authorities on
the Future of
the automobile.

The conference brings together the global pioneers of the automotive, tech and infrastructure industries.

 
 

2019 conference speakers

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Stephen Cheung - President, World Trade Center Los Angeles; EVP, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Stephen Cheung is the Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA).

Cheung leads investment attraction to the LA County region on behalf of both LAEDC and WTCLA, and facilitates successful location of new businesses, projects, and deals from both international and U.S. investors into the region.  He also supports international trade and international connections for organizations based in LA County.

 
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michael dunne - CEO, Zo Zo Go (A Dunne Automotive Company)

Michael Dunne landed in Beijing with a 3-day old MBA, his Apple McIntosh and enough Mandarin to find his way around. The year was 1990, the Berlin Wall had fallen 6 months prior. But the Great Wall had not: China remained impenetrable to outsiders. A bigger issue for the Detroit native? China’s car market was smaller than Portugal’s.

His timing was perfect. For the next 26 years, Michael Dunne experienced first-hand China’s miraculous economic growth as an entrepreneur, author and executive.

In 2015, with China’s auto-tech companies poised to go global, Dunne established ZoZo Go LLC, an advisory firm specializing in China’s electric and autonomous tech markets. ZoZo Go operates in Hong Kong, Shanghai and San Diego.

 
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mckeel hagerty - CEO, Hagerty

McKeel began playing with cars as a boy and hasn’t stopped since, turning his parent’s small local insurance agency into the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance to vintage vehicle enthusiasts and an automotive lifestyle brand focused on the love of cars and driving.

His “grow yourself first” approach to life and leadership has been so successful that in 2016-2017 he was elected international chairman of YPO,  the world’s largest peer-to-peer group for CEOs. During his term, he traveled extensively, talking to world leaders and business innovators about leadership and success. He’ll share his thoughts on these subjects in his first book, “Who Will Lead?” due out next spring.

 
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kristin kolodge - Executive Director, J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for establishing a new HMI practice at the company. She serves as an industry thought leader for automotive technology user experience and leads the company’s global initiative to integrate the Voice of the Customer into the product development process for the Future of Mobility.

 
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JUDY KRUGER - Director of Aerospace & Defense, Advanced Transportation, LAEDC

In her role as Director, Judy provides strategic direction and drives the execution of the LAEDC’s capacity building efforts in the Advanced Transportation and Aerospace industry clusters. Judy has extensive experience in national and international economic development initiatives. She has developed, launched and successfully implemented sizeable programs in both the transportation and aerospace industries. In her most recent positions as a business consultant and strategic planner, she has worked extensively with U.S. and foreign companies seeking to grow businesses in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. As the Vice President of Operations for Grupo Prodensa, Judy implemented the firm’s foreign investment, marketing and sales strategy.

 
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drew murphy - Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development,Edison International

Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Edison International. He is responsible for managing the strategic planning process for Edison International and its subsidiaries and oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry and their impact on Edison’s regulated utility and competitive businesses. In this role, he has responsibility for advancing strategic initiatives and assessing new opportunities that are key to achieving business growth and long- term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the competitive businesses of Edison International including Edison Energy. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of a variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.

 
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sam park - UX/UI Design senior manager, Nissan research center Silicon Valley

Sam Park is UX/UI Design senior manager at Nissan research center Silicon Valley. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2002, majoring at Transportation design. After graduation, he joined Nissan’s Tokyo design studio called Creative Box as a creative designer In charge of future trend research, concept and production car designs, external collaborations. At Creative Box, He learned the important concept of “Collaboration” for creating User focused mindset throughout Nissan design community.

 
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DR. Jun Pei - CEO, CEPTON

Dr. Pei is a technologist in optics and electronics. Before co-founding Cepton, Dr. Pei founded AEP Technology to develop advanced 3D optical instruments. Earlier in his career, he worked in technology development at KLA-Tencor, a semiconductor metrology company. Dr. Pei received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

 
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Kellen Pucher - Director of Strategic Initiatives-Smart Mobility, Panasonic

Kellen Pucher is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Smart Mobility within Panasonic North America. He studied Biological Psychology and Neuroscience at Miami University and began his career in commercial analytical sciences and biotechnology. Continuing his passion for technology, he worked for Level 3 Communications leading to the 2017 acquisition by Century Link. This combined background in science and communications prepared him for a position in Smart Mobility and Connected Vehicles (V2X)  at Panasonic. Kellen and his team are driven to create systems which will save lives through the reduction of traffic crashes and produce a scalable decrease in traffic congestion. These platforms will empower roadway operators with improved situational awareness, as well as predictive and responsive capabilities unlocked by big data. Kellen also believes that Panasonic's V2X platform will pave the way for cooperative, safer deployments of autonomous vehicles in the future.

 
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saba waheed - research director, ucla labor center

Saba Waheed is Research Director at the UCLA Labor Center. She has over fifteen years of research experience developing projects with strong community participation. With her team at the UCLA Labor Center, she coordinated the first-ever study of domestic work employers, launched a study of young people in the service economy, and conducted research on the taxi industry and technology networking companies. She has also researched other industries including garment, nail salon, construction, and retail.

 
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dr. wolfgang warnecke - Chief Scientist of Mobility, Shell

Shell’s Chief Scientists contribute internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurture innovative technology to help deliver supports project development and business growth.

How the transport sector evolves will have a significant impact on efforts to meet growing global demand for energy while helping to address climate change. Transport accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s total energy use and one fifth of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. A number of fuel and vehicles options will be required to meet growing demand for transport from customers, keep pace with technological advancements and reduce emissions. Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy and championing science, R&D and innovation. He seeks to enhance Shell’s technical reputation in this fast-changing area of mobility.

 
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ALEX WELLEN - Global President & General Manager, MotorTrend Group

Alex Wellen is Global President and General Manager of MotorTrend Group, the largest automotive media company in the world. MotorTrend Group is a joint venture with Discovery, and reaches more than 131 million fans every month across its portfolio of media properties. Since joining MotorTrend Group in 2018, Wellen has led the transformation of the MotorTrend brand into a modern media company, creating essential, addictive products and services while expanding MotorTrend’s reach with new programming, events, and gaming.

 
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tom white - executive director, laci

Tom White is the Impact Director at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. He is responsible for developing and managing programs aimed at fostering and measuring the economic, social and environmental impact of LACI and its portfolio companies, and other incubators and partner organizations nationally.

Tom’s expertise is in positioning organizations and programs to secure funding and gain access to new customers. Focusing on innovation and sustainability, Tom has helped secure record levels of funding and sales for corporations, design firms and advertising agencies, academic institutions and entrepreneurial ventures. An IDSA Award Winning Industrial Designer, storyteller and customer experience architect, Tom has developed brand positioning and communication strategies that have helped raise billions for organizations like Lockheed-Martin, Motorola, Volvo, Philips and others. His “Master the Pitch” series helps entrepreneurs prepare presentations to secure investor funding. He speaks globally to entrepreneurial, academic, investor and other groups.