april, 2021

thu29apr15:00thu16:30Mobility Talks 8: Urban Air Mobility: is the future ready for take-off?15:00 - 16:30

Event Details

Why Urban Air Mobility is becoming so important in the future mobility of our cities? Which are the potentials and newest trends in the field? How does this potential deal with present regulations? Which is the potential role of EIT Urban Mobility?

Mapping current mobility megatrends that step into the global market, two major fields deserve attention as potential frontrunners of the rapid transition towards sustainable urban commuting and logistics: autonomous vehicles and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). In the field of urban mobility – as in any other – the purpose of massive investments in sector modernization and digitisation is to serve society by revealing possibilities that have been so far out of reach. In both areas, the added value is backed by hi-tech solutions that aim to improve safety, optimise resource consumption, manage space, and ensure passengers´ comfort. In other words, to bring urban and sub-urban commuting to a higher level and build smart cities, i.e., areas where technology supports residents and serves the common good. Discussing air mobility, the cutting-edge driven approach has significant potential to redefine the public realm and build a brand-new model of space we are living in. 

Our next episode of Mobility Talks is addressed to experts, stakeholders and representatives from cities, universities, research institutions, industry, start-ups, public entities and any other organisation and individual citizens involved or interested in Urban Air Mobility.


  • 15-15:05: Welcome & Introduction
  • 15:05-15:20: Keynote
  • 15:20-16:20: Panel Debate
  • 16:20-16:30: Conclusions

Our speakers


Irene Luque Martín, Senior Project Leader at MVRDV

In conjunction with her academic career as PhD in Collaborative urban planning with digital technologies, she has been engaged and working in wide range of planning and architectural offices. At design practice, she implements her expertise in technology and methods by bridging the gap between theory and practice. She develops a wide range of projects related to healthy urbanism and sustainability with a special interest on context such as Latin-American and Global south. Additionally, she carries activities aiming to explore the urbanism of the future.

Christelle Al Haddad, TUM
Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Christelle Al Haddad is a PhD Candidate and Research Associate (Since 2019) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where she also received her MSc. in Transportation Systems (2018). She previously earned her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB, 2015). Her interest in UAM stem from her collaboration with Bauhaus Luftfahrt as part of her MSc., where she studied the factors affecting the adoption and acceptance of UAM.

Gonzalo Velasco – Ferrovial Aeropuertos
As Business Plan and Innovation Director at Ferrovial Airports, Gonzalo leads the development of business plans for the airports in the portfolio and for bidding processes, integrating current and future innovation initiatives into these. He is a member of the Board of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports, and a member of ACI World Economics Committee and the Airports Centre of Excellence Committee. Gonzalo has a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA from IE Business School. 

Corvin Huber, D3Technologies
As multiple company founder, board member, team builder with innovative and convincing concepts, Corvin’s CV combines many years of experience in aircraft construction and high-tech development with profound experience in international business development. In his extensive professional career, Corvin led several German aircraft manufacturers (EXTRA, REMOS, Econoflug) to exits with international investors (UK & US) and managed a small/mid-cap tech investor. Building on his experience as CEO, COO and Managing Director, the Munich native with British and Irish roots founded D3 Technologies AG in July 2019.

Rohit KUMAR, Head of Urban Air Mobility. DG Gouvernance International Economie et Emploi (Toulousse Metropole)

Rohit is responsible for creating a sustainable, green and inclusive environment to develop, demonstrate & deploy the Urban Air Mobility solution for Toulouse Metropole

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(Thursday) 15:00 - 16:30