The Future of Transport

Tickets are free, with a £5 donation to Sustrans.

Travel has been disrupted and will never be the same again. Discover what’s next for the transport sector from industry leaders such as Virgin Hyperloop One and Lilium Electric Jets on the 23 June 2020.

Presented by Clean Growth UK, this virtual event will include keynote talks and a Q&A session about the innovative solutions on offer, and what a low carbon future may look like.

There will also be 1-2-1 business support and networking opportunities available for all attendees, along with access to the Clean Growth UK exhibition showroom.


About our speakers

Oliver Walker-Jones, Head of Communications at Lilium (panellist)

The Lilium Jet is the world’s first all-electric, five-seater, personal air vehicle. Their vision is of a world where anyone can fly wherever they want, whenever they want, goes beyond simply providing a new mode of transport.

Oliver is a Lilium spokesperson with a focus on Lilium’s growth on a global scale. He is responsible for the communication of all elements of the business, in the innovative and exciting category of mobility which is powered by Lilium. Nominated as one of PRWeek’s 30 under 30 in 2015, he has also held communications and government affairs roles with Walmart, LafargeHolcim, Blackstone and the CBI, the UK’s leading business lobby.


Andrew Stephens, Executive Director at the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (panellist)

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) brings together some of the biggest names in the maritime sector to plan how it can contribute to – and thrive in – a sustainable future. The cross-industry group represents ship owners and charterers, shipbuilders, engineers and service providers, banking, insurance, and classification societies.

Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers, in the position of Chief Operating Officer, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group, in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong.

He was responsible for leading and managing business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, drive strategic planning and implementation consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency. After a successful period in both international groups he joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat.


Emilie Hannezo, Associate at InMotion Ventures (panellist)

Emilie is an Associate at InMotion Ventures, the VC arm of Jaguar Land Rover that invests millions in companies at the cutting-edge of transport, mobility and travel. Its investments include ridehailing giant Lyft, self-driving car operator Voyage and outdoor adventure app Fatmap. InMotion invests globally, with half its portfolio based in the US and the rest in Europe – mostly in the UK.

The fund typically backs companies from seed stage through to Series B, with cheque sizes ranging from £500k to £5 million. Prior to InMotion, Emilie worked for a fintech startup in France, WeShareBonds.


Martin Offiah, Business Development Director at Connected Kerb (panel host)

Connected Kerb provides a smart cities platform that integrates both power and data at kerbside to support electric and autonomous vehicles. Martin is a former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer, completing his career as England rugby league’s top try-scorer of all time. Martin was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2013 and presented with a statue at Wembley Stadium for his myriad of accomplishments. An early-adopter, Martin has been an EV advocate for many years, experiencing the trials and tribulations of owning an EV in the very early stages of the revolution.


Leslie Horwitz, Strategic Communications Lead at Virgin Hyperloop One (keynote talk)

Hyperloop is a new form of ground transport currently in development by a number of companies. It could see passengers travelling at over 700 miles an hour in floating pod which races along inside giant low-pressure tubes, either above or below ground.The pods will be able to reach speeds comparable to aircraft, and could see a journey such as Edinburgh to London shortened to 50 minutes.

Leslie Horwitz is the Strategic Communications Lead at Virgin Hyperloop One, where she connects audiences globally to the promise and reality of the first new mode of transportation in over 100 years. Leslie also spearheads VHO’s sustainability initiatives at the company, product, and ecosystem levels. She develops and manages key partnerships to achieve a 21st century, clean, mobility ecosystem such as those with the UN and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Previously, Leslie worked at Benenson Strategy Group, a data-based strategic communications firm, where she worked on national and local political campaigns. Leslie graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a focus in Transportation and Urban Planning.


Alliance Niyigena and Jan Oledzki, HYPED (keynote talk)

HYPED is a student society at the University of Edinburgh dedicated to accelerating the development of Hyperloop and implementing the technology in the UK. HYPED is advancing both technical and commercial aspects of Hyperloop, having seen success in three international competitions.

Alliance Niyigena is a final year MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering student. As Head of the Power Team, Alliance is developing a power system for HYPED’s newest prototype. A second year Chemical Engineer at the University of Edinburgh, Jan Oledzki was part of the team to compete at the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition in California in Summer 2019.