Chief Scientist of Mobility for Shell
Hamburg-based Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke is Chief Scientist of Mobility for Shell.
Shell’s Chief Scientists contribute internationally recognised scientific expertise and nurture innovative technology to help deliver supports project development and business growth.
How the transport sector evolves will have a significant impact on efforts to meet growing global demand for energy while helping to address climate change. Transport accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s total energy use and one fifth of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. A number of fuel and vehicles options will be required to meet growing demand for transport from customers, keep pace with technological advancements and reduce emissions. Wolfgang’s expertise in all forms of mobility, vehicle technology, fuels and lubricants sees him advising on technology strategy and championing science, R&D and innovation. He seeks to enhance Shell’s technical reputation in this fast-changing area of mobility.
Wolfgang was born in Hamburg, Germany. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Hannover (specialising in automotive combustion engines), he gained a PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg Tech. University in 1987.
Since joining Shell on graduation, Wolfgang has gained extensive experience both in Germany and the UK as a scientist and business leader in the field of lubricant development; in engine testing and vehicle technology; in technical services for lubricants; and in fuels marketing. He has led both automotive fuels and lubricants development in Hamburg before global management roles in lubricants and, more recently, retail and automotive fuels development. He became a Chief Scientist in May 2011.
Wolfgang’s expertise in engine technology and automotive products has earned him extensive recognition across the automotive industry as well as by academia. He has made close to 100 publications, and has a wide global network across the global automotive industry, including the motorsport industry. As an example of his involvement and expertise in global motorsport, he was previously member of the FIA’s WEC Endurance Commission (which develops the sporting regulations for the World Endurance Championship).
In 2005, Wolfgang, together with Dr. Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen, was awarded the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize', considered by many to be the world's most prestigious award for automotive engineers, for their work on synthetic fuels development.
Wolfgang is married with one son. His passion for mobility and the automotive industry extends into his free time as he enjoys collecting, restoring and racing cars and motorcycles. He also enjoys skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.