Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke was appointed as Chief Scientist of Mobility for Shell in May 2011.
Shell’s Chief Scientists contribute internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurture innovative technology to help deliver project development and business growth. Dr. Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy, championing science, R&D and innovation, enhancing Shell’s technical reputation in the fast-changing area of mobility and looking ahead to future solutions in transportation.
Dr. Wolfgang was born in Hamburg, Germany. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Hannover (specialising in automotive combustion engines), he gained a PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg Tech. University in 1987.
Since joining Shell on graduation, Dr. Wolfgang has gained extensive experience both in Germany and the UK as a scientist and business leader in the fields of lubricant development, engine testing and vehicle technology, technical services for lubricants and in fuels marketing. He has led both automotive fuels and lubricants development in Hamburg before global management roles in lubricants and, more recently, retail and automotive fuels development.
Dr. Wolfgang’s expertise in engine technology and automotive products has earned him extensive recognition across the automotive industry as well as by academia. He has made close to 100 publications, and owns a wide global network across the global automotive industry, including the motorsport industry. As an example of his involvement and expertise in global motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang has also been a member of the FIA’s WEC Endurance Commission which develops the sporting regulations for the World Endurance Championship.
In 2005, Dr. Wolfgang, together with Dr. Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen was awarded the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize', considered by many to be the world's most prestigious award for automotive engineers, for their work on synthetic fuels development.