Virtual Future of Mobility Industry Round Table Brings Together Global Mobility Experts to Discuss Sustainability and Innovation

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) in Korea and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) co-hosted a special industry roundtable discussing the Future of Mobility and the role that sustainability concerns are playing in driving innovation within various mobility sectors.

The roundtable, titled ‘The Future of Mobility,’ was originally intended to take place in a hybrid format, combining in-person and virtual attendance from the guest speakers and key industry stakeholders. However, due to the Level 4 social distancing restrictions, the event shifted to a fully virtual format, demonstrating the organizers’ commitment to engaging with these industry dialogues in challenging circumstances.

AustCham Korea Executive Director, Rowan Petz, emphasized the Chamber’s ongoing commitment to bringing together key industry stakeholders and policy-makers to discuss sustainability across a multitude of sectors.

“The Future of Mobility round table is the third AustCham event collaboration with GGGI this year, following on from our events on circular economy and green finance. I am proud to see AustCham Korea at the forefront of these important industry discussions, which bring together key industry stakeholders and enable participants to share their expertise across a broad array of industries and geographical locations,” he said.

“While the last-minute transition to a fully online format was challenging, the safety of our round table participants was a core priority, and the webinar format effectively gave us a chance to have a more extended Q&A session answering many of the questions that came from our audience,” Mr. Petz added.

GGGI Assistant Director-General and Head of Investment & Policy Solutions Division, Dr Kyung Nam Shin delivered the Welcome Remarks of the Round Table, emphasizing the link between green mobility and a sustainable future. “GGGI has actively supported partnerships and country transport implementation in more than 20 members including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Fiji, Ethiopia and Rwanda. To enhance members green growth transformation in the transport sector, GGGI will keep prioritizing leading innovative programs and project ideas that contribute to the organization’s strategic objectives in transport and sustainable mobility, and strengthening relevant stakeholder’s capability with respect to the understanding of transport, relevant skill-sets, and general project management,” Dr Shin said.

“I sincerely hope that all of the participants find the event very informative and worthwhile through the event and it served as an occasion to boost up future mobility as a part of the green transformation and carbon neutrality. I would like to express my gratitude to the Australian Chamber of Commerce for organizing this roundtable on discussion for future mobility”, he said.

Following the welcoming remarks, AustCham Korea’s AustCham Board Member and Chief Representative of Woodside Energy in Korea, Sandra Park, opened the Round Table discussion, which included presentations by four mobility experts. Speakers included Adeel Ahmad, Project Director, Intralink, Casey Hyun, Mobility Expert, Jeff Mannering, Managing Director, Audi Korea, and Eric Wang, Co-Founder and CEO, Wind Mobility.

Bringing together mobility experts from global companies, the Round Table included over 50 attendees from within the public and private sectors.

The event reflects the ongoing partnership between AustChamKorea and GGGI, and was hosted as part of the Campaign for Blue Skies and Net Zero 2050 in the Republic of Korea, which was launched last year to support the implementation of the country’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Featured image: AustCham Korea’s Executive Director, Rowan Petz, thanks the presenters for their insights into the future of mobility. From top left: Sandra Park, Jeff Mannering, Eric Wang, Adeel Ahmad, Casey Hyun, Dr. Kyung Nam Shin and Rowan Petz