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PLANET ELECTRIC

The International Energy Agency predicts the number of electric cars in the world could be as high as 220 million units by 2030. All of them must be charged with renewable energy. Nordic EV Summit 2019 takes on a global perspective along the following four central themes:

Ramping up production
The world needs a wider range of EV models, a higher pace of delivery and a steady expansion of markets. Can the industry deliver without causing harm to people and nature? Are sustainable cars trapped in dirty energy, or will the automobile manufacturers become tomorrow’s changemakers?
Charging from pole to pole
Lack of home charging is a significant barrier that may delay the EV revolution. How can we serve both crowded cities and scattered small towns with the capacity, capability and access they’ll need? How can we supply clean energy when all cars, trucks, buses and boats go electric?
The Norwegian EV policy kit: can it be exported?
Norway is aiming for full electrification in sales within 2025, and the rest of the Nordics is joining the race. Can Norwegian EV policies be the recipe for the world? Can the world’s most successful political tools for the EV shift, become Norway’s most important export?
Barriers, carriers and consumer choice
Consumers actions, habits and principles are not easily changed. Still, it is the people’s demands that are the driving force in forming the future.  Who are today’s and tomorrow’s EV owners? What ideas will win their hearts and minds, and what’s in the way of getting them on board?

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Land

How can all cars, tractors, trucks and buses become zero emitters through batteries?

Sea

Ships, ferries and boats: How fast will seaborne transport become electrified?

Air

Small electric planes are here. When can we choose them on national and even international flights?

Our Speakers

MEET SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS

David Twohig (US)
BYTON
Mr. David Twohig is a seasoned automotive engineering executive with over 25 years of international experience in automotive design and development. He has developed a strong leadership and accumulated solid technical know-how and engineering capability.

At BYTON, he serves as Chief Vehicle Engineer, focusing on the core automotive Engineering disciplines of body structures, body equipment, chassis and thermal management, as well as ensuring that the different Engineering disciplines co-operate smoothly to ensure that BYTON’s future products have a consistent Engineering philiosophy.

Before joining BYTON, David was Chief Engineer at Alpine, and Head of Vehicle Engineering at Renault Sport. Through his leadership and team efforts, he successfully developed a truly groundbreaking sports car – the new Alpine A110, that spearheads the rebirth of the Alpine brand, and has even been favorably compared with established segment leaders like the Porsche Cayman.

From 2009 to 2013, David led the engineering team responsible for the Renault ZOE as the key pillar of Renault’s ambitious Zero Emissions program, and currently Europe’s best-selling BEV. He also steered the development of the first generation Nissan Qashqai, a highly profitable model for Nissan, launching the dominant compact SUV segment in Europe.

David was granted the Mundy Award for Engineering by Autocar Awards 2018 for his great achievements.

Kumi Naidoo (ZA)
AMNESTY
Kumi Naidoo is a life-long social justice and environmental campaigner hailing from South Africa. Born in Durban in 1965, Kumi’s first taste of activism came at age 15 when he organised and took part in an anti-apartheid protest that saw him expelled from his school.

As a result of his continued anti-apartheid activism, he was forced to live in exile in the UK in 1986. He returned to South Africa in 1990 to work with the African National Congress. He went on to hold multiple leadership roles in civil society and global organisations, including as the Executive Director of Greenpeace.

He joined Amnesty International as the organisation’s ninth Secretary General in August 2018.

Robert Llewellyn (UK)
TV presenter
2019 Nordic EV Summit moderator Robert Llewellyn has regularly appeared on British television since the mid-1980s. You might most easily recognise his face from vehicle-building game show Scrapheap Challenge, but the technology fan has actually also for decades been the man behind the rubber mask playing robot Kryten in the science fiction comedy series Red Dwarf.

Llewellyn first encountered electric cars in California in the early 2000s when making the American version of Scrapheap Challenge. As an engineering enthusiast he was intrigued by the developments and started driving an electric car in 2009.

Over the last 8 years he has driven just about every commercially available electric car and travelled the world to witness innovative technology as it starts to get a foothold in our global energy system.

His current YouTube channel Fully Charged Show focuses on electric cars, bikes, trucks, busses, boats and soon planes, but the growth in renewables, electricity storage, smart grids and associated systems is rapidly coming to the fore.

