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William Adams, Head of Battery Research, Cobalt & Lithium & Battery Materials Research, Fastmarkets

William has been involved in the metals markets since 1986, he runs the research for Fastmarkets battery metals and oversees base and precious metals research. Fastmarkets as a Price Reporting Agency (PRA) provides price discovery on the battery raw materials and Fastmarkets Research aims to provide a clear and focused understanding of the metals markets. Prior to working for Fastmarkets, William worked with Rudolf Wolff & Co Ltd, which was one of the founding members of the London Metal Exchange, where he gained broad insight into all aspects of the metals markets, working in their London, New York and Tokyo offices.

Humboldt University Berlin

Philipp Adelhelm, PhD, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Humboldt University, Berlin

Philipp Adelhelm is a professor for physical chemistry at Humboldt-University Berlin. His current main interest is research on sustainable batteries. After studying materials science at the University of Stuttgart, he moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (department of Professor Antionetti / Smarsly, 2005-2007) for his doctoral project. This was followed by a 2-year postdoctoral stay at the University of Utrecht (Professor de Jongh) and then a position as a junior research group leader at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Professor Janek, 2009-2015). From 2015-2019 he was a professor at the Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He has been a professor at the Institute for Chemistry at Humboldt-University since 2019, and heads a joint research group on operando battery analysis at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB).

PowerCo SE

Soonho Ahn, PhD, CTO, PowerCo SE

Dr. Soonho Ahn is CTO of PowerCo, a recent spin-off from Volkswagen to bundle global battery activities for the Group. He had academic training in Chemical Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Auburn University (USA) for his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees, respectively. Previously Ahn held various executive leadership positions in R&D with LG Chem and Samsung SDI in battery companies. At the end of 2018, transitioning from Asia to the US, he took the responsibility of Global Head of battery developments for Apple, California. Later in 2021 Ahn joined Volkswagen to further focus on automotive industry in Germany.

Shunsuke Amagai, Founder & Co-CEO, Beff

Shunsuke Amagai, Co-CEO of Beff, has almost 15 years of experience in lithium-ion battery R&D and manufacturing in the automotive industry. Prior to founding Beff, he was an engineer and project leader at Mercedes-Benz AG from 2016 to 2022 and at Nissan Motor Corporation from 2009 to 2015. He holds MBA from Mannheim Business School and a master's degree in precision mechanics from Chuo University.

Utrecht University

Artrith Nongnuch, Assistant Professor, Materials Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

Nong Artrith (http://nartrith.atomistic.net) is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Materials Chemistry and Catalysis Group at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. Prior to joining Utrecht University, Nong was a Research Scientist at Columbia University, USA, and a PI in the Columbia Center for Computational Electrochemistry. Nong obtained her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, for the development of machine-learning (ML) models for materials chemistry. She was awarded a Schlumberger Foundation fellowship for postdoctoral research at MIT and subsequently joined UC Berkeley as an associate specialist. In 2019, Nong was named a Scialog Fellow for Advanced Energy Storage. She is the main developer of the open-source ML package ænet (http://ann.atomistic.net) for atomistic simulations. Her research interests focus on the development and application of first principles and ML methods for the computational discovery of energy materials and for the interpretation of experimental observations. More here: https://youtu.be/mJTcHTgrvDY

Univ Of Warwick

Anup Barai, Assistant Professor, Energy & Electrical Systems Group, University of Warwick

My specialization is in the development of next-generation characterisation methods for investigating energy storage system performance, degradation and safety. During last 9 yearsf work with energy storage technologies for the automotive industry, I have secured funding for and delivered low-to-mid TRL level research for multiple collaborative research programmes. I have developed novel characterisation techniques and enhanced existing tools for use within the automotive, rail, marine and aerospace sectors. I currently lead battery performance and safety testing and characterisation related research. I am particularly proud of being invited by a number of institutes, conferences and workshops to talk about how we can make batteries safer.

Zentrum fur Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff- Forschung Baden-Wurttemberg

Bruno Bausch, PhD, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW

Bruno Bausch holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Federal Fluminense University (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and a master's degree in materials science from Augsburg University (Augsburg, Germany). Since 2021, he has been pursuing his Ph.D. at Ulm University while doing his research at the Zentrum fur Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff- Forschung Baden-Wurttemberg (Ulm, Germany). His work is focused on developing eco-friendly thermal barriers to prevent thermal runaway propagation and increase the safety of lithium-ion battery packs and their applications.

Lukasz Bednarski, Associate Director, Battery Raw Materials, IHS Markit

Lukasz Bednarski is an associate director at IHS Markit. He covers battery materials market with particular focus on lithium, graphite, manganese, cathodes, and anodes materials. Lukasz has worked in the commodity sector spanning physical trading, training, product management, and research. Prior to joining, his interest in battery materials led to the development of an independent industry portal covering the sector. In addition to his degree in economics and business administration from Aalborg University, Lukasz has studied financial topics in China, Russia, Germany, and Liechtenstein. He is the author of popular non-fiction book "Lithium: The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution.h

Farasis Energy Europe GmbH

Stefan Bergold, PhD, General Manager, Farasis Energy Europe GmbH

Dr Stefan Bergold, General Manager of Farasis Energy Europe GmbH, has more than 15 years experience in the field of powertrain development. Prior to joining Farasis, he worked from 2018 to 2021 as Vice President Sales at AKASOL AG. Stefan completed his studies and doctorate in electrical engineering at Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He is also Member of the Board of Siro Energy, a company based in Turkey and established to develop energy storage solutions as a joint-venture between Togg and Farasis Energy.

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Daniel Bien, PhD, Global Fluid Technology Advisor, Performance Liquids Technology, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical

Dr. Bien joined Exxon Chemical in 1996, where he had various assignments, including sales, licensing, business planning, market development, and technology. These roles have provided him global experience and have included work locations including Cologne, Brussels, Houston, and Singapore. He is currently the Global Advisor for Application and Product Development for ExxonMobil Chemicalfs Fluids business. Dr. Bien holds an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Cologne and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wuppertal (Germany).

Nanoramic Laboratories

Nicolo Brambilla, CTO, Nanoramic Laboratories

Nicolo Brambilla, an expert in energy storage and nanotechnologies, is currently CTO of Nanoramic Laboratories. Since joining the company in 2010, he led a team of engineers to commercialize Neocarbonix electrode technology. He has been a pioneer in the synthesis and processing of carbon nano structures for energy storage. He successfully led multiple industrial programs to design and manufacture high performance and scalable energy storage including lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Valerie Buisette, PhD, Head, Solid State Batteries Program, Solvay

Valerie Buissette is currently head of Solid State Battery activities in Solvay. After a PhD in material sciences, she started her carrier in Research & Innovation, focusing on the development of specialty materials in the field of semi-conductor industry, automotive, lighting & displays. She is involved in Solid State Battery since 2015.

McKinsey & Co

Nicolo Campagnol, PhD, Solution Manager, Battery Insights, McKinsey & Co.

Nicolo` is the manager and co-founder of Battery Insights, a McKinsey Solution (subsidiary) dedicated to the battery industry. Before joining McKinsey, Nicolo` earned his PhD in electrochemistry studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the USA, and the KU Leuven, in Belgium

Benjamin Campbell, Battery Analyst, Battery Solutions, E Source

Ben Campbell uses his expertise in lithium-ion battery technology and electric vehicles to help utilities and multinationals throughout the battery supply chain achieve their goals. Ben was the e-mobility analyst at Cairn Energy Research Advisors (ERA), which E Source acquired in October 2021. Ben is a codeveloper of an industry-leading model for battery manufacturing costs and forecasts markets for electric vehicle batteries and charging infrastructure. He is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Myeongjin Choi, Global Sales & Marketing Manager, New Business Incubator, Umicore

MyeongJin is a global sales and marketing manager of silicon anode business at Umicore, responsible for its business development and product marketing strategy in line with market dynamics and customer needs in EV applications. MyeongJin has a unique battery profile whose career encompasses both EV OEM and the battery materials sector. Before Umicore, Myeongjin spent 8 years in different automotive / EV OEMs in both Europe and Asia as a product manager. Myeongjin earned his Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University where he skilled in strategy development and value proposition building.

Delft IMP BV

Roderik Colen, PhD, CEO, Delft IMP BV

As an international energy executive with almost 20 yearsf experience he enjoys building and implementing business strategies, leading technology development activities and embedding lasting change. His work has taken him across the globe and he lived in Houston, London, Paris, Berlin, and currently in The Hague. His extensive operational supply chain and business development experience provides him a solid and realistic base for the successful growth of a battery materials enhancing start-up from Delft and bring it to industrial scale. Roderik holds a Chemistry PhD from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and has worked with various energy transition start/scale ups directly before joining Delft IMP

Rakalene Condon, Head of Product, Everledger

Rakalene has a wealth of experience in management, analysis, design, development, delivery. She has worked for CoreLogic, CSG International, and Virgin in a range of data and technology roles. Rakalene is leading efforts across Everledger to unite customer requirements with technical solutions to deliver thoughtful and practical solutions, creating transformative, intuitive solutions that increase transparency and trust through supply chains.

Imperial College London

Samuel J. Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group, Imperial College London

Dr. Sam Cooper is an associate professor in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London, where he leads the TLDR group (Tools for Learning, Design, and Research). Sam's group focus on the development of simulation and machine learning tools for the characterisation and optimisation of energy materials, such as battery electrodes. https://tldr-group.github.io

Group14 Technologies

Rick Costantino, PhD, Co-Founder and CTO, Group14 Technologies

Rick Costantino is CTO and co-founder of Group14 Technologies, a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced silicon battery technology. He has 30+ years of experience developing high-performance products at the molecular level spanning chemical and biopharmaceutical industries, with past roles at Genentech, EnerG2, MDRNA Inc. and G2B Pharma, among others. Rick holds more than 60 U.S. patents and over 50 publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T and a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

Clemens Coupette, Senior Project Lead eMobility, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

eMobility enthusiast Clemens Coupette is an experienced executive with German Chemical Group LANXESS. He has a history of working in various fields of the chemicals industry throughout the past decades. His Skills in Marketing and Business Development of Specialty Chemicals, Polymers, and Additives, Clemens Coupette combines with many years of living and working experience both in Asia and Europe. Since 2021, Clemens Coupette is a senior project lead at LANXESS, aiming to connect the chemical expertise of LANXESS with the requirements of the downstream users in the fast-growing battery industry.

Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd

Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd.

Shmuel De-Leon, Founder and CEO of Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd., is a leading international expert in the business of energy storage. Prior to founding the company, for over 21 years, Shmuel held various positions as an energy storage, electronic engineering, and quality control team manager. Shmuel holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, and an M.B.A. in Quality Control and Reliability Engineering from the Technion Institute in Haifa, as well as an Electronic Technician's diploma.

Li-Cycle AG

Elewout Depicker, Vice President Commercial and Corporate Development, Li-Cycle

Mr. Depicker oversees the execution of Li-Cyclefs commercial activities and corporate development strategy for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (gEMEAh) regions. Before joining Li-Cycle, Elewout Depicker was Business Head Lithium, Manganese, Additives and Supply Chain Management at Umicorefs Rechargeable Battery Materials division. At Umicore, he was in charge of growing the global sourcing portfolio of battery raw materials going into Umicorefs PCAM and CAM products. Elewout has extensive experience in the marketing and commercialization of battery specialty chemicals. Mr. Depicker holds his Master of Commercial Engineering from Ghent University in Belgium.

Bridget Catherine Deveney, Director of R&D, Vianode

Bridget Deveney is the Director of R&D for Vianode an Elkem Company. In this role she has led the development of a sustainably produced graphite anode material from milligram lab scale to hundreds of metric tons scale and soon to be tens of thousands of metric tons. She has twenty years of experience in the battery industry leading R&D projects.

Asmae El Mejdoubi, PhD, Product Manager, R&D, Tiamat SAS

After the engineering school, Asmae El Mejdoubi did her PhD in electrical engineering from 2012 to 2015. She continued her research on the SoC and the SoH diagnosis and prognosis models for Lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, to join TIAMAT in September 2018. Since 2020, Dr. El Mejdoubi is leading the product management at TIAMAT to develop battery packs based on sodium-ion chemistry.

Amphenol and Society of Automotive Engineers

Brian Engle, Manager, Business Development, Electrification, Amphenol

As Business Development Manager for Amphenol Advanced Sensors, Brian Engle is responsible for developing new technologies and partnerships to address emerging sensor needs within various industries. With over 30 years of experience in research, development, and business roles within global OEM and Tier 1 automotive companies, Brian Engle blends system engineering disciplines with business acumen to develop cost-effective solutions to the most challenging needs within the industry. As an active member of SAE, Brian supports a number of battery and xEV safety initiatives and through participation in NAATBATT consortium, works together with OEM's, xEV supply chain partners, and government to develop technology to support the rapidly growing xEV and battery storage market.

Mona Faraji-Niri,PhD, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems, Energy Innovation Centre, University of Warwick

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SINTEF Industry

Eibar J. Flores, Research Scientist, SINTEF Industry

Eibar Flores is a Research Scientist in the Department of Sustainable Energy Technology at SINTEF Industry (Norway). In 2019 he received his Dr. sc. degree from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and later joined the Technical University of Denmark as Postdoctoral Researcher. He currently develops digital tools to accelerate battery research using machine learning and semantic technologies.

University of Picardie Jules Verne

Alejandro A. Franco, PhD, Professor, Reactivity & Chemistry of Solids Lab, University of Picardie Jules Verne

Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is Full Professor at the Universite de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). He is also Honorary Member of the Institut Universitaire de France and the leader of the Theory Open Platform at the ALISTORE European Research Institute. He holds an ERC consolidator grant for his project ARTISTIC (https://www.erc-artistic.eu/) on the digitalization of battery manufacturing processes based on multiscale modeling and artificial intelligence. He recently won an ERC Proof of Concept grant for his project SMARTISTIC on the assistance of battery manufacturers using digital technologies. He is/was involved in multiple projects dealing with the use of digitalization to assist battery R&D (e.g. EU PULSELION, EU BIG MAP, EU HELIS, EU POROUS4APP, and bilateral projects between Prof. Franco's group and industry). He is the Chairman of the Expert Group gDigitalization, Measurement Methods and Qualityh in the LiPLANET battery manufacturing network and he won the French Prize for Pedagogy Innovation 2019 for his use of Virtual Reality to teach battery sciences. He is the author of more than 130 scientific articles and of more than 110 invited lectures in international conferences.

Sepion Technologies

Peter Frischmann, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Sepion Technologies

Following a lifelong passion to power cars with solar energy, Pete Frischmann has devoted the past 10 years to advanced materials R&D for breakthrough energy storage technologies. In 2015 he co-founded Sepion Technologies, a California Bay-Area Startup, to commercialize ion-selective membrane products he co-invented at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that boost the energy density, safety, and lifetime of lithium batteries. His technical expertise in chemical self-assembly provides a unique vantage point to leverage innovative materials to solve long-standing battery problems. With support from the prestigious Cyclotron Road Energy Technology Incubator (now Activate) and US Department of Energy, Pete transitioned his focus from technical leadership to deeptech entrepreneurship placing him at the crossroads of technology and business development. He has grown Sepion from a concept to Series A funded startup with 30 employees, co-invented 8 patents, and authored 26 peer-reviewed journal publications. Prior to Sepion, he was a Project Scientist at Berkeley Lab, JCESR Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley Lab, an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, and he holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.

Nomura Research Institute America Inc

Akihito Fujita, Senior Manager, Research & Consulting, Nomura Research Institute America, Inc.

Advised clients on both short- and long-term growth strategy while bridge-making between Asian-USA/European companies as a management consultant for more than 10 years. Expertise Area: Business strategy, Transformation, Cross border M&A, Business Due Diligence, Alliance advisory & PMI (Post Merger Integration). Industries: Chemical / materials and automotive / auto-parts / aerospace industries including lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle.

Gandiaga Inigo, Senior Researcher, Energy Storage and Management, Ikerlan

Inigo Gandiaga is Project Manager & Researcher at Ikerlan. Graduated in Physical Sciences from EHU-UPV (University of the Basque Country). Inigo Gandiaga joined IKERLAN in 2010. He has actively participated and led different industrial projects in the last 12 years. His professional research background are energy storage and data analytics, more in detail Inigo is focused on the field of analysis of the useful life and state of batteries for electric mobility and stationary applications with different storage technologies (Li-ion, post Li-ion, Supercaps and Lithium-ion Capacitors). As result of his research, he has participated in more than 15 publications in leading magazines. Reserchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Inigo-Gandiaga/research Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/i%C3%B1igo-gandiaga-3a1669205

Munich Electrification GmbH

Stefan Goede, Head of Research & Development, Co-Founder, Munich Electrification GmbH

Stefan Goede is the CTO and CO-Founder of Munich Electrification, a battery management system supplier. He has been working in the BMS domain since 2008 and previous career steps include positions such as Staff Engineer for BMS at Tesla Motors, BMS Project Manager at BMW and BMS Function Developer at Daimler.

California Air Resources Board

Leslie Goodbody, Engineer, California Air Resources Board

Leslie has worked for CARB for 16 years and is currently managing incentive programs and working on heavy duty ZEV infrastructure efforts. She is overseeing numerous projects involving on-road demonstration and pilot deployments of fuel cell trucks, fuel cell and battery electric transit buses, high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations and depot charging. Leslie is also overseeing administration of $150 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for Zero-Emission Class 8 trucks and low-NOx trucks and freight equipment. Leslie previously worked with CARBfs Advanced Clean Cars group focusing on automotive hydrogen fueling and charging infrastructure. She has a bachelorfs degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and 31 years working in the public and private sectors.

Keri Goodwin, PhD, Chief Technologist, Formulation, CPI

Keri Goodwin has over 15 years of materials chemistry research experience. She is currently a Chief Technologist at CPI focused on battery materials formulation and energy storage applications. Her expertise lies in materials development for electronic applications as well as optimisation of coatings and interfaces using a variety of deposition techniques.

Toyota Research Institute

Matthew Gordon, PhD, Staff Software Engineer, Energy and Materials, Toyota Research Institute

Matthew Gordon is a physicist and engineer at Toyota Research Institute, in the Energy and Materials Division. His work focuses on data-driven optimization of battery manufacturing. He also helps advise Toyota on reaching its carbon neutral goals. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois.

Green ELMF Cables Ltd.

Shalom Green, CEO, Green ELMF Cables Ltd.

Mr. Green is an Industrial Engineer by profession (Technion , 1973) and a certified eJohnaf at the Goldrat Institute (USA), with vast international business development experience. Mr. Green served for several years as V.P. for Manufacturing and International sales with Monster Cable Inc. (San Francisco, Ca., USA) and established and managed during the 1990fs the Israeli subsidiary gMonster Cable Products Israel Ltd.h.

Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

Thomas D. Gregory, Owner and Consultant, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

Tom Gregory received his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1978 and his MS in 1979, specializing in electrochemical engineering. His 34-year career at Dow Chemical encompassed a variety of R&D roles including development and scale-up of production technology for organic, inorganic, polymer, and ceramic materials. He led pioneering rechargeable magnesium battery R&D and engaged in development of novel lithium ion battery and fuel cell-related technologies. Tom is currently a consultant specializing in chemical process analysis, design, and scale-up and electrochemical energy generation and storage. He is active in both AIChE and The Electrochemical Society and frequently serves on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. He is the inventor or co-inventor on 16 U.S. and 42 foreign patents and has published or presented 25 papers in scientific journals and conferences.

Keysight Technologies GmbH

Albert Groebmeyer, Strategic Portfolio Planner, Keysight Technologies GmbH

Albert Grobmeyer received his Degree Diploma in Chemistry focused on cathode materials and spent several years at the MEET Battery Research Center in Germany before joining Keysight Technologies in 2018 where he started as a system engineer and electrochemist in the field of battery cells with a focus on cell formation lines. Since 2022 Albert manages the portfolio planning of Keysightfs solutions for battery cell testing.

