Oxford EV Summit 2019 announces speaker programme

Published: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

The Oxford EV Summit 2019 will see the electric vehicle leaders, from around the world, come to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School to debate & do business on the transition to electric vehicles

The summit, which will be taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June, and will see 20 CEOs, and MDs, set the direction of  e-mobility in Oxford.

This year, the summit will focus on dual themes of business development and thought leadership. Speakers will include leaders from across the industry, with CEO speakers from a number of leading UK, European and global companies.

The list of 2019 Oxford EV Summit speakers includes:

  • Guenter Butschek, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Motors Worldwide
  • Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric
  • Philippa Eddie, Commercial Finance Specialist, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, HM Treasury/Cabinet Office
  • Lucy Craig, Technology and Innovation Director, DNV GL
  • Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility, IKEA
  • Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability, UPS
  • Jonathan Tudor, Technology and Strategy Director, Centrica
  • Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD
  • Knut Hechtfischer, Founder, Ubitricity
  • Ian Johnston, CEO, Engenie
  • Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO, EVBox
  • Matt Allen, CEO, Pivot Power
  • Anja Van Niersen, CEO, Allego

Recent Reuters analysis, of 29 global automakers, found that those manufacturers are investing at least $300 billion in new electric vehicles, highlighting the global importance of this new approach to mobility.

The Oxford EV Summit is organised by Oxford City Council, in partnership with Green.TV. The headline sponsor, is EDF Energy. Panel sponsors include Shell, BCLP Law, and DNV GL. The sponsor of the Cities Breakfast is Vattenfall.

Last week, Oxford City Council, and Oxfordshire County Council published updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in Oxford city centre. The updated proposals follow 15 months of listening to businesses, residents, transport operators and health experts in Oxfordshire and set a journey to zero transport emissions in Oxford by 2035.

The aim of the ZEZ is to tackle Oxford’s toxic air pollution and protect the health of everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the city. It is also expected that the ZEZ will improve air pollution levels across Oxfordshire because the buses and taxis that serve Oxford also serve towns and villages across the county.

Ade Thomas, Executive Director of Green.TV, which produces the summit, said: ‘We have a hugely significant line up of speakers at this year’s summit, with 20 CEOs, MDs and Founders, from around the world, coming to Oxford, a world leader in zero emissions, to communicate their vision of the rapid shift to e-mobility.’

Tom Hayes, City Executive Board Member for a Safer and Greener Environment at Oxford City Council, said: ‘Oxford City Council is cleaning our air and saving lives with the world’s first Zero Emission Zone. Parts of our city are struggling to breathe because we’re choking on emissions from polluting vehicles. We need to accelerate the electrification of transport and Oxford’s second annual EV summit holds the keys to that revolution. I’m looking forward to attending the summit and working with the world’s leading electric vehicle experts and manufacturers.’

To find out more about the Oxford EV Summit, visit the Oxford EV Summit website