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FT Future of the Car Summit 2019

Navigating unprecedented change

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Freeman  Shen

Freeman Shen

WM Motor

Håkan Samuelsson

Håkan Samuelsson

Volvo Cars

Adrian Hallmark

Adrian Hallmark

Bentley Motors


We brought together over 450 of the most influential players in the automotive industry at the FT Future of the Car Summit 2019 for two days of incredible insights and unmissable networking. 

The 2020 Summit will be our sixth year, and it is set to be our biggest and best yet. Visit the 2020 website to find out more and register today.

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2018 Highlights

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"I enjoyed the conference--I found it to be a high-caliber, high-energy event." - Karl Iagnemma, President and Co-Founder, nuTonomy

"It was a pleasure to be invited to participate at the FOTC 2018.  The broader topics of Autonomous, Connected and Shared mobility were fascinating and very important." -  Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe

“Insightful discussion on a key topic with a well-balanced panel” - Darren Handley, Cyber Security Lead, Department for Transport

"As a new London based startup, the FT Car Summit was a great opportunity to have access to major thought leaders from around the world. My attendance led to new partnerships, brand visibility and the opportunity to speak to innovative leaders in the car industry." - Laura Adrianna Romanin, Co-founder, Kleen 


Keynote Speakers (10)

Freeman  Shen

Freeman Shen

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
WM Motor

Freeman Shen is Founder, Chairman and CEO of WM Motor, a leading emerging provider of new energy mobility solutions in China. The Company designs, manufactures and markets affordable battery electric vehicles under the Weltmeister and [Weimar in Chinese] brand. WM Motor’s vehicles are equipped with best-in-class proprietary battery management systems; robust driving ranges; and industry leading autonomous driving and smart connectivity features. Founded in 2015 by a team of leading automotive and technology industry experts, WM Motor is headquartered in Shanghai.

Håkan Samuelsson

Håkan Samuelsson

President and CEO
Volvo Cars

Following an MSc in mechanical engineering, Håkan Samuelsson started his professional career in Scania in 1977 where he stayed for more than 20 years. Mr. Samuelsson held leading positions within the technical organisation of Scania before he joined the executive board in 1996 where he was responsible for development and production. He brought his vast truck experience from Scania to MAN in 2000, when he became head of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, a subsidiary of MAN AG. When Mr. Samuelsson became CEO of MAN in 2005, he initiated a broad restructuring of the group which resulted in an enhanced and more efficient organization with a more focused product portfolio. Mr. Samuelsson has served in Latin America and in multiple parts of Europe.

Adrian Hallmark

Adrian Hallmark

Chairman and CEO
Bentley Motors

Adrian Hallmark joined Bentley Motors in February 2018 as Chairman and CEO. Prior to this, Mr Hallmark was Global Strategy Director at Jaguar Land Rover. He has 18 years of automotive board-level experience from the US, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen SAAB and Bentley Motors. During his first term at Bentley he held the role of Board Member for Sales, Marketing and PR and played an integral role in the introduction of the sector-defining Continental GT in 2003.

Phil  Popham

Phil Popham

Lotus Cars

Phil Popham was appointed CEO, Lotus Cars on 1 October 2018. He joined from British superyacht maker, Sunseeker International, where he was CEO from 2014, overseeing a notable period of growth and a return to profitability for the UK’s largest boatbuilder.  

Phil has led businesses all over the world in a career spanning more than 30 years.  He spent many of those years as a senior executive at Jaguar Land Rover, based in South Africa, North America and other regions.  He went on to be part of the company’s global executive team that presided over the business’s turnaround, rapid growth and most successful period.  

Highly respected in the global automotive industry, as well as in the luxury sector and closely associated with premium British brands, Phil has made a career turning major businesses around.  He has specialised in delivering on ambitious growth plans, while promoting and protecting some of the world’s best-known brands.

Ralf Speth

Ralf Speth

Chief Executive Officer
Jaguar Land Rover

Dr Ralf Speth joined Jaguar Land Rover as Chief Executive Officer on 18 February 2010.  Later that year he was appointed to the Board of Tata Motors.  In 2016, Mr Ratan Tata appointed Dr. Speth to the Board of Tata Sons. Prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Speth was a Director at The Linde Group, the international industrial gases and engineering company. Previously, he worked at BMW for 20 years before joining Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group (PAG) in 2007.

Micheline Casey

Micheline Casey

Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility

Micheline Casey is a data strategy and innovation executive with over 20 years’ experience helping organizations use data and analytics for revenue growth and transformation. She is Head of Data for Ford Smart Mobility, and is tasked with helping Ford drive new revenue opportunities through a broad data product portfolio across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She oversees a broad portfolio of data products; product marketing and go-to-market strategies; data partnerships; and, global consent management. Micheline has broad data and tech experience across a variety of industries including automotive, financial services, insurance, healthcare and energy. She was previously chief data officer at the US Federal Reserve Board, and with technology companies such as ChoicePoint and IBM Global Services. She has been on the boards of and advisors to numerous companies in both the private and public sector.

George  Arison

George Arison

Founder & Co-CEO
Shift (US)

George Arison is the founder and Co-CEO of Shift, an online marketplace disrupting the $1.2T car industry by fundamentally transforming the experience of buying and selling a car. Previously, George co-founded Taxi Magic (acquired by Verifone), the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology. George has taken his experience creating Taxi Magic and applied it to building a new company that seeks to change the future of car ownership. Prior to Shift, George also worked at Google and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). George, a Georgian immigrant, was the first student from the Soviet Union allowed to attend a private U.S. high school without a government  sponsorship. He later graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont. George also pursued his other professional passion in politics, helping his native country of Georgia transition to a democracy. He co-founded Georgia’s first-ever free market-focused think tank, Partnership for Social Initiatives (PSI) and authored the book, Democracy and Autocracy in Eurasia."

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.

Thomas Ulbrich

Thomas Ulbrich

Member of the Board of Management

With effect from February 1st, 2018, Thomas Ulbrich was appointed Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for the new Board of Management division for E- Mobility. As of April 5, 2018, he is also the Managing Director of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in addition to his function as a member of the Executive Board and holds the position of Spokesman.

From 2001 to 2008 he was with AUTO 5000 GmbH in Wolfsburg, where he was technical managing director and spokesperson of the management board. He became a Board of Management member for Production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover in 2008. After two years at Hanover, Ulbrich moved to Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Co., China, as Technical Executive Vice President in 2010, taking charge of production and logistics at a total of five locations.

From April 2014 until January 2018 he was responsible for Production and Logistics as Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Transport for London (TfL)

As Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), Mike Brown is responsible for ensuring the delivery of world-class transport services to keep London working, growing and to make life in the Capital better for residents, visitors and businesses. He oversees a major investment programme, one of the largest and most complex in Europe. TfL is responsible for much of the city’s transport, including London Underground, the London bus network, the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line cable car. It is also responsible for the Capital’s busiest main roads, the Congestion Charging scheme, river services, road safety and schemes to boost cycling and walking. It is also responsible for ensuring that the Crossrail project hands over a safe and reliable railway to TfL for operation as the ‘Elizabeth line’. Mike first joined London Underground in 1989 and worked in various operational manager roles before becoming the company's Chief Operating Officer in 2003. In 2008, he left to be the boss of Heathrow, then the world's busiest international airport. He rejoined London Underground in 2010 as Managing Director leading the work which has resulted in huge improvements to the Tube, leading to more frequent and reliable services across the network. He led the successful delivery of transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was appointed as TfL Commissioner in September 2015. 


Speakers (50)

Max  Szwaj

Max Szwaj

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Aston Martin Lagonda

Max Szwaj is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda. He joined the business in December 2016. Before joining Aston Martin, Max Szwaj spent 3 years as Head of Innovation and Body Engineering at Maserati and Ferrari having previously held the position of Head of Innovation at Ferrari. He has also held senior positions at Porsche and BMW in Germany and the USA.

Martin  Kristensson

Martin Kristensson

Head of Digital Car
Volvo Car Group

Martin Kristensson is the Head of Digital Car at Volvo Car Group, and is responsible for strategy and business for connected and autonomous vehicles. In his role, he has moved Volvo to the forefront in digitalization with apps, connected safety solutions, and AD development.

Martin has a background in mobile services, mobile commerce, and business development. With fifteen years of experience from digital services and seven years from automotive, he is internationally recognized as a connected car expert.

Mike Hawes

Mike Hawes


Mike Hawes became SMMT Chief Executive in 2013. He has more than 20 years’ experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the motor industry. He joined SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of PR, corporate and public affairs roles. Prior to that, he also worked for Toyota and, more recently, Bentley’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, where he developed the European and global knowledge needed for this challenging role.

Magnus  Gunnarsson

Magnus Gunnarsson

Head of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development, IoT Connected Vehicles

Magnus Gunnarsson is Head of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development at Ericsson, IoT Connected Vehicles. He is responsible for bringing next-generation connected vehicle services to the market, including connected safety & autonomous drive, car sharing, and mobility as a service. 

Magnus is a member of the World Economic Forum Working Group on Urban and Autonomous Mobility and chairs the Marketing Committee of the 5G Automotive Association.

He joined Ericsson in 2016 with more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, and is based at the Ericsson global HQ in Kista, the ‘mini Silicon Valley’ north of Stockholm.

Ian  Plummer

Ian Plummer

Auto Trader

Ian Plummer has an unusually broad 20 year experience of the automotive ecosystem having held senior positions across the industry spanning international manufacturer head offices, National Sales Companies, to retailers. A common theme throughout has been the power of digital to both improve consumer experience and increase business value.

Ian joined Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, in 2017. He’s responsible, in particular, for growing Auto Trader’s new car business, as well as driving new value and revenue to OEMs and their retailers in both the new and used car space.

Previously Ian was Volkswagen UK Director of Sales Operations, Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Retail Group, and prior to that held various international marketing, after-sales and e-business roles at Renault’s headquarters in Paris. Ian holds a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University in Economics, Politics and French, and an MBA from IMD-Theseus Institute in France.

Mikael  Rönnholm

Mikael Rönnholm

Head of Innovation Strategy & Exploration

Mikael Rönnholm is Head of Innovation Strategy & Exploration at CEVT- China Europe Vehicle Technology- the R&D centre withing Geely Auto Group.  In this role Mr Rönnholm drives the exploration of future technologies for next-, and future generation of mobility solutions targeting a different tomorrow. Mr Rönnholm joined CEVT in 2017 after several years as innovation advisor for global organisations in different industries and a member of the Swedish expert team for establishing a global ISO standard in Innovation Management. Mr Rönnholm is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures, experiences which are invaluable in his mission to establish a world leading innovation centre. Mr Rönnholm is a member of MobilityXlab Management Team.

Amrithpal  Singh

Amrithpal Singh

CEO & Co-founder

Amrithpal Singh, CEO & Co-founder, Viscando

Astrid  Fontaine

Astrid Fontaine

Member of the Board, People, Digitization, IT

Dr. Astrid Fontaine joined Bently Motors in January 2018 as Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Human Resource, Culture and Innovation at Porsche North America. Ms. Fontaine has held a number of strategic management positions for Mercedes-Benz and has also service as a Professor at leading universities in China and the USA, working in the field of Strategy and Digitalisation.  

Graeme  Smith

Graeme Smith


Graeme is Chief Executive of Oxbotica, the autonomous vehicle software company that is deploying self-driving software to many types of vehicles in contrasting environments ranging from public roads to ports, airports, warehouses, mines and even outer space. Graeme has a proven track record in delivering complex products and services from R&D through to customer launch. A recognised expert in Advanced Vehicle Control systems and the Connected Car, he has held executive leadership positions in multiple global start-ups and joint ventures including Ford Motor Company and Connexis.

Alex  Vaidya

Alex Vaidya

Co-founder and CEO

Alex Vaidya is the co-founder and CEO of StoryStream, one of the most exciting MarTech startups serving the automotive industry today.


While working at Porsche, Alex understood first-hand the challenges facing every automotive brand in a rapidly changing digital landscape. StoryStream was created to make it easy for those companies to drive customer engagement and growth through content marketing.


Today, Alex leads StoryStream's teams across offices in London and Brighton, where he continues to inspire the creation of innovative digital strategies and products for the world's largest automotive brands.

Katarina  Brud

Katarina Brud


Katarina Brud heads MobilityXlab, an innovation and collaboration hub for future mobility founded by CEVT, Ericsson, Veoneer, Volvo Car Group, Volvo Group and Zenuity; hosted by Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg. Katarina has a background working with business and marketing strategy, as well as corporate relations, in England, the US and Sweden. With experience from larger corporations as well as the startup scene, she is now passionate about merging these two worlds together. 

Oliver  Brunnegård

Oliver Brunnegård

Research Project Leader

Oliver Brunnegård started his professional career at Autoliv Research in 2017 after an MSc in embedded and intelligent systems. He continued to the Autoliv Electronics spin-off Veoneer in April 2018, now working at the global Research and Innovation department.

Oliver is the Veoneer representative in the MobilityXlab management team since the forming of Veoneer, leading Veoneer’s engagement with emerging companies.

Philip  Wockatz

Philip Wockatz

Open Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Volvo Group

Philip Wockatz is a seasoned innovation leader with broad international experience from helping organisations innovate in a purposeful and systematic way. After pursuing a M.Sc. in business and design, Mr. Wockatz joined the Volvo Group in 2010 where he worked for almost 5 years leading global efforts on many strategic initiatives within the field of innovation. In 2014 Mr. Wockatz moved to the UK and would go on to hold several FTSE 250 leadership team positions. During this time he defined the UK’s baseline for Intelligent Mobility, established 2 Innovation Labs to create a new retail business area, and helped launch a UK digital agency studio in Sweden. Mr. Wockatz returned to the Volvo Group in 2018 to drive its ability to innovate through partnerships and develop means of engaging with startups more efficiently. He is a member of the MobilityXlab Management Team and has 4 patents.

Steve  Hilfinger

Steve Hilfinger

Foley & Lardner LLP, Detroit

Steve Hilfinger is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is co-chair of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Team and chair of the Detroit office’s Business Law Department. He has nearly 30 years of mergers and acquisition and finance experience, including representing private and public companies (including many automotive suppliers and other manufacturers), senior and mezzanine lenders, venture capital funds, and private equity funds. Steve was one of the founders of the Firm’s Automotive Industry Team, which is focused on the representation of automotive suppliers and technology companies.

