Partner and Japan President, Frost & Sullivan Japan
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.
Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan
He is author of a book titled, “New Mega Trends” launched in Oct 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan has since been sold in over 30 countries and recently been translated into Chinese for a local China market release. Sarwant is a member of the World Economic Forum Transportation group and writes for Forbes. He sits on advisory boards of Nissan, ATI, Leeds University Business School and a few start ups.
Senior Consulting Director, APAC, Mobility Practice, Frost & Sullivan
Masaki 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.
Co-representative Director of CARTIVATOR and CEO of SkyDrive.Inc
Graduated from Engineering dept., Tokyo University. Worked at Toyota Motor Co. for a global procurement of car parts. Won the Cost improvement prize by Toyota production method in many production fields. Participated in CARTIVATOR and became a Co-representative Director in 2014.
Business Development Japan, Otonomo
Shintaro Hirato manages Business Development for Otonomo in Japan. The Founder and CEO of Jakore, Inc., Mr. Hirato specializes in bridging Israeli high-tech companies and JP/Asia companies. Shintaro has led M&A, GF/JV expansion, and PMI for e-commerce and digital content businesses, as General Manager of Global Expansion in Rakuten.
Until recently, Shintaro held the positions of General Counsel and management member for Viber, which Rakuten acquired for $900M, spending his time in Israel, Japan, and other parts of the world. Shintaro also acted as Managing Director for Viber’s CVC fund leading seed investment and portfolio management, and managed Viber’s Japan team. Shintaro also acted as Chief Compliance Officer for Rakuten’s Digital Contents Company. Prior to Rakuten, Shintaro has worked at major global companies and law firms in the USA and Japan including GE Capital, NTT, and Sidley Austin.
Shintaro earned his BA Law degree from Keio University, his LL.M from the University of Chicago Law School, and is a licensed attorney for the State of New York.
Head, Next Generation Mobility Team (MaaS), Odakyu Electric Railway
Junya joined Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. in 2003. After engaging in Railroad Operation, Junya was assigned to Railroad Car Division and Transportation Planning Division. He was also seconded to Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute. Junya has been heading Next-Generation Mobility Team at Corporate Strategy Division since July 2016, and engaging in testing in autonomous bus and development of MaaS.
Managing Director, Connector K.K.
Yves Helven is MD at global Corporate Fleet & Mobility consultant Connector KK. Yves has 20 years of experience in the automotive sector (Ford Motor Company, General Electric, TUV SUD). Connector KK is based in Tokyo and gives mobility advice to companies with large car fleets, OEMs, leasing companies and mobility providers. Yves Helven is also editor of GlobalFleet.com, the global leading Leasing and Mobility platform.
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.
Steven Paul Schwinke
Global Head, Connected Vehicles, Tech Mahindra
Mr. Steve Schwinke is an Industry recognized expert in Connected Vehicle Technology. He recently joined the Tech Mahindra Family and supports global opportunities in the Connected Vehicle space and operates out of Detroit. He joined Tech Mahindra after spending 22 years as an Executive at General Motors/OnStar and was elected to the Executive Board of Directors of the Telecommunication Industry Association. As an original member of the OnStar team he developed many of the industry first products and services. Mr. Schwinke has been awarded 30 patents involving telecommunications, telematics and navigation and recently completed work on 9 patent filings relating to 5G technology.
Steve was responsible for the design, development and operation of GM’s over the air software delivery platform that re-flashed over 50 million customer vehicles. Additionally, he managed the development and operations of a vehicle data platform that collected and analyzed over 3 billion data elements daily from customer vehicles. Some of the new products he developed included the first Remote Link app that launched on the Volt, in-vehicle apps and a private automotive app shop, the first 4G LTE vehicle demonstrated at CES, OnStar’s first three button telematics unit and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service. He was also responsible for the connectivity strategy of GM’s AV program and worked directly with the leadership at Cruise Automation.
Mr. Schwinke holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Master of Science in Wireless Communication Systems degree from Santa Clara University. His cultural values include obsessively building trust, delivering on commitments, constructive conflict and recognizing others.
Senior Business Development Manager – Automotive Industry, Amazon Web Services Japan
Shyuhei Takahashi is a Senior Business Development Manager, automotive industry at Amazon Web Service Japan Co., Ltd. M.S in Waseda University, He has over 15 years of engineering solutions and consulting experience. Previous job was a head of consulting at IT engineering solution vendor. In response to the megatrends of business and technology transformation that is rapidly progressing on a global scale, mainly in the automobile industry, cloud technology has become an indispensable infrastructure of both sides business and technology. That is a mandatory topic for in-veihcle/server-side/end-user services/road side unit, from large enterprise to start up. He is responsible for market trend analysis, business strategy planning and strategic partnership alliances for this cloud technology.
