Dr. Cristiana Pace has had a 20 year long career as an innovator and leader in motorsport, which saw her become the first woman to work alongside the FIA technical department in Formula 1, make key contributions to the FIA’s safety legacy and work with Williams Advanced Engineering to advance and utilise motorsport technology both in the industry and far beyond the racetrack.

In 2015, Cristiana started a PhD in Sustainability and Strategic Management at Coventry University, exploring low-carbon sustainable transitions in the motorsport industry. During this time, she also consulted for a number of motorsport stakeholders on measuring and reducing the environmental impact of existing technologies and increasing sustainability awareness across the motorsport sector.

Most relevant to this award, in 2018 Dr. Pace became an entrepreneur and founded Enovation Consulting Limited, a purpose driven strategy and sustainability firm. Since then she has been focusing on building data-driven sustainability strategies for the motorsport and sport industry that leverage the technological knowhow available in these industries. Customers include the Williams Racing Formula One Team, the FIA, Motorsport UK and many other motorsport and sport stakeholders.

Dr. Cristiana Pace is an ambassador of the FIA Girls on Track UK programme, an initiative, partially developed by Dr. Pace, aimed at demonstrating to girls and women that there is a rightful place for them in motorsport which has impacted over 2000 girls since its inception.

In 2021, she was voted one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by WES and The Guardian for her involvement with the Covid Appeal having worked on the development of the Oxford Box, a shield designed to protect NHS staff and patients during the intubation process. She is also an ambassador of the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

Lastly, she is a well-respected speaker on technology transfer, motorsport, e-mobility, STEM and diversity, a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and a Fellow of the Women in Engineering Society (WES).