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Engineering and Construction, Innovation, Manufacturing

FT Future of the Car Summit 2016

Driving Innovation & Growth

London |
Speakers include:
Hugh Dickerson

Hugh Dickerson


Paul Willcox

Paul Willcox

Nissan Europe

Aric Dromi

Aric Dromi

Futurologist and digital philosopher


The FT Future of the Car Summit returned to London this year with an exclusive agenda designed to help automotive industry professionals stay on top of the latest developments. Advances in power, connectivity and automation are making their way from manufacturers to consumers faster than ever, but businesses seeking to capitalise on automotive technology and innovation must also deal with an evolving regulatory landscape, shifting demand patterns and a new wave of cyber-security threats.  The distinguished speaker line-up at this event ensured attendees got a balanced view of the challenges and opportunities facing industry professionals in their quest to produce the cars of tomorrow.

Our press partners at LS:N Global spoke with three of our speakers at the event. You can watch the videos here >>

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/11/2016 08:00:0005/11/2016 17:05:00trueFT Future of the Car Summit 2016The FT Future of the Car Summit returned to London this year with an exclusive agenda designed to help automotive industry professionals stay on top of the latest developments. Advances in power, connectivity and automation are making their way from manufacturers to consumers faster than ever, but businesses seeking to capitalise on automotive technology and innovation must also deal with an evolving regulatory landscape, shifting demand patterns and a new wave of cyber-security threats.  The distinguished speaker line-up at this event ensured attendees got a balanced view of the challenges and opportunities facing industry professionals in their quest to produce the cars of tomorrow.Our press partners at LS:N Global spoke with three of our speakers at the event. You can watch the videos here >>FT-Future-of-the-Car-Summit-201690c98227992de842e3f61063af422386MM/DD/YYYY

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"A rather unique opportunity to talk to colleagues from across the spectrum of the car industry"
- Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin

"You really do have the best of the best here"
- Kevin Layden, Director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company


Speakers (20)

Hugh Dickerson

Hugh Dickerson

Senior Industry Head, Automotive

Hugh Dickerson has been a Senior Industry Head at Google for five years, leading the team that works in partnership with the automotive industry’s largest players in developing and delivering successful digital marketing strategies. Mr Dickerson’s digital know-how is backed up by over twenty years of experience in the motor industry. This experience includes senior manufacturer roles in retail, fleet and export sales, network development and marketing. Mr Dickerson has worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and the Middle East on a local, national and international scale. His experience is complimented by time both as a retailer and distributor, including a period running the world’s largest dealership.

Paul Willcox

Paul Willcox

Nissan Europe

As the Chairman of Nissan in Europe, Paul Willcox is responsible for the overall management, performance and strategic direction of the business across its nine regions including the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia. Mr Willcox joined Nissan in 1992 as District Sales Manager in the South London sales team. Since then he has held numerous management positions across the business, including Managing Director of Nissan GB and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nissan Europe. On being appointed as Chairman in January 2014 he focused the business on becoming the most desirable Asian car brand in Europe by 2020 and on growing the Nissan brand to deliver on its promise of ‘Innovation that Excites for Everyone’.

Aric Dromi

Aric Dromi

Futurologist and digital philosopher

Aric Dromi is a futurologist and digital philosopher. He explores a new way of thinking about how things work. He helps advance philosophical research and related fields through innovation and technology. Mr Dromi recognises that an essential part of capturing the future is being able to explain it, make it tangible and, most importantly, make it relevant. He tends to focus on 10 to 15-year future scenarios, helping people identify and abandon old paradigms and re-think thinking.

