Who is behind CharIN e.V.?

The association Charging Interface Initiative e. V. is registered in the German capital Berlin (“eingetragener Verein”, “e. V.”).
The association is organized as follows:

Chairman Claas Bracklo (BMW Group)

BMW lead for activities within the National Platform Electromobility (NPE) and Chairman of the CharIN e.V.


Claas Bracklo joined BMW in March 2005 and held various senior management positions in research and development with focus on E/E-architectures, system design, hardware/software components and in car networking. Prior to his current position in the innovation field electromobility he was in charge of body electronics development. He started his career with Mercedes Benz and Daimler in the development of bus systems technology and introduced the CAN and LIN in car networking. Further, he led several teams in the area of system test, architecture and ECU-development. He was initiator and founding member of the LIN, Autosar and FlexRay consortium and acted as the FlexRay spokesperson in the initial phase. Claas Bracklo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund.

Treasurer Michael Keller (Volkswagen AG)

Senior Manager Energy Functions at Volkswagen AG.


Before joining Volkswagen in 2010 as Senior Manager Energy Systems and Energy Functions, Michael Keller was development manager responsible for battery technologies and traction battery systems, amongst other topics, at the Tier 1 supplier Continental. In 2009, he was awarded the “Professor Ferdinand Porsche Preis” of the Technical University of Vienna for the first automotive application of a lithium-ion hybrid battery. Michael Keller obtained his Engineering Diploma in Electronics at the University of Karlsruhe and, by now, has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Steering Committee

Gabriela Binasch (NXP Semiconductors)

Director of Sales & Marketing at NXP Semiconductors and responsible for the Automotive Business Development.


Gabriela Binasch joined NXP Semiconductors in 2006, focussing on the technology marketing in the area of car network, secure access, broadcast reception and Car2Car/ITS. Since NXP's merger with Freescale she has extended her focus to hardware electronics of the future battery systems. Before joining NXP Semiconductors, she held various functions in the Product Management and Marketing at Philips. Gabriela Binasch holds a degree in Physics from the University of Cologne.

Manfred Herrmann (Adam Opel AG)

Representative for battery topics in the NPE (German National Platform EMobility) for Adam Opel AG. He is member of the E-Motive board and Chairman of the “Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik”.

Manfred Herrmann manages the technology for future battery systems and electric propulsion technology in Opel's GME Electrification and Battery Systems Division. In 2007, he was part of the team that defined the battery system for Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera. Manfred Herrmann has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Amongst others, he oversaw the Rügen field test for electric vehicles and later developed GM’s first fuel cell vehicles, lead the project “Hydrogen3” and set-up the vehicle fleet Hydrogen4. Manfred Herrmann obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Roman Strasser (AUDI AG)

Manager in various positions in research and development at AUDI AG.


Roman Strasser joined Audi in 2004 and held various management positions in research and development with focus on transmission electronics, engine control hardware and power electronics and charging systems. He started his career with Siemens and Jatco Europe in the development of transmission electronics and control. Roman Strasser holds a degree in Electrical Engineering of the Technical University (TU) of Munich.

Stefan Sturm (BMW AG)

BMW head of predevelopment and system design. Further, he takes care of the standardization of charging systems.


Since 2002, Stefan Sturm works for BMW where he had different positions in the field of electrical and electronic developments. Before joining the automotive sector, he worked at Fairchild Dornier for 4 years where he developed the Avionic for the model Dornier238. He mainly focused on the development of autopilot-, communication-, display- and navigation systems. Stefan Sturm studied at the University (FH) Munich and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995.

Axel Willikens (Daimler AG)

Senior Manager Charging at Daimler AG, responsible for charging connectors, systems and equipment for AC, DC and inductive charging.


Axel Willikens has more than 32 years of experience in the areas of wiring harness, HV/LV contacting, power distribution, telematics, EE-HW technology & quality, as well as in advanced technology development for power electronics. Further, he was project leader at Toll Collect Germany and worked in a program for optimization of material cost. Axel Willikens has a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Thomas Eberz (Ford-Werke GmbH)

Manager in various positions within Engineering Sign Off and Physical Prototype Engineering at Ford-Werke GmbH.


