2021 World Car Awards Administration


The World Car Awards are administered by a not-for-profit association, under the guidance of an executive committee, a steering committee, as well as a group of advisors as follows:



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  BETH RHIND 
Co-founder and Executive Director, World Car Awards
CANADA
 
 Beth Rhind's first job after graduation was with the CBC / Radio Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in public relations. Her second job was as an events manager at Toronto's Harbourfront galleries and performance venues.

The two combined into a career focused on public/media relations and event management.

Ms Rhind was subsequently the media director at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto for 18 years. In addition to her media duties, she also organized an annual World Design Forum for six years featuring some of the industry's top designers (Anne Asensio, Chris Bangle, Moray Callum, Ralph Gilles, Peter Horbury, Tom Matano, Ken Okuyama, Shiro Nakamura and Adrian van Hooydonk to name a few).

In addition, the annual "World Automotive Design Competition," which she created and organized, was a show highlight for five years. The competition is responsible for launching the careers of many young aspiring automotive designers. Judges were Robert Cumberford, Paul Deutschman, Akira Fujimoto, Ken Gross, Peter Horbury and Tom Matano.

She also designed multiple exhibits for the show. Some of her favourites are: "Art and the Automobile," which featured an art-gallery-like walk through Toronto streets (complete with period cars) from the 1800s to the current day; an annual "EcoDrive Showcase," which created a park-like atmosphere to introduce the then emerging "green" vehicles to the public and AJAC’s “Art of the Automobile” display of paintings and photographs by automotive artists.

Over the same period, she was also the manager of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) including all its related events and activities for 24 years.

  GERRY MALLOY 
President, WCA Association; Director – Executive Committee
CANADA
 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.

  MIKE RUTHERFORD 
Chairman, World Car Awards Program and Executive Committee Director
ENGLAND
 (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.

  PETER LYON 
Executive Committee Director
JAPAN
 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.


  SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR  
Executive Committee Director
INDIA
 Editor-in-Chief, carandbike; and Head of Automobile Programming/Chief Editor-Auto, NDTV Group
 Siddharth is one of the most well-known faces on Indian television, as the anchor and editor of the country's most watched and longest running automobile based programme - The Car and Bike Show, on the NDTV network. 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 15th year now, has fast gained the reputation of being one of the most non-controversial and sought-after awards for the Indian auto industry.

In 2014 Siddharth helped create the digital automobile entity carandbike which now commands a massive traffic of 14 million visitors per month, and leads all digital automobile media in India on content. He routinely travels to all parts of the world to test new cars, and cover the latest in automobile design & technology. When he gets the time, he loves to cook, and try new food! 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. He has represented India on the World Car jury since 2011 and has served as a Director - the first Asian to hold the post - since 2014.




STEERING COMMITTEE

  JENS MEINERS 
Steering Committee Director
INTERNATIONAL
 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.


  SCOTTY REISS 
Steering Committee and Communications Director
UNITED STATES
 Founder, of A Girls Guide to Cars
 A career journalist and content development expert, Scotty began as a news reporter and has written for The New York Times, Town & Country, Entrepreneur, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Adweek, among others.

She entered automotive journalism in 2013 with the mission of empowering women as buyers, owners and drivers of cars.

Scotty has served as the President of the International Motor Press Association, on the board of Women in Automotive and as a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.



  CARLOS SANDOVAL 
Steering Committee Director
MEXICO
 Director on sandowalsky.com, Editor in Chief Autos & Toys - El Financiero, collaborator La Nota Dura - EF Bloomberg TV)
 Car journalist by passion, industrial designer by profession, Carlos began his automotive career in Mexico writing and translating for Automóvil Panamericano, part of one of the world's largest automotive editorials, Motorpresse, 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 media program.

From 2012 to 2018 he worked as editorial manager for Autoexplora, the most recognized cars and lifestyle magazine in Mexico, responsible for the redesign, content structure, test drives managing, and editing. Since 2019 he also edits Autos & Toys for El Financiero newspaper, writing about cars, motorcycles, technology and transportation gadgets.

For over 14 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 countries. Carlos drives an average of 150 new cars every year.



ADVISORS

  CHRISTIAN BRINKMANN 
ADVISOR
GERMANY
 Founder and EIC: Speed Heads
 Christian Brinkmann founded Speed Heads in 2003, one of Germany's first automotive online magazines.

Since that time Brinkmann has been covering with his team the automotive industry and has been enagaged in countless road tests.

He is a well respected motoring journalist and interviewed notable industry leaders. He also received recognition for his car reviews on YouTube.




