A comprehensive agenda with speakers from the five continents


The Rail Live conference panel has the main players in the railway industry from the five continents. A very representative variety involving senior officials of public administrations, railway operators, infrastructure managers and members of associations and entities linked to the world of transport. Also involved are suppliers of technologies, manufacturers, consultancy, and engineering services.

Official opening

The opening ceremony will have guests such as the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos; the Transport Advisor of the Community of Madrid, Ángel Garrido García and the delegate of the Government Area of Environment and Mobility of the city of Madrid, Borja Carabante.

Immediately afterwards there will be welcoming words by the organisers, which will be delivered by the president of Mafex, Victor Ruiz, and the director of Terrapinn, Sean Willis.

Round tables

Alongside the numerous conferences scheduled, Rail Live has designed an attractive model of communication between attendees so that they can delve into those topics that are of interest to them.

These are round tables where small groups of experts will make open video calls which attendees can join to discuss a particular topic in an interactive format.

Topics of the sessions

The first day of the conference will focus on the debate on the most critical and most popular issues within the sector such as integrated mobility and ticketing, energy and sustainability or the advancement of light rail system and urban railway networks.

This comprehensive agenda will also set out the transport and stations mega projects that are being developed in countries around the world, as well as their financing, as well as the changes implemented by the digitisation process and the advances introduced in the sector by concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Forum: Spanish leaders
The first of the conference blocks will be a forum with the Spanish railway leaders. This will involve one-to-one interviews to learn more about the future plans and the projects of infrastructure management, the railway operator and engineering services.


