CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & MODERATORS (in alphabetical order)
Klaus Braunig, Managing Director, VDA
Klaus Braunig is Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry
Bräunig joined VDA as a Managing Director in 2008, assuming responsibility for Manufacturer Group III, “Vehicle Parts and Accessories,” with the additional area of traffic policy, and the VDA’s departments for small and medium-sized companies, law, tax, consumer protection, logistics, and organization in the VDA. Since 2010 he has also been responsible for the International Motor Show (IAA), human resources and finance.
From 1999 onwards, while serving as a member of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Executive Board and as Delegate for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, he has been responsible for the areas of tax policy, law, competition policy and insurance, public procurement, the defense industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, personnel, finance and industrial sector associations. Bräunig also became spokesman for the BDI’s Executive Board in 2007.
In 1990 he moved to the Executive Board of BDI and was licensed to practice as a lawyer and went to work for the law firm Classen Rechtsanwälte (in Kaiserslautern, Berlin, and Brussels). From 1991 to 1994 Bräunig was departmental head of the office of the President of the BDI, and from 1995 to 1998 he was both head of the Central Department of the BDI and managing director of Industrie-Förderung GmbH.
Braunig has also held positions at Germany’s Federal Cartel Office in Berlin, SME policy department of the German Federal Ministry of Economy, personal advisor to Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Ludolf von Wartenberg, and as an intern at the European Commission in the cabinet of Peter Schmidhuber and in the Commission’s Directorate General for Competition.
Braunig completed his legal training at the University of Mainz, the Higher Regional Court judicial district of Koblenz and the Franco-German chamber of commerce.
C.C. Chan, President, World Electric Vehicle Association
Professor C.C. Chan is Founding President, World Electric Vehicle Association and President, Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific
Prof. C C Chan holds BSc, MSc, PhD, HonDSc, HonDTech degrees. He has had over 50 years academic and industrial experience. He is currently the Honorary Professor and the former Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong. He is the Founding President of the International Academy for Advanced Study. He served as Visiting Professor of a number of well-known universities around the world, including MIT, University of California Berkeley, University of Cambridge, etc.
He serves as Senior Consultant to governments and industries worldwide. Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Ukraine Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE, IET and HKIE. He received the IEE International Lecture Medal in 2000 and delivered lectures on electric vehicles worldwide. He was selected as one of Asia’s Best Technology Pioneers by Asiaweek; named as “Father of Asian Electric Vehicles” by Magazine Global View; named as “Pitamaha (Grandfather) of Electric Vehicle Technology” in India; received the “Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award” from the Society of Automotive Engineers U.S.A.; Honour of “China Automobile Industry Character”; Gold Medal of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He authored and coauthored 11 books, over 300 technical papers and holds 9 patents. His mission is to promote the global collaboration for the advancement of science and technology for global sustainable development.
Chen Quanshi, Director, Auto Research Institute, Tsinghua University
Chen Quanshi is the Director of the Automotive Research Institute at Tsinghua University where he teaches automotive engineering and is a PhD supervisor. He is also the deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Automobile Safety & Energy Conservation. Chen worked as the director of automobile engineering department at Tsinghua University after graduating from the university in 1970.
Chen’s research is mainly devoted to special vehicle (desert vehicles included) R&D, automobile body structure design and research, and key technology research on EV, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
Chen has published over 30 theses both at home and abroad and also authored two books, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle and Advanced Electric Vehicle Technology.
Keith Cole, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, General Motors International Operations
Keith Cole is Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy, General Motors International Operations. Based in Shanghai, he leads General Motor’s government relations team in markets outside of Europe and the Americas.
Mr. Cole is both an engineer and a lawyer. He started his career working in the oil business in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, and the Sudan. He has practiced law in Washington, DC, including seven years as a counsel to standing committees of the United States Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cole has focused on energy and environmental issues, and the intersection of law and technology. He is a corporate leader on policies to address climate change and policies to accelerate the development of green technologies in the automotive sector, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles, biofuels and other alternative fuels.
Mr. Cole has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, and a Law degree from the University of Virginia.
Deng Zhongyi, Vice President Sales, BAK Batteries
Deng Zhongyi is Vice President Sales of Shenzhen BAK Battery Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CBAK).
