Head of Design
Head of Interior Design
Responsible for leading the team to develop designs for Volvo interiors globally, Lisa has held the position Head of Interior Design since 2020, In her previous role as Director Interior Program Design Lisa developed designs on the next generation SPA 2 platform. Prior to that she was Design Manger, leading the Interior design of Polstar 2 EV and the Volvo V60 and S60. She moved to Volvo Cars in Sweden with her family in 2014 from Bentley Motors, where she was an interior designer creating proposals and developing designs for Mulsanne, Continental GT, Flying Spur and special Mulliner projects. She also created proposals for Bugatti. Her success at Bentley saw her promoted to the role of Senior interior Designer. Prior to her time at Bentley Lisa worked at Jaguar and Land Rover as a computer design modeller, she joined the company in 2004 on a graduate scheme after gaining a first class maters degree at Coventry University.
Vice-president and Head of Global Design
A returning judge from the inaugural 2022 CDN People Awards, Martin M Uhlarik is Vice President, Head of Design at Tata Motors, a position he has held since 2021. A Canadian with 28 years of international experience. He directs a global design team of 180 people in three locations; India, the UK and Italy. He is responsible for the design of all products across three business units for passenger, electric and commercial vehicles. This remit also includes all design responsibilities including branding, corporate design and communication such as motor show and dealership design. Since 2022 he is also Director of the Tata Motors European Technical Center on top of his role as Head of Design. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He graduated in Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Design in Toronto in 1993 and Art Center College of Design in Transportation Design in 1994. He joined Tata Motors in 2016, first as Head of the UK design. Under his leadership he led the teams designing the 2018 45X premium hatch concept previewing the Tata Altroz and the Tata eVision which set out the ambition for electrification, the brand’s move upmarket and design DNA. In 2019 The Tata H2X concept previewed the Tata Punch which has created a new sub compact SUV space in the Indian market. In 2020 the studio created the Tata Sierra Concept a revival of an iconic name plate. Recently ht ecompany unveiled the Tata Curvv, the first SUV EV Coupe that will go on sale soon and the Avinya Concept that represents Gen 3 full electrification and the future DNA of Tata mobility. Martin’s international career has seen him work for several companies. He started by joining Skoda Auto in Prague, the Czech Republic. There he contributed to the design’s of the first generation of products. In 2001 he joined Nissan Design at their studio in Munich and later in London. There he worked on a variety of programs both advanced concepts and for production. In 2011 He joined SAIC Motor as Design Director of the UK studio from 2011 - 2016. He initiated the direction of the brand strategy for both Roewe and MG brands. This foundation has led to the design of the next generation of vehicles. Notable works 1999 Skoda Fabia 2001 Skoda Fabia Combi 2001 Skoda Superb 2002 Skoda Tudor Concept 2003 Nissan Evalia Concept 2007 Nissan NV200 Concept 2008 Nissan Qashqai+2 2010 Nissan Qashqai MCE 2018 Tata eVision Concept 2018 Tata 45X Concept 2019 Tata H2X Concept 2019 Tata Altroz 2020 Tata Sierra Concept 2021 Tata Punch 2022 Tata Curvv Concept 2022 Avinya Concept 2023 Tata Sierra
Chief Design Officer
Gorden Wagener, one of the most influential automotive designers in recent times, has led the worldwide design unit of Mercedes-Benz and all its brands since 2008. As Chief Design Officer of the company since 2016 his goal for the brands of the Mercedes-Benz Group is to build the most desirable cars in the world. Wagener approaches this ambition with his design philosophy of “Sensual Purity,” which defines the specific luxury of the different brands. Wagener’s designs set new impulses in luxury and satisfy a desire for beauty and the extraordinary. This outlook is reflected most recently in the EQS, the Mercedes-AMG SL, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the Vision EQXX, the Project Geländewagen & Project Maybach, Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé & Cabriolet and the Vision AMG.
Executive Vice-President & Chief Design Officer
Pratap Bose is a British Designer, born in Bombay, India. After completing his schooling at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Pratap graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with a Diploma in Industrial Design, specialising in Product Design He then moved to Piaggio & C. SpA, in Pontedera, Italy, where over a period of 3 years, he worked on the design of products for the world renown Vespa, Piaggio and Gilera brands. Having won a scholarship to study a Masters’ degree in Vehicle Design, at the prestigious Royal College of Art, Pratap moved to London in 2001. Following this, he moved to Japan to work as a designer at Mitsubishi Motors, Nagoya and finally at the Mercedes Benz Advanced Design Centre in Yokohama, Japan. Pratap then joined the newly formed TATA MOTORS EUROPEAN TECHNICAL CENTRE (TMETC) in 2007 as a Technical Specialist. He was a part of the team that established a UK Design presence for Tata Motors. Operating initially from rented design studios in Birmingham and Coventry, Pratap helped in the design and planning of the TMETC UK design studio at the NAIC, on the University of Warwick Campus in Coventry. The Design Studio in the UK became the epicentre of advanced product design projects for Tata Motors and has delivered some award winning and market leading products. This includes concept as well as production cars. Drawing heavily on the talent from the Birmingham and Coventry area, the UK Design studio is now an integral part of TATA MOTORS’ Global Design Studio network. Pratap and his team have received many awards for outstanding design from the motoring press, and other bodies in India and Overseas, including Auto Car magazine and the German Design Council. In 2018, Pratap was awarded the Chief Design Officer of the Year, by the China Industrial Design Association. In 2021, Pratap was shortlisted as one of five World Car Person of the Year awardees. In June 2021, Pratap joined Mahindra and Mahindra, as the Chief Design Officer, the first time such a role has existed at the Mahindra group. In this role, Pratap is responsible for the India, as well as UK based Advanced Design studio. Pratap and his team of over 100 design professionals work across a range of products from Tractors, Trucks, buses, pick-ups and SUV’s. Pratap is an avid modeller, and has a collection of over 65 World War 2, 1:72 scale plastic models, which he creates in his free time.