VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM INVITED TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK
10 July 2018, Monaco
On Thursday 12th July, ahead of the double header season finale of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York, VENTURI Formula E Team will be at the United Nations to share its vision for sustainable development, at the invitation of Monaco’s Permanent Mission to the UN and the Consulate General of the Principality in New York.
On the occasion of the 2018 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, on the theme Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, at the United Nations in New York from 9th to 20th July, coinciding with the 13th anniversary of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s enthronement, Monaco’s Ambassador, H.E. Ms Isabelle PICCO, Monaco Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has invited the Monaco based VENTURI Formula E Team to the UN to present its vision and strategic plans for sustainable development.
H.E. Ms Isabelle PICCO and VENTURI President Gildo PASTOR have extended the invitation to this evening event to four prominent figures, all of whom share the values of the United Nations and the Principality of Monaco on environmental responsibility: Jean TODT, United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Alejandro AGAG, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal and shareholder, and Felipe MASSA, Formula 1 Vice World Champion and VENTURI Formula E Team driver.
Together, they will discuss strategic actions to promote evermore responsible mobility and ways to maximize the extraordinary technological testing ground for next generation vehicles that the FIA Formula E series provides. The 2018-2019 VENTURI Formula E car will also feature at the event.
From its Monaco base, VENTURI has been designing and building high-performance electric vehicles for 18 years. Its CEO and founder, Gildo PASTOR, who is also Monaco’s Consul General in New York, takes a keen interest in environmental issues and is widely considered a pioneer in the field of electro-mobility.
Since 2014 and the launch of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater category in motorsport, Monaco has been represented on the starting grid by the company’s competition arm, VENTURI Formula E Team.
Held under the aegis of the United Nations and the Principality of Monaco, the event on Thursday 12 July will serve to highlight H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s commitment to the values of sustainable development.
That commitment is reflected in the Monegasque Government’s policies, which include incentives for cleaner vehicles, special rates for clean vehicles in public car parks, and constant improvements to urban transport services. The aim is clear: to ease traffic conditions, whilst continuing to develop economic activity.
The Principality was among the first to throw its backing behind the Formula E project as early as 2011, and the Prince Albert II Foundation is a key partner of VENTURI and VENTURI Formula E Team.
H.E. Ms Isabelle PICCO
Her Excellency Isabelle PICCO, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations, is a graduate in international and environmental law from Paris I and II Universities, and began her career working for the Monegasque government.
H.E. Ms Picco chaired the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly (Legal Committee) at its 65th session. She also chaired the 22nd meeting of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and was Vice-President of the General Assembly at its 68th session.
H.E. Ms Picco also co-chairs the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace, and is a member of the Group of Friends for the Oceans and Seas, and of the Group of Friends for Parity in the Secretariat.
Born in Monaco, Gildo PASTOR studied law in France and economic sciences in Italy, and also specialised in real estate construction in the United States.
In 2000, after a fourteen-year career as a racing driver, he took over Monaco-based outfit VENTURI and committed the brand to a sustainable development-focused policy, devoting 100% of its production to high-performance electric vehicles.
Gildo PASTOR’s determination saw VENTURI set a new world speed record of 341 mph (549 kmh) for the electric category in 2016.
Today, Gildo PASTOR divides his time between New York, where he has been Monaco’s Consul General since 2015, and Monaco, where he is President of VENTURI.
Jean TODT began his career as a rally co-driver, spending 15 years at the very top of the discipline.
He was later appointed Director of Racing for PEUGEOT and FERRARI, with whom he won a string of rally, rally raid and circuit-based championships. Between 1993 and 2008, under his leadership, FERRARI won 14 Formula 1 World Championship titles.
Jean TODT was named President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2009.
On 29 April 2015, United National Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Jean TODT as his Special Envoy for Road Safety, an appointment confirmed in April 2017 by the new Secretary General, Antonio GUTERRES.
Spanish businessman and former politician Alejandro AGAG was elected to the European Parliament in 1999, becoming the youngest MEP at that time.
In 2001, he left politics and bought the Spanish rights to Formula 1 in partnership with Flavio BRIATORE.
After taking over motor racing team CAMPOS, he invested in football before setting up FORMULA E HOLDINGS to promote the FIA Formula E Championship, the fourth season of which culminates in New York on 14 and 15 July 2018.
Born in Scotland, Susie WOLFF demonstrated an early passion and talent for motorsport. In 2001, she began her professional racing career in the Formula Renault UK Championship and then made her name with MERCEDES BENZ in DTM, the German Touring Car Championship, between 2006 and 2012.
In 2012, Susie moved into Formula 1, after being signed by WILLIAMS. Entering as a development driver, Susie held the position for three seasons before being promoted to the role of test driver for the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
On June 26 2018, Susie was appointed as Team Principal and a shareholder of VENTURI Formula E Team.
Brazilian driver Felipe MASSA made his Formula 1 debut in 2002 with SAUBER.
In 2006, he moved to FERRARI, where he would go on to spend eight seasons, becoming Vice-World Champion in 2008. He later drove for British team WILLIAMS between 2014 and 2017.
After 15 seasons in Formula 1, 270 Grand-Prix starts, 11 wins, 16 pole positions, 41 podium finishes and one Vice-World Championship, Felipe MASSA announced on 15 May 2018 that he would be joining VENTURI Formula E Team to take part in next season’s Formula E championship.
Felipe MASSA is also chair of the CIK-FIA’ Karting Commission.
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