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AT A GLANCE.


Overview
Language: German with simultaneous translation in English (except BUS2Insights)
   
BUS2Inspire
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

"The bus as a flexible and sustainable offer in the mobility mix of the future."

Moderation: Silke Leinweber
Welcome
Martin Ecknig, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Messe Berlin GmbH
Karl Hülsmann, President, German Association of Bus and Coach Operators, bdo e.V.
Greeting by Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Keynote Duo
Speakers: Dr Stefan Carsten und Tristan Horx
subsequent Q&A session

Outlook
Christiane Leonard, bdo e.V.
Kerstin Kube-Erkens, Messe Berlin GmbH
subsequent Q&A session
Presentation of the

International busplaner Sustainability Award 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Moderation: Silke Leinweber
An overview of the categories

Omnibus
  • Electric bus
  • Natural gas bus
  • Hybrid bus
  • Mini und Midi bus
  • Coach
  • Intercity bus
  • Hydrogen bus

Equipment, components, accessories, telematics, service and infrastructure
  • Vehicle equipment (interior equipment)
  • Vehicle components (drive train, chassis, body)
  • Fleet management and telematics
  • Infrastructure (bus stops, depot, workshop)
  • Tires and tire management
  • Service, maintenance and parts trade

Special Award Sustainable Management
  • Bus tour operator
  • Destination and world of experience
  • Transport companies
BUS2Explore 1
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tech-Boost: Technological acceleration and new standards

Moderation:
Anja Ludwig, bdo e.V.

Speakers:
Carry Buchholz, LVL Jäger GmbH
Frank Färber, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles Germany GmbH
Britta Oehlrich, Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Christian Schmidt, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles Germany GmbH
Heinz Kiess, MAN Truck & BUS SE
Bus operators and manufacturers are already in the starting position and doing everything they can to restore confidence in bus transport. The pace of many technological and digital trends is increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the key topics here is contactless payment. What will remain unchanged? What will become new standards? This panel focuses on innovative interior materials, more effective air circulation with high-performance air conditioning technology, improved driver protection and digitalisation.
BUS2Explore 2
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tech-Boost: No standstill in the mobility transition

Moderation:
Claus Bünnagel, HUSS-Verlag GmbH

Speakers:
Andreas Hager, e-TroFit GmbH
Andreas Haller, Quantron AG
Martin Limbrunner, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH
Gerd Schneider, Volvo Buses Germany
The shift to climate-friendly mobility is in full swing. But in the face of the current situation, important debates about technical standards and implementation strategies are being pushed into the background – although they are more important than ever. In addition to the steady implementation of e-mobility concepts, hydrogen is gaining momentum as a fuel source. There are also innovative approaches to converting fossil-fuel drive systems to electricity or biogas. Along with sustainable drive systems, this workshop will concentrate on the essential topic of necessary infrastructures.
BUS2Explore 3
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fresh Travel: Are customer needs driving innovation in bus tourism

Moderation:
Alexander Möller, Roland Berger

Speakers:
Dr. Christoph Berdenich, EBA busfinder GmbH
Luca Bortolani, Twiliner AG
Marvin Ruf, Daimler Buses InnoLab
Nina Trippel, CeeCeeCreative
Hermann Weiß, naturtrip GmbH
Which services are suitable for which target groups? The industry can reinvent itself through an innovative approach to customers. This workshop outlines new ways to address target groups and also looks at product development for bus travel companies. What is behind user-centred design and how can digitalisation help in addressing specific target groups? The discussions offer inspiring and practical ideas for solutions.
BUS2Insights
On-Demand
The BUS2Insights partners:
  • Alexander Dennis Germany GmbH
  • Allnet GmbH
  • ioki GmbH
  • Otokar Europe
  • Trapeze Switzerland GmbH
  • Vector Informatik GmbH

Speakers


Dr. Christoph Berdenich

Dr. Christoph Berdenich

CEO, EBA busfinder GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Luca Bortulani

