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Conference Speakers

Stuart Anderson
Executive Director, Transportation Solutions

Stuart M. Anderson has 32 years of experience in developing successful urban, and transportation planning solutions. He is an internationally recognized speaker on transportation demand management and public-private partnerships for transit services. Stuart has strong expertise in regional commuter programs, having established, and supported regional programs in Houston, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, and other communities internationally. He is a leader in Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), and helped establish nearly 40 TMAs, and aided an additional 30 TMAs.

Rutt Bridges
Futurist, Entrepreneur, Author

Rutt Bridges earned a BS in physics and an MS in geophysical sciences from Georgia Tech. He serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences Advisory Board, the Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, and the Colorado Department of Transportation Innovisers Council. He is also an advisor for Mobility Choice, which is studying Metro Denver’s transportation future. Rutt is past president of the 30,000-member Society of Exploration Geophysicists, past chairman of Colorado Public Radio, and a former candidate for U.S. Senate. Since selling an analytics software startup four years ago, Rutt has focused on exploring the economic, environmental, and social impact of disruptive innovations. His 2015 e-book, Driverless Car Revolution, reached #1 in sales for Robotics and Automotive on Amazon, and his second book, Our Driverless Future… Heaven or Hell? should be out in the next two months.

Dave Britton
General Manager, Uber

Dave Britton is General Manager for Uber, responsible for rides operations in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Prior to joining Uber, he held roles as a global marketing director for Trimble Navigation, a marketing and strategy consultant with Sterling-Rice and Prophet, and a process engineer for Amgen.  Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell, a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Masters of Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering, both at Northwestern University.

Wendell Chun
Lockheed Martin Space Company

Wendell Chun has 33 years of experience with Lockheed Martin Space Company in Denver, Colorado, performing a wide and diverse range of engineering disciplines from mechanical engineering to systems engineering and to software. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (Manoa, HI) and Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), supporting the Robotics Institute (RI). Wendell is currently on the faculty at the University of Denver since 2003, teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in robotics, systems engineering design, innovation, mechatronics, and entrepreneurship. He is also a lecturer and research professor at the University of Colorado Denver since 2014; teaching engineering design, controls lab, energy conversion lab, and robotics. Having worked intimately in the robotics field for over 30 years, he has been a member of numerous national programs on self-driving vehicles with the first Autonomous Land Vehicle, autonomous driving with four cooperative HMMWVs for the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), and self-driving cars in platoons for the National Automated Highway System Consortium (NAHSC) and single self-driving cars on rural roads for the Department of Transportation with the “No Hands Across America” campaign. He also have related experiences on mobility with a 7-legged rover, a simple wheeled rover, and advanced mobility development with an articulated wheeled platform for an autonomous scout vehicle for the military.

Chen Heffer
Founder and CEO of CyTech Consulting

Chen Heffer brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of cyber security and information technology in both the military and civilian industries. He has extensive experience in cyber warfare, critical infrastructure protection, technology risk management and compliance.

Heffer founded CyTech Consulting on the three principles of “People, Process and Technology” that offer full security coverage of information and cyber assets.  Heffer previously served in a number of Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles at: Spinnaker Support, Gilat Satellite Communications, and the Douglas County Government (Colorado).  He was also the CISO and Head of Cyber Security & Privacy in Deloitte Israel and served as the Internal Security Auditor for Kaiser Permanente in the United States.  Heffer is the founder and leader of the Executive CISO training program at the Magid Institute for Continuing Education of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was formerly the lead academic instructor of the CISO training program at the Continuing Education and External Studies Division at the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology.

In 2016 Heffer was awarded with the prestigious award of the EC-Council for the Most Innovative Cyber Security Project of the year for designing and building a fully automated Cyber Security Operations Center in Douglas County, Colorado.

Heffer has a BA in Management, Political Science and International Relations from the Open University in Tel Aviv, Israel and holds a number of professional international certificates such as: CISSP, CISM, GISP, CISA, CRISC, PCIP, PCI ISA.

Ben Hirsch-McShane
Managing Director, Ibex Investors

Ben Hirsch-McShane is a Managing Director at Ibex Investors in charge of their Driverless Car Fund. He joined Ibex in early 2017 after spending a year researching driverless technologies. Prior to joining Ibex, Hirsch-McShane held a senior position at Passport Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. Over his six year tenure at Passport, his responsibilities ranged from senior analyst and trader on Passport’s India Fund, senior analyst covering global financial companies, special situations analyst, and core member of the macro team. Prior to joining Passport, Hirsch-McShane spent two and a half years as a research analyst at Independence Capital Asset Partners, a long/short equity fund. Hirsch-McShane graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Dr. Libbi Levine Segev
Teaching Assistant Professor, Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department

Libbi Levine Segev is an assistant teaching professor in the Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department at the Daniels College of Business. In addition to her teaching, Libbi is a licensed Colorado attorney and real estate broker. She also has co-authored numerous publications. Libbi holds certifications which include REALTOR, CIPS, FIREC and served as the National Association of Realtor’s President’s Liaison to Israel.

Libbi earned her Bachelors of Arts from Brandeis University, both her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver, and an LLM (concentration in taxation and real property) from New York University.

Dr. Mark Lee Levine
Professor, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management

Dr. Mark Lee Levine Professor, University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management.

Mark Lee Levine is a full professor at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business. He is a real estate broker, attorney, investor and professor for more than 40 years, lecturing throughout the U.S. and internationally. Levine is a four-time Fulbright Scholar, has written 58 books and more than 300 articles. He has been at the University of Denver for more than 40 years and holds certifications and licenses that include, among others, CCIM, CIPS, CLU, ChFC, CPM, CRB, CRE, CREA, CRS, SRS, GRI, MAI, FRICS, FIABCI, Cert. FIABCI, Emeritus DREI and GAA.

Levine, in addition to teaching, practices law and has traveled as an international delegation leader to dozens of locations throughout the world. He is one of the foremost experts in the U.S. on American and international real estate.

Marie Nakagawa
Policy Advisor, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Marie E. Nakagawa is an attorney licensed in Colorado. She is a Policy Advisor at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and as part of the Office of Policy and Government Relations team, she works on a wide range of policy issues affecting transportation. She collaborates with CDOT’s RoadX program which engages partners to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology and advanced transportation systems in Colorado. Marie worked on the legislation for autonomous vehicles that passed in Colorado in 2017, and continues her focus on policy issues surrounding innovative technology such as connected vehicles, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, and other areas of advanced transportation.

Marie graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Matthew McAllister
Project Manager, Denver’s Smart Cities

Matthew McAllister is the Project Manager for Denver’s Smart Cities Initiative, with an initial focus on using connected vehicle technology to improve mobility and reduce congestion in the City. Previously, Matthew was the Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to the 3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith. He also served in various roles at the U.S. Peace Corps and in the White House Presidential Personnel Office.

Dan Sturges
Auto Designer

Dan is a car designer and expert on right-sizing transportation, micro-mobility, and the autonomous mobility future. Most recently the Director of Urban Mobility Design at Local Motors, Dan regularly speaks at conferences and works as a consultant – an expert on the design of new mobility solutions and mobility-enhanced new city designs. He’s focused on smart multimodal mobility solutions for 20 years and intermediate-size vehicles since 1985, Dan designed the first Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and launched the company to build it. Dan has worked as an employee or consultant for GM, Ford, Nissan, Daimler, and frogdesign just to name a few. Since 2012, Dan has also been focusing on the potential for creating new communities that deeply integrate micro-mobility vehicles with urban design and architecture to become the most ecological, wonderful, and affordable places to live.