Gianluca Italia

Gianluca Italia

Managing Director
FCA Italy

Gianluca Italia was born in Siracusa in 1972 and has an MBA from Central Connecticut State University in USA. In 2011 he joined FCA in charge of Lancia in Italy with the responsibility for overall profitability and vehicle sales. After few months he was appointed Head of Brand Lancia/Chrysler for the EMEA region. From 2012 till 2015 he was Head of Brand Fiat for the EMEA region, tasked to improve the overall Fiat Brand value and achieve the commercial targets coordinating all the Business. During this time he was responsible for product management, pricing, marketing planning, priorities setting in terms of market / profit opportunities in the budget process. After three years he was named Head of Business Center Italy for all FCA brands. In his position Gianluca Italia is Responsible for overall profitability and commercial performance of FCA in Italy (Fiat, Lancia, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Fiat Professional brands), for Fleet & Business Sales and FCA Fleet & Tenders department, Network Development, Logistics and Sales Planning. He has extensive experience in the automotive industry, starting in 2000 with Ford Italy and Ford Europe, and subsequently at General Motor Italy as Sales Director and Marketing Director.

Paul Willis

Paul Willis

UK Managing Director
Volkswagen Group

Paul Willis has been Managing Director of Volkswagen Group in the United Kingdom since February 2014. Prior to his current role, Mr Willis was Chief Operating Officer, Sales and Marketing, for ŠKODA China. He was Managing Director for Volkswagen Group Ireland from 2008 to 2011 and headed up the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand between 2000 and 2008. Before joining Volkswagen in 2000, Willis had already gained a wealth of automotive industry experience, having worked in various roles for BMW, Mazda, Toyota and Ford.

James Towle

James Towle

Global Product Strategy Director
Jaguar Land Rover

James Towle is the Global Product Strategy Director for Jaguar Land Rover. He is responsible for the definition of product strategy and the planning of programmes in early phases of delivery, for both UK based and international projects. Mr Towle has worked at Jaguar Land Rover for nearly 20 years and has held senior management positions across a number of areas of the business including engineering, manufacturing, marketing and programme management. He first joined Product Strategy in 2003 and was part of the team that led the revitalisation strategy of the Jaguar brand. Between 2006 and 2008, James led the product definition and programme management of the Jaguar XJ. He was then responsible for the company’s strategic approach to the next generation of Jaguar product development. Mr Towle’s expertise in product and business strategy was vital to the future strategic direction of the Jaguar brand. Mr Towle then took an assignment in marketing to lead the commercial launch of the XF and XJ programmes, building the core of the Jaguar business before the introduction of F-TYPE and the eagerly anticipated XE. In 2013, Mr Towle was promoted to the position of Global Business Director responsible for Range Rover projects. He then became International Projects Director covering Jaguar Land Rover’s expansion projects globally, before his most recent appointment leading the future product strategy for Jaguar Land Rover.  

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.

Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer

Global Director, Battery Electric Vehicles Product Development

Darren Palmer is the Global Product Development Director for Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford and Lincoln vehicles worldwide. He heads the electric cars division for PD as part of Team Edison, which is a company within a company, introduced to accelerate global development using a Design Thinking approach.

Prior to this role, Mr Palmer served in a number of executive roles, including leading Global Large and Luxury Products, Global Small Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Global Quality and the Ford JV setup in Russia.

Mr Palmer's particular skill is in developing highly customer focused product propositions that customers fall in love with. Then inspiring large and diverse teams spread across multiple continents to deliver to markets world-wide. Examples include global segment leading products such as Ford Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Mustang and Transit.

Since joining Ford in 1992, Palmer has amassed significant experience in global vehicle development, having held positions in Product Development, Product Planning, Manufacturing and Quality, in the UK, Germany, United States and through regular global travel to South America, China, India and Australia.

Mr Palmer is an Automotive News ‘Rising Star’ for Product Development and has used this status to build a global network of industry colleagues.