Dr. Deng mainly focuses on authorizing the customers in BAK Battery’s first-tier market and maintaining a close relationship with potential clients. His over 10 years’ experience in lithium battery manufacturing includes various positions in senior management by leading the battery R&D projects, battery test and evaluation.
Before joining BAK Battery, Deng was marketing and technology director in Ferro Corp. His responsibilities included supervising the electrolyte R&D projects in Cleveland and Suzhou which were both set up by him, as well as affairs in sales, marketing and technology in Asia.
Deng once worked in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for two years and carried out a project of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to research lithium-polymer battery.
Deng has received 10 U.S. Patents on his research and holds a PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Waterloo and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in science from Wuhan University.
Nancy Gioia, Director of Global Electrification, Ford Motor Co.
Nancy Gioia is Director of Global Electrification at Ford Motor Co.
Appointed to this position on October 9, 2009, Gioia directs strategy and planning for the next generation of Ford’s global electric vehicle portfolio, touching all aspects of electrified transportation, including product planning, supplier partnerships and collaboration with the energy industry and government.
Prior to taking her current role, Gioia was Ford’s director of Sustainable Mobility Technology and Hybrid Vehicle Programs for North America, overseeing research, development and ultimately deployment of other sustainable mobility technologies such as hydrogen internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Gioia joined Ford Motor Company in 1982 as a graduate trainee in the Electronics division. From 1983 to 1986, she held various positions in the division’s Powertrain Business unit. In June 1986, she became manufacturing and quality engineer at the Engine Control Electronics facility in Lansdale, Pa. Her manufacturing experience continued in management positions in the organization, including the launch of Ford’s new facility in Cadiz, Spain in 1989.
Gioia received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and her master of sciences in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University.
Glenn Stevens, Vice President, OESA
Glenn Stevens is vice president, sales and membership. In this position, Stevens leads the member services, sales, marketing, database management and on-line presence of OESA. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating and administering several OESA peer group councils, as well as planning and execution of special events.
Stevens currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Southeast Michigan, the Michigan State University Oakland County Alumni Board of Directors and the Beverly Hills Little League Board of Directors. Stevens holds a bachelor of science in economics and an Executive MBA from Michigan State University.
Jeff Henning, Partner & Global Automotive Markets Leader, Ernst & Young
Jeff is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s advisory practice and is based in Detroit.
Jeff’s professional background includes over 21 years of experience in delivering financial statement accounting and auditing services across the manufacturing industry with a concentration in global automotive component manufacturers. Jeff also serves in our Advisory practice providing risk advisory services to clients primarily in the manufacturing and automotive sectors.
He also serves as the Global Markets Leader for the firm’s Global Automotive Center and oversees the execution of the firm’s automotive market strategy by the Global Automotive Center team personnel located in throughout the world. Specifically, Jeff is responsible for automotive sector strategy development, client account team enablement, oversight of the production of industry-relevant research and thought leadership, maintaining regular contact with industry leaders and supporting our global automotive professionals deliver high quality assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services aligned to the needs of the industry.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Professional Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jeff serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan and is on the Board of Advisors of the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business.
Ivan Hodac, Director, European Auto Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)
Ivan Hodac is Secretary General of European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) since 2001. Building on a large experience in EU affairs, he maintains close relationships with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU representatives of the Member States. As representative in Brussels of the 15 European automobile manufacturers, Hodac is also counterpart for other industry associations, NGOs and consumer organizations in Brussels.
Before joining ACEA, he was senior vice president and head of Time Warner Europe office. His responsibilities included the coordinating of public and corporate affairs activities of all Time Warner operating divisions in Europe and representing Time Warner corporate interests vis-à-vis the institutions of the European Union, international organizations and governments of EU Member States and other European countries. Previously, Hodac was Secretary-General of trade organization IFMA/IMACE, senior economist at Didier & Associates and assistant at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Hodac (1946) was born in Prague where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education at the University of Copenhagen (economics and political science) and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).
Dr. Hu Jiangyi is Deputy Director, Sales & Marketing of State Grid Corp. He also serves as the deputy director of the Electric Vehicle Charging Facility Standards Committee. Dr. Hu is mainly responsible for grid sales marketing as well as construction and operation of State Grid’s electric vehicle charging and swapping stations. Dr. Hu graduated from the Shanghai Jiaotong University in February 1998 with a Ph.D. in Electric Power Systems and Automation.
