Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
Christophe Aufrère is Group Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President since 2019. He was previously Group Chief Technical Officer Vice President since 2011. He is in charge of anticipating the evolutions of the automotive/mobility industry, assessing and defining the key technologies which Faurecia will address in the future and follow their implementation at the corporate level. He is also responsible for managing and developing the expertise network throughout the entire Faurecia R&D organization and outside. In addition, he is in charge of Intellectual Property and corporate academic partnerships.
Prior to his current position, he spent 20 years within Faurecia Automotive Seating successively occupying different management positions in the R&D department until Vice President R&D Structures and Mechanisms and becoming Chief Technical Officer for Complete Seats and Metal.
Prior to Faurecia, Christophe spent three years at Rockwell Automotive Body Systems in Advanced Engineering working on electric motors and door systems.
He is a member of the CTA (French Technical Automotive Committee), the Hydrogen Council (worldwide Hydrogen Consortium), the CAIT (Consortium for Automotive Industry and Technology in China) and Deputy Vice President of the FISITA Technical Committee.
Christophe Aufrère is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA), one of France’s leading engineering schools.
MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Bryan’s research aims to find solutions to the next generation of human factors challenges associated with driver attention management, distraction, automation and the use of advanced driver assistance systems to maximize mobility and safety.
He founded and leads the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) consortium, an academic-industry partnership seeking to understand how drivers use emerging, commercially available vehicle technologies. He is the recipient of the 2019 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a 2018 Autos2050 Impact Award. He is an author on over 250 technical contributions and a contributor to Forbes.
Senior Manager Communications & Public Affairs Europe
Philipp-Maximilian Kemmler-Erdmannsdorffer is Senior Manager Communications & Public Affairs at NIO GmbH. As company spokesman, he is responsible for all internal and external corporate communications for Europe, as well as for maintaining political relations.
Prior to this, he worked as a consultant at Concilius AG in the transport and automotive sector, and as personal adviser to Dietrich Freiherr von Gumppenberg, former spokesman for economy and transport of the FDP parliamentary group, in the Bavarian parliament.
Mr Kemmler-Erdmannsdorffer was previously Manager International Corporate Communications at D. Swarovski KG in Austria and England. Already during his studies of politics and law he gained relevant professional experience in the fields of media, politics and PR.
Omar Ben Abdelaziz
Cockpit of the Future Manager
Omar Ben Abdelaziz is Manager at Faurecia's Cockpit of the Future. In 2011, he started as an Innovation Engineer before working as an Innovation Project Leader in 2012.
During the last 3 years at the Cockpit of the Future team, Omar worked on different subjects such as display, connectivity and connected car, sensors and occupant monitoring. Recently, he started a new subject at Faurecia where they are trying to make use of the available data and the different expert rules to build a new and better user experience.