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FT Future of the Car Summit 2015

London |
Speakers include:
Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer

Aston Martin

Erik Jonnaert

Erik Jonnaert

European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)

Alexander Mankowsky

Alexander Mankowsky



The Financial Times was delighted to present the FT Future of the Car Summit:Engines for growth.

This cutting-edge event brought together key stakeholders from across the auto value chain to explore the challenges and opportunities facing automotive professionals in their quest to produce the cars of tomorrow. 

Attracting a wide variety of international participants from across Europe, America and Asia, the summit featured a combination of keynote addresses and interviews with prominent industry experts, along with lively panel discussions. The friendly environment provided an ideal platform to promote investment and innovation in the industry, setting the scene for the future of global transport.

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Keynotes by (3)

Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer

Aston Martin

Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. He joined the business on 1 October 2014. Mr Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 35 years of automotive industry experience. He is an indentured apprentice and graduated from Warwick University with a Masters Degree (MSc) in Product Engineering in 1990, and acquired a Doctorate (PhD) in Management from Cranfield University in 2004. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2010, Coventry University awarded Mr Palmer an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed Professor, advising the university in the automotive field.

Prior to joining Aston Martin, he held the post of Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Co and was a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. He held a number of senior positions with the Japanese car manufacturer, including being Chairman of Infiniti, over the course of a 24-year career with the firm. He started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK).

In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list Mr Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of services to the British automotive industry.

Erik Jonnaert

Erik Jonnaert

Secretary General
European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)

Erik Jonnaert is the Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), a position he has held since July 2013. ACEA brings together all major manufacturers of passenger cars, vans, trucks and buses with production in the EU, including BMW AG, Daimler AG, DAF Trucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen AG, Volvo Car Corporation and AB Volvo.

Prior to his ACEA appointment, Mr Jonnaert was Procter & Gamble's (P&G) Vice President for External Relations in Europe and Asia. Mr Jonnaert began his career at Linklaters law firm, before moving on to gain over 25 years of public and regulatory affairs, communications, and stakeholder relations experience in various leadership roles at P&G. In addition to his ACEA posting, Mr Jonnaert is currently Vice Chairman of the iMobility Forum. He is also is on the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, which focuses on the future of Automotive and Personal Transportation. A Belgian national, Mr Jonnaert holds masters in law from the University of Gent, and also attended Harvard Law School.

Alexander Mankowsky

Alexander Mankowsky

Futures Studies and Ideation

Born in Berlin in 1957, Alexander Mankowsky studied Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. He graduated in 1984 with the title of Diplom Soziologe. After four years in social services helping troubled children, he decided to follow the Zeitgeist and enrolled at a postgraduate university, focusing on the then new field of Artificial Intelligence. After heavy programming in OOS and Prolog, he earned himself the title of ‘Knowledge Engineer’. Since 1989 Alexander Mankowsky has worked in the research unit at Daimler AG, initially focusing on societal trends in mobility. This led him in 2001 to his current field of work – ‘Futures Studies and Ideation’. Alexander does Futures Studies with a strong component of Ideation. He is embedded in Daimler’s rich and diverse creative network.

Speakers (25)

Lance Bradley

Lance Bradley

Managing Director
Mitsubishi Motors

Lance Bradley is Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, a position he has held since 2009. Lance joined Mitsubishi Motors in 2000 as General Manager of Sales Operations before being appointed Sales and Marketing Director. He graduated from Salford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, before joining Ford Motor Company’s graduate scheme in 1989. He held a wide variety of positions in Ford, in sales and after-sales, including being part of the team which launched Mondeo in Japan and SE Asia in the mid-nineties. In his first year as Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motors, the company launched the first pure electric vehicle from a mainstream manufacturer, the i-MiEV, which helped establish Mitsubishi as a pioneer in electric vehicle technology. This technology was subsequently used in the Outlander plug-in hybrid – the world’s first 4x4 plug-in hybrid SUV. Launched in the UK in 2014 it has gone on to sell over 10,000 units in less than 12 months, making it the all-time best-selling electric vehicle in the UK.

Kevin  Layden

Kevin Layden

Global Director of Electrified Powertrain

Kevin is responsible for the development and implementation of electrified powertrains and associated advanced technologies at Ford. This includes hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, mild hybrids and start stop technology. As a Chief Engineer of Powertrain Calibration and NVH - North America, Kevin was responsible for the emissions, OBD, drivability and NVH development diesel and gas engines in North America from 2006 through 2009.

