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Round Table: Expert Opinions on Future Cars

Andreas Mai

Tim Evavold

Manuela Papadopol

Director, Smart Connected Vehicles

Executive Director Automotive



Director, Business Development and Communications

Southfield, Michigan

Andreas Mai is expert in business and technology architectures for ‘The Internet of Everything’ for automotive and insurance companies, service providers, and governments. During his career, Mai has advised automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial equipment and aerospace suppliers, and private equity investors in North America and Europe. Mai holds a Diplom-Kaufmann in European Business from the universities of Osnabrück, Germany; ESTE Universidad de Deusto, Spain; and Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. He serves on multiple task forces of the World Economic Forum, and the board of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association and The Connected Car Council.

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Detroit, MI

Evavold is responsible for boarding, management, and governance of third-party delivery partners for Covisint’s automotive engagement platform. He also serves as the Technical Director for Covisint’s global Connected Car program and solution set. Evavold has over 25 years of experience in implementing and managing strategic process and technology, delivering process re-engineering, cost reduction and revenue growth for competitive advantage and profit improvement. Prior to Covisint, Evavold was VP of Operations and CTO at SCI Ltd., a SaaS enterprise lead management and marketing platform, and CIO of OnStar, provider of communications, in-vehicle security, hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics systems.


Bothell, Washington

Manuela is responsible for business development and global communications for Elektrobit (EB). She serves as an advisory board member for the Connected Car Expo (affiliated with Automobility LA) and is an active member of Women in Automotive Technology. Manuela also holds a patent in voice-activated acquisition of non-local content. Prior to joining EB to head global marketing, Manuela held marketing and PR positions at Microsoft, the Tweddle Group, BMW and Mercedes. She holds a degree in communications from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest and a post-graduate degree in public relations from the University of Washington.

RTC Magazine  

June 2016

RTC Magazine  

June 2016