Llewellyn’s home is now 60% powered by a mixture of solar and batteries, including charging 2 electric cars.

Monica Araya (CR)
Sustainability advocate
Monica Araya is an advocate, adviser and communicator who has incubated several initiatives in Latin America. She founded Costa Rica Limpia (costaricalimpia.org) to bring people closer to clean, smarter technologies that improve their everyday life. Her work focuses on consumer and citizen engagement in the shift toward renewable energy and zero emissions electric mobility.

Her group pioneered www.movilidadelectrica.org– the first electric mobility platforms in Latin America devoted to the education of consumers about electric vehicles. She also co-founded the Electric Mobility Association in Costa Rica and is Vice President of the Board.  Her blog, “Essentially Electric” is hosted at the business newspaper La República. She writes frequently for international and local media and has given talks in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Mark Dummett (UK)
AMNESTY
Mark Dummett is researcher on Business and Human Rights at Amnesty International. He investigates the ways in which corporations cause or contribute to human rights violations around the world.

He was the lead author of the Amnesty International report, “This is What We Die For,” which exposed how cobalt mined by adults and children in dangerous and exploitative conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was entering the supply chains of many of the world’s largest consumer electronics and electric vehicle brands.

Before joining Amnesty International, Mark Dummett was a journalist for BBC News.

Lan Marie Berg (NO)
Oslo Vice Mayor, Environment and Transport
Lan Marie Berg (Green Party) is Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport in Oslo. Vice Mayor Berg is responsible for climate and environmental policies in Norway’s capital, and also in charge of parks and recreation areas, water and sewage, waste management, energy recovery, the municipal roads and the city’s fire department.

Vice Mayor Berg has a strong international commitment with a particular emphasis on climate justice. Berg has followed UN climate negotiations closely and her international experience has strengthened her focus on thinking globally, acting locally. She has lived in Tuvalu, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam. Berg holds a Master’s degree from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.

Prior to becoming Vice Mayor Lan Marie worked at The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, the Mela Festival and CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research). Vice Mayor Berg started her political career in 2014 when she became the first candidate for the Oslo Green Party.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth (DE)
Jaguar Land Rover
Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth joined Jaguar Land Rover as Chief Executive Officer on 18 February 2010. In the same month he was appointed to the Board of Tata Motors and in 2016, to the Board of Tata Sons.

Prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover, Prof. Dr. Speth was a Director at The Linde Group, the international industrial gases and engineering company.

Previously, he worked at BMW for 20 years before joining Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group (PAG) in 2007.

Prof. Dr. Speth has a Doctorate of Engineering and is a Professor of the University of Warwick. The Royal Academy of Engineering invited Prof. Dr. Speth in 2014 to join its Fellowship.  In 2015, Prof. Dr. Speth was awarded an Honorary Knight of the British Empire.

Chelsea Sexton (US)
Consultant & Advisor

Since becoming a Saturn car salesperson at age 17 to pay for university, then joining the General Motors EV1 electric vehicle program in the 90s, Chelsea Sexton has amassed unparalleled expertise in advanced transportation and related technology deployment, including product development, go-to-market strategy, stakeholder engagement, retail processes, public policy, infrastructure, marketing, and communications. 

Chelsea led the initial creation of the Automotive X PRIZE, which awarded $10 million to winning teams and inspired similar prize efforts to catalyze innovative transportation and smart city solutions. As a Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Capital Partners’ cleantech practice, she helped guide the firm’s transportation-related investment priorities, most notably an early stake in Tesla Motors.

Chelsea’s diverse adventures have also involved advising companies, NGOs, and government agencies around the world, including: Audi, Nissan, Tesla, Chevrolet, Electrify America, Google, Best Buy, Edison Electric Institute, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, California Energy Commission, and many others. She also co-founded Plug In America, the largest consumer-oriented electric drive advocacy group in the US, and remained its Executive Director for several years.

Chelsea is featured in various books, TV shows, and films, including Sony Pictures Classic’s Who Killed the Electric Car? and National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously. 

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (DE)
EVELOZCITY
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann brings 25 years of automotive industry experience to EVELOZCITY. Prior to Opel, he held various leadership positions including CEO of Volkswagen Group China and CEO of Continental AG. Neumann is a longtime advocate and early pioneer of electric mobility and in 2009 he took over VW’s companywide responsibility for electric propulsion.

Neumann also worked as CTO and Board Member at Continental Automotive Systems, where he oversaw the acquisition of Siemens-VDO, making Continental the second-largest supplier of automotive electronics in Germany. He was then promoted to CEO in 2008.

Neumann has a passion for new transportation concepts – believing that traditional car makers will not be driving the change. He feels these new concepts will free major urban centers of traffic and pollution. He has a PhD focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund.

Ellen Hiep (NL)
Dutch Electric Vehicle Drivers Association
2019 Nordic EV Summit moderator Ellen Hiep is board member of the Dutch Electric Vehicle Drivers Association (Vereniging Elektrische Rijders) and CEO of HiePRactief, a Dutch communications agency specialized in smart eMobility.

HiePRactief is an official and active partner of the S4C Smart e-Mobility Holland- Westcoast Program that promotes knowledge and innovation exchange in the field of smart eMobility between the Westcoast of the US and the Dutch government, universities and industry.

Ellen Hiep is also one of the founders of Adventures 2 a smarter world,  a program that connects kids from different parts of the world with exciting (online) challenges in the field of smart mobility, solar and climate change.

Colin McKerracher (UK)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Colin McKerracher manages coverage of the transport sector at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the clean energy and carbon markets division of Bloomberg LP. Colin’s team covers the technology, policy and economic factors influencing the evolution of the transport sector. This includes electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, biofuels, fuel cell vehicles, connected cars and other new vehicle technologies.

Colin previously managed BNEF’s coverage of the global smart grid industry. He has over 10 years of experience in the clean energy sector and presents regularly at industry events. Colin’s past roles include Director of Sales and Marketing for Neurio, a smart grid technology company, and Business Development Manager for a Canadian biofuel company. Colin holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is based in London, UK.

Ola Elvestuen (NO)
Minister of Climate and Environment

Elvestuen was appointed Minister of Climate and Environment in January 2018, after having served as Member of Parliament and leader of the Energy and the Environment Committee since 2013.

Prior to this, Elvestuen was elected to the Oslo City Council in 2003 where he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Urban Development from 2003 – 2011 and later as Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport from 2011-2013.

Elvestuen have been the deputy leader of Norways Liberal Party, (Venstre) since 2008, andwas prior to this leader of the Oslo branch from 2000-2007.

Ola Elvestuen was born on the 9th of October 1967, at Vestre Toten, in the county of Oppland. He spent his childhood at the small town of Eina. Elvestuen holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo, having studied Social Anthropology, Political Science and History. He started a major in History. He has undertaken leadership training at the Norwegian Defence College.

Barbara Vollert (DE)
Porsche
Barbara Vollert has been with Porsche for 17 years and has since May 2017 held the title of Vice President Region Europe. Previously, she’s acted as the company’s Director Quality Method & Systems, Director Global Training and Vice President Sales Network Management & Development.

She was born in Hof/Saale in Bavaria, Germany. Prior to joining the automotive industry in 1984, Vollert studied Chemistry and Rubber Technology in Bayreuth and Hannover.

Dr Glen Peters (NO)
CICERO
Dr Glen Peters is Research Director at CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo. He is also lead author of IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and one of the main contributors to the Global Carbon Project.

Peters performs research on the causes of recent changes in carbon dioxide emission trends at the global and country level, and how these changes link to future emission pathways consistent with global climate objectives.

He is particularly interested in how emission scenarios are created, interpreted, and used, and how this relates to ongoing policy discussions. He has a background in mathematics and physics.

Lihong Qin (CHN)
NIO
Mr. Lihong Qin is NIO’s Co-founder and President. Mr. Qin is responsible for the overall operations of NIO across China and internationally.

Mr. Qin has fifteen years of managerial experience in strategic brand development, marketing, communications and business development.

From 2008, Mr. Qin served as Executive Director & Chief Marketing Officer at Longfor Property Co., Ltd (00960: HK), where he was in charge of corporate strategy, branding, marketing, sales, property management, public relations, customer service, government relations, administration, legal and customer relationship management.

Mr. Qin has experience in the automotive, entertainment, telecommunications, consumer electronics, FMCG and retail fields. He previously served as the Vice President of Chery Automobile Sales and Service Co Ltd, where he was responsible for the marketing communication department.