In 2009, Kevin was the Chief Engineer of Calibration and NVH – Ford of Europe. Based in the UK for 3 years, he ensured global alignment of powertrain calibration and NVH processes while delivering highly fuel efficient diesel and gas engines for European and Global markets. Kevin joined Ford Motor Company in 1986 as an engine test engineer. In 1988 he moved into Powertrain Systems Engineering and was responsible for the calibration and certification of the 7.5L gasoline engines on the F250 and F350 trucks. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company, Kevin graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSME. He also received an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Mike  Richardson

Mike Richardson

Chief Technical Specialist, Hybrids and Electrification
Jaguar Land Rover

Mike Richardson has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace industry, spanning Research, Advanced Engineering and Product Development, with particular emphasis on the delivery of high technology features and functions from the R&D environment to mainstream engineering. His technical interests include low carbon vehicles, sustainability and hybrids, real time control systems, automotive radar, adaptive cruise control, vehicle dynamic and chassis control systems and intelligent transportation system sand he has authored or co-authored numerous papers and patents in these areas.

At the beginning of 2006 he set up the hybrid and electrification group for Jaguar Land Rover which is now an integral part of mainstream Powertrain Engineering. His current responsibilities include development of advanced low carbon vehicle concepts and electric propulsion system research and development. Born in 1956, Mike holds a Doctorate and degrees in Control Engineering and Electronic Engineering from Coventry University; is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IMechE.

Mike Bell

Mike Bell

Global Connected Car Director
Jaguar Land Rover

Mike Bell is the Global Connected Car Director at Jaguar Land Rover, a new position created in 2012 to address customer demand for connected car technologies. He is responsible for establishing and leading the end-to-end connected car service for Jaguar Land Rover, delivering an integrated strategy for telematics, mobile connectivity (both in-car and connected devices) and connected services. His role combines technical expertise with a focus on delivering a premium customer experience to drive commercial value. As recognition for his pioneering and innovative work at Jaguar Land Rover, Mike was presented with the 2014 Automotive News Europe Rising Star Award for Technology. Prior to this Mike was Chief Technology Officer at Jaguar Land Rover where his involvement in telematics started. Mike has spent over 19 years as a senior strategic technology professional working for major Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, delivering innovative technologies to deliver significant business benefit. He has experience of multiple industry verticals including utilities, manufacturing, telecoms, oil exploration, and public sector. He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from University of Liverpool.

Tony  Walker

Tony Walker

Managing Director
Toyota Motor Europe - London Office

Tony Walker is Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office.Tony joined Toyota at Toyota Manufacturing UK, as General Manager, Human Resources in 1990. As one of the first employees of Toyota Manufacturing UK he played a fundamental role in the establishment and development of the company.

From 2001 to 2010 he worked at Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels, holding various positions, including European Human Resources Vice President and Director European Production Planning and Project Management. Tony returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK in January 2010 to take up the role of Deputy Managing Director, with direct responsibility for the functions of Production Control, HR, Accounting & Finance, Corporate Planning and External Affairs. In April 2014 he also became Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office.

Tony is on the Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Automotive Council, is Chairman of the Automotive Council UK International Competitiveness Workstream and Chairman of the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership. Tony has worked for Toyota for 24 years and in the motor industry for 37 years. He graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University with a BSc Hons in Psychology in 1977, taking up a graduate trainee position at Ford Motor Company. In 2013 Tony was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Nottingham Trent University.

Michael  Perschke

Michael Perschke

Head of Dealer Network Strategy and Concepts

Michael has worked on all levels of the automotive value chain, from global HQ of the largest European car group to European HQ of a Japanese brand, to various roles on national sales at company level. His achievements include making Audi the number one luxury brand in India within three years. As Director for Global Dealer Network Strategy and Concepts at Audi, his areas of focus include future distribution, retail trends and retail innovations.

Olivier  Paturet

Olivier Paturet

Manager of Zero-Emissions Unit
Nissan Europe

Olivier is an experienced global automotive executive with special expertise in Zero Emission Strategy, and Upstream Vehicle Programs. He studied, and started his career in the USA, before moving back to Europe in 1990. For the past 11 years he has held key management positions with Nissan in Europe. During that time he has been General Manager, Product Planning, successfully handling several upstream global vehicles programs, some of them within the Renault Nissan Alliance [2001-2006]. During that time he was based in Paris, France and spending significant amount of time in Japan, at Nissan Technical Center. Later he was named Marketing Director for the newly established Nissan Nordics Europe (NNE) based in Helsinki, Finland, and managing marketing activities for the seven Nordic and Baltic countries [2006 – 2009].

