United States of America

Laurence E. Blow is the Spokesman of the International Maglevboard in the United States of America. He is an elected member of the International Maglev Steering Committee (ISC).

Germany, European Union

Prof. Dr. Schultz is a professor emeritus of the of Metallic Materials and Metal Physics Institute at TU Dresden and the former Director of the Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden. Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

United States of America (USA)

Kevin C. Coates is the president of CoatesConsult, a maglev transport consultancy.

Switzerland / Germany

Prof. Dr. L. Lötscher is a now retired professor from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Department of Geography. He is involved in research on public transit systems in Switzerland, Japan, Canada and Germany. He is both a member of the excutive committee of the German Urban Commission and a member of the steering committe of the Urban Geography Commission of the International Geographical Union.

Germany, European Union

Mr. Michael Witt is an engineer and expert for Transrapid Maglev Technology.  He is an elected member of the International Maglev Steering Committee (ISC).

South Korea

Dr. Hyung-Suk HAN is a principal researcher of Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials' (KIMM) Deptartment of AI Machinery. The Department has been leading the South Korean urban maglev ECOBEE project for decades.

Germany, European Union

He was elected in 2009 as vice president and CEO of the International MaglevboardMartin Retzmann is a Railroad Engineer. He currently serves as research fellow at the Institute of Railway and Transportation Engineering of the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Germany, European Union

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Hermann Flessner  is an engineer and retired university professor (University of Hamburg). He has over 20 years of professional experience with magnetic levitation.


Germany, European Union

Mr. Eckert Fritz is an engineer and expert for Maglev Technologies. He is a member of the National Steering Commitee (NSC) for the Maglev2016 conference in Berlin.


Europe, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Eng. Vincent Bourquin is professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) / HEIA-FR in Fribourg, Department of mechanical engineering.

Poland, European Union

Prof. D.Sc. Ph.D. Eng. Ryszard Pałka is the head of the Department of Power Systems and Electrical Drives, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, at the West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin.

Germany, European Union

Arnd Stephan is a full professor and authorized officer at Technische Universität Dresden / Institut für Bahntechnik GmbH.

Germany, European Union

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fengler is a full professor at the Technical University of  Dresden, at the Institute of Railway Systems and Public Transport Systems.


Dr. Bernd Neumann is a railway infrastructure engineer and heads the "Maglev and Transport Policy Commission" in the "German Association of Railway Engineers" (VDEI). He is a Board Member of the Center of Excellence for High Performance Railways and Maglev Systems at the Technische Universität Dresden.


Richard Stephan is a full professor at the National University of Rio de Janeiro. He is an elected member of the International Maglev Steering Committee (ISC).

President / Chairman
European Union

Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. h.c. Johannes Kluehspies is the president of the International Maglev Board (e.V.).

France, European Union

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Wackermann is professor emeritus of management, spatial geography and urban planning at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France. He devoted a large part of his research to transportation and mobility, including the Transrapid Maglev system.


Germany, European Union

Dr. Roland Kircher is a physicist, and an elected member of the International Maglev Board (IMB). Dr. Kircher worked for many years at Siemens research and development in various fields and positions. 

Italy, European Union

Gino D’Ovidio is a professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of L’Aquila (Italy). Prof. D’Ovidio has a long-time experience with transport planning and he has participated as a scientific consultant to several committees of transport sector.

Germany, European Union

Rainer Schach is a professor emeritus at the Technical University Dresden, Institute of Construction Management. He also served as the dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering for many years.


Dr. Konrad Woronowicz (D.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.)  is a Fellow Expert at Bombardier Transportation. He is a senior member of IEEE, SAE and PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) and a member of the Maglev International Steering Committee and Linear Induction Motor IEC Standard.

Russia, Russian Federation

Prof. Dr. Anatoliy A. Zaicev is the former Minister of Railways of the Russian Federation and  professor of Transport Economics  at the Emperor Alexander I. Petersburg State Transport University (PGUPS).