November 28-30th 2018




The aim of Nordic Future Mobility Week is to increase the collaboration between the Nordic’s and Silicon Valley, by connecting the dots in the field of future mobility to tackle the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution as a united front.



Wednesday, November 28th, 9am - 5pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

Future mobility

Policy and legislative opportunities in the Nordics, hurdles and suggestions for improvements.

Introduction to Nordic Future Mobility Week

Welcome to Nordic Future Mobility Week

Bob Sinclair, Stanford Wallenberg Research Link, Welcomes Everyone to Nordic Future Mobility Week and Stanford

Opening Remarks
Inger Gustafsson, PhD., Visiting Scholar Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford, Head of Vinnova Silicon Valley Office

Transformation and Policy

Michelle Avary, Head of Autonomous and Urban Mobility for the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum.

Fireside chat - Using policy when setting the Future and enabling innovation

  • Mollie Cohen D’Agostino is the Policy Director for the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis. She will speak about vehicle automation, sharing, electrification, and how these will bring societal and environmental benefits.

  • Adam Stocker, Researcher and Project Manager - Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley. He will share his insights on travel behaviour impacts and policies related to shared mobility and the potential future impacts of automated vehicles.

  • Jessica Alba, Transportation Policy Manager at Stanford University. Jessica will provide us with an overview of the San Francisco Bay Area’s land use and transportation systems, what brought us here, and where the future of mobility will take us.

  • Damian Breen, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Future Mobility

  • Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Armada Aeronautics, talking about “flying cars” is not a fiction any more, it is very real.

  • Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director at Synapse Partners, talking about the big data opportunity in our driverless future.

  • Eric J. Vettel, Ph.D., is the current President of the American Energy Society and will talk about the history of mobility in Silicon Valley and the mobility trends of tomorrow.

  • Azra Habibovic, Senior Researcher, Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Systems at RISE Viktoria, will summarise the day from a researchers perspective

Panel Discussion

Soft handover to the Culture and Ecosystem day, introducing all the different critical players of the Silicon Valley ecosystem discussion the future of Mobility

Wednesday, November 28th, 6pm - 8pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

Evening Reception

  • The Nordic Consulates in San Francisco will be hosting an event at Stanford sharing their view of their role in the Silicon Valley Ecosystem.

  • Nordic delicacies will be served.



Thursday, November 29th, 9am - 12pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

culture and ecosystems

What is the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and why is it necessary to be a part of it.

Panel Discussion about culture and different ecosystems in Future Mobility

  • Tamara Carleton - Ph.D., and CEO of Innovation Leadership Group will talk about Three Horizon Thinking and Finding Your Next Moonshots.

  • Arne H. Tonning - Partner at Alliance Venture will talk about “Death Stars”, A Nordic VC’s perspective on market dynamics, ambitions and a playbook for startups and investors in Silicon Valley.

  • Jan Hellåker - Director Drive Sweden, reflecting on the bridge between Silicon Valley and Sweden from a Mobility perspective

Workshop in Future Mobility

Thursday, November 29th, 6pm - 8pm
Nordic Innovation House, 470 Ramona St, Palo Alto

Nordic Pitch Night

  • A Short talk about Nordic Innovation House and its role in Silicon Valley.

  • Startups from the Norwegian accelerator program “Mobility and Electrification”

  • Pizza and drinks will be served.

Link to Startups Pitching



Friday, November 30th, 9am - 5pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

Silicon valley demo day

Startups pitching for MobilityXlab partners: Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Zenuity, CEVT, and Veoneer from Sweden and Silicon Valley.

The final day of the Nordic Future Mobility Week will be celebrated by a Startup Pitch Event, hosted by: Nordic Innovation House and partner with Mobilityxlab with partners: Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Zenuity, CEVT, and Veoneer.

Silicon Valley Startups

10 startups with a presence in the Bay Area will be pitching to a board consisting of representatives from the member companies of MobilityXlab: Ericsson, Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Zenuity, CEVT, and Veoneer. The startups will pitch for a chance to start a collaboration.

