Michelle Avary

Head of Autonomous and Urban Mobility

World Economic Forum

Michelle leads the automotive and autonomous platform at the World Economic Forum, dedicated to identifying and closing critical governance gaps through multi-stakeholder co-designing, piloting, and scaling solutions.  As a leader in automotive technologies, Ms. Avary has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the mobility space and has devoted her career in establishing better infrastructures for automotive, autonomous, IoT, and connectivity platforms.

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Ms. Avary, was Vice President of Products and Strategy, Global Automotive Io(m)T at Aeris, led a team that developed and operated telematics services for Toyota Motor Sales, and scouted technologies for leading automotive supplier Harman.

An endless pioneer in developing automotive technologies, Ms. Avary co-founded Drive Time Metrics, an automotive data monetization startup, is the founder and President of Women in Automotive Technology (WAT), an advocacy group, and an advisor to several start-ups including DeepScale and Sfara.

Ms. Avary holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Art in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and studied international law and economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  She is a certified yoga instructor and holds several automotive technology related patents.