Steve focuses his practice in corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private equity and venture capital transactions, debt and equity finance transactions, business formation and corporate governance including for both profit and non-profit companies, general corporate and contract counseling, and government and public affairs matters.

Claudius Leibfritz

Claudius Leibfritz

Allianz Automotive

Claudius Leibfritz is the CEO of Allianz Automotive and thereby responsible for the global automotive business of Allianz. In addition, he is a member of the Management Board of Allianz Partners. Prior to this, Claudius was managing several regional groups of Allianz. Before joining Allianz, he spent more than ten years at Boston Consulting Group conducting and heading various international projects. Claudius holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Berne in Switzerland and a Master’s degree from Tuebingen University in Germany. 

Lars Klawitter

Lars Klawitter

Co-Managing Director, InMotion Ventures
Jaguar Land Rover

Lars Klawitter is a Managing Director at InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility business and venture capital arm.

He has been in senior roles in the tech industry for over 20 years. In 1994, whilst studying computer science, he co-founded ASK, a digital imaging company and by 1999 he was CTO at Munich based digital signage startup friendlyway AG. In 2002 he moved into his first role in the automotive industry at BMW, working on large-scale IT projects. This led him to his first role at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, as Chief Information Officer and later heading up its Bespoke business. He is also a successful angel investor and non-executive board member at several mobility start-ups. At InMotion Ventures, Mr Klawitter leads the development of proprietary mobility services and their integration into Jaguar Land Rover products and services. He also oversees strategic partnerships and acts as an internal consultant. 

He studied at the Technical University of Munich and University of Hagen and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

Konstantin  Zervas

Konstantin Zervas

Director Business Development, Connected Vehicles

Konstantin Zervas is the Director of Business Development, Connected Vehicles at Ericsson; responsible for strategic partnerships including MobilityXlab. Konstantin is a pioneer in mobile applications and commerce and brings 25 years of experience from Telecom, Mobile and Automotive, including 8 years as founder & CTO of leading startups in the mobile application industry. Konstantin is excited about being part of transforming the automotive & transport industry through digital innovation and collaboration between large enterprises and emerging companies.

John Lippe

John Lippe

Director of City Engagement, Europe
Ford Smart Mobility

John Lippe was appointed Director of City Engagement, Europe, Ford Smart Mobility in May 2018. In this role John is responsible for developing and managing relationships with key European cities and leads Ford Smart Mobility Sales and Marketing activity.

Prior to this he was Head of Government Programmes working within the Government Affairs Department in Ford of Europe. In this role he was responsible for coordinating company efforts to secure UK Government and EU funding to support both R&D and manufacturing activity in the UK. During this period, he also closely supported Ford’s Smart Mobility work stream.

John has a wide ranging automotive background having held a variety of roles in both Product Development and Manufacturing Engineering, the later including foreign assignments in Genk, Belgium and the US. John’s career in Governmental Affairs also included a 3-year assignment working in Ford’s Brussels Office liaising with the European Institutions and industry stakeholders on key legislative issues. Immediately prior to joining Governmental Affairs John worked as a Technical Manager in Vehicle Environmental Engineering.

John is an ex-Ford Technician Apprentice and also has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. He has over 25 year of experience with Ford Motor Company.  

Michael  Hurwitz

Michael Hurwitz

Director of Transport Innovation
Transport for London

Michael Hurwitz is passionate about socially-positive technology. An internationally recognised leader in future mobility, he created the UK’s national programmes on electromobility and autonomy and is now responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future. His team seeks out market innovators, encourages the testing and implementation of new business models or services that could help address the challenges facing the city and sets the policy frameworks to ensure new innovations work for all. Michael has brought an entrepreneurial spirit to public service, working tirelessly to realise the potential of low-emission vehicles, connectivity and other technologically advanced transportation solutions for London and the UK.

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.

Julia Muir

Julia Muir

CEO, Gaia Innovation Ltd
and Founder, UK Automotive 30% Club

Julia Muir was named in the Financial Times and HERoes top 50 Women in Business global champions of diversity in 2017 and again in 2018 for her work as the Founder of the UK Automotive 30% Club, a group of progressive CEOs and MDs who are actively working to close the gender gap in the industry. She specialises in inspiring girls to join male dominated sectors, and has led campaigns through which industry leaders give speeches in schools to inspire more girls to consider careers in automotive. This year Julia will oversee the launch of the new Inspiring Automotive Women Digital Magazine and the inaugural Inspiring Automotive Women Awards to celebrate the female employees of the industry. She is also a steering committee member of the Global 30% Club, and a Vice President of the Automotive Fellowship International. Julia was awarded the Women's Automotive Special Recognition Award 2016 by the Women's Automotive Group. 

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson


Paul Simpson is the CEO and co-founder of CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. Founded in 2000, CDP is a non-profit organization which created and operates the global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, manage and share vital data on their environmental performance.

Mr Simpson sits on the board of We Mean Business, and is a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Prior to CDP, he worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. He was previously on the Board of EIRIS, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and a High Level Panel Member for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue.

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.

Jon Wakefield

Jon Wakefield

Managing Director
Volvo CAR UK

Jon Wakefield was appointed to the role of Managing Director of Volvo Car UK in August 2016. He joined the company in 2012 as Sales Director and has since seen some of Volvo Car UK’s most successful sales results for a quarter of a century.

A graduate of Exeter University, Jon has a track record of delivering success in both automotive manufacturer and retail companies. His career has seen him progress through business development and sales roles at firms including Lex, Porsche, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler Chrysler and Inchcape, as well as two years as Business Development Consultant at Volvo Car UK in the 1990s. Prior to joining Volvo in 2012, Jon worked at Fiat Group as Sales Director for the Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands.

Luke Barker

Luke Barker

Director, Integral Powertrain
Dassault Systèmes

In recent years Luke Barker has overseen development of unique technology in boosting, turbo-compounding and hybridisation. Meanwhile, Integral e-Drive has enjoyed strong growth through a number of landmark projects achieving global leadership in power density and completing its first full lifecycle production contract for an automotive PHEV application.


Integral Powertrain has a track record of innovating to get a better fit to client needs and Luke’s roles include working out how to do this and building the expertise required. He has also supported the development of Integral e-Drive into a full service electric drive system provider and is responsible for marketing.

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.

Yoshi  Takanuki

Yoshi Takanuki

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Yoshi Takanuki is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s London office, where he leads its industrial sector and Operations practice. He combines his expertise in both these areas to advise companies as they undertake performance transformations.

He brings more than 15 years of experience to his work in counselling the world's leading manufacturers from major automotive original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and machinery manufacturers to global aerospace organisations.  His consulting service covers strategy, operations and business model transformation, globalisation and M&A.

