Leadership

We’ve done pioneering work in computer vision, built and managed self-driving vehicle deployments and shipped ground-breaking products that leverage machine learning.

Our Leadership Team

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Business Leads

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Ryan Andrade

System Architect
Bay Area

“At Wayve, we have a clean slate to shape our unique AV2.0 path and benefit from the latest advancements in AI. It is a place where you can build something new, informed by what you’ve done in the past – an exciting balance of experience and innovation.”

Ryan Andrade is an accomplished System Architecture Lead who has dedicated his career to developing self-driving technology. With extensive experience developing Waymo’s technology, he brings a deep understanding of hardware and architecture for autonomous vehicles. Currently, as a System Architect at Wayve, he is pioneering a new architecture for AVs that supports a learned approach to autonomy.

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Elahe Arani

Head of AI Research
London

“At Wayve, we are advancing the frontier of mobility with AV2.0 and Embodied AI, inspired by the human brain’s complex learning processes. Our goal is to create autonomous systems that mirror human cognitive resilience and adaptability, capable of navigating and learning from the complexities of real-world scenarios. Our commitment goes beyond innovation; we aim to redefine the essence of intelligent autonomous vehicles, transforming them into efficient entities that learn, reason, and lead in exploring new possibilities.”

Elahe is pioneering the development of autonomous systems, focusing on Generative AI, foundation models, and the creation of human-like agents. As an Adjunct AI Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, her interdisciplinary research bridges neuroscience and artificial intelligence to address industrial challenges. With a background in neuroscience and computer science, Elahe’s work is recognized globally through over 50 publications and more than 40 patents aimed at advancing adaptable, safe, and energy-efficient AI solutions.

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Vijay Badrinarayanan

Vice President, AI
Bay Area

“We’ve now entered a decade where the key challenge is to build embodied intelligence, which means agents that can learn to work in real everyday environments with human activity. This brings new and exciting challenges to tackle as researchers.”

Vijay is an expert in deep learning and artificial intelligence, with a focus on research and product development. He previously led R&D teams at Magic Leap to develop groundbreaking deep neural network products for power-constrained mixed reality headsets. As VP of AI at Wayve, Vijay is leading a team of applied researchers focused on exploring representation learning, simulation intelligence and combined vision and language models with a view towards bringing this cutting-edge approach to AVs to market.

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Frank Fink

Director, Automotive Partnerships
Bay Area

“AV2.0 will bring a step-change in self-driving systems and dramatically accelerate the scaling of autonomous mobility across different vehicle platforms and cities. Wayve is uniquely positioned to bring this transformative technology to market.”

Frank brings extensive experience in first-of-its-kind deals across the tech sector and a strong background in AV partnerships. Most recently, he was at Waymo, where he managed the team responsible for developing the Zeekr robotaxi vehicle. Prior to Waymo, Frank held senior positions at companies including Dropbox, Nokia, Samsung and Microsoft.

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Harriett-Rose Follas

Head of Programs
London

“We’re redefining mobility, making our roads safer, and bringing the next generation of embodied intelligence to fruition. I’m excited by the opportunity and challenges of building a sustainable business with this technology, specifically how we deliver an enduring product to the market that can change how society operates.”

Harriett-Rose leads the team spearheading Wayve’s technology delivery and execution, collaborating with research and development teams to ensure we can build and scale efficiently and sustainably. With a background in electrical and electronics engineering, she has a track record of successfully managing large-scale, multidisciplinary infrastructure projects across various sectors in the Asia-Pacific before joining Wavye.

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Pablo Castellanos García

Vice President, Engineering
London

“At Wayve, we champion a highly collaborative culture facilitated by a workplace where our technical operations mix with researchers, hardware and software engineers, AV drivers, and safety leads. I always find it exhilarating to go in the car and see how our teams ensure the safe progress of our technology.”

Pablo oversees the development of computing and engineering infrastructure to support Wayve’s technical operations. With extensive experience leading technical teams and developing processes to optimise organizational efficiency. Before Wayve, Pablo worked at Skyscanner guiding the development and operation of the company’s data platform.

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Sarah Gates

Director, Public Policy
London

“Self-driving technology has the potential to transform transport in ways that are of huge value to society. Our technology can improve road safety, decrease traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions and provide accessible mobility solutions to underserved communities. At Wayve, we understand that we won’t achieve this without a clear legal framework and the public’s trust.”

With a diverse background in science and technology, including a PhD from Imperial College London, Sarah has focused on science and research policy, particularly in AI, data, and emerging technologies. At Wayve, Sarah collaborates with the government and partners to address the future regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles.

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Josh Gladwin

Senior People Partner
London

“At Wayve, my passion lies in fostering a dynamic culture that nurtures high performance and empowers our people to unlock their full potential at the leading edge of deep tech innovation. As we scale our teams in a lean way, my goal is to ensure we remain agile and innovative whilst remaining steadfast to delivering our mission.”

Josh leads People Partnering at Wayve, providing strategic guidance and proactive solutions to the company’s leaders. A champion for ensuring the right balance between fostering a great employee experience and delivering great outcomes, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge from multiple startups and scaleups across fintech, wellness, and automotive industries. With a background in Organisational Psychology, his expertise spans vital areas such as performance management, coaching, organisational design, and career growth.

