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.
Ralf Becker, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Chrom Juwelen and brand consultant with the focus on automotive industry. Car Culture and Motorkultur at all levels, internationally networked.
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.
Marco Bonetto, CEO of Bonetto Design. Design manager since 1983 and son of famous designer Rodolfo Bonetto. 1998-2003 lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano, 2008-11 head of Transportation Design at Domus Academy, Milan.
Maurizio Corbi, Senior Designer at Pininfarina. Since 1989 works at Pininfarina. Instrumental in the design of Ferrari California, Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ferrari F50 and Ferrari 355.
Yan-Alexandre Damasiewicz, Editor-in-chief of Blenheim Gang, best auto/moto french blog in French for 2012. freelance automobile journalist, works for GQ, AD, Intersection…
Daniel Darancou, Chief Designer at CH-Auto Design. Over 25 years of leadership and support roles on award winning cars and advanced concept vehicles. Worked for GM, Toyota, Suzuki, I.DE.A…
Jan Fellstrom, freelance motorcycle designer. Professor at Fachhochschule Pforzheim, co-founder of target DESIGN and former designer at BMW Technik studio.
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…
Carlo Gaino, Principal at Synthesis Design. Worked at Italdesign, 1980-87, and I.De. A Institute, 1987-88 to found his own company.
Eric Gallina, freelance automotive journalist and consultant specializing in vehicle design. Editor-in-Chief of Car Design News until 2012, he is now working on the creation of a new website, Form Trends.
Karl Haug, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Carl’s Cars (2002), the first automotive lifestyle magazine in the world.
Tony Hunter, Interior Design Manager at Jaguar Land Rover. Chief Designer at Volvo 2007-11, Creative Design Manager at Jaguar Land Rover 2003-07, Assistant Chief Designer at Ford 2001-03, Assistant Chief Designer at Rover 1995-2000, Designer at Renault 1992-95, Senior Designer at Rover 1990-92.
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.
Chris Longmore, Founder of Drive. Client list include Rolls-Royce, Nissan, SAIC, Jaguar Land Rover, TATA, Ford…
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.
John Manoogian II, Owner at Forza Blitz Design and Adjunct Professor at College for Creative Studies. Director of Exterior Design at Cadillac 2005-09, Executive Vehicle Chief Designer at GM 1999–2005, Chief Designer – Pontiac 1990–99.
Paolo Martin, Freelance Designer since 1976. Designer of mythical Ferrari Modulo. Design Director at De Tomaso Group 1972-76, Chief of the styling department at Pininfarina 1968-72, Designer at Bertone 1967-68 and Designer at Giovanni Michelotti 1960-67.
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.
Peter Naumann, Dean of Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München. Freelance product designer since 1991.
Philip Nemeth, Head of Transportation Design at Strate Collège Designers since 2004, Ecole supérieure de Design Industriel, Paris.
Emanuele Nicosia, Founder of BEESTUDIO. Director of Design Service Network 1997-2007, director of Design System 1985-90, designer at Pininfarina 1982-85 and 1976-81, designer at Ghia Ford 1981-82.
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…
Giancarlo Perini, Editor for Europe at Car Styling since 1974 and President of International design school at Technical University of Georgia.
Tony Pettman, Freelance Automotive Designer and Artist. Since 1995 worked for such illustrious names as Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Volvo Cars, SAAB, Mitsubishi, DAF Trucks and Nissan to name but a few.
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.
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.
Carlos Salaff, Founder and Creative Director at SALAFF, a modern atelier specializing in high-performance artisan vehicles. Working at Mazda 2003-2012, he was instrumental in the creation of several concept and production vehicles.
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.
Marco Traverso, Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Car Body Design website. Since 2010 he runs his own design studio Line22.