Focus and Team
Our Paris-based team includes a diverse range of nationalities (French, German, American, Brazilian, Indian, South African), all of whom are passionate about working towards contributing to the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our generation faces the challenge of flattening the Keeling curve, which measures atmospheric CO2. Every year it rises, adding new emissions to old ones, increasingly heating up our planet. The size of the challenges posed by climate change are simply enormous and require the world’s greatest minds to come together and rebuild businesses, cities and economies differently.
Our role is to promote synergy and collaboration among businesses and governments to get urban transport to net zero emissions. We work with a diverse community that shares our ethos, bringing together decision makers, thought leaders, business developers, investors, policy makers and others with the goal to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This is why we have created Autonomy Paris (trade show), the Urban Mobility Weekly (newsletter) and Autonomy City Summits (Summits in European capitals).
Meet the Autonomy Team
Founder & CEO
Ross started his career as a wildlife documentary filmmaker before launching an event company in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2005.
In 2012, Ross spent time in Lagos, Delhi, Copenhagen and Berlin, where he could not help noticing the stark difference between cities with toxic traffic congestion (Lagos and Delhi) and those with clean, efficient mobility facilitated mainly by bicycles (Copenhagen and Berlin). After researching the subject, he realised there was a need for a new type of trade show to gather businesses and cities dedicated to sustainable mobility.
This was the genesis of Autonomy Paris – an event that brings innovators, policymakers, press and the public together in Paris once a year to experience and create new mobility solutions. Ross lives in Paris.
With more than 15 years of experience in organizing events and exhibitions, Adeline worked and lived in several countries and continents: Middle East, China, India, USA, Scotland, England, and France of course She holds one master degree of Bordeaux Business School and one MBA degree of Loyola College in international business administration and management. Over the years, she has developed strong international and interpersonal skills in global project and partnerships management, public & private partnerships, planification, business development and protocols. Adeline speaks several languages. In 2020, she decided to study with HEC and learn about the management of sustainable transition. Sustainability and sustainable mobility have always been important subjects for her.
She lives in Paris.
Head of Partnerships
Carolina is an architect and urban planner who has an interest in improving the streets and public spaces of cities. Prior to joining Autonomy in December 2020, she worked for the city halls of Paris and São Paulo. She has over 10 years experience in urban planning and sustainable mobility. She strongly believes in the power of collaboration – in bringing government, private sector, civil society and academia together to outline technical strategies and find integrated solutions. Carolina’s decision to join Autonomy as Head of Partnerships was in part driven by this vision for collaboration in service of better cities. She lives in Paris. You can reach out to her in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Senior Business Development
Maggie joined Autonomy in 2022. Before moving to France, she lived in Shanghai, China and worked for the US Consulate, Department of Commerce, which is the arm of the US International Trade Administration. Maggie has substantial experience and expertise in assisting foreign firms/brands identify opportunities and in providing market access solutions through trade promotion events. Academically, Maggie has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. Her keen business sense and passion for sustainable urban development connected her right away with Autonomy. She lives in Paris and you can reach out to her in English and Chinese.
Head of Carbon Zero & Content Advisor
Shashwati (often referred to as Shash by colleagues, friends and family) worked as a journalist and environment and climate policy consultant before joining Autonomy in 2021. She spent two years working at the OECD in environment and climate policy research, analysis, communications and management, after graduating with a Masters in Environment Policy at Sciences Po, Paris. Before moving to Paris, she worked as a journalist for over 5 years, with her last stint as a Senior Correspondent at The Economic Times in India, where she specialised in covering the transportation, agriculture and social impact sectors within the Indian startup ecosystem. In her role at Autonomy, as the Head of Carbon Zero, an upcoming knowledge platform, she will be dedicated to researching, writing and organizing events on how cities and businesses can reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, she also advises on the creation of content at Autonomy. Shashwati lives in Paris. You can reach out to her in English, French and Hindi.
Content Manager & Communications Advisor
Daniel boasts a diverse international professional background and diverse technical skills. He is passionate about all things related to circular economic models and zero waste. Prior to Autonomy and after finishing a bachelor in European Studies, he decided to work abroad and push himself by teaching English abroad in rural Japan and Seoul, South Korea. This has enabled him to follow his dream of travelling across 40 countries. However, the noticeably poor air quality affecting his students respiratory health in South Korea was ultimately what pushed him to complete his MS in Environment and Resource Management with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam during the Pandemic. Today, Daniel works at Autonomy as the Content Manager and you can see his handiwork all over the website and the newsletter. He lives in Paris and you can contact Daniel in English and Spanish.
Head of Business Systems
Gustavo is Autonomy’s tech and data specialist and is dedicated to giving the company a digital edge in the sustainable mobility sector. Prior to joining Autonomy in 2021, he worked at São Paulo City Hall’s Innovation and Technology Secretariat, where he was responsible for creating insightful reports and making information from the city’s data useful for all Secretariats. Gustavo holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and a Data Science diploma from Digital House. He lives in Paris. You can reach out to him in English and Portuguese.
Partnerships & Content Officer
After her studies in Geography and Sociology in her hometown Basel (Switzerland), Franca found her true calling in sustainable urban development. With her Master’s in Urban Management and Development in Rotterdam (Netherlands) specializing in Climate Change and Sustainability, she was able to pursue her passion. After an interim position, she interned at the administration of the Canton of Basel-City (Switzerland) within the Cantonal and Urban Development division, before joining Autonomy in February 2022 and kickstarting her young career.
Apart from being fascinated by smart, sustainable cities and carbon-free and future-proof mobility, Franca passionately plays Ultimate Frisbee in her leisure time. She lives in Paris. You can reach out to her in French, English, Swiss German, German and Italian.