Director of Sensor Business Department, Murata
Makoto Kawashima graduated Kanazawa University in March 1987, and joined Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in the same year. He was engaged in designing in High Frequency Product Department. He was secondedto Murata Americas in 1990 and was in charge of FAE of High Frequency Products. He returned to Japan in 1995 and was in charge of FAE for overseas customers in High Frequency Product Department. He was seconded to Murata Electronics Europe (Helsinki) in 2004and was in charge of FAE of products except for capacitors and inductors. He was back to Japan in 2006 and assigned to Antenna Product Department. He became the General Manager of the departments in 2009, of High Frequency Product Department in 2010, of High Frequency Technology Division in 2014. He has been the Director of Sensor Business Department since 2017.
VP - Marketing and Alliances, Ridecell
Mark Thomas is the VP of Marketing and Alliances at Ridecell and is responsible for marketing Ridecell, the world’s leading platform to launch, operate and scale new car and ride sharing mobility services. Prior to joining Ridecell, Thomas headed the connected car marketing team at Cisco Jasper, where he developed the product and go-to-market strategies for automotive OEMs. Prior to Cisco, Mark led product marketing at HERE, a leading automotive maps company. In addition, Mark served in marketing, strategy, and business development roles at Apple and Nokia. Mark holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
CEO, Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG
Markus, the 2nd of the three Kreisel brothers, was always inspired by the idea of making road mobility more efficient and environmentally friendly. Creating regional value and reducing the carbon footprint to protect the environment has always been of paramount importance to him. His daily journey through an untouched natural landscape soon led to ambitions to keep the emissions as low as possible, without sacrificing driving pleasure. Markus Kreisel is CEO of Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG since 2014 with his brothers Johann and Philipp. He is responsible for sales, finance, marketing and public relations at Kreisel.
As a solution provider Kreisel offers comprehensive solutions for the energy revolution. Kreisel is known for their development of the most-efficient battery storage packs for e-mobility as well as stationary storage systems. Frost & Sullivan awarded the company the world’s best battery technology in July 2017. Kreisel Electric has been awarded among others with the first Austrian World Summit Innovation Award and Klimaschutzpreis.
GM, Japan EV Business Department, Nissan
CEO, AutoInsight, Inc.
Yoshiro had been worked as an editor for magazines specialized in new material technologies and in mechanical engineering in Nikkei McGraw-Hill (The company changed its name to Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. later). In 2004, as a Chief Editor, Yoshiro started a magazine “Nikkei Automotive Technology” which was the first Japanese commercial magazine for automotive engineers. He had been the Chief Editor until December, 2013. In May, 2014, Yoshiro founded AutoInsight, Inc. specializing in content editing and creation of automotive technologies and industry. Yoshiro also serves as guest researcher for Nikkei BP Intelligence Group and invited researcher for Waseda University. He has published several books and his column is published serially on Nikkei Business online magazine.
General Manager of MaaS Division, Navitime Japan Co. Ltd
Yudai Mori joined Navitime Japan Co., Ltd. in 2009. After Yudai planned the mobile applications “Bicycle NAVITIME” and “Car NAVITIME” at Product Planning Division, as a General Manager of Telematics Division, he developed an online service platform for connected cars, which has been adapted by some European car manufacturers. Yudai also had headed Total Navi Division since 2016 and developed “NAVITIME” which enables users to receive optimum navigations combining several public transportations and walk. Yudai set up MaaS Division in April 2019 and has been the General Manager since then.
Vice President - Transportation & Mobility Industry Asia, Dassault Systèmes
Guillaume Gerondeau is Vice President at Dassault Systèmes, Transportation and Mobility Industry Asia. He is an expert in automotive, digital business transformation and smart mobility. Prior joining Dassault Systèmes in 2015, he had a 30 years long career in the automotive industry as Senior International Innovation, Product, Marketing, Sales Executive and Strategy Consultant.
Guillaume has experience as an executive in almost all the areas of the value chain in the automobile industry. He was head of global product strategy and product planning at Nissan. He was also heading global brand strategy and product marketing for Toyota after having been in charge of European product planning and marketing.
At Renault, he managed a long-term research budget, led the innovation process and the reorganization of the R&D resource management and was managing director of Austrian subsidiary. He also served as senior advisor of Booz Allen and Hamilton (now Strategy &) specialized in the automotive sector.
Senior Economist, Institute of International Economic Studies
Partner & Business Unit Leader, Mobility, Frost & Sullivan
Franck Leveque currently is Mobility Business Unit Leader as well as Partner with Frost & Sullivan. He had been executing the function of the Mobility Practice Director for Europe, Israel and Africa since 2010. In 2016, he additionally took on the Interim Management of the Americas Business Unit within Frost & Sullivan. Prior to this, he held several functions within Frost & Sullivan such as Director of the Automation & Electronics Business Unit from 2009 to 2010, Consulting Director of the Mobility Business Unit from 2007 to 2008 as well as Programme Director and Project Manager between 2001 and 2006. Before joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Leveque worked as a Junior Consultant VMTC, a communication consultancy in the UK. By education, Mr. Leveque has a Bachelor Business Management degree from Oxford.
Vice President - Asia Pacific Auto-Mobility Sector & Regional Head
General Manager, NEXT Logistics Japan
Director, Latin America - Mobility, Frost & Sullivan
Consulting Director - Mobility Group, Frost & Sullivan, China, Shanghai
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