2015 World Car Awards - 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 
Chair
JAPAN
Japan-based contributor Motor Trend (US), Quattroruote (It), Auto Bild (Ger), Herald Sun (Aus), Auto Express (UK), Evo (UK), Motor (Aus), Holiday Auto (Jpn), Car (SAf)
 Entering his 24th year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide, including America's Edmunds Insideline, Britain's Auto Express, Italy's Quattroruote and Germany's Auto Bild.

As a fluent speaker and writer of Japanese, he writes for several of Japan's most influential automotive publications such as Best Car, Engine and Holiday Auto magazines.

Regarded as the most prolific bilingual automotive writer and translator in the country, he has translated books on Bridgestone Motorsport, writes for Sony's Gran Turismo, and races a Mazda MX-5 in the local one-make series.

In addition to his position as WCOTY juror and Co-chair, he also votes on the jury panel for the Japan Car of the Year and the International Engine of the Year awards.

Having had a soft spot for British cars since before he can remember, he finally got his hands on a Sherwood Green Jaguar XJ8 in the summer of 2005, one of the last Jaguars made by Jaguar.





  GERRY MALLOY 
Director and President
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.




  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, Mint-Wall Street Journal (Financial and Business Daily)
 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 7th 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
Columnist: The Sunday Times. Chief Columnist, Auto Express. Regular contributor to BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Sky News, and independent radio stations
 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.