Speaker Focus

Over five days the ITS World Congress will host various sessions with top mobility speaker from around the world. Our key high-level speakers include:

Commissioner Violeta Bulc

Commissioner Bulc will be speaking at this year’s ITS Congress. Her priorities as European Commissioner for Transport include
digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation in transport. She has many diverse experiences to her name such as author, academic,
systems architect, entrepreneur, which made her a prime choice for the position.

Before Commissioner Bulc was appointed to her current role in 2014, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial
responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion. Commissioner Bulc has also been the CEO and owner of Vibacom, a
business which functions in the realm of sustainable and innovative business solutions.

Commissioner Marya Gabriel

Following her first election to the European Parliament for Bulgarian party GERB in 2009, Mariya Gabriel was nominated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as Chief of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. On 19 October 2012 she was elected Vice-President of EPP Women.

In 2014, Mariya Gabriel became a Member of the European Parliament for a second mandate. Since then she is Head of the Bulgarian EPP Delegation and Vice-President of the EPP Group responsible for relations with Mediterranean countries.

Mariya Gabriel has twice won the prestigious Parliament Magazine’s annual MEP Award: in 2013 in the category “Gender equality” and in 2016 in the category “Development”. In addition to this, she has also been awarded the EACA Care Prize in 2015 for her commitment to violence against women and to gender equality.

Mariya Gabriel has devoted her work to several priority areas, such as the coherence of external and internal EU policies, migration, EU visa policy, relations with Africa and Middle East and women rights.She is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a Danish politician, serving as the European Commissioner for Competition since 2014.
In her current role she mobilises competition policy, create jobs, promote growth, develop approaches to assess competition issues, enforce competition rules, while strengthening the Commission’s reputation the world over. She believes in free speech, free assembly and free trade — but she argues that it can only happen if markets are free of undue influence and anti-competitive behaviors.

Mayor Ninna Hedeager Olsen

We are proud to have Ninna Hedeager Olsen, Mayor of the Technical and Environmental Administration, City of Copenhagen as one of our speakers. She says:

“Copenhagen is known as the world’s best city for cyclists. 62% of Copenhageners commute by bike and 41% of all trips to work, school and university are by bike. We have developed an extensive network of protected bicycle tracks to encourage cycling, and we are continuously looking to deploy ITS to create green mobility. To us, mobility should be greener and smarter and it is not just about technology. It is about creating a better quality of life for all Copenhageners, and ITS solutions can support us here.”

Mr Jean Todt

It is a great honour to have Mr Jean Todt as a key-note speaker at the ITS World Congress.

In 1966 Jean Todt began his career as a 20-year-old co-driver in rally racing. He then advanced through the major categories of auto racing — from rallying to sports cars to Formula One to his current post. Today he is the elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for the 3rd consecutive term.

He is perhaps best known by the general public for his role as the director who led the Ferrari Formula One team through its most dominant, successful period of racing, winning every constructors’ and drivers’ title from 2000 to 2004, with Michael Schumacher driving. But within racing it is known that he has in fact dominated every series in which he has been involved.