18.–21.05.2022 #polismobility

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Speaker and hosts of the polisMOBILITY Conference 2022

We are pleased to welcome around 150 speakers and hosts from a wide range of industries and disciplines at polisMOBILITY.

You can find an overview of all speakers and hosts here.

This overview will be continuously supplemented.

Prof. Jan Gehl, Architect

Prof. Jan Gehl, Architekt​​​​​​​

Prof. Jan Gehl, Architekt​​​​​​​ © Sandra Henningsson

Jan Gehl is a practising urban planning consultant and professor of urban planning at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has researched the form and use of public spaces in depth and put his findings into practice in numerous places around the world. His company Gehl Architects -- Urban Quality Consultants creatively designs new ideas for how communities use public space. For Gehl, design always begins with an analysis of the spaces between buildings. Only when you have a vision of what kind of public life is desired in a particular space can you look at the surrounding buildings and the possibilities for productive interaction between spaces.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Lecture "Liveable Cities for the 21st Century" on 19.05.2022 at openSTAGE


Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet

"Transforming our mobility system will only be possible if we radically challenge the deeply held values, worldviews and ideas that we too often take for granted. If we don't, we will keep building the same system over and over again."

Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet

Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet © Teska Overbeeke

Marco te Brömmelstroet is Professor of Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam. His teaching in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Planning focuses on the (problematic) integration of land use and mobility and on ways to improve it. In his research he focuses on the relationships between cycling, cities and society. He is also interested in what narratives and ideas are (not) used to shape our shared future mobility and why (not).

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Lecture »Why we want to promote different types of mobility and stop promoting the current mainstream.« on Wednesday, 18.05.2022 at visionSTAGE


Stephan Willinger

"Our understanding of urban development is changing: from a spectator democracy with a few decision-makers to an open ecosystem that reacts flexibly to social demands, technical possibilities and new actors. Only in such co-productive processes can cities overcome the central challenges of the climate crisis, transport transition or digitalisation."

Stephan Willinger

Stephan Willinger © Victoria Jung

Stephan Willinger is an urban researcher at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development BBSR in Bonn. There he is responsible for the implementation of the National Urban Development Policy and has conducted a large number of research projects on different areas of community-oriented urban development. He is also chairman of the advisory board for Bonn4Future. He has been teaching on the master's degree programme in spatial planning at TU Dortmund University since 2016. In recent years, Stephan Willinger has mainly worked on innovations in urban development and the new distribution of roles between civil society and administration; his most recent publication was "Stadt gemeinsam gestalten. New Models of Co-Production in the Neighbourhood".

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Lecture "Cities on the move. Why the traffic turnaround in the city needs social innovations" on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at openSTAGE


Frauke Burgdorff

"Some large and medium-sized companies in our city have gone ahead and installed a company mobility management system with our support in the #AachenMove! project. A really important step to achieve our municipal goals!"

Frauke Burgdorff

Frauke Burgdorff © Stadt Aachen Andreas Steindl

Frauke Burgdorff is a graduate engineer in spatial planning. She studied in Kaiserslautern and Dortmund. Following her studies, she worked as an urban planner in Antwerp, as a futurologist in Gelsenkirchen and for the concept development of the Euregionale in Aachen. At the request of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, she established the Initiative Stadtbaukultur NRW and managed the European House of Urban Culture. From 2006 onwards, she established and managed the Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume gAG in Bonn. During this time, she also served as managing director of Urbane Nachbarschaft Samtweberei gGmbH. In 2016, she established BURGDORFF STADT - Agency for Cooperative Urban Development. With her team, she has worked for municipalities and housing companies all over the country. Frauke Burgdorff was born in Hildesheim in 1970. On 19 June 2019, she was elected by the Aachen City Council as the new Alderwoman for Planning, Construction and Mobility. Ms Burgdorff is currently involved in the following networks and organisations: German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (member and member of the Committee for Land Policy) Board of Trustees of vhw - Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklng e.V Association of German Architects (associate member and member of AK Stadt) National Urban Development Policy (member of the Board of Trustees) Immovielien e.V. network. (Member and Member of the Advisory Board) Wohnbund e.V.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion "Corporate mobility management: How municipalities and companies can shape sustainable mobility" on Wednesday, 18.05.2022 at activeSTAGE.


