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Innovation, Manufacturing

FT Future of the Car Summit 2017

London |
Speakers include:
Jim Farley

Jim Farley


Mike Flewitt

Mike Flewitt

McLaren Automotive

Maarten Sierhuis

Maarten Sierhuis

Nissan Research Center


For automotive professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve in a transforming industry, the FT Future of the Car Summit in London is the place to be on 10 May 2017. Breakthroughs in powertrains, connectivity and automation must be balanced against shifting demand patterns, cyber-threats and political risk. This engaging event will address the key issues in a full day of presentations and panels with speakers from across the industry. 

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Speakers (22)

Jim Farley

Jim Farley

President, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy

James “Jim” D. Farley, Jr. is president, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy. In this role, he is leading Ford’s strategic transformation into a higher growth, higher margin business by leveraging smart, connected vehicles and breakthrough customer experiences. Farley oversees Corporate Strategy, Global Data Insight and Analytics, Global Partnerships, Research & Advanced Engineering as well as Ford Smart Mobility and Ford Autonomous Vehicles. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.

Previously, Farley served as executive vice president and president of Global Markets, Ford Motor Company. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing Ford’s business units, The Americas; Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific. In addition, Farley oversaw The Lincoln Motor Company, global Marketing & Sales and the strategy and business model development for electrified vehicles.

From 2015 to 2017, Farley served as executive vice president and president, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, he led Ford’s business transformation in Europe, executing the plan to achieve profitable growth through an unprecedented focus on new products, a strong brand and increased cost efficiency. In 2016, he led Ford’s European operations to record profitability, record margins and increased sales.

Prior to his position in Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa, Farley served as executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales & Service where he led the company’s drive to connect more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research. He also was instrumental in leading the ongoing reinvention of the Lincoln brand, setting it on a path for growth as a world-class luxury brand and customer experience, including the launch of the all-new Lincoln MKC and Lincoln’s introduction in China.

When he was appointed to lead global marketing sales and service in August 2010, it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for Marketing, Sales & Service. He also held operating responsibility as the senior global leader for Lincoln from December 2012 to August 2014.

Prior to that, Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.

Before joining Ford in November 2007, Farley was group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand. Before leading Lexus, Farley served as group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and internet activities.

Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic planning department and served in several product and marketing positions in the United States and Europe. One of Farley’s most noted accomplishments is his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand.

Born in 1962, Farley attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance. He and his wife, Lia, have three children.

Mike Flewitt

Mike Flewitt

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Automotive

Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business, in terms of product development, turnover and profit. Under his tenure, the company has launched its three-tier product family – Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series - and introduced a total of 10 new cars or derivatives. 2015 marked the company’s third successive year of profitability with operating profits of £23.5M from revenues of £450.6M. In 2019 the brand celebrated the manufacture of its 20,000th car. Looking forwards, Mike has recently led the Management team and Board of Directors to the approval of Track25, the business plan that looks to the next six years of growth. This will see the company unveil 18 new models or derivatives with 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars hybrid by 2024. Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mike was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company.  Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. He qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.

Maarten Sierhuis

Maarten Sierhuis

Chief Technology Director
Nissan Research Center

Dr Maarten Sierhuis is Chief Technology Director at the Nissan Research Center. In this role, he has oversight of all technical innovation with responsibility to connect Silicon Valley research outcomes to all Alliance research and advanced engineering functions. Previously, as the founding Director of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, Dr Sierhuis created the NRC-SV research portfolio and led a team of researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and Human-Machine Interaction and Interfaces (HMI²) to help shape the future of intelligent cars capable of driving themselves.

Prior to Nissan, Dr Sierhuis spent more than 12 years at NASA Ames Research Center, where he researched the development of human and autonomy systems for space exploration. He developed an autonomous multi-agent system for human and robotic planetary exploration that was used to automate the work of flight controllers in NASA’s Mission Control for the International Space Station. He is one of the creators of the Brahms agent language.

