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Aravind Kailas
Advanced Technology Policy Director at Volvo Group North America


Dr. Aravind Kailas is the Advanced Technology Policy Director at Volvo Group, where he oversees policy development, technology outreach, and public engagement strategies to further Volvo’s interests in transport innovations. By promoting key corporate positions and creative assets in various fora, Dr. Kailas has been instrumental in enhancing Volvo’s technology thought leadership.

Dr. Kailas built and managed an extensive personal network of private and public entities to strengthen organic innovation and public affairs initiatives across Volvo Group. He created a public-private partnership for assessing air quality improvements using smart traffic lights along freight corridors in Southern California. Dr. Kailas also spearheaded local stakeholder development for introducing Volvo’s electromobility solutions in North America.

Dr. Kailas is also a part-time Instructor at California State University Long Beach, and has previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, DOCOMO Innovations, and General Electric. Author of over 100 publications and quoted in many media outlets, Dr. Kailas has served on several R&D and technology panels, and advisory boards of non-profit organizations and academic institutions. His work has been recognized with numerous accolades, including awards from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel Discussion: Smart Cities & the Value of Public-Private Partnerships