Harald Belker

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Harald Georg Belker (born May 27, 1961, Krefeld) is a German automotive/product designer best known for his vehicle designs in films such as Batman & Robin and Minority Report. His designs range from Kaenon Sunglasses to electric bikes and Hot Wheels for Mattel.

He was educated at the Art Center College of Design in Automotive Design after graduating from Georgia Southern University in Industrial Technology. Recently he received an honorary doctor's degree from Art Center.[1]


Belker’s career started in 1991 at Mercedes Benz Advanced Design in Irvine, California. As part of the team responsible for the Smart Car design, he went on to work independently, eventually ending up in entertainment design. Here he had his most significant success. He also explored furniture design, his Maxelle chair winning the excellent award, and he is responsible for the design of the line of sunglasses for Kaenon Polarized, a Newport Beach, California–based company, that focuses on fashionable but active lifestyle. He has published a couple of design books, Pulse, explaining his future vision for high-speed vehicle racing, and Ride, which showcases the design of a futuristic electric motorcycle. Since late 2012 he has been working for Anki, a robotics and artificial intelligence startup company whose headquarters is in San Francisco.

Lee Iacocca recruited him to design the e-bike.


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Personal life[edit]

He resides in the coastal community of Marina del Rey, outside Los Angeles with his wife Thanda Belker, an EVP at Sony Pictures Entertainment and their daughter, Skye. In his free time he enjoys kitesurfing and snowboarding as well as spending time with his family.