TravelSpirit Launch Conference – Guest Speakers


Sampo Hietanen, Founder, CEO at MaaS Finland

Sampo Hietanen, one of the ‘fathers’ of the idea of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has been selected as the new CEO of the first Mobility as a Service company in the world. Hietanen’s appointment has been prompted by new investment in the project. The initial of investors include eight companies, four of which are international and four Finnish, led by the French transportation giant Transdev (part of the Veolia group). For this he has resigned as the CEO of ITS Finland.

Talking about: Building a global business plan for Mobility as a Service

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Lucy Yu, Head of Mobility as a Service, Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, UK

Lucy is head of innovation and Mobility as a Service at the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. She is also TravelSpirit’s new COO. She has worked closely with entrepreneurs, technologists and policy makers across start-ups, scale-ups, large tech companies and local, national and international government, picking up a rare fluency in the contrasting worlds of technology and government administration. She is interested in the power of technology enabled products and services to transform our everyday lives.

Talking about: Are we nearly there yet? Unblocking the barriers to innovation in mobility.’



Jonny Voon, Lead Technologist – IoT & Cyber Security at Innovate UK

Jonny is Lead Technologist for Internet Technology within Innovate UK’s Digital Economy team. Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency and we fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

Jonny looks at how IoT, cyber security and cloud can help enable the UK achieve future economic, social and environmental success, and improve the quality of life for all those living there. He develops funding programmes that help businesses, academia and public sector organisations collaborate to accomplish greater levels of innovation, and provides thought leadership and guidance on IoT, cyber security, cloud computing and innovation for organisations of any size working in the digital economy.

Talking About: Solving Cyber Security issues surrounding Mobility as a Service & how the Open Source Community can play a role

David E Alexander

David Alexander — Chief Executive & Co-Founder, Mydex CIC

David was former Director of Strategy and Marketing at Northgate Information Solutions and Group Development Director at Computacenter plc.

David is also the co-author of the CRM Pocketbook and a master coach and advisor on the key areas of market entry, proposition development and leading virtual teams and partnership development, identity and personal data.

David is a Fellow of the RSA, a member and active supporter of Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Rights Group and is passionate about protecting individuals’ privacy and personal data and its associated rights.

Talking About: The emerging ‘personal data time-bomb’ associated with Mobility as a Service applications

Alex Burrows

Alex Burrows, CEO of TravelSpirit

Alex is passionate about the role and value of transport and mobility and has written and speaks frequently on transport strategy and policy, technology and innovation in transport, and the wider social, environmental and economic roles of transport. He is Marketing & Strategy Director for Alstom UK & Ireland with responsibility for leading Alstom’s strategic interests, Government Affairs, innovation and marketing activities. He has previously worked in senior strategic roles for Atkins, the Transport Systems Catapult and Centro. He can usually be found on twitter @alexcburrows

Talking About: Making MaaS work with international collaboration between cities


Rob Taylor, CTO of TravelSpirit

Rob Taylor is a well known figure in a number of Open Source communities, having working commercially with Linux and Open Source technologies for over 15 years. He has founded two successful companies delivering Open Source development and has helped grow a number of open source communities.

As well as CTO of TravelSpirit, Rob is CTO at Codethink, is the secretary of the FOSSi Foundation, and is building a startup in fundamental computing innovation.

Talking About: Making a commercial success from open source code

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William Webb, CEO Weightless SIG

William is CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology and Head of Consulting at Affini. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015.

William has published 14 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey, Southampton and Trinity College Dublin Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities.

Talking about: Weightless: Overcoming the disaster of too much choice for IoT connectivity


Giles Bailey, Director Stratageeb Limited, UK

Talking About: The Customer Proposition for Mobility as a Service – is this global, regional or personal?

Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer at Satellite Applications Catapult

Paul Febvre

In March 2013, Paul was appointed Chief Technology Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult. Prior to joining the Catapult, Paul held positions at Inmarsat as Satellite System Architect, subsequently progressing to Head of the BGAN Evolution Team,
responsible for system engineering on the Inmarsat BGAN system and managing the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) Alphasat-extension programme.

Talking About: What Strategic Market Interventions are Needed to Deliver the supporting ITS for the Northern Powerhouse?