Who is your hero?
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
About Carl-August Graf von Kospoth
Carl-August Graf von Kospoth has been a member of the Board of Directors of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt since May 2016. He previously served as executive director of the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation of BMW AG. His professional engagement is motivated by the topic of sustainability – in other words, balancing environmental, economic, and social aspects as best as possible for the benefit of society.
Successful projects of the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation such as JOBLINGE, Lehr:werkstatt, Verantwortung unternehmen, Junge Vor!Denker, and Sinnvestition bear his mark. Before joining the Foundation sector, Carl-August Graf von Kospoth worked for the BMW Group, at the company’s interface with external partners and the public sector.
In his first job with BMW, he together with the City of Munich developed a concept for urban bicycle traffic. He subsequently worked for many years in the field of innovation management within the company’s R&D. Today, he is delighted to see innovations in cars which he had intensively discussed with colleagues fifteen years ago.
At BMW, he directed, among other things, the prototype project on natural gas and hydrogen vehicles. He was also in charge of the project management and the communication for the BMW Hydrogen 7 line of vehicles within the company’s Clean Energy project.
Even before that, his work has always had a strong environmental focus: Carl-August Graf von Kospoth served as assistant to the Secretary General of the European Council for Automotive R&D in Brussels and directed the innovation field of “environmental acceptance” at BMW Group. He co-developed the strategic framework for project i (e-mobility) and conducted a megacity analysis in nine metropoles worldwide. Important results were incorporated into the vehicle concept of the BMW i3.
Carl-August Graf von Kospoth lives with his wife and three children near Munich. In his free time, he volunteers for the Order of St. John and enjoys sailing, hiking in the mountains, and going on long ski tours with his family.