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Yu Zhang (Managing Director of Automotive Foresight (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.)

Yu Zhang

Managing Director of Automotive Foresight (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Yu Zhang is the founder of AutoForesight. He has 20 years China automotive industry and market research experience.
Prior to AutoForesight, Mr. Zhang was the Managing Director of a Detroit based global auto industry forecasting firm (CSM Worldwide) for 7 years, in charge of company operation, Greater China light vehicle forecasting, OEM strategy research & consulting. He was also the Director of Automotive Consulting business in Asia Pacific area for the combined operations of IHS/CSM in 2010.
Prior to joining the Detroit forecasting firm, he has worked as research chief for Automotive Resources Asia, Ltd. in Beijing for 5 years, where he led in-depth market studies for major OEMs, and personally interviewed more than 500 dealer sales managers/general managers, local auto experts across over 20 provinces.
He is a well-known, recognized expert in the Asian automotive industry. He is widely quoted in national and international publications. He is a long-term columnist of industry magazine – China Automotive Review and often presents at key forums.
He holds a B.A. in economics. Before entering the automotive research field, he has five years′ market research experiences in other industries.

Niclas Bratt (Director Propulsion Energy Systems of Volvo Cars)

Niclas Bratt

Director Propulsion Energy Systems of Volvo Cars

Niclas Bratt has a Master of Science degree in Mechatronics from De Montfort University, Leicester England. After graduation he joined Volvo Car Corporation Research & Development in Sweden in the area of automatic transmissions. During his years within Volvo he has gained experience from wide range of areas within Powertrain development, both in managerial and program leading positions. Among these he was the Powertrain program manager for Volvo’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle project, launched in 2012. His current position is Director of Propulsion Energy Systems, Volvo Cars China R&D.

Bill Russo (Founder & CEO of Automobility Limited)

Bill Russo

Founder & CEO of Automobility Limited

Bill Russo is the Shanghai-based Founder and CEO of Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping its clients to create the future of mobility. His over 35 years of experience includes 15 years as an automotive executive, including 14 years of experience in China and Asia. He also worked in the electronics and information technology industries for nearly 12 years. He has worked as an advisor and consultant for numerous multinational and local Chinese firms in the formulation and implementation of their global market and product strategies. Bill was previously the regional head of Chrysler in North East Asia, where he successfully negotiated agreements with partners and obtained required approvals from the China government to bring six new vehicle programs to the market in a three-year period, while concurrently establishing an infrastructure for local sourcing and sales distribution.Bill is also the current Chair of the Automotive Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Lixia Huang (Managing Director of Delphi)

Lixia Huang

Managing Director of Delphi

Mrs. Huang has joined Delphi since 1997 and is currently Managing Director of Delphi Technology Suzhou plant for Powertrain Electrifications & Electronics. She has 22 years’ working experience in the Automotive industry. Under her tenure, she has demonstrated strong leadership to lead the team and been instrumental in establishing the World Class Suzhou operation which has grown significantly. Mrs. Huang had various assignments in Operations, Program management and PC&L. Besides, she has taken varieties of social roles, such as president of SIP Vehicle industry association.