The International Automobile Federation (FIA), the global governing body for motorsport, has announced that Alain Prost and Christiana Figueres have been appointed to head up a new global advisory board for Formula E.
Frenchman Prost, who is a four-time Formula One champion, is the co-founder and team principal of the Renault e.dams Formula E team. He will advise the all-electric motorsport series guided by Costa Rican Figueres, who is the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Her work includes spearheading the international climate change initiative the Paris Agreement.
Both new appointments will sit as joint chairs of the board, which brings together leading figures across a variety of sectors tasked with ‘helping to steer the future direction of Formula E as a key player in influencing global uptake of electric vehicles and its impact on reducing emissions.’
They are joined by Alejandro Agag, the founder and chief executive of Formula E, Charles Chao, chairman and chief executive of Chinese internet company Sina, and Gerd Mauser, the chief marketing officer of automotive firm Jaguar Land Rover.
The former principal of Formula One’s McLaren team and the chief executive of sailing team Land Rover BAR, Martin Whitmarsh, Marco Parroni, the head of global sponsoring and deputy head of marketing at Formula E sponsor Julius Baer, and Lucas di Grassi, the reigning Formula E champion, also add to the committee.
With experience ranging from sport and mobility to marketing, business and engineering, the group will provide input and advice on topics such as sustainability, media and business. Meanwhile, the FIA will retain authority over the regulation and sanctioning of Formula E.
“In order to meet the objectives set out by the Paris agreement and prevent global temperatures spiralling out of control, we must have a need for speed and react quickly,” said Figueres. “If we don’t see the emission levels starting to plateau by the year 2020, it’s unlikely we’ll collectively hit the agreed targets.
“This unique forum at Formula E will allow us to bring great minds together with the same common goal, speeding-up the transition and use of electric vehicles in everyday life.”
“I’m proud to be a part of this expanding movement with Formula E and working together with Christiana on the Global Advisory Board,” added Prost. “Being with Formula E since the very beginning I’ve seen first-hand how it has grown and developed, not only as a championship but also the impact it’s already having on the road car industry. I look forward to working closely with the other members and maintaining Formula E’s prime position as part of the electric revolution.”
“Formula E is more than just a race, it’s a platform to inspire change - a change in perception, a change in attitude and behaviour, and a change in the way we live our lives and actively influence the future of our planet,” said Agag.
“It’s an honour to have names like Christiana and Alain heading up the new Global Advisory Board, alongside a strong mix of recognisable names in the field of media, marketing, business, sport and sustainability. I’d like to express my thanks for their participation and we hope to tap into their expertise when choosing the long-term direction of our sport.”
The opening race of the fourth season of Formula E will take place on 2nd December in Hong Kong.