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David Wong is Senior Technology and Innovation Manager at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK’s automotive industry trade body. Established in 1902, SMMT acts as the voice of the UK automotive industry by supporting and promoting the interests of more than 700 member companies at home and abroad.
David runs SMMT’s technology and innovation portfolio which includes connected and autonomous vehicles, electro-mobility, hydrogen-mobility, digital and future mobility innovation, and design engineering. An integral part of his portfolio is working with key stakeholders from automotive (vehicle manufacturers and suppliers), technology, telecoms, data and digital, legal, insurance, infrastructure, academia and government to find solutions to some emerging challenges surrounding the development, testing and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.
David sits on the UK Automotive Council Technology Group, a government-industry partnership that sets strategic priorities and technology roadmaps for the automotive industry, and on the Board of Cenex, a low-carbon technology consultancy. He was a member of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Future Communications Challenge Group, which advised the UK Government on 5G strategy.
David was previously Business Models Co-Creator and Head of Organisations and Business Models Research at the Big Innovation Centre, a big business-funded innovation hub, where he advised private and public sector clients on business model innovation, value proposition development, innovation strategy and open innovation projects. Prior to that he was Senior Researcher at policy think tank the Relationships Foundation, and Director of the Centre for Knowledge and Business Leadership at the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute.