Nikolai Ardey

Nikolai Ardey

Formal First Name
9/1964 - present

Nikolai Ardey is the Executive Director of Group Innovation at the Volkswagen Group. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all innovation topics for VW, looking into the future business. He focuses on a broad range of subjects, including powertrain, electronics, software, autonomous drive, energy supply, energy economy as well as mobility concepts as a whole. Ardey has held various senior positions in the field of drivetrain technology, most recently as Head of the Powertrain Development at Audi.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Ardey received his doctoral degree from the Institute of Thermodynamics with a dissertation on the subject of combustion and flame propagation.
  • He started his professional career at BMW AG in Munich. 
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.