Dr Sierhuis joined Nissan in 2013. In a career in research and software engineering spanning 25 years, he has also worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NYNEX Science & Technology, IBM Corporation, and as a founder of a startup Ejenta.

Dr Sierhuis earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The Hague University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Andreas Tostmann

Andreas Tostmann

Executive Vice President, Production

Dr Andreas Tostmann has been the SEAT Executive Vice-president for Production since December 2011. Dr Tostmann joined Volkswagen in 1990, in the Group Product Planning area. From 1994 he was responsible for the powertrain system planning area at Volkswagen Mexico. He assumed responsibility for technical project planning and powertrain system project management for the Volkswagen Group in 1995. In 1998, he became Production Manager at the Volkswagen factory in Salzgitter (Germany) and was promoted to Factory Director three years later. In 2004, he became Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa, holding this post until 2007 when he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Slovakia. In this function, Dr Tostmann also assumed responsibility for production. Dr Tostmann has a degree in Economics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Johann Jungwirth

Johann Jungwirth

Chief Digital Officer

Johann Jungwirth has been Chief Digital Officer at Volkswagen since November 2015. He is responsible for the digital transformation of the Volkswagen Group and reports directly to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG. Mr Jungwirth transferred from Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), where he was Director of Mac Systems Engineering. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research and development team, and supporting the Special Projects Group.

In 2009, Mr Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America to head the Research and Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional locations. From the centre in Silicon Valley, he and his team were responsible for all research and development units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as business innovation and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014, Mr Jungwirth was also Vice President for Connected Car, User Interaction and Telematics, responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.

Mr Jungwirth was born in Romania in 1973. He holds a BA in electrical engineering from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. He participated in the International Motor Vehicle Program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Wharton School of the University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA).

Wilko Stark

Wilko Stark

Head of Strategy

Wilko Andreas Stark has been Head of Daimler Strategy and MBC Product Strategy and planning since October 2013. Mr Stark studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with a Daimler AG scholarship. He then began his professional career in 1998 at the Boston Consulting Group, where he spent eight years mostly serving clients from the automotive industry. In 2007 he began working for Volkswagen AG as Head of the Product Strategy VW Group and VW Passenger Cars. After serving as Head of Products for a brand of the Volkswagen Group, he joined Daimler AG in 2012, initially managing Products & Modules Daimler Trucks.

Stefan Sielaff

Stefan Sielaff

Director of Design
Bentley Motors

Stefan Sielaff joined Bentley Motors in July 2015 from his previous role as Design Director at the Volkswagen Design Center, Potsdam.

Mr Sielaff first joined the Volkswagen Group in1990 as an interior designer for Audi in Ingolstadt. His career then took him to Barcelona where he became Head of Interior Design at the VW Group Design Center, Europe. Between 1997 and 2003, he returned to Audi where he held the position of Head of Interior Design.

After a brief spell with DaimlerChrysler, where he was Head of the Interior Design Competence Center, Mr Sielaff returned to Ingolstadt in 2006 to become Design Director at Audi, a position he held until 2012. It was here that he led a team of over 350 design experts with responsibility for exterior, interior and colour and trim design for the full Audi range, concept and show cars.

Alongside his current lead role at Bentley, Mr Sielaff is also Head of Group Interior Design Strategy at Volkswagen AG.

Mr Sielaff, was born in Munich and achieved a master’s degree in vehicle design at the world-renowned Royal College of Art, as well as studying at the famous London institute with an Audi scholarship.

Gilles Normand

Gilles Normand

Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles

Gilles Normand is the Senior Vice President for Electric Vehicles at Groupe Renault and a member of the Renault Management Committee. He started his career at Renault in 1988 in the product planning department before moving to sales and marketing division. In 1998, he was appointed Vice President, Commercial Coordination, for Renault Mercosur. In 1999, he joined Renault’s alliance partner Nissan in Japan to take charge of Sales and Marketing for Latin America and Caribbean. In 2003, he was appointed President of Nissan Motor Espana prior to becoming Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Middle East, Africa and Latin America in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Corporate Vice President in charge of Africa, Middle East and India for Nissan, Infiniti and LCV business units, and in charge of Europe for Infiniti and LCV business units. In April 2012, he became Senior Vice President and Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region of Groupe Renault. He was appointed to his current position in January 2017.  

