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Dr. Hans-Henrich Altfeld

The ITER Project – World’s Largest Magnetic Fusion Energy Device
Director Project Control Office
Dr. Hans-Henrich Altfeld is Director Project Control Office of the world’s largest fusion energy research project, ITER, based in Southern France. At the center of his >30 years of professional career is the management of complex technical products all along their lifecycle, using structured approaches such as Project Management and Systems Engineering.

Prior to joining ITER in January 2017, he served as Global VP for Program Management with Johnson Controls, one of the largest first tier suppliers to the automotive industry. His responsibilities included the development, delivery and continuous improvement of the product development culture for the company’s seating products.

Some of Dr. Altfeld's previous executive roles included the setting up and leading of the Center of Competence ‘Project and Program Management’ at Airbus Toulouse, France, as well as the Project Management Office for the development of the A380 wing at Bristol, UK. He also served as VP Production at Airbus’ plant at Hamburg, Germany.

He received his PhD in 1989 and has since held positions with several aerospace industry organizations, among them Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, DASA, Dornier Satellite Systems, and the European Aerospace Industries Association. In 1999 he joined Airbus as Director for A380 Strategic Issues and Organisation Development, where he was in charge to develop the 'design-built team'-based organization for the 5.000 employees involved in the development of the Airbus A380.

Dr. Altfeld is a member of the German Engineers Society, Honorary Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Hamburg Branch and during the term 2007/2008 was also a member of the RAeS President's Council. He is the author of the book ‘Commercial Aircraft Projects: Managing Complex Product Developments’, which has been published in English and Chinese.