Mirko, Kerschbaum, Director, Global Business Development, Automotive Alliances, Better Place
Mirko Kerschbaum is Director of Global Business Development, Automotive Alliances of Better Place.
Part of the Better Place Automotive Alliances Group, Mirko Kerschbaum focuses primarily on developing and managing strategic business relationships with global carmakers and other automotive companies. He was involved closely in the 2010 memorandum of understanding between Better Place and Chery Automobile Co. to explore switchable-battery vehicles.
Kerschbaum has devoted his entire career to the automotive industry. His vast experience includes various positions in senior management in purchasing, corporate strategy, product and business strategy, product planning, sales and marketing at Chrysler in the U.S. and Daimler in Europe.
In his most recent role, Kerschbaum managed retail sales for a 14-state region of the U.S. that covered nearly 500 Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge dealers and represented approximately $4 billion of annual revenue. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff for Chrysler’s president and CEO and led the OEM’s venture-capital initiative. Earlier in his career, he headed up product planning and marketing for Chrysler's high-performance-vehicle division SRT.
Kerschbaum has a Masters degree in strategic planning, finance and process engineering from the University of Stuttgart, which co-sponsored his thesis with Mercedes-Benz.
Yongmei Kimmel, New Energy Vehicles Strategy Manager, PSA Asia Pacific
Yongmei Kimmel is New Energy Vehicles Strategy Manager of PSA Asia Pacific.
Prior to her current position, she has held various positions in France including hybrid vehicles marketing manager at PSA, projects development and coordination for China, GEFCO, BU business manager for Chinese market, Automobiles Peugeot, PCB commercial engineer, ICAPE, project coordinator for China, Renault.
In China, her experience includes high frequency simulation software commercial engineer at Step Electronics Inc. and electronic engineer at China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC).
Yongmei has degrees including electronics and wireless telecommunication from the Harbin Ship Building Engineering Institute, Translation and interpretation from Ecole Supérieure d'Interprètes et de Traducteurs (ESIT) in Paris, international projects management from ESCP-EAP in Paris and executive master in corporate finance and capital markets from SciencesPo in Paris.
Li Ming, Chief Engineer, Electric and Electronic Architecture, Delphi Asia Pacific
Li Ming, chief engineer of Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture (Delphi-E/EA), Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. He is responsible for cross functional engineering team to pursuit the business and support the vehicle electrical system development for customers in China, Japan, Korea, India and other countries in the region. Ming Li is also responsible for the advanced engineering development including hybrid/electrical vehicle electrical system development and simulation. Ming Li joined Delphi career in 2006 as a chief engineer in Shanghai. Prior to joint to Delphi, he has worked as an engineering director for Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp (SAIC) and vice president of engineering for Chery Automotive Company. He also worked on different engineering and management assignments for 15 years in the US for Chrysler and Motorola. He has built extensive experience on the hybrid vehicle applications, automotive electronics and vehicle electrical and electronics architecture. Ming Li received the Master of Engineering degree from Michigan State University.
Li Zhuhang (Henry), General Manager, Auto Export Trade Division, BYD Auto Co., Ltd.
Henry Li is General Manager of Export Trade Division at BYD Automobile Co., Ltd.
With Mechanical engineering background, he got the bachelor degree in Harbin Engineering University in 1990. He has more than 10 years overseas working and living experiences.
He Joined BYD Company Limited in 1998 as Deputy General Manager of BYD Europe BV, taking charge of BYD batteries and IT product sales management in Europe. Since November 2006, Mr. Li has been assigned as General Manager of BYD AUTO export Trade Division, fully responsible for BYD AUTO global sales outside Greater China and North America with focus on European market.
Lin Yi, Executive Director, Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd.
Lin Yi is Executive Director of Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd.
Lin also currently serves as deputy chief engineer of BAIC Group, deputy director of Beijing Automotive Technology Center, and party secretary of BAIC New Energy Vehicle. Before joining BAIC, Lin served as the dean of the Department of Automotive Engineering at Jilin University and executive deputy director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Electric Vehicles at Beijing Institute of Technology.
Ling Tianjun, Chief Engineer, New Energy Vehicle Division, SAIC Motor
Ling Tianjun is Chief Engineer, New Energy Vehicle Division, SAIC Motor.
In September 2006, as a senior-level technology expert, Ling joined SAIC Motor from Ford Motor Co. where he has worked for 15 years, holding various positions including chief engineer, director of vehicle integration, director of vehicle trial production and a project leader with the State 863 New Energy Vehicle Project. He was also the chief engineer for the New Energy Vehicle VIP Project for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Before he studied in the U.S. in 1986 and obtained Master's degrees in engineering and computer science, Ling had taught at Taiyuan University of Technology and Tsinghua University. He then served as supervisor engineer in Design and Development Division, project leader and senior technical expert in large luxury cars, medium and small cars divisions at Ford starting in 1992. During his 15-year tenure at Ford, Ling has participated in the design and development of over a dozen vehicles and has won numerous technology innovation awards.
Liu Yaqi (Arthur), Vice President and Director of Operations, Shanghai e-Bus New Energy Technology Co., Lt.
Arthur Liu is Vice President and Director of Operations of Shanghai e-Bus New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
Liu is one of the core leaders at Shanghai e-Bus and an advocate of its proprietary Battery Express Change System (BECS) for EV charging. Liu was in charge of constructing and operating China’s first such charging station in Beijing for the Olympic Games in 2008 and the world’s largest EV charging station – the Shanghai World Expo EV charging station with capability to charge 120 EVs. In addition, Liu was involved in the launch and operation of the electric bus charging/battery swap station for the No. 801 public transport route in Guangzhou, the largest EV charging station in South China. Liu is an expert in the commercialization, operation and strategic development of EV charging stations as well as interaction between EV manufacturers and charging stations.
Masami Misaki, Vice President, Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Masami Misaki is vice president of Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Mr. Misaki has been with Nissan his entire career after joining the company in April 1982. Before joining Nissan China in April 2011, Misaki was with the Department of Foreign Affairs on Environment & Safety Technology since April 2009. Prior to that and since April 1982, he has held positions at various departments at Nissan including Alliance Coordination Office; Overseas Vehicles Design Department; Overseas Authentication Section, Environment & Safety Technical Department; Nissan Technical Centre Europe; Third Administration Section, Design & Administration Department; Tokyo Nissan Motor Co.; Third Administration Section, Design & Administration Department; and First Personnel Section, The First Personnel Department.
Rolf Najork, Vice President of Research & Development, Transmission Systems Division, Luk GmbH & Co. KG
Rolf Najork is Vice President of Research & Development, Transmission Systems Division of Luk GmbH & Co. KG, a member of the Schaeffler Group
Najork studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aachen, and started his career at FORD in the CAE Department 1991. From 1991 to 2001 he held different positions within the drivetrain development of Ford including development of automated manual transmissions and launch of 6 speed products.
In 2001 he started at Getrag Ford Transmissions as Manager Transmission Development. In 2003 he was appointed Executive Vice President R&D at GFT. In 2007 Rolf Najork became Group Vice President Product Development at Getrag responsible for worldwide research & development activities.
He started at LuK (Schaeffler Group) in January 2011 as Vice President Research & Development Transmission Systems Division responsible for transmission and electric drive technologies.
Rao Da, Secretary General, China Passenger Vehicle Association
Rao Da is Secretary General of China Passenger Vehicle Association (CPVA) and Director of Sales & Marketing Research at China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA).
Rao founded CPVA (formerly known as China Passenger Car Association) in 1994. Since then, CPVA has evolved from providing monthly and weekly reports on passenger vehicle production and sales data to providing daily reports, export and retail sales data, providing a platform for cooperation and exchange among its members.
Rao Da graduated from the No. 17 Aviation Academy under China’s Air Force in 1964. Over the years, Rao has worked at Beijing Automotive Group (1966-1970), Dongfeng Motor Corp. (1970-1989) and Shanghai-Volkswagen (1989-2003), mainly engaged in policy research, product sales and marketing and market research.