Ferry M. M. Franz

"I like to say "if the house is on fire, it is better to have at least two exits", so I advocate technology openness when it comes to quickly and sustainably reducing CO2 emissions in transport."

Ferry M. M. Franz

Ferry M. M. Franz © Harald Dawo

Ferry M. M. Franz has been working for Toyota since 2005. As General Manager at Toyota, he was responsible for Lexus Germany, among other things, before moving to Toyota Europe in 2017. Since 1 January 2017, he has been Director of the Toyota Motor Europe Group Representative Office in Berlin with the focus areas: Sustainable and Innovative Mobility (Hydrogen & Electromobility, including coordination function for France and the UK), Associations and Politics. In addition, Ferry M.M. Franz has been Director of Hydrogen Affairs Europe since 1 January 2021. Before joining Toyota, Ferry M. M. Franz studied law at the University of Cologne and economics at the University of Wuppertal. He started his career at Kienbaum Unternehmensberatung in Düsseldorf, specialising in media and telecommunications. From 1999 he was responsible for this area as a principal. Before joining Toyota, he was a partner and member of the management team at Dr. Mortsiefer Management Consulting in Cologne. During this time, he was, among other things, founder of the Content Commerce Initiative NRW and director of the state initiative Media NRW.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at visionSTAGE.


Dr. Uwe Lauber

"Hydrogen floats and flies: Green hydrogen is the critical future resource for a green global logistics and supply chain. Key industries in the global transport of goods and commodities, such as shipping and aviation, rely on decarbonised fuels because direct electrification offers no solution here."

Dr. Uwe Lauber

Dr. Uwe Lauber © MAN Energy Solutions

Dr Uwe Lauber has been Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Energy Solutions SE since 1 January 2015.

He has also been responsible for the Technology Division since January 2016.

Before joining MAN Energy Solutions as Head of the Oil & Gas Business Unit in 2010, he held senior positions at BOC Cryostar and Sulzer Turbo. He has been Chairman of the VDMA's Engines and Systems Association since February 2018.

Dr Uwe Lauber studied mechanical and industrial engineering in Konstanz, St. Gallen and Kronstadt.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at visionSTAGE.


Lars Zimmermann

"Germany has a lot of catching up to do in terms of urban development and mobility. The challenges are immense, we do not lack knowledge, but we lack communication and the will to implement. In some cases, citizens are already much further ahead than politicians and administrators."

Lars Zimmermann

Lars Zimmermann © Paul Claussen

Lars Zimmermann studied architecture in Hamburg, but prefers to describe himself as a 'future designer' to explain his work. He is interested in the general questions of how we want to live and work in the future. Lars Zimmermann lived in the Netherlands for almost a decade and worked there on a wide variety of spatial and architectural tasks, what he calls Spatial Storytelling, places of encounter that link space with a story. His time in the Netherlands had an enormous impact on him, both personally and in terms of content, and he has been fascinated by the themes of urban space, the social use of public spaces and the connection with mobility ever since. Since his return to Hamburg, he has been working consistently to make Germany a little more Dutch in the urban planning context, which ultimately resulted in the founding of the agency CITIES FOR FUTURE. He is an ardent follower of the theses of Jan Gehl from Copenhagen and also attended his master class there.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion "Who owns transport space? On entitlement, justice and innovative solutions" on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at openSTAGE.


Sylvia Lier

"I want to make it possible for people to do without their own cars."

Sylvia Lier

Sylvia Lier © AS-Fotografie

Sylvia Lier is considered an expert in multimodal mobility. She knows the sectors of individual, motorised mobility (vehicle fleet management, full-service leasing) as well as the world of diverse sharing offers and also that of public, inner-city passenger transport.

