The eSkootr Championship has appointed Dr Cristiana Pace – one of the motorsport world’s leading authorities on sustainability – as the chair of its Sustainability Commission, the body that will oversee the growth and development of sustainable and environmental practices within the series and via its technical partnerships.
Dr Pace began her motorsport career more than 20 years ago, initially working in race, strategy and performance engineering. She was the first woman to work trackside as a member of the FIA’s Formula 1 technical department, developing her role as a consultant for the Federation’s Institute for Sustainability and Safety in Motor Sport, where she advised on motorsport safety and the wider deployment of safety systems within FIA championships.
In 2012, she joined Williams Advanced Engineering, focusing on developing the technology-transfer and sustainable innovation sides of the business, and was project-lead on the strategy and successful supply of batteries to the FIA Formula E Championship Championship between 2013 and ’15.
Dr Pace returned to the FIA in 2015 to consult on safety and sustainability while reading at Coventry University, where she successfully completed a PhD in Sustainability and Strategic Management, focusing on the motorsport industry’s shift towards sustainability. In 2018, she founded Enovation Consulting a sustainability strategy firm that advises on ways that motorsport can successfully contribute to global targets on environmental and social issues.
She said: “I’m looking forward to driving eSC’s contribution to sustainability best-practice and sustainable innovation within both motorsport and the micromobility industry.
“I strongly believe that motorsport, and the eSKootr Championship in particular, has a crucial role to play in tackling the climate crisis – both on and off the track. I’ve been really impressed by the commitment shown by eSC’s board members and shareholders to sustainability – ensuring it’s not only central to our business strategy, but also to our decision-making processes in procurement, logistics, material supply chain and events.”
Cristiana holds a variety of additional roles within the sustainability, education and diversity spaces. She is a member of the FIA Environmental and Sustainability Commission, representing Motorsport UK; a STEM ambassador and founding signatory of DoF Tomorrow’s engineers’ code; member of the industrial advisory board at Cranfield University; Honorary Fellow of Coventry University Centre of Business in Society; and a reader in motorsport sustainability for Bologna Business School.