Michael Lim is an innovation professional with global infrastructure, finance and technology experience, including most recently as a co-founder and CEO of a technology venture addressing urban infrastructure challenges. Originally trained in urban planning, Michael started his career in infrastructure development for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region. He was also an investment banker, most recently with Lazard Freres & Co, and advised technology companies and governments on strategy, capital raises and M&A transactions. Michael holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mobilizing for the day when autonomous vehicle (AV) technology will redefine the world of automobiles and mobility at large, the City of Los Angeles hired FUSE Fellow Michael Lim to develop a comprehensive business plan to address the increasingly important need for investment in autonomous vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. He also helped city officials streamline their procurement processes and partnership models so they can engage in meaningful, iterative AV piloting efforts with industry, startups, and research communities. His work has helped the city better prepare for the long-term planning and implications of how the AV transportation future of Los Angeles plays out and that city officials will meaningfully engage with rapidly changing technologies and devote the necessary resources to set a strong direction for how AV technology gets deployed in the city.