In this capacity he oversaw distribution, sales, and after-sales service for South and Northwest China. Earlier, Mr. Qin served in important roles at Proctor & Gamble and Roland Berger consulting firm.

Mr. Qin was born in Chongqing, China. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in law from the School of International Studies, Peking University and a master’s degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Julie Furber (UK)
Cummins Inc.
Julie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets. 

A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.

Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions in Stamford, England. She then moved to the US where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.

A native of the UK, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in maths from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children and resides in Columbus, Indiana with her husband and two daughters.

Krista Huhtala-Jenks (FIN)
MaaS

Krista Huhtala-Jenks has been working on developing the revolutionary Mobility as a Service concept for several years. She recently moved from the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications to MaaS Global, the world’s first true MaaS operator with its Whim service.
In her dual role as the Head of Go-to-Market, and Head of Ecosystem & Sustainability, Krista focuses on rapidly expanding Whim to new markets, working closely with all stakeholders interested in making MaaS a reality.
She strongly believes that MaaS is the win-win solution for people’s mobility needs and the society. Besides her day job, Krista moonlights as a hard core metal head.

Pål Johan From (NO)
NMBU
Professor Pål Johan From is a world leading expert on farm robot systems. Together with his students at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences he has developed a system of automated farm robots powered on electricity. His invention has the potential to revolutionize food production as we know it.
Beate Kvamstad-Lervold (NO)
SINTEF

Beate Kvamstad-Lervold is Special Advisor in SINTEF Ocean and Manager for SINTEF Mobility, an important cross disciplinary strategic research area for SINTEF.
She says: Our ambition is to develop sustainable solutions leading to a necessary change in transport. We are aiming for increased safety, efficiency and reduced emissions, increased value creation and strengthening the Norwegian industry position in a global competition.
Beate holds an MSc in electronics and telecommunications (NTNU, 2000) and her main competence is maritime technology and industry development, built up from her 7 years in Kongsberg Seatex and 11 years in MARINTEK/SINTEF Ocean.  

Dr. Oleksii Riabchyn (UKR)
Politician
Dr. Oleksii Riabchyn is a Ukrainian politician from Donetsk region. In October 2014 was elected to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) on the party list of Batkivshchyna. He chairs the subcommittee on energy saving and energy efficiency of the Energy Committee.

He has participated in lobbying and introducing numerous energy reforms in Ukraine. He personally championed initiatives supporting e-mobility, renewable energy and those focused on creating an energy efficiency market in Ukraine.

Dr. Oleksii Riabchyn represented Ukraine in Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris, Marrakesh, Bonn and Katowice. He is focused on promoting renewables, sustainable development, green economy and supporting displaced universities that were relocated from Donbas and Crimea.

Matjaz Krivic and Boštjan Videmšek (SI)
Freelancers
World Press Photo award winner Matjaz Krivic and crisis reporter Boštjan Videmšek will present their Lithium Road photo project at the Nordic EV Summit.

Lithium Road  illustrates this new gold rush for the modern age. Batteries are the social and industrial game changers of our time. As the need for effective climate protection gets stronger, the development of cleaner energy is gaining momentum. At the same time, a key part of the solution, lithium, and the production of the material, is not without its own hazards and sins.

The photographic project follows the tracks of lithium, from investment and prospecting in the US, to mining in Bolivia, production of batteries and cars in China and to the small oil state Norway leading the way to electrify all of its transportation – cars, buses, planes and boats.

Annie Pin (NO)
ALD Automotive
Annie Pin is the CEO of ALD Automotive in Norway and proud to live in the country with the highest penetration of EVs in the world. As her 7 year old son tells her regularly, “there should be no reason for driving anything but electric”.

Annie is also the global sponsor of the EV program of ALD Automotive, working as a “green” ambassador in the leading Fleet Management company in Europe. With more than 1.6 million cars managed by ALD in 43 countries, the potential for transformation is huge!

“Finance players are usually on the more conservative side, as financing EVs involves taking residual value risk”, says Annie. But she believes the transition to new ways of consuming mobility – EVs but also car sharing, pay per use and of course autonomous cars – is only a question of time… And it will come faster than we think!

Initially coming from Paris, Annie has spent the last 10 years of her life in the Nordic countries and comes with more than 15 years experience in the finance industry. She has a Master of Political Sciences from Sciences Po and an MBA from Essec Business School and is Chairman of the Board of the French Foreign Trade Council in Norway.

