Mr. Dirk Adelmann has taken the reins of smart Europe GmbH as CEO, applying his experience to leverage the full potential of the joint venture between Daimler and Geely for the European markets. Dirk has over 20 years of service with Daimler, having started out in 2000 with an internship in Dubai. Dirk joined Daimler in 2002 as member of the associate management consulting team (AMCT/IMAP). Upon completion of the program in 2003, he joined the former smart GmbH to launch smart as a brand in several new markets. After holding Sales & Marketing functions at Chrysler Europe and Mercedes-Benz Overseas, he was appointed Managing Director of Mercedes Benz Vietnam in 2012. During his tenure, the Vietnamese team significantly increased volume, market share and group contribution which culminated in winning the “Market of the Year” Award in 2015. In 2016, he assumed the responsibility for Retail Strategy & New Business Models Mercedes Benz Cars at headquarter level. His department contributed significantly to the development of VdZ (Vertrieb der Zukunft), the setup of the new EQ contract and margin system and the successful transformation of smart into an electric-only brand. In 2019, he took over the task of preparing the setup of the new smart organization in Europe within the smart.future.project. In his new position, Dirk is responsible for all European markets at smart. He will focus on establishing a cost-efficient and customer-centric business model.
QUANTRON appoints automotive manager and EV pioneer Michael Perschke as CEO and board member, bringing further international EV expertise on board on its way to becoming an independent manufacturer for EV & FCEV buses & trucks. Through his previous roles as Founder-CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, Senior Director at Audi AG, Managing Director Audi India and Director Steering of NSCs in the Volkswagen Group, Perschke brings many years of global automotive and EV experience as well as start-up experience to QUANTRON. He has already worked successfully in numerous functions along the automotive value chain: in central functions at Audi AG - including responsibility for the strategic sales launch of the Audi eTron brand, as Sales Director for Mitsubishi in Europe and Mercedes-Benz in India, and in the areas of finance, IT and organization for Mercedes-Benz in China. As Founder-CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, Perschke also launched a zero-emission luxury car brand, bringing more than 8 years of electric experience in leading roles. The last 1.5 years, Perschke has gained further experience as an EV investor, where he was involved in investments at RIMAC (Croatia) Formula E (UK) and QEV Tech (Spain), among others, as CEO of NAD Capital. Andreas Haller, founder, Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of Quantron AG: "Michael Perschke brings many years of international expertise from leading automotive and EV companies to QUANTRON. His main focus will be, among other things, the development of QUANTRON into a manufacturer brand, the international market development with a focus on North America and Asia and the expansion of the investor network up to a possible stock market listing." Michael Perschke: "I am proud to be a member of the motivated and competent QUANTRON team and to be able to contribute my expertise. My goal is to make the QUANTRON brand synonymous with Zero Emission Transportation Solution worldwide - both electric and fuel cell propulsion. I see great potential to develop Quantron AG into the European champion in this segment."
Marcus Lott began his career at Opel in 1994 as a student with his Diploma Thesis. After his graduation, he started at Opel in 1995 as test engineer for noise and vibration in the vehicle integration department. Following a one year Future Leadership developmental assignment in the United States in 1999 he held different positions with increasing responsibility and international orientation. From 2009, he oversaw the development of various new models in North America, South America, Asia and Europe as Chief Engineer before becoming Vice President Programs & Strategy in 2017. In 2020 Marcus Lott took responsibility as Managing Director Engineering Opel Automobile GmbH. A year later he was appointed Stellantis Senior Vice President Engineering.
Starting as an e-motor integrator in former SiemensVDO Roberto has evolved in his career around the topic of electric motors and E-Mobility. After several years of experience working as a Tier 1 with Continental and as a OEM inside the VW Group at Porsche Engineering leading different e-mobility projects, Roberto went to Switzerland to make diesel engines greener through proper Exhaust gas recuperation systems before joining Mahle in 2017. Leading the R&D of the automotive drive systems and building teams across the world has been a great challenge since it includes to reshape a company that was built on ICE technology and lead it to a new reality in e-mobility.
Sustainability in e-Powertrain – Improved Cooling and Magnet - Free Motors
Goran Curic is owner and member of the executive management team at CO-OS The Lean Company. His focus area is on the process optimization of production, assembly and logistics processes as well as the subsequent conceptual design and implementation of optimization and restructuring projects as well as the acquisition and coordination of large international projects.
Jon Eagle is an experienced and confident leader with a career history rooted in the Toyota Production System. Jon believes in, and practices, the Toyota Production System principals in all aspects of his work life. He has a wealth of experience and ideas about how Lean principals can be embedded and sustained in a variety of businesses, business settings and functional areas. Jon is a leader with strong values. Values about respecting people and supporting their development. Values about collaboration and teamwork. Values about delivering what is promised through disciplined execution. Rich experience in multiple industries.