Luca Bortolani

Business Development Manager, Twiliner AG

Session: BUS2Explore

Carry Buchholz

Carry Buchholz

CEO, LVL Jäger GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

Claus Bünnagel

Claus Bünnagel

Chief editor busplaner, HUSS-VERLAG GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Dr. Stefan Carsten

Dr. Stefan Carsten

Futurist, mobility researcher and urban geographer

Session: BUS2Inspire Keynote-Duo

CV

Martin Ecknig

Martin Ecknig

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Messe Berlin GmbH

Session: BUS2Inspire Welcome

Frank Färber

Frank Färber

Director Sales, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles Germany GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Andreas Hager

Andreas Hager

CEO, e-troFit GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Andreas Haller

Andreas Haller

CEO & Founder, Quantron AG

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Tristan Horx
© Klaus Vyhnalek, www.vyhnalek.com

Tristan Horx

Futurist and mobility researcher

Session: BUS2Inspire Keynote-Duo

CV

Karl Hülsmann

Karl Hülsmann

President, German Association of Bus and Coach Operators, bdo e.V.

Session: BUS2Inspire Welcome

Heinz Kiess

Heinz Kiess

Head of Product Marketing Bus, MAN Truck & Bus SE

Session: BUSExplore

CV

Kerstin Kube-Erkens

Kerstin Kube-Erkens

Senior Product Manager BUS2BUS, Messe Berlin GmbH

Session: BUS2Inspire Outlook

CV

Silke Leinweber

Silke Leinweber

Moderator of the BUS2BUS Special Edition 2021

Christiane Leonard

Christiane Leonard

Chief Executive, German Association of Bus and Coach Operators (bdo)

Session: BUS2Inspire Outlook

CV

Manfred Limbrunner

Manfred Limbrunner

Director Sales & Marketing, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Anja Ludwig

Anja Ludwig

Deputy Managing Director, German Association of Bus and Coach Operators (bdo)

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Alexander Möller

Alexander Möller

Senior Partner, Roland Berger

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Britta Oehlrich

Britta Oehlrich

Head of Change and Innovation, Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Marvin Ruf

Marvin Ruf

Daimler Buses InnoLab

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Christian Schmidt

Christian Schmidt

Director Application Engineering, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles Germany GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Gerd Schneider

Gerd Schneider

General Manager, Volvo Buses Germany

Session: BUS2Explore

CV

Nina Trippel

Nina Trippel

Founder & CEO, Cee Cee Creative

Session: BUS2Explore

Hermann Weiß

Hermann Weiß

Co-Founder, naturtrip GmbH

Session: BUS2Explore

Gerd Schneider

Positions:

  • Currently general manager at Volvo Buses Germany & cluster director Germany/Switzerland
  • Prior to this, he held several senior positions at J.M. Voith SE & Co. KG and Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, Voith Turbo Inc. Canada

Gerd Schneider is result driven, reliable and experienced. He has senior sales executive expertise in building customer relationships, international sales management, leading international sales teams, key account management, international tender business, added-value sales of highly complex products, systems and services, aftermarket business development, service networks, strategic planning and reporting.

Christian Schmidt

As division manager for application engineering, Christian Schmidt is responsible for the development of customer applications. He has been with Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles GmbH (formerly Spheros and before that, Webasto) since 1999 and previously worked as a customer project manager and in the design department. Christian draws on his 22 years of experience in air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

Marvin Ruf

Marvin Ruf completed his master's degree in automotive engineering at the TU Berlin and has been working in the Mobility Solutions innovation lab at Daimler Buses for more than three years. As a business developer, his main task focuses on innovation management and the development of new business models for digital services within the scope of the bus ecosystem.

Britta Oehlrich

Since 1st January 2020, Britta Oehlrich has been responsible for innovation and change at Hamburger Hochbahn, where she advances innovations ranging from e-scooters and autonomous driving, to 5G and AI. She is also committed to agile working. Her department generally focuses on change and trying out new forms of organization. Britta strives to establish a new attitude that will help prepare her company for the challenges of the VUCA world. Britta previously worked in the Hochbahn business development department. Her motto is "We want to make mobility a little better every day." Britta's previous career positions included jobs at Transdev, Deutsche Bahn, TUI and Debitel.