Since 2009 he is based in Paris and is in charge of Nissan’s Zero Emission Strategy in Europe. He is especially involved in organizing all upstream activities necessary for the successful deployment of the Nissan’s European Electric Vehicle line-up. Before that he was with Ford Motor Company for10 years with assignments in Sales & Marketing and Advanced Product Planning in France, the UK and Detroit, USA. He was with the Ford Focus global product team between 1996 and 1999 working with Volvo and Mazda on the development of the Ford Focus global C Platform program. Olivier holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Kansas (1985) and a BA in Business, Administration and Finance from the Clermont Business School in France (1984).

Frank  Meijer

Frank Meijer

Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
Hyundai Motor Europe

Born in The Netherlands, Frank Meijer has 10 years of experience in automotive retail sales and 13 years in business-to-business sales. Meijer moved to Frankfurt in 2012 to further his career with Hyundai Motor Europe. Meijer joined the automotive industry in 1991 at a family-owned dealership in The Netherlands, ultimately becoming Manager of Fleet Sales for Fiat Group in 2006. After two years, Meijer moved to Turin, Italy to become Global Corporate Sales Manager for the Fiat Group, before taking the role of Regional Sales Manager for Fiat in Scandinavia and The Baltics in 2010. Meijer joined Hyundai Motor Europe in 2012 as European Fleet Sales and Remarketing Manager, before becoming responsible for sales and marketing activities for the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle in Europe.

Vincent Carre

Vincent Carre

Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing Director

Vincent Carré is Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing Director for the Renault Group. The automotive company has been selling vehicles since 1898 and, in 2014, sold over 2,700,000 cars and LCVs under its brands of Renault, Dacia and Renault-Samsung Motors. Renault, and its sister company Nissan, have created the RENAULT-NISSAN Alliance, fourth largest automotive company in the world. Two years ago Daimler joined this alliance. Before joining the Renault Group in 1993 Vince had several responsibilities in sales and network development in France. He managed two business units in Paris before taking responsibility of global marketing for Twingo and Clio. For three years Vince was Marketing Director of DACIA before joining the electric cars business. Vince is a graduate of ESSEC business school (Paris France) and CEDEP-INSEAD (Fontainebleau – France).

David Green

David Green

Market Development Director

David Green is the Market Development Director for Volvo Car Corporation. In this role he is responsible for strategic and business development activities with a specific focus on the key global megatrends, urban population growth, environmental protection and connectivity. This then encompasses the next generation of mobility offerings, car sharing, vehicle connectivity and business models for autonomous cars. Having studied business and finance, David joined the automotive industry after working in the IT Industry due to a greater passion for cars than for computers. He has worked in most areas within sales and marketing, both on the retail and wholesale side, including a spell as a process improvement specialist in the Ford Six Sigma program. It was this broad practical experience combined with a statistical improvement discipline that lead him to the Strategy and Business Development role in Volvo Cars where he sees his IT past come back to haunt him as software, data and connectivity becomes an increasingly important part of the automotive business.

Tony  Pixton

Tony Pixton

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Tony has more than 36 years of experience in the global automotive industry bringing technology and products to market for brands including Ford, Mazda, Land Rover and Volvo. He has worked across the world, managing cross-functional teams to deliver award winning projects on time and on budget. Prior to joining APC UK Ltd., he worked in Japan as Representative Director and Assistant to the President on the Board of the Mazda Motor Corporation. Previous roles include Executive Director of Global Product Development at Ford and Platform Director at Volvo and Land Rover during Ford’s ownership of the brands. From 1994 through 1998 he was the Chief Program Engineer responsible for the development of the award winning Ford Focus. Tony is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Andrew Everett

