Ian Dickie

Managing Director

Ian Dickie

Ian Dickie has spent the past two decades working with engineers, scientists and industry leaders to exchange knowledge in all areas of automotive technology among automakers, suppliers, universities and governments world-wide. 

He joined FISITA, the world body for automotive engineers, in 1996 and became its Chief Executive in 1997. Reporting to the association’s board, he was responsible for delivering FISITA’s global programmes including the biennial World Automotive Congress and the prestigious World Automotive Summit. He worked with the association's member societies and companies to develop countless new initiatives in support of the education, training and professional development of automotive engineers. He also represented FISITA in a number of international institutions including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.

During his leadership FISITA grew to represent almost 200,000 automotive engineers in 37 countries and built up enviable support from the global industry in the form of corporate membership comprising more than 60 of the world’s leading automakers, suppliers, technology providers and energy companies.

Prior to joining FISITA he worked in the Transport Industries department of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster. Here he developed and ran seminars, meetings and educational initiatives for engineers across the UK automotive, aerospace and rail sectors.

Born in Scotland in 1970, Ian Dickie received his degree in History from the University of Kent in 1993, and was elected President of the University’s Student Union. 

Emer Padden

Conference Director

Emer Padden

Emer Padden is an internationally experienced conference producer and meeting organiser.

Emer came to AKA from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, an intergovernmental organisation, where she served as External Relations & Conference Coordinator. Before joining the IOPC Funds she spent three years with FISITA, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, working on the World Automotive Summit, the biennial World Congress and numerous other meetings and programmes.

Prior to that she held positions with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Amnesty International and Infolog Research & Training where she was responsible for developing and producing commercial conferences on a range of social policy issues attended by clients in the public and private sectors. 

Emer graduated from the University of Essex in 2003 with a degree in Sociology.