Anja Ludwig

Anja Ludwig is a lawyer who, since mid-2015, is the deputy chief executive of the bdo, where she previously worked as head of legal affairs. Before that, Anja worked as a legal advisor at the Sparkasse Spree-Neiße bank in Cottbus. She completed her first state law examination at Humboldt University in Berlin and her second at the Court of Appeal in Berlin.

Alexander Möller

Andreas Möller is a lawyer and senior partner at Roland Berger. He previously served as managing director at ADAC after working in several management positions at DB Regio. Andreas is a specialist in public and regional rail transport, new mobility and municipal economy, as well as an expert in the field of public regulation, public procurement and competition law.

Manfred Limbrunner

Sales & Marketing Director Manfred Limbrunner has been a member of the executive board at the parent company Proton Motor Power Systems plc since 2017. He is also the director of sales & marketing at Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH based in Puchheim near Munich. Proton Motor is a pioneer in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The company has set its sights on developing and manufacturing sustainable energy solutions for the world of tomorrow in the mobile, stationary, maritime and rail sectors. The emission-free fuel cell is one example.

Manfred joined Proton Motor in 2000 as a design engineer and project manager for various mobile and maritime projects. In his early years with the company, he was responsible for system engineering and approval issues for Proton Motor's fuel cell hybrid systems. In the course of the company's development, he built up the design department and took over its management. He was instrumental in designing the quality management system and moved into the role of product manager in 2009.

Christiane Leonard

Christiane Leonard has been a member of the Presidium of the IRU Geneva (International Road Union) since January 2018 and has served as vice-president for passenger transport there since January 2016. She is currently the managing director of the Federal Association of German Bus and Coach Operators. Christiane previously served as the deputy chief executive and worked as a legal advisor at the Berlin-Brandenburg Haulage Trade Guild. Christiane is a lawyer specialiszing in administrative law. She completed her first state law examination at the University of Osnabrück and her second at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm.

Kerstin Kube-Erkens

Kerstin Kube-Erkens works for Messe Berlin, one of the largest trade exhibition companies in Germany. She received her degree in business administration from the University of Westminster in London and the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She started her career as a regional sales director at Elf Oil Deutschland GmbH (now Total). As a product architect, Kerstin focuses on new product ideas for Messe Berlin, conducts market assessments, and develops business cases in a national and international context. She is especially interested in interdisciplinary work and knowledge transfer.

Heinz Kiess

Heinz Kiess is head of bus product marketing at MAN Truck & Bus SE. He has intensively followed his bus DNA from the very beginning. As a trained auto mechanic and industrial clerk, Heinz has merged his fundamental skills in the fields of product management and marketing. He has been contributing his extensive industry knowhow and international experience in a leadership role at MAN since 2006. With a keen eye for customer needs, he is an expert in incorporating individual preferences into bus design and equipment packages

Tristan Horx

In the name of the future: Generation Y spokesperson

Tristan Horx has appeared on international stages as a Generation Y spokesperson since the age of 24. His main topic is the future. Born shortly before the turn of the millennium, Tristan is a member of the popular Millennials target group. The interests and motives of this group make it a focal point for many companies when it comes to questions regarding social change, culture and new economic thinking. Having grown up in what is probably Europe's best-known family of futurologists, Tristan experienced from an early age the clash of perspectives of the generation system in a natural microcosm. With the sensitive instinct of a listener and a keen interest in future topics, he quickly grew into his role as an engaged dialog partner, public speaker and Generation Y publicist. He questions the future of digitaliszation, mobility, globalization and sustainability with critical optimism and a humorous, visionary eye. Tristan is known as a subtle and unrelenting interview partner for the people he selects for his podcast series. As a guest speaker on international stages, he polarizes in his native English or in German and stimulates critical discourse. As the author of various publications, he focuses on visionary scenarios in his range of topics, such as the future of digitalizsation, mobility, globalization and sustainability.

Andreas Haller

Andreas Haller began his career with an apprenticeship as a car mechanic. After studying automotive business management, he joined the family-owned Haller GmbH & Co. KG in the fifth generation. He soon expanded the Gersthofen site along with the three other Haller plants in Dillingen, Sulzemoos and Ulm. Andreas founded Quantron AG in June 2019. Back in 2011, he sold Germany's first electric bus.

With more than 138 years of company history in his DNA, Andreas supports the vision of a changing automotive scenario at Quantron with solid expertise in customer relations, vehicle technology & transformation and community mobility solutions. His responsibilities at Quantron AG include marketing, sales and corporate development.

Andreas Hager

Andreas Hager is the managing director of e-troFit GmbH. He gained many years of professional experience as a global sales manager before joining the in-tech Group. In more than three years as site manager in Ingolstadt, the number of employees increased under his leadership from 40 to 200. In 2018, Andreas was appointed to head of the newly established New Mobility Solutions business unit, where the e-troFit concept was developed. The project was spun off as a subsidiary in 2019 and Andreas became managing director of e-troFit GmbH. He is also managing director of two other in-tech subsidiaries specializing in vehicle charging and mobility concepts. His high level of empathy and strong communication skills are reflected in his management style. His profile is complemented by his strong motivational talent and wide-ranging intercultural expertise.

Frank Färber

In his position as sales manager, Frank Färber is responsible for Europe-wide OEM and aftersales (development). He has been with Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles GmbH since 2014 and was previously responsible for aftersales. Frank relies on 20 years of experience in air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

Dr Stefan Carsten

Dr Stefan Carsten studied geography, business administration and cartography in Berlin and Waterloo (Canada). He earned his doctorate at the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on 'Sustainable Development of Urban Regions'. From 1997 to 2013, he was a project manager in the future and environment research department at Daimler AG in Berlin, where his work focused on the development of mobility services and the research-based future of cities and regions. From 2008 to 2014, he was a visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) Institute for Transportation Design, where he explored the future of post fossil-fuel mobility. From 2016 to 2019, he served on the German Federal Ministry of the Interior's expert panel on the future of small suburban towns. Since 2019, he has been collaborating with the Zukunftsinstitut in Frankfurt/Main where, among other things, he is involved in the publication of the annual Mobility Report. He has been working since 2014 as an independent consultant focusing on topics ranging from futurology and urban environments, to mobility and energy. Stefan Carsten advises key players in the mobility industry, insurance companies, banks, energy companies, cities/regions and security institutions.

Claus Bünnagel

Claus Bünnagel has been editor-in-chief of the trade journal busplaner (HUSS-VERLAG GmbH, Munich) since 2018. The Rhinelander has been working for bus and transport trade publications for 23 years. For the past 13 years, he has been a member of a small circle of trade journalists who test drive new bus models each month. He has been working for busplaner since 2013 and took over a key role on the bus testing team in 2016.

Luca Bortolani ist Mitbegründer von Twiliner und möchte damit Reisen zukunftstauglicher machen. Gemeinsam mit Partnern entwickelt Twiliner einen emissionsarmen und hochwertigen Nachtreisebus mit innovativen Komfortsitzen, der im Sommer 2022 in einer ersten Version auf den Markt kommen soll. Luca arbeitete 14 Jahre in Startups und Konzernen im Nachhaltigkeitsbereich und hält einen Master in Economics von der Universität St.Gallen.

Dr Christoph Berdenich

Dr Christoph Berdenich is the managing director of EBA busfinder GmbH. A trained computer scientist, he became familiar with bus tourism more than 12 years ago as part of a side job during his medical studies. His passion is the conceptualisation, development and marketing of digital solutions for start-ups. As a member of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna he teaches 'User Interface Design'. Aside from all things digital, he likes motor sports, music and animals.