  GINNY BUCKLEY 
ADVISOR
ENGLAND
 Broadcaster and journalist, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Electrifying.com, BBC and ITV1
 Ginny is a broadcaster and motoring journalist who has been writing about the automotive industry, it's driving trends and reviewing cars for over 20 years. Ginny was the first female motoring editor of a UK national newspaper, a role she held at the best selling title "The News of the World" and in addition has regularly contributed to many other newspapers and magazines.

Ginny is currently the motoring editor for the UK's biggest selling women's lifestyle magazine, 'Good Housekeeping' where she reviews cars and writes regularly on the issues that matter to UK drivers. She is also contributing editor to the most popular car review site in Europe, "Carbuyer".

Her television credits include reporting on motoring related stories for BBC "Watchdog" and ITV's current affairs programme "Tonight", along with anchoring "Sky News" and ITV 1's "Granada Tonight". Ginny was one of the founding presenters of the ITV's "Granada Men and Motors", where she produced and presented motoring programmes for many years.

Ginny is also familiar to viewers as the presenter of the iconic BBC One travel show "Holiday" which she reported on and later anchored and currently appears on BBC One's "Escape to the Country", shown in 59 countries.

She lives in Oxfordshire with her young son and for the past decade has sat on the Board of Trustees for the Manchester United Foundation where she works to engage and empower young people with a particular focus on STEM and sport.


  GUILHERME COSTA 
ADVISOR
PORTUGAL
 Director at Razão Automóvel
 
Born in Grândola (Portugal), Guilherme studied law and business administration.

In 2012, he founded Razão Automóvel.

Razao Automovel is website specialized in the automotive sector. Today, Razao Automovel is one of most viewed Portuguese web magazines, with more than 600,000 unique visitors per month, leading the sector in the social networks.

He's also member of the Portuguese Car of The Year and writes for Fleet Magazine (a leading Portuguese publication about car business).

Guilherme rides motorcycles and, when he can find the time, loves to repair classic cars.


  THOMAS GEIGER 
ADVISOR
GERMANY
 Contributor: Welt am Sonntag, Welt, Bild-Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutsche Presse Agentur, Der Spiegel online, AutoBild, Der Tagesanzeiger, Zuerich, www.Autonet.at Redaktionsbuero.Gei
 For more then 10 years, Geiger is kept busy with regular road tests, press launches. In addition to his new car reviews, he also writes about design, new technologies, sustainable mobility, and customer service amongst other topics.



  TONI JALOVAARA 
ADVISOR
FINLAND
 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.

  GEORGE NOTARAS 
ADVISOR
UNITED STATES
 MotoMan.TV - Live on Amazon, YouTube, Apple iTunes, Google Play, OnDemandTV.
 George J. Notaras is the host & Executive Producer of MotoMan, an Automotive lifestyle series which takes an ordinary car guy on extraordinary adventures.

MotoMan not only drives & reviews the latest cars, but also answers a question which started the series in 2009: If you could take any car, anywhere in the world, what would you do?

Over 10 seasons & 900+ episodes later, MotoMan has transported viewers on weekly adventures like building a Bentley in Crewe, competing in World Rally, piloting the Goodyear Blimp and many more.

In 2014, he created a second show, Inside the MotoMan Studio, to share stories & passions of the amazing people shaping the future of the car world. Guests include Bob Lutz, Peter Schreyer, Parnelli Jones, Vaughn Gittin Jr & more.

MotoMan & Inside the MotoMan Studio can be found on Amazon, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, multiple international airlines, the dedicated MotoManTV App as well as other networks. George is a frequent speaker at industry events.

In the world outside of cars, George is a pilot, avid distance runner and helps prepare future Sun Devils for the world beyond his alma mater, Arizona State University.






  LIONEL ROBERT 
ADVISOR
FRANCE
 Editor-in-chief, Automobiles - Paris-Match magazine
 Lionel Robert is a journalism graduate who joined the French publishing house Hachette Filipacchi in 1991 as the Assistant Editor-in-chief of Auto Moto magazine. He worked for this particular magazine until 1999 when he then focused his energies on creating the web site Auto-Moto.com.

From there he moved over to Excelsior Publications as Editor-in-chief of Automobiles Classiques from 2001-2003.

Since 2004, Lionel Robert has worked for media giant Lagardere Active; first on Driven magazine (2004-2008), then Onze Mondial (2006-2008) and currently Paris Match magazine. He writes a weekly automotive column, "Vivrematch Auto".

He is currently the chief editor of Auto Moto magazine.