Carlos Härtel is the CTO and Chief Innovation Officer of GE Europe and head of GE’s European Technology Center in Germany in Garching near Munich, Germany. He took this position in 2007, after having served as manager of the Laboratory for Alternative Energies at the center since 2003. In addition, Dr. Härtel is member of the management board of GE Germany.

Prior to joining GE, Carlos Härtel held positions as scientist and manager in the development of gas turbines at Alstom in Baden, Switzerland. He studied aerospace engineering at RWTH Aachen and TU Munich, and he received his doctorate from the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen. Subsequently, he spent several years at ETH Zurich, where he qualified as a university lecturer in 1999. Dr. Härtel owns a number of patents and has published over fifty scientific papers.  He served as EUROGIA2020 chairman between 2014 – 2016.