‍The FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership has been established in order to create a unique status within the automotive and mobility systems engineering community, through which outstanding achievers can be acknowledged and recognised for their commitment and contribution to the technology of mobility.

The FISITA Academy endorsement delivers FISITA recognition and status for the world’s leading technology experts, as hand-picked on an annual basis by the FISITA President and an international team of advisors.

 

This unique status launches at a time of significant technological advancement as the traditional automobile industry rapidly evolves. Technology and technologists are leading this evolution, with the technology of mobility creating a high demand for the engineering capability required to progress the connected, autonomous, smart, clean and safe mobility solutions of today and tomorrow.

The FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership places its recipients within an exclusive group of international technologists, with exclusivity ensured through a strict review and selection process, identifying no more than twenty outstanding achievers to the Academy each year.

 

Ensuring that only those contributing significant leadership to the international automotive and mobility systems engineering community will be acknowledged through appointment to the FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership.

 

We are delighted to announce the inaugural recipients of this prestigious status and unique recognition, awarded to each of the following individuals during FISITA’s by-invitation technical leadership event, the FISITA World Mobility Summit in November 2019.

Christophe Aufrère
Mr. Christophe Aufrère

SVP Group CTO

Company

France

Chris Brace
Prof. Chris Brace

Professor of Automotive Propulsion and Academic Director of the Institute Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

Company

United Kingdom

Michelle Gardner
Ms. Michelle Gardner

Vice President, Global Hardware Components and Subsystems

Company

United States

Mike Fangwu Ma
Prof. Mike Fangwu Ma

Executive President of the Automotive Research Institute

Company

China

Kunio Nakaguro
Mr. Kunio Nakaguro

Company

Japan

Doug L. Parks
Mr. Doug L. Parks

Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain

Company

United States

Rodolfo Schöneburg
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg

Director Development Safety, Durability, Corrosion Protection

Company

Germany

Hau Thai-Tang
Mr. Hau Thai-Thang

Chief Product Platform and Operations Officer

Company

United States

Sijie Zu
Mr. Sijie Zu

Vice President and Chief Engineer

Company

China

2021 Academy Recipients

Dr. Volkmar Denner

Chairman of the Board of Management

Robert Bosch

Germany

Mr. Christophe Huss

Germany

Mr. Daniel E. Nicholson

VP, Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronic Hardware

General Motors

United States

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Stefan Pischinger

President and Chief Executive Officer

FEV Group Holding GmbH

Germany

Ms. Pamela Fletcher

Vice President – Global Innovation and R&D Laboratories

General Motors

United States

Mr. Gaspar Gascon Abellan

Executive Vice President, Product Engineering

Groupe Renault

France

Ms. Nadine Leclair

Previously Senior Vice President, Expert Fellow

Groupe Renault

France

Mr. Philippe Ventre

France

Mr. Ola Källenius

Chairman of the Board of Management

Mercedes Benz

Dr. Ken Washington

Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering

Ford Motor Company

United States

Dr. Pawan Goenka

Managing Director & CEO

Mahindra & Mahindra

India

Mr. T. Russell Shields

CEO & President

RoadDB LLC

United States

Mr. Hideyuki Sakamoto

Executive Officer and Executive Vice President

Nissan Motor Corporation

Japan

Prof. Frank Zhao

Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute

Tsinghua University

China

Prof. Yasuhiro Daisho

Professor Emeritus

Waseda University

Japan

Prof. Klaus Kompass

Vice President Vehicle Safety

BMW Group

Germany

Mr. Daniel M. Hancock

United States

Dr. Jun Li

Professor

China

Prof. Helmut List

Chairman & CEO

AVL List GmbH

Austria

Mr. Paul Mascarenas OBE

Independent Director, Business Advisor and Technology Executive

United States

Mr. Ted Robertson

United States

Mr. James McKnight

United Kingdom

Mr. Shigeki Terashi

Executive Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors

Toyota Motor Corporation

Japan

Dr. Akihiko Saito

Japan

Mr. Motoo Suzuki

Chairman of the Board

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Japan

Mr. Toshihiro Mibe

President Representative Director

Honda Motor

Japan

Mr. Fu Yuwu

Honorary President of China SAE

China

2019 Academy Recipients

The FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership has been established in order to create a unique status within the automotive and mobility systems engineering community, through which outstanding achievers can be acknowledged and recognised for their commitment and contribution to the technology of mobility.

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Dr. Amer Amer

Transport Chief Technologist

Aramco

Saudi Arabia

Mr. Mike Anderson

Executive Director, Global Virtual Design, Development and Validation

General Motors

United States

Dipl. -Ing. Remi Bastien

Vice President for Automotive Prospective

Groupe Renault

France

Dr. -Ing. Carles Grasas

Chairman of the Governing Committee

Applus IDIADA

Spain

Ms. Denise Gray

President

LG Chem Michigan Inc. Tech Center

United States

Mr. Li Kaiguo

Chairman

CAERI - China Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co. Ltd.

China

Mr. Gilles Le Borgne

Executive Vice President Engineering

Groupe Renault

France

Mr. Rajendra Petkar

President & Chief Technology Officer

Tata Motors Ltd

India