan Confederation, he is President of the Association of Employers of Automotive and Industrial Goods.
From the beginning of his professional career, Sławomir Podsiadły has been involved with the transport industry. He held managerial positions, among others, at the Municipal Transport Company in Lublin and at the Car Transport Company in Radzyń Podlaski. From 2013, he was employed as the Deputy Director of the Municipal Transport Board in Lublin/Transport Director. He assists with the preparation and implementation of EU projects, including the implementation of an electric bus system in Lublin as well as the construction of an electronic ticket system for the agglomeration.
Innogy Polska Solutions
Founder & Editor
Richard Stephens is Founder & Editor of Poland Today, an English-language media firm based in Warsaw. The company is the publisher of the award-winning Poland Today magazine and hosts its flagship conferences at MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate fair in Cannes. Richard is also Director of the Emerging Europe Awards in London, organized by Emerging Europe. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine, where he established the conference department and also created the hugely successful Eurobuild Awards Gala, running the first two editions. Previously, he was Managing Director of CEPIF, the CEE region’s real estate fair in Warsaw. Throughout his career, Richard has organised over 120 international conferences and events, including 10+ trips of international journalists to Poland & CEE countries on behalf of entities like UEFA, ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine. Richard is English and graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Bristol University.
Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia
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