WTISD 2013 Laureate Jean Todt, President of FIA
Interview with Mr Jean Todt
Mr Jean Todt is President of FIA, the International Automobile Federation, and is a household name in motorsports. Under his leadership, Scuderia Ferrari has won 14 Formula 1 World titles - including five consecutive titles with Michael Schumacher - and 106 Grand Prix.
Over the past years, Jean Todt has made global road safety a professional and personal engagement. Since his election as President, he has made it a priority of the FIA. In support of the UN Decade of Action, and under the banner of the FIA Action for Road Safety, he has been tirelessly lobbying leaders and decision-makers all around the world, urging them to commit to tangible, affordable and verifiable measures aimed at reducing the 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries, the yearly toll on the world's roads.
In April 2009, Mr Todt became President of “eSafety Aware!” for the promotion of smart vehicles and new safety technologies. He is a strong advocate for improvements in road safety as a key consideration in future global transport planning.
Jean Todt is also Vice President of the ICM Foundation (Institut du cerveau et de moelle épinière). The Brain & Spine Institute is a research centre which brings together patients, physicians and researchers under one roof for the rapid treatment of lesions affecting the nervous system. To benefit the organization, Todt and Schumacher appeared in the movie ‘Asterix at the Olympic Games’, in which the world champion driver played the role of Schumix, a chariot driver, and Todt was his race director.
Mr Todt was elected President of the FIA in October 2009. He shares his life with actress Michelle Yeoh, Global Ambassador for Road Safety.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organizations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the FIA is a non-profit making association. It brings together more than 230 national motoring and sporting organizations from over 135 countries on five continents. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families.
FIA will collaborate with ITU over the next seven years to contribute towards achieving the goals of the UN “Decade of Action for Road Safety”.