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2022 World Car Awards Administration


The World Car Awards are administered by a not-for-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee as well as a group of individual advisors as follows:

  JENS MEINERS 
Chair, 2022 World Car Awards
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.


  SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR  
Vice-chair, 2022 World Car Awards
INDIA
 Editor-in-Chief, carandbike; and Consulting Editor-Auto, NDTV Group Vice Chair, World Car Awards
 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 former financial correspondent who specialises in the automobile industry. He also conceived and began the annual carandbike Awards, which in its 16th year now, has fast gained the reputation of being 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 18 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. He is also now the first Asian to be Vice Chair.

  CARLOS SANDOVAL 
Director, Steering Committee
MEXICO
 Director on sandowalsky.com, Editor in Chief Autos & Toys - El Financiero, collaborator Sobre Ruedas - Reporte Índigo
 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 16 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.

  SCOTTY REISS 
Director, Steering Committee
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, PureWow, 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. A Girls Guide to Cars is the no. 1 automotive site for women, with content presented in women's terms and reaching more than 2 million consumers a month.

Scotty is a board member of the International Motor Press Association and Women in Automotive, a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and a World Car Awards juror and Steering Committee Director.

Twitter: @ScottyReiss, @girlsguide2cars
Instagram: @ScottyReiss, @agirlsguide2cars
Facebook/agirlsguidetocars
Linkedin @ScottyReiss, @AGirlsGuidetoCars


  GUILHERME COSTA 
Director, Steering Committee
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.

  YOSHIHIRO KIMURA 
Director, Steering Committee
INTERNATIONAL
 Germany-based contributor to Auto Motor und Sport, Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung newspaper, Japan's Motor Magazine, Car Top, Car Graphic)
 Based in Germany for over 30 years, Japanese journalist Yoshihiro Kimura is one of the industry's most influential personalities.

A graduate of Tokyo's St. Paul University and the Academy or Art College in Stuttgart, German-speaking Kimura contributes to Auto Motor und Sport and the Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung newspaper, in addition to Japan's Motor, Le Volant, Car Top, Car Graphic and Driver.

He also works as a much sought-after translator for BMW's Fascination magazine and Freude am Fahren, as well as Maybach History.




  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.

  RYAN BLAIR 
Director, Steering Committee
CANADA
 IT Manager - World Car Awards
 Ryan Blair began his IT consulting career in 1997, opening IntraNext Consulting which specializes in the development and integration of database systems for on-line and mobile applications.

Ryan helped create the initial World Car Awards voting process, and continues to enhance the digital tools to simplify and streamline the entire voting process for the WCA jurors.

For over 15 years Ryan has also worked with the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to manage their IT requirements, and more specifically, manage the data, controls, and processes for their Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) program.

  BETH RHIND 
Co-founder and Executive Director - World Car Awards
CANADA
 
 Beth Rhind enjoys a career focused on public/media relations and event management.

Ms Rhind was 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.

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.



ADVISORS

  RICHARD AUCOCK 
ADVISOR
ENGLAND
 Director, Motoring Research. Chairman, Guild of Motoring Writers
 Richard is Director at Motoring Research, a multi-format editorial agency servicing clients such as Microsoft, City A.M. and the RAC. He joined in 2001 and has seen the business grow to now publish content in more than 40 markets.

Richard studied Mechanical Engineering at University but always had one eye on being a motoring writer, particularly after winning the Guild of Motoring Writers' Sir William Lyons breakthrough award in 1998. Scooping this helped him grab his first major writing job, as a club reporter for Autosport magazine.

Joining the Guild Committee in 2006, Richard served as Chairman from 2012-2014 before returning to the Chair in 2018. He's also won several Guild Awards over the years, including the Young Writer of the Year trophy in 2005.

Richard races cars, runs half-marathons, rides motorcycles, buys old cars and enjoys riding long-distance cycling events. He remains fascinated by and committed to both the automotive and publishing industries.

  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.




  THOMAS GEIGER 
ADVISOR
GERMANY
 Contributor: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Auto-Zeitung, Auto-Bild, AutoExpress, Deutsche Presse Agentur, Der Spiegel online, Der Tagesanzeiger, Zuerich, www.Autonet.at, SP-X
 For more then 20 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, classics, tuning, collectors, inventors 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.






  MICHAEL TAYLOR 
ADVISOR
INTERNATIONAL
 (Italy-based contributor to: Carsales.com.au, motoring.com.au, Motor magazine (Australia), AutoBlog.com, Car and Driver (US), Engine magazine (Japan), autoExpress (UK), The Irish Times, Business Day (
 With more than two decades of experience writing about cars and the car industry, Michael Taylor's work is now published regularly in more than 20 countries.

After establishing himself as one of the foremost motoring journalists in Australia, he moved to Italy in 2006. Beginning his working career on The Chronicle regional daily newspaper in Toowoomba, Australia, he progressed through The Courier-Mail in Brisbane to win awards for road tests and feature stories with the Royal Automobile Club of Australia's magazine, The Road Ahead.

He rose to the position of motoring editor on The Daily Telegraph, and was editor of both 4X4 Australia and Motor magazines in their glory days.

He still writes for both Australian publications like Carsales.com.au and Motor, but his work is also found prominently in Forbes and Engine Technology International.

He also contributes to AutoWeek, Autoblog and Car and Driver in the US, Business Day in South Africa, Autologia in Mexico and Chile and other publications in Brazil, Argentina, China and Japan.