Andrew Everett

Chief Strategy Officer
Transport Systems Catapult

Andrew Everett became Chief Strategy Officer of the Transport Systems Catapult in May 2014 where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Catapult, a newly established technology and innovation centre focused on making the UK the global lead in intelligent mobility. The Catapult promotes sustained economic growth and wellbeing through integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems. Prior to this Mr Everett spent over six years at the Technology Strategy Board as Head of Transport and initially Lead Technologist for Low Carbon Vehicles. In his time at Technology Strategy Board Mr Everett developed the case for the Transport Systems Catapult and also delivered the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator programme which saw more than 340 electric vehicles trialled in the UK in eight locations. Mr Everett’s early interest in engineering and cars led to a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship after which he joined Ford Motor Company where he held various positions in Engineering, Finance and Planning. In 1998 Mr Everett joined Visteon, a spin out of Ford, to take the role of Manufacturing Planning Manager. He then became Programme Manager for the cooling and air conditioning system to be delivered to Kia for their first European car which was manufactured in Slovakia. He then moved to the Energy Saving Trust as Transport Research and Development Programme Manager managing the Department for Transport’s Vehicle Technology Research and Development Fund. Mr Everett holds a BSc in Engineering Management from Anglia Polytechnic University, an MSc in Automotive Engineering Design, Manufacture and Management from the University of Hertfordshire and an MBA from Henley Management College. Mr Everett is also an active member on several Industry Technology and Strategy Groups. 

Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow


Richard Barlow is wejo's founder and CEO. A serial entrepreneur and veteran in data exchange, Richard founded fintech trading platform and claims management company LeadX, a Rocket Internet seeded investment, and has held various senior management positions.

John Leech

John Leech

Head of Automotive

John is a partner with 23 years’ experience at KPMG, during which time he has advised many leading automotive manufacturers, component suppliers and retailers on strategy, M&A, performance improvement and financing. He project-managed the work of the Automotive Innovation and Growth Team which advised the UK government on its automotive policy and has authored three recent reports in conjunction with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders on Driverless cars, Brexit and supply chain M&A opportunities.

Ivo Wengraf

Ivo Wengraf

Research and Data Manager
RAC Foundation

Ivo Wengraf is Research and Data Manager at the RAC Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Transport Studies of the Technical University, Munich sponsored by the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo), a research facility of BMW Group. Since joining the RAC Foundation in 2011, Mr. Wengraf has been responsible for developing the organisation’s data analysis capabilities (including in the use of GIS and Government open data) and work on the cost of motoring and transport poverty. He has been closely involved in the RAC Foundation’s series of reports on road and rail travel trends, including most recently Young Adults’ Licence-Holding and Driving Behaviour in the UK.

Mark  Preston

Mark Preston

Team Principal
Amlin Aguri Formula E Team

A world-class innovator and Formula One trailblazer, Mark Preston makes his return to competitive racing as Amlin Aguri’s Team Principal. Mark is widely known and respected in the world of Formula One for his high-tech engineering expertise and design skills developed in over 12 years in the sport with the Arrows Grand Prix, McLaren and Super Aguri F1 teams.

Running a team in the world’s first ever electric racing series represents a fresh challenge for Mark, who joins forces with Aguri Suzuki for a second time. Along with a passionate and dedicated team, the pair famously created Super Aguri F1 in just 100 days, and went on to form a strong friendship during the three years that the team competed in the sport. Mark has a progressive vision for Amlin Aguri and sees it as more than just a racing team. Redefining urban mobility is at the core of his thinking and he will lead the team in developing eco-conscious technologies that can be utilised in major urban cities such as Tokyo. With a specialist knowledge of advanced materials, Mark has contributed to spinouts from Oxford University including programmes for electric motors and marine energy turbines. He also obtained an MBA from Oxford in 2006 while working in Formula One at the same time.

Neil Sharpe

Neil Sharpe

Director, Engineering and Assurance
Transport Research Laboratory

Neil Sharpe is a Director at TRL (Transport Research Laboratory), a world-renowned research and consultancy centre. Having worked on global Connected Urban Mobility projects since 2009, Neil has developed a deep strategic, operational and cultural understanding of emerging mobility, low carbon vehicles and their associated business models. Amongst other responsibilities at TRL, he is tasked with the development of the company’s Automotive and Insurance sector engagement which includes autonomy, multi-modal mobility and low carbon vehicle projects. Prior to being head-hunted by TRL, Neil served as Sales Director within Daimler Mobility Services and car2go, a free floating car-sharing service with over 1m customers worldwide. Neil worked on multiple car2go projects within the EU and UK, including London where he led strategic change. Prior to that, Neil was the founding Sales Director of Chargemaster plc and played an integral role in the company becoming Europe’s leading provider of EVSE and related services. During this period he gained unique industry insight in working alongside local and national government, ENCO’s and the majority of active OEM’s in implementing charging networks (public, domestic, commercial), supporting software and consumer services within sixteen European countries. Neil holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and has over fifteen years industry experience having worked within the Insurance and Financial Services sectors prior to Automotive.

