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The Cars of Tomorrow 2015

Thursday, 12 March 2015 from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Crown Promenade Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia



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Organisation: CALSTART

Position: President & CEO

John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. 

A graduate of the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John joined the California legislature. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years. He subsequently received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley.

In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.

CALSTART is a member-supported organization of more than 140 firms, fleets and agencies worldwide dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs, cuts imported oil and reduces global warming emissions. 

CALSTART provides services and consulting to spur advanced transportation technologies, fuels, systems and the companies that make them.

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Organisation: FIA Institute for Motor Sport, Safety & Sustainability

Position: Deputy President

Garry Connelly is a graduate of Sydney University with majors in Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

He represents the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (“CAMS”) at the world governing body for motor sport, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (“FIA”). He is Deputy President of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability and its Environmental Ambassador.

Garry is also a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, one of the Permanent Chairmen of Stewards for the FIA Formula One World Championship, and is a Director of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety. He also serves as a director of the Australian Road Safety Foundation.

His services to motor sport were honoured by the awarding of the CAMS Membership of Honour in 1993. In the Queen’s Honours List of June 2009 he was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia.

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Organisation: IHS Automotive

Position: Senior Director, Long Range Planning

Philip Gott is Senior Director, for IHS Automotive. Phil draws upon over 35 years automotive industry experience assessing forward looking technical, business, regulatory and societal trends to identify competitive advantages of advanced vehicle technologies as well as creating and implementing technical, business and/or market entry strategies to achieve targeted business results.

He has assisted a number of automobile and truck manufacturers, many global suppliers, NGOs and government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and The European Commission as they develop winning future strategies or address critical societal needs. Some clients have
gained substantial market share or increased revenues severalfold as a result of projects led by Philip.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the honorary engineering society, Pi Tau Sigma and is an award-winning author and public speaker.

Philip has also developed and/or prepared 6 competition cars, 5 or which have won regional and/or national SCCA championships.


Organisation: GoAutoMedia

Position: Publisher & Editorial Director

John Mellor is not so much a car enthusiast as a car business enthusiast, with a 50-year career as an automotive publisher, writer, commentator, innovator and analyst. He is highly respected for his knowledge about the significant changes taking place in the way cars are sold.

Starting as a cadet journalist at the Melbourne Herald in the 1960s where he became a motoring writer and feature writer, he went on to work for The Sun in London and editor of Motor Manual magazine. In the 1979 he started his own motoring editorial service to other publishers as well as his own publishing ventures. He worked closely with the industry consulting group, Martec, and with the leading motor industry newsletter, Automotive Industry Matters (AIM).

John founded the Automotive Business section in The Australian newspaper in 1990 in a joint business enterprise with News Limited and in 1999 launched the consumer website and Australia’s leading motor industry newsletter, GoAutoNews.

John is passionate about the car business and is a strong admirer of the men and women who deliver the complex matrix of services to the motoring public.

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Organisation: University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning

Position: Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab

Chris Ryan is Professor and Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne (in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning). He was foundation professor of Design and Sustainability at RMIT University from 1996-2004 and founding Director of their ARC National Centre for Environmental Design until 1997. He was professor and then Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden 1997-2002. In 2002 he was consultant to the UN Environment Program coordinating and writing the Global Progress Report on Sustainable Consumption for the Johannesburg UN world summit in 2002.

He has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology and environmental policy and design and in projects that span the community sector, academia, government and international agencies, and business. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the MIT/Yale Journal of Industrial Ecology and visiting professor at Delft University, the Netherlands. He directs the national Visions and Pathways 2040 project of the CRC for Low Carbon Living which aims to understand potential futures for Australian Cities if they achieve 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

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Organisation: International Energy Agency

Position: Transport Energy Analyst

Tali Trigg joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2010 as an Energy Analyst. 

At the IEA, he conducts energy modelling, technology policy analysis, and spearheads IEA’s efforts on the intergovernmental Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI). 

His expertise is in transportation and energy technology policy, with an emphasis on smart growth policies, bus rapid transit (BRT), and electric vehicles (EVs). He was a lead author on IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2014. 

He received a Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University. He is native of Sweden.”