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Speaker Biographies

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Confirmed Speakers

Henrik Hololei

Henrik Hololei

Director-General for Transport and Mobility, DG MOVE, European Commission


Henrik held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Government and Prime Minister.

In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy.

In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. Mr. Kallas' first mandate 2004-2010 dealt with Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud and his second mandate 2010-2014 he was responsible for Transport.

From November 2013 he was Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission.

On October 1, 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport.

Karima Delli

Karima Delli

MEP, Chair of Transport and Tourism Committee, European Parliament


Mrs Delli was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and again in 2014. In her first term, she served on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and moving on to the Committee on Transport and Tourism after the 2014 elections.

Mrs Delli has always expressed her support for the development of a more sustainable urban mobility model, especially reflected in her own-initiative report on the topic. In her report, she insisted on the importance to redirect urban mobility towards more sustainable modes of transport, with the goal of facing up to the challenges of our century: protecting the climate, public health and promoting the accessibility of mobility.

Convinced that a priority must be given to plans for sustainable urban mobility and clean transport, while actively working on modal shift and inter-modality, she supported and mentioned in her report the UITP objective to double the modal share of public transport by 2025.

Karima Delli is also very active in the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, where she has been appointed Vice-Chair.

Claire Depré

Claire Depré

Head of Unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission


In October 2016, Claire Depré was appointed Head of Unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport in charge of intelligent transport systems, low emission transport and urban mobility in DG MOVE. Since 2013, she had already served as Head of Unit for Intelligent Transport Systems.

Previously, Claire has worked as an assistant to the Director-General of Mobility and Transport. Before joining the Commission in 2001, she worked in the European Parliament with responsibilities encompassing industry, research and ICT.

Eddy Hartog

Eddy Hartog

Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Mr Hartog has Dutch nationality and was born and raised in Utrecht (the Netherlands). He obtained a degree in political economics at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and subsequently a post-graduate degree at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).

He has worked in the European Commission since 1989, first in Trade policy, then in Regional policy and in Maritime policy and lately in Information Society and Media policy. He is a Head of Unit since 2003. His present responsibility (since July 2016) is Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology. Mr Hartog is married and has two daughters.

Stefaan Vergote

Stefaan Vergote

Advisor, Climate Strategy Directorate, DG CLIMA, European Commission


Stefaan Vergote has been an advisor at DG CLIMA since April 2017.

Previously, he was the Head of Economic Analysis and Financial Instruments Unit at DG ENER since March 2014.

From 2010 to 2014, he was Head of Unit A4 in DG CLIMA, responsible for the development of strategic options for the EU's international and domestic climate action. His team was in charge of the 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap, and the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.

Previously, as Deputy Head of Unit on 'Energy and Environment' in DG Environment, he led a team coordinating the preparation and economic analysis of the 2020 Energy and Climate Package, which implemented the EU's independent commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, including the review of the EU Emission Trading System, The Effort Sharing Decision and Directive on Renewable Energy.

Mr. Vergote has a diploma of civil electrotechnical-mechanical engineer at the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Environmental Management and Technology (KULeuven).

Prior to joining the Commission, Stefaan Vergote was, from 1990 to 1992 a Scientific researcher at the Engineering Department at the Catholic University of Leuven, followed, from 1994 to 1997, by a position of Scientific consultant at IWT (Flemish Institute for Science and Technology) in charge of the evaluation of industrial R&D projects and a Scientific researcher at VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research).

Nicolas Erb

Nicolas Erb

EU Affairs Director, ALSTOM


Nicolas Erb studied Political Science in France and graduated from the College of Europe. He joined UNIFE in 2001 where has was involved in contributing to and managing different research projects co-funded by the EU, ERTMS and the Railway European Technology Platform ERRAC.

He joined Alstom in 2005 and has held different positions in Strategy, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisition before becoming European Affairs Director in 2012.

Charlene Rohr

Charlene Rohr

Senior Research Leader, RAND Europe


Charlene Rohr is a senior research leader at RAND Europe. Her research interest is in understanding factors that influence mobility and travel choices, using choice modelling and qualitative methods.

Rohr has been involved in developing travel demand forecasting models in the UK, Scandinavia and Australia. She has also contributed to the design and analysis of stated preference surveys to explore consumer behaviour more broadly in the transport, health and communication sectors. She has led a number of rapid evidence reviews, including one for the UK Department for Transport to identify factors influencing the levelling off of car travel in Britain. Her work also explores the influence of technology on travel demand. In 2015-16 she led a study for Innovate UK to develop future scenarios for Britain for 2035 exploring the impact of emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, on travel.

Currently she is leading a study for the European Parliament to quantify the social and economic impacts of changes to the Product Liability Directive on roll out of fully autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles, which includes undertaking interviews with key stakeholders (automobile manufacturers, insurers, policy-makers) and quantifying societal costs and benefits of different legislative scenarios. She has undertaken policy studies to examine travel behaviour of concessionary pass holders and to quantify costs and benefits of concessionary schemes and to quantify the impact of migration on transport infrastructure.

Rohr received her B.Sc. in civil engineering and her M.Sc. in transportation engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Greg Archer

Greg Archer

Director, Clean Vehicles, Transport and Environment


Greg has been with T&E since 2012. He was previously the director of Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, a UK public-private partnership promoting the shift to clean vehicles and fuels. He has also worked as a non-executive director for the UK Government's Renewable Fuels Agency and Cenex, a centre of excellence for low carbon technologies.

At T&E, Greg leads the clean vehicles team, working on vehicle regulation and testing issues. A chemist by training, Greg describes himself as a “pragmatic environmentalist.”

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Founder and Editor, E!Sharp, Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

He is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank, He is a member of the advisory groups of the European Institute in Washington DC and the Washington European Society. He is also on the advisory group of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Christian Egenhofer

Christian Egenhofer

Senior Research Fellow & Director, CEPS & CEPS Energy Climate House


Christian Egenhofer has more than 20 years' experience working with EU institutions on numerous policy areas. Over the last decade, he has been specialising in EU energy and climate change policy, with a particular focus on the EU energy, climate and transport policies.

He is currently Senior Fellow and Head of the Energy, Climate and Environment Programme at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels-based think tank. Christian is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland), SciencesPo (Paris/France) and LUISS University in Rome/Italy. From 1997 to 2010 he was Senior Research Fellow and Jean-Monnet Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland/UK (part-time).

Petr Dolejsi

Petr Dolejsi

Director Mobility & Sustainable Transport , European Automobile Manufacturers' Association


The speaker's biography will appear here soon.

Hinde Boulbayem

Hinde Boulbayem

Mobility Manager, SUMY - Sustainable Urban Logistics & Mobility


Ms Boulbayem holds a CPC, Certificate of Professional Competence, for the Road Transport and an MSc in Mobility Management. Since January 2008, she has been working on urban mobility and alternative use of vehicle technologies research projects.

In 2013 she founded SUMY for Sustainable Urban Logistics and Mobility in Brussels ( and in 2015 she received the Saphira awards at the South Economic Women Initiative. Today, she is involved in initiatives such as European and regional mobility and transport research and action projects on innovative approaches for integrating cold urban speed freight corridors and on renewable, local and circular energy production projects such as “biogas” from urban organic and water treatment waste.



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