Future Mobility

Pradeep Gupta, Global Director- AI Industries, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA, will give an overview of what opportunities there is for big data, and what’s needed to take the next steps in future mobility when it comes to driverless cars.

Austin Russell - Founder and CEO, Luminar Technologies. Austin is an engineer, entrepreneur, and LiDAR industry pioneer for autonomous vehicles. He founded Luminar in 2012 with a mission to make autonomy safe and ubiquitous. After years of ground-up technology development and breakthroughs, he has grown it into now a 400-person operation and partnered with a number of the world’s leading automakers and technology companies, including Toyota and Volvo Cars.

Ron Bodkin - Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google Cloud CTO office. Bodkin will share his thoughts and insights of the Future of Mobility from a broad strategic perspective and how Google tackles that.

Petter Hörling - Senior Director Silicon Valley R&D Tech Center, Petter will share his insights from opening up their R&D Tech Center in Silicon Valley, developing ground breaking solutions with tech companies as well as startups.




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Evangelos Simoudis

Founder and Managing Director at Synapse Partners

Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in big data, new mobility, and digital platforms. He is the author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future. He is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, has served as a managing director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners, and was the CEO of two startups. Evangelos is a member of Caltech’s advisory board and the advisory board of the Department of Transportation's C2SMART Center. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech. 

Novmeber 28th


Jim Dukhovny

CEO of Armada Aeronautics Inc. 

Jim Dukhovny is CEO of Armada Aeronautics Inc. which focuses on developing the next generation of passenger and commercial flying vehicles. Jim Dukhovny also lectures and hosts a series of talks at Stanford.

November 28th


Adam Stocker

Researcher and Project Manager - Transportation Sustainability Research Center UC Berkeley

Adam Stocker is a research engineer and project manager with the Innovative Mobility group of UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) where he designs and executes studies which assesses the travel behavior, societal, and environmental effects of shared mobility services and automated vehicles. He is currently working on a major study focusing on the travel behavior and environmental impacts of the ridesourcing services Uber and Lyft across three North American cities. He also researches decentralized platform cooperatives, with an emphasis on transportation-related applications.

November 28th


Michelle Avary

Head of Autonomous and Urban Mobility for the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution at World Economic Forum

Avery is an experienced global leader who excels at creating and bringing to market connected vehicle products. Avary has over 18 years of automotive OEM, Tier 1, and IoT experience, and is also the founder and President of Women in Automotive Technology and Founder of Drive Time Metrics, Inc. and an advisory for Sfara and DeepScale.

November 28th

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Jessica Alba

Transportation Policy Manager, Stanford University

After 17+ years in consulting, Jessica Alba joined Stanford University as an internal and external liaison on transportation policy matters in 2017. Prior to joining Stanford, she was a sustainable transportation planner at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates and Trivector Traffic, two thought leaders on transportation solutions that put people first. While leading various planning efforts throughout North America, her passion has become increasingly motivated by improving transportation options in the San Francisco Bay Area and particularly on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. In her position at Stanford University, Ms. Alba represents and supports the organization on local, regional, state, and federal transportation policy matters.

November 28th


Mollie Cohen D’Agostino

Mollie Cohen D’Agostino is Policy Director for the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

The 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program aims to ensure vehicle automation, sharing, and electrification- called the “3 Revolutions” in transportation, bring societal and environmental benefits. Her previous work spans several sectors and includes environmental policy, community development and transportation planning. She worked with the California League of Conservation Voters, the City of Oakland’s, and in several other positions. She carries a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science and the Program for the Environment, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

November 28th


Eric J. Vettel

President of the American Energy Society

Eric J. Vettel is the current President of the American Energy Society.  He is trained as a historian of science and has published articles on 19th-century chemistry, early 20th-century physics, and the biological sciences in the Post War period.  His book, “Biotech; The Origins of an Industry” was a finalist for a Readers Choice Award from the “History of Science, History of Technology Society,” and a winner of the “Alfred Chandler Award in Business History” from Harvard University.  

