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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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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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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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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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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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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Eric Barbier

Head of Safety
London

“Life is a hazard, but as humans, we do our best to navigate it risk-free. We’ll accept nothing less from our autonomous system. Our holistic “Pillars of Safety & Security” approach is a catalyst to promote Safety within all teams at Wayve.”

Eric brings extensive experience in safety protocols and safety case development. Previously at Ricardo, he successfully implemented functional safety protocols for hybrid vehicles and transmission systems. As Head of Safety at Wayve, he advances the company’s safety methodologies for testing and deploying its autonomous driving technology safely.

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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.