How Will Pandemics Impact Transportation Innovation?

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Virtual

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In this virtual meeting, our discussion will focus on how transportation innovation and policies may be impacted by pandemics like COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic, urban and metropolitan transportation systems were being stretched to the breaking point. Congestion, long commutes, and crumbling infrastructure were common complaints for commuters. As people are permitted to return to work in their offices, what transportation will they use to get there? Will they be willing to go given the limited transportation options currently available? Any solutions to these issues will have logistic, capital, and labor implications for companies and policymakers trying to address this changing environment.

Please join our panelists from the technology and government sectors as they discuss how our future world of transportation might look.


Our Distinguished Panelists


Rodney Slater

Squire Patton Boggs
Former US Secretary of Transportation

A partner in Squire Patton Boggs Washington, DC office, former US Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st century – a vision he set as Transportation Secretary to promote a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure.

Secretary Slater also helps state and local government clients address the vexing challenge of closing the gap between transportation demand and capacity by employing public-private strategies and innovative financing solutions.



Automotive and Autonomous Mobility Lead | Global Leadership Fellow
World Economic Forum

Mouchka Heller leads the World Economic Forum’s integrated mobility initiative, which designs, tests, executes, and globally scales innovative economic development models leveraging mobility products, services and technologies to foster sustainable, inclusive growth in urban ecosystems.

Mouchka joined the Forum from the Consulate of Canada in NY, where she was Trade Commissioner of infrastructure, energy, and public-private partnerships, in which capacity she pioneered international trade programs in smart cities and urban resiliency, advised cabinet-level members on infrastructure trade strategy, helped close billion-dollar infrastructure projects, created economic inclusion programs, and made too many calls about the NAFTA and tariff negotiations.

Prior to the Consulate, Mouchka worked for The Economist Group, where she was the company’s inaugural global data protection officer.


VP of Hardware Engineering
Lucid Motors

Eric Bach is the Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Lucid. He is responsible for all hardware engineering and is integral to product management and corporate planning for Lucid.

In 20 years of leadership, Eric has guided numerous vehicles to market for both Volkswagen AG and Tesla Motors. His unique experience blends deep expertise from high-volume original equipment manufacturers with agile execution of technology-forward industry challengers.

At Tesla, Eric oversaw several engineering functions for the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 programs. Under his leadership, his teams successfully enabled the Model S and Model X programs to deliver pioneering engineering and technology solutions under vastly accelerated timelines when compared to the industry at large.

Eric received his Diplom-Ingenieur degree at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany.