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Innovation, Manufacturing, Industries

FT Future of the Car Summit 2018

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson


Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

Aptiv Autonomous Mobility

Padmasree  Warrior

Padmasree Warrior



After an incredibly successful 2018, the FT Future of the Car Summit is back for 2019. Visit the 2019 website for all you need to know.

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“Great presenter line up, hot topics of the moment and slick organisation.”

  • Steven De Ploey, Jaguar Land Rover

“Excellent speaker line up and very frank and open presentations and discussions”

  • Marcus Malek, Aistemos

“An excellent opportunity to listen, learn and share ideas and opinions about our industry.”

  • Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren

“Fantastic insight into the thoughts of automotive industry leaders and influencers”

  • Stuart Masson, Editor, The Car Expert

“Fantastic variety of speakers, not holding back.”

  • Colin Overland, Editor, Car Magazine

“An outstanding choice of speakers who give an inspiring view of the future of our industry”

  • Edouard Fischer, Sanef

“Very thought provoking and lively debate on cars, automation and our possible mobility futures”

  • David Ward, Global New Car Assessment Program

Full Overview

Because the car isn’t what it used to be.

In an environment of swirling uncertainty around what lies ahead, we will throw light on the new strategies and corporate partnerships turning the forces of disruption into engines of growth. This year's summit will examine the biggest trends in the car industry, devoting particular attention to developments in electric vehicles, connected cars, driverless cars, ownership v sharing, and emerging trends in mobility and the broader service ecosystem. The challenges, opportunities and complicating factors involved in the new partnerships that are emerging in the sector will be central to the conversation. 

While the car continues to be an impressive feat of design and engineering, it isn’t what it used to be. It’s becoming an increasingly complex piece of software capable of generating vast amounts of in-vehicle and environmental data - data that can be monetised and used to strengthen customer relationshipsenrich the driving experience, and dramatically improve safety on our roads

New partnerships
As new technologies and consumer behaviour revolutionize the way people and goods get from A to B, traditional car-makers around the world are beginning to seek new partnerships and new relationships. They are courting - and being courted by - big tech, start-up tech, insurance companies, car-sharing businesses, cyber-security firms and city authorities. Success in the new data-driven mobility landscape will rely on these new alliances, new relationships with customers – and, crucially, on new strategic partnerships.

Another big question on everyone’s lips is “when?”. Views on the pace of change in the industry can differ wildly. Some say the future of the car will happen much faster than we think. Others say it will be a much slower, and more incremental process. This year's Future of the Car Summit will make a point of asking our star-studded line-up of speakers when they think their version of the future of the car is going to happen, and why. 



Keynote Speakers (6)

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

Member of the Board of Management

Ian Robertson has amassed close to 40 years of auto industry experience, including around 10 years as a member of the Board of Management of BMW Group. Following a degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales in Cardiff, Ian joined the Rover Group as a graduate trainee. He went on to hold various management positions within the company, becoming Managing Director of Land Rover Vehicles in 1994. Ian was appointed President of BMW South Africa in 1999, before returning to Europe in 2005 to take on the role of Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Three years later, he was appointed to the Board of Management of BMW AG with overall responsibility for Sales and Marketing. Ian stepped down from the Board of Management at the end of 2017 in order to take up a role as the company’s special representative in the UK, with a particular focus on political issues as they affect the automotive industry.

Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

Aptiv Autonomous Mobility

Karl Iagnemma is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles. His commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide on Bloomberg, The Economist, CNBC, and BBC, among others. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. In 2017, Karl was named one of the “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs and designated a member of the “Recode 100” list of technology influencers. Karl holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow, and a BS from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first in his class. He co-founded nuTonomy, Inc. in 2013 and saw the company through acquisition by Aptiv in late 2017. nuTonomy was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2018 and Iagnemma was selected as a 2017 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. He is now president of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility, which is building the world’s safest and smartest driverless vehicle software.

Padmasree  Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Jim Adler

Jim Adler

Managing Director
Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, and an executive advisor at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jim joined Toyota AI Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, Jim was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP, among others. Jim started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

The Rt Hon Greg  Clark MP

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
UK Government

The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive leaders – William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard – before being elected as an MP in 2005.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for decentralisation and planning policy.

Greg served as Minister for Cities from July 2011 until September 2012, and as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from September 2012 until October 2013. He was Minister of State at the Cabinet Office from October 2013 until March 2015 and Minister for Universities and Science from July 2014 until May 2015. He served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May 2015 until July 2016.

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy. This includes developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; tackling climate change.

Greg studied Economics at Cambridge before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Violeta  Bulc

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for Transport
European Commission

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014. Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.


Speakers (37)

Darren Handley

Darren Handley

Cyber Security Lead - Roads
Department for Transport

Darren Handley has been with the UK Department for Transport for transport for seven years, working on transport security. At the start of 2016 he changed role to help the Department push forward its agenda on cyber security in the field of connected and autonomous cars.

Darren has previously worked with the European Commission at DG MOVE, as a seconded national expert, and in the UK intellectual property office.

Steve Chandler

Steve Chandler

European General Counsel
NVIDIA Corporation

Steve was a partner at Pinsents (now Pinsent Masons) from 1985 until 2003 when he left to join a tech spin out from Cambridge University, CDT Ltd as General Counsel and VP Intellectual Property. Steve helped float CDT on NASDAQ. CDT was listed on NASDAQ for 3 years before being sold to Sumitomo Chemical. In 2007 Steve joined Icera Inc (modem chips) as General Counsel and VP Intellectual Property. Icera was sold to NVIDIA Corp in 2011. NVIDIA supplies GPUs and AI to enable autonomous vehicles with more than 320 companies and organizations working with NVIDIA’s DRIVE platform.

David Ward

David Ward

Secretary General
Global New Car Assessment Programme

David Ward is the Secretary General of the Global New Car Assessment Programme, a UK charity which provides a platform for co-operation among NCAPs worldwide. He is also Senior Fellow at the Towards Zero Foundation which works internationally on road injury prevention, and is Chairman of the Stop the Crash Partnership which promotes use of crash avoidance technologies.

From 2001 to 2013 he was Director General of the FIA Foundation which over that period donated over $100 million to projects supporting safe and sustainable transport. From 2006 to 2015 he was Secretary of the Commission for Global Road Safety which played a leading role in the establishment of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020). From 2010 to 2012 he was the Chairman of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility. From 2007 to 2009 he was President of eSafety Aware a public-private partnership promoting crash avoidance systems in the European Union. From 1996 to 2006 he was a Board Member of the European New Car Assessment Programme.

Angie Boakes

Angie Boakes

General Manager
Electric Mobility

Angie Boakes, General Manager, Electric Mobility within Shell’s New Energies business is responsible for the development and delivery of initiatives which arise from the increasing shift to electrification in transport.  

Angie has been involved in the world of Electric Mobility since 2013 – perhaps a surprise to some for an oil and gas company – where she led 3 cutting edge R&D trials across California and Europe exploring how electric vehicles can be used as an asset to the grid.  

More recently, Angie led the acquisition of NewMotion, the leading EV charging services provider in Europe, with the result that Shell now has an additional 30k ‘re-energising’ points to its 43k retail stations!  The addition of fast chargers on selected Shell forecourts and joining up with IONITY means that Shell can offer the EV driver a proposition no matter where they want to charge their vehicle.

Angie’s prior 10 years with Shell have been focused on Shell’s global Retail business in addition to roles within the Group’s M&A centre of excellence.

Gareth Dunsmore

Gareth Dunsmore

Electric Vehicles Director
Nissan Europe

Gareth Dunsmore is Electric Vehicles Director for Nissan Europe, a role which encompasses three main areas: infrastructure, sales and marketing for electric vehicles (EV). 

The role is varied and can range from managing a rapidly changing business environment to innovation and marketing. Scope includes driving sales, launching new EV models, and working with marketing teams to generate awareness of EVs and to encourage long-term consumer behaviour change. He also works alongside Nissan's external affairs department to communicate with European governments on the importance of investing in charging infrastructure.

Gareth has been with Nissan for the past 15 years, having joined the company as a sales officer before moving to the graduate programme in 2003.

From February 2011 to April 2012, Gareth was the Product Manager for Nissan Juke, where he was responsible for the strategy to deliver the performance version of the vehicle – the Juke NISMO. For this position he moved to Rolle, Switzerland, and he describes the success of the vehicle as having “captured the hearts of many countries across Europe”.

He became Marketing Communications General Manager Europe in May 2012, before taking on his current role of Electric Vehicle Director in 2015.

Laura Adrianna

Laura Adrianna


Laura Adrianna is a co-founder of KLEEN, and is set to change the way you clean your car. Book, pay and get your vehicle looking spick-and- span, all from an easy-to- use app. Forget using unnecessary amounts of water, KLEEN’s concierge-style car wash comes to you where ever the car is parked and uses as little as 250ML of water.  

Laura is a digital brand creative with a focus on content and commerce.  She has worked with brands such as Yoox-Net- A-Porter and Petal & Grace Artistian florist to design and deliver luxury consumer experiences.  In addition, she has recently been appointed as a contributing editor at D-Journal.

Andreas Tschiesner

Andreas Tschiesner

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Andreas Tschiesner is a Senior Partner in McKinsey's Munich Office. He leads its Automotive and Assembly Industries sector in EMEA, working for clients in the automotive, electronics and manufacturing industry. Andreas also spent several years with McKinsey in Japan and South-East-Asia.

He is a global co-leader of McKinsey‘s Centre for Future Mobility (MCFM), a leading think tank that analyses disruptive trends in the automotive industry.  He joined McKinsey in 1996 and has international experience at automotive OEMs, suppliers and machinery companies.

Michele Beroncello

Michele Beroncello

McKinsey & Company

Michele is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Milan office. He joined McKinsey in 2007 and has mainly served clients in the Automotive & Assembly sector on strategy and marketing and sales topics.