NAME                         POSITION                                                              COMPANY

Adolfo Rebollo Gomez Chief Executive Officer Ingeteam, S.A.
Alain Quinet Chief Operating Officer SNCF Reseau
Albert Tortajada Infrastructure Director FGC
Alex Burrows Managing Director Rail Alliance
Alex Barron Associate Director Imperial College London
Alexey Ozerov Head Of International Cooperation Department, Jsc Niias Russian Railways
Alfred Assil Anis Chairman Menarail Transport Consultants
Alla Reddy Deputy Chief, Data Research & Development New York City Transit
Amar Vora Space Applications Engineer European Space Agency
Ana Maria Moreno General Manager Los Tranvías de Zaragoza
Andres De Leon Chief Executive Officer Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Andrés Muñoz De Dios Managing Director Metropolitano de Tenerife
Ignacio sanz Junoy Subdirector Comercial Servicios Logísticos ADIF
Andrew Mcnaughton Professorial Fellow University of Southampton
Andy Billington Innovation & Sustainability Director Rail Baltica
Andy Lord Managing Director London Underground
Anette Granström Uppsala Region
Ángel Garrido Garcia Regional Minister of Transports, Mobility and Infrastructures Comunidad de Madrid
Angeles Tauler Gerente PTFE-Subdirectora Estrategia, Innovación y Formación FFE
Ankala Saibaba CE Indian Railways
Anna Paltauf Head Of IT ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG
Antonio Núñez Dir. Técnica. JA Mantenimiento Predictivo, ADIF
Astrid Bunt Director Of Stations ProRail
Axel Sondermann Executive Director Consulting Deutsche Bahn AG
Bertrand Minary Chief Innovation And Digital Officer Fret SNCF
Borja Carabante Muntada Delegado del Área de Gobierno de Medio Ambiente y Movilidad City of Madrid
Brian Kelly Chief Executive Officer California High Speed Rail Authority
Bruce Cheng An Lee Commissioner Dpt. of Rapid Transit Systems New Taipei City Gvt.
Carel Jonckheere Smart Railway Project Director Infrabel
Carl Silfverhielm Rail Strategist – Strategic Dev. Traffic and infrastructure Dev. Stockholm City
Kaspars Briškens Head of Strategy & Development Rail Baltica
Carlo Borghini Executive Director Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
Santos Nunez Del Campo Head of Energy & Sustainability Renfe
Carlos Andrés Sierra Contract Manager Zitron S.A.
Carmen Librero President INECO
Carolin Holland Project Manager Autonomous Vehicles SBB
Carsten Wiebers Global Head Aviation, Mobility And Transport KfW IPEX-Bank
Chris Perry Associate Director KPMG
Christian Schlehuber Manager Governance CyberSecurity & Co-Chair ER-ISAC Deutsche Bahn AG
Christ-Olivier Tussevo Engineering Project Manager SNCF
Daniel Forsmann Head of Fundamentals for Large Project Management DB Netz AG
Daniel Sanchez Ortega CAF Rail Digital Services Analytics Manager CAF
Das Mootanah Chief Executive Officer Metro Express Mauritius
David Alvarez Diez Marketing and Business DEvelopment ArcelorMittal
Dieter Michell-Auli Chief Sales Officer DB Engineering & Consulting
Donald Mishaxhiu Associate Director, Senior Banker Infrastructure Europe EBRD
Doris Chevalier Chief Executive Officer Infraboost
Douglas Young Head Of Asset Management And Information East West Railway
Elena Razzano Space Applications Engineer European Space Agency
Elisabeth Werner Director for Land Transport European Commission
Elizabeth Briceno Jimenez Executive President Incofer
Eloy Tabares Head Of Engineering (Track And Civils) East West Rail Company (EWR Co)
Endre Angelvik Vice President Mobility Services Ruter
Eneida Elezi Foreign Affairs responsible Albanian Railways – Hekurudha Shqiptare
Enzo Blonk Director Industry Engagement, Technical Industries G.S1 Germany
Erni Basri Head of Railway eng. center for western java  MoT Indonesia
Esmé Kalshoven Ertms Program Director NS
Esther Bravo Barquero Programme Manager Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
Fabrice Morenon Chief Executive Officer SNCF Hubs & Connexions
Felipe Sanjuan Transport Business Development Director Teltronic
Fernando Morales Strategic Engineering and Critical Infrastructure Coordinator Metro de Madrid
Fernando Mele Business Development Director Datastar Argentina SA
Florian Kappler Program Lead SR40 BLS AG
Frank Sennhenn Chairman and Chief Executive Officer DB Netz AG
Frank Heibel Founder and Director Doc Frank
Garazi Carranza Ruiz de Loizaga Head Of Competitiveness And Innovation Mafex
Geir Arild Engh-Hellesvik Ciso Vy
Gerald Schinagl Digital Innovation Manager ÖBB Austrian Federal Railways
Giancarlo Scaramelli Chief Customer and Innovation Officer TRANSDEV
Giorgio Travaini Head of Research & Innovation Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
Gonzalo Martín de Miguel Rail Technician, Technical Directorate – Infrastructure&Track ADIF
Haluk Gokmen General Manager Enekom
Hans Cruse Director Spårvagnsstäderna
Helmut Hohenbichler Consultant Boom Software AG
Henk Swarttouw Dutch Ambassador To Denmark And Vice President European Cyclists’ Federation
Henrik Plougmann Olsen Chief Executive Officer The Metro Company Metroselskabet I – S
Ignacio Monchón López Gerente de Obra Agencia de Obra Publica. Junta de Andalucía
Ignacio Sanz Junoy Passenger Stations Directorate ADIF
Ignas Degutis Interim-Chief Executive Officer Rail Baltica
Isaac Centellas Manager of the Engineering and Maintenance Metro de Madrid
Isabel Pardo De Vera Posada CEO and Chairwoman Adif and Adif High Speed
Isabella Grahsl H.of Business Performance &Transformation Deutsche Bahn
Isaias Taboas Suarez Chairman RENFE Operadora
Itay Segev VP of Products and Marketing Datumate Ltd
Jacob Kam Chief Executive Officer MTR Corporation
Jaime Pereira East R. Signalling and ERTMS Manager ADIF
James Brown Data And Performance Engeineer Angel Trains
Javier De La Cruz Garcia Dihinx H. of Rail Services Engineering & Manager CAF
Javier Lozano Lopez Development and new Projects M. ADIF
Javier Garcia Fortea Deputy Director, Services Logistics Center ADIF
Jeremy Haskey Chief Architect Nomad Digital
Jesús Esnaola Commercial General Director CAF
Jim Baker Project Lead, Integrated Travel Program California State Transportation Authority
Johan Torfs Government Business Lead Microsoft Corporation
