Manuela Papadopol is CEO of Designated Driver, a start-up established by automotive industry visionaries. The company’s mission: deliver autonomous vehicles to market in a safer and faster way. Manuela lives in Seattle and has devoted her career to advancing automotive technology. She is an ambassador for the entire industry as it evolves toward highly automated features and, ultimately, self-driving cars.
Among the American science fiction authors, Sheree Renée Thomas is one of the most exciting representatives. The work of the award-winning writer, poet, and editor is inspired by myth, folklore, and natural science. Due to this focus, Thomas is convinced that in order to evolve and create a brighter future, humanity must finally learn from the mistakes of the past.
Dr Marianne Reeb is Head of Trend and Future Research at Mercedes-Benz AG. This means that her work essentially revolves around one central question: What will tomorrow’s mobility look like? Her take: Some of the great solutions to our most long-standing problems can already be found in cities today.
To help save her hometown of Bangkok from rising sea levels and climate change, Kotchakorn Voraakhom founded the landscape architecture design firm Landprocess. As climate-related emergencies strike cities around the world, Voraakhom says, architects must rise to the challenge. “If we keep building business as usual, our survival will be at stake.”
She knows a thing or two about mobility: Yasmine Blair not only moderates press events and conferences for Mercedes-Benz, but most recently also led viewers through the digital series format “Meet Mercedes Digital”.