Philippe Lorand, Senior, UIC (France)
Iñigo Aguas Ardaiz, PhD in railway transport, Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transports – Ecole des Ponts – Univ. Eiffel (France)
Iñigo AGUAS ARDAIZ is a computer science engineer by the Public University of Navarre and valedictorian. He has done a master centered in artificial intelligence shared between his university and ESIEE-Paris. After some years working as data scientist, nowadays he is preparing a PhD in railway transports, studying entry barriers in the railway market in Europe and getting the conclusions for knowing a new operator should take measures before arrive to find these problems. He is in his 3rd year of his study.
Dr Juan Montero, Professor, UNED / Florence School of Regulation (Spain)
Juan Montero is full professor of administrative law and regulation at UNED University (Madrid) and Director of the Transport Chapter of theFlorence School of Regulation (European University Institute). His research is focused on the regulation of railways and the digitalization of infrastructure. He coedited in 2020 the book “Handbook on Railway Regulation. Theory and practice” (Edgard Edwards 2020). His last book is “The Rise of the New Network Industries. Regulating Digital Platforms” (Routledge, 2021).
Javier López Ordieres, Adif in the process of liberalization the passenger services, ADIF (Spain)
Mr López Ordieres has an Engineering Computer Science Degree, working in Adif since 2004 developing different positions related to railway traffic control until he was assigned to Saudi Arabia in 2017.
From 2017 to 2021, he was the first Railway Traffic Manager for the Haramain project (construction and management of the first high-speed line in Saudi Arabia by a consortium of Spanish companies). He selected and trained the first team of traffic professionals, was in charge of commissioning the KAEC Traffic Control Centre facilities and receiving the first test and commercial trains. In addition, together with a small number of collaborators, he drafted the HHR rule book (traffic regulations in force).
Since 2021, he is working as High Speed Railway Traffic Manager of Adif. He is the coordinator of the High Speed Traffic Regulation Centres (CRC) of Madrid-Atocha, Antequera, Zaragoza and Albacete. These four CRCs manage more than 191,000 trains per year on a network of 3,000 km of track.
Sergio Barcena, Director of Operations Planning and Maintenance, Ouigo Spain (Spain)
With over 20 years of experience in the European Railway Industry, I am a strategic implementer senior manager who applies influencing leadership and introduces innovative processes and systems to lead teams in charge of the operation and maintenance of train fleets and ensure we always deliver on target and continuously improve our performance.
The network of contacts that I have created in different positions hold in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom helps me to apply bench-marked best practices among all the actors in the European railways industry.
My international experience, language skills and cultural background are deployed at all times to realise my full potential within a global company with customers, suppliers and partners within different countries.
2019 – now Director of Operations Planning and Maintenance – Ouigo Spain (SNCF group)
• Set up from scratch the operations and maintenance organisation (processes, staff, systems, contracts, governance, policy, etc) in order to allow OUIGO, a company created by SNCF, to become the first private railways company to offer a high-speed services in Spain from 10th May 2021.
• Manage daily operational excellence while expanding services in Spain new routes
2016 – 2019 International Rolling Stock Director- Eurostar
• Lead 400 staff team (engineering, procurement, production, facilities, finances) in charge of the maintenance in three depots for the high-speed fleet operating across Europe.
• Drive technological and cultural change while ensuring daily performance of the fleet is continuously enhanced, to stay ahead:
o +15 % fleet utilisation while improving fleet reliability figures
o introduction of a new fleet and new routes
o business transformation: lean production, facilities and systems development, organisational change
o partnership development with strategic suppliers
o support business development with new route to Amsterdam
o promote innovation across the teams
Dr Andrea Giuricin, CEO, TRA consulting (Spain)
Dr. Andrea Giuricin is CEO of TRA consulting, a strategic consultancy company based in Barcelona and Milan with international customers from Europe, Middle East, Asia, America working with the top management (CEO and President) in the strategic and operational decisions.
He is teaching Transport Economics at University Milano Bicocca in Italy. In the same University he is responsible for the development of transport studies at CESISP – Unimib. He is Adj. professor in several US universities, included University Southern California.
He is senior transport consultant for the World Bank, reforming transport sector in Asia and Africa, for the United Nations and for the Italian national strategy on Transport and Logistic of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobilities.
He is member of the board of the Global Business Travel Association in Italy.
Dr. Andrea Giuricin cooperates and works with several Transport Authorities, with the European Commission and European Railway Agency.