Mr Palmer holds an MBA from Henley Management College, England, an Electrical, Electronics and Technology Degree from Birmingham University in England and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

Holger Hampf

Holger Hampf

Head of Design User Experience

Holger Hampf has been Head of Design User Experience at the BMW Group since November 2014. Within this role, he has held cross-brand responsibility for Design Strategy and Context, Design Interaction Experience, Design Identity and Media. Previously, Mr Hampf spent four years as Executive Creative Director at global creative agency frog design. There, he headed up the Munich-based creative team, providing creative leadership across frog’s spectrum of offerings. Between graduating in Industrial Design from Wuppertal University (1993) and starting at frog, Mr Hampf worked for several design agencies in Germany before relocating to the United States in 1998. He duly took up a position at BMW subsidiary Designworks near Los Angeles, where he assumed responsibility for product design in 2002. Mr Hampf worked both for the BMW Group brands and a large number of external companies. His client list included BMW, MINI, Hewlett Packard, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Shimano, Sennheiser and Sony. Mr Hampf has contributed to several lecture series in the United States, Europe and Brazil, and spoken at specialist international events as an expert in design. He holds a number of industrial patents in the consumer electronics and healthcare sectors. His special areas of interest include integrated design approaches, customer focus in the design process and sustainable product design. He has a particular passion for innovative “experiences of space”, new approaches focusing on overlapping mobility systems and personal transportation in urban contexts.

Richard Bruce

Richard Bruce

Head of Office for Low Emission Vehicles
Department for Transport

Richard Bruce has been head of the UK’s Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) since 2012. OLEV is a cross-Government team comprising people and funding from the Departments for Transport (DfT); Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Energy and Climate Change (DECC). OLEV's role is to support the early market for ultra low emission vehicles, maximising the benefits from this transition for the UK economy and taking forward the Government’s policy of reducing transport emissions to address concerns over carbon, air quality and energy security. OLEV was responsible for around £400m of Government expenditure up to 2015 and has been allocated a further £500m for the 2015-20 period. Prior to his role at OLEV Mr Bruce held various roles in the UK Senior Civil Service including DfT's head of Corporate Governance, leading on smart and integrated ticketing; and as Director of Regional Resilience. Before joining the civil service he worked at Unilever and at Andersen Consulting. Mr Bruce has BA in Industrial Economics and MPhil in the economics of motor vehicle pollution from the University Of Nottingham. Mr Bruce is married with two children and lives in London. He gets around by bicycle, Nissan Leaf and campervan.

Stuart Blyde

Stuart Blyde

Connected Cars and Innovation Lead

Stuart Blyde leads the global Shell Retail mobile strategy marketing team for a business that has close to 43,000 retail sites in more than 70 countries. His current role encompasses Shell’s connected car and connected store programmes. Since joining Shell in 1999 Mr Blyde has held a variety of positions, including roles as a programmer, IT Project Manager, Business Relationship Manager and within the Shell strategy and planning team.  

Nick Reed

Nick Reed

Academy Director
Transport Research Laboratory

Professor Nick Reed joined the Human Factors and Simulation group at TRL in January 2004 following post-doctoral work in visual perception at the University of Oxford and in 2014 became director of TRL’s Academy co-ordinating scientific activities across the business. He has led a wide variety of research studies using the full mission, high fidelity car and truck simulators with a number of published articles, conference papers, and appearances in national and international media. Mr Reed also championed work in the area of vehicle automation at TRL, culminating in technical leadership of the GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project – a flagship UK Government project to investigate the implications of the introduction of automated vehicles in the urban environment. In 2015, he was awarded a visiting professorship in the Engineering and Physical Sciences faculty at the University of Surrey. He is a chartered psychologist and chartered scientist.

Dan Hatfield

Dan Hatfield

Partner and European Industry Leader for Automotive, Aerospace & Defence

Dan Hatfield is the IBM Partner and European Industry Leader for Automotive, Aerospace and Defence, with responsibility for the offerings, services and solutions provided to clients. His areas of focus include business innovation in the Internet of Things, connected vehicles, cognitive solutions, digital operations, Industry 4.0, IS strategy and technology enabled business transformation based on new systems of insight and engagement. An IBMer for nearly 20 years, Mr Hatfield has worked across a variety of industries including Communications, Insurance, Travel and Transport before focusing on Automotive in the last 10 years. Mr Hatfield holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bristol and a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University – Said Business School.