Erik Lorentzen (NO)
NORWEGIAN EV ASSOCIATION
Erik Lorentzen is head of Analysis and Consultancy at the Norwegian EV Association. He works closely with policy development and the EV market with a special focus on charging infrastructure. Lorentzen has a master’s degree of Political Economy, and has several years of experience working with climate and transport related issues for the Ministry of the Environment, the public funding agency Transnova and for the Norwegian Directorate of Public Roads.
Bakur Kvezereli (US)
ZTRACTOR
Bakur Kvezereli is a Georgian-American entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Ztractor, a Palo Alto based Autonomous Electric Tractor startup company.

Ztractor’s mission is to rethink current farming practice and introduce AI powered, future agriculture machinery. The startup has partnered with OEMs in the United States and Europe, and the first model will be delivered to customer in California in 2019.

Kvezerali is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as Georgia’s Miniser of Agriculture  (2008 – 2011).

Fraser Crichton (UK)
Dundee City Council

Fraser has worked for Dundee City Council since 2001. In 2011 he was appointed Assistant Manager of the newly formed Corporate Fleet Department.

He has been at the forefront of implementing electric vehicles and infrastructure in Dundee as well as surrounding local authorities.

Pro-active in the council’s drive towards the EV uptake of the city’s taxi industry he has presented at many UK/European conferences where he has articulated his knowledge and expertise in the practicalities of electric vehicle adoption.

Kai Johan Jiang (SE)
NEVS
Swedish-Chinese Kai Johan Jiang is the founder and the chairman of NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden). His belief in renewable energy as a profitable venture has been a driving force throughout his career, landing him several awards including the E&Y’s award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2012, Kai Johan founded NEVS after acquiring the main assets of Saab Automobile. NEVS strives to shape mobility for a more sustainable future through a global portfolio of electric vehicles, mobility solutions and sustainable city offerings. NEVS headquarters and development and research facilities are located in Trollhättan, Sweden.

NEVS was the first joint venture company outside China to obtain approval from the Chinese government to build an electric car factory in China. In November 2018, NEVS received the license to manufacture cars in the new Tianjin factory. The first electric cars from the new factory in Tianjin are expected to reach customers in 2019.

The company has also started construction of a new car plant with research center in Shanghai, China. In parallel, production in Trollhättan is also expected to start within a few years. NEVS is at the same time developing autonomous cars that are expected to be ready early in the 2020s, both for the Chinese and for the European market.

In October 2017, NEVS and DiDi Chuxing, the world leader in mobility solutions, signed a strategic partnership and agreed on a number of steps towards extensive cooperation. In January 2019, it was announced that Evergrande Group in China has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS. Evergrande Group is included in the Fortune Global 500 list, with its businesses covering the cultural tourism, real estate, health and hi-tech industries.

Clay Stranger (US)
Rocky Mountain Institute
As Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Clay oversees research, communications, and diverse interactions both within and outside RMI, an independent, entrepreneurial, non-profit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.

Clay also serves as Project Manager for RMI’s latest initiative, Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050.

The project’s aim is to develop a transparent, adjustable, and enduring model to inform China’s energy future. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than a dozen countries including Japan.

Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation, and was the founder of an import company dedicated to the international distribution of Mexican wine and spirits. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains.

He holds a BA in Agriculture, Ecology and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA focused on natural resource management from Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Washington State.

André Aasrud (NO)
Climate Agency, City of Oslo
André Aasrud is a senior adviser with the Climate Agency at the City of Oslo where he among other tasks is working to bring about the transition to zero-emission construction machinery in Oslo. Prior to his current position at the City of Oslo, he led the emissions trading unit at the Norwegian Environment Agency.

Previously, he worked on climate change issues for over a decade at the International Energy Agency and the World Bank. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Jeanette Shaw (US)
FORTH

Jeanette Shaw serves as Forth’s Senior Director of Public Relations and directs communications, government affairs, marketing, and membership at Forth. She works to develop transportation electrification and e-mobility legislative and regulatory policies as well as marketing and communication strategies for Forth.

Previously, Jeanette also served as Vice President of Government Relations, Executive Director, and as an Organizational Development Consultant to several high-tech companies and nonprofit organizations, including National Semiconductor, Technology Network (TechNet) and the Oregon Winegrowers Association and the Oregon Wine Board.