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.

Peter  Virk

Peter Virk

Director, Connected Technologies and Apps
Jaguar Land Rover
Claes Herlitz

Claes Herlitz

VP, Head of Connected Vehicles, Ericsson

Claes Herlitz has broad experience in the automotive industry and the transport sector where he has held senior positions in IT and as CTO. Mr Herlitz currently holds the position of Vice President, Global Automotive Services at Ericsson where he leads a global team overseeing engagements with other stakeholders in the industry. He holds a Master of Science in Logistics from Lindköping University in Sweden.

Ian Constance

Ian Constance

Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Propulsion Centre

Ian Constance joined the Advanced Propulsion Centre as CEO in September 2015. Prior to this he worked with Ford Motor Company in Detroit where he was most recently Global Chief Engineer for Large Cars. In that position he led the product development activities for the Ford Mondeo/Fusion and Ford Taurus. The role involved all elements of the product engineering, design, manufacturing readiness and business case development with a very keen focus on future customer needs. Working on these product lines gave him wide experience of developing and integrating HEV, PHEV and high tech Gasoline and Diesel internal combustion engines into global platforms.

Mr Constance has held positions globally in the automotive industry with over 25 years’ experience. Prior to his time working in the United States, he spent six years at Ford’s Asia-Pacific HQ, first in Bangkok and then in Shanghai. During an unprecedented period of growth and change in that part of the world in the role of Director of Product Programs he was responsible for delivering many well-known Ford products into manufacturing plants, joint ventures and markets throughout the region.

Mr Constance’s early career included various leadership and manufacturing roles developing the Ford Focus in vehicle platform engineering and powertrain planning, as well as an assignment in production management. He has an engineering degree from Aston University, an MSc in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University and is a chartered engineer.   

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.

Francisco Reynés

Francisco Reynés

Chief Executive Officer
Abertis Infraestructuras

Francisco Reynés is Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Abertis Infraestructuras, the international market leader in toll roads, managing more than 8,650 kilometers of high quality, high capacity roads in 14 countries across the world. He became CEO in 2010 and was appointed to Vice-Chairman of the company in 2015.

An engineer by background, Mr Reynés is a passionate advocate for the future of road technology and smart engineering, bringing financial and industrial expertise to find new solutions to address the challenges around the growth in traffic.   

With a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Barcelona and an MBA from IESE, Mr Reynés started his professional career in the automotive industry holding various managerial and leadership positions within the SEAT Volkswagen Group and later with US multinational Johnson Controls, where he led the international development in Germany, US, UK and Spain.  

Prior to joining Abertis, Mr Reynés was Managing Director of Criteria CaixaCorp, La Caixa’s holding company. In this role, he oversaw the company's stock market listing in October 2007.

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.

Greg Ewert

Greg Ewert

President, Connected Car and Intelligent Transport Systems

Greg Ewert joined Inmarsat in 2013 and currently serves as head of their connected car program. Prior to this position he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise where he was responsible for overall global business strategy and direction of the company’s Enterprise business unit. Mr Ewert has more than 25 years of senior executive leadership experience across a wide range of technologies in the telecommunications field. 

Michael Russell

Michael Russell

Automotive Industry Business Line Manager

Michael Russell is the Automotive Industry Business Line Manager at Autodesk, a multi-national leading software company. Since finishing a degree in Automotive Design, Mr Russell has spent the last 18 years in the creation, visualisation and management software industry. With a big passion for automotive design and an unhealthy knowledge of its history, he is also driven by new technology, the innovation it can offer and how it will affect the automotive industry. At the weekends you can also find him racing motorcycles due to the ‘beauty of mechanical devices’.