Graz Univ of Technology

Gregor Gstrein, PhD, Project Senior Scientist, Graz University of Technology

Born in Neunkirchen (Austria), 25.04.1982 Studies of Mechanical Engineering, Graz University of Technology (finalized 2007) PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Graz University of Technology (2011) employee at Vehicle Safety Instutute, Graz University of Technology since 2007.

Coventry University

Yue Guo, PhD, MBA, Professor of Battery Systems, Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility, Coventry University

Yue Guo is Professor of Battery Systems at Coventry University. He has a wealth of automotive experience having previously been the Project Manager and Deputy Head of the Energy Innovation Centre at WMG, University of Warwick. Prof Guo is a Chartered Engineer, Member of IET, Senior Member of IEEE, and Committee Member of SAE International. He successfully conducted a number of consultancy activities with more than 20 industrial partners since 2013 where the research outcomes are adopted for producing industrial prototypes and products with significantly improved quality and efficiency.

McMaster University

Saeid Habibi, PhD, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Center for Mechatronics & Hybrid Technologies, McMaster University

Dr. Habibi is the founder of EECOMOBILITY Inc., a Canadian start-up out of McMaster University. EECOMOBLTY specializes in AI software and has developed unique products for rapid characterization and production line testing of battery cells, modules, and pack. Dr. Habibi is also a Tier I Canada Research Chair and a full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. He is the founder and the Director of the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies (CMHT). CHMT has created one of the most advanced and best-equipped automotive research laboratories in Canada and internationally specializing in battery characterization, testing, prognostics, and diagnostics. CMHT researchers have collaborated with industrial partners to design and commercialize unique test equipment that are sold internationally and have created unique testing and characterization capabilities. CMHT currently supports a number of large projects as well as being a resource to automotive companies and start-ups. Dr. Habibi is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME).


Michael Harenbrock, PhD, Principal Expert, Engineering Electric Mobility, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH

Michael Harenbrock holds the position of Principal Expert, Electric Mobility at MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, a global leader in filtration solutions for the automotive industry. After receiving his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from WWU Munster in 1994, he worked in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry before joining MANN+HUMMEL in 1998 as Manager Materials Development Filter. Further positions in the company included Manager, Advanced Development Filtration Transportation and Manager, Advanced Development Electric Mobility & Fuel Cells. He has worked on fuel cell and battery projects since 2010. Through market and technology monitoring, he identifies the need for new innovative filtration solutions for Electric Mobility, and coordinates their related activities worldwide. International networking and collaboration in industry organizations are essential parts of his work. His passion is for Clean Transport - helping to protect man and environment from transport-related emissions.

QuantumScape Corp

Tim Holme, PhD, CTO, QuantumScape Battery Corporation

Dr. Holme is QuantumScapefs Chief Technology Officer. He has served as QuantumScapefs Chief Technology Officer since January 2011. Prior to joining QuantumScape, he was a Research Associate at Stanford University from June 2008 to January 2011. Dr. Holme holds a B.S. in Physics, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Victoria Hugill, Battery Research Analyst, Research, Rho Motion

Victoria is a Research Analyst at Rho Motion focused on the technical side of electric vehicles, energy stationary storage, and battery market analysis. Drawing upon four years of industry experience as a scientist working in silicon anode development and lithium-ion battery cell testing. Victoria holds a first-class Master's degree in Chemistry. ?Rho Motion, headquartered in London, offers the most comprehensive and well-informed forecasts and analysis for the energy transition.

StoreDot Ltd

Yaron Ideses, PhD, Director, Chemistry R&D, StoreDot Ltd.

Dr. Yaron Ideses is Director of Chemistry R&D at StoreDot. He specializes in formulation and material science of both Process Development and Chemistry disciplines and has vast industry and R&D experience, from the 3D printing and Li-ion batteries industries. Yaron holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Dual B.Sc. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, both from Ben-Gurion University.

FREYR Battery Norway AS

Sachiya Inagaki, Vice President, Battery Material Supply Business, FREYR Battery Norway AS

Joined Freyr in May, 2021. He is VP Battery Material Supply Business and mainly in charge of Supplier Relations and Business Development with material manufactures. Before joining Freyr, he had been in a position of Executive General Manager of Industrial Technology unit in Yano Research Institute, and lead a dozens of market research and consulting projects as to LiB industries such as material, cell, application, process, reuse/recycling and etc. He was also in a position of Seoul Branch Office Manager and has broaden battery related networks mainly in Asia. During his previous position, he had joined this event several times as a speaker. He has acquired MBA of Tsukuba University in 2007.


Viktor Irle, Co-Founder & Market Analyst, EV Volumes

Viktor Irle has a M.Sc. in Management & Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology, where he learnt analyzing emerging markets and market disruptions from new innovations. Being passionate about automobiles and especially electric engines and clean technology, EV-volumes.com is the natural outcome of his set of skills. Viktor is convinced the future automotive history is both electric and autonomous.

Martin Jackson, Senior Analyst, Battery Metals, CRU Group

Martin Jackson leads CRU's lithium analysis as part of the battery materials team, after joining CRU in 2018, from a background in mineral exploration. Following a five-year career as a geological consultant for the mining and mineral exploration industry in Africa and the Middle East, Martin's primary role is to develop CRU's lithium and battery materials analysis services. Martin holds an MSc (Eng) in Mineral Economics from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a BSc in Economic Geology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Juergen Janek, PhD, Professor, Solid-State Ionics & Electrochemistry, Justus Liebig University, Giessen

Jurgen Janek has a chair for Physical Chemistry at Justus Liebig University in Giessen (JLU), is director of the JLU Center for Materials Research and Scientific Director of the BELLA lab at KIT, Karlsruhe. He was visiting professor at Seoul National University (South Korea), Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), and DLAix-Marseille (France), and he was awarded with an honorary doctorate from TU Delft (Netherlands). He holds numerous patents, has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and got numerous awards. His research interests focus on the physical chemistry of inorganic solids, solid state ionics, and reactivity, specifically on the properties of mixed ionic-electronic conductors, defect chemistry of ionic materials, kinetics of solid-state reactions, and solid-solid interfaces. In recent years, his research is focused strongly to the chemistry of battery materials, solid electrolytes, and solid-state batteries and operando studies of batteries. He is scientific coordinator of the German Cluster of Competence for Solid State Batteries FESTBATT funded by BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and member of the DFG Cluster of Excellence POLIS at Ulm/Karlsruhe.

Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

Alexandra Kaas, Research Associate, Mechanical Process Engineering and Mineral Processing, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

Alexandra Kaas is a Ph.D. student in the Division of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mineral Processing, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany. She holds a diploma degree in Mechanical Process Engineering and Particle Technology. During different internships she gained knowledge about mineral processing and material science. Alexandra is currently concentrating on the on several projects on lithium ion batterie processing, such as digitalisation and modelling of sorting processes.

ACCURE Battery Intelligence GmbH

Kai-Philipp Kairies, CEO, ACCURE Battery Intelligence GmbH

Kai-Philipp is a scientist and entrepreneur focusing on innovative storage solutions. He worked as a battery researcher and consultant in Germany, Singapore, and California. Since 2020, he is CEO of ACCURE Battery Intelligence GmbH, a research-led startup that supports companies in understanding and improving their batteriesf safety and longevity using advanced data analytics.

SpectraPower LLC

James Kaschmitter, CEO, SpectraPower LLC

James Kaschmitter is the CEO of SpectraPower, which he founded in 2002. SpectraPower operates a battery research facility in Livermore, CA that performs contract energy storage research, consulting and expert witness services for government, private companies, law firms, startups and investors. Jim has founded, or co-founded, several companies in the energy storage field. He began research in Li-ion batteries in 1989 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He was co-founder and CEO of PolyStor Corporation starting in 1993. PolyStor is the only U.S. company to have commercially manufactured in high volume in the U.S. all form factors of lithium-ion cells, including cylindrical, prismatic and polymer. In 1997 Jim founded PowerStor Corporation to commercialize the carbon aerogel supercapacitor that he co-invented at LLNL. PowerStor supercapacitors are now manufactured and sold in high volume by Eaton Bussman. He founded UltraCell in 2002, which successfully developed the worldfs first reformed methanol micro fuel cell. UltraCellfs micro fuel cells are currently manufactured and sold by Brentronics and are deployed with U.S military and intelligence units, and are in use in combat in the Middle East. Jim holds a masterfs degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has a bachelorfs degree in the Physics Honors Program from the University of Utah. He holds more than 20 patents in the alternative energy field. He owns, maintains and operates an experimental aircraft and holds instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Argus Media

Thomas Kavanagh, Associate Editor, Argus Media

Associate Editor at Argus Media with extensive experience covering battery metal and other non-ferrous metal markets, producing news and analysis daily.

Lincoln Electric

David Kilburn, MBA, Director, Flexible Automation, Lincoln Electric

BSME from Grove City College and MBA from Kellogg University with 15 years of global experience in the welding industry.

AVL List GmbH

Ales Kolar, Senior Product Manager, Virtual Testing Solutions, AVL List GmbH

Automotive professional with over a decade of expertise in powertrain engineering. Senior product manager at AVL List GmbH and responsible for virtual testing solutions. Previously worked at European suppliers and a Chinese OEM, covering e.g. ECU calibration, mechanical validation, numerical simulation.

Advanced Battery Systems Consulting, LLC

Kevin Konecky, Battery and Energy Storage Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

Mr. Konecky brings over 20 years of xEV experience to his work, having worked on multiple complex designs for battery system development, charging system integration, and high-voltage powertrain integration. He is skilled in new product design and development, product testing, product safety, integration of multiple sub-systems for vehicles, new product launches and has expanded his skillset beyond batteries into power electronics. His experience in batteries includes multiple technologies (Li-ion, NiMH, UltraCapacitors, Lead-Acid). Mr. Konecky has worked for multiple OEM and Tier 1 battery suppliers (GM, Fisker, Byton, Cobasys, EnerDel, Lockheed Martin) and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and MS from Purdue (IUPUI - Indianapolis, IN).