He co-leads the “connected car” initiative of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, with direct responsibility for car data monetisation.

His recent projects include an autonomous and connected car strategy for a new entrant; a data monetisation strategy for a major trucks fleet; a connectivity strategy for an auto parts manufacturer; and supporting an innovation strategy for a major Formula 1 team. 

Michele earned his master’s degree in general management at Bocconi University with a thesis on ‘competitive advantage in Automotive’ and a study on the mechanical sector in Italy.  He attended post graduate courses at New York University and Harvard University.

Ben Boutcher-West

Ben Boutcher-West

Automotive Lead
Mobility Solutions, ‎Bosch

As an autonomous vehicle expert, a degree in Design from Brunel University and 8 years industry experience with both Jaguar Land Rover and Bosch, Ben now heads automotive projects for Bosch’s global mobility team. Ben joined the Bosch mobility team to bring his technical industry insights and passion for sustainable city technology to develop future products and services in cities worldwide. When not traveling, he continues to mentor students with Imperial and the RCA and is very active in the start-up mobility eco system.

Ian Forbes

Ian Forbes

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle

Iain Forbes is the head of the UK Government's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, a policy unit based jointly in the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. The Centre aims to help ensure that the UK remains a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.

Prior to joining CCAV Iain worked in No10 as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, covering issues including transport and the devolved administrations. He has previously worked in both the Department for Transport and the Home Office, advising on innovation, science and technology, security policy and environmental strategy.

Claes Herlitz

Claes Herlitz

VP, Head of Connected Vehicles

Claes Herlitz works at the crossroads where communications, transport and logistics meet. Prior to joining Ericsson in 2011, he served as CIO with transport group Nobina and CTO at mobile operator Telia. Drawing on this experience, Claes is currently focused on providing end-to-end IoT solutions to the automotive, transport and logistics industries.

Seleta Reynolds

Seleta Reynolds

General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She leads a multi-faceted organization with an annual budget of $650 million. LADOT’s 2,000 employees are responsible for managing over 7,500 miles of streets, 37,000 parking meters, and the most advanced traffic signal system in the country, with over 46,000 traffic lights. LADOT transit carries 24 million rides annually. The agency is responsible for the implementation of $250 million grant-funded projects, directing traffic for over 2,000 special events, and overseeing taxi and medical transport franchises. Ms Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic deaths, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to transportation choices for Angelenos and the region. Ms Reynolds has overseen the buildout of over 33,600 square feet of plazas and parklets, the launch of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero initiative, and implementation of the first department-wide employee performance coaching initiative. She is most proud of the construction of Los Angeles’ first parking protected bikeway; hosting the city’s first artist-in-residence in a city department; and launching the city’s Transportation Technology Strategy to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Ms Reynolds has over 20 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms Reynolds served as a manager in the Livable Streets sub-division at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she worked on the city’s Vision Zero capital plan and oversaw the launch of Bay Area Bikeshare. She spent ten years as an Associate with Fehr & Peers consulting firm, where she managed the firm’s San Francisco and Seattle offices as well as the companywide bicycle and pedestrian discipline. She began her career as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Oakland where she launched the city’s first bike parking program, Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and oversaw the installation of the first sharrows in California. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History.

Gavin Sherry

Gavin Sherry

co-Founder and CEO

Gavin Sherry is co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, the first open cloud-based platform that connects and empowers modern mobility systems. With more than 20 years experience in data processing, machine learning, open source, cloud and large-scale Internet systems, Mr. Sherry previously served as Autonomic’s Vice President of Engineering leading up to the company’s acquisition by Ford Motor Company in January 2018. Now, as CEO, Mr. Sherry is responsible for spurring the growth of its Transportation Mobility Cloud and scaling the company’s goal of accelerating the transformation of the transportation industry. Previous to Autonomic, Mr. Sherry served as Vice President of Engineering at Pivotal.

Frank Meijer.

Frank Meijer.

Head of Eco Car & Mobility
Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH

Frank Meijer has 10 years’experience in automotive retail sales and 15 years in automotive business-to-business sales. In his previous positions he was responsible for retail at a dealer group and service company in The Netherlands. In business-to-business Frank has held several positions in The Netherlands and in Italy. Currently he is responsible for development and implementation of Hyundai Eco Cars and Mobility Services in Europe.

Olivier Sappin

Olivier Sappin

VP, Transportation & Mobility Industry
Dassault Systèmes

Olivier Sappin, Vice President, Transportation & Mobility Industry, has been working at Dassault Systèmes (3DS) since 1995. After finishing his Master’s degree as a mechanical engineer, Olivier began at Dassault Systèmes as an application engineer for Shape Design & Styling solutions in the CATIA Industrialization Unit, working with customers like Honda, Fiat, BMW, Chrysler and PSA. In 1998, he joined the international Automotive Competency Center which revolutionised vehicle development practices. After two years there, he became head of the Styling & Body team, which helps Car & Truck OEMs and suppliers achieve a 30 per cent reduction in time-to-market. 

