World Car Awards - 2017 Steering Committee

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.

There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.


  PETER LYON 
Chairman
JAPAN
 Japan-based contributor to FORBES, Car & Driver (US), Quattroruote (It), Auto Bild (Ger), Motoring.com.au (Aus), Auto Express (UK), Holiday Auto (Jpn), Samurai Wheels (Jpn), RacerLink and others.
 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.


  JENS MEINERS 
Vice-chair
GERMANY
 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  
Director
INDIA
 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.


  MIKE RUTHERFORD 
Vice-chair
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.

  TAMARA WARREN 
Director
UNITED STATES
 Contributor: Autoweek, Automobile, BBC.com, Details.com, The Detroit Free Press, Gotryke.com, Jay-z's Life + Times, Jet, The New York Times Wheels Blog, RL Magazine, Yahoo! Autos
 Motor City native Tamara Warren has written for over 100 publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and the Financial Times Board IQ. Tamara is the co-founder of the car and culture blog Gotryke.com.

She began writing for international magazines in 1998 and expanded to covering cars in 2002 as an Autoweek intern.

In addition to serving as a car reviewer, Tamara's automotive coverage has focused on design, technology, and owner profiles. Her essays have been published in several books including Definition: the Art & Design of Hip Hop (Random House, 2008). She holds a BA in social relations and policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Tamara lives and works in New York City.