Richard holds a Ph.D. in Energy Economics and is an international awarded IT specialist. At 15, he was fluent in 7 different programming languages. At 17, he developed and founded the startup Clanintern.de, a Top-10 website at that time in Germany with 1 million views per day. Later he completed a 5-year university program in 3 years and graduated as No. 1 student. After founding another tech startup in California and working six years as a strategy consultant for McKinsey, he was appointed the youngest director in the history of Vattenfall, a US$ 10bn European utility corporation. Directly before Lition, Richard was managing director of German operations at ExtraEnergie, a leading independent international energy supplier with US$ >1bn in sales and responsible for >350 employees.
Kyung has a strong management and IT background. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. in IT (Summa cum Laude). He has been a director for Online at Vattenfall, one of four leading multinational energy conglomerates in Germany with more than US$ 10 bn in sales. Currently he is a senior director responsible for operations at GASAG, a US$ 1,4 bn leading energy supplier in Germany. Additional to his operational functions with Lition, as a cooperation with GASAG, he is an expert in the field of online marketing & data analytics. Prior and in parallel to his corporate career he has successfully founded five start-ups in tech and ecommerce sector.
Board Member Business Development
Manfred holds a Ph.D. in Business. He has been one of the founding partners of ADVISUM in 2001 and since then has developed, raised, invested and jointly managed funds with more than US$ 700 m. He founded various start-ups and invested in more than 100 companies with a combined revenue of more than US$ 7 bn and approx. 35.000 employees. Before he was Managing Partner at the investment firm GCI Management in Switzerland and an Account Manager at Cap Gemini responsible for growing and restructuring companies in the technology, automotive and financial business like Deutsche Bank, BMW AG and Citigroup.
Board Member Legal/Finance
Jan graduated in Business and Engineering. He has been founding partner and managing director of ADVISUM since 2001. He developed, invested and jointly managed funds for institutional investors with more than US$ 700m. He was responsible for a volume of more than US$ 1 bn until today. Additionally, he has been a founder of four start-ups. Before that he was a member of the management board of GCI Management Germany a now stock listed investment firm. Earlier he served as engagement manager at Cap Gemini responsible for clients like Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, and other clients in the financial and technology sector.
Board Member Technology
Reinhard completed his Master’s degree in Physics and holds an MBA. He has been a partner of ADVISUM since 2006. Until now he was responsible for an investment volume of more than US$ 400m. Additionally he has been a founder of three start-ups, one together with his brother Richard Lohwasser. Before that Reinhard worked for Lucent Technologies in various top management positions, such as leading the global product management team holding the profit and loss responsibility for the worldwide leader in optical multiplexer. Prior he worked as consultant with Cap Gemini, GCI Management and with Lockheed Martin, USA, in the field of atomic physics.
Business Development Manager
Stephan has a degree in Economics and a Master in International Business. He has worked for more than a decade as an international project and business development manager for T.A. Cook, a leading implementation consulting boutique focusing on the asset-intensive industries, such as oil, gas, utilities etc. During his tenure he advised companies like BP, Bayer, and many more top-tier companies with billions in sales. Moreover, Stephan founded the Brazilian office and lead sales in Latin America.
Head of Finance & Operations Manager
Stephan studied information systems and is a certified accountant. He is an expert in the utility business. At ExtraEnergie, one of Germany’s top 3 independent utilities, he ensured correct billing and revenue assurance of ExtraEnergie’s 700.000 electricity and gas customers in B2C & B2B, US$ 850 m revenue and US$ 100 m operating profit. As a department manager he was responsible for more than 30 employees in billing and revenue assurance. Prior to this, he successfully founded an e-commerce platform for World of Warcraft.
Blockchain Marketing Manager
Benni has a B.A. in Science and Technology and has a Master in Integrated Natural Resource Management. His main focus areas are “Renewable Energy and Climate Change” and “Methodology and Modelling of Sustainability”. He is a blockchain pioneer, being certified by the first blockchain university courses in Germany. He has researched for his master thesis about the implementation of blockchain technology in a carbon cap and trade scheme. Benni has marketed and partnered with various start-ups. He is also an early investor in bitcoin and altcoins.
Brand & Design Manager
Chris holds a diploma in Graphic Design. He is a brand consultant and graphic designer, specializing in the development of Corporate Identities for forward-thinking companies across a variety of industries. He has been instrumental in elevating numerous successful brands through the implementation of compelling and fully-integrated design and branding strategies. He has worked on creative projects all over the globe, gaining 15 years of multi-disciplinary design experience, such as digital design, corporate branding, web design. But his major strength is passion and good taste.
Lead Backend Developer
Marco holds a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering and an EMBA from Kellogg-WHU, a top-notch program. He is a senior venture developer and founder of various start-ups, such as Aldabra and OEEX. Marco has more than twenty years of experience in product and business development, with profound expertise in energy markets, cleantech, blockchain and IT. He consults leading energy suppliers in blockchain technology. Marco commits part of his free time to support young entrepreneurs and is a mentor in accelerator programs such as the Rockstart Energy accelerator.