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Sean Harris

Director, Embodied AI
Bay Area

“Machine Learning has demonstrated an incredible ability to solve robotics problems at scale, and Autonomous Vehicles are positioned to be the first large-scale application. Wayve has assembled a super talented team that is capable and energised to turn this dream into a reality of Embodied AI.”

Sean is an experienced leader in the field of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) and Machine Learning (ML). He previously spent seven years at Cruise using ML to deliver the first driverless service to the streets of San Francisco. At Wayve, he leads the Embodied AI organisation, which is focused on building the core AV technology that will delight our customers.

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Joanne Lin

Head of Supply Chain
Bay Area

“At Wayve, we believe in pursuing a sustainable future of autonomous vehicle technology while investing in a positive legacy. As we face unprecedented global supply challenges, we need to cultivate and strengthen relationships with like-minded vendors who share our vision for innovation and positive impact.”

Joanne brings a wealth of experience to her role overseeing the management of Wayve’s supply chain, including experience managing complex supply chains at companies like Lucid Motors, Airbnb, Amazon, and Samsung. Joanne is APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

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Charlie Lyons-Rothbart

Director, Legal
London

“I am privileged to be part of an incredible team that is building cutting-edge technology that will change the world for the better. Embodied AI will bring a wealth of benefits to society: from greater access to safer mobility, to greener cities, the potential is undeniable. I believe future generations will find it extraordinary that fallible human beings were ever allowed to drive.”

Charlie leads Wayve’s legal team, bringing nearly 15 years of experience guiding companies, from start-ups to global enterprises, through the nuances of technology law. From working at Europe’s largest media and broadcast company to international law firms, Charlie’s expertise helps Wayve navigate a complex legal and regulatory landscape. Charlie holds an LLM in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London and sits on the Society of Computers and Law’s AI Committee and LexisNexis’ technology editorial board.

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Campbell Mcilroy

Head of Security
London

“I’m fascinated by the unique security challenges of Embodied AI at Wayve, where cutting-edge technology intersects with security and safety. My team and I strive to ensure that Wayve earns and maintains the trust of the public and our partners.”

Campbell oversees all security facets at Wayve, leading an expert team dedicated to integrating security measures into every aspect of the company, including IT systems, products, facilities, and personnel safety. With previous experience as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at Transport for London, he brings a wealth of knowledge in securing public transport infrastructure, leading security efforts in regulated settings, and developing and managing industrial control systems.

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Dominik Nuss

Head of Automotive Delivery
London

“We are just at the beginning of showing how AI is changing driving into a relaxed, safe, and individualised experience. Our mission is to bring this technology to the market, from groundbreaking research to a safe, scalable product.”

Dominik leads Wayve’s Automotive Programs. He has worked in autonomous driving for many years as Director of Vehicle Intelligence at Mercedes Benz and as Engineering Director at Luminar Technologies. Holding a PhD in electrical engineering, he blends research and development expertise with practical experience in automotive series production, focusing on system design, safety, and verification and validation (V&V).

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Rudi Rankin

Director, Marketing
London

“We’re bringing generation-defining technology to market that we believe will make a difference in people’s lives. To do so successfully, we need to invite people on this journey. This starts with explaining our why—which for me is about reimagining transportation, making it safer, more enjoyable and more accessible than it is today.

Rudi is a strategic marketing executive with a passion for brand building and customer experience. She leads Wayve’s marketing team as it builds public trust and lands groundbreaking commercial milestones. Prior to Wayve, she developed successful marketing programs for Lexus, Infiniti, Waymo, Under Armour and Logitech.

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Vassia Simaiaki

Head of AI Research
London

“When you imagine something with technology, you tend to lean on familiarity: the driving of yesterday with the AI of today. However, Wayve takes a radically different approach. We reimagine mobility through groundbreaking AI research, crafting entirely new capabilities that range from developing efficient and safer end-to-end autonomous systems to pioneering revolutionary solutions in simulation and explainability.”

Vassia brings a decade of experience in computer vision, a passion for pushing the boundaries of novel view synthesis, and a desire to accelerate the driving performance of autonomous vehicles. Previously the Engineering Director of Machine Learning at Hudl, she led the development of sports-understanding machine learning models. With a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Neuroscience from Imperial College London, Vassia excels at solving complex problems and building high-performing teams in AI applications.

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Oli Wilson

Director, Fleet Operations
London

“Pioneering self-driving technology through the application of Embodied AI can only be achieved through a collaborative effort from driven, cross-functional teams all playing their part in solving the challenges ahead of us. Community, trust, and belief in the mission; a potent mix binding us all together at Wayve.”

Oli is an operational leader with an extensive background in building high-performing teams focused on execution and delivery. He leads our Fleet Operations globally, ensuring our on-road development scales effectively and safely at the growing tempo our development needs. Before Wayve, Oli had a long and diverse career in the British Army, spanning many roles and specialisations, and is a serving Army Reservist.

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