SVOLT Energy Technology Europe GmbH

Vaneet Kumar, Vice President, European R&D Center, SVOLT Energy Technology Europe GmbH

Vaneet Kumar is Vice President of the European R&D Center at SVOLT Energy Technology Ltd. He has been associated with SVOLT since 2014 and held different positions as Deputy Chief Engineer System Design, Chief Engineer BMS Design, and Vice President Overseas Business during this time. He has about 20 years of total industry experience in the automotive, defense, and energy sector and over twelve years of expertise in EVs and lithium-ion battery development. In the past, Vaneet has worked in key global automotive markets in India, Japan, South Korea, China, and Germany with market leaders like Suzuki Motors, Samsung SDI, and Great Wall Motors. Vaneet holds a masterfs degree in technology from IIT Bombay, India.

Clarios Advanced Solutions GmbH

Christian Kuper, Manager, Li-ion Modeling & Requirements, Clarios

Dr. Christian Kuper studied physics at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany and earned his PhD in Solid State Physics on electrooptical effects in oxide materials. He started in the battery industry in 1998 at Hoppecke Batteries in the development of advanced lead acid batteries. He developed first AGM and 42V batteries for automotive applications and was involved in early phase development of BMS systems for lead acid batteries. Since 2006 his focus is on Lithium-Ion battery development. Currently Christian leads a team of modeling and requirement engineers focusing on the development of batteries for the low voltage power network of Hybrid and BEV vehicles.

Lithion Recycling

Christian Lafrance, Manager, Business Development, Lithion Recycling

Christian Lafrance is a senior business developer with over 18 years of experience in high-tech markets. During those 18 years, he has successfully led business in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is now responsible for business development in Europe for Lithion Recycling, for which he leads the deployment of proprietary recycling technology through strategic partnerships. He holds a bachelorfs degree in Engineering Physics (ecole Polytechnique Montreal) and a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management (ecole Polytechnique Montreal).


Ashok Lahiri, Technical Advisor & Co-Founder, ENOVIX Corp

Ashok Lahiri has served as Enovixfs Chief Technology Officer since June 2007. From January 2003 to April 2007, he served as Senior Director, Process Development at FormFactor, Inc. From 1983 to 2002, he served as Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, an information technology company. Mr. Lahiri received a B.S. with high honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 79 patents and/or patent applications in battery technology, 3D architecture, electrochemistry, and precision machining.

University Of Warwick

Michael Lain, PhD, Lead Engineer, WMG, University of Warwick

Dr. Michael Lain has been involved in lithium-ion battery R&D for over 25 years, including projects on cell design and optimisation, cell safety, cell operating lifetime, silicon anode materials, and recycling. After 20 years in industrial research, he moved to the Warwick Manufacturing Group in 2014, where he has worked on a mixture of collaborative projects and contract research for industrial partners

Aptiv PLC

Ayush Lal, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Aptiv PLC

Ayush Lal is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Aptiv in Michigan, USA. He received his Masterfs degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, USA in 2017. His main skills and expertise cover the areas of power electronics, computational fluid dynamics, and vehicle electrification. Mr. Lal has worked with automotive giants such as Delphi Technologies (now Borg Warner) and Eaton Corporation in e-mobility in the US. His work has been published in books such as Innovate Toronto.

e-Technology GmbH

Arnold Lamm, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, E-Mobility, e-Technologies GmbH

Dr. Lamm studied Mechanical/Chemical Engineering at RWTH-Aachen. After finishing his Ph.D. at Research Centre Julich GmbH, he entered Daimler-Benz Research in 1995. From 1997 to 2005, he has had different leading positions at Daimler-Benz AG, DaimlerChrysler AG, and Daimler AG in the fields of Fuel Cell development and alternative powertrain development. From 2006 through 2016, he was responsible for the Mercedes HV Storage research and development, with a focus on Li-ion technology. These activities covered batteries for different applications: 48V high-power batteries for hybrids and fuel cell cars, plug-in batteries, and batteries for EV applications. From May 2016 through May 2019, he was the Project Leader for eDrives 2025 based on C-segment cars in pre-development. Beginning in June 2019, Dr. Lamm left Daimler AG in order to found a consulting company for electromobility called e-Technologies GmbH.

BMW Group

Peter Lamp, PhD, Head, Research Battery Technology, BMW Group

Peter Lamp has a Ph.D. degree in Physics. He held several positions in non-profit R&D institutes as well as industry in the field of energy conversion and storage. He joined BMW in 2001 and is currently responsible for R&D Battery Cell Technology.

Karolin Langfeldt, Client Partner, Circulor

Karolin Langfeldt is a senior business expert with 12+ years of experience in Business Development and New Technologies in managerial positions. She has dedicated her career to advocating for a more sustainable and just future by applying new technologies. Since she started at Circulor her main focus lies on complex, industrial supply chains of critical raw materials. Circulor provides end-to-end supply chain transparency, enabling customers to meet their responsible sourcing agendas and climate neutrality objectives.

Argonne Natl Lab

Eungje Lee, Staff Scientist, Chemical Sciences & Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Eungje Lee is a materials scientist in Argonnefs Chemical Sciences and Engineering division. He has over 15 years of experience in the development of materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. As an expert in the process-structure-property relationship in energy materials, Leefs research interests include the design and synthesis of new materials for lithium-ion batteries and next-generation technologies such as sodium-ion and solid-state batteries. He also has extensive experience in the use of advanced characterizations such as synchrotron X-ray techniques to elucidate the multi-scale mechanisms that govern electrochemical performance and degradation. Prior to joining Argonne, Lee worked for LG Chem.

RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li, Young Research Group Leader, RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li is leading a young research group at RWTH Aachen University, where he received the Dr.-Ing degree with the highest praise, summa cum laude, in 2021. During 2018 - 2021, he was team leader, project leader, and research associate at RWTH Aachen University. During 2016 - 2017, he was a research assistant at Active Adaptive Control Lab and Sloan Automotive Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his MS and BS in automotive engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Tongji University. He was with the Volkswagen AG, Porsche Engineering GmbH, and SAIC Volkswagen, in various electrical and mechanical engineering roles. He is involved in the development of digital twin for batteries with physics-based modeling and machine learning. His current research interests include model-based battery analytics and monitoring, machine learning for aging estimation and lifetime prediction, battery fault identification with big data analysis, and reinforcement learning for fast charging and energy management.

Suzhou Botree Cycling Sci & Tech Co Ltd

Xiao Lin, PhD, Founder & CEO, Suzhou Botree Cycling Sci & Tech Co. Ltd.

Member of the National Technical Committee SAC/TC294 on Discarded or Disused Chemicals Disposal of Standardization Administration of China. Operation Agent of IEA HEV TCP Task 48 Battery Swapping, participant of IEA HEV Task 40 CRM4EV, Leaders in Innovation Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering Funded by Newton Fund. Working in novel separation and purification technologies for critical battery metals, revolutionary solution for battery recycling and materials regeneration. Finished 50+ research and commercial projects, granted prizes like national technology invention and national key practical technologies of environmental protection. Published 40 papers, been authorized 30+ patents, participated in the formulation of national standards, and been one of main writers of gPower battery blue bookh (China) and gWhite book of power battery recyclingh (China).

Franklin Lingga, Battery Technology Engineer, BMW Group

Christianna N. Lininger, PhD, Application Engineer, Voltaiq, Inc.

Dr. Christianna N. Lininger is the Director of Battery Science and Engineering at Voltaiq, the Battery Intelligence Software company that is accelerating commercial battery development in all commercial storage markets. She comes to Voltaiq after completing her Ph.D. and M.S at Columbia University and completing her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley. Her research was focused on theoretical computational chemistry and physics-based modeling for renewable energy technologies, focused primarily on the impact of mesoscale processes on the key performance metrics of Li-ion batteries. She studied the impacts of nano-sizing active material and the mesostructure of electrode composite on battery performance, phase-change materials, low cost cathode alternatives, solution responses at electrified interfaces, and machine learning algorithms to model building energy usage. Now at Voltaiq, she works closely with partners in industry developing commercial batteries as well as the Product and Analytics development efforts at Voltaiq.

Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research ISI

Steffen Link, Researcher, Electrochemistry & Electroplating, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Steffen Link graduated in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since 2020 researcher in the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer ISI. His research focuses on the decarbonization of road transport and the techno-economic battery design for commercial vehicles including cell selection, battery capacity & charging infrastructure optimization. He currently pursues his Ph.D. degree at the KIT Institute of Electrical Engineering (ETI).

Bitrode Corporation

Nima Lotfi, PhD, Director, New Product Development, Bitrode Corporation

Dr. Nima Lotfi has more than 12 years of experience in batteries and transportation electrification. In 2016, he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T and joined the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department of SIU Edwardsville. His areas of research interest include battery characterization, modeling, BMS design, control systems, and robotics. He has been leading research and new product development activities at Bitrode Corporation since January 2022.


Fengliu Lou, PhD, Director of Research & Development, Beyonder

Over 15 years' experience on Lithium-ion battery development, including high rate and stable silicon electrode design, anode pre-lithiation development, cell design and testing.

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Mark H.L. Lu, PhD, Senior Industrial Analyst, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute

Mr. Lu graduated from Department of Business Administration in National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan, and continued to acquire an MBA degree from National Sun Yat-sen University. His first job concerned with the optical film in China for two years, then came back Taiwan to serve Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) as an analyst in Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) until now. As a certified industrial analyst of the biggest think-tank in Taiwan, he is responsible for the research about Taiwan battery-related industry, including material, cell, pack and related applications. Not only handling the official government statistics about Taiwan battery industry, sometimes he also plays a role to provide consulting suggestions for Taiwan government and firms. From 2010 to June 2020, he served as the secretary-general of the Taiwan Battery Association.

Daimler Truck AG

Tobias Lucking, Manager, HV Battery Development, Daimler Truck AG

I am a passionate battery developer striving for the decarbonization of transportation. After studying mechanical engineering and mechatronics, I joined Daimler Trucks. Since 2009 I worked on several high voltage battery projects at Daimler Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Vans. In 2019 I took over my current position as manager for high voltage battery development focusing on engineering lead, battery architecture, and safety.