Jeanette holds an Executive MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Edgeir Vårdal Aksnes (NO)
Tibber
Norwegian computer scientist Edgeir Vårdal Aksnes is the CEO and founder of Tibber, the world’s first digital energy consumer service. Previously he held the position as as CEO of Enoro Norway, the leading provider of software to electric utilities.

Edgeir started his career during his studies as co-founder of the startup Deriga in Trondheim, later sold to Visma, the largest software corporation in the Nordics. Edgeir holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from NTNU.

PHOTO: With his smart phone app, Aksnes wants to make it easier for consumers to control their electricity consumption.

Parveen Begum (UK)
Solisco
With an entrepreneurial spirit, Parveen became the CEO of Solisco in 2016, dedicated to making a difference,  following her career with electric vehicle trailblazers, Tesla.

Headhunted to work for Californian electric car maker Tesla, Parveen joined as a Product Specialist in electric vehicles. Her time with the company was by far the most exciting time, as Tesla was in its infancy in the UK; educating and showcasing new innovations for the first time.

Converting people’s perceptions on EVs, electrifying  business fleets, testing autopilot features and introducing new powertrains accelerated Parveen’s passion and her specialism in electromobility went on to her being promoted to work on marketing strategies and sales.

Environmental impacts and sustainable solutions were at the forefront of Parveen’s work during her time with Tesla and it’s what motivated her to co-found Solisco to offer specialist consultancy, thought leadership and clean tech infrastructure to support electromobility within municipalities and private enterprises.

So far, the start-up company has been working closely with the oil and gas industry, OEMs, large retailers and hotel chains. They hope to expand their presence and open up a new office in California later this year.

In 2018, Solisco was awarded Global Clean Energy’s ‘most innovative EV power tech provider – UK’ award and in 2019, the company won two competitions funded by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK.

Recognizing that there are severe environmental challenges that the next generation faces, Parveen is genuinely motivated to bring her visionary ideas and knowledge to contribute towards a sustainable planet.

Inga Margrete Ydersbond (NO)
TØI
Inga Margrete Ydersbond is a researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics (Transportøkonomisk institutt, TØI). Ydersbond does research on electrification of the transport sector, including electric cars, electric bikes and charging infrastructure.

A key focus for her is the connection between political decisions, the policies that are created to attain these decisions, the implementation of those policies and the eventual outcomes in terms of sustainable energy system transformation.

Thus she highly enjoys following the development of the different technologies and policies that may contribute to profound mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ydersbond holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the development of EU’s climate and energy policy. She has also worked with topics like lobbying, renewable energy and international energy policy.

Since she was a teenager, she has been engaged in protection of the environment and climate, and was an active member of the environmental organization Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom).

Eric Feunteun (FR)
RENAULT
Eric Feunteun is Renault’s Electric Vehicle Global Program Director.

Since 2007 Electric Vehicles has been a key strategic move for Renault. With 4 cars Renault is the leader of the European EV market. When Feunteun took the responsibility of the program the priority has been to continue growing the sales while improving the profitability.

This has been achieved with doubling profit margin per car between 2015 and 2016 as well as growing the volume by 25%. His second main undertaking is to launch a renewal of the EV product plan as well as a long-term EV strategy.

Feunteun also set up the first set of EV business units for Renault.

Dag Falk-Petersen (NO)
AVINOR
Dag Falk-Petersen has been CEO of Avinor, Norway’s airport operator and air navigation service provider, since 2011.

He was trained and served for several years as a pilot on a number of aircraft in the Royal Norwegian Air Force, including F16, and has held a wide range of operational and management positions in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS).

Before Mr. Falk-Petersen came to Avinor, he was CEO of CHC Helikopter Service in Norway. He still maintains his private pilot certificate.

Michael Benabdallah (NO)
Arval
Michael Benabdallah is the General Manager at Arval Norway. Arval, founded in 1989 and fully owned by BNP Paribas, is specialized in full service vehicle leasing. The company offers its clientele of professionals, SMEs, Mid and large international companies tailor-made solutions to provide optimal fleet solutions. Arval is strongly involved in the energy transition and procures to offer full EV solutions to their customers.