Rupert  Mitchell

Rupert Mitchell

Chief Strategy Officer
WM Motor

Chief Strategy Officer Rupert Mitchell is Chief Strategy Officer of WM Motor, a leading emerging provider of new energy mobility solutions in China. The Company designs, manufactures and markets affordable battery electric vehicles under the Weltmeister and “威马汽车” brand. WM Motor’s vehicles are equipped with best-in-class proprietary battery management systems; robust driving ranges; and industry leading autonomous driving and smart connectivity features. Founded in 2015 by a team of leading automotive and technology industry experts, WM Motor is headquartered in Shanghai. With more than 20 years of international experience, Mitchell is a seasoned veteran of the global capital markets. He has held senior advisory capital markets positions in investment banking, including roles in Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Jefferies. He was also CEO of View from the Peak, a Hong Kong-based independent research firm. Appointed as Chief Strategy Officer of WM Motor, Mr. Rupert Mitchell is responsible for strategic financing, investments and corporate development.

David  Metz

David Metz

Honorary Professor, Centre for Transport Studies

David Metz is honorary professor in the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London, where his research focuses on how demographic, behavioural and technological factors influence travel demand. He spent part of his career as a senior civil servant in a number of UK government departments, both as a policy advisor and scientist, including five years as Chief Scientist at the Department of Transport. His recent research has been summarised in a short book entitled ‘Transport Fast or Smart?’ published in 2016.



MrJWW (James Walker) is one of the most popular YouTube creators in the automotive lifestyle world. James launched his channel in 2015, sharing his lifelong love of supercars with a new digital audience. His channel has received widespread acclaim and his videos now receive over 2.5 million views per month!

Documenting his travels across the globe, MrJWW has worked with some of the world’s largest and most innovative automotive brands ranging from major road car manufacturers through to Formula 1 and Formula E teams.

In addition to digital and social media activations, MrJWW also presents live international broadcasts, most recently hosting the live launch of the Aston Martin Valkyrie at The Geneva Motorshow earlier this year.

Jonathan  Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Founding Partner and CIO

Jonathan Cohen is the Founding Partner and CIO of RoboCap LLP, a London based investment specialist in robotics, automation and AI listed stocks globally. He is the Fund Manager of the RoboCap UCITS fund, the first pure play fund focusing on robotics & AI listed stocks, which won a number of awards for its top-decile performance.

Following his graduation in Management with a Major in Finance from the University of St Gallen in 2004, Jonathan joined Bedrock SA, a multi-family office based in Geneva and London, where he was hired as the equity analyst for an activist investor. He then joined Goldman Sachs where he got promoted to Associate Investment Professional within the Institutional Wealth Management team. In 2009, he became the CIO of Huet & Cie BV, an Independent Asset Manager based in Geneva and Zurich, where he led a team of three analysts. Recently, he was the Senior Portfolio Manager of the US team of London & Capital Asset Management where he led a team of three portfolio managers. He has over 15 years of experience in thematic investment. He frequently follows classes on robotics online and at Imperial College. Jonathan speaks fluently English, French and German. He is passionate about new technologies and holds a Private Pilot License.

Guillame  Gerondeau

Guillame Gerondeau

Vice-President Transportation & Mobility Industry Asisa, Strategic, Business Development, Japan
Dassault Systèmes

Guillaume Gerondeau joined Dassault Systèmes in 2015. He has in total more than 30 years of experience in working for Dassault Systèmes, Toyota, Nissan, Renault and Consulting for Booz Allen (now Strategy&). He spent in total 13 years in Japan.

At Toyota, he was in charge of global brand strategy and product marketing after being VP for Product planning and marketing of Toyota Europe. At Nissan, he was head of global product strategy and product planning reporting to the CEO. At Renault, he occupied responsibilities in most areas of the supply chain from research to sales and marketing. Among other roles, he was leader of innovation plan, led the reorganization of the R&D resources management, was head of a dealership and became the president of Renault in Austria and Slovakia. He also served as senior advisor of Booz Allen and Hamilton in Tokyo.

The constant thread of his professional life is innovation and value creation starting from customer experience.

Jon  Lindén

Jon Lindén

Co-founder and CEO
Ekkono Solution

Jon Lindén is co-founder and CEO of Ekkono Solution that does machine learning for IoT, i.e. programmable software that runs onboard vehicles to make them predictive, self-learning and smart. Mr Lindén is a serial entrepreneur, where his latest endeavor was as co-founder of Procera Networks that went from scratch to $100m in global sales to telecom operators worldwide, listed on NYSE and a re-IPO at NASDAQ, before being acquired by Private Equity firm Francisco Partners.

Hugo  Spowers

Hugo Spowers

Chief Engineer and Founder

Hugo Spowers left motorsport for environmental reasons and set up Riversimple on the basis that a step change in automotive technology is both essential and possible; the principal barriers are not technical but to do with people, politics and business inertia.  Riversimple is a sustainable car company, developing hydrogen fuel cell cars and an all-inclusive usership model that makes energy efficiency profitable. The Rasa prototype is the first Riversimple car designed for type approval and consumes the equivalent of 250mpg; a pilot trial of 20 vehicles is being launched in 2019.

Simon  Meng

Simon Meng


Simon Meng is a partner of Linklaters LLP and he is recognized as a China cross border transaction specialist. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, direct investments and joint ventures as well as projects development in China. One of his practicing areas is automotive sector with current focus on electric vehicle, E-connectivity and other E-Mobility related projects. He has advised various key market players on their significant M&A and JV transactions in China, Europe and US both on E-Mobility sector and traditional auto business. Having practised law in Paris, New York and Hong Kong before relocating to China, Simon brings extensive corporate experience with an ability to understand different systems and culture diversity to ensure that clients are able to navigate unfamiliar transformations successfully and efficiently. Simon is also a lead partner in Linklaters’ Tech sector group and frequently advises on tech issues relating to E-Mobility. He is listed as one of the “Leading Individuals” by Legal 500 (2019).

Jacqueline  Linke

Jacqueline Linke

Associate Director
Leadership Culture & Innovation, Public Sector Transportation & Infrastructure, Sydney, Australia

Jacqueline Linke currently works as the Manager of Innovation & Strategy for Sydney Trains where she is responsible for designing and delivering an enterprise wide strategy aligned with Transport for New South Wales to spur innovation into every corner of the organisation.

Jacqueline's empowering approach to building culture through developing leaders and realising individuals’ potential, comes from years of coaching and facilitation in the public and private sector in all aspects of soft skills behavioural training, including customer service, stakeholder management, communication skills, cognitive agility, emotional intelligence, storytelling, presentation skills, creative thinking, negotiation skills, influencing and leadership skills.

Dr. Daniel  Pauly

Dr. Daniel Pauly


Dr Daniel Pauly is a lawyer at Linklaters LLP and the global co-head of Automotive as well as the head of the German Data Protection and TMT Practice. He has knowledgeable experience in all areas of protected information including data protection law, professional secrets such as banking secrecy, exchange secrecy and the protection of business and trade secrets. He has particular expertise in the automotive sector and is a member of the Linklaters Automotive Sector team. Furthermore, he has specialised experience in the field of digitalization including Big Data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, blockchain, website development, software development, licensing and maintenance as well as questions dealing with e- and m-commerce. He also advises in national and cross border IT- and Business Process Outsourcings and complex IT-system implementations. Daniel Pauly is listed as one of the “most renowned lawyers for compliance” in Germany (WirschaftsWoche 2019). 