November 28th

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Damian Breen

Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer -Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Mr. Breen currently heads up the Technology Section of Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  This section executes the Air District’s Engineering and Permitting; Technology Implementation; Web and Data Systems; and Incentives programs to reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.  Mr. Breen previously served as the Director of the Strategic Incentives Division where he oversaw the grants programs targeted by Air District to reduce diesel particulate matter and health risk at the Port of Oakland.  He also worked for 10 years in the Air District’s Compliance and Enforcement Division; Home Savings of America Bank and various environmental consultancy firms in the United States and Europe. 

November 28th


Azra Habibovic

Senior Researcher, Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Systems at RISE Viktoria

Azra Habibovic is senior researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, an independent and non-profit research organization. Her mission is to accelerate development of sustainable mobility by using both quantitative and qualitative research. Topics related to safety and interactions between automated vehicles and humans are of particular interest. Azra holds a PhD in Vehicle Safety Systems (2012) and a MSc in Electrical Engineering (2006), both from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. She has a vast experience of speaking at national and international conferences, and is also the author of the Newsletter on automated vehicles issued by RISE.

November 28th

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Tamara Carleton

Ph.D., and CEO of Innovation Leadership Group

Dr. Carleton is a global leader in helping organizations to create vision-led, radical innovations. She is the lead author of the Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation. She teaches at Stanford University and also directs Stanford’s Silicon Valley Innovation Academy summer program.

November 29th

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Arne Tonning

Partner at Alliance Venture

Arne Tonning is Partner at Alliance Venture, the leading early-stage venture capital firm in Norway, and Investor in Residence at Nordic Innovation House / Innovation Norway in Silicon Valley. Arne has a management consulting background from CapGemini C4. He has also worked for the Norwegian Trade Council in London and as a Research Scientist at SINTEF Telecom and Informatics. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

November 29th

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Jan Hellåker

Drive Sweden - Programme Director

Mr. Jan Hellåker is the Program Director of Drive Sweden, a strategic innovation program launched by the Swedish government to design the next generation mobility services, based on connected, driverless and shared vehicles.

Prior to joining Lindholmen Science Park, the host organization for Drive Sweden, Jan spent 25+ years in advanced research primarily within the Volvo Group. Around the millennium, he was also the Founder and first CEO of WirelessCar, a telematics service provider to global OEMs.

November 29th


Katarina Brud

Director - MobilityXlab 

Katarina Brud heads MobilityXlab, a collaboration hub founded and run by leading Swedish firms; CEVT, Ericsson, Veoneer, Volvo Car Group, Volvo Group and Zenuity. MobilityXlab is also co-founded and hosted by Lindholmen Science Park. The focus with this hub is for corporate and startups collaboration, through strategic partnerships, to spark new innovations and solution within the field of future mobility. Katarina has a background from the corporate world, as well as the startup scene, and is now passionate in merging these two worlds together.

November 30th

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Pradeep Gupta

NVIDIA - Solutions Architecture & Engineering Lead - Autonomous Driving

Pradeep Gupta is currently global head for Solutions Architecture and Engineering team responsible for Autonomous Driving where his current responsibilities are to support all Autonomous Driving Customers and eco-system partners worldwide at NVIDIA. Before joining NVIDIA, Pradeep worked with various companies on various domains and technologies including high-performance computing, Computer vision, mathematical library development, and data center technologies.

November 30th

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Austin Russell

Founder & CEO, Luminar

Austin is an engineer, entrepreneur, and LiDAR industry pioneer for autonomous vehicles. He founded Luminar in 2012 with a mission to make autonomy safe and ubiquitous. After years of ground-up technology development and breakthroughs, he has grown it into now a 400-person operation and partnered with a number of the world’s leading automakers and technology companies, including Toyota and Volvo.

Prior to Luminar, Austin began his career in industry at age 11 by building supercomputers and optical power transmission systems. He applied for his first patent at 13, and three years later became an independent researcher at the Beckman Laser Institute. After a short stint at Stanford in the Applied Physics department, he accepted the Thiel Fellowship at 17 pursue his vision of Luminar and build out the technology. Austin is recognized as a Thiel Fellow, MIT 35 under 35, and industry lead in Forbes 30 under 30.

