Prof. Dr. Kurt Lauk
Kurt is founder and president of Globe CP GmbH, a personally owned family office since 2000. Kurt currently serves as independent director on three supervisory boards of Magna Inc (Toronto), Fortemedia (Cupertino) and Hennessy Capital Investment Corp V (Wyoming). From 2013 until 2019 as well at the board of Solera Inc. (Dallas). July 2018 Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank, appointed him as Advisory Board Chairman (Germany and Austria). Since 2000 he is a Trustee of IISS (International Institute of Strategic Studies in London). From 1995-2000 he was a Member of the Board of Management of Daimler and Head of commercial vehicle division of Daimler in 1996, 1992-1995 Chief Financial Officer at VEBA (today E.ON), 1989-1992 Deputy Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Audi AG. 1984 – 1987 CEO at Zinser Textil Machinery GmbH, 1978-1984 Vice President/Consultant/Partner at Boston Consulting Group. Kurt has been national chairman of the CDU´s economic council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.) from 2000 to 2015 (since June 2015 Honorary Chairman) and member of the executive committee (Bundesvorstand) of the Christian Democratic Party. Between 2004-2009 Kurt was Member of the European Parliament for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Deputy Member of the Foreign and Security Affairs Committee. Today he serves as advisory board at several start-ups companies in the US and Israel. Kurt will chair the Nominating Committee.
Joseph leads Gensler, a top global architecture and design firm as Managing Principal for the Northeast and Latin America regions, with offices in New York, Boston, Morristown, Toronto, Mexico City, Bogotá, and San José, Costa Rica. He is Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, for which he sits on the Executive & Governance Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, and Compliance Committee. With vision and focus, Joseph has led Gensler into new markets, providing leadership to the architecture, urban planning, and design studios. He is a registered architect in 23 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Joseph holds bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Maryland. Joseph is chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Bazmi was until recently Chief Technology Officer of the ABB Group. At ABB, he has worked in various roles in business, R&D, service and strategy around the world. His roles included CEO of the publicly listed ABB operations in India and Global Head of ABB’s Research in Automation. As part of his assignment as Group CTO, he was directly responsible for ABB Technology Ventures. Bazmi holds a BE in EE and MS in Physics from BITS, Pilani, India. Bazmi is member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating Committee.
K. R. Kent
K.R. retired recently after a 31-year career with Ford Motor Company, an American multinational automobile manufacturer. From 2017-2019, K.R. served as the Vice President and Treasurer for Ford Motor Company, where he was responsible for all global treasury related activities, including all aspects of global risk management, insurance, trading, funding, cash management, pension funding, and asset management. From 2011-2017, he served as the Controller for Ford's North and South America Operating Regions and was responsible for all finance-related activities in those regions. Prior to this time, K.R. served in multiple finance positions within Ford including Executive Director of Investor Relations, Vice-Chairman and CFO of Ford Motor Credit Company, Assistant Treasurer, and positions in Ford in Germany and at Mazda in Japan. KR is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee.
Salina is an accomplished COO and CFO with three decades of experience in investment banking and asset management. She spent the last 20 years founding, building and operating assets management firms including hedge funds, private equities, venture capital funds and SPAC sponsors in New York. Over the years, she has built a wide and deep connection with legal and accounting service providers, industry regulators and global investors. She had been a board member of various portfolio companies and often works closely with their audit committees. Previously, Salina was a Senior Managing Director and COO of the Equity and Investment Banking Division of ABN AMRO in the Americas and had held various global management positions at Bear Stearns, Kidder Peabody and Salomon Brothers in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. She is a fellowship member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (U.K.) and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Accountants. Salina graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting. Salina is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Thomas is the Founder and CEO of ADS-TEC Energy. After completing his studies at the University of Stuttgart with diploma as electronic engineer he has taken over the family-owned ADS-TEC business 1998 from his father who founded the initial company in 1980. Thomas is since end of the nineties CEO of the company and started ADS-TEC Energy within the ADS-TEC Group. He has decades of executive experience with sophisticated industrial goods and services for the B2B market, e.g. with industrial IT-solutions, automation engineering and battery storage solutions. Furthermore, he is President of the German Energy Storage Systems Association (BVES Bundesverband Energiespeicher Systeme e.V.) in Berlin. Thomas is also a member of the Fraunhofer ISE Board of Trustees. He is involved in key committees and associations in the energy sector and maintains close relations with companies and research institutions along the entire value chain.