Mr. Benabdallah has almost 25 years experiences in the fleet leasing business where is has played several roles within Arval in sales, operation and international remarketing areas. He has extensive experience in key sales negotiations, teams management, work in international environments, defining strategies – and implementing them. A truly international speaker, Mr. Benabdallah in addition to Norwegian also uses French, English and Spanish at work.

Olav Madland (NO)
Applied Autonomy
Olav Madland introduced self-driving vehicles to Norway in the spring of 2016 and has performed more than 20 demonstration of autonomous minibuses at different locations around Norway already. Olav has been a speaker and motivator for Autonomous transport solutions in Norway at many levels, for Government, universities and ITS Norway.

He has the coordination responsibility of the National Test arena in Kongsberg with autonomous transport integrated with Public Transport. The test arena is integrated with municipality, county administration and NRPA. Olav also works closely with ITS Norway and national key players like Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway, where he also is an expert evaluator.

Olav has an Honours degree within information technology, statistics and administration from the University of Bergen (1989), followed by a series of business management courses from Europe’s prestigious and leading business school INSEAD (1999), in Paris, France.

His background shows a balanced mix of management roles within the telecom, banking and finance sectors, specifically issuing of credit cards, acquisition and settlement of transactions. He therefore is fully aware of the complexity of working internationally, and how to migrate heterogeneous ICT platforms to collaborating solutions.

Andreas Walnum (NO)
PON
Andreas Walnum is the technical manager of Pon Equipment Norway and has broad experience working with heavy machinery. He is proud of being a part of one of the innovative companies in the construction equipment business.

In order to be the preferred supplier to deliver a zero emission solution for the construction industry, Pon Equipment joined hands with Caterpillar to electrify their excavator Cat 323F. The project was named Z-line for zero emission, and while the 25-ton machine handles and looks like an ordinary excavator on the outside, the inside is changed with the entire engine have been replace with an electric motor, control systems and heavy duty batteries.

Operations with the 25-ton all-electrical machine have proven battery capacities large enough for 5-7 hours in operation in a normal application and is able to charge quickly where 400 or 1000V fast charging power supplies are available.

It took the Pon engineers eleven months to electrify the first heavy-duty prototype machine during the project which they worked closely with Caterpillar. The first machines are being put in operation and Pon recently launched the news that they are expanding their Z-line portfolio to the 8 to 10 ton Cat 307,5 & Cat 310 during 2019.

Being a solution provider for an industry that is up for the challenge to reduce their emissions with 40 percent by 2030, Pon’s idea is to develop and supply conversion kits to replace diesel powered Cat machines with battery powered ones.

Pia Meling (NO)
Massterly
Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg have joined forces to take the next step in autonomous shipping. These two strong and innovative companies each own 50% of Massterly AS, which started operations on 1st September 2018.

Massterly will offer services for the customers’ entire value chain for autonomous ships; from vessel design and approval from relevant authorities, to control systems, logistics services, vessel operations, insurance and possible assistance on financing.

Autonomy introduces a new competition area for short-sea shipping and opens a larger market for maritime players. Massterly are not competing with existing vessels, but with land transport and polluting trucks. Autonomous ships also provide significant safety benefits, as 75% of maritime accidents are caused by human error. Autonomous ships are good for business, for the environment and improves safety both at sea and land.

Pia Meling is heading Massterly’s activities in Sales & Marketing, coming from the role as Area Sales Director (Nordics & UK) for as Wilhelmsen Ships Service. She holds an MBA and has 18 years of varied international work experience, of which 16 years in shipping and the maritime industry.

She spent 11 years with the leading Norwegian ship owner Klaveness. Her roles have varied from financial analysis and running IT projects to trading vessels and negotiating commercial contracts, before finding her passion within Sales & Marketing.

Anders Lennartsson (NO)
IKEA
Anders Lennartsson is working as sustainability manager at IKEA Norway. He has long experience from IKEA with sustainability as the green thread. Before he came to Norway, three years ago, he had the role as health and sustainability manager for IKEA’s global food business. 

IKEA has a goal of becoming climate positive and 100% circular in 2030, and Anders is co-leading the transformation towards a more sustainable IKEA Norway together with all 3000+ co-workers. 

Siv Heimdal (NO)
Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives
Siv Heimdal is the digital communications manager at the Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives and will host the session Electrifying agriculture.