Rao is a well-known expert and analyst on soft science on the Chinese automotive market and related policies and regulations. He has published numerous papers and thesis with more than 100,000 words, and led many key research projects in the industry. His research has helped to perfect automotive laws and regulations, promoted policy environment and improved automotive market standardization..
Ray Shemanski, CEO, Johnson Controls-SAFT
Ray Shemanski is Vice President and General Manager of OEM and Hybrid Systems of Johnson-Controls, and CEO of Johnson Controls-Saft
Mr. Shemanski joined Johnson Controls in 1988 and has been in his current role since October 2009. He is responsible for leading the Johnson Controls-Saft organization in the execution of our current strategies to ensure continued success and achieve profitable growth of the on-going business. He is also responsible for the integration of our global commercial organizations to provide seamless support to OEM customers for the full range of battery systems including lead-acid, advanced lead-acid, and lithium-ion technologies.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Shemanski served as Vice President and General Manager, Ford Business Unit – Global, Automotive Experience. He joined Johnson Controls in 1988 and has held positions of increasing responsibility including Plant Manager, Managing Director, Vice President of Global Sales, and Vice President North American Change Program, prior to assuming his Ford Business Unit leadership role in February 2006.
Mr. Shemanski earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Wu Jianzhong, Chairman, Zotye
Wu Jianzhong is chairman of Zotye Holding Group. Wu had served in the Chinese army for eight years and as a senior-level executive in state-owned enterprises for 16 years, before embarking on an entrepreneurial career in 1999. He took up the current position as chairman of Zotye when the company was founded in 2003. As one of the top decision makers and managers, Wu is in charge of the company’s long-term development strategies.
Zotye is one of the first companies in China to industrialize new energy vehicles, and holds distinctions of being the first company to register a license plate for an EV, first company to achieve mass production and operation of new energy vehicles and the first company to sell an EV to an individual. The Times had once commented that “Zotye would be a leader in the development of new energy vehicles worldwide.” Wu holds an EMBA from Zhejiang University.
Wu Xuebin, President of Foton Automotive Engineering Institute
Wu Xuebin is President of Foton Automotive Engineering Institute. He has been a member of SAE International since August 1994 and a trustee of Society of Automotive Engineers of China since April 2006.
Before joining Foton, he served as senior engineer and senior manager in engineering in many international companies including Ford, Bosch, GM, TRW Automotive and the Chinese automaker Chery.
Wu has Master Degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Yan Gang is Vice President of Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC)
Yan was appointed to this position in July 2008 and also serves as deputy director of JAC Technical Center. From November 2001 to June 2008, Yan worked as the assistant to president of JAC and also the president of JAC Commercial Vehicle Co. Yan worked at Jianghuai Automobile import and export department from October 1992 to October 2001, and was appointed the department director in 1998 in charge of JAC foreign economic relations and technology transactions. From August 1990 to January 1992, Yan worked at Anhui Automobile Research Academy. Yan worked at Jianghuai automobile new products manufacturing workshop from 1988 to July 1990.
Yan once organized the “ATF460 auto transmission development” subject of the Chinese Key Technology R&D Program.
Yan was in charge of projects of the key industry independent innovation and high technology industrialization project organized by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), namely the “small displacement energy-saving and environment-protection diesel engine research and industrialization project”, the “automobile design technology and capacity building project” and the “whole vehicle test platform construction project”.
Yan once organized the construction of auto transmission testing platform based on Anhui foreign trade funds and was in charge of Anhui Science and Technology Key projects including the development of 7DCT double clutch auto transmission, 1.5T GDI, and extended range plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Yan organized the Anhui auto transmission engineering lab program, part of the Anhui high technology industrialization and innovation platform program.
Yan studied at Hefei University of Technology and majored in Automobile from 1984 to 1988.
Yale Zhang, Managing Director, AutoForesight
Yale Zhang is Managing Director of AutoForesight, a consulting company recently founded by Yale.
Prior to his current position, Yale was Director of Greater China Vehicle Forecasts, CSM Worldwide. He had been responsible for incorporating manufacturer program intelligence, marketing and production strategies into CSM Worldwide’s Greater China Market forecast. He has more than eight years of experience in the Chinese automotive market and has worked for Automotive Resources Asia, Ltd. in Beijing, where he led in-depth market research studies for major OEMs.