November 30th


Ron Bodkin

Google - Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence

Ron is a Technical Director on the Applied Artificial Intelligence team in Google’s Cloud CTOoffice. Ron leads AI experiments and collaborates with Google Product and Engineering teamsand engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value. 

Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading pure play big data services firm. At Teradata, Ron led Think Big to grow globally, to develop the Kylo open source data lake framework, and to expand to architecture consulting. In 2017 Ron led the creation of an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata.

Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making including lookalike models. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-Oriented Programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO.

November 30th

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Petter Hörling

Senior Director Silicon Valley R&D Tech Center

Petter Hörling has multiple years of Senior Management positions within Volvo Car Group & areas such as Vehicle Safety, Digital UX, new innovation development. Generally within the two areas where Volvo's products are building leadership within automotive. The results have been manifested in XC60, S60 / V60, V40, V40CC with the groundbreaking safety innovations as well as the all-new XC90 with respect to the User Experience & Connectivity.

November 30th





Jenny Elfsberg

Volvo Connected Solutions Director of Innovation Lab Hub US

In her current role Jenny drives innovation and co-creation with focus on digital and connected solutions and with the purpose to create value for users, customers and society in an iterative and accelerated manner. Starting out at Volvo Powertrain as an Application Engineer and Leader, Jenny has worked for the Volvo Group for 20 years. During this time, she has held a variety of senior positions. Prior to above mentioned roles, she was Manager of Engine Performance Development team and before that, she was a Chief Project Manager working with development.

November 28th and Closing Remarks November 30th


Inger Gustafsson

Inger Gustafsson, visiting Scholar Stanford Wallenberg Research Link and Head of Vinnova Silicon Valley Office

Inger Gustafsson moved to Silicon Valley in August 2018. She has been working for Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency since 2008 as Head of Department Societal development. Her responsibilities included the areas of Public Sector, Sustainable Cities and Mobility. She has an international background including 16 years of experiences from Germany. She holds a PhD from Blekinge Institute of Technology and her thesis focused on governance and digitalization of the transport system.  She is currently the president of the Joint Programing Initiative Urban Europe.

Opening Remarks November 28th


Gro Eirin Dyrnes

Regional Director Innovation Norway AmericasDirector Innovation Norway San Francisco & Silicon Valley, Chair at Nordic Innovation House

Gro Dyrnes joined Innovation Norway San Francisco and Silicon Valley in August 2014. Her former position was SVP Corporate Staff and Support in Innovation Norway, based in Oslo. She has also had the role as regional director for Western Europe and the Nordics and It- director in the same company. Her first start-up experience was as a consultant for the Norwegian Trade Council in London, UK, and later as management for hire in a Norwegian tech company in the US. With a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business administration, and Universita Commericiale Luigi Bocconi, as well as a Psychology degree from the University of Oslo, she began her career as a consultant in Accenture. Gro currently holds positions at the boards of Visitnorway and Nordic Innovation House.

November 28th


Filip Edström Kjellgren

Programme Manager - Future mobility systems Vinnova

Filip is a physicist that has been working in the industry with the electrification on vehicles, telematics, fuel cells, PVs, etc. before joing the Swedish governmental innovation agency Vinnova as a programme manager/strategist when it comes to future mobility systems.

November 28th


Maria Ingelsson 

VP of Legal & HR, Automile Inc

Maria Ingelsson is a Swedish and American lawyer, who is heading Legal and HR at Automile Inc, a Swedish-founded, fast-growing company in the telematics business. Automile helps business of all sizes track their vehicles and assets, remove paperwork, stay compliant, improve vehicle utilization, reduce accidents and increase productivity. Ingelsson is also a co-founder of, a blog and community which gives free legal guidance to Nordic startups.

November 29th


Minna Sandberg

Head of Innovation and Emerging Technologies at Berge 

Minna is the Project Manager and co-founder of Nordic Future Mobility Week. Minna has a background from working with and in Silicon Valley for several years both in large organisations and in Startups. She is also one of the co-founders of the startup Hugo, an electrical last mile delivery robot.

November 30th



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326 Galvez Street

Stanford, CA 94305-6105


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Minna Sandberg

Project Manager and Co-founder of Nordic Future Mobility Week