Jared Ficklin

Jared Ficklin

Partner and Lead Creative Technologist

Jared Ficklin is a Partner at UX and product design firm argodesign. He has a focus on the interface between the physical and digital and loves innovative or unique technologies. He has over fifteen years of product design experience, bringing to life consumer products for clients like HP, Microsoft, AT&T, LG, SanDisk, Motorola and more. He is a creative technologist, a futurist and a frog fellow. He is also the Co-Director of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee helping complete several Texas Skateparks. His work in civic spaces extends to a fascination with transportation and has worked on several programs as an evangelist for the Urban Cable based mass transport vision known as The Wire. He speaks about the merging of physical and digital spaces internationally and his passion for sound visualization led to the honour of being the first to bring live fire onto the TED stage in his talk “Eyes Can Hear”. He was once a Cowboy in 1867 for PBS Television.

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.

Jonathan Hewett

Jonathan Hewett

Chief Marketing Officer
Octo Telematics

Jonathan Hewett started his career in a frontline sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learned his marketing trade, rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsbury’s Bank, developing both the in-store merchandising program and online servicing. He was then recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct, delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, Mr Hewitt joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following three years as Vice President of Consumer marketing at AIG, Mr Hewitt now serves as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Octo, the world’s leading telematics service provider.

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. 

Stephan Appt

Stephan Appt

Pinsent Masons

Dr. Stephan Appt, partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, has considerable experience in commercial, intellectual property and information technology law matters, with a particular focus on the Automotive & IT sectors. He has advised extensively on legal matters arising in respect of high-profile user connectivity initiatives/product lines, including advice on the development distribution of the underlying car2car and car2X connectivity functionalities, privacy law requirements where processing personal data in the course of connectivity operations, (particularly the use of 'big data' systems), regulatory aspects (telecoms) concerning the underlying machine-to-machine (m2m) communications, 'frontend' aspects (such as e-commerce requirements for the on-line sale of connectivity services) and associated sourcing agreements (including managed services supporting the connectivity 'backend'). Stephan has also advised on drafting proposals for an ordinance permitting the use of autonomous vehicles on German public grounds and led the negotiations with the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure in this context. 

Stephan is a frequent speaker on connected and automated vehicle conferences throughout Europe and regularly publishes articles on the subject matter.

Ian Carlisle

Ian Carlisle

Group CEO
Paragon Automotive

Ian Carlisle is the Group CEO for Paragon Automotive. He has a wealth of experience at main board public limited companies across the retail, insurance and automotive sectors. In light of new industry challenges, Mr Carlisle is leading a transformational programme at Paragon Automotive to firmly establish the company as the supply chain partner of choice for the automotive sector – helping customers to sell more vehicles for more money. Paragon, which handles over one million vehicles a year, is a privately owned business that provides a comprehensive range of used vehicle support services to vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators. They are the only company to provide new, in life, defleet and remarketing services in the United Kingdom.

Alexander Moiseev

Alexander Moiseev

Chief Sales Officer
Kaspersky Lab

Alexander Moiseev has been the Managing Director for Europe at Kaspersky Lab since July 2013. Based in London, United Kingdom he takes responsibility for managing the commercial and marketing targets of the company. Mr Moiseev is also actively involved in Kaspersky Motorsport activities and the automotive cyber-security development team at Kaspersky Lab. Since 2011, he has worked as Head of Kaspersky Lab‘s Global Partnerships and Sponsorships, developing the company’s global sponsorship projects, the biggest of which is the partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2006 as Business Development Manager for Italy and Israel, before becoming Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab, Italy and Mediterranean in April 2008. Mr Moiseev graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in engineering with mathematics and cybernetics.



Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Global Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Global Motor Industry Correspondent, based in London but with a global remit. He leads the FT’s coverage of the industry, online and in print, and works with a team of local correspondents around the world to cover the major car makers, industry trends and technological breakthroughs. Prior to this, Peter covered technology and UK company news for the FT, and has previously covered energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014. Peter holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

FT Frequent Flyer columnist
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.

Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Industry Reporter
Financial Times

Michael Pooler is a reporter at the Financial Times, with a beat covering steel, engineering, general manufacturing and logistics. He joined the industry team in September 2015 after working on the World news desk for a year. Mr Pooler joined the FT in March 2014, doing companies and emerging markets reporting. Prior to that, he worked at a specialist financial publication covering infrastructure.  


Why Attend?

  • Hear updates on demand patterns in the global automotive market
  • Learn about the latest technological breakthroughs in connectivity and automation
  • Discuss ways of improving manufacturing and distribution processes
  • Understand the latest cyber-threats and what they mean for the automotive industry
  • Connect with automotive thought leaders from around the world

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  • Banks and Private Equity

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  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Technical Officer 
  • Chief Engineer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Country Director
  • VP, Strategic Development
  • Head of Automotive Sector
  • Head of R&D
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Marketing 
  • Head of Production 
  • Head of Product Strategy
  • Head of Connectivity
  • Head of Automotive Standardization
  • Standardization Director
  • Commercial Director 
  • Sales Director
  • Business Development Director
  • Director of Design 
  • Research and Innovation Director
  • Director of Hybrid / Electric Vehicles 
  • Director of Powertrain
  • Director of Product Management
  • Senior Partner, Automotive
  • Principal Analyst

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  • Gain access to senior decision makers across the full spectrum of the automotive industry
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Agenda - 11th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Welcome remarks from FT chair

    Peter Campbell, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Industry keynote: Welcome to the decade of disruption

    Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe

  • 9:40am
    Panel: Steering growth in a transforming industry

    How are global and regional demand patterns shifting for different types of vehicle?

    How is the share in demand for new vehicles between different continents evolving? 

    What impact could China’s economic slowdown have on growth in demand for new vehicles?

    How are the mobility demands of young people different from older generations?

    What is the potential for technology companies involved in automotive innovation to bypass OEMs and penetrate the market on their own?

    How concerned should OEMs be about the growth in car-sharing? 


    Peter Campbell, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times


    Andrew Everett, Chief Strategy Officer, Transport Systems Catapult

    James Towle, Global Product Strategy Director, Jaguar Land Rover

    Paul Willis, UK Managing Director, Volkswagen Group

  • 10:30am
    Morning refreshments
  • 10:50am
    Interview: Jonathan Hewitt, Chief Marketing Officer, Octo Telematics

    Insights on how connected car technologies are delivering a "win, win" for insurers and their customers, and how technology enables advanced data and analytics to deliver personalised services

    Jonathan Hewett, Chief Marketing Officer, Octo Telematics  

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Panel: Advancing automotive technology and innovation

    How is conceptual design evolving?

    What more can be done to break down the commercial barriers for alternative powertrain vehicles? 

    Where is investment in vehicle infrastructure going to come from?

    What’s the latest in lightweighting and material innovation?

    Which emerging driver-assist technologies have the most potential?

    What are the most exciting developments in user experience beyond driving?


    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times


    Richard Bruce, Head of Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Department for Transport

    Erik Fairbairn, CEO, POD Point

    Nick Reed, Academy Director, Transport Research Laboratory

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Opportunities and obstacles for the connected car

    How are in-car infotainment systems evolving?

    What can be done to mitigate the disparity in lifecycles for cars and operating systems?

    Who will pay for connected car services?

    How are wireless attacks evolving and which systems are most vulnerable?

    What is the value of manufacturers sharing cyber-threat intelligence? 

    What will be the legal consequences of developments in the connected car space? 