Fernanda Marzano, PhD, Technology Leader Electrification, Research Office, Scania

Fernanda Marzano works at Scania CV AB as the technology leader in electrification with responsibility for setting strategic research goals and implementation planning. She also handles external research partnerships and represents Scania at the national and international level. Her background includes material development in industry and academia in Sweden, Germany, and Brazil.


Roland Matthe, Technical Fellow, Global Battery Systems; Manager, Electrical Architecture, Stellantis

Roland Matthe is Technical Fellow for Battery Systems and Manager for electrification architecture at Opel Automobile GmbH. Since 2011 he is heading the battery system leadership team, overseeing the future strategy for automotive battery systems, research results and field experience from current battery systems. From 2007 to 2011 he had been leading the development of the VOLTec Lithium-Ion battery system for Opel Ampera and Chevrolet Volt at the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, USA. Since 1997, he held various position in GMfs fuel cell team, leading system engineering group, fuel cell system component development and future fuel cell system architecture definition. After joining Adam Opel AG in 1989 he worked on electric vehicle development and battery integration for the Opel Impuls electric vehicles gaining experience with all types of automotive battery systems. Roland Matthe received his gDiplom Ingenieurh title (masterfs degree) in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1989.


Horst Mettlach, Global Tech Specialist Propulsion Electrification, Stellantis

Horst Mettlach, Global Technical Specialist 48V Traction Batteries, Stellantis / Opel Automobile GmbHELEC - Propulsion Electrification IPC W3-0165423 Russelsheim, Germany. Horst Mettlach studied electrical engineering at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU Trondheim) and joined the Electric Vehicle group of Adam Opel AG in 1995. During his career, Horst Mettlach worked on the development of battery systems of different technologies (lead acid, NiMH, NaNiCl and Li-Ion) for Electric, Fuel Cell, and Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera). In addition, he represents Adam Opel AG / Opel Automobile GmbH in national and European research projects as well as in standardization committees and national and European working groups on electrical energy storage systems. His current position is gGlobal Technical Specialist 48V Traction Batteriesh with focus on development of mHEV Li-ion battery systems for various applications within Stellantis.

Munters GmbH

Andre Meyer, Head of Key Applications, Automotive & Battery, Munters GmbH

Dipl.-Ing. Andre Meyer was born in Rheine (Westphalia) in 1974. After graduating from high school and successfully completing a mechanical engineering degree at the Munster University of Applied Sciences, he started in 1998 as a sales engineer at OLT GmbH in Metelen (near Munster). There he was in charge of national & international sales for painting plants / paint finishing systems for about 7 years. In the years 2005 and 2006 he worked for Heimer Lackieranlagen in Bielefeld as a sales engineer and afterwards at the renamed Wheelabrator Group again in Metelen within international sales for painting and blasting systems till end of 2009. From 2010 onwards he took over regional sales for North Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony at Munters GmbH Hamburg. Since 2016 he has been responsible for air dehumidification in the automotive and battery sectors as a Key Account Automotive & Battery. In this role he oversees the countries of the DACH region as well as the Czech Republic and Poland. From 2020, he assumed the additional function of department head key accounts for the areas of WET (Adiabate Humidification Technology) and GTEC (Adiabate Gas Turbine Humidification).

P3 automotive GmbH

Ines Miller, Team Lead Battery Cells, E Mobility, P3 Automotive GmbH

Ines Miller is leading the team of battery cells for P3 automotive in the field of E-Mobility. She has been involved in numerous projects with automotive OEMs, suppliers, chemical industry and investment banks mostly covering topics of Li-ion and Next-Gen batteries. Within P3 she is an expert for E-Mobility with focus on Li-ion and all-solid-state cells including technology and cost assessments. Before working for P3, Ines has gained her Masterfs degree in Business Chemistry at the University of Ulm.

Robert Mitchell, PhD, Principal Scientist, Energy Materials, CPI

Dr. Robert Mitchell (Principal Scientist - Energy Materials): has a PhD in chemistry and over 13 years of R&D experience in energy materials, nanomaterials, and catalysts. He has a strong specialisation in analytical characterisation of materials including electrochemical techniques, spectroscopy, microscopy, and surface characterisation techniques. His expertise lies in coupling materials properties and formulation/coating methodologies to optimise functional coating performance and implementation of quick screening tests for high-throughput experimentation.

Luise Muller-Hofstede, Business Development Director, Circulor

Luise Muller-Hofstede is Business Development Director at Circulor. Luisefs focus lies in supporting German and European automotive industry in its responsible sourcing agendas and climate neutrality objectives. Working in international markets, Luisefs background lies in distributed ledger technology in the field of green supply chains and the energy sector.

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Christoph Neef, PhD, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Christoph Neef is a senior scientist and project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe Germany. His focus of work lies on the analysis of new technologies and emerging markets in the fields of energy storage, nano-materials and smart production. Christoph Neef did his PhD in the field of solid-state physics and Li-ion batteries (2012-2016). During his post-doc, he was manager of the laboratory for synthesis and crystal growth at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, Heidelberg (2016-2017) and worked on novel cathode materials for Li-ion batteries and respective synthesis techniques.

Imperial College London

Gregory J. Offer, PhD, Professor in Electrochemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Gregory Offer is Professor in Electrochemical Engineering, Imperial College London and leads the Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group in Mechanical Engineering. Professor Offerfs research is at the interface between the science and engineering of electrochemical devices. Having trained as an electrochemist before moving to engineering, his research portfolio focuses on understanding the limits of operation, degradation mechanisms and failure modes of batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells in real world applications, and the impacts and consequences on system design, integration and control. He has published >100 peer reviewed journal papers, patents, technical reports and books. Greg is also a co-founder of four battery related start-ups, Cognition Energy Ltd, Breathe Battery Technologies Ltd, Galvanic Energy Ltd, and About:Energy Ltd. Greg has also worked previously as a management consultant and a government advisor.

General Motors

Andy Oury, Engineering Technical Leader, Battery Packs, General Motors

Andy Oury is the Engineering Technical Leader for High Voltage Battery Packs at General Motors. He has 23 years of experience in automotive product development, focused on chassis and battery engineering. Andy works with cross-functional teams to design battery systems like those found in GMfs Ultium Platform that underpins game changing EVs like the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac LYRIQ. Andy earned a Bachelorfs degree from MIT in mechanical engineering and a Masterfs from Purdue in multidisciplinary engineering.

Brazilian Nickel PLC

Anne Oxley, Technical Director, Brazilian Nickel PLC

Anne is a Chartered Metallurgical Engineer from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. She has over 30 yearsf experience in the natural resource sector and has been working in nickel and cobalt since 2003. Anne was with European Nickel from 2003 to 2010 as Group Technology Manager where she was the driving force behind the initial development of the heap leaching of Nickel Laterites. In 2010 Anne left European Nickel to co-found a company to further develop and commercialise nickel laterite heap leaching technology. After acquiring their first nickel laterite project in Brazil, she then co-founded Brazilian Nickel in 2013 to develop the Piaui Nickel project. She currently sits on its board as an executive Director. Anne has been involved in projects on over 40 different nickel laterites in 15 countries and is also a scientific associate of the Natural History Museum in London where she contributes to fundamental nickel and cobalt research.

RWTH Aachen University

Florian Pampel, M. Sc, RWTH Aachen University

M.Sc. Florian Pampel studied mechanical engineering with a specialization in automotive engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Today, he is a research associate in the field of battery system engineering at the Chair of Thermodynamics of Mobile Energy Conversion Systems (TME) at RWTH Aachen University. The chair focuses on system design and concept development of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries for various automotive applications. Mr. Pampel is engaged in the development of highly integrated battery layouts and the measurement based characterization of battery cells for the parameterization of electrical models. Within the framework of a research cooperation, he is also active in a number of industrial projects of FEV Europe GmbH. Florian Pampel has more than 4 years of experience in scientific research as well as in processing and managing industrial projects in the field of batteries.

Imperial College London

Yatish Patel, PhD, Research Associate Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London

Dr Yatish Patel is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London in the Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group. Having trained as a physicist before moving to engineering, his research is based around developing engineering solutions centered around scientific understanding of lithium-ion batteries. His research portfolio focuses on understanding degradation mechanisms, failure modes and the limits of operation of batteries and the impact these have on system design and control. His research has led to his involvement with a start-up company in the battery and energy sector.

Blue Solutions

Sofia Perticarari, Electrochemistry Innovations Manager, Blue Solutions

Natl Renewable Energy Lab

Ahmad A. Pesaran, PhD, Chief Energy Storage Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, Ahmad has been working at NREL on energy efficient technologies including electrified vehicles. Until 2017, Ahmad was the Manager of the Energy Storage Group researching science and engineering of high energy anodes and cathodes, battery thermal management, 3D electrochemical-thermal modeling, safety and thermal runaway modeling, battery second use, techno-economic analysis of batteries for EVs; he led the Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries for Department of Energy (DOE).Between 2016 and 2018 he was detailed at the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) as technical advisor to the Battery program supporting battery processing, extreme fast charging and recycling. He was the Administrator for the first Phase of the DOE Battery Recycling Prize.Currently, Ahmad is pursuing energy storage business development activities for NREL and supports VTO with battery processing, manufacturing, solid electrolyte, and low-cobalt cathode projects.

European Commission

Andreas Pfrang, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Center, European Commission

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Andreas Pfrang received his Doctorate in Physics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2004. After providing microscopy services as Team Leader at Freudenberg Forschungsdienste in Weinheim, Germany, he joined the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Petten, Netherlands in 2007. There he performed fuel cell-related research and was responsible for the microscopy services of the site until the end of 2012. Since 2013, he has worked on battery testing. At present, he is Leader of JRCfs EUBattery project, which addresses several dimensions of battery-related European policy and includes the operation of JRCfs battery laboratory in Petten.