Beside this, Daniel Pauly is co-publisher and co-author of Paal / Pauly, commentary on the General Data Protection Regulation and the German Federal Data Protection Act, issued by Verlag C.H.Beck.

Claes Herlitz

Claes Herlitz

VP, Head of Global Automotive Services

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.

Pauline  Debré

Pauline Debré


Pauline Debré is a partner, heading the intellectual property practice of Linklaters in Paris. Her practice focuses primarily on national and cross border patent litigation. Pauline has significant experience in complex disputes involving IP and competition issues and in particular Standard Essential Patents related disputes. She is co-head of the AIPPI Standing Committee on Patent and Standards and a regular speaker at conferences and seminars dealing with FRAND topics. Pauline is ranked amongst France's best IP lawyers. Pauline is described as “a real expert” who “knows IP in depth”, “easy to work with her because she understands very quickly the stakes of a question and gives strong and sound advice" (Chambers 2017) and is "really good at advancing negotiations" (Chambers 2018).

Vicky Edmonds

Vicky Edmonds

Joint Head
Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Vicky Edmonds is Joint Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. She was previously Head of Environment Strategy at the Department for Transport where she led development of the Department’s wider approach to tackling air quality and climate change emissions from transport. She has worked in Government for over 10 years in a number of policy and strategy roles and the environment has always been an area of keen interest for her.

Hussein  Dajani

Hussein Dajani

General Manager, Digital and Customer Experience Transformation, Africa, ME, Turkey, India
Nissan Motor Corporation

Hussein Dajani has over 18 years of solid holistic Marketing Communication experience in the space, leading and building seamless Customer Experience Journeys within multinational agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the Middle East, Africa, and India region.

He was among the first batch of WPP MENA employees to receive the renowned WPP Young High Potential Leaders award from Sir Martin Sorrell (ex Chairman and Worldwide President of WPP) and Bob Jeffrey (ex Chairman and Worldwide President of JWT).

In 2017, by nomination from the Global Chairman and Patron of the World Marketing Congress, Hussein has been featured in the 50 most influential digital marketing leaders listing.

Furthermore, Hussein has been voted by the Huffington Post as among the 10 people changing the marcomm landscape in the MENA region, and in Gulf Marketing Review's GMR’s list of 40 of the brightest marketing professionals under the age of 40 in the Middle East.

After a 2 years stint with a regional digital agency, as its Chief Digital and Operating Officer, which he grew exponentially till he lead to its sale to WPP, Hussein joins Nissan Motor Co. as General Manager Digital and Customer Experience Transformation for Africa, Middle East, India, and Turkey, for Nissan and Datsun brands.

Mary  Meaney

Mary Meaney

Senior Partner
Paris, McKinsey

Mary Meaney is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Paris office. She is co-Convener of McKinsey’s Organisation Practice globally, and the co-author of Leading Organisations: Ten Timeless Truths. Over the last 20+ years, she has served leading pharma, consumer products, energy, basic materials, telecommunications, and public sector organisations on their most important transformation, change management, top team alignment and performance improvement efforts. 

Roberto Vavassori

Roberto Vavassori

CLEPA - European Association of Automotive Suppliers
Hasan Nergiz

Hasan Nergiz

Director of OEM

Hasan Nergiz started his career at BMW Global HQ in Munich before completing an MBA and joining the fast-paced world of FMCG. His passion for cars saw him return to the car industry and join Toyota Europe where he held a variety of roles in sales and marketing. He joined carwow from Nissan GB where he led the strategy and business planning department and sat on the executive board. He is currently helping manufacturers on their digital marketplace performance and consults on how our data, insight and digital expertise can support OEMs for their advanced digital innovation projects.

Ruth Knox

Ruth Knox

Managing Associate

Ruth Knox is a regulatory lawyer at Linklaters who advises on the allocation and management of product, health and safety and environmental liabilities in corporate transactions and she is a leading member of the Linklaters Automotive Sector team. Ruth has advised a number of corporate clients on the UK alternative infrastructure and driverless vehicles regime and has also led the development of the firm’s practice in respect of a number of regulatory areas including the EU REACH Regulation and the potential impacts of Brexit on the Automotive sector. She is a member of the Linklaters crisis management response team that has advised on a number of highly sensitive crisis mandates of international profile.

Maximilian  Zahn

Maximilian Zahn


Maximilian Zahn is a lawyer at Linklaters LLP with specialised experience in technology, IT law and data protection law, where he also advises on product-liability related questions in this context. Furthermore, he focuses on national and international technology projects (with a special focus on the automotive sector), telemedia law and e-commerce. He is a member of the Linklaters Automotive Sector team. During his secondment at an OEM and his time as inhouse legal counsel at another OEM, he gained valuable insights and has a deep sectoral understanding of both, the legal and regulatory regime and the challenges that OEMs as well as suppliers face.

Sabine  Thibault-Liger

Sabine Thibault-Liger


Sabine Thibault-Liger is a counsel in the Competition/Antitrust practice of Linklaters in Paris. Her practice focuses on national and cross-border antitrust litigation (cartels, vertical restraints, abuses of dominant position and follow-on damages actions). Sabine also has significant experience in complex litigation involving IP and competition issues notably in Standard Essential Patents related disputes. She is ranked among the best competition lawyers internationally. She is featured in the 2019 Women@Competition international ranking of “40 in their 40s – Notable Women Competition Professionals”. Sabine is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Who’s Who Legal – Competition 2019. She is described as “very pragmatic, smooth and efficient” and commended for her “highly responsive and very professional” approach, combined with “a high level of technical ability” (Who’s Who Legal 2017).

Mike  Waters

Mike Waters

Director of Policy, Strategy & Innovation
Transport for West Midlands

Mike Waters is Director of Policy, Strategy & Innovation at Transport for West Midlands, a department which also incorporates TfWM's research and data services activity.  He is responsible for establishing many of the collaborative public environment Intelligent Mobility projects and connected vehicle projects in Coventry and across the West Midlands; and sits on the Meridian CAV Hub Advisory Board and the Board of the Transport Knowledge Hub.  Mike is also embedded in Coventry University’s Future Transport and Cities Research Institute and is focused on privacy concerns in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

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.

Anne  de Kerckhove

Anne de Kerckhove


Anne de Kerckhove is a self-described Innovation and start up addict. At 17 years old, she started her own theatre company and never forgot the excitement and fulfilment it brought her. After working as a banker in Canada and then a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, she walked away from the corporate career to join her first startup and create its UK operation.

Anne now has over 15 years of experience in leading some of the fastest-growing technology, media and entertainment companies in Europe. She is currently the CEO of Freespee – a software company which combines call tracking technologies with browsing data to accelerate sales through customised and automated customer experiences.

Previously, Anne was CEO of Iron Capital. Anne was the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, one of world’s largest online advertising technology platforms, where she drove the company’s expansion in over 16 countries.

Prior to joining Videology, she was Global Director of Reed Elsevier, responsible for the B2B Entertainment Division. From 2003 to 2009, Anne was COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group, the worldwide leader in server-based gaming, overseeing the company from its launch to IPO and expansion into 12 countries.

Anne is an angel investor and mentor for early-stage startups and entrepreneurial funds including Metail, CRE and Daphni, and currently holds board positions with 7digital and She is actively involved in promoting women on boards and within the tech industry.


