CBI team

Our people

Our people

Leadership team

The Consortium is led by scientists with extensive expertise in the lead and lead battery industry. Our expert advisory group is made up of senior battery scientists from across the globe.


Dr. Christian Rosenkranz
Dr Christian Rosenkranz PhD is responsible for the European Industry and Governmental Relations EMEA at Clarios. During his 22 years of industry career, Christian had several assignments with increasing responsibility in the functions of research and development, business development and general management for the European Li-Ion system integration center. Dr Rosenkranz holds a PhD in Electrochemistry and has studied in Hannover and London.
Dr. Alistair Davidson
Executive Director
Dr Alistair Davidson is Director of CBI, managing all the consortium’s work programs. Alistair attended the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured at both Washington State University, USA and the University of Chongqing, China.
Dr. Matt Raiford
Technical Director
Matthew Raiford earned his B. Sc. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2009 and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Afterward he started as process engineer at RSR Technologies. Matt has spent the last five years working on materials development in active materials for lead batteries. He is focused on improving dynamic charge acceptance and cycle life in lead batteries and has pursued this goal by working with national labs, universities, and the lead battery industry.
Dr. Carl Telford
Research & Innovation Director
Over 20 years experience in strategic research, consulting, and R&D. An expert in futures thinking, roadmapping, and facilitation. In his career to date, Carl has helped major public and private organisations across the world develop strategies, with particular experience in the automotive, off-highway, energy and infrastructure, and chemicals and materials sectors. His academic background includes a PhD in materials engineering.
Nicola Filizola
Senior External Affairs Manager
Nicola Filizola has more than 15 years of experience internationally. In his previous roles at the AAL and the United Nations, he engaged globally with national and local governments, European Institutions, industry, and R&D to advocate for a more inclusive approach to aging, and to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, Nicola also worked for TV and Radio Broadcasters. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French, plus Italian (his mother tongue).
Cristina Girgis
Senior Communications Manager
Dr. Alyssa McQuilling
Research & Innovation Manager
Alyssa McQuilling has 10+ years of research experience in energy storage, air quality, and advanced agriculture, and her scientific record includes peer-reviewed publications and presentations on a wide range of topics. Prior to joining CBI, Dr. McQuilling oversaw the operation and commissioning of two energy storage systems at Southern Research in Birmingham, AL. McQuilling received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Athanasia-Maria Tompolidi
Research & Innovation Manager
Athanasia-Maria Tompolidi holds a BSc from National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She holds a PhD on mineral mapping by using machine learning (ML) for satellite image analysis from Harokopio University of Athens (HUA) in collaboration with the Research Institute of IAASARS/NOA. She has six years of experience on project management of national and European funding projects as a Project Officer in Horizon Europe Climate of Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) of European Commission (EC).
Dr. Begüm Bozkaya
Technical Manager
Dr. Begüm Bozkaya received her B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from Middle East Technical University and her M. Sc. degree in Materials Science from Technical University of Munich. Her master´s thesis was based on the investigation of carbon additives on C/Si anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. During her Ph. D. at Fraunhofer ISC, she has investigated the effects of carbon additives on negative plates for lead batteries. She has worked on several industrial projects, at which she mainly focussed on the enhancement of the dynamic charge acceptance.
Dr. Renata Barros
Science Communications Manager
Dr. Renata Barros is a science communicator with broad experience in research, content creation and event planning. She led acclaimed outreach strategies for nationally and European funded research & innovation projects on critical raw materials and the green energy transition, as well as various science-related public engagement activities for public institutions and NGOs. She received her B. Sc. in Geoscience from University of São Paulo and her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from University College Dublin.
Natalia Wirthova
Science Communications Officer
Natalia Wirthova draws upon her diverse background, encompassing journalism, communication, and biology. Holding a B.Sc. degree in Biology from Charles University in Prague, she excels at simplifying complex scientific concepts for broader understanding. Natalia's career includes translation work for the European Parliament, and reporting on topics related to equality and human rights. In her present role as a Science Communications Officer, she effectively bridges the gap between science and the public.
Anita Wright
Administrative Assistant
Anita Wright is Administrative Assistant and Librarian with the International Lead Association, Inc. and Consortium for Battery Innovation in North Carolina. Anita began working at the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (now ILA, Inc.) in November of 1994 as administrative assistant to the environment and health staff. From 2004 forward, her role expanded to include administrative assistant to the ALABC (now CBI) and librarian for both ILA and IZA.
Dr. Geoffrey May
Battery Science Consultant
Geoffrey May has many years of experience in the battery industry. He was CTO of Hawker Batteries (now EnerSys) for many years and then had the same position with FIAMM before setting up is own consulting business, Focus Consulting. He has an MA and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and a Chartered Engineer. Currently, Geoffrey is an advisor for CBI.
Dr. Tony Tong
CBI Consultant - China
Dr Tony Tong received his doctorate in Chemistry at Hunan University, China. He has previously worked for the International Zinc Association and he has also worked in Zhuzhou Smelter of Minmetal which was the biggest zinc and lead producer in China. He is also the President/Owner of Henan Zinc Ltd., a zinc production plant in Henan province, China.
Ming Zhang
CBI Consultant - China
Ming Zhang started his career of lead-acid battery after graduated from Shandong University in 1983. He was VP Technology of Zibo Battery for many years, and then moved to separation technology of battery both flooded and AGM. Today he is working as consultant for the lead-acid battery industry and focussing on the next generation of lead-acid batteries. He is consultant of CBI in China.

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