The Chairman of ERTRAC, Wolfgang Steiger, is the director of Future Technologies within the External Relations department for the Volkswagen Group.
His technical skills are in powertrain development and design.
During his career he was involved with Robert Bosch GmbH, Battelle Institute and Adam Opel AG finally there being responsible for diesel engine development and test. In 1997 he joined the Volkswagen AG group research department. He is responsible for powertrain research, including diesel and gasoline engines, transmissions, hybrids, batteries, fuel cells, engine electronics and fuels.
He is responsible for more than 100 publications, presentations and lectures given in several Universities including in China.
Wolfgang Steiger is engaged in several European organisations:
- Chairman of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council ERTRAC
- Chairman of the European Green Cars Initiative EGCI Advisory Group of the European Commission
- Steering team member of the Energy Science Center ETH Zürich
Wolfgang Steiger graduated from the Technical University Darmstadt with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds an PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from the same university. In 2008 he has been appointed as Professor to the University Coburg, Germany.
In 2005 Wolfgang Steiger has been rewarded with the “Prof. Ferdinand Porsche Prize”
Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni is Valeo Group Corporate Vice-President for Sustainability and External Affairs since October 2010. He was previously CEO's delegate, member of the executive committee at Valeo since December 2006. He joined ERTRAC as Vice-Chairman in July 2008 representing the automotive suppliers industry.
In this respect, he's also member of the strategic group advising the board of CLEPA (European Association of Suppliers) and takes part to the electro-mobility working group within this association.
His commitment to establish fair relationships between the automotive industry and international bodies, with a multi-stakeholder approach is also reflected by his commitment to the advisory board of the International Forum of OECD Transport Ministers from the beginning (2008) and to the Global Council of Automotive Industry of the World Economic Forum since its creation (2010). Since January 2010, Valeo Board member to the Modernization Fund of Automotive Suppliers (belonging to French Sovereign Fund - FSI).
He was previously advisor to the CEO of Gaz de France (2002-2004) and has a research experience in the field of defence, international relations and strategic affairs at Harvard University (Cambridge,Massachusetts), Ecole Normale Supérieure and Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (in France). He holds several degrees in geography, urban planning, humanities. He had teaching positions at Boston University, Preparatory Classes to French Grandes Ecoles, Jean Monnet European studies center of Universita' di Trento (Italy),Tamkang University in Taiwan.
Zissis Samaras is a Full Professor and the Director of the Lab of Applied Thermodynamics, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. His research work deals primarily with engine and vehicle emissions testing and modeling and he has carried out a wide range of projects on modeling emissions from internal combustion engines. Dr. Samaras was also involved in the development, testing and large-scale evaluation of Diesel particulate filters. He has provided expert advice to a number of organisations and private sector customers, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank, the Greek Ministry of Environment, ACEA, CONCAWE, Rhodia, Inco.
In addition, he was vice chairman of the management committee of COST action 319, on the Estimation of Exhaust Gas Emissions and coordinated a number of large European projects, including “Particulates, Characterisation of Exhaust Particulate Emissions from Road Vehicles” and “Inspection & Maintenance of in-use Vehicles”. He is elected Academic Member of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) on "Energy, Environment and Resources". He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications, among them more than 100 in peer-reviewed journals, which received more than 400 citations in peer reviewed articles, reviews and technical notes.
Neville Jackson has been the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Ricardo plc since 2009, moving to this position from the Technology Director for Ricardo UK Ltd, a position he held since 2000. He is responsible for developing the future global vision of automotive and energy technology at Ricardo and for the strategy, planning and execution of research and development. A graduate of Imperial College, London, his career has included 29 years at Ricardo focused on research and technology demonstration programmes covering advanced combustion engines, hybrid systems and energy recovery technologies. He has produced over 90 technical papers, keynote presentations or invited lectures in the US, Europe and the Far East.
He was a founder board member of the European Automotive Research Partners Association and Vice Chairman from 2002 to 2008. He has also been a founder member of ERTRAC Supporting Industry Group.