Chairs and Moderators (4)

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 under the Marjorie Deane Fellowship, reporting on companies and markets. 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.

Amanda Stretton

Amanda Stretton

Motoring Editor

Amanda Stretton is one of the UK’s leading female motor industry commentators focusing on all areas of consumer motoring as the Motoring Editor at, and is also a leading motorsport presenter specialising in electrification and new technology working for manufacturers like JLR in the rapidly developing Formula E electric race series. Her technical expertise originates from racing for over 20 years, and winning races on the world stage in top level international racing classes including the FIA GT Championship, the only British woman to have achieved this; and racing in the top LMP1 class against a record entry of ex-F1 drivers in the World famous Le Mans 24 hour race. Her understanding of the car industry, legislation changes and ability to convey technical and mechanical innovations have resulted in her regularly contributing on the UK’s leading news channels and programmes, giving insight into the unprecedented changes currently taking place across the industry.


Agenda - 14th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and tea & coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair’s opening remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote Conversation

    Freeman Shen, Founder and CEO, WM Motor 

    In conversation with 

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:25am
    Opening Keynote Panel: The Big Picture

    What does the car industry look like now compared to this time last year, and where is it headed?

    As OEMs continue to mobilise in response to consumer and regulatory pressure to move from dirty to clean engines and transition from hardware manufacturers to mobility service providers, what’s getting in the way of progress? And as the industry and its partners (old and new) move inexorably towards the future of the car, where do our panellists see forks in the road ahead?

    - Economic context
    - Consumer shifts
    - Regulatory challenges & policy incentives
    - Working with ‘frenemies’ 

    Mike Hawes, CEO, SMMT
    Olaf Sakkers, Partner, Maniv Mobility
    Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP 
    Maximilian Szwaj, Chief Innovation Officer, Aston Martin
    Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen 
    Roberto Vavassori, President, CLEPA

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Digitally transforming electric, connected, autonomous vehicle innovation

    The automotive industry no longer just makes cars but imagines new methods of transportation, working through innovative ecosystems that bring together cities, businesses and citizens. Accelerating this future generation of vehicles into reality requires new vehicle innovators and OEM leaders alike to rethink the way we experience their products, and the way they design, engineer, simulate and manufacture them.

    Luke Barker, Director, Integral Powertrain, Dassault Systèmes
    Guillaume Gerondeau, Vice President, Transportation and Mobility Industry, Asia, Dassault Systèmes

  • 10:15am
    Transforming transportation with connected automation

    The transportation industry has entered an era of major transformation and disruption as vehicles are getting connected, electrified and more automated. There is a highly competitive race to develop and launch new vehicles and services in this space. Although self-driving vehicles to a great extent are built to be able to drive autonomously based on their own sensors, they will benefit immensely from being highly connected. This especially applies to commercial vehicles, where there is a strong business case to have less drivers employed. Vehicles without a driver in the vehicle, will need to be connected to enable safe remote operation, and also to be legal. And add to that the system effect, where a highly connected and automated fleet will be much easier to manage in a safe and cost-efficient way.

    Claes Herlitz, VP, Head of Connected Vehicles, Ericsson

  • 10:30am
    Circular Dialogues

    An opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they've heard on stage in small groups, joined by journalists and speakers.

  • 10:50am
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 11:10am
    Legal Perspective Deep Dive

    Part 1: Is a “Shadow Mode” the next step towards driverless cars?

    - Which legal implications with regards to the implementation of a “Shadow Mode” have to be considered?
    - Who owns the data? Which data is concerned?
    - Do the OEMs or regional importers need consent?
    - If consent is required: Whose consent is required?
    - When is such consent required? Which consequences or implications does this have with regards to the OEM’s documentation (e.g. User’s Manual)?

    Dr Daniel Pauly, Partner, Linklaters (Frankfurt)
    Maximilian Zahn, Associate, Linklaters (Frankfurt)

    Part 2: Cars of the future and connectivity standards: a poisoned relationship?

    - Are car manufacturers the new targets for SEP Patent litigation?
    - How to deal with the risk of injunction when suppliers are not willing to engage in licensing discussions?
    - Has the scheme of negotiation with SEP owners changed post CJEU Huawei v ZTE? Are patent pools such as Avanci the solution in the automotive sector?
    - Is the complaint recently filed by Daimler against Nokia before the EU Commission possibly going to change the FRAND landscape?
    - What is the impact on contractual relationships and how to manage the SEP risk? 

    Pauline Debré, Partner, Linklaters (Paris)
    Sabine Thibault-Liger, Counsel, Linklaters (Paris)

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Keynote Conversation

    Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus

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

  • 12:30pm
    Separating hype from reality: Are we at mobility’s second great inflection point? And what does it mean for business?

    The sluggish pace of electric-vehicle penetration is a good reminder that it’s easy to overestimate the impact of new technologies in the short term.  There may however be a danger of underestimating the long-term impact of technological change. Today’s seemingly modest steps may presage a transition every bit as profound as the one the world experienced a century ago, when everyday transportation moved from horses and buggies to inexpensive automobiles.

    If so, this ‘second great inflection point’ represents a re-imagining, not just of cars—which increasingly will become autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared—but of business and society as a whole. The coming revolution will make mobility safer, improve its convenience and cost-effectiveness, and reduce its environmental impact.  At the same time, tech giants, start-ups, and OEMs will mingle in a new competitive landscape.

    This presentation will look beneath the surface of the trends transforming mobility, and clarify their relevance for business leaders in the automotive industry: what do they need to know and be prepared for.

    Andreas Tschiesner, Senior Partner, McKinsey (Munich)
    Yoshi Takanuki, Senior Partner, McKinsey (London)

  • 12:50pm
  • 1:50pm
    Innovation as a Positive lens for Cultural and Organisational Change

    Change programs in large organisations are often reactive, delivered as a result of an unexpected disruption in the industry. The technological revolution is offering us endless opportunities to navigate exponential and rapid change and we can easily find ourselves on the back foot, trying to turn the large ship in rocky waters and where the mission becomes about helping people repair from a shift they don't want while trying to stay afloat.

    Jacqueline Linke, Associate Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Sector, Sydney Australia 

  • 2:00pm
    Panel: Organizational & Cultural Transformation

    Carmakers must change with the times or get swept away. OEMs have a massive opportunity to compete in the new mobility space, but only if they can change the way they think and do business. The biggest barrier to success in the new mobility space is OEM corporate culture, and organizational structures, which tend to be hidebound by tradition. But meaningful cultural, technological, and organizational change is hard, and many OEMs are struggling to make it happen. This panel will reveal some of the secrets of transformation from corporate leaders that are deploying human capital, digital know-how and the newest technologies to change their company’s DNA from the inside out, and the outside, in.

    Hussein Dajani, General Manager, Digital and Customer Experience Transformation, Africa, ME, Turkey, India, Nissan Motor Corporation
    Martin Kristenssen, Senior Director, AD and Connected Strategy, Volvo Cars 
    Claudius Leibfritz, Member of the Board and CEO Automotive, Allianz Partners 
    Jacqueline Linke, Associate Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Sector, Sydney Australia 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Auto-industry start-up Showcase

    8-minute pitches from three of the most exciting auto-industry start-ups. Discover how these companies are innovating around customer engagement, combining the power of data and call tracking technologies to accelerate sales, and deploying self-driving software to many types of vehicles in contrasting environments, including outer space. 

