The World Car Awards are administered by a not-for-profit association, under the guidance of an awards management group and an advisory committee as follows:
|BETH RHIND |
Co-founder and Executive manager
|PETER LYON |
Co-Chair, World Car Awards Program
|Contributor: Car & Driver, Forbes, Forbes Japan, Auto Express, Quattroruote, GQ Japan, Samurai Wheels TV|
|Entering his 28th year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide. Having started out in the late 90s as a bilingual commentator on TV and radio, he currently hosts and co-writes Samurai Wheels, a bi-weekly English language TV show introducing Japan's car culture on NHK World, the country's national broadcaster. The show is broadcast to 150 countries. He is a juror for the Japan Car of the Year, a judge for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest and a juror for the International Engine of the Year.
He has published two books in Japanese including Flashing Hazards, a book about Japan's unique car culture in 2014. He has also raced cars since 2000, culminating in a class win in a 4-hour VLN race at Nurburgring and a 4th-in-class finish in the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in 2010. In the Mazda MX-5 4-hour media race at Tsukuba in 2011, Lyon's team came 2nd, while his team placed 3rd in the Historic Car Race at Motegi in 2000 driving a Jaguar Mk11.
|MIKE RUTHERFORD |
Co-Chair, World Car Awards Program
|(Chief Columnist, Auto Express. Regular contributor to BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Sky News and other outlets in the UK and overseas).|
|London-born Rutherford has been writing and broadcasting about cars for 30 years. His words and pictures have appeared in most of the UK's national newspapers, and he has served time as Motoring Editor on three of them.
Mike has driven thousands of test cars in scores of countries on every continent, presented over 1,000 national/international radio programmes, as well as hosting countless car programmes on TV. For the last quarter of a century he's been a regular contributor on the BBC and other leading stations, in addition to doing occasional pieces for American broadcasters.
Apart from his WCOTY duties, Mike Rutherford's greatest claims to fame are that he is one of the founding fathers of Auto Express (Britain's biggest selling weekly car mag) which he helped establish and launch in 1988; he has interviewed the last five British Prime Ministers about motoring matters; and he's one of the few journalists in the world to have driven a Formula One car.
Mike Rutherford also serves as a trustee for the MarcusRutherfordFoundation.com.
|GERRY MALLOY |
CEO and president, WCA Association
|Contributor: Toronto Star Wheels, Autofile.ca|
|Gerry Malloy has been an automotive journalist for more than 20 years. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and, before turning to journalism, spent over 20 years as an automotive test-and-development engineer, both within a major automaker and as proprietor of an independent engineering business whose clientele comprised most of the world’s major automakers. He is a three-time winner of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) Automotive Journalist of the Year award, and the recipient of multiple other awards for automotive writing.
As well as the editor of autofile.ca, he is a long-time columnist and feature writer for the Wheels section of the Toronto Star and an occasional contributor to several other publications and broadcasts.
|JENS MEINERS |
|Based in Germany and the USA, Meiners contributes to Car and Driver, Automotive News, Welt, Automobile Industrie, Car Design News, China Auto Pictorial and various other outlets|
|Based in the US and Germany, Jens Meiners leads Car and Driver's German Online Bureau, is European correspondent for Automotive News, chief correspondent for Automobil Industrie, a regular columnist for China Auto Pictorial and AutoX, and writes for various other international outlets.
He has covered the automotive industry since 1996. A former law student, he began his career in journalism as editor of the buyer's guide Autosalon. He subsequently was Managing Editor of Automotive Business International and staff reporter for Automotive News Europe; in 2010, he co-founded an automotive news agency.
Meiners splits his time between Northern Bavaria and New York City. His growing collection of cars includes an Aston Martin Lagonda, a Maserati 430, a Reliant/Bertone prototype, and a Porsche 914/6 GT.
|TIM STEVENS |
|Editor-in-Chief for Roadshow, CNET's automotive portal|
|A journalist with more than 15 years of experience, Tim Stevens is a frequent contributor to major domestic and international news outlets, sharing his insights and perspectives on such topics as security, consumer technology and the latest advancements in the automotive industry.
Mr. Stevens focuses on deep, immersive features telling the behind-the-scenes stories of products ranging from smart watches to muscle cars. He serves as a judge on the CEATEC Innovation Awards panel, attended the exclusive 2013 XPRIZE Visioneering Conference and regularly acts as speaker and moderator at industry events. He joined CNET in 2013 after serving as editor-in-chief of Engadget, part of the AOL/Huffington Post network, and Editorial Director of AOL's tech properties.
|SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR |
|Editor-Auto, NDTV and Columnist, AutoX and Outlook |
|Siddharth is one of the most well-known faces on Indian television, as the anchor and editor of the country's most watched automobile based programme - The Car and Bike Show, on NDTV. Siddharth popularised the concept, and has since helped evolve a new niche of auto-based viewing and programming for Indian television. He is a well-respected name, not just as an automobile journalist, but also as a financial correspondent who specialises in the automobile industry. He also conceived and began the annual NDTV-Car & Bike Awards, which in its 10th year now, has fast gained the reputation of being one of the most non-controversial and sought-after awards for the Indian auto industry.
Siddharth writes a monthly column on automobiles for the Mint-Wall Street journal newspaper. He is also the Editor-Auto for India's largest news website NDTV.com. He routinely travels to all parts of the world to test new cars, and cover the latest in automobile design & technology.
Siddharth holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies from the prestigious Pune University. He has also studied in Australia and the United States.
|TONI JALOVAARA |
|Contributor: Tekniikan Maailma, Ilta-Sanomat, Kauppalehti, Suomen Autolehti, Aamulehti etc.|
|Toni Jalovaara started writing about cars in early 80s at the same time of his MBA studies in the Helsinki School of Economics. Besides writing to most of important Finnish newspapers and car magazines, Jalovaara's pictures and stories have been published also in Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland and Sweden.
His interests and experience covers almost everything on the roads. Especially in the beginning of his career Jalovaara wrote regularly about trucks and motorcycles. He finds also classic cars fascinating and has been three times at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. To really test cars characteristics instead of own driving skills Jalovaara advanced his talents through taking part to races and rallies.
Jalovaara organized many years The Tannistest in Danmark for Car of the Year organization. After that in 2014 he grounded Car of the Year in Finland, which is chosen by members of Car and Motoring Journalists Association. He has also served as a chairman of that organization.
He is based in Helsinki but has found his home also in Slovenia and Thailand.
|CARLOS SANDOVAL |
|Car journalist by passion, industrial designer by profession, Carlos began his automotive career in Mexico writing and translating for Automovil Panamericano, part of one of the world's largest automotive editorials, Motorpress, based in Stuttgart.
After five years specializing in publications and automotive communications, he migrated to corporate communication at Mastretta Cars, the first company to develop and manufacture a 100% Mexican sports car, the Mastretta MXT. He developed the communication strategy, events, marketing, advertising and press contact program.
From 2012 to 2018 he worked for Autoexplora, the most recognized cars and lifestyle magazine in Mexico, as editor, responsible for the redesign, content structure, test drives managing, and editing.
For over 13 years Carlos has written hundreds drive tests and research articles for magazines, web, radio, TV and books, some of them published on magazine covers in several continents. Carlos drives an average of 150 new cars every year.