    Peter Campbell, Motor Correspondent, Financial Times


    Stephan Appt, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover

    Jared Ficklin, Partner and Lead Creative Technologist, argodesign

    Alexander Moiseev, Managing Director, Europe, Kaspersky Lab

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Presentation: The things we don’t know that we don’t know – disruptive forces on the automotive industry

    We barely learned to crawl in this new world of "the digital realm" and we have already crossed to the point of no return. What is going to happen next is interesting: our reality is not our only reality. Emerging "parallel circular causality" universes will be our new normal.

    Aric Dromi, Chief Futurologist, Volvo Car Group

  • 2:20pm
    Panel: Setting standards for automotive supply chain management

    Where are the biggest opportunities for cost optimisation in manufacturing operations?

    How are automotive manufacturing workforces and skill-sets changing?

    What can be done to create more interconnected auto supply chains/

    What are the implications of changing demand patterns on supply chain networks in Europe?

    What more can be done to guarantee compliance with industry standards?

    Where are the biggest cost pressures on the automotive supply chain coming from? 


    Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor and Columnist, Financial Times


    Darren Palmer, Global Vehicle Line Director for Small Cars, Ford

    Ian Carlisle, Group CEO, Paragon Automotive

    Dan Hatfield, Partner and European Industry Leader for Automotive, Aerospace & Defence, IBM

  • 3:10pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:30pm
    Building brands and connecting with consumers

    Which OEMs have developed their brands most in recent years?

    How are automotive marketing strategies evolving across different platforms?

    What can be done on the customer service side to improve brand loyalty?  

    Where will the growth in brand partnerships take place in coming years?

    What can OEMs do to overcome the trust deficit created by recent scandals?


    Lance Bradley, UK Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors


    Gianluca Italia, Managing Director, Italy, Fiat Chrysler

    Holger Hampf, Head of User Experience, BMW

    Stuart Blyde, Connected Cars and Innovation Lead, Shell

  • 4:20pm
    Presentation: “The F-word” (Friction)

    In this constantly connected world, the consumer’s expectations only get higher as their patience reduces. However, the formula for success has never been simpler. Those companies that are easiest to buy from will ultimately prosper. This presentation will explore how a number of companies have used their intimate understanding of their customers and problems of the existing business environment to build successful models, exploring what lessons there are to be learned for automotive brands.

    Hugh Dickerson, Senior Industry Head, Automotive, Google

  • 4:50pm
    Closing remarks from FT chair
  • 5:00pm
    Close of summit


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IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits.

Innovation is at the core of IBM's strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services.

Today, IBM is focused on five growth initiatives - Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile, Social Business and Security and transforming itself into a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company's business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to enable systems of engagement that deliver dynamic insights for businesses and governments worldwide.  

Octo is the number 1 global provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry. Founded in 2002, Octo is one of the pioneers of the insurance telematics industry. Today, Octo is the largest and most experienced insurance telematics company in the world, transforming auto insurance through behavioral, contextual and driving analytics for more than 100 insurance partners. Octo has more than 5.6 million connected users and the largest global database of telematics data, with over 207 billion miles of driving data collected and 447,000 crashes and insurance events analyzed (as of 30 June 2018). Octo applies proprietary algorithms to this market-leading database to deliver powerful new insights into driver risk, informing solutions that benefit both auto insurance companies and policyholders.

The company is headquartered in Rome, with offices in Boston, London, Stuttgart, Madrid, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit

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Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialised security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of our clients across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology. We respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with legal excellence and innovation.

We were named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and since then have consistently featured in the law firms rankings whilst achieving recognition in the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The firm employs over 3000 people worldwide, including over 1500 lawyers and over 400 partners. The firm's international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia-Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK's three legal jurisdictions.

We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence. Pinsent Masons is a modern professional services business with law at its core. This means that we deploy a wider range of professional disciplines, enabled by process and technology, to collaborate with our clients and deliver new and innovative ways of addressing their challenges.

Supporting Partners (1)

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.


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