Speakers - Sustainability Mobility

Hear from sustainable mobility experts at SIF18 on how we can accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles, what are cities doing to support the demand for EVs and how we can fast track decarbonisation in the transport sector.

Andy Eastlake

Managing Director


Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP’s Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the Members Council for many years.

As MD Andy has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers. As Head of Laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He joined Millbrook after a year’s training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in mechanical engineering at Southampton University.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers and was formerly a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies

Bob Wieckowski

California State Senator

California State Legislature

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.  He was appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments West and in 2017 became the first Californian to chair the committee. He is a state leader in advocating for climate adaptation programs and has participated on many international, state and regional panels examining green infrastructure investments.His 10th Senate District includes several clean energy companies that are helping California improve both its economy and its environment.

Dr. Nancy Vandycke

Economic Advisor of the Transport Global Practice

World Bank

Dr. Nancy Vandycke is Economic Advisor of the Transport Global Practice in the World Bank.  She founded and currently heads “Sustainable Mobility for All”— a global platform that unites 53 transport organizations worldwide to change the future of mobility.  Dr. Vandycke also leads the strategic and global analytical portfolio of the Bank in transport, including climate action, impact evaluation and the global tracking framework.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Advanced Energy Technologies and, of the Multilateral Development Banks’ Group on sustainable transport. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from London School of Economics.

Dr. Thomas Becker

Vice President Governmental Affairs

BMW Group

Since 2007 Thomas Becker holds the position Vice President Governmental Affairs at the BMW Group in Munich. In his position he supervises the worldwide representation of BMW Group’s political interests, oversees the company’s approach to integrate political topics into the product and business communication of the BMW Group, and steers the sustainability communication of the company.

Thomas Becker started his career as a Consultant in the department of environmental policy at the Association of the German Industry (BDI) in Berlin. He later held several leadership positions at the Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) in Frankfurt. Before his current role at the BMW Group, he held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the VDA with responsibility for the co-management of the association. Thomas Becker also served as a reserve officer with the rank of Captain from 1988 until 2003 for the German military.

Thomas Becker received his PhD degree (Dr. rer. pol.) with Professor Dr. Ekkehard Kappler at the Reinhard-Mohn foundation chair for management, economics, and social evolution at the University of Witten / Herdecke with magna cum laude. Thomas Becker also holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne

Gloria Zavatta

President and CEO

Agency for Mobility, Environment, Energy and Urban Planning of the City of Milan

Gloria Zavatta, AMAT srl – Agency for Mobility, Environment, Energy and Urban Planning of the City of Milan. President and CEO since may 2017 She was the Sustainability Manager within Expo 2015 SpA, the company in charge of organizing, running and dismantling the Universal Exposition, the so called Expo Milano 2015, since 2009. From 1995 to 2009 she worked for ERM Italy – Environmental Resource Management Group (a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services) developing consultancy experience in a wide range of projects for several Italian and international private and public organisations. She became ERM’s Associate Partner in 2003.From 1988 to 1994 she  worked for Lombardia Risorse S.p.A. (consultancy company owned by Regione Lombardia) in Milan carrying out territorial planning activities, environmental analysis of industrial plants, planning for differentiated waste collection and projects for the implementation of clean technologies.

Hon. George Heyman

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Government of British Columbia

George Heyman was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. He is the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager. Prior to these positions he lived in Terrace for many years, and worked throughout BC’s northwest and coastal communities.

George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.

George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy.

George enjoys running, kayaking, live music and theatre.

Matt Petersen

President & CEO

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Paulus Tjakrawan Taningdjaja


Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association

Victor Cheng

Senior Vice President and General Manager, ICTBG

Delta Electronics

Victor An Cheng currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Information and Communications Technology BG (ICTBG) of Delta Electronics Inc., responsible for businesses encompassing Data Center, Telecom, Networking. Mr. Cheng acts same time as the Chairman of the Board of Delta Networks, Inc., a subsidiary company of Delta Electronics that focuses on the design and manufacture of Ethernet switches and wireless networking products. Mr. Cheng served as the General Manager of Power System BG of Delta Electronics from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that Mr. Cheng was the President of Delta Networks from 2002 to 2014 and led Video Display BU of Delta Electronics from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Cheng held various positions from International Sales Director to Assistant General Manager of Video Display BU of Delta from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Cheng holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in the state of California, USA.

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Discussing the circular economy, energy transition, sustainable mobility and climate finance


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