2021 Speakers

Angie Gifford

Vice President of Central Europe, Facebook
Angie Gifford has been serving as Facebook’s Vice President for Central Europe since January 2020.

Dr. Astrid A Fontaine

Member of the Board of Management, Bentley Motors
Dr. Fontaine joined Bentley Motors in January 2018. She is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of global Human Resources. In addition she leads the Digital Transformation and Digitalization of enterprise, products (car and services) and customer related areas of the business.

Linda Jackson

Global CEO, PEUGEOT & Member of Top Executive Team, Stellantis
Linda Jackson, born in the United Kingdom and graduating with an MBA from the University of Warwick, has spent her entire career in the automotive industry.


Vice President Digital & IT Sales/Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes-Benz AG, Germany
In this position, she is responsible for all IT-based marketing, sales and aftersales activities as well as the entire digital customer experience.

Dr. Christiane Zorn

Head of Product Marketing, AUDI AG.
She studied business administration as part of a double master’s degree program (business graduate/ master degree) at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Munich and the French EM Lyon Ecole de Management, with a focus on controlling, strategic management and marketing.

Kylie Jimenez

Vice President, People & Innovation, Toyota Motor Europe
Kylie Jimenez joined Toyota Motor Europe (TME) in 2021 as Vice President of People and Innovation.

Inga Maurer

Partner, McKinsey & Company, USA
Inga Maurer first became involved with McKinsey and Company over a decade ago and is currently based in our Chicago office.

Josephine Payne

Craiova Site Director and President Ford of Romania, Ford Motor Company

Anna Sabbadini 

Head of Automotive Customer Quality, Micron Semiconductor Italy
Anna leads the team supporting automotive customers from quality side and chairs the Enterprise Automotive Steering Committee


Bianca David

Engineering Manager, Harman International (a Samsung Company)
Bianca David is an Engineering Manager at Harman leading a global team of engineers responsible for the development of the SOC Modules that are part of the Infotainment systems in cars worldwide.

Susanne Lenz

Driving Sustainability Strategy, AUDI AGy
In her role as a strategist for sustainability in the supply chain, Susanne Lenz is responsible for piloting new technologies aimed at improving transparency in the supply chains as well as mandatory sustainability ratings for suppliers.

Shyamala Prayaga

Founder of the Digital Assistant Academy
Shyamala Prayaga is the founder of the Digital Assistant Academy.

Shelley Zalis 

CEO, The Female Quotient, USA
Shelley Zalis has devoted her career to supporting and bringing visibility to women.

Shanel Drewe

British Racing Driver
Shanel Drewe is a multi-award-winning British Racing driver.

Sara Gorjão

Chief People Officer at tb.lx by Daimler Trucks & Buses
Sara Gorjão is the Chief People Officer at tb.lx, a corporate startup for Daimler Trucks & Buses.

Rekha Gibbons

Chief Operating Officer, Raare Solutions

Rekha Gibbons is the Chief Operating Officer for Raare Solutions.

Charulatha Jain

Product Owner, RBEI Bosch
Charulatha Jain, Product Owner, is currently leading an international Agile team at Bosch which works on advanced and latest communication technologies in Automotive Displays.

Odile Panciatic

Blockchain Project VP, Groupe Renault
The love of cars of Odile Panciatici goes back to her childhood, and she’s been with the automotive industry throughout her entire career.

Krista Koopmans-de

Senior HR Director Automotive EMEA, TE Connectivity

Nektarios Dourdas

Co-Director Customer Advisory Automotive & Manufacturing, SAP

Nektarios Dourdas is heading the Customer Advisory team for Manufacturing & Automotive at SAP Germany in Co-Leadership.

Misha De Larkin

Senior Director of IT Legal & Compliance, Global License Management Chief, Flex
Misha De Larkin is the Senior Director of IT Legal & Compliance, Global License Management Chief, Global Chair for Women in Tech employee resource group, and a member of the Global Inclusion Council.

Melanie Schuttenberg

Vice President of Business Development, Flex Automotive Europe
Melanie Schuttenberg is Vice President of Business Development for Flex Automotive Europe, which covers business development, account management & partnership management.

Marianne Privett

Partner, AA Thornton
Marianne is a Partner in the Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals patent department and leads our Diversity & Inclusion group.

Lum Forfeke

Vice President, Strategic Supply Chain Management, Automotive, Flex

Lum Forfeke is the Vice President of Strategic Supply Chain Management for Flex Automotive’s Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification and Smart Tech business.

Lisa Smith

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Prewave
Dr. Lisa Smith is co-founder and managing director of Prewave, an AI-startup developing a technology to detect sustainability and disruption risks in global supply chains.

Lindsay Bridges

SVP Human Resources, UK&I, DHL Supply Chain
Lindsay Bridges is SVP Human Resources for DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, providing HR leadership to a business of c. 40,000 employees.

Jana Swoboda

IT Project Manager and Team Lead, Daimler Truck AG
Jana Swoboda is an Information Technology Project Manager and Team Lead for Daimler Truck AG, currently responsible for the Used Trucks IT Systems and associated processes.

Dr. Bettina Al-Sadik-Lowinski

Gender Researcher, Author & Certified International Mentor-Coach (MCC)

Dr. Bettina-Al-Sadik-Lowinski is a management researcher, author and certified international mentor-coach (MCC).

John Whalen

Senior Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Catalyst Inc.
As Senior Director, EMEA, John works alongside global organisations, helping them to identify and solve some of their most complex and important people issues, and supports their initiatives to create and sustain more diverse, inclusive, and flexible workplaces.

Johanna Auguste Koch

Director Sales, heycar

As Director Sales at heycar, Johanna is expanding sales and the partnership with car dealers, OEMs and Captives.


Dr. Sandra Maus

Dr. Sandra Maus, Director Customer Advisory Automotive & Manufacturing, SAP Germany

Dr. Sandra Maus, Director Customer Advisory Automotive & Manufacturing, SAP Germany

Elena Evangelista

Director of Sales for the EMEA Automotive Market, Micron Semiconductor (Deutschland) GmbH

Elena is responsible for developing the overall strategy and business plan for the automotive sales team within EMEA, including driving the strategies of the Embedded Business Unit and Automotive Division to increase market share, revenue and unit shipment growth.

Esther A. Poulsen

Founder and CEO, Raare Solutions

Esther Poulsen is the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Raare Solutions LLC, an award-winning leader in CRM and Marketing Operations.