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Fun Fact: Germany is India’s second-largest development partner, with a total volume of almost EUR 10 bn and about 170 programs. More than 1600 Indo-German collaborations and over 600 Indo-German Joint Ventures are in operation. Keeping these Indo-German relationships in mind and AsiaBerlin’s strong focus on India, we kicked off our first delegation trip after two years to India from 28 May to 6 June 2022. The cohort of 12 startups will be visiting prominent ecosystem players in  Bangalore and Hyderabad.  With an increasing rate of urbanization and a highly English-speaking population, India has been tactically able to attract a growing number of foreign direct investments. 

Another important aspect of this trip is the Urban Mobility Berlin and India (UMBI) project that has been launched recently by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Bund-Länder-Programm – German Government and the Federal States Programme – as an integral part of AsiaBerlin. It is cooperating in India with the GIZ project “Promoting transformation for sustainable and climate-friendly electromobility in India” which forms part of the bilateral programme “Sustainable Urban Development in India”, attached to this is the DeveloPPP with the company Bosch “Green Urban Mobility Innovation”. GIZ coordinates cooperation potentials with other thematically relevant projects and initiatives such as the Green Urban Mobility Partnership (GUMP) and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). 

Here is a look at our delegates: 

Henning Heppner, CEO, ELO Mobility GmbH

Henning has been the CEO of ELO Mobility since September 2018. He has 20 Years of  Experience in the Automotive Industry. He also comes with abundant experience in Pre -and Post- Merger experience. He has worked with Greenbox Global Holding as a partner where the agenda was Creative Co Creation focussed on Energy and Infrastructure sectors to establish leading Smart City Concepts. He has pursued diploma in Economics, Engineering, Business, Operations, IT from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Juliane Renz, Head of Business Development & Funding, ELO Mobility GmbH

Juliane is the Head of Business Development & Funding and has been working with ELO Mobility for 3 years now. She has a master’s degree in cultural studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin. She has volunteered with the Albertina Hospital in the past focused on interpreting activities, cultural programs, and psychological and communicative support for foreign patients, most of whom have serious heart diseases.

ELO Mobility is a start-up company based in Berlin, Germany. They focus on products and solutions that enable emission-free mobility of commercial vehicles. They are all devoted to state-of-the-art software solutions that make mobility smarter and fleet systems more competitive. They are technology independent and ensure the optimal combination of German engineering, international cooperation and localization.

Chuck Kanafi, Former Israeli Consul General to NYC and Bangalore

Chuck specializes in designing legally enforceable, evolutionary, intentional and mindful conflict prevention and management systems, and mediating conflicts if they arise. He is  a value-based, purpose driven lawyer crafting value-based, purpose-driven contracts for people discovering and living their values and purpose. He is a Certified Conscious Contracts® practitioner and trainer. He has over thirty years of legal, government and international trade and high tech experience. Focal points include the European Union/Germany, Israel, and India. He is a Certified Mediator under German law. In a diplomatic career spanning three decades at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Chuck served in a variety of functions and geographies including Deputy Ambassador in Harare, Zimbabwe; Director of Public Diplomacy in Berlin; Member of the Israeli delegation to the 57th and 59th United Nations General Assembly; Deputy Ambassador to Turkey; Ambassador to Eritrea; Ambassador to Ghana and Consul-General for South India.

Karsten Serra, Chairman | Board Member | Head of Aviation Finance

Karsten is a member of the advisory (supervisory) board at MAKRAT Ltd. He has studied economics from the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. 

MAKRAT Ltd. is an Aviation Trading Specialist with its headquarters in Sofia (BGR) and branches in Düsseldorf (GER), London (UK), Lima (PER), Marseille (FRA), and Singapore (SGP). Customer support, Component supply, Technical, Operational and Asset Management are other strong parts of the company.

Their intention is to satisfy the individual needs of their clients in the most efficient and economical way. Their clients will have the opportunity to go a long way guided by the whole Team of MAKRAT Ltd.

Thomas Duscha, CEO, Swobbee

Thomas is the CEO & Co-founder of Swobbee. He also works with Greenpack Mobile Energy Solutions and is involved in the global business development of the same. He has pursued a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from European University Viadrina.

Swobbee is the efficient solution for the professional operation of small electric vehicle fleets in the area of ​​sharing, logistics and delivery, and other electricity-based applications. Their Battery-as-a-Service and Charging-as-a-Service approaches enable a simple, convenient, and cost-optimized switch to electromobility.

Arnab Naskar, Co-Founder, STOKR

Arnab is an Entrepreneur, Founder, Believer, Student, Traveler, Reader, and  Blockchain evangelist. He is the founder of SICOS, a Luxembourg based company facilitating innovation and designing Blockchain based businesses. SICOS developed a European, peer-to-peer investment platform, connecting investors and business founders to finance forward-thinking ideas and share in the future profits- STOKR. Before founding SICOS, Arnab worked as a lawyer with various international law firms in India and Germany. He also worked with various departments and Ministries of Government of India and has participated in various policy-related works.

STOKR is a peer-to-peer interface that connects investors with innovative business ventures, powered by the Ethereum and Liquid Securities Network. STOKR creates independent access to new capital markets.

– regular management activities

– leading the business development and PR activities

– establishing strategic partnerships and networks

– daily hustle for achieving the vision

Axel Angeli, SAP Project Rescue and Soa Lead Architect, Logos

Axel has deep and manyfold ties with India (Head of Board of Public Relations for TiE Deutschland). A world-wide acting project captain with the blood of a leader and hands-on skills in all areas of SAP and deep knowledge of Digital Future.

It is his personal passion and ambition to assist the responsible people in large-scale distributed projects (including rollouts, migrations etc.) in order to select the best solution path, best practices, and to optimize the project implementation to get the best value out of their ERP investments.

Currently he is promoting the collaboration with India along and beyond the big developer factories like Satyam, Indosys, Wipro etc.

Logosworld is an ecosystem of top of the class SAP technical consultancies and project rescue managers. The speciality is bringing efficiency into complex and critical projects. They all are firemen for SAP, SOA and integration but they are eager to help companies to avoid failure at an early stage. 

For SOA they developed a full series of formal and viable governance strategies to guarantee a proper and seamless transformation from traditional to Enterprise 2.0 based on SOA. 

Their SOABOX is a pre configured appliance to be used as an out-of-box Enterprise Service Bus to get SOA working within days.

Vinod Kumar Dudega, MD, Blend Consulting & Training 

Vinod specializes in training and coaching of automotive professionals which has catered to many auto giants. He has pursued his Bachelor of Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India. He has also worked as the GM (Operations) for Raytheon Professional Services for 7 years. 

Blend Consulting, has been delivering training for OEMs and aftermarket companies for the past 13 years. They work with clear focus on their customer objectives. They take a systematic approach to defining curriculum, designing training modules, and choosing media which is most suitable to the training objectives. While defining curriculum they take special care to have a logical build-up of knowledge and skills avoiding any duplication of training and wastage.

Carl-Luis Rieger ,MD, WEPA Ventures

Carl has vast experience working with different venture capitalists. He has a Master of Science Management from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. He has also pursued a venture capital education program from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He is currently working as the managing director of WEPA ventures. 

WEPA Ventures is a family venture capital firm, backed by the family business WEPA Group, and invests directly in European early-stage start-ups as well as opportunistically indirectly.

They invest in software-enabled material science companies, solutions targeting the sustainability enterprise software stack and Green-Technologies around energy, air and water. WEPA is also focused on providing sustainable solutions to improve well-being.