Johnny Schute OBE Chief Operating Officer Rail Safety & Standards Board
Jon Alzate Director – On-board Systems Business Unit CAF Signalling
Jonathan Chatfield Head Of Policy Rail Delivery Group
Jörg Marienhagen H.of Bid M. International Markets DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
Jorge Maroto Gómez Managing Director & O&M Director Metro de Sevilla
Jose Bertolin Technical Affairs Manager UNIFE
José Luis Ábalos Minister for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda MITMA
Jose Manuel Anguita Jimenez Commercial Director Indra
Jose Miguel Rubio Sanchez Director Indra
Josef Doppelbauer Executive Director European Union Agency for Railways
Juan Antonio Sánchez Corrales Technical Directorate ADIF
Juan Antonio March Garcia Urban & Interurban Transport Director Indra
Juan Carlos Sanchez Technical Director JEZ
Juan De Dios Sanz Bobi Departamento Ingeniería Mecánica Universidad Politécnica Madrid
Juan Francisco Paz Pascual Smart Stations Director SENER
Juan Jose Gainza Product Manager ArcelorMittal
Julie Shainock Global Leader Travel and Transportation Industry Microsoft
Julio Gómez-Pomar Chairman IE Center
Julius Norkunas CEO Mobility Innovation Centre
Karolina Korth CDO and Head of Strategy for South-West Europe Siemens
Kaspars Briskens Head of Strategy & Development Rail Baltica
Lena Erixon General Director Trafikverket
Libor Lochman Executive Director CER
Lies Alderlieste Chief Information Security Officer Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Liza Altena Head of international Business development DB Engineering & Consulting
Lluis Alegre Mobility Director ATM Barcelona
Magdalena Szymańska Municipal Office Gdansk
Malcolm Taylor Expert Adviser, Digital Crossrail International
Manel Villalante Llaurado Chief Strategy And Development Officer Renfe
Manuel Felipe Gutiérrez Torres CEO Government of Colombia
Marcial Bustinduy Transport Sector Specialist European Investment Bank
Marco Wilfert Head of Financial Engineering and Public Funding DB Netz AG
Marco Tagliabue Sales Director, Emea Fluidmesh
Margus Oun Innovation Manager AS Operail
María Peña Chief Executive Officer ICEX
Maria Luisa Dominguez Gonzalez MD Corporate Strategy & Projects ADIF
Mario Ferreiro National Railway Project Manager INECO
Marise Bezema Manager Services Ns Stations NS
Mark Langmead Director, Compass Operations TransLink Vancouver
Mark Thurston Chief Executive Officer HS2
Martha Lawrence Senior Railway Specialist The World Bank
Martin Frobisher Group Engineering Director Network Rail
Martin Runow Managing Director – Global Head – Digital Banking Barclays Bank PLC
Martin Zsifkovits Head Of Innovation Management Rail Cargo Group
Matthew Vickerstaff Chief Executive Infrastructure & Projects Authority
Matthew Yarger H. of Mobility and Automotive Market IOTA Foundation
Mauro Alabuenas Vice President Subterraneos de Buenos Aires
Maximilian Kaiser International Sales Manager Siemens Mobility GmbH
Mikel Alza Responsible of Hardware in the loop laboratory CAF Power & Automation
Mimmi Mickelsen Tram Security Expert, Trafikkontoret Goteborgs Stad
Monica Muñoz Rodriguez CBTC System Manager CAF Signalling
Naeem Ali Engineering Director & Principle Consultant CBTC Solutions
Nalinaksh Vyas Chairman, Technology Mission Indian Railways
Nico Van Paridon Vice President Vervoerregio Amsterdam
Nicolas Furio Head Of Technical Affairs Unit UNIFE
Nir Hayzler Vice President, Head Of Strategic Industries Lob RADWIN
Olivier De Visscher Cybersecurity Expert, Chairman Of Er-Isac Independent
Ollie Pendered Director Riding Sunbeams
Ondřej Škuta Sales And Marketing Director Ingeteam
Pablo Ramos Europe Account Director ineco
Patricio Pérez Gómez Managing Director EFE Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado
Pavel Popov The Head of Center J.S.C. NIIAS
Pedro Fortea General Director Mafex
Peter Verlič Chairman SEESARI
Philip Wilson Deputy Director, Corporate Finance Advisory Team Dpt. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Philippe Citroen Director General UNIFE
Phillip Mainga Managing Director Kenya Railways Corporation
Raitis Busmanis Bim Manager Rail Baltica
Ramon Castells Malla Director del Area de Estrategia y Desarrollo de Metro TMB
Randy Sac Former Head of Information Management & Technology Light Rail Manila Corporation
Richard Kujan Chief Information Officer Slovak Railways
Richard Stock Milling Technology Manager Linsinger
Robert Jan Ter Kuile Strategic Adviser G.V.B.
Roland da Silva Strategy Advisor Independent
Rolf Härdi Chief Technology Innovation Officer Deutsche Bahn AG
Sanjeev Kumar Lohia Managing Director & CEO Indian Railway Stations Development Corp.
Sean Willis Managing Director Terrapinn
Senior Director Manager Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation
Shewangizaw Kifle Mulugeta Director: Business Development Ethiopian Railways Coproration
Silvia Roldan Chief Executive Officer Metro de Madrid
Silvia Dominguez ERTMS Senior Project Manager INECO
Simon Blanchflower Chief Executive Officer East West Railway
Sonia Miguel Product Manager Teltronic
Stefanie Brickwede Head Of Additive Manufacturing Deutsche Bahn
Stephan Lewisch General Operation Manager Wiener Linien
Stéphane Callet Director Signalling Projects SNCF
Stuart Hillmansen Senior Lecturer University of Birmingham
Sviatoslav Butskyi Blockchain And Dlt Solutions Deutsche Bahn
Sylvain Baro Senior Design Engineer SNCF Reseau
Teresa Riesgo Secretary General of Innovation Ministry of Science and Innovation
Terry Morgan Chairman Crossrail Ltd
Thomas Blomqvist Project Manager Uppsala Kommun
Tim Wood Northern Powerhouse Rail Director Transport for the North
Tim Keith President Texas Central
Tim Flower Professional Head of Maintenance Network Rail
Timothy Papandreou Founder Emerging Transport Advisors
Tobias Fischer Head Of Rolling Stock Technology Deutsche Bahn AG
Trond Hovland Managing Director ITS Norway
Victor Ruiz President Mafex
Vinay Kumar Singh Managing Director National Capital Region Transport Corporation
William Dachs Chief Operations Officer Gautrain Management Agency
Xavier Forne Director Feda Solucions
Yves Tanguy Senior System Engineer SNCF Reseau