In January 2003, Olivier took responsibility for the Global Automotive Solutions unit, in charge of unifying solution development activities of four Dassault Systèmes brands working with 17 of the world's leading automotive OEMs. In July 2011, he was appointed Vice President of the new Transportation & Mobility Industry division, which is delivering industry solution experiences for vehicle manufacturers (cars, trucks, buses, trains, motorcycles, racing cars) and suppliers to help them develop new mobility experiences for their consumers.

Olaf Sakkers

Olaf Sakkers

Maniv Mobility

Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 18 of the leading global mobility startups. He is regarded as one of the leading researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies.

Olaf also compiles Manivs popular newsletter, a monthly summary and commentary of key industry developments which is read by a large portion of the key executives in the industry. Olaf served in the IDFs Foreign Liaison department, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

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.

Ben  Gardner

Ben Gardner

Pinsent Masons

Ben Gardner is a commercial lawyer who regularly supports clients in the automotive and technology sectors and has extensive experience in advising OEMs, the supply chain and market disputers on a wide range of legal and commercial matters.

Ben has supported start-ups to FTSE listed businesses on strategic collaborations and long term cross border agreements for the supply of goods and services. Ben regularly speaks at events and in the media on the legal issues relating to the development, testing and future commercialisation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Mike Hawes

Mike Hawes

Chief Executive
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

Mike Hawes is Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). He joined the organisation from Bentley Motors in 2013, bringing 25 years’ experience in Public Affairs, PR and corporate roles, most of which has been in the automotive sector with brands such as Toyota and Volkswagen. Mike’s role at SMMT puts him on the sector’s front line, promoting the interests of 800 member businesses and the wider UK industry – at home and internationally – at a time of huge technological, economic and social transformation.

Sarah-Jayne Williams

Sarah-Jayne Williams

Director, Mobility
Ford Europe

Sarah-Jayne Williams leads Ford of Europe’s mobility division where she is responsible for developing new urban mobility solutions. Based in Ford’s Mobility office in London she focuses on addressing the changing mobility needs of urban dwellers in major European cities.  She joined Ford in September 2017 from Bearing Point UK where she was a Partner, specializing in Automotive and Digital. Prior to spending 14 years in the consulting industry, Sarah-Jayne worked for Motorola leading its business and technology transformation programs

Tracey  Zhen

Tracey Zhen


Tracey Zhen oversees Zipcar’s entire whirring operation, from cutting edge mobility innovations to the nuts and bolts of, well, the nuts and bolts. With a career that began in banking and carried her through strategy and management, Ms Zhen brings experience to Zipcar that doubled down on both tech innovation and financial fundamentals. She was a Zipster already when she assumed her role here, having just finished a career at TripAdvisor. There she served as VP & general manager of FlipKey, where she led the travel giant’s rapid growth in to the competitive vacation rental space.
Ms Zhen has lived in New York, London and now finds herself just a healthy walk from Zipcar’s Home Office in Boston. When she’s not busy steering us through the fast paced world of shared mobility, she takes advantage of snowy New England to hit some downhill runs at nearby ski resorts.
She is a graduate of NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business holding dual BS degrees in both Finance and Information Systems.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris


Chris Harris joined YASA as CEO in December 2011. He has over 25 years’ experience of building and leading high technology companies in the UK, US and Europe. He previously held the post of CEO at Light Blue Optics, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Imperial College.

Leyre Olavarria Abin

Leyre Olavarria Abin

Connected Car & Infotainment Manager

Leyre Olavarría Abín is the Connected Car & Infotainment Manager at SEAT S.A.  Ms Abín has been leading on SEAT’s infotainment and connectivity developments since 2012.

With over 15 years’ experience at SEAT, Ms Abín initially joined the Research and Development division in 2003, working on improving cost optimization within SEAT’s “Full Car” department. In 2009, she became the Head of the Human Machine Interface group.

Finlay Clark

Finlay Clark

Managing Director

Finlay Clark runs Waze's business in the UK, responsible for the growing usage, revenue and partnerships for the Google-owned, crowd-sourced sat nav app.  He joined Waze in 2016, having previously worked with Google's top tier retail and ecommerce clients for five years.  He previously worked in digital agencies and has a degree in Sociology and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Karl Gray

Karl Gray

Global Head of Motor and Personal Lines
Zurich Insurance Group

Karl Gray is the Global Head for Motor and Personal Lines at the Zurich Insurance Group.  He leads Zurich's Global Working Groups on Autonomous / Semi-Autonomous Driving and the Sharing Economy.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum's 'Global Future Council on Mobility'. 

Prior to his appointment, Mr Gray was the Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich's Middle East and Africa region. Before that he held a number of leadership positions, with over a decade in emerging markets.

He started his professional career in the UK and has over 18 years experience of developing motor and personal lines businesses, leading both underwriting and non-underwriting functions.