Avicenne Energy

Christophe Pillot, PhD, Director, Avicenne Energy

Christophe has built up considerable expertise in the area of batteries. He joined AVICENNE 26 years ago and spent 3 years in Japan analyzing the Japanese electronic, mobile & battery market. Christophe has acquired extensive experience in marketing, strategy analysis, technology and financial studies for the battery and power management fields. He developed the Battery market analysis for AVICENNE, which serves more than 220 customers worldwide. Christophe has published several annual surveys such as "The Rechargeable Battery Market". He is also the founder & chairman of Batteries - an international industry conference held in France since 1999. He is now Director at AVICENNE ENERGY. Globally, he has been involved in more than 300 projects for 200+ customers in the Battery value chain. Before joining AVICENNE, Christophe held a key position in FRANCE TELECOM's innovation division. He has a degree in Chemistry & an MBA in Innovation Management from Paris IX Dauphine. His mother tongue is French, and he speaks fluent English.

Skeleton Technologies GmbH

Sebastian Pohlmann, PhD, Vice President, Automotive, Skeleton Technologies GmbH

Dr. Sebastian Pohlmann is the Vice President of Automotive and Business Development at Skeleton Technologies. He has been working on ultracapacitor technology for over 10 years and obtained his PhD from the University of Munster, Germany, and has so far authored and co-authored 9 publications on ultracapacitor technology. During his time at Skeleton Technologies, Dr. Pohlmann and his team have developed the highest energy density ultracapacitors to date, and today Dr. Pohlmann leads automotive sales and business development at Skeleton Technologies.

Ascend Elements

Tomasz Poznar, PhD, Vice President, Strategy, Ascend Elements

Tomasz Poznar, Ph.D. joined the Ascend Elements in 2021. He has diverse battery industry experience in multiple functional areas, including strategic planning, products and new business development. He came to Ascend Elements from A123 Systems, where he was responsible for corporate strategy and business development. His previous experience includes various executive roles and years of lithium-ion battery and vehicle electrification experience with EnerDel, Delco Remy and Volvo. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland.

AVL List GmbH

Wenzel Prochazka, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Battery Systems, AVL List GmbH

From 2002 - 2008, Wenzel Prochazka studied Mechanical Engineering for Mechatronics at the University of Graz in Austria and the Institute of Applied Sciences in Rouen, France. During his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Graz (Prof Sommitsch, TuGraz; Prof Winter, Meet Munster) from 2009 - 2013, he investigated aging mechanisms of lithium-ion cells for electrochemical aging modelling. Since 2007 he worked for vehicle thermal management at AVL. In 2010, he joined AVLfs Global Battery Competence Team. In 2013, he switched to his current position of Senior Product Manager for Battery Systems, responsible for global Business Development and Battery Strategy.

Wood Mackenzie

Egor Prokhodtsev, PhD, Sr Research Analyst, Energy Transition & Battery Raw Materials, Wood Mackenzie

Egor is responsible for battery raw materials demand modelling in Wood Mackenzie. He has over half-decade experience in metals and mining industry research and market intelligence departments. Focusing on the electric vehicle, battery, and downstream supply chain markets. One of the main priorities is assessing the competitiveness of battery technologies and translating it to material demand. Egor has an Engineering degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in the field of aerospace technologies.

TotalEnergies Lubriciants

Gerard Quoirin, PhD, Product Engineer, Battery Specialist, Battery Fluids, TotalEnergies Lubriciants

Gerard Quoirin has a PhD. in Sciences and Chemistry of Materials in the field of Li-ion batteries 
He joined TotalEnergies in April 2020 , after several experiences as project manager ( Exide Technologies) and battery traction specialist (PSA group) 

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Caspar Rawles, Head, Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Caspar holds the position of Chief Data Officer at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a London-based leading research and consultancy firm focusing on the lithium ion battery to EV supply chain. Caspar leads a team that collects and assess sensitive market price data on lithium, graphite, cobalt, nickel, cathodes and anodes for use in industry supply contracts and negotiations. As a result, Benchmark is most famous for setting the lithium industry's reference price and is the world's leading Price Reporting Agency (PRA) for the world's battery supply chain.

Jodok Reinhardt, CEO, Librec AG

As an environmental chemist (ETH Zurich) and an MBA (IMD) with 10 yearsf experience in international manufacturing and supply chains, as well as 10 years as a CEO of global industrial corporations (Metrohm, Forster) we established Librec AG together with strong investors and I am acting as its CEO. Librec stands for closed-loop Lithium-Ion Battery recycling, provides highest recovery rates and integrated services for collection, upcycling, and recycling of manufacturing scrap and batteries.

TWAICE Battery Analytics Platform

Stephan Rohr, PhD, Co-CEO, TWAICE Battery Analytics Platform

Dr. Stephan Rohr is Co-CEO at TWAICE. TWAICE provides predictive analytics software for companies working with batteries to eliminate risks around health, safety, and warranty and enable opportunities. Customers using TWAICE outperform their peers by saving time & costs while increasing battery performance & lifetime. Before founding TWAICE with Dr. Michael Baumann, Stephan completed his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Munich after working in start-ups, PE, and consulting.

Christian Rosenkranz, PhD, Vice President, Government Relations, EMEA, Clarios

Industry Career: In September 2019, Clarios has appointed Dr. Christian Rosenkranz as Vice President Industry and Governmental Relations EMEA and to be a managing director of the EMEA based legal entities of Clarios. Rosenkranzfs responsibilities include the representation of Clariosf interest in European regulatory processes and committees, the proliferation and maintenance of positive company relations with EMEA Industry and Governmental organizations as well as the preparation of the company to proactively develop a comprehensive sustainability and social responsibility management of Clarios EMEA with internal and external stakeholders. Rosenkranz has more than 22 years of industry experience and has lead departments inside Varta, Johnson Controls and now Clarios with increasing responsibilities in the fields of Research & Engineering, Technical Marketing and General Management. Prior to his present role, Rosenkranz was leading the global start-stop engineering and the EMEA engineering department. Education: Rosenkranz holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Leibniz University of Hannover and has studied in Hannover and London.

CAMX Power

Kenan Sahin, PhD, President & Founder, CAMX Power

AVL List GmbH

Gerald Sammer, PhD, Principal Business Development Manager, Integrated & Open Development Platform, AVL List GmbH

Dr. Gerald Sammer, Principal Business Development Manager at AVL, received a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Economics. 20+ years of experience in automotive technology with focus on lab solutions. Since 1999 member of the Technical Steering Committee in the automotive standardization body ASAM (www.asam.net).

Eurobat, Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers

Pau Sanchis, Senior EU Affairs & Policy Manager, Eurobat, Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers

Pau Sanchis is a Senior Policy Manager at EUROBAT where he has been working for the ?past 3 years. Previously, he worked in the Cabinet of Vice President Maros Sefcovic with the Blue-Book program for the European ?Commission on the EU Energy Union. ?He holds a Master's degree in Policy and Governance from the College of Europe in ?Bruges. ?

S&P Global Commodity Insights

Jason Sappor, Senior Analyst, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Jason Sappor is a Senior Analyst in the Metals and Mining Research Team at S&P Global Commodity Insights, based in London. His primary focus is the nickel market, which includes conducting nickel supply and demand analysis and nickel price forecasting, producing the monthly Nickel Commodity Briefing Service report, and writing timely research articles. Jason co-authored articles on the impact of COVID-19 on the industrial metals and presented the research teamfs metals market forecasts in various webinars since joining the company in July 2018.Prior to joining S&P Global, Jason spent four years at CRU, where he gained exposure to the aluminum, nickel, stainless steel and molybdenum markets. He initially worked as an associate in the Citi Metals Research and Strategy team. Jason holds an MSc in Applicable Mathematics and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

RWTH Aachen Univ

Dirk Uwe Sauer, Professor, Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer works on batteries and renewable energy systems since 1992. After 11 years at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE he became a Professor for gElectrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systemsh at RWTH Aachen University, the first chair of its kind at German Universities. His research focus is on storage systems in electric vehicles of any kind, and in grids with a high penetration of renewable energies. He has a holistic view on batteries including post-mortem analysis, aging and lifetime prediction, modeling and diagnostics, impedance spectroscopy and impedance-based modeling, and energy system analysis including sector coupling. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the gJournal of Energy Storageh (2015 - 2022). He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the interdisciplinary policy advisory project of the national science academy "Energy Systems of the Future" on all aspects of the "Energiewende".

AVL List GmbH

Stefan Scheidel, Senior Development Engineer, Methodology, AVL List GmbH

Studied mechanical engineering in Mannheim and Darmstadt, Germany, from 2008 to 2013. After graduation started as a "development engineer methodology" at AVL List GmbH. Today he is working as a "senior development engineer methodology", dealing with the modeling and optimization of powertrains and powertrain components.

Michael Schoenleber, Co-Founder & CTO, Batemo GmbH

Michael Schoenleber studied electrical engineering at the KIT, Germany, where he focused on electrochemistry and system theory. At the end of his studies, he developed state and parameter estimation algorithms for Battery Management Systems at the Research & Technology Center of Robert Bosch LLC in Palo Alto, USA. Afterwards he returned to KIT and obtained his PhD, focusing on low-frequency impedance characterization of Lithium-Ion cells. In 2017 he co-founded the Batemo GmbH, which is specialized on creating physical, customer and cell specific, validated battery models. Dr. Schoenleber was awarded with the Siemens Energy Award for being the best student of electrical engineering at KIT of his year and with the Freudenberg Award for the best PhD thesis at KIT in 2017. He is co-inventor of two patents in the field of battery state estimation.

Reliance New Energy Group

Hang Shi, PhD, CTO, Reliance New Energy Group, India

Dr. Shi has 33 years of active first-hand experience in lithium-ion and related industries since 1990. Found two pioneering Chinese lithium-ion companies in the late 90s and early 2000s, the first Chinese lithium-ion pilot line in 1998 and the first 100Ah LMO-based lithium-ion power cell pilot line in 2001 which was acquired late by Wanxiang Group. Dr. Shi has held many positions in various lithium-ion companies such as CEO of Wanxiang Power Battery, VP of manufacturing at Envia System, CTO of Lishen Battery China, VP of Cell Engineering at Romeo Power, and now CTO of Reliance New Energy Group.