    Anne de Kerckhove, CEO, Freespee
    Graeme Smith, CEO, Oxbotica
    Alex Vaidya, co-founder and CEO, StoryStream

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 3:10pm
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 3:35pm
    Panel: Workforce transformation

    As cars turn into experiences on wheels, the car industry workforce is transforming too. In the future, it will need to include more technologists, data analysts, and consumer behaviour strategists and will include jobs that no-one has heard of yet. The same will be true of the companies in the car maintenance and repairs sector: they will need sophisticated software skills and different kinds of hardware skills. Human employees will increasingly find themselves working with intelligent machines. What does all this mean for the industry, and what are OEMs doing to plug the skills gap? And as new kinds of jobs begin to take shape, old jobs are disappearing. How is the industry handling the fall-out on the one hand, and making the most of new opportunities on the other?

    Chris Donkin, Partner and Head of Industrial Practice, Inzito Partnership
    Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board, People, Digitization, IT, Bentley
    Mary Meaney, Senior Partner, McKinsey (Paris)
    Julia Muir, CEO, Gaia Innovation and Founder, UK Automotive 30% Club

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Keynote Address: The Future is Electric

    Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen

  • 4:30pm
    Panel: Monetising Mobility

    Making money in the new data-driven mobility era will rely on new offerings, new ways of relating to the consumer, and new kinds of strategic alliances. How are the latest tie-ups between OEMs, big tech, start-up tech, insurance companies, car-sharing businesses and city authorities finding ways to monetise multi-modal transport models and the new kinds of experiences on offer to passengers and drivers, as they get from point A to point B?

    - How big could the mobility market be?
    - Making moves: The challengers and incumbents eyeing-up mobility  

    Lars Klawitter, Executive Director, InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover
    Hugo Spowers, Chief Engineer and Founder, Riversimple
    Mike Waters, Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation, Transport for West Midlands  

    Moderated by Amanda Stretton, racing driver and Motoring Editor,

  • 5:10pm
    Keynote Conversation

    Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London

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

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks, followed by Drinks & Entertainment

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

Agenda - 15th May

  • 8:30am
    Registration & networking tea and coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Ministerial Address & Interview

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

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Panel: Electrification

    What is the end-point & how do we get there?

    As infrastructure development continues to lag behind the technology, this panel will look at where the government needs to take a lead and the ways in which car industry stakeholders can work in concert to agree on a) what the end-point is, and b) work out how to get there.

    - Wider context
    - Demand analysis
    - Technology frontiers
    - Policy incentives
    - Consumer trends

    Vicky Edmonds, Joint Head, OLEV 
    Guillaume Gerondeau, Vice President, Transportation and Mobility Industry, Asia, Dassault Systèmes 
    Adrian Hallmark, CEO, Bentley 
    Ruth Knox, Managing Associate, Linklaters 
    Rupert Mitchell, Chief Strategy Officer, WM Motor

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Keynote Fireside Chat

    Ralf Speth, CEO, JLR

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

  • 10:30am
    Circular Dialogues

    An opportunity for delegates to discuss and reflect on what they've just heard on stage amongst themselves in small groups, joined by journalists and speakers.

  • 11:00am
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 11:20am
    Breakout session A: The future of the Automotive sector in China and the United States
    • Automotive industry trends and developments in China and the U.S.
    • Electric/new energy and autonomous vehicle developments in China and the U.S.
    • Foreign investment restrictions in the U.S., including CFIUS
    • Trade developments in the U.S., including status of tariffs

    Simon Meng, Partner, Linklaters, Shanghai
    Steve Hilfinger, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, Detroit

  • 11:20am
    Breakout session B: Ericsson presents MobilityXlab panel on ‘smart mobility collaborations between established companies and startups’

    The need for innovation within the automotive and transportation industries is increasing, leading more and more companies to collaborate across traditional borders with external partners and build ecosystems around their offerings. Ericsson and Volvo Cars entered into a successful partnership already back in 2012 and have ever since established the multi-award winning Volvo Sensus Connect, powered by the Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud that today covers more than 3 M vehicles in more than 100 countries.

    In 2017 Ericsson and Volvo Cars took the next step in their innovation journey by establishing MobilityXlab together with four major players in the smart mobility industry (Volvo Group, Veoneer, Zenuity and CEVT) to engage with the startup ecosystem. The goal of the MobilityXlab partnership is to be an unconventional innovation platform where established and emerging companies with pioneering ideas can collaborate better. In this breakout session MobilityXlab partners and startups discuss how they are bringing future mobility closer together.

    Katarina Brud, Director, MobilityXlab

    Martin Kristensson, Sr Director AD & Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
    Philip Wockatz, Open Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Volvo Group
    Oliver Brunnegård, Research Project Leader, Veoneer
    Konstantin Zervas, Director Business Development, Connected Vehicles, Ericsson
    Jon Linden, CEO & Co-founder, Ekkono Solutions
    Mikael Rönnholm, Head of Innovation Strategy & Ideation, CEVT
    Amrithpal Sing, CEO & Co-founder, Viscando


  • 12:20pm
    Fireside chat: The Future of Car Culture

    Mr JWW, auto industry social influencer

    In conversation with Izabella Kaminska, Editor, FT Alphaville  

  • 12:40pm
    Panel: Cities

    Advances in car and infrastructure technology are of significant interest to national governments and city authorities, particularly for environmental reasons. Ride-sharing schemes and autonomous and electric vehicles will mean lower pollution levels, fewer accidents and less traffic congestion. Carmakers, academics and city authority leaders will join this panel to discuss the new projects they are working on together to make the autonomous future that they see for the car in the urban setting a reality.

    Jonathan Cohen, CIO & Managing Partner, RoboCap
    Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, Transport for London 
    John Lippe, Director, City Engagement, Ford Smart Mobility
    David Metz, visiting professor, Center for Transport Studies, UCL, former Chief Scientist, Department for Transport, UK

    Moderated by Izabella Kaminska, Editor, FT Alphaville 

  • 1:10pm
  • 2:15pm
    Panel: Retail

    As the car industry continues to be turned upside-down by technological and socio-cultural disruption, what does it mean to be a car retailer in the current environment? How are dealerships changing in order to remain relevant?

    - Understanding dealership economics
    - Showroom innovations
    - Latest mobile solutions
    - Customer-centricity strategies
    - Embracing a digital mindset

    Phill Jones, Head of Motors,
    Hasan Nergiz, Director of OEM, carwow
    Jon Wakefield, Managing Director, Volvo Car UK
    Ian Plummer, Director, Autotrader

    Moderated by Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Keynote fireside chat: The Future of Data - Trends, Trust & Consumer Sentiment

    Micheline Casey, Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility, Ford 

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

  • 3:10pm
    Tea & Coffee Break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel: The Connected Car

    As well as getting us from A to B, the car is now a powerful data accumulator. Sensor technology can connect cars to nearly anything you can think of: to the drivers and passengers they contain, the roads beneath them, the satellites orbiting through space above them, as well as to the heating systems, fridges and TVs in our homes. What is the potential for all this data? Who owns it? Is there a danger of misuse? How can the car industry make money from all this data being harvested by our cars as they move back and forth through the landscape? What might the societal benefits and pitfalls of this proliferation of data be? 

