Dr. Hendrik Schulte

State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

After Dr. Hendrik Schulte worked as a civil engineer in the construction industry for over 30 years, he has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia since mid-2017. In this function, he heads the ministry as head of office and, under Minister Wüst, designs the North Rhine-Westphalian transport policy.

The Ministry of Transport is convinced that cable cars can be an important component of reliable, fast, safe, inexpensive and clean mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia. The State of North Rhine-Westphalia amended the Cable Car Act in 2021 so that the planning process can be carried out more easily and quickly.

The federal city of Bonn has already registered a cable car project for the GVFG funding program. The intended project, which is to serve the general purpose of transportation, is unique and innovative in its form in Germany. It has a pioneering function for other German cities.

Day 1 | Greeting | 10:20-10:30 a.m. 
Harry Wagner Professor für Automotive & Mobility

Prof. Dr. Harry Wagner

Professor for Automotive & Mobility at the TH Ingolstadt

Prof. Dr. Harry Wagner studied industrial engineering at the TU Darmstadt. In 2006 he received his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart. Harry Wagner worked in consulting and industry in various management positions in Germany, the USA and Japan from 2001 to 2014. In 2014 he was appointed to the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI) and has since been Professor of Automotive & Mobility Management with a research focus on “Mobility of the Future”. The focus is on intermodal, innovative and sustainable mobility concepts. In the context of various teaching and research activities, cable cars as part of a public local public transport system are again and again the focus of his work. In addition to his professorship, Mr. Wagner is also co-founder and managing director of FMS Future Mobility Solutions GmbH. FMS GmbH deals with future mobility issues such as digitization, highly automated driving and innovative mobility concepts.

Day 1 | Keynote | 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Matthias Gastel [requested]

Member of the Bundestag, parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

Training as a wholesale and foreign trade merchant, training as a geriatric care assistant; Degree in social education (FH), degree in business administration (FH). Wholesale and foreign trade sales clerks; ten years as a social pedagogue in youth welfare, 2006/12 self-employed with a temporary employment and recruitment company for skilled workers in the social field, 2012 handover of the company. Work as a business mediator, practical instructor in the training of educators. Member of the GRÜNEN since 1989, member of the local executive committee of the GRÜNEN in Filderstadt in 1990, co-founding of the Green Youth (then GAJ) Baden-Württemberg in 1990, member of the state executive for three years, 1991 district executive of the GRÜNEN. 1994/2014 city council in Filderstadt, 2009/13 parliamentary group chairman, 1999/2014 member of the district council. - Member of the Bundestag since October 2013; previously spokesman for rail policy of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.1 | 11:00-11:20 a.m. 

Sebastian Beck

Associate partner at Drees & Sommer

Sebastian Beck studied infrastructure management at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences. At the beginning of 2010 he started as a project manager for the infrastructure experts at Drees & Sommer with a focus on development, rail infrastructure, energy and ropeway projects. He has been responsible for the infrastructure in Baden-Württemberg since 2016 and was appointed Associate Partner in July 2021. In addition, Sebastian Beck passes on his knowledge in the field of construction and real estate management as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart in the infrastructure management course.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.2 | 11:20-11:40 a.m. 

Christian Kleinenhammann

Regional Manager West, Transdev Deutschland GmbH

Christian Kleinenhammann holds a degree in economics and studied economics at the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg. He is Regional Manager Region West at Transdev Germany.


With a turnover of 6.7 billion euros, the French company is the world's largest private mobility service provider and operates, among other things, a cable car network in Bogota, Colombia. In addition to his work at Transdev, Christian Kleinenhammann has been a member of the board of the Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe (NIAG) in Moers since 2014, which is connected to Transdev through the joint partner, the RETHMANN Group.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.4 | 12:00-12:20 p.m. 

Ulrich Arndt

Head of the staff unit

Ulrich Arndt is the Head of the State Councilor's Office for Civil Society and Citizen Participation in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.


With the "Policy of Being Heard" by Prime Minister Kretschmann since 2011, Baden-Württemberg has placed a focus on citizen participation. Together with close scientific support, it was possible to massively expand public participation in Baden-Württemberg.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.5 | 3:00-3:20 p.m. 

Han Joosten

Head of Area Development & Market Research, BPD

Biographical information will follow shortly.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.6 | 3:20-3:40 p.m. 
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​Dr. Georg Schober

Head of the test center / notified body for cable cars at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH

Georg Schober is head of the testing and notified body for cable cars at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH. As an expert for ropeways, he has been involved in a large number of urban ropeway projects in Latin America and Asia. The cable car experts from TÜV SÜD take on all legally required tests and certifications that are necessary for the placing on the market and the safe operation of the systems. These include, for example, the acceptance tests and recurring tests of cable cars and funiculars as well as safety analyzes and safety reports.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.7 | 3:40-4:00 p.m. 

