EV Speaker Profiles For “CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → Berlin”

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As noted a few days ago, we have 3 new electric vehicle (EV) speakers signed up for CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → Berlin. I wrote short intros about them in that article, but below is a deeper look at these EV leaders and their work. Following these intros are the other EV speaker profiles.

First, though, note that you can win free tickets to the event via Facebook or Twitter.

Hannah Yanchuk

Color photoThe Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine (Facebook page here) unites supporters and users of electric cars to promote electric vehicles, setting up the infrastructure (charging stations), developing and adopting legal frameworks for the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly transport, and sharing research on the EV market and potential growth. Its chief aim is developing and growing the EV market in Ukraine, and improving the representation of Ukraine in the world “green” market.

Hannah has long been involved in EV promotion and development, as has her family, and she is now the Deputy Head of Board of the Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine.

Helge Hinrichs

helge_hinrichsA seasoned serial-entrepreneur, Helge brings his expertise in company building to the EV world. He serves as COO at blitzzcar, helping the Vienna-based company to grow its e-mobility (that “electric vehicle” in European speak) business into Europe. Out of Berlin he additionally oversees the establishment of the German blitzzcar entity.

Before joining blitzzcar, Helge founded three companies — experiencing both failure and exit. He is an expert in all kinds of commerce, with over 20 years in B2B, B2C, marketplaces, and retail. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he held management positions in the Apple ecosphere and AOL. Helge will be providing insight not just on the EV market but also entrepreneurship during CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → Berlin.

Robert Schulze

robert_schulzeRobert Schulze has a technical as well as a business degree. He started out his professional career working as a controller for an airline consolidator and market leader in Germany, and later transitioning into the project lead for an ERP system change at a US subsidiary.

In a period of one and a half years, Robert lived and worked between Los Angeles, New York City, and Berlin. In 2014, he founded Vilgard Motor UG, which is clearly aiming to make a dent in CO2 emissions and air pollution via one of the most efficient modes of transport possible — hybrid human–electric power in a closed vehicle.

In case you missed it before, here’s a video about Vilgard:

Here are the short profiles of other EV speakers that I shared previously:


José Pontes

Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the EV Sales blog since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now, and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in EV-Volumes.

Julian Cox

Julian Cox

Julian led the first example of a market-wide conversion from fuel to lithium battery power as the CEO of a company that he founded. The company eventually gained major customers in over 30 countries, opened offices in Europe and the US, and set up wholly owned factories in Asia. In 2016, Julian joined CleanTechnica as chief EV battery and technical reporter and analyst.

An Imperial college–educated engineer, Julian developed amongst the first semi autonomous commercial drones for use in aerial imaging before going on to play a key role in the early worldwide commercialisation of lithium-ion batteries for use in conjunction with electric motors, developing manufacturing processes and factories in Malaysia and taking an ownership stake in cell design in South Korea that was later purchased by A123 Systems. Prior to all of that, Julian also had an 8-year career in the media with contributions to the brand building of hundreds of household names (Apple, Intel, Ford, Volvo, and others).

RolandRoland Irle

Enjoying a lifelong interest in cars and technology with over 20 years of auto-industry experience, Roland is now convinced that the best cars for the future will be EVs.

In partnership with Jose Pontes, he co-founded EV-Volumes to become a premier source of EV industry sales data and broader EV consultancy.

ViktorViktor Irle

Growing up in an auto-producing city in Sweden, Viktor has had an interest in cars for as long as he can remember. Writing his thesis about speed-controlled electric engines, and later studying industrial transformation and technological change, the great emerging opportunities of EVs made him jump on the train and co-found EV-Volumes, aimed at becoming the premier source of EV industry sales data and broader EV consultancy.

ZachZachary Shahan

Well, this is me, but if you don’t know much about my background, here’s a bit of a primer. I’m the director and editor of CleanTechnica (the #1 most-visited cleantech-focused news and analysis site on the internet) as well as EV Obsession and SolarLove (two sites I founded in 2012). I’m also the president of Important Media, which is the parent network to those three sites and ~20 others. I’m the editor of Masdar’s Sustainnovate as well, and you can find my work all over the internet, including on Scientific American, Reuters, The Economist Group’s GE Look Ahead, ABB’s Conversations, the World Economic Forum’s Agenda, Renewable Energy World, TreeHugger, most Important Media sites, and several other websites.

I have been referenced or interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, and numerous other news outlets and websites. I have also presented, provided workshops, and moderated panels at clean energy and electric vehicles conferences in the US, Canada, and India (and soon Europe). In 2013, I was named one of the top 20 influencers on fuel economy matters alongside President Obama, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, the US Secretary of Energy, Nissan & Renault Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn, GM’s CEO and president, and several other car company execs as well as a few leading auto journalists.

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