He is also Chairman of the UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, an action and advisory group whose 200 members share an interest in the shift towards clean low-carbon vehicles and fuels. He is a member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group, responsible for advising on UK investment opportunities, preparation and ownership of the UK Automotive Technology Strategy & Roadmap and supporting the development of a stronger and more technically capable supply chain. He is a member of the Energy Research Partnership which provides the UK Department for Climate Change advice on future energy strategy. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Brighton and a member of the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council Industry Panel which advises on University research funding.
Pierre SCHMITZ is Vice-Chairman representing the Cities and Regions members.
He is Civil engineer in Electro-Mechanic and has a Diploma of Specialized Studies in Public administration.
During 17 years, he was technical adviser at the Belgian Co-operation in Morocco, Rwanda and Ivory Coast. He was then private consultant near the Government of Cőte d'Ivoire for energy matters, mainly for the World Bank.
In 1993 he started as Engineer in the Administration of Equipment and Transport (AED) of the Region Brussels-Capital at the ITS Department and then he was first engineer in the Centre of Mobility (CM). Actually he is the person in charge of the European R&D projects in telematics applied to transport and to the road tunnels in Brussels and head of the "European and International relations" department in the General directorate of Brussels Mobility.
Representative of the Region in different European and world-wide networks: POLIS, IMPACTS, EUROCITIES, PIARC, ... he is particularly responsible of the European projects in urban transport. He has participated in the R&D European project CITIES, was involved in CENTRICO, SafeT, Silence, Moryne, was local co-ordinator in CALYPSO and general co-ordinator in CAPITALS, CAPITALS PLUS and CAPITALS ITTS. He is actually involved in the STADIUM and CONDUITS FP7 projects
He is also president of the Technical Committee C4 "Road tunnel operations" of the World Road Association (PIARC).
Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Andreas Dorda is ERTRAC Vice-Chairman representing the Member States.
Mr. Dorda studied Chemistry at University of Vienna (Master 1987, PhD 1992), with a post Doc at University of California in Berkeley in the field of battery research. Mr. Dorda made a research career in the industry in France, Switzerland, Argentina and Austria.
Since 1994, he is Deputy Head of Unit “Mobility and Transport Technologies” at the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Responsible for several R&D funding programs for mobility management, transport research and development of transport technologies (“Logistics Austria Plus”, “Austrian Advanced Automotive Technology”).
Since 2006, he is Managing Director of the Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems, an organization acting like ERTRAC as joint platform for cooperation between industry, research institutions and public authorities in the field of infrastructure, transport and technology policy.
Mr. Dorda is Austrian representative in many international institutions:
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, The Netherlands
Govert Sweere is International Account Manager at Rijkswaterstaat, which is the Directorate for Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. His main responsibilities are management of the European and international relations of Rijkswaterstaat and development of the long term strategy for that. He joined ERTRAC as Vice-Chairman in June 2011 representing the Member States.
His main affiliation with European research is through FEHRL, where he served on the Executive Committee from its start in 1992 till 2009. In 2002, he became the Executive Chairman of FEHRL. From that position, he served on the ERTRAC Steering Committee till 2009. Further, he was a member of the Management Committee of the TRA-conferences since the start of TRA in 2006 in Gothenburg. He acted a co-chair of the Focus Area Networks of the European Construction Technology Platform and represented FEHRL on the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation ECCREDI.
He was the Chairman of the Management Committee of COST Actions 324 and 343 and Project Coordinator of the FP 4 PARIS-project and the FP5 FORMAT project, all dealing with road infrastructure management. During his career he was further involved in the US Strategic Highway Research Programme SHRP, where he acted as Director of the SHRP programme in the Netherlands. Further, he acted as Chairman of the Standing Committee on pavement performance data analysis of the US Transportation Research Board and served as international liaison on TRB’s management committee of the Long Term Pavement Performance Programme.
His current European affiliations focus on the Conference of European Directors of Roads CEDR, where he serves on the research strategy group and on the Network Steering Group of ERA-NET ROAD. Further, he represents CEDR on the Management Committee of TRA 2012.
Govert Sweere graduated from the Delft University of Technology with a degree in civil engineering and holds a PhD (Dr.ir.) from the same University. He further worked as a Visiting Research Scientist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.