Philip  Watkins

Philip Watkins

Director and Head of European Automotive Equity Research

Philip Watkins is a Director at Citi Investment Research & Head of European Automotive Equity Research covering OEMs and car suppliers. Philip has written extensively about the rapidly changing Automotive landscape notably in a joint Citi Global report “Car of the Future” covering areas including Car Propulsion, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Car Connectivity, Infotainment, efficient manufacturing processes and changing consumer tastes . He is based in the London office and started with Citi in July 2007 in credit trading as a credit analyst. Philip has been an investment analyst for 14 years and has a Master's degree in Economics & Politics from Bristol University. He is a qualified accountant, having trained at PwC.

Karthikeyan  Natarajan

Karthikeyan Natarajan

Global Head of Integrated Engineering Solutions
Mahindra Group

Karthikeyan Natarajan heads the Integrated Engineering Solutions group at Tech Mahindra and has been instrumental in building the organization as one of the fastest growing global engineering service providers. With more than 21 years of professional experience of strong strategic, business and execution acumen along with rich experience in Product Design and Engineering Management, Karthik has successfully created global engineering strategies for several Fortune 500 clients and has grown the engineering business across the globe with well-established Global Engineering Centres.

Karthik is currently on the board of directors for Satyam-Venture Engineering Services Pvt Limited. He is also a key member of the steering committee for NASSCOM’s engineering services forum and the chairman for the Hyderabad Council of Indian Value Engineering Society (INVEST). Karthik holds a mechanical engineering degree and an associate degree in business management.

Erik  Fairbairn

Erik Fairbairn

POD Point

Erik Fairbairn is a serial entrepreneur and engineer by training. Mr Fairbairn founded POD Point in 2009 in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He saw the potential of electric vehicles as the next major mode of transportation and set himself the goal of wiring up the UK with chargepoints to facilitate the switch to EV from internal combustion engines. Under Mr Fairbairn’s stewardship POD Point has become one of Europe’s leading providers of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with a range of intelligent charging points for use at home, in workplaces and at frequently visited destinations. So far the firm has shipped over 20,000 points and boasts a publicly accessible network of 1,500 charging bays. Mr Fairbairn is a member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and was voted one of London’s 1000 most influential people in 2014 by the Evening Standard.

Steven Cousins

Steven Cousins

Axon Automotive

Steven Cousins is an academic, entrepreneur and previously a leader of the Foresight Vehicle programme which was established to bring together UK resources and expertise to create components and systems for the vehicles of the future. In 1995 he led UK participation in the EU project to launch car clubs in the UK. In 1990, Steven became an Associate Professor at the Honda Ecotechnology Centre, Cranfield University, where he has led whole vehicle projects to design light, safe, low carbon cars for various manufacturers. Other work includes research into long term change and innovation in the UK car industry (1920-2020), contrasting the continuous rise in vehicle horsepower year on year with the need to produce low carbon vehicles including light, safe, petrol cars. His work in this area has featured on the UK Treasury website for many years. In 2006 Steven left academia to lead the Cranfield spin-out, Axon Automotive, making structural carbon fibre car bodies weighing 50-100kg. Axon Automotive won the 2012 Paris JEC automotive prize for its plug-in hybrid car body as well as the 2015 Paris JEC prize for Hyundai hydrogen vehicle carbon fibre car body. Steven also owns the electric hearse manufacturer, Brahms Electric Vehicles. 

Joseph  Seal-Driver

Joseph Seal-Driver

DriveNow UK

Joseph Seal Driver is the UK Director for DriveNow, the revolutionary new drive-by-the- minute London car sharing service from BMW, Mini and Sixt. Born in Cambridge, Joseph is now a confirmed North East Londoner, having lived over the past eight years in all three of DriveNow’s launch boroughs: Hackney, Islington and Haringey. Joseph’s whole career has been based around sustainability and he is a keen advocate of London’s fast growing Sharing Economy. He rents out his Kings Cross-based driveway, uses Air BnB whenever he travels abroad and uses DriveNow for his car journeys. Having gained an Environmental Science degree from the University of Leeds, Joseph worked at the Eden project and at sustainable communications consultancy, Futerra. He previously worked at Zipcar for four years, managing all regional cities before being head hunted for the role at DriveNow.

Stuart  Moran

Stuart Moran

Business Manager, UK Automotive Sector

Stuart Moran joined Siemens in 1996. He went on to hold a number of senior sales and management positions within the Siemens organization and is today the Head of Siemens Automotive business for the UK. Stuart started his career in engineering with National Grid where he completed an apprenticeship and gained an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has recently been awarded a Masters Degree in Sales Management from the University of Portsmouth. Stuart has been involved in automation for over 25 years and has managed the Siemens automotive sector for almost 10 years. Stuart is passionate about the success of UK manufacturing and boosting the skills of young people beginning apprenticeships in the sector.