    Micheline Casey, Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility, Ford 
    Magnus Gunnarsson, Head of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development, IoT Connected Vehicles, Ericsson
    Timothy Waltniel, Chief Operating Officer, TOYOTA Connected Europe

    Moderated by Amanda Stretton, racing driver and Motoring Editor,

  • 4:30pm
    Keynote Fireside Chat: Ownership V Sharing

    George Arison, Founder & co-CEO, Shift

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

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Conversation: The Road Ahead

    Håkan Samuelsson, CEO, Volvo Cars

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

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

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Automotive industry infrastructure and equipment suppliers
  • Information technology suppliers
  • Consultancies
  • Banks and Private Equity

Job Titles:

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

Why attend

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
  • 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


"The FT’s Future of the Car summit is an essential pitstop for anyone working in the automotive industry. A fast and efficient way to keep abreast of the most important trends and thought leaders in the industry."

Yasa Limited


"Credible and engaging speakers providing thought provoking and lively debate across all topics regarding future mobility solutions."

Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd


"The FT Future of the Car Summit helped clarify for me, and I believe each of the attendees in the industry, the latest thinking for connected mobility opportunities in the future. The summit provided a wide range of thought provoking presenters who gave each attendees an opportunity to consider and explore in greater detail the focus of their responsibilities and deliverables. It also enabled networking to leverage ideas from across the technologies and supporting industries. Well worth the 2 days out of the office to refresh personal knowledge."

Ford Motor Company


"As expected the attendees, speakers and moderator were top notch. Great discussions throughout the day. Met some really relevant and interesting potential clients. Highly recommended."

Bow & Arrow


"The FT Future of the Car event 2018 was my first event with FT. I was most impressed with the quality of content, speakers, organisation and debates, and the opportunity to ask questions and even meet speakers. The event was packed with not a minute wasted and included regular networking opportunity. The venue was excellent, the staff efficient and friendly and the food was wonderful. A very well organised event that was rewarding beyond expectation. I look forward to the next such event."

Touching Blue Limited


"I enjoyed the conference--I found it to be a high-caliber, high-energy event."



"It was a pleasure to be invited to participate at the FOTC 2018.  The broader topics of Autonomous, Connected and Shared mobility were fascinating and very important."

Nissan Europe


“Insightful discussion on a key topic with a well-balanced panel”

Department for Transport


"As a new London based startup, the FT Car Summit was a great opportunity to have access to major thought leaders from around the world. My attendance led to new partnerships, brand visibility and the opportunity to speak to innovative leaders in the car industry."

Kleen App



Ticket Type        

Standard Summit Ticket                                                                        £1999+VAT



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Presented by (1)

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

Lead Sponsor (2)

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.

Knowledge partner (1)

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.

Legal Partner (1)

With 30 offices in 20 countries, Linklaters serves our clients as a team, with a common focus on innovation, efficiency and agility.


We are market leaders in advising on incoming Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements of investors and regulators, and how to manage evolving governance and disclosure requirements on climate and ESG financial risk issues.


Linklaters’ integrated ESG practice comprises sustainability, finance, corporate and pensions lawyers across the firm. We advise on all three strands of ESG, with particular expertise in the relevance of climate related financial risks to corporate or fund governance, risk management and disclosure obligations and in how to respond to activist campaigns. We have also undertaken governance reviews and advised on human rights, ABC risks and broader risk management. Our clients include governments, corporates, financial institutions, funds and asset managers.  We hold Band 1 rankings for each of sustainability, governance and pensions in the legal directories.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Founded in 2011, carwow has revolutionised the way consumers buy new cars. Providing a unique platform that makes the car-buying journey easy and enjoyable, customers can find impartial car reviews, buying guides and most importantly compare the best offers from approved local and national dealers based on price, location and ratings. carwow empowers customers to choose the right car, from the right dealer at the right price.This is why carwow is rapidly expanding, with new businesses now both in Germany and Spain and with an average of 2.4 million unique monthly website visitors. We currently work with 3,000 dealers across Europe and have recently launched strategic partnerships with more than 10 OEMs.

Media Partner (4)

The APEA is a UK based organisation, drawing membership from all quarters of the petroleum industry, including regulators from national and local government authorities, oil companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, service and installation organisations, training establishments and many others. It is seen to be unique in representing all sides of the industry and in providing a forum for debate and the generation of technical guidance.

Today the organisation has over 1100 members spread across many countries all over the world. In the UK and Europe we encourage organisation of branches. Currently there are seven branches in the UK and one in Ireland.

For more information on membership, please visit

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

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

SMMT undertakes a wide variety of activities to support its diverse membership base, helping companies across the automotive spectrum grow their businesses, become more profitable and improve their sustainability. In addition, we host a variety of events, regularly produce industry reports and offer a wide range of industry data and intelligence.

To find out more about becoming a member or attending an event, contact

The UK Automotive 30% Club is a voluntary group of MDs and CEOs from automotive manufacturing, retailing and supplier companies. The club was founded by Julia Muir, CEO of Gaia Innovation Ltd, with the purpose of achieving a better gender balance within the automotive industry, and with the aim of filling at least 30% of key leadership positions in the member organisations with women by 2030.

For further information please visit   

Startup Sponsor (2)

StoryStream is a smart content platform for automotive brands.

Using automation and proprietary AI, our platform enables marketers to deliver more relevant and authentic content to the right customers at scale, driving deeper engagement and a greater number of leads.

Built specifically for the challenges of today’s automotive digital landscape, StoryStream is the world’s only platform to source and centralise all of the best user generated, influencer, review and brand content in one place, giving marketers instant access to the assets needed to engage and convert customers on their purchase journey.

Trusted by the worlds biggest automotive brands such as Porsche, Volvo and TOYOTA, StoryStream delivers up to 4.5X increase in customer engagement and up to 60% reduction in content creation costs.

Freespee is a sales acceleration platform for companies whose buying journeys combine online and offline conversations. 

Our cloud communication platform improves lead management & conversion tools that address critical revenue leakage points across the entire sales funnel, from lead to outcome. Freespee’s enterprise-grade visualisation platform and API provide the most accurate data insights for large companies that rely on online-to-offline interactions during critical parts of their customer journeys. Our sales acceleration suite offers programmable workflows that automate your lead management and ensure your most valuable customers convert faster.

Freespee was founded in Sweden in 2010 and has 100 employees across 4 offices.

Exhibitor (1)

Flanders Investment and Trade is a government development agency at the Belgian Embassy in London.

We provide confidential expert advice on doing business on the European continent, using Flanders as the gateway. Our services are tailored to your business needs and are free of charge. We can help you find the right location and get you in touch with the right specialist or partner. Flanders Investment and Trade will guide you through our tax incentives and available grants to maximize opportunity.

Feel free to contact us on or +44 (0)207 307 77 10 regarding any query on doing business in Europe. 

Why sponsor

  • Gain access to senior decision makers across the full spectrum of the automotive industry
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the automotive sector
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns


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