Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird is an independent mobility expert, working on sustainable and affordable mobility for all the world’s people. This builds on his 25 year career leading advanced mobility initiatives in major organizations.
He recently served as Waymo’s Chief Engineer (Future Vehicle Programs) and as Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab.
From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Borroni-Bird was Qualcomm’s VP Strategic Development, responsible for developing wireless automotive solutions (e.g. wireless EV charging and V2X communications).
Before this, Dr. Borroni-Bird led GM’s Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V), the world’s first drivable vehicles to demonstrate the currently accepted vision of future mobility and extensively deployed at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. He led GM’s Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel “skateboard” electric vehicle concepts, widely adopted by the Auto Industry, and has 50 patents. He is co-author of “Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century”, with Larry Burns and the late Bill Mitchell (MIT Press, 2010).
Before joining GM in 2000, he led Chrysler’s gasoline fuel cell vehicle development.
At Cambridge University, he obtained degrees in Natural Sciences and completed his Ph.D in Surface Science. He performed Post-doctoral Physics research at Tokyo University.