Heimdal thinks Norwegian agriculture is in a unique position to be leading the electricity revolution in farming. Most Norwegian farmers are digital first movers, they invest in precision machines and half of all Norwegian milk comes from an automated milk robot system.

Norwegian farmers are always looking for new technology to help them produce more sustainable food and get most of the resources the farm provide. Electric vehicles and solar panels could help farmers reduce carbon emissions and become green energy self-sufficient.

Ashish Kumar (US)
Zunum Aero
Ashish Kumar is co-Founder of Zunum Aero. Inspired by the disruptive power of electric aircraft, he founded Zunum Aero following a long record of commercial leadership across Microsoft, Google, Dell, and McKinsey.

His startup experience includes helping launch Aeroxchange, now the largest electronic marketplace for global aviation. Ashish holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, and spent his early career as Professor of Engineering at Brown University, and as research fellow at Sandia National Laboratories.

Whether hiking or sailing, he is excited to combine his love for the outdoors with his work on sustainable flight.

Mark Simon (US)
New York City Department of Transportation
Mark Simon, Director of Electric Vehicle Policy at the New York City Department of Transportation is currently managing the effort to place 50 Fast Charging hubs into New York City by 2020.

Mark has more than 30 years of experience working in the air policy and clean vehicle fields.  Additional responsibilities include chairing the City’s EV advisory Committee and preparing guidance for senior staff on clean vehicles and infrastructure issues.

In addition, Mark serves on the board of Empire Clean Cities and works closely with the Electric Drive Transportation Association.  Mark has an MS in Public Administration/Environmental Policy from New York University and a BA from Earlham Colleg

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David Twohig (US)
BYTON
Kumi Naidoo (ZA)
AMNESTY
Robert Llewellyn (UK)
TV presenter
Monica Araya (CR)
Sustainability advocate
Mark Dummett (UK)
AMNESTY
Lan Marie Berg (NO)
Oslo Vice Mayor, Environment and Transport
Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth (DE)
Jaguar Land Rover
Chelsea Sexton (US)
Consultant & Advisor
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (DE)
EVELOZCITY
Ellen Hiep (NL)
Dutch Electric Vehicle Drivers Association
Colin McKerracher (UK)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ola Elvestuen (NO)
Minister of Climate and Environment
Barbara Vollert (DE)
Porsche
Dr Glen Peters (NO)
CICERO
Lihong Qin (CHN)
NIO
Julie Furber (UK)
Cummins Inc.
Krista Huhtala-Jenks (FIN)
MaaS
Pål Johan From (NO)
NMBU
Beate Kvamstad-Lervold (NO)
SINTEF
Dr. Oleksii Riabchyn (UKR)
Politician
Matjaz Krivic and Boštjan Videmšek (SI)
Freelancers
Annie Pin (NO)
ALD Automotive
Erik Lorentzen (NO)
NORWEGIAN EV ASSOCIATION
Bakur Kvezereli (US)
ZTRACTOR
Fraser Crichton (UK)
Dundee City Council
Kai Johan Jiang (SE)
NEVS
Clay Stranger (US)
Rocky Mountain Institute
André Aasrud (NO)
Climate Agency, City of Oslo
Jeanette Shaw (US)
FORTH
Edgeir Vårdal Aksnes (NO)
Tibber
Parveen Begum (UK)
Solisco
Inga Margrete Ydersbond (NO)
TØI
Eric Feunteun (FR)
RENAULT
Dag Falk-Petersen (NO)
AVINOR
Michael Benabdallah (NO)
Arval
Olav Madland (NO)
Applied Autonomy
Andreas Walnum (NO)
PON
Pia Meling (NO)
Massterly
Anders Lennartsson (NO)
IKEA
Siv Heimdal (NO)
Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives
Ashish Kumar (US)
Zunum Aero
Mark Simon (US)
New York City Department of Transportation

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The 2019 Nordic EV Summit will be held in the EV capital Oslo on 21st to 22nd March 2019. This time, the conference will take place at the brand new Clarion Hotel The Hub.

The hotel is located within short walking distance from Oslo central station. Nordic EV Summit participants are offered a discounted room price from just NOK 2079 (including VAT and city tax), if the booking is done via e-mail to meet.thehub@choice.no 

Note: Use discount code #251 in your booking. Please make sure to book early as these rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Siri-May Sivertsen, Project leader
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