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Michael Hurwitz is the Director of Transport Innovation at Transport for London (TfL). Responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future, his team actively seeks out and assesses new ideas and developments in the transport world, helping TfL to determine which new business models or services could help address the challenges facing our city. From dockless cycle hire to demand responsive transport; from connected and autonomous vehicles, to smart use of energy in our vehicles and infrastructure, the goal is to engage with market innovators, test how new ideas could work for London and set the policy frameworks to ensure new innovations are integrated and work for all.
Previously, Michael was Director, Energy, Technology & International at the UK Department for Transport (DfT), having set up and led the UK’s national policies and programmes worth £1bn on ultra-low emission vehicles, driverless and connected cars, future fuels and negotiation of international regulations on vehicle safety and emissions. Former roles include having founded and led the cross-Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV); time as the DfT’s Strategy Director; and from 2011 to 2014 he was Policy Fellow at the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London. Prior to joining the civil service he worked on organisational transformation programmes for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.