Leadership

Right from the beginning, Kiwigrid started with people who had big ideas. They weren't afraid to take risks and bring those ideas to life. Kiwigrid has elevated and been guided by leaders like these, who constantly inspire to achieve the next level of success.

Dr Ing Carsten Bether

Carsten Bether

CEO & Founder

Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bether

CEO, Founder

Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bether, CEO and founder of Kiwigrid GmbH, is a very dedicated Smart Grid expert with 15 years of experience within the IT and energy sector. After studying Business Administration and Engineering at the Dresden University of Technology, he worked as a software consultant, CTO and founder of several companies within the IT industry. While being engaged as an Innovation Manager at Deutsche Telekom, he obtained his PhD at the Berlin University of Technology and Stanford University. Since founding Kiwigrid in 2011, Carsten focuses on software for energy IoT solutions and value-added services in the rapidly changing energy industry.

Daniel Soentgerath

Daniel Söntgerath

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Söntgerath

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Söntgerath has about 15 years of experience in leading management positions as for IBM, Siemens, Worldcom. He war responsible for the departments technical development, administration and optimization of international data, communication networks as well as internal and external processes. Successfully, Daniel implemented international large-scale projects, set up international data processing centers, MDM platforms, and enterprise IoT strategies.

Since August 2016, he has been Managing Director at Kiwigrid and responsible for the technical development of the Kiwigrid platform as well as for the implementation of the Kiwigrid products. His main focus is the optimization of "cross-functional" processes as well as the development of a modular product platform.

Matthias Popella

Matthias Popella

Director Platform

Matthias Popella

Director Platform

Matthias Popella is responsible for the business unit Platform. He has more than 15 years of industry experience in software development, consulting, and management. Matthias holds a diploma in computer science (TU Dresden) and worked for Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Intershop AG and T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH before joining the Kiwigrid GmbH.

Eckart Hilliger

Eckart Hilliger

Chief Technology Officer

Eckart Hilliger

Chief Technology Officer

With his 15+ years of experience as a software developer and software architect, Eckart Hilliger is engaged as Kiwigrid's Chief Technology Officer. After studying computer science at the Jena University, Eckart worked as technical consultant and architect for the E-Commerce software-house Intershop in Germany and the US. He helped relaunching shopping.hp.com as lead architect and sonystyle.com as lead developer. He also worked as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle in the server technology group for several years.

Jannek Schuffenauer

Janek Schuffenhauer

Director Finance & Administration

Janek Schuffenhauer

Director Finance & Administration

Janek Schuffenhauer has more than 14 years of experience in finance, business management, and controlling. Janek was responsible as Chief Financial Officer for a renewable energy company as well as Head of Investment Management and Controlling for the Savings Bank “Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden”. Janek finished his diploma for business administration at the University of Cooperative Education in Dresden.

Joscha Koellner

Joscha Köllner

Head of Sales

Joscha Köllner

Head of Sales

Joscha Köllner, co-entrepreneur of Kiwigrid GmbH, has founded three international acting startups. Joscha has more than 15 years of experience within the fields of Sales and Business Development. Since 2008, he is focusing on IT technologies like Big Data and Analytics. He finished his graduate in Business Administration at the Dresden University of Technology as well as in Sweden. Being the Head of Sales and Business Development at Kiwigrid, Joscha is responsible for the acquisition of multinational companies like Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and utilities.

Sascha Seewald

Sascha Seewald

Head of Product Management

Sascha Seewald

Head of Product Management

Sascha Seewald is an IT expert and entrepreneur with a focus on digital transformation. After graduating as a computer scientist at the Dresden University of Technology, Sascha worked as an IT consultant for various companies in Germany and other European countries. Since 2008 he managed the startup of a MedTec company as founder and CEO. Today, he still supports this company as a board member. Sascha holds an MBA in General Management and contributes more than 10 years of experience in Software Development and Business Management. At Kiwigrid, Sascha is in charge of the Product Management und finds innovative answers to the urgent questions of the energy revolution.

Tim Ulbricht

Tim Ulbricht

Director SaaS

Tim Ulbricht

Director SaaS

Tim Ulbricht possesses about a longtime experience in management roles within the fields of service and aftermarket, product management and sales (SMA, GeckoGroup). About 4 years, Tim was responsible for software development projects in the automotive sector, as for example at PHILIPS LITE-ON DIGITAL SOLUTIONS. For ACCENTURE he was operating about 6 years in the fields of IT consulting. Tim finished his diploma in physics at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. At Kiwigrid, he is responsible for the Software-as-a-Service department as a director.

Stefan Christ

Stefan Christ

Head of Service

Stefan Christ

Head of Service

Stefan Christ holds a graduate engineer's degree in Electrical Engineering and worked mainly in the IT industry starting in the 90s. Stefan has 15+ years experience in software development, escalation management, technical support, and customer service. He worked in leading positions for software companies in the field of environmental technology, e-commerce, face recognition and energy management. At Kiwigrid, Stefan is heading the service department.

Andreas Pfeiffer

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pfeifer

Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pfeifer

Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Advisory Board

After being the Managing Director at Accenture, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pfeifer brings 25+ years of experience in consulting into Kiwigrid. At Accenture, Prof. Dr. Pfeifer war responsible for the telecommunication-, electronic- and hightech industry as well as for the media- and entertainment industry in the German-speaking region. Today, he teaches as a honorary professor about IT strategy at the Passau University.

As an entrepreneur, investor, and part of advisory board, Prof. Dr. Pfeifer is furthermore dealing with topics like strategic development and sustainable growth of startups. As a chairman of supervisory board, Prof. Dr. Pfeifer accompanied fast scaling of the leading German-speaking Demand-Response provider entelios from the stage of formation of the company in 2010 until successful exit in 2014 to EnerNOC Inc. Prof. Dr. Pfeifer obtained a graduate in Business Management at the Munich LMU. Furthermore he finished his graduate in Engineering/Plastics Technology at the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences and obtained his PhD Dr. rer. pol. in Information Management at the Passau University.