Frederik Brockman is Director for Product Management of Power Electronics at Robert Bosch GmbH, Business Unit Powertrain Solutions. In his current position, he and his team are responsible for the strategy of High Voltage Power Electronics (e.g. Inverter, Power Modules, Energy Management). In the recent six years, working and shaping the future of e-mobility became his favorite topic. After his trainee, he initially worked as Product Manager for the electric powertrain and later on gained experience as Senior Manager for Systems Engineering of Bosch’s eAxle until he finally took over his current position. Frederik holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the RWTH Aachen in Engineering and Business Administration.
Panel 2: The Newest Technologies and Innovations in the EV Market
Dr. Martin Busche has been Director Global Research and Development at BorgWarner Akasol since July 2021. In this role, Busche is leading a Advanced, Application and System Development as well as expert teams for Cell Application Engineering, Mechanical R&D, Electronics/Electrics Development, Software Development. Busche joined BorgWarner in 2022, through the acquisition of Akasol AG. During his career at Akasol and previous roles in companies such as Farasis Energy Europe GmbH and Robert Bosch GmbH, he held a variety of technical management positions. Busche holds a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
Anders Fryxell is since March 2021 Chief Sales Officer at EcoDataCenter. He holds av master’s degree in economics and business administration from Umeå University and has also studied at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Anders has over 20 years of experience in the IT and BPO service industry, with roles as MD at Azets Sweden and CEO for SopraSteria Sweden and Client Delivery Executive at EDS. In these roles digitalization and automation of services and processes have been keys for successful transformation and customer satisfaction. Prior to entering IT and BPO, Anders after graduation, worked in the Automotive Industry sourcing seats globally for Volvo Trucks and thereafter ran the purchasing department for Think/Pivco, a Norwegian EV manufacturer.
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Sustainability in the current energy crisis – Is it even possible?
Advisor, Analyst and Expert Commentator on Energy Policy
Staffan Reveman started his career at a consulting company and a sales company for industrial electronics in Sweden and continued as a sales manager for an energy technology company in Germany. This was followed by the establishment of power supply system organisations in the German-speaking countries for the Finnish Fiskars Group. When Germany was reunified, he was intensively involved in secure power supply for critical and digital infrastructures, mainly for the financial market. For Newave, Staffan built up an organisation in Germany working on modular solutions in uninterruptible power systems in cooperation with Rittal. Since 2011 Staffan acts as an advisor to companies in critical infrastructures. Today he also analyses and comments on German energy policy. In addition, Staffan supports the energy-intensive industry in location issues and is a frequent speaker in this field.
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Sustainability in the current energy crisis – Is it even possible?
Frank Menchaca is President, Sustainable Mobility Solutions at SAE International, the oldest and largest technical organization for engineering in ground and air transportation. Frank incubated and developed SAE's work in sustainability and has also led the organization's product development, marketing, information publishing, professional learning, events and international business. Frank has a deep background in information products and served as Executive Vice President at Cengage Learning. Frank holds degrees from New York University and Yale University and is a candidate in the Chief Sustainability Officer certification program at MIT. A musician and artist, Frank has released ten records of original music under his own name and in the duo Hourloupe; his visual art practice includes painting and digital media.
He has over 10 years of experience in sales, business development and marketing for embedded soft- and hardware in automotive infotainment and ADAS. Before joining HERE in 2017 he worked at NEUSOFT, both in Germany and China. Niko holds a Bachelor in Communications Management from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany.
Nina Mangold studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten. After graduation from 2013 she worked in several roles at National Instruments, one of the largest test & measurement companies. She was responsible for the strategic account development in central Europe, driving standardizations in electronics production test and autonomous driving. Following that she worked at Kistler, an internationally active company specializing in the field of measurement technology, where she defined a global strategy for an automotive Tier 1 supplier. Since May 2021 Nina Mangold drives the business in automotive, transportation and energy storage markets in Europe as Sales & Marketing Manager at Dukosi Ltd.
I started my career at McLaren Automotive where I spent 8 years in purchasing and commercial functions. Amongst other things, I worked on defining the company's vehicle electrification strategy. I had entered the EV world that I became so passionate about until today. In June 2020, I joined Volta Trucks on a 4 months consultancy contract to support the start of the Volta Zero development. It was really exciting to join the business (almost) on the beginning of its journey. I wished I could continue but I was due to start my MBA at INSEAD. I graduated from it in July 2021 and re-joined Volta Trucks. Its future was so promising, there was never any doubt in my mind I wanted to continue be part of it. I now head up the Energy & Charging Infrastructure in the Truck-as-a-Service division. I feel very proud to play my part in the transition of commercial fleets towards clean energy solutions.
