The Automotive Quality Institute GmbH (AQI) is affiliated with the German automotive association VDA and the Technical University of Berlin.

As a limited liability company, the AQI is financially independent and thus free to pursue both applied and pure research projects at its own discretion. Its association with the VDA and its Quality Management Center QMC provides an expansive network of experts in the automotive industry.


Arnd Schaarschmidt | Managing director

  • German diploma in industrial engineering 
  • Previously: Head of Quality Assurance at the Volkswagen Group 
  • Head of Quality Assurance at Smart Quality
    (software quality, car security, and QA work for digital services and new business models)

Dr. Björn Schünemann | Project manager

  • German diploma in computer science, Dissertation about connected driving
  • Previously: Team leader at DCAITI and Fraunhofer FOKUS 
  • Focus: Connected and automated driving, electromobility

Gunnar Harde | Project manager

  • German diploma in physics 
  • Previously: IT consultant and project manager at the QA department of Volkswagen AG
  • Focus: Automotive cyber-security, agile development

Serge Elia | Project manager

  • German diploma in computer science
  • head of BI -Strategy, Development and -Systems
  • Focus: Business intelligence, data warehousing/big data, data science, artificial intelligence

Project assistant & financial controller

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration 
  • Previously: Event & project manager at Mivento agency
  • Focus: Controlling, back office

Bann Ayoub Project Manager

  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees in industrial engineering
  • Student trainee at IAV Automotive Engineering GmbH