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)

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

He 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. Before 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. 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)

Michael Keller is Senior Manager Energy Functions at Volkswagen AG and has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Before joining Volkswagen in 2010 as Senior Manager Energy Systems and Energy Functions, he was the responsible development manager for battery technologies and traction battery systems, amongst other topics, at the Tier 1 supplier Continental. Michael Keller received his Diplom-Ingenieur (BA) Electrical Engineering degree in Electronics at Karlsruhe. 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”.

Steering Committee

Gabriela Binasch (NXP Semiconductors)

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

She received her master degree of Physics from the University in Cologne and held various functions in the Product Management and Marketing at Philips. In September 2006, she joined NXP Semiconductors and focused on the technology marketing in the area of  car network, secure access, broadcast reception and Car2Car/ITS. Since NXP merger with Freescale she has extended her focus to hardware electronics of the future battery systems. 

Manfred Herrmann (Adam Opel AG)

Manfred Herrmann is Opel’s representative for battery topics in the NPE (German National Platform EMobility). He is member of the E-Motive board and chairman of the “Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik”.

Manfred Herrmann received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 1992 to 1997 he developed electric vehicles at Adam Opel AG with various battery systems. Amongst other things he oversaw the Rügen field test for electric vehicles. Later he developed GM’s first fuel cell vehicles, lead the project “Hydrogen3” and set-up the vehicle fleet Hydrogen4.
In 2007 Mr. Herrmann was part of the team to define the battery system for Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera. Since then he has managed the technology for future battery systems and Electric Propulsion technology for Opel in the division “GME Electrification and Battery Systems”.

Roman Strasser (AUDI AG)

Roman Strasser is Manager at AUDI in various positions in research and development.

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)

In 2013 he started to develop the electric drive for BMWi as head of predevelopment and system design. Since end of 2017 he has been taking care of the standardization of charging systems as well.

Stefan Sturm studied at the University (FH) Munich and received his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995. From 1996-1998 he developed hardware and software solutions for TQS. In 1998 he joined 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. Since 2002 Stefan Sturm has been working for BMW where he had different positions in the field of electrical and electronic developments.

Axel Willikens (Daimler AG)

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

He 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. Last but not least, Mr. Willikens 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)

Thomas Eberz is in charge of different funtions within Engineering Sign Off and Physical Prototype Engineering.

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

Oliver Richter (Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co KG)

Oliver Richter is Technical Manager of Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co. KG.

After studying physics & and technologies at the University of Applied Sciences MFH in Iserlohn, Oliver Richter moved to the south of Germany in 1998. Starting at IVM Stuttgart GmbH as application engineer in charge of “On Board Diagnosis for CAN Networks“ for several OEMs. In 2002 employment at Daimler AG, operative as system engineer responsible for development of E/E vehicle architecture and wiring harnesses. In 2010 starting as Project Manager at the Mennekes group, “the inventor of AC type 2 connector”. Since 2014 Technical Manager of the automotive business group inside Mennekes, looking forward to form the next technical step in charging E vehicles, the CCS system.

Michael Heinemann (PHOENIX CONTACT E-Mobility GmbH)

Michael Heinemann is Chief Executive Officer Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.

1992: Technical education in electronics, Phoenix Contact; 1996: Certified technician in electronics and automation ; 1999: Product Manager Power Supplies ; 2008: Manager Product Marketing Power Supplies ; 2012: Managing Director APtronic; 2014: Executive Vice President Phoenix Contact Power Supplies ; 2019: Chief Executive Officer Phoenix Contact E-Mobility

Claas Kirchner (Volkswagen AG)

Head of Software + Product Management Electric /Electronics Development of Volkswagen

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

Fabian Grill is currently Head of Charging Systems at Porsche AG Development (Weissach, Germany).

Mr. Grill received his degree of Communications Engineering at the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe and realized furthermore an additional study on international marketing and project management. He started at Porsche in 2000 and held managing positions in the areas of functional language management systems, infotainment components (Asia) and was from 2010 to 2014 Project Manager Electrical/Electronics Porsche 918 Spyder.

Volker Blandow (TÜV SÜD AG)

Volker Blandow has been the global leader of electric mobility activities at TÜV SÜD since 2011.

Back in 1991 Mr. Blandow started in the field of electric vehicles. 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.

General Assembly

1 assigned Representative of each Member

Head Office

Contact: coordination(at)charinev.org

André Kaufung (innos - Sperlich GmbH)