Stefan  Deix

Stefan Deix

Research and Innovation Director
The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)

Stefan Deix graduated as a physicist at the University of Vienna. Since 2013 he has been Director for Research and Innovation at CLEPA, a member of the ERTRAC steering group and a member of the iMobility steering group. He previously worked at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in the Department of Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). He has also been a member of the ERTRAC WG on road safety, iMobility WG on Automated Driving and a member of the EARPA task force safety.

Carlo  De Micheli

Carlo De Micheli

Head of Innovation

Carlo De Micheli is an Italian ethical hacker, blogger and start-upper. After graduating in Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2011, he began his post- graduate studies in Aerospace Systems. He co-founded a civic engagement project in Italy as well as a London-based tech start-up. He regularly wrote on his Huffington Post and Wired blogs, analysing social media trends through independent research. His work has been featured on New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Bloomberg TV, New York Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc. In 2013 he joined the OSV team to launch the first open source hardware chassis for vehicles. Open source methodologies and simplicity of construction are behind the OSV magic.


Chaired by (3)

Andy  Sharman

Andy Sharman

Motor Correspondent
Financial Times

Andy Sharman is the Financial Times' Motor Industry Correspondent, covering the global automotive sector from London in collaboration with the FT's foreign bureaux. Before that, he worked on the FT live news desk writing breaking news stories and covering construction. A former news editor and sub-editor, Mr Sharman joined the FT from The Independent.

Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

Industry Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Murad  Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

Sports Editor
Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is the FT's Sports Editor. He writes news and features on the world, business and science of sport. He has covered the biggest stories, from the Rio Olympics to the growing Chinese investment in football. Before this he covered sport, hotels, restaurants, tourism and more as Leisure Correspondent. He joined the FT in July 2014 as European Technology Correspondent, and had written about the global technology sector for eight years. Prior to joining the FT, he worked at The Times of London and studied at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Why Attend?

  • Receive valuable information on customer demand patterns
  • Explore new ideas for alternative fuel vehicles
  • Hear about plans for the integration of low emissions vehicles into transport networks
  • Gain expert insights into manufacturing and product life-cycle strategies
  • Stay on top of the latest developments in connectivity
  • Debate the potential for automation in cars of the future
  • Network with leading figures from the automotive industry

Agenda - 13th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Andy Sharman, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    MORNING KEYNOTE: Keeping the automotive industry on the road

    The automotive industry is facing a number of social, regulatory and technological challenges. The sector is taking pioneering steps and is discovering new solutions in order to address safety, environmental and economic questions. The need to innovate to survive is motivating a transition in business models and types of vehicles the industry is developing, and is changing how people seek to own these new cars, vans and trucks. Together, these challenges and transitions will force adaptation on the sector, changing the face of the industry over the course of the century.

    Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association(ACEA)

  • 9:40am
    Setting the scene: Present and future challenges for low-emissions vehicles

    The automotive industry must justify investment into electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by examining why they are sold now and what will be the main challenges for their development in the coming years

    Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Hyundai Motor Europe

  • 9:50am
    PANEL: Supporting innovation and investment in the automotive industry

    It is an exciting but challenging time for the automotive industry. The changing needs of customers and new technological developments support investment. However, the risks are high so stakeholders must be careful about investing in new projects.

    • What will make governments provide more support to innovative automotive suppliers?
    • How successful have tax incentives been in encouraging development of electric vehicles?
    • What kind of technology could be a game changer in the industry?
    • How are companies working together to promote standardisation of EV technologies?
    • What is the potential for risk-sharing agreements to push development of new tech and new infrastructure?
    • What more can be done on the infrastructure level and who should pay for it?
    • What is the impact of regulation on innovation and investment?


    Tony Pixton, CEO, Advanced Propulsion Centre 
    Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, Hyundai
    Olivier Paturet, General Manager, Zero Emission Strategy, Nissan Europe
    Mike Richardson, Chief Technical Specialist, Hybrids and Electrification, Jaguar Land Rover

    Moderated by Andy Sharman, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Morning refreshments
  • 10:50am
    PANEL: Understanding and responding to customer demand patterns in a new era

    Understanding what the customer wants is vital. Unfortunately, the mobility choices of millennials are often unclear and don’t fit with traditional car ownership models, so new ideas are needed and fast.

