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 Desgin Center of Namyang, KOREA/ Irvine, CA US./ Russelsheim, Germany 


Oliver Heimler
Head of Mini Design, BMW 


Shiro Nakamura
CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.


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.