Voltaiq Inc

Tal Sholklapper, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Voltaiq, Inc.

Dr. Tal Sholklapper has an extensive record of success as a cleantech engineer and entrepreneur. Prior to founding Voltaiq, he worked as the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra low-cost grid-scale battery. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Sholklapper co-founded Point Source Power, a low cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, where he also did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering. As a Materials Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL, he successfully led the transfer of lab-scale technology to industry partners.

Voltaiq Inc.

Tal Sholklapper, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Voltaiq Inc.

Prior to founding Voltaiq, Dr. Tal Sholklapper worked as a lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra-low-cost grid-scale battery. Before CUNY, Tal co-founded Point Source Power, a low-cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley. Dr. Sholklapper has a BS, MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. 

Olaf Sielemann, Director, Engineering EMEA, Clarios

Olaf Sielemann is the Director of Engineering EMEA at Clarios. He is since September 2019 responsible for the product engineering of all lead products in Europe. Before Olaf held several positions in product engineering for all kinds of lead battery applications with more than 30 years of experience. Olaf earned a Diploma in chemical engineering at the FH Munster (university of applied science)

OnTo Technology LLC

Steve Sloop, PhD, President, OnTo Technology LLC

Steve Sloop has pioneered comprehensive methods to improve safety and efficiency in recycling lithium-ion batteries and materials. These include deactivation of lithium-ion batteries to eliminate hazards in transportation and storage; electrolyte extraction; electrode harvesting and separation; and cathode-healing™, which is a direct method to reintroduce lithium, structure, and performance to scrap electrodes.


Emilio Soberon, Principal Consultant, Battery Materials, SFA-Oxford

Emilio Soberon is Principal at SFA Oxford. He specialises in battery materials supply chains, localisation, and the lithium industry. Emilio has worked extensively on technology and policy development around lithium mining and processing, and battery energy storage markets, with roles at at TetraTech ES, World Wildlife Fund and United Nations. Emilio is a published author and has completed a PhD in International Development from the University of Edinburgh conducting research on metal trade and supply for lithium-ion batteries with an emphasis on value-chain forming, financial markets of extractive industries, and commodity and capital pricing mechanisms in off-market conditions.

Univ of Michigan

Anna G. Stefanopoulou, PhD, William Clay Ford Professor of Technology, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan

Anna Stefanopoulou, is a professor of mechanical engineering at the William Clay Ford Professor of Technology at the University of Michigan. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at ETH, Zurich, and she was a technical specialist at Ford. She earned her diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (91, NTUA, Athens) and her PhD in Electrical Engineering (96, UMICH, Ann Arbor). Her innovation in powertrain control technology has been documented in a book, 21 US patents, 400 publications (8 of which have received awards) on state estimation, model-based prediction, and multivariable control of dynamic electrochemical and thermomechanical processes in engines, fuel cells and batteries. She is a Fellow of the ASME (08), IEEE (09), and SAE (18) and she has received major society awards.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Helge Stein, PhD, Tenure Track Professor, Applied Electrochemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

I'm a tenure track professor at KIT researching the intersection of electrochemistry for batteries and catalysis, lab automation, and machine learning to accelerate our understanding and optimization of materials at orders of magnitude faster pace than ever before. I'm a physicist by training at Gottingen University, received my doctorate of engineering from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, and pursued my Postdoc as a research data engineer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Since 2020 my team and I build the largest and most comprehensive platform for accelerated electrochemical energy storage research (PLACES/R), published dozens of papers patents, and industry cooperations.

Wildcat Discovery Technologies Inc

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, R&D, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Dee Strand is a Senior Scientist at Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Dr. Strand has over twenty years of experience in materials research, development, and commercialization, primarily in the areas of energy storage and electronic applications. Prior to joining Wildcat in 2013, Dr. Strand served as a Research Fellow at Dow Chemical, where she was the technical lead in Dow Energy Materials, as well as the Principal Investigator on external research programs with universities and national labs on battery materials. Dr. Strand also has extensive experience in patent analysis and technical due diligence of new technologies. Dr. Strand completed her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Professor John Schrag. Her PhD research focused on rheology and birefringence of polymeric solutions. Dr. Strand also holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Dakota State University.

Amazon Web Services

Martin Talke, Senior Consultant, Global Automotive, Amazon Web Services

Martin Talke is a Senior Consultant Automotive Advisory at Amazon Web Services. He has worked for over fifteen years in various projects for clients out of the automotive, aviation, wind and transportation industry. Martin has worked with numerous major OEMs and suppliers and their electrification departments to analyze both technical feasibility and reliability as well as the business side of battery cells and systems. He holds a Masters degree in Business Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and has been privileged to receive a leadership education at INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore. Martin has published numerous articles and has spoken on several events on electro mobility and reliability management of innovative products.

Aalborg University

Remus Teodorescu, PhD, Professor, IEEE Fellow, Villum Investigator, Aalborg University

Remus Teodorescu received a Dipl.Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, in 1989, Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the University of Galati, Romania, in 1994 and, Dr.HC in 2016 from Transilvania University of Brasov. In 1998, he joined the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University where he is currently a Full Professor. Between 2013 and 2017, he has been a Visiting Professor at Chalmers University. He is IEEE/PELS Fellow since 2012 for contributions to grid converters technology for renewable energy systems. In 2022 he became a Villum Investigator and leader of Center of Research for Smart Battery at Aalborg University. His current research areas are: Smart Battery, Li-Ion battery Health Management with AI, and Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC) for HVDC/FACTS.

Venkataraman Thangadurai, PhD, Professor, Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai is full professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom. He received his BSc from Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India in 1989 and his MSc from Muthurangam Government Arts College in Vellore, India in 1991. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1999 and did his PDF at the University of Kiel, Germany. He received a prestigious PDF fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. Dr. Thangadurai received his Habilitation degree from the University of Kiel in 2004 and started his independent career in Calgary in 2005. He received the prestigious Keith Laidler Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. His current research activities include discovery of novel ceramic membranes and mixed ion and electron conductors for all-solid-state batteries, solid oxide cells, and electrochemical gas sensors.

Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH

Marco Thommes, Director, Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH

Marco Thoemmes studied electric and electronic engineering at the Aachen University and the Technical University of Barcelona. He has worked on the development of high-voltage systems and batteries for more than 15 years. He started his professional career as a consultant in different development projects for the electric and electronics aspects of high-voltage battery systems for BMW and Daimler. Mr. Thoemmes joined Audi in 2009 and worked in several leading positions in the field of high-voltage systems, software, and components. Since 2019 he is working as director of development electric and electronic for Rolls-Royce. His responsibilities include among others the development of power electronics, e-motors, ECUs, and battery systems.


Bernd Thormann, PhD, Product Manager, E Mobility, Product Management, AVL DiTEST GmbH

Bernd Thormann, born in Graz (Austria) in 1991. I studied mechanical and electrical engineering and in my PhD thesis, i analyzed the impact of e-mobility on the power grid. After that I worked as product manager at an automotive startup and since 2022 at AVL DiTEST. Here, I am responsible for e-mobility products focussing on the traction battery.

AVL List GmbH

Alwin Tuschkan, Project Manager, IODP, AVL List GmbH

Alwin Tuschkan works for AVL as a Project Manager at the IODP Department, the so-called Integrated and Open Development Platform. In this role, his mission is to improve the vehicle and powertrain development processes together with cross-department teams at customers and AVL. After studying Aeronautical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, in 2012 he joined the AUDI AG in Ingolstadt, Germany, where he worked in several positions. He started as a development engineer and project manager in the predevelopment of vehicle and mobility concepts. In 2015 he joined AUDIs Innovation Management Team and coordinated Audis predevelopment projects in the area of mobility concepts and vehicle architecture. In 2018 he joined the team of Powertrain Development and interconnected the Audi Powertrain Predevelopment and Research Topics within the VW Group and the VW Group Innovation. In 2021 he left Audi and joined AVL in Graz, Austria where he initiates and promotes several process innovation topics, such as the AVL Battery Life Cycle Management.

Heiko Urtel, Vice President, R&D Battery Materials & Recycling, BASF SE

Heiko Urtel joined BASF in 2002 as a Research Chemist working on the development of heterogeneous catalysts in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He became the Global Business Manager for Specialty Catalysts in 2009 followed by Global Business Manager for Petrochemical Catalysts in 2012. In 2017, Heiko became Director of Strategy Battery Materials helping to establish the path for battery materials production in Europe as part of BASFes significant global investments in battery materials. In 2018 he took over responsibility for BASFfs North American battery materials business and led the production joint venture BASF TODA America LLC. He was named to his current position and relocated back to Germany in September 2020. In this role, he is responsible for BASFfs global research for battery materials and recycling. Heiko earned a bachelorfs degree in chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. About BASF Battery Materials Business: BASF is a leading cathode active material (CAM) supplier to battery producers for electrified vehicles around the world. Research and development activities combined with acquisitions have delivered a unique technology portfolio for lithium-ion batteries including advanced high-energy density CAM such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxide and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxide, which play a key role in determining battery performance, energy density, service life, and safety. BASF operates manufacturing and R&D sites in Europe, Asia, and the US near its customers. Our global battery materials business, along with our research and development capabilities, enables us to provide broad expertise to our customers in the development of new battery materials and products. Further information on BASFfs Battery Materials is available on the Internet at: https://catalysts.basf.com/products-and-industries/battery-materials

Kurt Vandeputte, PhD, Senior Vice President, Battery Recycling Solutions, Umicore

Kurt Vandeputte graduated as Chemist at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1991. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the same university for introducing quasi non-destructive characterization and measurement techniques for dating old objects and artefacts. In 1997 he joined Umicore in one of the Belgian production plants where he was responsible for product quality control and material characterization in research projects. In 2003 he moved to a technical marketing role for cobalt containing products used in the Li-ion battery supply chain. After several leadership assignments in marketing, research, sales and production he was appointed Senior Vice President of Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials Business Unit in 2017. In July 2019 Mr Vandeputte created Umicorefs New Business Incubator within the CTO-organisation. Since October 2020, he is appointed SVP global Government Affairs of Umicore.