    • How are changing customer demands affecting ownership models?
    • How are the mobility choices of young people affecting their decisions on car ownership?
    • How can dealerships evolve to meet the needs of customers?
    • What else can be done affect the customer decision making process?
    • How is the automotive product life-cycle changing?
    • How significant is the shift away from ownership towards car sharing? 
    • Which types of vehicle will have biggest demand in the future?


    Michael Perschke, Head of Dealer Network Strategy and Concepts, Audi
    Vincent Carre, Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing Director, Renault
    Ivo Wengraf, Research and Data Manager, RAC Foundation
    Joseph Seal-Driver, Director, DriveNow UK 

    Moderated by Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors

  • 11:40am
    PRESENTATION: The future for sustainable mobility

    Tony Walker, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe - London Office

  • 12:00pm
    PANEL: Challenges for the development and integration of alternative powertrains

    The mission to improve on the internal combustion engine and develop viable alternatives has had mixed success. Many challenges remain as the quest for improved value, performance and reliability continues. Much also depends on the capacity of transport networks to integrate alternative powertrains successfully . 

    • What is the potential for electric vehicles in the low-entry market?
    • What are the infrastructure challenges for electric vehicles and how can charging experiences be improved?
    • What are the behavioural patterns for the charging of electric vehicles and how is this impacting on the wider automotive landscape?
    • What are the challenges for achieving efficient mass production of fuel cells?
    • What is the potential for natural gas to become the new standard fuel for internal combustion engines?
    • Which countries provide the best environment for electric and fuel cell-powered cars?


    Kevin Layden, Global Director of Electrified Powertrain, Ford
    Mark Preston, Team Principal, Amlin Aguri Formula E Team
    Erik Fairbairn, CEO, POD Point

    Moderated by Andy Sharman, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:50pm
    PANEL: Bringing connectivity to the masses

    Connectivity is one of the defining characteristics of the modern world. The automotive industry has lagged behind in taking advantage of connected solutions, despite their many potential benefits, but things are finally picking up.

    • Why has the automotive industry lagged behind in connectivity?
    • What are the latest automotive smart phone applications being developed?
    • How can data analytics be applied in a connected car?
    • How can connected cars be used in fleet management?
    • What other navigation services are there for a connected car apart from GPS directions?
    • How can multiple electronic control units be integrated seamlessly into a car?
    • How big are the commercial opportunities in connectivity for smaller companies?
    • How much more will customers be willing to pay for connectivity?
    • Who owns the data and what legal issues may arise?


    Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
    Karthikeyan Natarajan, Global Head of Integrated Engineering Solutions, Tech Mahindra
    Richard Barlow, CEO, Wejo
    John Leech, Head of Automotive, KPMG

    Moderated by Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    PANEL: Opportunities and challenges for vehicular automation

    The road from basic driver-monitoring systems to fully automated self-driving cars is turning out to be much shorter than originally thought. It’s time to reconsider what the future holds for vehicular automation of all kinds, and to discuss how such advanced technologies will translate to the market place in the coming years.   

    • What will be the societal impact of widespread autonomous driving?
    • How will the insurance market deal with self-driving cars?
    • What is the future of automated driving in urban environments?
    • How could automation improve safety and access to help in an emergency?
    • What is the potential for companies outside the traditional automotive industry to succeed in this area?
    • What are the benefits and disadvantages of combining automation with connectivity? 
    • How should legal responsibility be allocated in adverse events?


    David Green, Market Development Director, Volvo
    Stefan Deix, Research and Innovation Director, The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
    Philip Watkins, Director Autos Equity Analyst, Citigroup
    Neil Sharpe, Director, Engineering and Assurance, Transport Research Laboratory

    Moderated by Andy Sharman, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:50pm
    AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: A Luxury perspective on the future car customer

    Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin

  • 4:10pm
    PANEL: Optimising the automotive value chain and exploring the production landscape for new players

    The pathway from the drawing board to the customer in the automotive industry is evolving and businesses must adapt to stay on top of new trends. Collecting and feeding information back into the production cycle can be a very effective tool for OEMs but it also helps other companies make the most of potentially limited resources.

    • What are the challenges for mass production and integration of connected cars?
    • How can increase in scalable components across models be achieved as well as meeting demand for niche models?
    • How can data analytics from cars on the road be used to change production processes?
    • What are the pros and cons of a multi-platform strategy?
    • To what extent should vehicles be designed to allow for customisation?
    • How can the distribution process be made more efficient?
    • How can new materials be introduced to the production process?
    • What does the future hold for automotive manufacturing workforces?
    • How are advanced technologies and production processes creating opportunities for start-up OEMs and suppliers?

