FM2025 Speakers and organizers

FM2025 Speakers and organizers
Dave McShane
Dave McShane Executive Vice President – Corporate Partnerships, Autotech Ventures

David has a broad cross-section of mobility and industrial experience working both in and with start-up companies to create business strategies that rapidly commercialize new technology and business models.

David joined Autotech from Ricardo where he was President of the software division. Prior to Ricardo, David has held leadership roles in several start-up organizations in areas of distributed generation, energy storage, high-efficiency electric motors, and hybrid vehicles taking these companies through commercial transformation to exit.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine where he also continued with his postgraduate research specializing in power electronics and controls. He enjoys supporting STEM education, coaching venture start-up teams, spending time with family, traveling, and exploring different cultures.

Previously, Dr. McShane served on the board of Wellington Drive as CEO and on the board of Ricardo. David also served in board advisory roles to Tour Engines and Antenum.

Daron Gifford
Daron Gifford Partner, Plante Moran

Daron is partner-in-charge of the firm’s strategy and automotive industry consulting practices. With more than four decades of industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, energy and advanced technologies, he is known for his versatility and thoughtful, strategic insights as a trusted advisor to executives globally.

Daron’s extensive experience includes management consulting for a wide range of companies impacted by the dramatic changes in future mobility services, encompassing strategy, market and operational assessments, commercialization, M&A and business planning in autonomy, mobility, electrification, energy, infrastructure and environmental technologies.  He has also served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy on the automotive industry and advanced technologies.

Daron has a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). 

Andrew Smart
Andrew Smart Independent Mobility Consultant-Andrew Smart Consulting, LLC.

Andrew Smart is an Independent Mobility Consultant focused upon Connected and Automated Vehicles.  He provides leadership and direction to organizations looking to enter or expand in the mobility sector. During his 35 years’ experience in the mobility space he has held several executive technical and business leadership roles and most recently was the CTO for the American Center for Mobility where he was responsible for the overall design and delivery of a unique AV testing site.  Previously he was CTO for SAE International where he was responsible for all technical programs including voluntary standards development including AV's and cyber security.  Earlier, he has held executive leadership positions with global technical consultancies and a European based OEM.

Mike Bell
Mike Bell Chief Innovation Officer, Ricardo plc

Mike Bell is Chief Innovation Officer at Ricardo plc and is focused on transportation, mobility and sustainable energy technology. He is a commercially-focused technology leader with over 25 years’ business, product and transformation experience. He has held director positions within Laird plc, Canonical Ltd and Jaguar Land Rover prior to joining Ricardo. His experience includes leading sales & marketing, technology, engineering and programme delivery within North America, China, Europe, Russia and Asia Pacific in multiple industry verticals.

Mike has a background in connected vehicles and mobility services – specifically, in the foundation of the connected vehicle business unit at Jaguar Land Rover where he launched connected services across 26 countries. He has advised multiple companies in the mobility and automotive data monetisation space and is currently an advisor to a mobility/fleet management company. He has previously chaired the SMMT Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Forum in the UK and represented ACEA in Europe on connected vehicles. He has a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Johannes Rott
Johannes Rott Director of German Partnerships at Plug and Play

Johannes Rott is Director of German Partnerships at Plug and Play — the world’s largest corporate innovation platform based in Silicon Valley, California. He is overseeing a team which is managing partnerships with corporations in Silicon Valley in the areas Mobility, IoT, Real Estate, Energy and Smart Cities. In addition to that, he is overseeing the launch and operation of Plug and Play Detroit. Corporate Partners he is working with are Daimler, ZF, Webasto, Yanfeng, Schaeffler, Lear, Wabco, FCA and many more.

Stephane Fosso
Stephane Fosso Director – Fleet Technology, Sysco

Stephane is a seasoned technical and business leader with strong analytical skills and proficient in developing new technologies and deploying cost effective transportation solutions. He has 15 years of experience in electric vehicles within the Automotive, Commercial fleet and Trucking industry including product development, strategic planning, procurement, supply chain, business development and sales with proven track record of delivering on-time strategic initiatives. He has solid experience in project management (scope, timelines, budgeting and resource planning), and has extensive international experience with proven excellence in leading global cross functional teams in China, Brazil, India, France, Poland and Germany.