Prof. Dr. Jörg Niemann

Professor of industrial engineering at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Jörg Niemann has been a professor at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences since 2012 for the teaching and research field of industrial engineering with a focus on production in the field of mechanical engineering and process engineering. Before that he was department head at ABB Automation GmbH and responsible for the development and sales of Life Cycle Services. Prof. Niemann is the executive director of the interdisciplinary research institute FMDauto and founder of the FLiX research center Life Cycle Excellence. Special focus areas are in the area of Life Cycle & Services Management as well as the evaluation and optimization of production systems using Lean Management methods.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.8 | 4:00-4:20 p.m. 

Mag. Jörg Schröttner

Head of the “Supreme Cable Car Authority” department in the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection in Austria and President of OITAF

The OITAF is the international organization for the cable car industry, which was founded as an umbrella organization for cable car companies, manufacturers, authorities but also other institutions in the field of cable car research and development with the aim of jointly shaping technical, economic and legal developments, including their challenges and problems and solve.

In urban areas, cable cars are becoming more and more important due to growing residential areas and increasing traffic obstruction. In this area, however, one encounters completely different difficulties and obstacles than in mountain regions.

These international developments show that OITAF still has an important function today. A high security standard must be established and maintained worldwide. OITAF recommendations are very important.

Day 1 | Lecture 1.9 | 4:20-4:30 p.m. 

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig

Lord Mayor of the City of Koblenz, ret

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig is a qualified pedagogue and has a doctorate in educational sciences at the University of Marburg and has taught political science as an honorary professor at the universities of Gießen and Koblenz / Landau. After 16 years of federal politics, as State Secretary for Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate, he was able to negotiate the compromise between the state preservation of monuments and BuGa planners in Koblenz regarding the construction of an urban cable car. As Lord Mayor of the City of Koblenz and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BuGa-GmbH, he was committed to the permanent maintenance of the Koblenz cable car. In retirement since 2018, he has been involved in Germany and other European countries as an “ambassador” for the Koblenz cable car. He saw the experience in Koblenz as an encouragement to see cable cars as an element of modern, safe, ecologically sustainable urban mobility. He has also brought this experience (since 2019) as a member of the “Urban Cable Cars Working Group” at the Federal Ministry of Transport and lectures at home and abroad on the opportunities of urban cable cars.

Day 1 | Panel II | 4:30-5:00 p.m. 
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Thomas Kufen

Lord Mayor of the City of Essen

Born in 1973, I have been mayor of my hometown since 2015.

After the war, Essen was rebuilt as a car city. However, the steadily increasing volume of traffic led to an increasing burden on residents, the environment and the transport network.

Part of the successful application to the European Union for the “European Green Capital 2017” was therefore the formulation of the goal of changing the modal split to 25% each for motorized vehicle, local public transport, pedestrian and bicycle traffic by 2035. An Essen mobility plan is to be created by 2022, in which measurable goals, content, action plans and priorities are mapped.

In this respect, Essen is very interested in implementing creative ideas. These ideas become all the more valuable when they lead to a change in the behavior of road users through innovation and creativity. Supporting and promoting such approaches and ideas is the goal and intention of urban transport policy.

Day 2 | Greeting | 10:10-10:20 a.m. 

Janosch Neumann

Lawyer and partner in the law firm Heinemann & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Janosch Neumann is a lawyer in Essen and lecturer for building planning and building regulations law at the German Real Estate Academy at the University of Freiburg (DIA) as well as a permanent lecturer within the framework of specialist and advanced training courses for waste officers, pollution control officers, incident officers and water protection officers of the LVQ teaching and testing company for quality mbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Lawyer Neumann specializes in particular in the entire environmental, planning and infrastructure law. Here he advises, for example, on the planning and approval of highways and the associated environmental and legal issues. As a pioneer in the legal world, attorney Neumann dealt early and intensively with the law of planning and approval for urban ropeways and also published specialist articles on this, e.g. "Urban ropeways as subject of planning approval law - innovative infrastructure or urban planning dreaming" (DÖV, 2016 , 419-429).

Day 2 | Lecture 2.1 | 10:10-10:35 a.m. 
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Dr. Tassilo Schiffer

Lawyer in the law firm CBH Rechtsanwälte

Dr. Tassilo Schiffer has focused on the construction-accompanying legal advice and legal project management of infrastructure projects, in particular of route-bound projects such as B. Street and underground lines, pipelines and high-voltage lines specialized under public law.

In addition, he accompanies the preparation of land-use plans and building permits for residential and commercial use. He advises investors, municipalities and approval authorities in this regard. Special expertise in municipal commercial law rounds off his advisory profile. Dr. Tassilo Schiffer is a specialist lawyer for administrative law, author of a large number of scientific articles, regularly gives lectures on issues in the field of public environmental and planning law and is a member of the judges' service court for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.2 | 10:35-11:00 a.m. 

