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Mercedes-Benz meets Urban Future Global Conference: let’s make cities sustainable!

Initiated in 2014 in Graz, Austria, Urban Future is now the most important conference for experts, politicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders making cities sustainable. Hosted in a different city each year, thousands of CityChangers from all over the world share how they create transformation and which mistakes are made, accelerating change and successfully shaping the future of our cities.

This year, the Urban Future Global Conference (UFGC) is coming to the home town of Mercedes-Benz. The annual conference on sustainable urban development will take place from 21 to 23 June 2023 at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz is actively involved in shaping this conference.

About the Urban Future Global Conference

Behind the UFGC is a community of 50,000 urban changemakers committed to creating sustainable, equitable, social and green cities. They are mayors, architects, mobility experts, urban planners, scientists, sustainability managers, startup representatives, environmentalists, innovation experts, and more. What unites them all is a passion for better cities. Together, they will find answers to the most pressing questions, highlight effective solutions, and share knowledge. On June 21 and 22, more than 2,500 participants, more than 200 speakers from four continents and more than 125 city delegations are expected in Stuttgart, Germany, all dedicated to making our cities more sustainable.

Mercedes-Benz at the UFGC

As one of the four main partners of the UFGC, Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating its strength as a thought leader in urban mobility and its corporate social responsibility in our home city. Through our participation, we aim to work with urban changemakers to accelerate the transformation to sustainable cities and establish Mercedes-Benz as part of the solution. We will inspire, challenge and connect. The focus will be on participating in keynotes and panels, as well as co-creating community events and field trips. Will you be joining us at the Haus der Wirtschaft? We look forward to seeing you.

Mercedes-Benz speakers & their contributions at a glance

Daniel Deparis – Head of Urban Mobility Solutions at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany
Katrin Adt – Chief Audit Executive at Mercedes-Benz Group AG | Germany
Ola Källenius – Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz Group AG & Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany
Marcel Minter – Head of Product & Business Strategy Mercedes-Benz Vans at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany
Eva Greiner – CTO Charging Mercedes-Benz Charging Solutions Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG
Georges Massing – Vice President MBOS Automated Driving, Powernet & Integration E/E Mercedes-Benz AG
21.06.2023, 09:00 - 10.30 > König-Karl-Halle
UFGC Opening Session

among others with Ola Källenius, CEO Mercedes-Benz AG

21.06.2023, 09:00 - 10.30 > Berta-Benz Saal
Welcome to the nightmare: Mobility in cities and regions

Why we are so far away from finding a solution to the mobility challenge

  • Greg Clark (Chair), Urbanist & Innovator | UK

  • Daniel Deparis, Head of Urban Mobility Solutions at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany

  • Bronwen Thornton, CEO at Walk21 Foundation | UK

  • Philippe Crist, Senior Advisor on Innovation and Foresight at ITF | France

21.06.2023, 11:00 - 12.30 > Konferenzraum Studio B
Tech: What’s hot & what’s coming

Executive briefing on the latest tech trends and their effects

  • Timothy Papandreou (Chair), Founder of Emerging Transport Advisors | United States

  • Sebastian Miller, CEO Mercedes-Benz Charging Solutions at Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG

  • Alexander Schmidt, Founder & CEO of BABLE Smart Cities | Germany

  • Alexander Appel, Senior Consultant at MHP | Germany

21.06.2023, 16:00 - 17.30 > König-Karl-Halle
Visionary: Leading change through visions

How to unleash the power to drive change

  • Greg Clark (Chair), Urbanist & Innovator | UK

  • Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz Group AG & Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany

  • Antje von Dewitz, Managing Director of VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG | Germany

22.06.2023, 11:00 - 12.30 > Konferenzraum Reutlingen
Sustainability by data

Be amazed by what data can do to advance sustainability

  • Tamlyn Shimizu (Chair), Global Partnerships & Communications Lead at BABLE Smart Cities | Germany

  • Georges Massing, Vice President MB.OS Automated Driving, Powernet & E/E Integration at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany

  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General at POLIS | Belgium

  • Ekaterina Koch-Lichtenstein, Strategic Urban Planner at the city of Aachen | Germany

  • Luiz Alberto Saboia, Municipal Secretary of Conservation and Public Services at the City Council of Fortaleza | Brazil

22.06.2023, 11:00 - 12.30
Young Leader Program Fireside Chat

Exclusive Session with participants of the Young Leaders Program

  • Katrin Adt, Vice President Corporate Audit at Mercedes-Benz AG

22.06.2023, 14:00 - 15.30 > Meidinger Saal
How to break up men’s love affair with their cars

Male-only session

  • Eugene Quinn (Chair), Creative Urbanist at Whoosh | Austria

  • Daniel Deparis, Head of Urban Mobility Solutions at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany

  • Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Professor at Aalborg University | Denmark

  • Marianne Weinreich, Market Manager at Ramboll | Denmark

  • Boris von Heesen, Author | Germany

22.06.2023, 14:00 - 15.30 > Konferenzraum Mannheim
Stop it: No more entry for vans and trucks?

Making urban freight work in times of increasing traffic regulations

  • Anne-Charlotte Trapp (Chair), Project Coordinator Mobility at Eurocities | Belgium

  • Marcel Minter, Senior Manager Product & Business Strategy Mercedes-Benz Vans at Mercedes-Benz AG | Germany

  • Franziska Cusumano, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks and Custom Tailored Trucks at Daimler Truck | Germany

  • Christiane Behrisch, Urban Logistics Coordinator at the city of Munich | Germany

  • Kirsten Havers, Project Coordination Commercial Cargo Bike Use at Cargobike | Germany

Other Mercedes-Benz activities around #UF23

In addition, Mercedes-Benz is hosting an "Inspiration Day" ahead of the official UFGC, where we will bring together a select group of thought leaders: city representatives and mobility stakeholders, as well as Mercedes-Benz representatives. It promises to be an exciting discussion on the most important mobility topics in cities and beyond.

The agenda includes an exclusive tour of Factory 56, the prototype digital car factory. Insights will be provided into Mercedes-Benz's corporate strategy, the challenges of sustainable mobility and vehicle manufacturing, as well as automation and connectivity. The event will conclude with a World Café discussion in small groups on the biggest mobility challenges, strategies and projects, the role and place of the car in 2030, and the vehicle features needed in the future.

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