A Look into the Future
Expert Perspectives on Automated Driver Assistance and Affordable Mobility
Moderator: Jim Atkinson, CEO, Guinness Atkinson Asset Management and President, SmartETFs
Jim Atkinson serves as the CEO of Guinness Atkinson Asset Management, Inc., and the president of SmartETFs and the Guinness Atkinson Funds. From 1993 to 2000, Jim was the managing director of Guinness Flight Global Asset Management, Ltd.
Prior to 1993, he was a senior vice president of Huntington Advisers, a mutual fund manager specializing in foreign currency money funds.
Jim graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in History with an emphasis Science & Technology.
Panelist: Robin Chase, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Zipcar
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. She has recently co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.
She sits on the Boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.
Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Nichols Prize as Urban Visionary, Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Panelist: Robbie Diamond, Founder, President and CEO, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)
Mr. Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President and CEO of SAFE. In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating the nation’s dangerous dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009.
Mr. Diamond is also the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale working across 25 cities, in 5 states and with over 200 fleets. The Coalition was launched in November 2009, and as its first official act, released the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network.
Diamond helped found and is the Chairman of Rhombus Energy Solutions, a company that provides intelligent power conversion solutions primarily for energy storage applications in the commercial and micro grid segments and high-powered bidirectional electric vehicles chargers. In addition, Diamond helped found and sits on the Board of HCT-Sun, a rooftop solar company that focuses on commercial and industrial rooftop development, operations, and ownership in Mumbai, India.
Mr. Diamond earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.
Panelist: Chunka Mui, Futurist, Author, and Innovation Advisor
Chunka Mui explores innovation aimed at making the world a much better place. He is a strategic advisor who helps organizations design and stress test their innovation strategies. He is the best-selling author of four books on strategy and innovation including The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Start-Ups and Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn From the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years. Chunka is also contributor to Forbes, where he has authored more than 200 columns on strategy and innovation—including more than 40 on driverless-car-related innovation and disruption. Earlier in his career, Chunka was managing partner and chief innovation officer at Diamond Technology Partners (now part of PWC). He also cofounded and directed Vanguard, a multinational research program on emerging technologies (now TTI Vanguard) and helped establish Accenture’s Artificial Intelligence Group and Center for Strategic Technology Research (now Accenture Technology Labs). Chunka was born in Hong Kong, grew up on the south side of Chicago and now lives near the Green Mountains of Vermont. He studied life and learning at Chicago’s Saint Ignatius High School and computer engineering and artificial intelligence at MIT. He can be contacted via his website at www.chunkamui.com .
Panelist: Daniel Sperling, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis
Dr. Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2018 Roy W. Crum award from TRB, its highest research award; and the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation Prize for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems.” He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), testified 8 times to the US Congress, authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future (Island Press, 2018), is a regular contributor to Forbes and Energy Expert contributor for Wall Street Journal, is widely cited in leading newspapers, been interviewed many times on NPR radio, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, and Fresh Air, and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.