ERTRAC Executive Group

The ERTRAC Executive Group is formed by the Chairman and the Vice-Chairmen:



Stephan Neugebauer


Stephan Neugebauer is Director Global Research Cooperation at BMW Group. He completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1991. He was a scholarship holder of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. After this, while being research assistant at the “Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Vehicles”, he completed his doctorate by obtaining the title of Dr.-Ing..

He started at BMW in the diesel engine development department, which is located in Steyr (Austria) as Expert for Acoustics and then Expert for Injection Hydraulics.

In 1998, he returned to Munich in different new functions as Team Leader of Combustion Development of gasoline direct injection, Team Leader of Cooling Systems, and then Team Leader of Engine periphery. 

In 2005, he was transferred to the total vehicle development, taking over a new function as Head of the Energy Management Department and later as Head of the Thermal Management Department. In this functions, Stephan was responsible for the introduction of innovative fuel saving technologies like Engine Start Stop or Brake Energy Recuperation. As Head of Thermal Management, Stephan was also responsible for several research and development projects like thermal insulation of engines, which are now in the market introduction phase. 

From 2012 to 2015, Stephan Neugebauer was Head of Vehicle Project, current BMW 3 series and 4 series.

Stephan Neugebauer also acted as Chairman of several conferences (Engine-Start-Stop Systems, Thermal Recuperation) and was Member of the advisory council for the “Conference on Innovative Power Train Systems” of VDI. In 2012, he was appointed by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs to serve on the national advisory council to the German government initiative “Electromobility”.

Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni

Operational Vice-Chairman

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


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


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.

Nick Lester


Nick Lester is Corporate Director for Services at London Councils, in which role is responsible for delivering around €400m services to Londoners each year, predominantly in transport. He has a particular responsibility for parking and traffic management in London including oversight of parking and traffic enforcement and operation of London’s traffic courts. He has had responsibility for the coordination of London’s local transport and traffic policies for some years and has been a member of the Mayor of London’s Roads Task Force since its inception in 2012. He is also responsible for the London European Partnership on Transport which provides links between different European cities on specific transport projects and is a member of the Polis Network’s Management Committee.

Nick Lester has worked in London’s strategic transport development for more than 30 years, starting work in the Greater London Councils in 1984. During this time he was responsible for the introduction of regulation of heavy goods vehicles in London during the 1980s and the introduction and implementation of civil traffic and parking enforcement into the UK, in the 1990s. He has supported the introduction of road user charging in London, through membership of the Government’s Road User Charging Options for London (ROCOL) group in the 1990s. He has also been a member of the steering group for the UK Government’s review of road traffic signing, earlier this decade. He was a member of the 2012 Games Transport Board providing management and oversight of transport arrangements during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Since 1995 he has served on the council of the British Parking Association, and was its President in 1999-2000. He has been the BPA’s representative on the European Parking Association Board since 2003 and has been President of the EPA since 2009.


Andreas Dorda


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”). 

From 2006-2014, he was 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:

  • ERTRAC-Plenary and Steering Group,
  • ERA-NET Transport, Transport Program Committee of EU-R&D-framework programs 4,5,6,
  • Chairman of national delegates of EU-technology platform BIOFUELS,
  • Chairman of EU-Joint Expert Group “Transport & Environment”,
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the EU-Joint Technology Initiative “Fuel Cells & Hydrogen”,
  • Co-author of the report of the EU-expert group “Strengthening the role of European Technology Platforms in addressing Europe’s Grand Societal Challenges”,
  • Austrian delegate in the R&D-cooperations “Hybrid & Electric Vehicles” and “Advanced Motor Fuels” of the International Energy Agency
  • Austrian delegate in the IPHE (International Partnership for Hydrogen & Fuel Cells in the Economy)
Ruud Smit


Ruud is stationed in Brussels as the Innovation Manager Europe for Rijkswaterstaat, the national infrastructure agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

His responsibilities include representing the Rijkswaterstaat agency as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the European arena.

As such Ruud has a long standing relationship with ERTRAC,  for which he served as Rapporteur driving ERTRAC’s Strategic Research Agenda 2010 as well as co-chair of the Working Group on Long Distance Freight Transport.  On behalf of ERTRAC Ruud also chaired the Joint ETP Task Force on Transport Infrastructure Innovation, as input to the Horizon 2020 programme.

Within Rijkswaterstaat Ruud has held various positions in management and corporate strategy development.

Ruud started his career as a process engineer with KTI engineering contractors before joining the Dutch national government services as an expert on hazardous industrial wastes and emissions.

Ruud graduated from the Technical University Delft with a degree in Chemical Technology.