Edouard Fischer

Edouard Fischer

Technology and Systems Director

Civil engineer, alumnus of the École polytechnique (1988), Edouard Fischer begins its career in 1994 within the Ministry for the Equipment as deputy Head of the Infrastructure Works for the Hauts-de- SeineDepartmental office of infrastructure. Appointed Department Head of the Infrastructure Works and Natural Risks of the Haute-Garonne in 1996, he joined Cofiroute (Vinci autoroutes) in 2000, at first as Manager of the General Studies department, then as Manager of the Quality department and finally as Concessions and Sub-concessions Director in 2005. In 2008, Edouard Fischer joined the Sanef group (French Abertis subsidiary) as Technical Director of Exploitation, then as New Technologies Director. Since 2015, he has been the Technologies and Systems Director within the group.

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Founder and Director

Simon Williams founded QuantumBlack, an advanced analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology and design to improve performance outcomes for organisations. To achieve this, QuantumBlack purposely blends a mix of strategy, analytics, engineering and design skills to help clients gain new intelligence from data and craft their strategic response. From aerospace to hospitals, automotive to biotech, urban infrastructure to elite sport, QuantumBlack works internationally with some of the world’s most interesting organisations to help them be the best they can be. Prior to founding QuantumBlack, Mr Williams led SmithBayes, a data-driven software firm spun out from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One racing team. He started his career in real-time trading systems at Reuters and then worked in product management at ABN AMRO Bank.

Sergey Zorin

Sergey Zorin

Head of Transportation System Security
Kaspersky Lab

Sergey Zorin is Head of Transport System Security at Kaspersky Lab, based in Moscow.

He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2016 and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of technology projects related to transportation security systems.  

Mr Zorin has extensive experience in the automotive and aerospace industry, working as the lead engineer at the Khrunichev Space Centre and work at the IRIDIUM project. During his time on the project, he added 21 communication satellites into the IRIDIUM low orbit constellation.

In 2006, Mr Zorin founded and became CEO of the High Performance Centre, an automotive engineering company.

Mr Zorin graduated from the Moscow Aviation Technology University in 1996, with a degree in Aircraft and Space Vehicles development, production and assembly engineering.  

Timo Möller

Timo Möller

Head of McKinsey Center for Future Mobility

Dr Timo Möller leads the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, where he focuses on strategic questions about the several disruptive trends affecting the automotive industry and the new business opportunities. These include the connected car, autonomous driving, electrification and shared mobility. Mr Möller has more than 10 years of experience serving clients from automotive and mobility-related industries. He has led numerous McKinsey research projects, including “Automotive Revolution 2030”, “Future of Mobility”, and “Monetizing Car Data”.

Roberto Vavassori

Roberto Vavassori

CLEPA - European Association of Automotive Suppliers

Chair (2)

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

Roland Meister

Roland Meister

Head of Automotive, Aerospace and Autonomous Vehicles
Innovate UK

Roland Meister is responsible for Innovate UK teams delivering focused programmes of innovation on behalf of HM Government. This work builds and leverages collaboration across supply chain, academic and industrial boundaries to enable UK global leadership in ultra-low emission, connected and autonomous vehicles. His focus for the past two years has been to improve the UK innovation system to maximise economic impact from academic research, to drive productivity and exports.

Mr Meister’s career bridges business and engineering. In the 2003 F1 season he was Systems Engineer for Giancarlo Fisichella with Jordan Grand Prix and their Ford Cosworth V10. His experience spans many disciplines from Superbikes at Assen to Superyachts of the America’s Cup, innovating product and service solutions to meet market demand. This work ranged from onboard (big) data reduction and high-rate wireless sensors for Formula 1 and Aviation, to pneumatic rider safety systems in Moto GP. Prior to Innovate UK, Mr Meister focused on automotive battery systems as Chief Engineer of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles at Ricardo Consulting Engineers.

