The Management

Sarah Stark

Managing Director


+49 (0)30 - 206289-10

Fields of responsibility
short vita


Sarah Stark is Managing Director of the VDB since 1 March 2023. Until Junuary 2023, Stark has worked at Deutsches Verkehrsforum e.V. (DVF), since 2021 as member of the Management Board, previously as Head of European Transport Policy, Security and Rail Transport.

She was in charge of DVF’s positions on European policy and railway technology from 2013 onwards and managed internal and public events. Key issues relating to digital railways and cyber security strategies in the mobility sector were added to her purview in 2017.

Her engineering studies in Berlin and Oxford laid the technical foundations, which she initially extended in transport research at TU Berlin.

Axel Schuppe

General Manager


+49 (0)30 - 206289-20




Fields of responsibility

Research politics and promotion
Control engineering, train control
Environment, quality, safety
Technical committees (standardization, cooperation with DB)

short vita


Dipl.-Ing. Axel Schuppe was born in Berlin in 1963. After his studies of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Chemnitz he began his career in the railway industry in 1990 at the then AEG-Westinghouse as a design engineer, and he was responsible for vehicle projects at home and abroad.

At Adtranz he worked successfully from 1996 in positions in the Engineering and Technical Controlling and made a significant contribution to the introduction of the first low floor tram in Japan. From 1999 he was a technical manager in Mannheim and Berlin.

Since 2001 he had been the manager of the Engineering Department in the Division of Propulsion & Controls at Bombardier Transportation in Hennigsdorf. There he was responsible for the successful integration of the Adtranz organisational units into the Bombardier Group and for the strategic reorientation of the department to become a system partner.

Since 1 April 2005 Axel Schuppe has been the General Manager of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) e.V.

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