Andreas Mai is an angel investor, board member and expert in business and technology architectures covering autonomous vehicles, mobility as a service and ‘The Internet of Everything’ for automotive and insurance companies, service providers, and governments, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences worldwide.
During his career, he led Cisco’s connected vehicle business and has advised automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial equipment and aerospace suppliers, and private equity investors in North America and Europe, as a consultant with Roland Berger and PRTM (PWC).
He has published a number of seminal papers at ITS and SAE World Congresses, including “Driving Disruptive Innovation in the Age of Digitization” “Digital or Dead”, “Digitization of Road Transportation: “$5 Trillion Value at Stake”(ISBN 3000544143), and “Internet of Cars: A Business Case”.
Andreas holds a Diploma (Dipl.-Kaufmann) in European Business from the universities of Osnabrück (Germany), ESTE Universidad de Deusto (Spain), and Buckinghamshire (UK).
He served on multiple task forces of the World Economic Forum (e.g., Autonomous Vehicle, Smart City), and on the boards of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, the Connected Car Council, Octo Telematics, Cohda Wireless, and Covisint.
Chris Barker is a Connected Car/Transportation Technology Consultant and Founder for CBC Consulting. He is focused on advocating the role of technology in advancing the modernization of transportation and urban mobility. Chris provides business, communications and public policy consulting support to automakers, aerospace companies, suppliers, technology companies, investment firms and government organizations around the globe. Chris has provided consulting support to companies/organizations such as, AAA, Boeing, Bosch, BMW, Chrysler-Fiat, Delphi, Ford, Honeywell, Hyundai, Teradata, United States Department of Transportation, Visteon, Vulcan and more. Chris has been a transportation technology advisor for the recent USDOT/Vulcan Smart City Challenge focused on advancing smart city transportation innovation in cities across the US.
Chris has also supported the C3 Group and led the development of six major connected car conferences across the US. In addition, Chris has been a Connected Car/Future of Mobility keynote/panel speaker at CES (Las Vegas), SXSW (Austin), RSA (San Francisco), CE Week (New York), A-Bace (Shanghai) and IAA (Frankfurt). Chris has served as an executive board member on the Connected Car Council comprised of automotive and transportation technology leaders from across North America. Chris is also on the Board of Directors for the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) responsible for advancing improved commuter transportation options for commuters across the US.
Before starting CBC Consulting and supporting the C3 Group, Chris was a senior vice president at Waggener Edstrom Communications. He led the Waggener Edstrom Connected Car/Transportation team focused on driving effective business-focused communications in the rapidly evolving connected car and broader transportation markets. He also led business development and marketing for Waggener Edstrom’s North America operations.
Chris joined Waggener Edstrom from Honeywell Aerospace where he was the global director of communications and business development responsible for driving communications, marketing and product development across the company’s global defense, commercial and business aviation segments. Prior to joining Honeywell, Chris was a senior communications manager at Cisco Systems where he led all communications, marketing and new market development around the company’s $14B global public sector business including federal, state and local government, defense/security, education, healthcare and smart and connected cities. His previous experience includes corporate communications and executive speechwriting for the Office of the President at Boeing and press relations and issues management for US Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI).
He serves on the board of the American Marketing Association and is a four time recipient of national PR Award honors in the categories of crisis management/issues management, business campaign of the year and mid-size company PR campaign of the year.
Gordon Feller is the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds, a global thought leadership network and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the future of sustainable cities, innovation and technology.
He serves as a consultant to Cisco focused on Internet of Things and Talent. Gordon has worked in the area of emerging technology for three decades, most recently consulting on projects which harness the power of data (whether in the cloud, pulled via mobile networks from IoT-enabled end-points, or other advanced technologies) for solving complex problems. From 2010-2016, Feller was the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley where he served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities. Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was the CEO of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit research and training organization which began inside the World Bank and spun off in 2001. For 30 years, Gordon has advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs, foundations, and national governments. His clients have included The World Bank, UN, German and Canadian national governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, United Cities & Local Governments, among others. Gordon advises leaders on harnessing the power of advanced technologies which can enable them to solve complex problems with a special focus on practical solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. Gordon’s work has had broad and deep impacts. He’s published hundreds of articles including in CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME, Financial Times. He was appointed as an Abe Fellow by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He was formerly the Editor of Urban Age Magazine. Columbia University awarded him a Bachelors and a Masters (cum laude). At Columbia he served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Dean’s Fellow. He serves as a Fellow at the Urban Sustainability Lab within the Smithsonian Institution’s Wilson Center.
Eric Dentler‘s professional home is high technology sales, service innovation and Software as a Service for digitizing cities and enterprises. He has a long track record of helping smart cities with the deployment of best of breed networks, technology and software solutions that meet the needs of their most demanding departments and constituents. Eric is an expert in leveraging wireless, hybrid fog and cloud computing, content management, location, IoT and analytics to help his clients monetize new digital services. He has sold the equipment and tools to successfully deploy managed hotspots in large chains, including McDonald’s and Starbucks, two dozen major airports, and countless arenas, stadiums, convention centers, colleges and corporate offices. During his career, he spent ten years at Sun Microsystems, another ten at Cisco Systems and a decade as a sales executive and interim CEO in various startups in the telecom, push-technology, eCommerce and interactive television sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.