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.
Christian Rosenkranz PhD is responsible for the global start-stop product line development and the European engineering center of Clarios. Prior to this role, Christian was responsible for the global research network as Vice President Advanced Materials and Products. During his 20 years of industry career Christian had several global assignments in the functions of research and development, business development and general management for the Li-Ion system integration center. Dr Rosenkranz holds a PhD in Electrochemistry and has studied in Hannover and London.
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.
Senior Technical Manager
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.
Research and Innovation Manager
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.
Communications and Digital Manager
Niamh Owen-McLaughlin has a BA Geography degree from University College London (UCL). She has worked for the industry for eight years and is currently Communications and Digital Manager for the Consortium for Battery Innovation.
Joana Coimbra has a BA in Media Studies from the University of Lisbon and a MA in International Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire. She has worked in Portugal, Spain and Italy and has experience from both the private and public sectors. She is a Communications Officer for CBI based in Brussels.
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.
Battery Science Advisor
Boris Monahov conducted research on lead–acid batteries for 25 years at the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He also spent eight years as an Associate Professor at the Academy and then five years as the Chief Electrochemist of Firefly Energy. Currently, Boris is an advisor for CBI.
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.
Battery Science Advisor
David Rand attended the University of Cambridge where, after graduating, he conducted research on fuel cells. He joined CSIRO in Australia in 1969 to continue this work. In 1977, David formed the CSIRO Novel Battery Technologies Group and remained its leader until 2003. He retired in 2008 but remains active as a CSIRO Honorary Research Fellow. Currently, David is an advisor for CBI.
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.
In the media
Battery power: a Technical Roadmap for next-generation advanced lead batteries