Alan I. Taub
Alan I. Taub Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan Senior Technical Advisor, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

Dr. Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president for global research and development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices. He was promoted to vice president in 2009, after joining GM R&D as executive director in 2001.  Before joining GM, he worked at Ford Motor Company from 1993 to 2001 as a manager of the Lincoln vehicle engineering, vehicle crash safety, and materials science department. He also spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric (1979-1993). Dr. Taub has earned 26 patents and authored more than 70 papers and book chapters.
Dr. Taub serves on the boards of the startups CellEra and Brightway Vision and is on advisory committees for Samsung and Bocar. He is a technical advisor for the strategic venture capital fund, Auto Tech Ventures.  He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and SIMTech - Singapore’s national laboratory.  Dr. Taub is on the ASM Silver Medal committee and previously served as chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He was also a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel.
Alan received a B.Sc. degree in materials engineering from Brown University in 1975, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University, in 1975 and 1979 respectively.

Giovanni Circella
Giovanni Circella Ph.D – Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California

Giovanni Circella is the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Circella’s research interests include travel behavior, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, emerging transportation services, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and policy analysis. His recent research has focused on the impacts of individual attitudes, land use features, information and communication technology (ICT), shared mobility and ridehailing (e.g. Lyft and Uber) on travel behavior and auto ownership, and the mobility patterns of specific population segments (e.g.“millennials”) and in various regions of the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. Dr. Circella is the Chair of the TRB Committee on ICT and Transportation (ADB20), and a member of the Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40) and the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) committees. He also serves in the NCHRP 20-102, 20-102(01), 20-102(09) and 20-102(19) panels on the impacts of connected and automated vehicles. Dr. Circella regularly cooperates with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other agencies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Europe and South America.


Jennifer Dukarski
Jennifer Dukarski Leader, Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team, Butzel Long

Jennifer Dukarski is a Shareholder in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office and serves as the Leader of the firm’s Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team.  A “recovering engineer,” Jennifer uses her experience to understand complex automotive technology, design and development cycles, and issues in the transportation sector.  She focuses her practice at the intersection of automotive products and emerging technology, with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from autonomous, connected, electrified and shared mobility (ACES); intellectual property; product safety and compliance; biometrics; the Internet of Things (IoT); privacy; cybersecurity; and blockchain.

Michael Britt
Michael Britt Founder, MG Britt Engineering

Michael Britt is a dynamic, accomplished senior executive with 31+ years’ experience building and transforming world-class engineering organizations. He has developed expanding revenue base, customer base, and market share for a global Fortune 500 service organization. He is experienced with proven ability in multiple global assignments to design, implement, and evolve international and domestic engineering & maintenance infrastructures, and he has a unique blend of senior operational leadership experience in the engineering and operational environment; with broad focused functional experience

Mo Poorsartep
Mo Poorsartep Manager – Autonomous Vehicle Integration and Test, Lyft

Mo Poorsartep is Manager – Autonomous Vehicle Integration and Test at Lyft. Previously he was Advanced Engineering Manager for Valeo North America, where he led the activities of the Comfort and Driving Assistance Business Group in further developing and testing of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Automated Vehicles, supporting various related product groups.

Poorsartep has also led the activities of the Connected Transportation Initiative at Texas Transportation Institute and also served as Project Manager at the University of Michigan Connected Vehicle Proving Center.
Poorsartep has an extensive background in working with automotive and defense industries and is an active member of industry groups such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ITS America and more.

In North America, Valeo’s regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich., and the company has 21 production sites and nine research and development centers. The company employs 13,150 people across North America and was responsible for 22 percent of the Group’s 2015 global annual original equipment sales.

Aneesh Padalkar
Aneesh Padalkar Principal, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Aneesh Padalkar is a Principal at Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) and has 15 years of experience in the automotive, transportation and energy industries. Padalkar is currently leading RSC’s regional Advanced Mobility programs.
For the past 7 years, he has advised industry executives on technology road-mapping, product strategy, procurement strategy and cost optimization. He brings in broad and practical perspectives having worked hand-in-hand in implementing solutions with client groups in Corporate Strategy, Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Purchasing and Supply Chain. He has also provided views on electrification and emerging technology trends to industry magazines as a key opinion leader. Prior to joining RSC, Pdalkar worked with ZF Group leading cross-functional teams for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) product development and launch for over 15 vehicle platforms with several automotive companies.
He received his MBA from the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. He also has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

Marc Wiseman
Marc Wiseman Head of Global Mobility Programs, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Marc has over 25 years of experience in engineering, testing and validation, strategy and operations for automotive and commercial vehicle industries.  Marc has executive responsibility for business strategy programs in advanced mobility, which includes connected autonomous vehicles.   His clients include automotive OEMs and tier 1 suppliers, Mobility companies, Government agencies and the investment community.  Marc's team also performs internal research publishing thought leadership pieces on the opportunities and challenges of advanced technology vehicles.   Marc is a regular key note speaker and panel moderator at conferences globally.