Who We Are
At Afreecar, we focused on developing the next generation of mobility solutions that can make a true impact on the world's crisis in climate change
“Fleets of small, electric, connected vehicles could enable personal mobility for everyone regardless of age, income or ability.”
Dr. Borroni-Bird - CEO OF AFREECAR
Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird
Founder and CEO
Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird is Founder of Afreecar LLC and an expert on sustainable and affordable mobility for all the world's people. This builds on his 25 year career leading advanced mobility initiatives at several major organizations as well as volunteer work in sub-Saharan Africa.
At Afreecar, he is developing a solar machine that provides power and transport to people in off-grid rural areas, while also consulting on future mobility in the developed world. He has recently served as Waymo's Chief Engineer for Future Vehicle Programs and as a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab. From 2012 to 2017, he was Qualcomm's VP of Strategic Development, responsible for wireless automotive solutions (e.g. wireless EV charging and V2X communications).
Prior to this, he led GM's Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V), the world's first drivable vehicles to demonstrate today's accepted vision of future mobility and extensively deployed at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. He led GM's Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel "skateboard" electric vehicle concepts, widely adopted by the Auto Industry, and has 50 patents. He is co-author of "Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century", with Larry Burns and the late Bill Mitchell (MIT Press, 2010). Before joining GM in 2000, he led Chrysler's gasoline fuel cell vehicle development.
At Cambridge University, he graduated in Natural Sciences and completed his Ph. D in Surface Science. He performed Post-doctoral Physics research at Tokyo University.
He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as a Young Leader in 2000 and was one of Automotive News inaugural "Electrifying 100" in 2011.
Strategy and Operations
Richard is a strategic operating executive and consultant with a proven track record leading organizations. He joined Afreecar to strategically launch & operationalize the startup and coordinate design/IP, prototype & validation, partners, business development, and grants & funding. He is currently advising the Red Cross on global operational excellence.
He was recently VP Operations at AJM Packaging sought out to double efficiency at distressed multi-site entity, he surpassed goal in 6 weeks to target of 6 months directing from floor daily inspiring engagement, earning credibility to lead corporate turnaround. In 2009, he was invited to join Anheuser-Busch InBev to champion operational excellence, coaching 40 Operations Directors over 200 plants & 500 distribution sites to achieve $1B shared savings target, earning the CEO Prize.
McKinsey & Company previously recruited him as Sr. Practice Expert to coach and partner across industries and nonprofit where he honed his toolkit of best practices for optimization and growth. Prior, progressive strategic roles across General Motors for almost 15 years prepared him to lead global teams and multi-site operations to earn JD Power customer service awards. He was entrusted to create & oversee a $45M Plant of the Future strategy, public policy, portfolio of 400 innovations and 100 researchers & engineers.
Honored with industry, government, and peer recognition as a subject matter expert & strategic thought leader, he’s been sought out to keynote C-Level Operations Excellence events and lead Plant of the Future IoT/Industry 4.0 trend & policy workshops. He has co-authored white papers, including “Future of Manufacturing 2040” at the request of DOC Asst. Sec’y Manufacturing Services. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, as well as Master of Engineering from Northwestern University, and BSE from the University of Michigan.
Years in Automotive
Instrumental in Our Mission
Advisor - Engineering
Kazuhiro Saitou is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He conducts research on vehicle design and manufacturing and teaches the courses on the related areas.
He received BS degree from University of Tokyo, and MS and PhD degrees from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Fellow of ASME and IEEE.
Advisor - Legal
Through his law firm, PatentXP PLLC Intellectual Property Law Firm, Stephen helps companies of all sizes protect their products, brand names, software, secret business information, etc. Stephen understands the intellectual property needs and concerns of small- and mid-size businesses through his work helping numerous founders, small business owners, and in-house legal departments.
Stephen is a committee chair of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on various committees of the Oakland County Bar Association. Also, Stephen advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, particularly for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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