Thomas Eberz joined Ford Europe in 2002 and has held a number of positions within Vehicle Engineering and Vehicle Testing since then. During this time, he was responsible for the development of customer requirements and vehicle attributes, the associated verification and quality assurance. Before joining Ford, Thomas Eberz worked as a Project engineer for Advanced Driver Assistant Systems at the Continental AG. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Dr.-Ing. for his work on Vehicle Aerodynamics at the University of Siegen.

Oliver Richter (Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co KG)

Technical Manager of Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co. KG.


Oliver Richter joined the Menneckes Group in 2010. Starting as a project manager in the company that "invented the AC type 2 connector", he moved to the Technical Manager position in 2014 - striving to take the next technical step in charging E-vehicles: the CCS system. Prior to his time at Menneckes, Oliver Richter worked for Daimler AG and IVM Stuttgart GmbH. He holds a degree in Physics and Technologies from the University of Applied Sciences MFH Iserlohn.

Michael Heinemann (PHOENIX CONTACT E-Mobility GmbH)

Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.


In the course of his more than 25 years at Phoenix Contact, Michael Heinemann held many different positions. Before moving to the CEO position of Phoenix Contact E-Mobility in 2019, he was Executive Vice President at Phoenix Contact Power Supplies. Michael Heinemann completed his technical education in Electronics at Phoenix Contact.

Claas Kirchner (Volkswagen AG)

Head of Software and Product Management Electric /Electronics Development at Volkswagen


Claas Kirchner took up his work as Head of Software and Product Management Electric/Electronics Development in 2016. Prior to this, he collected more than 15 years of experience in electronic systems in the automotive industry. Claas Kirchner hold a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Harz University of Applied Sciences.

Fabian Grill (Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)

Head of Charging Systems at Porsche AG Development.


Fabian Grill joined Porsche in 2000 and has held managing positions in the areas of functional language management systems and infotainment components (Asia) since then. Before he took up his position as Head of Charging Systems, he was project manager Electrical/Electronics for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Fabian Grill obtained his degree of Communications Engineering at the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe.

Volker Blandow (TÜV SÜD AG)

Global leader of electric mobility activities at TÜV SÜD.


Mr. Blandow has worked in the field of electric vehicles since 1991. From 1994 to 2011 he was active as a strategy consultant in the field of renewable energies and clean transport technologies. Important topics have been studies on the depletion of fossil resources, potentials of renewable energies as well as carbon footprint and life cycle assessments. His specialization has always been electric vehicles powered by fuel cells / hydrogen and/or batteries. Volker Blandow holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Munich.

Selvam Kandasamy (Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited)

General Manager, Embedded Systems at Mahindra Electric.


Selvam Kandasamy joined Mahindra Electric in 2016 heading Embedded Systems and responsible i.a. for the development of EV ECUs like Vehicle Control Unit, Charge Control Module, Battery Management System. Mr. Kandasamy holds a Master degree in Mechatronics from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and collected more than 15 years of experience in Automotive Industry especially in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems with Continental - Automotive Distance Control System GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH and Audi AG.

Alberto Pisoni (General Motors)

Alberto Pisoni is currently director of Control Systems department at General Motors, Torino (Italy)


Alberto Pisoni was born in 1966, studied at Politecnico di Torino where he got his degree in Electronic Engineering in 1991. He started his career in Centro Ricerche FIAT in 1993 and joined General Motors in 2006 as chief engineer, introducing the first diesel in-house control system for GM (2010). In 2011-12, he had an international assignment in Detroit (US) with the responsibility for gasoline and automatic transmission controllers. He’s recently expanding his influence on some key areas of future mobility: electrification and data analytics applied to vehicle systems.

Johan Peeters (ABB)

Global Vice President Sales & Marketing, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure


Johan Peeters is worldwide Sales and Marketing responsible for ABB’s EV Infrastructure business. He joined ABB 2011 when ABB acquired Epyon Power, where he held the position of VP Sales and Marketing. Johan Peeters graduated as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

General Assembly

1 assigned Representative of each Member

Head Office

Contact: coordination(at)charinev.org

André Kaufung (innos - Sperlich GmbH)