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. 

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.


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.

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.

United States of America (USA)

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

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.

Russian Federation

Prof. Dr. Vladimir ShmatchenkoProf. Dr. Vladimir Shmatchenko is a vice-professor at Saint-Petersburg State Railway University.

Germany, European Union

P1010797 sw 11Dr.-Ing. Sven Koerner is an executive of the IFB Institute for Railway Technology Berlin / Dresden, Germany. He is a leading expert on the EMS Maglev technology Transrapid with focus on energy supply.


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).

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

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

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.


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).


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).


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.

President / Chairman
European Union

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

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.


Prof. 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.

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

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.

Germany, European Union

Prof Peter EberhardProf. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E.h  Peter Eberhard is the head of the Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.



Russian Federation

Prof Dr Anatoly FironovDr. Anatoly Fironov is a full professor at the Russian University of Transport (MIIT), Moscow.

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.

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.

People's Republic of China

Lin GuobinProf. Guobin Lin currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Tongji University Maglev Transportation Engineering R&D Center.

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.


European Union, Germany

Martin Stockl is an engineer (Dipl.-Ing. Univ.). He currently works as an IT Specialist for UML/SysML based Modeling and Development of Embedded Real-Time Systems & Software in the Automotive, Aerospace and Transportation Systems market.

Martin served as treasurer of the International Maglevboard from 2009 until 2018.

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.