Etop  Ikpe

Etop Ikpe


Etop Ikpe is the CEO of Nigeria’s first and largest Auto Tech trading platform; . CARS45 is a technology company that has disrupted the used cars sales industry by offering people a fast and convenient way to sell their cars. Since it’s launch in July 2016 CARS45 has grown to have over 35 physical inspection centres and helped thousands of people sell their cars. 

Prior to launching CARS45, Etop was a Director at the largest Ecommerce market place in Nigeria; . with over 80,000 listed sellers. Before joining he was also CEO of the largest Discount website in Nigeria.

Chris Donkin

Chris Donkin

Partner and Head of Industrial Practice
The Inzito Partnership

Chris Donkin is an executive search and leadership development consultant, advising clients operating at the intersection between established industrial markets and disruptive new technologies on how to identify, attract and develop leaders with the attributes to succeed in an increasingly volatile and complex business environment. He has particular in-depth knowledge of the global automotive sector, acknowledged recently by the Financial Times as “one of the car industry’s leading head hunters".
Previously Chris was a Senior Client Partner in the Global Industrial Practice at Korn Ferry. Prior to that he was European Managing Partner and then CEO of two boutique executive search firms. He began his career at advertising agency J.Walter Thompson, where he worked with a number of blue chip global industrial clients.

Santiago  Rodríguez

Santiago Rodríguez

Abertis Mobility Services

A telecommunications engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, he started his professional career as a consultant for Accenture and later for Everis. During his 14 years of experience in consultancy, he participated in complex projects in different business sectors, including transportation. In 2006 he joined CaixaBank group, where he participated in the set-up of Silk, the group’s IT subsidiary.

Since 2012, he has been part of the Abertis’ Group, where he has had different responsibilities. In 2015, he was appointed CEO of Emovis; and from 2017, he has been the Director of the Abertis Mobility Services division, which comprises Emovis, the Abertis’ tolling services and technology subsidiary, and Eurotoll, the leading European electronic toll service –EETS- provider for heavy goods vehicles, which assists transportation companies in the management and control of their tolls and tax expenses.

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.

David Martell

David Martell

Founder and Chief Executive

Pioneer in the electric vehicle sector, David Martell started Chargemaster in 2008 to provide reliable, convenient and sustainable charging for electric vehicle drivers. He was recently ranked the 10th  most influential person in the world in shaping the low-carbon fleet industry. He also founded Trafficmaster in 1989, one of the first nationwide traffic sensing and satnav companies, which was floated in 1994.

Jonathan Hewett

Jonathan Hewett

Global CMO

Jonathan Hewitt started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, he joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, he now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider.

Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

Aptiv Autonomous Mobility

Karl Iagnemma is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles. His commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide on Bloomberg, The Economist, CNBC, and BBC, among others. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. In 2017, Karl was named one of the “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs and designated a member of the “Recode 100” list of technology influencers. Karl holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow, and a BS from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first in his class. He co-founded nuTonomy, Inc. in 2013 and saw the company through acquisition by Aptiv in late 2017. nuTonomy was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2018 and Iagnemma was selected as a 2017 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. He is now president of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility, which is building the world’s safest and smartest driverless vehicle software.

Sigrid  de Vries

Sigrid de Vries

Secretary General

Sigrid de Vries has held various positions in public affairs, industry and media over the past 25 years. Before joining CLEPA, she was Secretary General of CECE, the association of the European construction equipment industry. Sigrid started her career as a financial journalist for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), the Dutch financial daily. She became the paper’s EU correspondent in Brussels in 1998, reporting on everything from EU enlargement to industrial policy and economic governance. She moved as Germany correspondent to Berlin in 2001, covering the country’s political and economic developments for FD and the Belgian financial newspaper De Tijd. In 2006, she became director of communications at ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers association in Brussels. She subsequently led the European communications and institutional relations efforts of the commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial, as VP and part of the EMEA management board in Turin and Brussels, before taking the lead at CECE in 2014. She became Secretary General of CLEPA in 2017. Sigrid de Vries is a Dutch national, married and has two sons.

Sebastian Peck

Sebastian Peck

Managing Director
InMotion Ventures

Sebastian Peck is Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital arm. Sebastian started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined the TMT advisory team of UBS Investment Bank, providing corporate finance services for telecoms, media and technology clients. For the past nine years, Sebastian has been involved in early-stage technology businesses as an investor and operator. Since joining InMotion Ventures, he led investments in areas such as shared mobility, insurance tech, data analytics and consumer travel, and to date achieved three successful exits. He is also the Executive Chairman of THE OUT, Jaguar Land Rover's premium on-demand car booking service, which successfully launched in London in April 2019. Sebastian holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, an MSc with Distinction in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from London Business School. 

Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm

Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO
Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles

As a leader in open data, education, community-building, and civic innovation, Jeanne Holm empowers people to discover new knowledge and collaborate to improve life on Earth and beyond. Jeanne is the Deputy CIO and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, bringing technical innovations to 4 million people. Her work in Los Angeles focuses on delivering great city services like 311, public television, and social media, and public-private collaborations for technology innovations ranging from data science to broadband to autonomous vehicles. She was formerly the Evangelist for Data.Gov for the White House, the leader for African open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA. She is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, and the Director for Education for In Unison, a charity that promotes peace and social justice through education and music. She is the President of Open Data Collaboratives, managers of the Africa Open Data Conference series.

Thomas Seiler

Thomas Seiler

Chief Executive Officer, Head of Marketing and Sales

Thomas Seiler has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as CEO since the incorporation of u-blox Holding AG in 2007. He serves as CEO and Head of Marketing and Sales of u-blox AG since 2002. In 2006 he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of u-blox AG. Thomas Seiler holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and an MBA diploma from INSEAD, France. In 1987 he was appointed Member of the Executive Committee of Melcher Holding AG, Switzerland, and CEO from 1991 to 1998. Thereafter, he served as CEO of Kistler Holding AG, Switzerland from 1999 to 2001. Thomas Seiler is a Member of the Board of Artum AG, Switzerland.

Nigel Swycher

Nigel Swycher


Nigel Swycher is the founder and CEO of Aistemos, a leading IP analytics and strategy company with headquarters in London. Nigel was formerly a partner in Slaughter and May and Olswang advising companies on a broad range of intellectual property and patent issues. Nigel is recognized by the IAM 300 as one of the leading advisers on IP strategy. Cipher Automotive harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to understand who owns patented technologies, to enhance competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector. Nigel is also a director of the Open Register of Patent Ownership ( dedicated to improving transparency associated with who owns the world’s patents.


Chair and Moderators (3)

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.  

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

Izabella Kaminska

Izabella Kaminska

FT Alphaville

Izabella Kaminska joined FT Alphaville in October 2008 and reports and blogs on technological, collaborative and digital trends, central banking, money, commodities and markets. Before joining the Financial Times, she worked as a producer at CNBC, a natural gas reporter at Platts and an associate editor of BP’s internal magazine. She has also worked as a reporter on English language business papers in Poland and Azerbaijan and was a Reuters graduate trainee in 2004. She studied Ancient History at University and has always been interested in central banks, commodities and market structure.

Agenda - 15th May

  • 9:00am
    Registration, tea & coffee
  • 9:40am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Opening Keynote Address and Interview

    Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Union 

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Mobility: huge opportunities for the automotive industry

    Electric, connected, autonomous, on-demand, shared… just a few words associated with the huge disruption that the automotive and transportation industry will either suffer or embrace. In less than 10 years the world will get people and their goods from A to B in a completely different manner. How virtual universes are a key means to enable this transformation to become a reality.

    Olivier Sappin, Industry VP, Dassault Systems

  • 10:30am
    Opening Panel: Evolution or Revolution?

    Our panel of car industry disruptors, innovators and mobility pioneers will reveal what they think the future holds for the car in the new mobility ecosystem, and the impact this will have on industry dynamics, structures, business models, and value creation. Will the new mobility future happen overnight? Or is this going to be a slower, more incremental process?

    Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
    Tony Walker, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe London Office
    Olaf Sakkers, Partner, Maniv Mobility
    Frank Meijer, Head of Eco Car & Mobility, Hyundai Motor Europe
    Olivier Sappin, Industry VP, Dassault Systems 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:15am
    PANEL: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The Journey So Far and The Road Ahead

    The panel session will explore the legal issues which are presented by CAVs. In particular the session will consider what the main obstacles are to the widespread use of CAVs and the key risks for those developing, testing and commercialising CAV technology. The panel will also analyse the efforts which are underway in the UK and elsewhere to put in place regulatory frameworks which can keep up with the rapid development of the CAV industry.

    Ben Gardner, Associate, Pinsent Masons 
    Iain Forbes, Head, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 
    Steve Chandler, European General Counsel, NVIDIA Corporation 
    Ben Boutcher-West, Automotive Lead, Mobility Solutions, ‎Bosch  

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Tea & Coffee break
  • 12:00pm
    PANEL: New Partnerships in the New Mobility Ecosystem

    As new technologies and consumer behavior revolutionize the way people and goods get from A to B, traditional car-makers around the world are beginning to seek new partnerships and new relationships. They are courting - and being courted by - big tech, start-up tech, insurance companies, car-sharing businesses, cyber-security firms and city authorities. Success in the new data-driven mobility landscape will rely on these new alliances, new relationships with customers and new strategic partnerships. Partnership models in this new mobility ecosystem are only just beginning to take shape. Who's partnering with who, and how are these partnerships structured? 

    Gavin Sherry, CEO, Autonomic
    Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Paul Gadd, Head of Automotive, Innovate UK
    Gerry Keaney, CEO, BVRLA

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Mobility in the Digital Age - Evolution, Revolution, Disruption?

