Michael Ani, Founder of Makkina in 1998 as an independent consultancy dedicated to automotive design, leading a team working discreetly for major manufacturers worldwide on production and concept design. 1988-1993 worked at International Automotive Design consultancy, 1993-98 for Audi reaching position of Chief Exterior Designer in VW/Audi’s Design Center Europe for advanced design, Sitges.
Jeevak Badve, Director of Strategic Business Development and Design Studio Manager, at American Specialty Cars: a full service Industrial Design Studio for Vehicle Design Domain. He was honored to be a one of the Juries for the Eyes of Design Awards for the 2011 summer auto show.
Gabriella Belli, Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici in Venice. 1989-2011 Director of MART, Museo di arte Moderne e Contemporanea de Trente e Rovereto. Organiser of over 60 exhibitions, including Mitomacchina: Arte e design dal 1930 ai giorni nostri (2006). Commissioner of the Biennale di Venezia (1995 and 2003) and Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Luigi Colani, design legend. Described as a genius and a maverick, in six decades designed thousands of objects, but his transport designs are most famous.
Taras Czornyj, General Manager Design 4Wh at Bajaj since 2011; 2000-06 & 2009-2010 at SAAB reaching position of Senior Designer; 2007-08 at Scania becoming Exterior Design Team Leader; 2004-09 Tutor at Umeå University.
Miroslav Dimitrov, automotive designer worked since 2007 for various companies: Ferrari, Lotus, Aston Martin, etc.
Marek Djordjevic, Principal at Marek Djordjevic Inc. Worked for BMW Group 1990-2005 reaching positions of Head of Exterior Design Director at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Creative Director at DesignworksUSA. He BMW Group to set up Marek Djordjevic Inc.
Pontus Fontaeus, Founder and Creative Design Director at “peefdee” since 2010. Interior Design Director at Volvo 2007-10, Advanced Design Manager at KIA 2004-07, Supervisor Interior Design at Volkswagen, Senior Designer at Renault 1996-2001…
Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, Director at Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile “Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia” in Turin since 2001. Worked for Fiat Group 1967-2000 starting at Centro Stile Fiat and leaving as Director of Stabilimento Pilota and Costruzioni Sperimentali in Turin and Arese.
Haishan Deng, Director of Transportation Design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; judge of China Best Car Design Award 2009-2011; columnist at Auto Magazine, 21stCentury Business Review and Yangcheng Evening News.
Omer Halilhodžić, freelance designer since 2008. Chief Exterior Designer at Mitsubishi Europe 1995-2008, Chief Designer of platform F at Mercedes 2008.
Karl Haug, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Carl’s Cars (2002), the first automotive lifestyle magazine in the world.
Sacha Lakić, Principal at Lakic Design since 1994. Exclusive Venturi designer since 2000. 1986-88 chief of Vehicles Department at Alain Carré’s Design Studio; in 1988 moved to Yamaha owned MBK Industry to chief position in motorcycle design department .
Radek Laube, Editor-in-Chief, AutoDesign&Styling magazine, co-founder AutoDesign Prague conference, organizer of international design competitions (Dassault Systemes Design Challenge, Allivision09), member of jury Car of the Year in Czech Republic.
Bart Lenaerts, Freelance motoring journalist since 2002. Author of three books: Waft, Waft 2 and Belgian Car Designers.
Michael Leonello, freelance designer, Transportation Designer Consultant at Zagato since 2010; 2010-11 Docent at Politecnico di Milano; 2010 Docent at Domus Academy; 2004-09 Designer at Alfa Romeo; 2003-08 Designer at Fiat Group; 2002-03 Designer at Alfa Romeo
Sam Livingstone, Director of Car Design Research Ltd with clients including Audi, Toyota, Renault, Pininfarina and SAIC. Also Senior Tutor in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London, an Associate Editor of Car Design News, a judge on the Louis Vuitton Concept Classic, a juror on the World Car of The Year Design Award, and Guild of Motoring Writers Design Writer of the Year 2011.
Roy Lonberger, CEO of MagnaDesign and LightSpeed Dynamics, and CFO for Blu808 Motorsports, has been a recognized expert in industrial and automobile design for over 50 years. He is a Patron and Mentor to Art Center College of Design transportation design students. He is most recognized by his role in the design of the Astro 1&3 concepts cars, 68-70 Corvette and Camaros, and the original Shadow Can-Am race car.
Marc Ma, Executive Director and Design Chief of Zhongyu Automotive Research Institute since 2004. More than 20 years worked for several Taiwanese and Chinese automotive OEM or independent design companies in Great Chinese Area reachings Design Executive positions.
Tsutonu “Tom” Matano, Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco. 1992-2002 worked for Mazda reaching position of General Manager for Design. He is most famous as designer of Mazda Miata.
Artur Mausbach, consultant for car industry on aesthetic and sustainability, participates on the evaluation of graduate projects at vehicle design area at Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo.
Alessio Minchella, Professor at IED since 2009. BA Transportation Designer that worked on various projects for Fiat Group.
Philip Nemeth, Head of Transportation Design at Strate Collège Designers since 2004, Ecole supérieure de Design Industriel, Paris.
Peter Naumann, Dean of Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München. Freelance product designer since 1991.
Graham Pepall, freelance automotive designer since 1958 and guest lecturer at School University of Umeå and Hong Kong PolyUniversity Design. Design Manager at British Leyland 1968-79 and Chief Designer at Daewoo 1996-99. Worked with mythical automotive personalities Giovanni Micholotti, Alec Issigonis, David Bache, Tom Matano, Colin Chapman, John DeLorean…
Patrick le Quément, one of the most important automotive designers of all time. Co-founder of Sustainable Design School. 1987-2009 worked at Renault retiring from position of Senior Vice President of Quality and Corporate Design.
Ari Rocha, pioneer of Brazilian industrial and automotive design, with large experience both in industry and university.
Satoshi Wada, since 2009 runs as his own design studio, SWdesign TOKYO. 1998-2009 worked at Audi reaching Expert Senior Designer position. Prior to Audi, worked his way up to Senior designer in Nissan Design Japan (1984-1998).
József Scherer, Head of Transportation Design at MOME – Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem – Budapest since 2010 and university lecturer since 1978.
Daniel Simon is a vehicle concept designer in various fields, with a vivid past as Senior Designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen. Other clients include Honda, Puma or DKNY. Currently, Simon focuses his design work on Hollywood blockbuster films and Formula 1. In parallel to offer services to clients world-wide, he works on his own label, Cosmic Motors™. Simon not only designs, but creates all 3D and visuals himself.
Achim Storz, CEO at Design Storz since 1982. Started as mechanic, constructed F1 cars for Lotus and McLaren. Lectured at Universität Stuttgart and Royal College of Art. 1980-82 was designer at Porsche Design to form his own design company.
Nick Talbot, Global Design Head at Tata Elxsi since 2011. Senior Director at Seymourpowell 1994-2011. Senior Designer at Ogle Design 1992-94. Director at Sensation Design 1988-92.
Marco Traverso, Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Car Body Design website. Since 2010 he runs his own design studio Line22.
Lowie Vermeersch, Founder & Creative Director at granstudio since 2011. After graduation at TU Delft in 1998, started to work at Pininfarina to became Chief Designer in 2004 and Design Director in 2007. Left in 2010 to found granstudio.