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.

Matthias Hertel

Matthias Hertel

Managing Director (Speaker)

Matthias Hertel

Managing Director (Speaker)

In the past 23 years, Matthias Hertel has accrued a rich expertise in IT and software development both as entrepreneur and business unit leader. He was in charge of large-scale IT projects both for international corporations and medium-sized companies. He was in leading positions in the areas of finance, project management, consulting, IT communication and software development at Deutsche Telekom, Saxonia Systems and T-Systems. At Kiwigrid, he is in charge of the business units Professional Service IoT, the Engineering Center as well as Finance & HR.

Dr Ing Carsten Bether

Carsten Bether

Managing Director, Founder

Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bether

Managing Director, 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.

Tim Ulbricht

Tim Ulbricht

Managing Director

Tim Ulbricht

Managing Director

Tim Ulbricht has more than 17 years of experience in service, operations, product management and sales. He has acquired seven years of management experience in the solar industry (SMA Solar Technology and the Gecko Group). For almost four years he was in charge of software development projects in the automotive industry, including Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions. During his six years at Accenture, he worked for Deutsche Bahn AG, Dresdner Bank and Daimler Chrysler. Tim Ulbricht holds a diploma in physics from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen. As a Managing Director, he now is in charge of the business units Product Management, Business Development & Sales as well as Service & Operations. He had already been leading the latter unit since October 2016.

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.