Ann Ai
China Manager

Proficient in both Chinese and English language, Ann has 12 years of experience in LED lighting market and sales, with a deep understanding of the industry, and has achieved good results. Familiar with the cultures of various regions around the world and have in-depth research and practical experience in marketing.

Carine Abouaf
Marketing Director & Business dev.

Carine’s entire career has been in Digital Strategy & Marketing. She star­ted for Beauty & Luxury Brands at Nurun web agency as Digital Strategy & Brand Content Manager for the launch of the first international l’Oreal website loreal.com, and then for Ferrero, Danone, Club Med, Peugeot... She joined DVN in 2019 as Mar­keting & Communication Director, to grow the Driving Vision News Community.

Christophe Lameiras
Back Office Manager

Christophe has extensive experience in finance. With several successful internships in accounting firms. He joined a major business school and was able to study in Pa­ris, San Francisco and Shanghai. He joined DVN in March 2021 for his end-of-study internship alongside Salomon Berner and since September 2021, he’s in charge of the DVN sales administration, accounting & finance department.

Geoffrey Lebrun
Financial & Operations Director

Geoffrey has a long-standing experience in Finance. He started his career in Private Equity specialized in infrastructure & renewable energy and then shifted to the advi­sory world, to join Capstone Finance a M&A firm based in Paris.
Geoffrey joined the DVN team in 2021, and he will oversee the Operation and the development of all future DVN events.

Carsten Befelein
DVN Senior Advisor

Carsten is an expert for automotive lighting with enthusiasm for styling aspects. He likes to work out cognitive and connected lighting innovations and concepts with feasibility and economic studies for a successful serial implementation.
Carsten Befelein worked from 1987 to 2009 at BMW as Dipl. Physicist in the departments for lighting, electronics, interior components and styling. In 2010 he founded his own engineering office “CB-Lichtdesign” to create styling and customer relevant lighting solutions for automotive and general lighting. From 2012 to 2019 he additionally worked at Toyota Boshoku Europe and Techniplas-Weidplas to develop “smart trim parts” with innovative lighting and electronic integrations in plastic components. As pensioner he continues working at “CB-Lichtdesign” for different companies and DVN & DVN-I on the latest lighting technologies, trends and innovations.

Gerd Bahnmueller
DVN Senior Advisor

Gerd graduated as a Mechani­cal Engineering at University of Stuttgart. He worked 6 years in Technical IT at Robert Bosch GmbH, and 21 years at Bosch and Automotive Lighting in R&D for Front lighting as Manager and Director with global responsibility. At last he spent 6 years at Automotive Lighting and Marelli as Vice President R&D Lighting and Electronic. Since 2022, he is Senior Advisor at DVN.

Jean-Paul Ravier
DVN Senior Advisor

Jean-Paul graduated from ISAE SUPAERO and IAE Paris. He worked for over 41 years at Valeo, including 29 years at Valeo Lighting where he held a variety of management positions first in IT and finance, and then in R & D, projects, and innovation, including in Japan from 2005 to 2009 at Ichikoh as a board member and managing director. He retired from Valeo in 2013. Shortly thereafter he was appointed chair of the ELS program (Embedded Lighting Systems) for Advanced Master training and Research in Lighting at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, ESTACA and Strate School of design. He held that position through the end of 2017 and is now Senior Advisor for DVN.

Wolfgang Huhn
DVN Senior Advisor

From 1987 to 2001, Wolfgang worked at BMW as head of lighting development then as Head of Production Planning Electrics / Electro­nics. In 1999, he got the PHD at TU Darmstadt. From 2001 to 2005 in Audi AG, Dr.Huhn was Head of Development Lighting and Switches. From 2006 until the beginning of 2021, he was Head of Development Lighting and Vision Systems at Audi.
Wolfgang acts now as DVN Senior Advisor and he is still GTB Stra­tegy WG Chairman. Dr Huhn is one of the foremost worldwide experts in automotive lighting and has greatly influenced the evolution of lighting technologies.

Alain Servel
DVN Lidar General Editor

Since 1992, Alain has been a Research and Innovation Engineer at PSA Peugeot Citroën, in the area of Autono­mous Driving Assist and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems. In this position, he has been directly involved in the developments of several innovations and ADAS applications like Distance Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control or Lane Change As­sist.
Since 2000’s he was recognized internally and externally as an Expert on ADAS sensors, with a particular experience and knowledge on automotive Ra­dars and Lidars. He has been also acting for PSA Groupe in different European or national projects like RESPONSE, ADASE 2, UDC, PREVENT, DRIVE-C2X, ARPOD, RASSUR79, and in standardization organizations like ETSI-ITS or ISO TC204.
Since 2019 he is acting as consultant for several research institutes and for DVN.

Philippe Aumont
DVN Interior General Editor

Philippe is a highly experienced executive with almost 40 years in the automotive interior supplier industry. He’s an engineering and business graduate and has completed many general management programs. He acted as Chief Technology Officer at Faurecia Seating between 2011 and 2017.
Previously he worked at Roth Frères, Johnson Controls, and Faurecia in various positions including R&D, marketing, strategy, new product development, open innovation, startups, university; his earlier experience was in JIT, production, program management, costing, and sales. He’s had work assignments in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany, with frequent travels to the USA, Japan, China, and India.

Hector Fratty
CEO & DVN Lighting General Editor

DrivingVisionNews President and Founder, Hector has been for his entire career in automotive lighting. From 1995 to 2006, he was Valeo Lighting Systems’ chief of R&D, managing a staff of 650 engineers and technicians and a budget of over €70m. He holds 20 patents worldwide.
In 2008, after 2 years’ consultancy, he initiated the launch of Driving Vision News, a news pipeline dedicated to keeping the lighting and driver assistance community informed of the latest progress and development in the industry. Hector Fratty presides over the highly‐regarded biennial VISION Congress international automotive lighting and driver assistance symposium. Hector Fratty is also a member of the ISAL steering committees.

Daniel Stern
Chief Editor

Daniel Stern, DVN’s Chief Editor based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Seattle, Washington, USA, is considered by DVN President Hector Fratty as one of the five greatest lighting experts in North America.He is an appointed member of the US transportation Research Board Visibility Committee, which steers North America research on matters related to automotive conspicuity, lighting performance and regulation. He is an active member of the SAE Lighting Systems Group, and attends and participates in the world’s automotive symposia and technical conferences.

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