In her mandates over the past 15 years, she has been a member of the management board of LeasePlan GmbH, chairwoman of the management board of Deutsche Bahn Connect GmbH and member of the management board of Rheinbahn GmbH. In addition, she was a member of the supervisory board as well as a member of the board of directors at the Swiss Post Company Cars.In terms of content, she advocates for the emergence of networked mobility offers from "road and rail", ideally platform-based. The Pro-Rail Alliance has honoured this with the innovation award "Mobility Designer 2018" for the concept of the mobility budget.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Moderation panel discussion "Corporate mobility management: How municipalities and companies can shape sustainable mobility" on Wednesday, 18.05.2022 at activeSTAGE.


Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind

"Smart means cleverly thinking together new technologies and a changed mobility culture!"

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind © vom Stein, Stadt Wuppertal

Uwe Schneidewind has been Lord Mayor of the City of Wuppertal since November 2020. From 2010-2020, he was President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Wuppertal Institute and Professor for "Innovation Management and Sustainability" at the Department of Economics at the University of Wuppertal. Prior to that, he was Dean and then President of the University of Oldenburg. His doctorate and habilitation took place at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to past memberships in the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and the University Council of the University of Kassel, he is a member of the Club of Rome.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Impulse lecture and panel discussion "Forms of mobility in the city of short distances" on Wednesday, 18.05.2022 at visionSTAGE.


Dr. Olga Nevska

"My vision is shared, sustainable and always available mobility for all. We have to use the potential of digitalisation to offer citizens a diverse and flexible mobility experience beyond their own cars."

Dr. Olga Nevska

Dr. Olga Nevska

Dr Olga Nevska is CEO of Telekom MobilitySolutions. After studying economics and law, she joined Deutsche Telekom in 2009 after working for the German Bundestag, Roland Berger and Axel Springer. In 2019, she took over the management of the Telekom Group's Corporate Fleet. Since then, she has managed its transformation from fleet manager to mobility provider, making the company a gamechanger in the field of corporate mobility. With Telekom MobilitySolutions, Deutsche Telekom is not only a pioneer in electrification, sharing, pooling and other innovative forms of mobility. It is also the first DAX-listed company to develop its own Mobility-as-a-Service platform, which bundles numerous shared and public transport modes in one app. Olga Nevska stands for sustainable, demand-oriented and guaranteed mobility for all. In 2021, she was chosen by the Handelsblatt as one of the 100 women who are moving Germany forward.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Impulse and panel discussion "How is the future of individual mobility shaping up?" on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at visionSTAGE.


Theo Jansen

"The mobility transition is more urgent than ever. However, it is no longer enough to just formulate the goals. Mobility management is both the key to shaping the municipal framework conditions for the mobility turnaround and the instrument for influencing mobility behaviour."

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen © VRS GmbH Smilla Dankert

Theo Jansen is head of the mobility management department and the office of the "Future Network Mobility NRW" at Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg GmbH (Cologne). Previously, he worked as a research assistant in the transport department of the district government of Cologne and as a mobility officer for the city of Brühl. He is also chairman of the German Platform for Mobility Management (e.V). The central element of his professional activity is the promotion of municipal mobility management to foster sustainable mobility development.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion "Corporate mobility management: How municipalities and companies can shape sustainable mobility" on Wednesday, 18.05.2022 at activeSTAGE.


Marcel Philipp

"In the future, individual mobility will also be possible without a private car. To achieve this, we need to close the gap between car and bus with attractive offers that are both efficient and convenient."

Marcel Philipp

Marcel Philipp

Marcel Philipp is CEO of e.Mobility.Hub GmbH. The company develops mobility concepts and customised mobility solutions for efficient and sustainable mobility in companies, neighbourhoods and cities. Mobility hubs, vehicle fleets, car, bike and scooter sharing as well as on-demand shuttle services are part of the mobility solutions. As mayor of the city of Aachen (2009-2020), Marcel Philipp initiated numerous projects for more sustainable mobility. Marcel Philipp compiled his experiences from the perspective of local politics and his expectations for the implementation of a mobility turnaround in his book "Verkehrswende 2.0 - Was uns in Zukunft bewegen wird". Today, he brings this knowledge to e.Mobility.Hub GmbH as CEO.

Integration at polisMOBILITY: Panel discussion "How is the future of individual mobility shaping up?" on Thursday, 19.05.2022 at visionSTAGE.