Tokyo 2017: Speakers
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.
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.
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.
Creative Director Exteriors, Land Rover
The Italian started his career in Turin, completing a Transportation Design Degree at the Istituto D’Arte Applicata in 1997 before taking on his first role design role at Stile Bertone.
In November 2000 he joined Lincoln Mercury’s design organisation, based in Irvine, California before taking up a role as Design Manager with Kia Motors. He enjoyed a seven-year-spell in the United Sates before joining the Land Rover Design team in November 2011.
Working under Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, Massimo led the exterior design of the Discovery Sport, the New Discovery and most recently the New Range Rover Velar. Massimo will be instrumental in the development of future generations of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender families of vehicles.
Executive Vice President of Design for Geely
Peter Horbury has been Executive Vice President of Design for Geely since 2011. Before that he held a number of senior positions in automotive design; from 1991 to 2002 he was Vice President of Design for Volvo Car Corporation, then after Ford Motor Company bought Volvo he was appointed as head of Design for the Premier Automotive Group which, as well as Volvo, included Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover.
In 2004 Peter moved to Detroit to take responsibility for design at Ford USA. He returned to Sweden in 2009 to take charge of Volvo Design once again then, following Geely’s acquisition of Volvo, was asked in 2011 by Chairman Li Shufu to create Geely Design, which he continues to run today.
Peter studied at Northumbria University, from where he was awarded an honorary doctorate, and at The Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1974. He spends his working time between Geely’s four studios in Shanghai, Gothenburg, Barcelona and Los Angeles.
General Manager, Design Department, Product & Portfolio Planning Division, Subaru Corporation
Mamoru Ishii was born in Saitama, Japan in 1962 and his passion for cars goes back to when he was a child – he has always wanted to be a car designer. He has been with Subaru Design for 31 years, since joining the company in 1986.
After spending three years in the California design studio, he worked on Legacy (sedan and wagon) and Outback as an exterior design leader, and the second generation Impreza as a development leader. Mamoru was appointed as a general manager of the design department in 2013, developing the Subaru design philosophy ‘Dynamic and Solid’. He developed the ‘Dynamic and Solid’ design philosophy with the Viziv series concept car from 2014 and delivered ‘Dynamic and Solid’ design for the first time with the new production Impreza in October 2016.
The 2017 Impreza won the prestigious Wards Auto, ’10 Best’ award for its interior design. The XV (Crosstrek) expanded into the global markets in 2017. The design philosophy at Subaru wants to provide customers with ‘Enjoyment and peace of mind’ through design.
Operating Officer and Chief Officer of Design Management, Honda R&D Center
After joining Honda in 1990, Matsuhashi, in 1996, he moved to Honda’s Bangkok, Thailand operations. In 2008, he became Chief Designer, promoted to Design Studio 1 Manager in 2014. Notable cars Matsuhashi has worked on include the first CR-V in 1995, the Honda City in 2000, and he was Project Leader on the 2002 STEP WGN. Following a successful period as Design General Manager, in 2016, Matsuhashi became Chief Officer of Design Management.
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.
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.
Design Director, Alpine
Born in St-Mandé, Paris, France on 17 July, 1974.
Passionate about drawing and cars since he was young, 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 Innovation Design 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 motorshow.
Vice President Industrial Design, Faurecia
Starting in 2003 Andreas has led all Design activities at Faurecia as Vice President Industrial Design, building a complete offer from strategic brand and product planning to flawless execution.
Under his leadership a large number of programmes have been successfully conducted. Those reach from production programmes for OEMs across all regions of the world, to many advanced and innovation driven conceptual studies.
Earlier in his career, Andreas Wlasak held various positions in the automotive and non-automotive industry in Italy, Germany and France. This included brand and product line responsibilities in the consumer goods market. Andreas graduated as an Industrial Designer at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.
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.
“Dezi” Nagaya Akihiro
Executive Officer and Chief General Manager, Design Center, Yamaha Motor
Born in Nagoya City in 1960, Nagaya graduated from Aichi University of the Arts in 1983 and joined Toyota Motor Corporation in the same year. He was responsible for the design for various cars including the first generation Lexus LS400, Celsior, and Toyota Mark II. After completing an MBA at Berkeley University, California, in 2003, he became Lexus Brand Planning General Manager in 2003 and led the Global Lexus Brand. In 2010 he became Toyota Design General Manager and supervised product design development for all Toyota automobiles. Dezi became President of Techno Art Research in 2012 and then assumed the post of Chief General Manager, Design Center, Yamaha Motor, in 2014. He has been an Executive Officer of Yamaha Motor since 2015.