Simon is an eMobility pioneer and sales expert. In 2019, he co-founded the technology company &Charge with two other founders. &Charge aims to play a key role in shaping the transformation towards eMobility with its unique model – the world’s first platform combining user engagement with value-added services around EV charging. In his current role, he is Chief Sales Officer responsible for sales and marketing. Previously, he held various positions in eMobility and digitalization at BMW Group (Project i/BMW i), Porsche Consulting and Porsche AG (Taycan project). He loves to do body weight excersises, MTB and speed roping. Also he loves to deal with "psychological challenges" all around how to achieve the next level ;)
Francisco is the co-founder and CEO of Basquevolt, a young company with the ambition of becoming one of the leaders in solid state battery technology. He is part of a new generation of leaders in the automotive industry, transitioning from working with diesel engines to working to transform the automotive industry into a fully electric and sustainable sector. He is passionate about fighting climate change and succeeding in the energy transition. Prior to his current position he was a senior executive in companies like ACC (Automotive Cells Company) or Nissan. Francisco has an engineering degree from Sevilla's Engineering School and Ecole Nationale Superieur de Petrole et Moteurs, and an MBA from EM Lyon and Cranfield School of Management.
An electrical engineer passionate about innovation, technology and building from scratch, Peter currently drives electric mobility with sophisticated secure and safe solutions for electric charging at Vector Informatik GmbH, Germany. Before that he held responsible positions in manufacturing engineering, logistics and R&D in telecommunications and automotive industries worldwide
Born and raised in Tomsk, Siberia, former USRR, Tamara is founding CEO of VisIC technologies and one of the pioneers in GaN transistors. Tamara's GaN expertise started from PhD study in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2001 for high power GaN transistors and continued through development and qualification of GaN technologies for power and RF applications. Prior Tel Aviv's PhD, Tamara earned degrees in Philosophy and Physics from Tomsk State University, and last 10 years she is leading the VisIC company to be the major player in power electronics for EV market.
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Panel 2: Newest Technologies and Innovations in EV Market
After his graduation from the University of Bath / UK as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer and finalising MBA, during the next 20 years Armağan Arabul has developed and produced various composite components and electromechanical equipment up to 500 kV and supplied to more than 120 countries worldwide with his teams; established new companies, set up production plants, implemented and homologated innovative technologies and introduced environmental friendly products into markets. Today, as an engineer, a businessman, a racing car pilot and an “old petrol head / new electron head”, Arabul is the founder, CEO & CTO of Elektron Motors, following his dreams and developing an all-electric hypercar and supersports car under Elektron brand with a highly capable and passionate team. Arabul is also the Partner and Executive Director of E-AutoTrek Automotive Inc., whose aim is to be a solution partner to the players of automotive industry during the accelerating transition of the industry towards an electrified future.
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The Story of Elektron Motors and Why We Need an All-Electric Exotic Car Brand During Our Fight with Global Warming
Wulf started his career in 1996 as an IT-Consultant in the Web 1.0 based "Media & Telco" scene in Germany. During this time, Wulf realized projects with the most renowned Global customers and is considered as one of the Media & Telco pioneers in Germany. In 2007, he decided to leave Telefónica to found DXBe Management in Hamburg & Dubai (UAE) – A Strategy & Management Consulting company - focusing on pure Digital business. He is one of the IoT, Smart City & e-Mobility pioneers in Europe with several Advisory & Board Memberships positions. First CTO of Ionity, Advisor to several CPO & eMSP startups worldwide (like &Charge, Switch-EV, ChargeConstruct, …) as well as Management Advisor to large Enterprises worldwide – He and his Team is building new e- & h2-mobility driven ecosystems, eVTOL soultions, Fleet & Sharing and “state of the art” Charge Point Management Systems. Wulf (and his Expert Team) has audited more than 80 Charge Point Systems worldwide in the last 4 years for Investors, OEMs, eMSPs, CPOs, Fleet Operators and Utilities worldwide.
Bartosz Górecki is CEO of the QuickerSim. QuickerSim Automotive helps automotive and e-mobility companies solve thermal challenges in battery packs. We do it by numerical simulations. Compared to large software vendors, we brought to e-mobility industry a simulation tool that predicts temperatures of the batteries within the margin of 1 degree Celsius, gives accurate 3-D CFD results and works almost in real time. We both deliver the software as well work as external engineering R&D company. We have been working with battery pack and EV manufacturers in Switzerland, US, UK and Poland. We also develop custom simulation tools for thermal and fluid flow modelling for engineering teams at OEMs or Tier 1 or Tier 2 suppliers. We usually cut down simulation and preprocessing times to 2-5% with error margin not higher than 3-5%. We did it e.g. for Valeo in Europe or Hendrickson in the US.
Sales and Business Development professional with more than 25 years of experience. Devoting all my time to grow AdaptFuture into well-known provider of tools and services for competence development of EV aftermarket. We are driven by creating innovative solutions to transform the EV aftermarket and be a part of Automotive transition to future mobility.
Karl-Gustav Tamberg, Head of Sales. Karl-Gustav has Materials Science degree from Tallinn University of Technology. He has 7+ years of sales experience, mainly working for the specialty chemical producer Resinex (Ravago Group). He interned in Skeleton Technologies during his Masters studies.
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