Dr. Dirk Walliser studied physics at the Universities of Würzburg, Albuquerque and Hanover. This was followed by scientific work and a doctorate at the “Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron” (German Electron Synchrotron) in Hamburg, at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago and at the University of Illinois.
In 1993, Walliser joined what is now Daimler AG and managed projects in the fields of microsystems technology, driver assistance systems and international R&D management. After working on the Group's technology strategy, he became Head of Fuel Cell Technology and Business Development in the Mercedes-Benz Car Group's Fuel Cell Project House. In this function he managed the projects "Fuel Cell APU" and "Next Generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle."
In 2003, Dr. Dirk Walliser was appointed to the MBtech Group Executive Board and was responsible for the globally operating Electronics Solutions & Electromobility Business Unit. In 2014, he was appointed Managing Director Automotive Controls of the Eberspächer Group, where he last held the position of Chief Innovation Officer.
Since 2018, Dr. Dirk Walliser has been Senior Vice President Corporate R&D, Innovation & Technology and Digital Products & Services at ZF Friedrichshafen AG.