Mega connected cities

This block has also included a panel dedicated to the challenge of diversification of transport operators and the joint work with start-ups in designing the mobility of the future. At this point we will talk about aspects such as the change introduced in the mobility business paradigm by digital platforms or the need to create partnerships with the R&D value chain to increase the level of flexibility and to provide new services on demand. All this, also analysing whether these changes are possible by preserving mass public transport as a backbone.
Rail Live will also analyse the advances that new technologies make to achieve the implementation of intelligent mobility. In this sense, Rail Live will rely on the experience of the MTR company that will explain how they seek to improve the passenger experience through investments in connectivity and smart stations and how artificial intelligence, IoT and other technological advances have an impact on the operations and the daily life.

Smart mobility

The second day will begin with a panel around the challenge that urban transport organisations around the world have to provide a cleaner, more connected, and more timely service for the mega cities of the future. This expert meeting will draw conclusions on which railway projects can be used as high-quality digital implementation benchmarks with tangible benefits for passenger operations and experience.

There will also be discussions about how metro and commuter train leaders around the world can adopt disruptive technologies and incorporate them into systems already implemented or what is the role of stations in the future of mobility.


The construction and modernisation of transport networks often involves the realisation of mega projects that need a large investment. All aspects related to this area will also be dealt with at the conference. On the one hand, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will explain the financing work of such programmes.

On the other hand, concrete examples will be set out such as the analysis of how it is being proposed to finance in Albania the future of its infrastructures. Guest speakers will also discuss the steps that must be taken at international level to ensure that the “boom” of railway transport will continue around the world. Other issues included in this part of the conference will be the relevance of high-speed networks in the post-COVID era or the key points for building new systems of these characteristics in a sustainable way.

In addition, there will be a specific panel to discuss the future of financial innovation in this industry, how to attract private capital and the role of green bonds.

“Rail Live! 2020 will have an exhibition area where technological advances and services in the sector will be announced. “.


The top metro network representatives from around the world and the industry experts will discuss the future of these systems.