Lead Frontend Developer
Artur holds a B.A. in Computer Science. He is an outstanding specialist with strong skills in front end development and deep knowledge of a vast range of technologies. Artur started to program from the 5th grade. Currently Artur is a fullstack Developer with an impressive number of successfully implemented projects. Furthermore, Artur is a great programmer and lead software developer at *Instinctools. Artur doesn’t stop at the reached level and keeps mastering his skills day by day. As a lecturer and trainer he enjoys to share his profound knowledge.
IT Project Manager
Nastassia has an extensive academic background. After her studies she started to work on various IT related topics in the sales department. After successful delivery, she moved quickly into the project management position for *Instinctools clients. As a Project Manager her strength lie in facilitation skills, agile approaches, time and resource management, as well as providing technical expertise. Nastassia is very fond of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency projects in the renewable energy sector.
Blockchain & Frontend Developer
Aliaksandr started his career path with getting practical experience in Backend development. Thanks to an impressive number of implemented projects on various domains, Aliaksandr developed a strong skill set in Frontend, Fullstack and Blockchain development. Aliaksandr is very enthusiastic about studying new technologies, such as Ethereum ERC20 and learning new programming languages. He quickly improves hard and soft skills, being able program and lead sophisticated projects He is also an early investor in bitcoin.
Blockchain & Frontend Developer
Vladislav has many years’ experience in software development. He started his career as a Frontend developer still being a student in Information Management and is now mastering his professional level in the blockchain development. The number of technologies he knows on a professional level is constantly increasing. Working for *instinctools Vladislav participated in more than 10 major implementation projects and got the priceless experience of communication with people all over the world.
Jan has a degree in communication psychology. He started his career as a consultant in communication planning for multinational clients in DACH and Eastern Europe at initiative media GmbH. Lately, he solely focuses on user insights driven digital product development. He researches, designs and evaluates high end digital user experiences. He is a professional user researcher, product designer and innovation facilitator with 6 years’ experience in UX consulting in the energy sector and across various other markets at eparo GmbH and additional freelance engagements.
Energy Billing Lead
Sina did her dual studies in the telecommunication sector with Deutsche Telekom AG. Soon after she moved to the energy sector in which she has been working for the GASAG Group in various positions for almost a decade. She is an expert in the energy market and operational processes. Her main field of expertise are billing, controlling and team leadership. Sina is a well-recognized change, being responsible for continuous improvement, stakeholder management, process optimization and quality assurance. Sina is highly motivated applying blockchain smart contract billing solutions.
Paul has a Master’s degree in Business, with a special focus on controlling and sales. After his studies he worked for Vattenfall, a leading multinational energy conglomerate. He is now working for the GASAG Group since many years. In total he has more than ten years of work experience in the energy sector, covering a wide range of expertise in B2B sales and financial controlling. As a department manager for controlling, billing and energy suppliers change management Paul has great leadership skills, but also extensive knowledge regarding financial data analytics.
Manager Digital Services
Sven holds a degree in Telecommunications and started his career as a technology consultant for Detecon, with international projects in Kuwait and Slovakia. He worked many years as a project manager, CIO and Operation Director for large utility companies such as the GASAG Group in Berlin. Sven has a strong entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for technology. Throughout his working life, Sven is an enthusiastic driver of the energy revolution in Germany and has designed projects for energy management solutions, smart metering rollouts and electric mobility.
Energy Billing Specialist
Marco has a B.A. in Economics and a Master in Business Informatics, with a special focus on ERP Systems, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has worked in various start-ups for the rocket internet group and has therefore a strong entrepreneurial mindset. In recent years working for the GASAG Group he gained substantial knowledge of the energy market, applied information technology and billing. During project work Marco applies best practice process modelling and agile project management tools.
Chief Innovation Officer SAP
Jürgen holds a Ph.D. in IT Systems Engineering from the Hasso Plattner Institute where he was co-representative of Professor Plattner’s research chair at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for Software Systems Engineering, University of Potsdam, Germany. Besides numerous teaching activities, he mainly contributed to research projects in the area of In-Memory Data Management.
Jürgen is Chief Innovation Officer of SAP, the world’s leading enterprise software company with over 335,000 customers in over 180 countries and €22 bn in revenues. Jürgen has global responsibility for innovation across SAP and advises the executive board on all innovation-related topics in the tech field. As SAP's main driver for innovation, he has a deep understanding of the most recent tech trends, especially blockchain technology.
As Lition's chief advisor for innovation and blockchain technology, Jürgens assures Lition develops the most technically sound, innovative and tangible solutions to conquer the market. Therefore, Jürgen is working very closely with Richard and Kyung to plan and execute all tech and innovation decisions.
Former CMO N26
Kelly is a serial international entrepreneur with 28 years of international marketing and strategy experience including 2 venture-funded tech startups (SiteAdvisor and Hunch) with successful exits (to McAfee and eBay). Most recently, Kelly served as Chief Marketing Officer at leading European mobile bank N26. During his marketing leadership, N26 became one of Europe’s most successful FinTechs, expanding from 2 countries to 17, growing its customer base 12x to more than 1 million, and raising in excess of $200M in venture capital.
Before N26, Kelly was CMO for PayPal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. His early career included 8 years in international brand management at the iconic Campbell Soup Company as well as several years in boutique strategy consulting to Fortune 500 clients. Kelly has an Electrical Engineering/Computer Science degree from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Kelly’s deep experience in brand building, performance marketing and international growth strategy will be an invaluable asset as Lition builds a trusted consumer brand with global presence.