    With disruptive scenarios in the automotive industry becoming increasingly more likely, OEMs and other industry players are facing many critical challenges. What will be the implications for business models? How rapidly will electrification really be? Who will drive autonomous vehicle development and who will benefit first?  In this interactive session, Andreas will share McKinsey’s latest insights on the future of the automotive industry.

    Andreas Tschiesner, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • 1:05pm
  • 2:15pm
    Afternoon Industry Keynote

    Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, BMW

  • 2:45pm
  • 3:05pm
    Tea & coffee break
  • 3:35pm
    Start-up Spotlight: Disrupting the Car-Care Industry

    Laura Adrianna Romanin, Co-founder, KLEEN

  • 3:45pm
    AI and the analysis of innovation

    Automotive OEMs and their suppliers have been patenting foundational technologies for over 100 years, but as the car transforms into a smartphone, so does the technology ecosystem. How do you know who’s doing what and where? How can you derive insight from 100m patents owned by 1m different owners? Does connectivity mean a fresh IP royalty on every car? 

    Nigel Swycher, CEO, Aistemos 

  • 4:05pm

    While the car continues to be an impressive feat of design and engineering, it isn’t what it used to be. These days, a car is an increasingly complex piece of software capable of generating vast amounts of in-vehicle and environmental data – data that can be monetized, that can be used to strengthen customer relationships, that can enrich the driving experience, as well as dramatically improve safety on our roads. It sounds great, so why hasn’t it happened yet?

    Michele Bertoncello, Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Leyre Olavarría Abín, Head of Connected Car, SEAT 
    Thomas Seiler, CEO, u-blox
    Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Fireside chat: The connected car and the age of intelligence

    Where is the value? We have more data than ever before but how does it make a difference in terms of business process efficiency and the end consumer
    What are the service propositions that matter most in the automotive and mobility space and what sort of Intelligence is required
    What are the skills and how will different actors in the automotive and mobility space collaborate

    Jonathan Hewitt, CMO, Octo

    in conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 5:10pm
    Closing Keynote Address and Interview

    The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Interview with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:40pm
    Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception

Agenda - 16th May

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Networking Tea and Coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote and Interview

    Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:35am

    Ford recently appointed the head of its smart mobility division as CEO, a strong indicator of the importance car-makers are beginning to place on autonomy. In terms of its disruptive power, autonomy has some far-reaching implications. Many adjacent industries will be impacted, including the insurance industry, as will be society more widely. How is autonomy set to disrupt not just the car industry, but business and society more broadly?

    Edouard Fischer, Technologies and Systems Director, Sanef  
    Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, LA Department of Transportation
    Karl Gray, Global Head of Casualty and Mobility, Zurich Insurance Company

    Moderated by Michael Pooler, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    5G, IoT and the vehicle of the future

    - 5G is driven by IoT industry use cases like the connected vehicle
    - The connected vehicle is one foundation for the ongoing business transformation in the automotive industry
    - Cross-industry cooperation required to establish a Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

    Claes Herlitz, VP, Head of Global Automotive Services, ‎Ericsson 

  • 10:30am
    Circular Dialogues

    Freestyle peer-to-peer discussion amongst delegates to discuss and reflect on the morning session

  • 10:50am
    Networking Tea and Coffee Break
  • 11:10am
    In conversation: Sharing Vs Ownership

    The sharing economy is a big disrupter and is pushing traditional OEMs into transforming themselves from car manufactures into so-called ‘mobility’ companies. In this in conversation session, we will discuss the new business models and partnerships, the regulatory obstacles, and consumer dynamics at work in the car-sharing economy.

    Tracey Zhen, President, Zipcar, US 

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Sequencing the DNA of Tomorrow’s Automotive Leaders

    Accelerating rates of change driven by disruptive new technologies, threats of disintermediation and a vastly more complex business landscape of joint ventures, partnerships and alliances are creating an environment within which the leadership abilities required to succeed are changing dramatically. What new skills will be required, and what are the behaviours that are becoming career derailers?

    Chris Donkin, Head of Industrial & Technology Practice, INZiTO Partnership

  • 11:45am
    Trust but Verify

    Why independent testing is essential to validate manufacturer claims about safety, fuel economy & emissions. Understanding the role of New Car Assessment Programmes in building a market for safety and how independent consumer testing can help overcome the loss of trust caused by ‘dieselgate’ and overcome public reluctance to embrace more autonomous driving.

    David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP 

  • 12:00pm

    France recently announced that it will ban all diesel and petrol cars by 2040. Volvo, meanwhile, has said it will stop making vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Volvo is the first big manufacturer to do this. It’s only a matter of time before the others follow suit. This panel will focus on the conditions and actions necessary to accelerate EV adoption.

    Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe 
    Chris Harris, CEO, YASA
    David Martell, CEO, Chargemaster 
    Tony Harper, Director, Faraday Battery Challenge, UK Research and Innovation 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 12:45pm
  • 2:00pm
    KEYNOTE: AVs in the city: How safe is safe?