The success of transport services in cities such as New Delhi and the key challenges in major capitals such as Copenhagen will be assessed. In addition, the process of digital transformation of Madrid Metro and its positive impact on management will be presented, as well as the importance of technology to improve safety, sustainability, and passenger experience.

This block will also bring together the Spanish leaders of networks such as Tenerife Metro, Seville Metro or Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). In this block there will also be presentations of technological innovations for diversions with pneumatics for metros.


The Rail Live 2020! programme will focus on issues of particular relevance such as telecommunications. There will be a discussion about the future of communications technology, signalling and network management; the opportunities provided by the ATO over ETCS or CBTC Radio connections.

Examples of progress will include the case with the good results of the modernisation of signalling systems in Paris, as well as the consolidation of ERTMS in Spain and its future challenges.

The panel includes a section to discuss new solutions for new broadband communications demands in the transport market, the reality of autonomous railway technology (research, testing and applications) and the application of satellite technology to this industry.


Urban transport, especially light rail systems, has a specific section on Rail Live 2020! agenda.
These sessions will discuss continuous improvement in commercial operation, the future of a connected digital system or universal accessibility to such networks. There will also be an example of how this system is implemented in countries such as Sweden or Israel, or how in Spain it has had a very positive effect in environmental terms.


The evolution of locations as key as railway stations will also have an exclusive space in the 2020 conference programme. These presentations will cover how a hyper connected intermodal station can be created or how to make them the centre of the customer experience on their door-to-door journey. Other topics to be covered will be plans to develop electric car charging points.

In addition, the experience of the ambitious plan to modernise these infrastructures in France or their role within the United States high-speed network will be presented.


The Rail Live! Conference Room has scheduled a section to talk about the BIM (Building Information Model) collaborative methodology.

It will begin by explaining the success story of the Spanish high speed in the complete integration of design, development, and construction with this technology. Other examples to be covered are the story of the creation of a digital railway in Crossrail’s, the application of BIM to accelerate railway construction in Germany or the engineering and the digital twin with cases such as the Rail Baltica project and in East West Railway EWR.


Rail Live 2020! attendees will have the opportunity to talk about what the railway systems of the future will look like, the next-generation technology or the predictive maintenance of advanced digital platforms. This section will dedicate a space to other topics such as infrastructure monitoring and inspection or 3-wire track maintenance and mixed diversions. As an example of smart infrastructure, the Infrabel (Belgium) “Strategy 2020” will be explained.


Together with the topics about the different areas of the railway chain, Rail Live! dedicates in this edition a special forum around the emerging markets of Africa and Latin America.

The first will provide details on the second phase of the expansion of the Gautrain railway network (South Africa). There will also be a discussion about how Ethiopia uses innovative funding to increase connectivity in the most strategic areas of the country. The programme dedicates a specific panel for management leaders and operators on this continent to discuss aspects such as developing projects, which initiatives should be priorities and ways to cover future projects (PPPs, mixed models, etc.).

With regards to Latin America there will be a discussion about the future of Colombia’s railway industry, transportation plans in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and the future of transportation throughout the region.


Together with the passenger transport analysis, the 2020 edition devotes an exclusive section to goods. In this section, speakers will reflect on the role of digitisation and present cases such as the FEDeRATED project for the improvement of logistic processes in land transport.


The contribution of transport to an emission-free future will also be one of the main issues for the congress to analyse. Guest speakers will explain how infrastructure is prepared to apply the highest standards in sustainability, the role of this concept, and the future of railway to combat climate change.


The digitisation panel includes aspects such as the development of the smart networks of the future.

These sessions will address the growing role of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain. There is also space reserved to discuss how to contact the “gigabit trains” of the future and how intelligent maintenance establishes itself both, in the case of rolling stock and all predictive work. There will also be talks about the development of innovative training programmes through Virtual and Augmented Reality, TrainLab’s successful advances and the “open innovation” in the railway industry.


One of the topics that arouses the most interest among industry experts is “integrated mobility”.

For this reason, Rail Live’s agenda this year dedicates a specific block to delve into how data can help set up intelligent multimodal transport networks and provide the passenger with a unified door-to-door service, according to their needs. As an example, there will be discussions on how the MaaS concept develops in Spain and Andorra.

The role of self-driving vehicles in the future of mobility will also be addressed with the example of SBB.