Meet the Team
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.
Head of Business Development
Alexander joined Autonomy in 2019 and as the Head of Business Development. He boasts a strong international background in environmental policy and mobility, having worked with the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, the transport data startup GoMetro in Cape Town, the Société du Grand Paris in Paris, and the Federation of German Industry in Berlin prior to joining Autonomy. Before entering the field of mobility, Alexander did a Master’s from Sciences Po Paris’s Urban School. He lives in Berlin. You can reach out to him in French, German, English and Arabic.
+33 (0)7 83 90 32 62
Senior Business Development Consultant
Morgan has been at Autonomy for three years. Prior to joining Autonomy, he spent eight years in the automotive and mobility industry, including stints at Tesla and the Paris Motor Show. His career has taken him to eight countries including Monaco, where he launched his own company in 2019. Academically, Morgan has a Master’s in Cross-Cultural Marketing & Negotiation which has played a key role in developing skills. He lives in Marseille, France. You can reach out to him in French, English and he can handle a discussion in Spanish.
+33 (0)6 11 31 82 28
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.
Marketing & Communication Manager
Celia is the Marketing and Communication Manager of Autonomy Paris. Before joining Autonomy, Celia was Marketing and Communication Manager in the Transport and Logistics division at RX France, organiser of the SITL and Supply Chain Event. She was in charge of the Communication, Digital Marketing, Visitors and Exhibitors strategy as well as the construction of the organiser conferences for these two shows. From 2011 to 2019, Célia worked at MédiaGares Groupe Publicis (advertising agency of the SNCF). During this experience, she set up the public events of the French train stations. From 2009 to 2011, Célia was Marketing and Communication Manager at Versant, where she defined a new graphic charter and communication supports as well as the website. Before that, Célia was Operational Marketing Manager for the 100th anniversary of the International Paris Air Show. Célia lives in Paris, you can contact her in French, English and Spanish.
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.
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.