    As more autonomous vehicle developers join the transportation ecosystem, the industry pushes closer to commercial models becoming a reality. In partnership with government, industry leaders have a critical responsibility to define a safety threshold for AV operation on public roads. Join Karl Iagnemma, president of nuTonomy, to explore the challenges and opportunities presented when we ask the question: “How safe is safe?”

    Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-Founder, nuTonomy

  • 2:30pm

    Advances in car and infrastructure technology is of significant interest to national governments and city authorities, particularly for environmental reasons. New ride sharing schemes and autonomous and electric vehicles will mean lower pollution levels, fewer accidents and less traffic congestion. Carmakers, infrastructure companies and city planners will join this panel to discuss how they will need to work together to make the future that they see for the car in the urban setting a reality.

    Sarah-Jayne Williams, Director, Smart Mobility, Ford of Europe 
    Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles, US 
    Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, Transport for London
    Finlay Clark, UK County Manager, Waze 

    Moderated by Izabella Kaminska, Founding Editor, FT Alphaville 

  • 3:15pm
    Innovation in Infrastructure

    Santiago Rodríguez, CEO, Abertis Mobility Services

  • 3:30pm
    Tea and Coffee Break
  • 3:50pm
    PANEL: Cyber-security

    As data proliferates, so do the possibilities of a breach – intentional or otherwise. The car is now a cyber-physical device. This means that not only can it be broken into with a crow-bar, its databanks and control systems can be hijacked too. Individuals are therefore increasingly at risk of identity theft. Terrorists, meanwhile, will certainly be trying to find a way to weaponize individual vehicles or whole fleets. How is the industry working together to protect our personal security and protect us as citizens against malicious attacks? What more needs to be done?

    Darren Handley, Cyber Security Lead - Roads, TS-COR, Department for Transport
    Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Professor of Systems Security, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University
    Stephan Appt, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Start-up spotlight

    Peter Lindholm, CEO, Frontier Car Group

  • 4:30pm

    Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO U.S. in conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 5:00pm

    Jim Adler, MD, Toyota AI Ventures in conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 


  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

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You'll get great ideas, useful tips and practical tools to help you perform better at work, and step-up your career. More specifically, you will:

  • Discover how OEMs are leveraging their assets in new ways beyond their own core business
  • Meet new strategic partners that could add competitive value and safe-guard market share
  • Move beyond the hype and find out what's really going on in one of the world's fastest-moving industries 
  • Hear updates on demand patterns in the global automotive market
  • Learn about the latest technological breakthroughs in connectivity and automation
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This year's attendees include: 

  • Aston Martin 
  • Audi UK
  • Bentley Motors
  • BMW Group
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Services UK
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Lamborghini
  • Mazda Motors UK
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Renault
  • Skoda
  • Tata Technologies
  • Toyota
  • Vauxhall Motors
  • Volkswagon
  • Volvo Car UK

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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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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.

The fast lane to finding patented technology

There are millions of automotive patents and billions spent on obtaining and maintaining them. Most of these patents relate to technologies which in 10 years time will be as strategic to global strategy as the horse to Henry Ford. The evolution of automotive technologies, and specifically the acceleration of autonomous, electrification and connected cars will change the way we think about patents.

Cipher Automotive is the first analytics software to analyse who owns patented technologies, to enhance the competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector.

Nigel Swycher, CEO and founder of Aistemos, will deliver his keynote on the importance of automotive patents at the FT Future of the Car conference. 

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its 3DEXPERIENCE Platform leverages the company’s world-leading 3D software applications to transform the way products are designed, produced and supported; enabling businesses to craft delightful customer experiences.

With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, and its online architecture, the 3DEXPERIENCE environment helps businesses to test and evaluate — anywhere in the development lifecycle of a product or service — the eventual experience they will deliver to their customers. In short, 3DEXPERIENCE powers the next-generation capabilities that drive today’s Experience Economy.

A leading partner for the Transportation & Mobility industries (automotive, trucks, trains, buses, motorcycles and racing), we provide traditional OEMs, new innovators, and their suppliers with strategic software capabilities, cloud resources, and global services support to accelerate their innovative concepts, through design, engineering, simulation, manufacturing and production, to profitable success.  Our future-focused, business driven software applications are empowering today’s electric, connected and autonomous vehicle developers, inspiring new dynamic customer experiences, and are providing timely social-media insights to ensure alignment with optimal global/regional trends and opportunities.

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.

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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McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

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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.

Founded in 1997 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, u-blox provides leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets globally. u-blox’s high-end solutions let people, vehicles and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, especially autonomous driving, smart cities, smart industry and wearables, quickly and cost effectively.

u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2007, as SIX:UBXN. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, it is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA, with more than 1,100 employees.

You can learn more about u-blox via LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube.

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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

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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.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. Its resources, reputation and unrivalled automotive data place it at the heart of the UK automotive industry.


SMMT is the voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its members interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media.


SMMT represents more than 700 automotive companies in the UK, providing them with a forum to voice their views on issues affecting the sector, helping to guide strategies and build positive relationships with government and regulatory authorities.