IOTC NOW – Connected Mobility Virtual Panel

Zoom Virtual Panel

IoTC Now Connected Mobility

Cars. Planes. Trains. Subways. Scooters. E-bikes …

Automotive and transportation sectors have been undergoing massive digital transformation over the past decade with changes in consumer behaviour combined with technology advances creating a more connected, autonomous, electric and shared mobility landscape. With the onset of COVID-19, the “now normal” of staying at home has meant significant repercussions for this sector, however leading industry executives in this space are already exploring ways to adapt and innovate in order to navigate the current crises and prepare for what’s next.

The IoTC is hosting its’ 5th episode in the IoTC NOW Digital Bi-Weekly Series to ask key questions surrounding ‘Connected Mobility’ … What will transportation/mobility/delivery systems look like this summer? What advancements are being planned in the midst of COVID-19?

IoTC NOW Mobility Panel

Peter Valdes-Dapena

Senior Writer – CNN

Peter Valdes-Dapena is a senior writer for CNN Business where he covers automobiles, the industry that produces them and the changing ways in which people buy, own and use them.

Valdes-Dapena has written about the industry for CNN since 2001 and, in that time, covered the American auto industry’s collapse during the 2008 financial crisis and its resurgence. Now he’s covering the industry’s shift toward new technology such as electric propulsion, autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services.

Valdes-Dapena was born near Philadelphia but grew up in South Florida where he earned an undergraduate degree in communication and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Miami. He worked as a business journalist and as a science writer for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before being able to indulge his own passion for automobiles as a car writer for CNN.

Mark K. Dowd

Chief Innovation Officer – New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Mark K. Dowd joined the MTA in November 2019 as its first Chief Innovation Officer. Mark is leading several pre-COVID technology initiatives including the application of ultra-wideband to subways, and is deeply involved in spearheading innovative approaches to the COVID crisis in New York, including the application of ultraviolet light to kill the virus that cause COVID, developing technology tools to help with social distancing, and standing up a for-hire-vehicle program in five days to provide essential workers with transportation during the shutdown of subway service from 1:00am to 5:00am.

Prior to joining the MTA, Mark was the founder and Executive Director of Smart Cities Lab, a city-facing nonprofit providing policy support and a venue for cities to share what works, and what does not work, in a challenging funding environment. He also partnered with the innovation community to forge new solutions to the cities’ stubborn challenges. Mark is also a Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley where he was working with cities to find innovative ways to accelerate the adoption of new mobility technologies.

Prior to founding Smart Cities Lab, Mark served several different roles in the Obama Administration. He was a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and a Senior Advisor in the White House Council of Environmental Quality. Mark also was a member of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force and served for three years as a senior member of the President’s Auto Task Force, where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Mark also served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Secretary Foxx and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology where he worked on issues related to technology and innovation. Mark is the architect of the Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way American cities approach mobility.

He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold Medal as well as awards from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for creating and executing the Smart City Challenge.

Mark’s nongovernmental service includes the Director and Assistant General Counsel at the Association of Global Automakers where he worked on policy development for advanced vehicle technologies. Mark practiced law for thirteen years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel, specializing in transactions, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory matters as they relate to environmental and energy issues. Mark attended Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Prashant Gulati

Head of Strategy – Faraday Future

Prashant is the Global Partner and Head of Strategy at Faraday Future (FF), a technology company building an electric connected shared mobility ecosystem in US and China. At FF, he is responsible for strategic planning, corporate development, and all global mobility initiatives. Prashant has been an investor, and partner at Moneta Ventures, the largest venture capital fund in the Sacramento region. He has 20 years of strategy, sales, finance, and engineering experience across tech and automotive sector in US, Europe, and Asia. He received his MBA from the Indian School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science prior to that. He is a voracious reader with interests across several disciplines. Prashant lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

Caroline Samponaro

Head of Micromobility Policy

Caroline joined Lyft in 2018 to start the company’s new bike, scooter and pedestrian policy program. In this new role, Caroline will lead efforts to form strong partnerships with cities on policy initiatives like Vision Zero and complete street redesigns, as well as help realize specific goals around bike and scooter shared mobility. Prior to Lyft, Caroline spent 2 months at ofo, and prior to that 12 years as deputy director of Transportation Alternatives in New York City. At TransAlt, Caroline led the advocacy campaigns to bring Vision Zero to the United States, establish the country’s largest bikeshare program, Citi Bike, and set national standards for urban complete street design. In 2013, in partnership with traffic violence victims, Caroline founded Families for Safe Streets, a grassroots, victim-led movement to eradicate reckless driving that now has chapters in cities across the United States. Caroline holds a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Raj Singh

Managing Director – Jet Blue Ventures

Raj is a VC, strategist, and advisor in the innovation and information technology sectors.

Currently, Raj is Managing Director, Investments at JetBlue Technology Ventures, the corporate VC arm of JetBlue Airways Corp., where he invests in technology for travel, transportation and hospitality.

Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of London-based Sooqini, an on-demand economy task delegator for small businesses. Before that Raj co-founded and led a Geneva-based consulting firm working with various governments to foster entrepreneurship.

As a GP and co-founder of Pervasive Technology Ventures, and also as a Principal for the New York-based VC arm of Investcorp, Raj was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing new investments in tech start-ups.

At Booz, Allen & Hamilton (now Strategy&), Raj led strategy and technology projects in e-commerce, TMT, and financial services. He also held multiple positions at IBM at the start of his career.

Raj holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computing Science from Imperial College London.