Mr Meister has an Executive MBA from Cambridge University and holds a BEng 1st class degree in Motorsport Engineering and Design from the University of Wales.

Agenda - 10th May

  • 8:30am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Keynote address: Evolution of the car – mobility for the future

    Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford EMEA

  • 9:40am
    Interview: What is the role of infrastructure in the future of mobility?

    Future mobility solutions will depend on the intersection of advances in automotive technology and smart engineering. Collaboration between private and public sectors on infrastructure will also play an important role, but where will the funding come from to pay for it?

    Francisco Reynés, Chief Executive Officer, Abertis

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Panel: Building on progress in alternative powertrains
    • What are the prospects for battery technology in terms of sustainability and charge times?
    • What is the true 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?
    • What are the key challenges in developing supply chains for mass production of electric vehicles?

    Erik Fairbairn, CEO, POD Point

    Edouard Fischer, Technologies and Systems Director, Sanef 

    Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles, Renault

    Roberto Vavassori, President, CLEPA - European Association of Automotive Suppliers

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 10:30am
    Presentation: Transforming mobility

    Mobility is about to be reinvented again. The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Electrification, autonomous driving, shared mobility, and new competitors from the Tech-Valleys are changing the landscape of the automotive business. Hear how one company is taking advantage of this disruptive new world, changing itself to take the lead in transforming mobility.

    Wilko Stark, Head of Strategy, Daimler

  • 11:00am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:20am
    Presentation: Artificial intelligence in a new automotive reality

    Artificial Intelligence has matured to a level where we can apply its methods and techniques to real-world problems and create more and more intelligent systems that duplicate or sometimes exceed the capability of people. Tomorrow’s automotive reality is one where the driver becomes the passenger in the vehicle, and a new mobility world becomes a reality through the application of AI in order to completely automate the driving task. Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility will make it possible to bring this new automotive reality to everyone.

    Dr Maarten Sierhuis, Director, Nissan Research Center

  • 11:50am
    Presentation: What if imagination was your only limitation?

    Imagine you could adopt and grow an artificial intelligence-based design assistant that allowed you the freedom to move to a true agile manufacturing process based on experience-based design, multi-channel engineering, and digital manufacturing. What would you do differently to achieve this? More importantly, how can you setup an environment to imagine the future of automotive design, engineering, and manufacture?

    Michael Russell, Automotive Industry Business Line Manager, Autodesk

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Breaking barriers in user experience
    • How are human-machine interfaces evolving?
    • What can be done to improve self-driving features and how they respond to worst case scenarios?
    • How could driving tests evolve as enabling technologies become standard features?
    • How can user experience data be fed back into research and development?
    • Where are the revenue opportunities for subscription-based services in digital user experiences?
    • What are the most exciting developments in connectivity?
    • How are automotive cybersecurity threats evolving?

    Stephan Appt, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Gregory Ewert, President, Connected Car and Intelligent Transport Systems, Inmarsat

    Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer, Volkswagen

    Peter Virk, Director, Connected Technologies and Apps, Jaguar Land Rover

    Sergey Zorin, Head of Kaspersky Transportation System Security, Kaspersky

    Moderated by Roland Meister, Head of Automotive, Aerospace and Autonomous Connected Vehicles, Innovate UK

  • 12:50pm
    Presentation: Augmented intelligence

    Applying AI to re-engineering the product development process

    Simon Williams, Founder and Director, QuantumBlack

  • 1:10pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Peak Hardware? Gear up for the connected vehicle ecosystem!

    The automotive industry is undergoing rapid digital transformation with data-driven services fuelling ecosystems around connected vehicles. By integrating third-party innovations, applications and services, automakers can redefine the customer experience. 

    Claes Herlitz, Vice President, Global Automotive Services, Ericsson

  • 2:30pm
    Presentation: The future of automotive manufacturing

    The digital era is transforming lives with new consumer technologies. It will also revolutionise car manufacturing. Connectivity, artificial intelligence and big data allow for predictive maintenance, Virtual reality has the potential to reduce the time it takes to develop news models. The challenge is to create a real-time system that connects man, machine and the entire related environment.