Mag. Alexandra Terzaki

Managing Director of TERZAKI Management Consulting

Mag. Alexandra Terzaki was born in 1969, was born in Greece and has lived in Vienna since 1987 and has been working in Vienna and Berlin since 2020. She is a lawyer (law in Vienna - management consultant, not a fully qualified lawyer, not a lawyer), managing director of TERZAKI management consultancy, managing partner of  TERZAKI & Partner GmbH  in Vienna and internationally recognized expert in procurement management and process design in public procurement. Since September 2018 she has been expanding her current lecture activities in Europe on behalf of Lexxion Verlag (Berlin) and on behalf of the Kommunalakademie Deutschland (Berlin). Since April 2020 TERZAKI Unternehmensberatung has been running its own branch in Berlin and also offers its consulting services exclusively to public clients in Germany. As part of her position as managing director of TERZAKI Unternehmensberatung alone, Ms. Terzaki has personally and successfully handled and processed more than 300 awards and numerous references in the field of awarding.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.3 | 11:00-11:25 a.m. 

Dr. Jan Deuster

Lawyer in the law firm CBH Rechtsanwälte

Dr. Jan Deuster studied and did his doctorate at the University of Cologne. He specializes in the field of public commercial law, in particular European state aid and public procurement law. He primarily advises the public sector on the financing, organization and market access of municipal services of general interest and infrastructure companies, in particular in public transport, in the broadband sector and in the utility industry. At the moment he mainly supports public transport authorities and municipal transport companies in the process of re-awarding the public passenger transport service contract in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1370/2007 and the PBefG, taking into account the preservation of existing tax advantages. Another focus of his advisory work lies in providing support for the financing of municipal companies under state aid law, be it through shareholder contributions, in the cross-tax association or through municipal guarantees.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.4 | 11:25-11:50 a.m. 

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Joachim Grigoleit

TU Dortmund, Department of Spatial Planning and Environmental Law

Biographical information will follow shortly.

Day 2 | Panel III | 11:50-12:15 a.m. 

Victor Vargas

Managing Director, IST Cables

Victor Vargas is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in the development of urban cable car projects in Latin American environments. He studied in both South America and Europe and is an expert in both cultures. His competences cover a wide range of steps necessary for the implementation of urban cable cars. He has worked on feasibility studies, specific designs, technical supervision, installation and commissioning of cableways. His work as head of electromechanical equipment and planning of the route profile of cableway projects in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Chile deserves special mention. He is currently director of the company "Ingeniería de Sistemas de Transporte y Cables S.A.S" (ISTCables), from where he supports private, public and multilateral organisations in the promotion and development of urban cable cars.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.5 | 2:00-2:20 p.m. 

Matthias Nuessgen

Deputy Managing Director of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST eV)

Matthias Nüßgen is a geographer and city planner. He dealt with different perspectives of sustainable transport, especially in the areas of local public transport and non-motorized transport, and places the positive functional synergies of integrated urban and transport planning at the center of his work. He held training courses and lectures on this topic at various national and international universities. In 2012 and 2013 he was a lecturer in the field of urban planning at the TU Darmstadt. As deputy managing director of Eurist eV, he was involved in participation processes, case studies and feasibility studies for the initiation and implementation of urban cable cars worldwide, including in various African cities such as Dar es Salaam, Accra, Addis Ababa, Lusaka, Kigali, Gaborone and Harare.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.7 | 2:40-3:00 p.m. 
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Prof. Peter Stevens

Industrial designer, Peter Stevens Design

Peter Stevens is well known as the designer of the McLaren F1 road car which marked a large shift in high performance car design in the 1990s. It remains influential and acclaimed.
Peter has specialised in the design of many high-performance vehicles, including the MG X-Power SV, MG TF, Jaguar XJR-15, Subaru World Rally Championship-winning car, Lotus Esprit MkII and Elan SE. His focus is on creating visually pleasing, light, safe, energy efficient vehicles, basing the design process around aerodynamics and the development of innovative processes and materials.
Peter Stevens Design, Peter's consultancy, works closely with Hili Manz Engineering, based in Switzerland. They are currently involved in design and consultancy for a variety cable car and funicular railway projects, and energy efficient public transportation solutions.

Day 2 | Lecture 2.8 | 3:00-3:20 p.m. 
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Ruben Ebersold

Speaker, Yunex Traffic a Siemens Business

As a long-term part of the project management for the operation, maintenance and repair of the funicular that runs at the Squaire Metro at Frankfurt Airport, Ruben Ebersold is one of the experts at Yunex, who has valuable experience in the passenger operation of cable cars and their successful integration into urban areas.

Day 2 | Panel IV | 3:20-3:45 p.m.