Ward has resigned as the FIA Foundation’s Director General after 12 years in the position.
“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election,” Ward said in a statement released on the FIA Foundation’s website on Thursday.
“The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign.”
“Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate, and whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now.”
Jean Todt has been the president of the FIA since 2009, when he succeeded Max Mosley.
Ward has been heavily involved in road safety for the past two decades and also served as a policy advisor to the Labour Party in the United Kingdom until John Smith’s death in 1994.
Todt has not yet confirmed whether he will stand for re-election.