Gresham Smith

David Verner, Executive Vice President, Industrial, Gresham Smith & Partners

David Verner has more than three decades of experience working with national and international clients on major investments in diverse markets including advanced manufacturing, automotive, energy storage and FDA-regulated facilities. Most recently, he is providing executive leadership and oversight for multiple lithium-ion battery plants ranging from a 2GWh facility in a renovated existing building up to a 47GWh, 4,300,000 SF greenfield plant representing more than $4.5 billion in investment. Verner has spoken and written extensively about his expertise in battery plant design, lean design and construction, site selection and other topics. He has been published in outlets such as Battery Technology, Industry Week, Area Development and New Equipment Digest. He is a registered architect and executive vice president at Gresham Smith, an Architectural/Engineering firm whose more than1000 employees serve clients globally.

EIT InnoEnergy Scandinavia

Ilka Von Dalwigk, Policy Manager, European Battery Alliance

Ilka is the Policy Manager for Smart Grid and Storage working with the industrial development programme of the EBA with a strong focus on sustainability and supply chain topics. She has been instrumental in building up and managing the vast and complex network of the stakeholders in this initiative, as well as developing the set of recommendations that contributed to the design and content of the 43 actions that have been identified as necessary by the EBA, to make the EU a key player in the global battery market. The European Battery Alliance (EBA) was launched in October 2017 by European Commission Vice President Maros sefcovic. The purpose is to ensure that all Europeans benefit from safer traffic, cleaner vehicles and more sustainable technological solutions. All this achieved by creating a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe. By combining European cutting-edge competences, financial strength and a cross-industrial approach, a competitive and sustainable market has developed that has already exceeded its target of €250 billion in value by 2025. The industrial development programme of the European Battery Alliance is driven by EIT InnoEnergy. The network has grown into an open ecosystem of more than 800 stakeholders actively collaborating to build a strong and competitive European battery industry.

Shanghai Metals Market(SMM)

Yanchen Wang, PhD, Managing Director, Shanghai Metals Market (SMM)

Dr Yanchen Wang is the managing director of SMM UK office, which was established in May 2021. Currently He focuses on the base metals market research and SMM overseas business development. Dr Yanchen Wang is a well-known analyst in the global commodity industry. His areas of expertise include base metals market, coal and power industry, carbon emission market. In recent years, he has extended his research into the battery metals markets. He has visited more than 100 base metals assets around the world. Dr Yanchen Wang has more than 16 years commodity market research experience. He also often attends technical and market conferences and gives presentations as a key-note speaker. Before joining SMM, he was the principal analyst at CRU and the head of Chinese aluminium market research. Dr Yanchen Wang had worked at CRU for 15 years. Yanchen has a PhD in Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Marcel Weil, Scientific Research Group Leader, Research for Sustainable Energy Technologies, ITAS & HIU, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr.-Ing. Marcel Weil finished his Ph.D. in 2004 at the Technical University of Darmstadt (IWAR-Institute). Since 2007, he has been a scientific Group Leader in Systems Analysis and Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA) for Emerging Technologies at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and is a Principal Investigator for the German Helmholtz Technology, Innovation and Society program. Since 2011, he has headed a second working group at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU), and also belongs to the Resources, Environment and Sustainability branch of KIT. Since 2019, Dr.-Ing. Weil has been a leading scientist of the new cluster of excellence for Post Lithium Storage (POLiS) and responsible for the topic sustainability. He has worked as a Research Topic Leader (2015-2020) for the Energy Storage and Grid program of the German Helmholtz Initiative, Energy System 2050, within the research topic of Life-Cycle-Oriented Sustainability Assessment. Since 2020, Dr.-Ing. Weil is heading up the new scientific unit at ITAS, Research for Sustainable Energy Technologies (RESET).

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems & Innovation Research

Tim Wicke, Research Associate, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems & Innovation Research

Tim Wicke is a research associate and PhD student at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation research ISI. His core research topics are the market developments of batteries, tech-nology assessments of innovative manufacturing processes in lithium ion battery production as well as technology considerations of alternative storage systems.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg - Institut fur Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik

Chrisitian Wilke, Research Associate, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Christian Wilke is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mineral Processing of the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany. He holds a master degree in Waste Management from the RWTH Aachen University. Christian has worked for 7 years as a senior process engineer for the Kleemann GmbH focusing on the application of mobile crushers and screens in quarries worldwide. Currently he is concentrating on the mechanical recycling of lithium-ion batteries with a focus on the thermal pre-treatment and its influence on the sorting and classification processes.

Univ of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Electrical & Computer & Software Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sheldon S. Williamson (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, in 1999, and the MS and PhD degrees (Hons.) in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He is currently a professor with the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering and the Director of Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research (STEER) Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON, Canada. His current research interests include advanced power electronics, electric energy storage systems, and motor drives for transportation electrification. He holds the prestigious NSERC Canada Research Chair in electric energy storage systems for transportation electrification.

Univ of Muenster

Martin Winter, PhD, Director & Professor, Electrochemical Energy Technology, University of Muenster

Martin Winter holds a professorship for gMaterials Science, Energy and Electrochemistryh at Muenster University, Germany. He is a Director of the MEET Battery Research Center at Muenster University and of the Helmholtz-Institute Muenster (HI MS) gIonics in Energy Storageh, a branch of Forschungszentrum Julich. Martin Winter is the spokesperson of German Battery Research. He holds several president and chairmen positions in scientific societies and is the recipient of more than 50 awards and recognitions.

Philipp Wunderlich, Director & Head of Battery Consulting, Accenture

Philipp Wunderlich studied materials science at RWTH Aachen University and entered battery research in California in 2014 by investigating electrode materials for next-generation battery technologies. In the following years, he developed high-energy carbon electrodes for post-lithium-ion batteries as part of his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and Electrochemistry. After that, Philipp worked as a postdoc in the Battery Components & Recycling group at the chair of production engineering of e-mobility components of RWTH Aachen University. In 2020 he became a project manager at umlaut, a group of consultancies and engineering firms that was eventually acquired by Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital and consulting. As of today, he is senior manager at Accenturefs Industry X and head of the battery consulting resort. He and his team are providing technical advisory and engineering services to the European battery industry. Their key topics are battery industrialization in Gigafactories, energy storage solutions, circular economy, and digitalization in the battery value chain. Philipp has been speaker on various international industry events and conferences, where he presented insights on future battery materials, market strategies and smart battery production.

Univ of North Carolina Charlotte

Jun Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Dr. Jun Xu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory (VESL, formally known as AVRC) since 2014. He has successfully secured more than 3 million USD research funding as PI from both government and industries (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, Altair, Dassault, CosMX, GAC). He earned his PhD degree from Columbia University in 2014 (under the supervision of Professor Xi Chen), and he was appointed as Professor at Beihang University, China from 2014 to 2018. Recently, he moved his group to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to continue his academic career. His research expertise sits on Lithium-ion battery safety and impact dynamics. Dr. Jun Xu now serves as the Chair of Energy Conversion & Storage Committee, and Vice Chair of Multifunctional Materials Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). He is the Founder and Chair of Automotive & Battery Safety Conference (ABSC). He has so far published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in top journals including Energy Storage Materials, Journal of Material Chemistry A, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of Electrochemical Society, Advanced Materials, Carbon, International Journal of Impact Engineering, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Composite Part A/B, with more than 2700 citations, H-index=30.

Princeton NuEnergy, Inc.

Chao Yan, PhD, CEO and Founder, Princeton NuEnergy, Inc.

Dr. Chao Yan is CEO and Founder of Princeton NuEnergy (PNE), and co-inventor of lithium-ion battery direct recycling technology based on low-temperature plasma-assisted separation. As research scientist at Princeton University, his research is mainly focused on energy conversion, fuels, and batteries. He is a leading expert in physical chemistry and battery materials and has published over 30 high-impact publications. In business, he has administered and operated a serial enterprise since 2014. 


Mo-Hua Yang, PhD, Partner, Senior Expert, ExtraEnergy Consulting

Dr. Yang currently is Partner (co-founder) of ExtraEnergy Consulting in Germany. Dr. Yang obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Louvain, Belgium in 1997. Dr. Yang has worked in ITRI from 1997 to 2008. He has been the Deputy Director of the Energy Storage Materials and Technology Division. Dr. Yang has over 20 year experiences in EV and ESS battery developing, specializing in Li-ion battery. He has been a project manager for Li-ion battery development in LEV and HEV application as well as the LEV promotion project in Taiwan, those projects were supported by Taiwan government. He has more than 120 publications, 15 patents and over 60 conferences presentations in the field of Li-ion battery technology and LEV applications. Beside the research experience, Dr. Yang also involve in standardization of battery safety and communication protocol in charging system of LEV (E-bike, E-scooter) product. He currently is vice president of BATSO e.V., and president of EnergyBus e.V., in Germany.

BenQ Materials Corporations

Wei-Ting Yeh, Deputy Director, Advanced Battery Materials Division, BenQ Materials Corporations

Dr. Weiting Yeh is the head of business development and R&D at BenQ Materialsf Battery Materials Division. A graduate of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, where he majored in polymer physics, Dr. Yeh has conducted research on separators and lithium batteries at BenQ Materials for 13 years and published more than 10 related patents and research papers.

E-One Moli Energy CORP.

Nan-Hung, Lester Yeh, PhD, Research & Development Manager, Advanced Battery Technologies, E-One Moli Energy CORP.

Nan-Hung, Yeh is a manager of R&D and chief cell designer at MOLICEL. His work focuses specifically on the high-performance LIBs design, performance shaping and manufacturing process development, which includes high energy density cathode material research, electrode design/engineering, interface design/engineering, heat/ thermal study, and synchrotron radiation in-situ electrochemical analysis. His recent works and projects are main interests: ultra-fast charge interface, extreme high-power battery accomplishment and advanced LIBs material application.

Factorial Energy

Alex Yu, CTO and Co-founder, Factorial Energy

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Friedrich von Bulow, PhD, Data Science, Volkswagen

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