Volocopter is the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), an emerging branch of fully electric aviation. Our aspiration to make the dream of electric flight come true has resulted in a trio of aircraft. Our air taxis, cargo drones, and longer-range passenger aircraft will offer alternative, affordable transit solutions – emission-free and more sustainably and efficiently than before. For more than 10 years, we have been enhancing our initial prototype to build a sophisticated ecosystem that will complement our air taxis, thus opening up a whole new perspective on and for the city. By offering all-electric flights over megacities across the globe, we will make more room on the streets, thus relieving congestion, pollution, and other big-city hassles. Interconnected key transport hubs will allow us to ferry passengers across major cities more easily and sustainably than before
In just ten years we have come further than anybody else in eVTOL history. It all began in 2011, with our now famous prototype. Take a look at the key milestones we’ve achieved over the years.
With a career spanning over 25 years and five continents, Dirk has led digitalization projects in the aviation, automotive, and technology industries. He started his career in Paris at Renault and subsequently worked 20 years at Siemens, where he held various C-level executive positions. Most recently Dirk was the CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, where he also sat on Airbus’ Global Executive Committee. Dirk serves on the Board of Directors of Spire Global and Solaredge, as well as on the Voyager Space Advisory Board. He is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader Program.
Christian Bauer has more than 15 years of experience in the mobility sector. He worked for Daimler in various functions including Business Development and M&A, where he participated in merger, venture, fundraising and IPO projects including Airbus, myTaxi, HERE Technologies, Renault/Nissan and others. Before joining Volocopter he was heading a department for High-Tech cooperations at Mercedes-Benz, pushing to bring innovations to series maturity. An economist and information technologist by training, Christian is responsible for all commercial aspects at Volocopter and making Urban Air Mobility Services an integral part of transportation systems across the globe.
A true rotorcraft enthusiast since he first joined the aviation industry, Sebastian was one of the masterminds behind the first Airbus eVTOL concept. After a lengthy stint at Airbus Helicopters, he chose to follow his desire to innovate electric air taxis. This prompted him to join Volocopter and look at UAM from a startup perspective. Since joining, he has built the Munich branch of Volocopter from the ground up, brought the VoloRegion from concept to first flight in record time, and is now leading the entire tech organization to even greater success.
A linguist and interpreter by training, Lucie Prinz spent the first ten years of her career in a wide variety of roles overseeing partners and projects at the Royal Bank of Scotland across Europe and Asia. She is a communicator at heart and brings this passion to life in her role as Chief People Officer. When she is not building up the global team that will bring urban air mobility to life, she spends time with her young family.
An Aerospace Engineer by training, Oliver Reinhardt has played an instrumental role to more than 9 aircraft certification projects in the past 25 years. As CTO at Flight Design, he managed the Design Organization setup and certified, manufactured, and delivered aircraft to 42 countries world-wide. In addition, he served as industry representative on several major international Aviation Rulemaking Committees. At Volocopter, Oliver combines his aviation and additional automotive background to manage all product and corporate certification aspects, along with the Quality, Risk, Safety, and Compliance Management Systems.
After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Andreas joined top global aerospace company Airbus. Over several decades of loyal service, he applied himself to various areas of the company, thus amassing a considerable and wide range of solid experience across multiple aviation disciplines. Andreas began his career in design and has since traversed specializations including development, project and program management, and manufacturing. In particular, his work in customer fulfilment has equipped him with excellent tools that will feed into helping him ensure the VoloCity is the resounding success it’s poised to be.
At Volocopter, Andreas is the man in charge of driving the industrialization of our VoloCity air taxi and ensuring its readiness for entry into service.
Stefan Klocke, born 1971, is an entrepreneur from Karlsruhe and invested in Volocopter at an early stage. Since then he has been actively involved in the growth of the company and is contributing his experience from various stages of his career to the company. As co-owner of the pharmaceutical Klocke Group and founder and investor in various start-ups, he combines industrial experience with start-up culture. In his role as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Volocopter GmbH, he has been managing the work of the Advisory Board since 2018 and advises and supports the Managing Directors in all strategic issues. With his investment in the company in 2015, he was one of the first shareholders to recognize the potential of the company and has accompanied its development ever since.
Dieter Zetsche, born 1953 in Istanbul, studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), graduating with a Master’s Diploma in Engineering. From 1976 Zetsche worked in the research department of the former Daimler-Benz AG. He received his Doctorate in Engineering from the Gesamthochschule Paderborn (now the University of Paderborn) in 1982. Dieter Zetsche had been a member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management since 1998 and became Chairman of the Board of Management in 2006. Zetsche was a member of the Supervisory Board of RWE Power AG from 2009 to 2016. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of TUI AG, where he was elected Chairman in 2019. Additionally, he joined the Advisory Board of the Aldi Süd Retail Group in 2019
Uma Subramanian is a renowned aviation expert and enthusiast. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and over fifteen years of experience in the aviation industry working with companies like Rolls-Royce, Space Angels Network, and Acubed, she has dedicated her career to shaping the future of flight. As CEO of Aero Technologies, she is redefining air travel. Prior to joining Aero, Uma built one of the first urban air mobility (UAM) networks as the founding CEO of Voom, an Airbus company. She continues to show that the future of urban mobility lies in the third dimension and has been actively supporting Volocopter in pioneering urban air mobility solutions for cities around the globe as member of the Advisory Board since March 2021.
At NEOM, Florian leads on overall mobility strategy and systems. Prior to joining NEOM, Florian led the Innovation Centre for Mobility and the design and implementation of a smart city district and living lab for smart mobility, renewable energy, and future city design in Berlin. He served as chair of the European Commission expert group for smart mobility systems and services and advised research institutions, governments, municipalities, businesses, and technology ventures internationally. Previously, Florian co-founded the Intelligent City Forum, the Grantham Centre for Climate and Environment, the Urban Age Programme and the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics.
Daniel Donghui Li
Daniel Donghui Li has been CEO of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since November 2020. He joined Geely in 2011 and, amongst other positions, served as CEO of Geely Automobile Holdings Co and as Vice President and CFO of Geely Holding Group.
Since 2012, he has been a Director on the Board of Volvo Cars. He has served as Chairman of Group Lotus and Director of Proton Holdings since September 2017 and is Member of the Board of Saxo Bank, where he served as Chairman from 2018 to 2021.
Prior to his work for Geely, he worked in corporate management, strategic planning, investment, financial management, and cross-border M&A and cooperation. In 2018 and 2019 respectively, Daniel was honored with the Best CFO for Institutional Investors Award and the ACCA China Excellent CFO Leadership Award.
Bülent Bayram is an entrepreneur and an investor with extensive experience in company building, private equity, and capital markets.
Bülent is Managing Director of Team Global, a technology holding company on a mission to create a better world through technology. Team Global has included Volocopter in its core portfolio for next-generation air mobility.
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