Top 50 individuals with significant contributions to battery circularity in 2022

As the year draws to a close, it’s important to recognise the individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to making battery circularity a reality in their respective fields. Their effort and dedication have made important strides in the development of

  • State-of-health and remaining-useful-life models. Both through software and hardware
  • Supply-chain business models and cross-industry partnerships
  • Industrialised recycling processes to recover high rates of Co, Ni and Li
  • Industrialised repurposing processes enabling MWh 2nd-life ESS, and using EV-batteries with <70% SOH
  • Passports to make way for full lifecycle traceability
  • In-depth market analytics on pricing, chemistries, technologies and timeline
  • Battery regulations pushing for battery data transparency and progressive rates for collection, repurposing and recycling

It is important to note that the progress towards battery circularity has been achieved through incremental improvements and a willingness to continuously learn and adapt. These efforts serve as a model for how we can approach sustainability challenges in other areas and drive progress towards a wider circular economy. By supporting these individuals and their work, we can all help drive the progress of a more sustainable future.

Thank you all for this year, we can’t wait to continue the journey toward our common goal of sustainability in 2023.

The Cling team

(All names are hyperlinked to respective Linkedin profile)

1 Gordon Gassmann CEO Mercedes Benz Energy
2 Emma Nehrenheim Chief Environmental Officer Northvolt
3 JB Straubel Founder and CEO Redwood materials
4 Matthew Lumsden CEO Connected Energy
5 Steven Meersman CEO Zenobe
6 Ajay Kochhar Co-founder and CEO Li-cycle
7 Kadri Simson Commissioner for Energy European commission
8 Sumreen Rattan Co-founder and COO Moment Energy
9 Leanne Kemp CEO Everledger
10 Kai-Philipp Kairies Co-founder and CEO Accure

11 Marcus Martinsson Product Area Manager Batteries Stena Recycling Group
12 Luise Müller-Hofstede Director Of Business Development Circulor
13 Ryan Melsert CEO and CTO ABTC
14 Hans Eric Melin Managing Director Circular Energy Storage
15 Inga Petersen Executive Director Global Battery Alliance
16 Sarah Montgomery Co-founder and CEO Infyos
17 Jeanette Duttlinger General Manager ICM AG
18 David Oudsandji Founder and CEO Voltfang
19 Stefan Bahamonde CEO Libattion
20 Mohamed Bensabban General Manager Econoili

21 Fredrik Andresen CEO Batteriretur
22 Jigar Shah Director of Loan Programs Office US Department of Energy
23 Radu Achihai Co-founder and COO Evyon
24 Meg Slattery PHD Candidate University of California David
25 Maitane Berecibar Head of the Battery Innovation Center BAT4EVER
26 Mike O’Kronley CEO Ascend Elements
27 David Klanecky CEO Cirba Solutions
28 Soufiane  El Khomri Energy business unit Director Nissan
29 Inhee Chung VP Corporate Sustainability Center Samsung Electronics
30 Antony Stratakos CEO Element Energy

31 Sarah Fleischer Co-founder and CEO toZero
32 Rob Feldman President & CEO Interco Trading Co
33 Ilka von Dalwigk Policy Manager InnoEnergy
34 Tyler Armstrong  President & CEO Lithion
35 Jon Asin Co-founder and CEO Bee Planet Factory
36 Irena Spazzapan Managing Partner Systemiq Capital
37 Laurent Segalen Managing Partner Megawatt-X
38 Linda Gaines  Transportation System Analyst Argonne National Laboratory
39 Johan van Peperzeel Managing Director van Peperzeel
40 Xue Wang CMO Botree Cycling

41 Thore Sekkenes Industry Director European battery alliance
42 Veli-Erkki Ruotsalainen Co-Founder and COO Cactos
43 Ulderico Ulissi Freelance consultant Freelance consultant
44 Nishchay Chadha CEO Ace-green recycling
45 Gavin Harper Research Fellow University of Birmingham
46 Simon Moores CEO Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
47 Ane Dalum Strategy and Business Owner High Voltage Batteries Volvo Cars
48 Jessica Dunn Lithium-ion battery sustainability researcher Union of Concerned Scientists
49 Steve Levine Editor The Electric
50 Veronika Wright Social Entrepreneur & Battery Expert Electrified Veronika


This list has been developed by the Cling team with inputs from its external industry partners. We believe it reflects people who indeed have made significant contributions to the pursuit of battery circularity. Nevertheless, we know there are many others out there who are making amazing and important work. If you believe we missed someone or if there is someone we should keep an eye on for next years list, do let us know at

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