Speakers

Speakers at EHW Live: Webinar

At the beginning of February, we hosted a live webinar event about the development of Hyperloop featuring representatives of four of our sponsors. Below you can find out more about the speakers, their interests and background stories.

To learn more about the event itself visit the latest article on our News tab!

Juan Vicén Balaguer

Co-founder

Juan Vicen is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Zeleros Hyperloop, the European company based in Valencia (Spain) leading the development of a scalable hyperloop system to move at 1000km/h and no direct emissions. Zeleros’ unique technologies integrated into a high-capacity and fully-autonomous vehicle enable scalable hyperloop routes, reducing the cost per kilometre of infrastructure and operating at safer pressure levels. 

After being awarded at the SpaceX Hyperloop competition for their design concept in the United States and founding the company in 2016, Zeleros has set new goals and grown rapidly. Cooperating with renowned industrial players and research centres such as Altran, Red Eléctrica de España, Renfe, CIEMAT or global investors such as Plug&Play Tech Center or EIT Climate-KIC, the company mobilized more than 150 people worldwide aspiring to bring hyperloop to reality within a decade. More information at www.zeleros.com 


Przemysław Pączek

CEO

Przemyslaw is Nevomo’s CEO since January 2018. He has ten years of managerial experience in finance and sales, gained mostly in private banking, fund management, real estate brokerage and land development sectors. He used to manage a portfolio of real estate assets in one of the largest Polish banks and used to be a Board Member of nine SPVs of a closed-end property fund. He gained his experience in Getin Noble Bank, Home Broker, ProDevelopment, CB Richard Ellis I San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Przemyslaw is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Przemysław is a PhD candidate at Kozminski University in Warsaw (Management in New Technologies). He is a graduate of ESCP Europe in Paris (Master in Management: London-Madrid-Paris, Major: Public Management) and Cracow University of Economics (Master in Economics, Major: Spatial Economics) and the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program at Kozminski University (in cooperation with Harvard Business School). He is a scholarship holder of the French Foreign Ministry (Bourse Eiffel).


Diana Zhou

Senio Director of Global Alliances and Policy

Diana is the Senior Director of Global Alliances and Policy on Virgin Hyperloop’s Projects team. She leads strategic company initiatives related to project and regional opportunities, analyzing critical decisions on project development to achieve commercialization goals and identifying key risks. Before joining Virgin Hyperloop, Diana was a strategy and management consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York, where she advised private sector companies and governments around the world on business and corporate strategies, risk and economic modelling, planning and operations, product development, market entry decisions, strategic and regulatory trends. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. 

Diana holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA-International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on the intersection of business, technology, and economic development. She received a grant from the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for her research on the development of the electric vehicle industry in China. She received her BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of Chicago.


Khawar Ashraf

Manager of Transit Planning & Engeneering

Khawar Ashraf’s career as a professional engineer began over twenty years ago in ‘bonnie’ Scotland with the City of Edinburgh Council, providing end-to-end transportation planning, engineering design and implementation on their new Containerisation programme – the first of its kind. Khawar’s diverse international career brings experience working with government agencies, such as ‘Transport for London’, where he developed and delivered the next generation of integrated transit bus networks through The London Bus Initiative. His work not only provided a holistic transit service, cashless operation and travel time reliability but tackled the troublesome task of making bendy buses work for London streets. 

Khawar was a key player in the transportation planning and development of the London 2012 Olympic route network and the framework for local temporary traffic management plans. Furthermore, he contributed to Libya’s first Transportation and Traffic Geometric Design Guide before the Arab Spring.

For the last ten years, Khawar has been working with various municipal transit agencies in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area of Ontario, Canada, and the federal government on transportation infrastructure projects, involving Transportation Master Plan’s, Environmental Assessment, BRT’s, LRT’s, and highway/freeway infrastructure rehabilitation. It is important to note his work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge crossing, Hamilton and Hurontario LRT’s, and the feasibility study of Hyperloop for the Canadian context. Khawar has been Manager of Transit Planning & Engineering at AECOM Canada for the past five years. He has a Civil & Transportation Engineering degree from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Wouter Perry

Project Manager

As Program Manager within AECOM, Wouter leads international program teams serving several of AECOM’s global customers. Wouter’s interest in sustainable infrastructure has connected him internally with the AECOM Hyperloop account, previously mainly focused on the Canadian and USA opportunities. In recent years, he established the European involvement via sponsoring the Delft Hyperloop teams, and connections with local European Hyperloop start-ups.

Synchronously with AECOM’s ambition to be the world’s premier infrastructure firm, Wouter aspires to share their knowledge of Hyperloop in the European region. By partnering with other Hyperloop technology developers and clients, he strives to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build sustainable infrastructure for generations to come.