    Andreas Tostmann, Executive Vice President, Production, SEAT

  • 3:00pm
    Panel: Evolving automotive consumer trends and marketing strategies
    • How is the global and regional demand for new vehicles evolving?
    • How are automotive marketing strategies evolving across different platforms?
    • What are the latest trends on the customer service side?
    • 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?
    • How are the mobility choices of young people affecting their decisions on car ownership?
    • What more can be done to break down the commercial barriers for electric vehicles

    Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors

    Frazer Gibney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FCB Inferno

    Timo Möller, Head of McKinsey Center for Future Mobility

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 3:40pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 4:00pm
    Presentation: Reassessing prospects for the flying car – science fiction or science fact?

    From Johnny Cab to the time-traveling DeLorean, just what secrets to the future of transport does science fiction elude to? With climate change, a population growth and urban expansion, can the flying car be re-imagined a way that is safe and sustainable to meet the desires of a society longing for escape and independence?  

    Ian Constance, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Propulsion Centre

  • 4:30pm
    Presentation: The Future of Luxury

    From future trends to new materials, this presentation will give a view from the design department of one of the world’s leading luxury automotive manufacturers.

    Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design, Bentley Motors

  • 5:00pm
    Closing keynote address: McLaren Automotive – on track to an exciting and successful future

    Accelerating from zero to 10,000 cars in just seven years, McLaren Automotive has quickly established itself as a creator of world-beating supercars. What's more, it has been achieving this profitably for the last four years.  Hear the CEO explain how it was done and how he intends to keep the company relevant for many years to come.

    Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:40pm
    Drinks reception

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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Lead Sponsors (3)

Abertis is the leading international group of toll road operators, with more than 8,650 kilometers of high quality, high capacity roads under management around the world. 

In recent years Abertis has proactively expanded its international footprint and is now present in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Abertis is the market leader in Spain, Brazil and Chile, and a major player in France, Italy and Puerto Rico.

In France, Abertis operates through its subsidiary Sanef, which manages more than 2,000 kilometers of roads, primarily in Normandy and the North and East of the country. France is Abertis’ largest market in terms of revenue and EBITDA contribution to the Group.

For Abertis, the top priority is the safety of road users. The business brings together financial capability and industrial expertise to continually invest in technology and smart engineering to make sure customers have a smooth experience: safe, comfortable, fast and convenient.

Abertis is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange and is on the IBEX 35 and the international FTSEurofirst 300 and Standard & Poors’ Europe 350 indexes.

Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.

Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

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Inmarsat has been connecting people, businesses and governments across the globe for almost 40 years.

As the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat offers an unrivalled portfolio of satellite communications solutions and value-added services to keep organisations and individuals connected at all times; on land, at sea or in the air.

Delivering mission-critical services means that Inmarsat understands the importance of customer care, which is why we have dedicated 24/7 customer support facilities and a worldwide network of independent distribution partners and service providers, in more than 80 countries.

Powering connectivity since 1979, the company helps businesses and organisations to stay in touch where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach.

Inmarsat was set up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore or to call for help in an emergency; today the company’s customers also include governments, airlines, broadcast media, the oil and gas industry, mining, construction and humanitarian aid agencies, to name but a few.

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Top performing firms are increasingly distinguished by their ability to harness data to reimagine their strategy and operations. QuantumBlack is an advanced analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology & design to improve performance outcomes for organisations. Starting life in the world of Formula One - looking at problems of race strategy & engineering productivity for various teams - QuantumBlack codified their analytical approach, which has now been successfully deployed across a variety of use cases, in a diverse range of industries. Today, QuantumBlack insights power some of the world’s most advanced companies.

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.

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.

Innovation Partner (1)

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at

Supporting Partner (2)

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.).

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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