    Andrew Everett, Chief Strategy Officer, Transport Systems Catapult
    Carlo De Micheli, Head of Innovation, OSVehicle
    Stuart Moran, Business Manager, UK Automotive Sector, Siemens
    Steven Cousins, Founder, Axon Automotive

    Moderated by Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times 

  • 5:00pm
    CONCLUDING KEYNOTE: Mobility of the future - Automation and society

    We are witnessing the transition of established and known technological artifacts to autonomy, as demonstrated by the F015 'Luxury in Motion' research car from Mercedes-Benz. This presentation will focus on the relationship between human talents and the abilities of future cars, interpreted as mobile robots.

    Alexander Mankowsky, Futures Studies and Ideation, Daimler

  • 5:20pm
    Closing remarks
  • 5:30pm
    Networking drinks

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Associate Sponsor (1)

KPMG is delighted to be sponsoring and speaking at the FT Future of the Car Summit. Its dedicated automotive practice work with companies ranging from multi-nationals to owner-managed businesses, from OEMs and component manufacturers to dealerships and commercial vehicle manufacturers. As well as our traditional audit and tax services we support many clients with their M&A, strategy, procurement, cost optimisation, turnaround and risk needs.
KPMG LLP operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 11,000 partners and staff. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has more than 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world.

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wejo utilises bespoke, ground-breaking smartphone and geo-sensing technology to create a best in class mobile telematics app solution, offering driver rewards and quality data for a variety of business sectors.

For Insurers, wejo’s primary market, we provide constant, real-time, driver behavioural data, to allow insurers to issue individual bespoke quotes and accelerate the growth of affordable UBI worldwide.

wejo Fleet provides any company small or large with the lowest cost, bespoke, driver tracking solution. Our unique Fleet portal offers managers the ability to track either individual drivers, teams or total fleets in real time.

This same smartphone technology has also been designed to seamlessly integrate with all OEMs Connected Car technology platforms. Thus allowing OEMs to have an enhanced, beneficial relationship directly with the driver: communicating safety benefits as well as financial rewards.

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FISITA is the international federation that brings together the global automotive mobility sector to share ideas and advance automotive technological development. Founded in 1948, we are uniquely placed to promote excellence and support the development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.

FISITA enables automotive engineering societies and corporate organisations to connect with each other, network, share technological advancements and collaborate. Since creation, FISITA has seen significant growth in influence and relevance and today our network of Member Societies and corporate members of the Honorary Committee reach over 210,000 engineers in 37 countries, placing us at the heart of the industry.

FISITA facilitates dialogue between engineers and industry, governments, academia, and environmental and standards organisations, across all areas of automotive technology. We achieve this through organising and delivering internationally-acclaimed technical events, including the World Automotive Congress, the World Automotive Summit and the braking specialist conference EuroBrake, as well as supporting events run by our Member Societies.

We are proud to be contributing at the forefront of education and learning through our Education Committee and other academic initiatives. As part of this strategic engagement, we support the professional development of engineers, while providing resources and opportunities to students and young engineers breaking into the profession. Through our various education initiatives, FISITA promotes the automotive mobility sector as a career pathway of choice and supports engineers throughout their career journey.

Autocar is the world’s oldest and most respected car brand. Launched in 1895 it is still setting the motoring agenda to this day, through its award-winning print weekly magazine, downloadable edition, website and other digital channels. Autocar and are famous among car enthusiasts and industry leaders for providing the most in-depth, insightful new and used car reviews, car news and expert opinions, as well as the most entertaining, informative and diverse features and all-action videos. It is also renowned for its car deals section, helping new and used car buyers find the right vehicle for their needs at the right price.

CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. Over 120 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and more than 20 national and European associations are members of CLEPA. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc.).

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers. ACEA is the advocate for the automobile industry in Europe, and engages in dialogue with the European institutions and other stakeholders in order to advance understanding of industry-related issues, helping to contribute to effective policy and legislation at both European and global levels.
ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Opel Group, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.

What Car? is the destination for no-nonsense, common sense car buying advice with over 3 million visitors and 60k readers a month. What Car?’s blend of authoritative comparison tests, consumer investigations, owner surveys, money-saving advice and comprehensive data make it the one-stop shop for new car buyers, whether online or on paper.

Organiser (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.


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