24 October 2017
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Tokyo 2017: Speakers

Alfonso Albaisa
Senior Vice President, Global Design Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Japan

Alfonso Albaisa is Senior Vice President for Global Design for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML), including Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun.

Albaisa`s debut was at Nissan North America in 1988. In 2004 he was named Design Director Nissan North America. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Vice President at Nissan Design Europe. In 2012 was appointed Design Director for Nissan brand.

From 2014 to 2017 Albaisa served as Executive Design Director at Infiniti. Since 2016 he has served as NML’s Corporate Vice President for Design Business Management/Strategic Design, and the Global Design Center.

Albaisa graduated from Pratt Institute in New York in 1988 and attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He speaks English and Spanish.


Pratap Bose
Head of Design, TATA Motors and TAMO

Pratap Bose was born and raised in Mumbai, India. Following the completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design, India, Pratap moved to Italy to work for Piaggio & C. SpA, at their global headquarters in Pontedera, Italy. After a three-year stint at Piaggio, Pratap completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. He then moved to Japan and worked as a designer for Mitsubishi Motors in Nagoya and in the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center, Yokohama.

Pratap has been with Tata Motors since 2007, and has been the head of design of Tata Motors since April 2011. Pratap also leads the design of vehicles under the Tamo brand.


Luc Donckerwolke
Senior Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group and Head of Design Center of Namyang, KOREA/ Irvine, CA US./ Russelsheim, Germany 

Luc Donckerwolke, a native of Belgium but born in Peru, began his career as an exterior designer at Audi and worked in six brands of the VW Group. In his 23 years working as a designer, he has created Audi race cars for the 24 hours of Le Mans, spearheaded Lamborghini’s design revival with the Lamborghini Murciélago, Gallardo and the 2006 Lamborghini Miura concept and, while with Bentley, he worked on the award-winning EXP10 Speed Six concept car as well as the Bentayga.

Donckerwolke joined the Hyundai Motor group on the January 1, 2016 as senior vice-president for Hyundai and Genesis Design.


Mamoru Ishii
Chief Designer, Subaru 

More information coming soon.


Gerry McGovern
Design Director, Land Rover and Range Rover

Gerry McGovern creates some of the world’s most distinctive and desirable premium off-road vehicles. He and his team have spent this decade creating an entire new generation of Land Rovers and Range Rovers, redefining each brand and building on established heritage to make vehicles relevant to the 21st Century.

Gerry completed a degree in industrial design before specialising in automotive design at the Royal College of Art. He worked for Chrysler and Peugeot, before joining the Rover Group, where he was the lead designer of the critically acclaimed MGF sports car and Land Rover Freelander (the best selling compact SUV in Europe for seven years). He also led the team that created the current Range Rover. Ford head-hunted him in 1999 but he re-joined Land Rover (as Director, Advanced Design) in April 2004. In 2006, he was appointed Design Director for Land Rover, becoming a member of the Land Rover Board of Management in 2008 and the Jaguar Land Rover Executive Committee in 2009.


Marek Reichman
Director of Design, Aston Martin

Marek joined Aston Martin in 2005 as Director of Design and the 12 years that followed have been one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions for the British marque. These have included the DB11, Aston Martin’s latest GT offering, the recently launched Vanquish S and Aston Martin’s track-only Aston Martin Vulcan.

Before this Marek held positions at Rover Cars, BMW Designworks and Ford Motor Company and has been heavily involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars throughout his accomplished design career, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross concept cars and the Range Rover Mk lll.


Yoshihiro Sawa
President, Lexus International Co. and Managing Officer Toyota Motor Corporation

Born in 1957, Yoshihiro Sawa graduated from the Kyoto Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Design. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980, working in production and advanced design for interiors and exteriors.

In 2000, he was appointed Chief Engineer and led the development of the Aygo in collaboration with PSA. He later became Executive Chief Engineer of compact vehicles and advanced projects. In 2011, he returned to the Design Division as General Manager of Global Design. In 2016, he became Executive VP of Lexus International and, in 2017, he was promoted to the role of President, Lexus International Co.


Antony Villain
Design Director, Alpine

Born in St-Mandé, Paris, France on 17 July, 1974.

Passionate about drawing and cars since his youngest age, in 1997 Antony graduated in Engineering from the Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers.

A self-taught designer, he joined Renault in 1998 at the prospective and concept cars studio. After completing several concept and racing cars, he oversaw the Megane III (2008) and Laguna coupé (2008) projects. In 2008 he was appointed Head of the Prospective and Innovation design studio, then Head of Design for Renault’s small vehicle range where he designed the Clio IV (2012) and the Captur (2013), two bestsellers of the Renault Design renewal led by Laurens Van Den Acker.

At the end of 2012, he moved to head up the new Alpine Department. There he established the design strategy for Alpine including the creation of the new Alpine design studio.

His newly established design team created the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo concept car, the Alpine Celebration showcar (in 2015), the Alpine Vision showcar (in 2016) and of course the Alpine A110 presented as a world premiere at the 2017 Geneva International motorshow.


Zhang Fan
Vice President, Head of Design, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd Automotive Engineering Institute

Zhang obtained an MA in Transportation Design in 2002 at Tsinghua University after an Industrial Design degree at Tongji University. He was hired by Mercedes-Benz in 2003 and spent the next eight years at Mercedes-Benz design HQ in Sindelfingen, Germany. While there he worked on the exterior of the SL (R231), A-Class (W176) and SLK (R172) production car and Concept A-Class show car.

In June 2011, he joined GAEI(GAC Automotive Engineering Institute), the R&D hub of GAC Group as Design Director, overseeing all the design activities of GAC’s own young brand Trumpchi(传祺).

In April 2016, he was appointed Vice President, Head of Design, GAC.