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On 31 March 2022, we organized a  hybrid AsiaBerlin event focused on India and Germany with a deep dive into “Partnerships in Urban Mobility and Fintech: A Berlin-Karnataka Perspective”. The highlight of the event was the MoU signing between the Governments of Karnataka and Berlin to strengthen startup cooperation and innovation between the two states.

Permanent Secretary Michael Biel for the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe said, “I expect strong impulses for this cooperation from this Declaration and today´s event, as our basis is very sound: We have developed fantastic common projects with reliable partners and a dedicated community within AsiaBerlin. The initiative is driven by two committed States, Berlin and Karnataka, and jointly supported by the Indian Embassy in Berlin and the German General Consulate in Bangalore.”



There were  two Panel Discussions on Urban Mobility and FinTech

Urban Mobility

The panel will thoroughly discuss the efforts of achieving sustainable urban mobility from both countries’ perspectives. The output of the discussion is an understanding of overlaps between ideas and technology which could be further advanced together.


With FinTech being among the top sectors of mutual interest in India and Germany, the panel will highlight opportunities for cooperation. The cooperation is expected to build a bridge between the fintech industry of both countries.

Huge thanks to our speakers :

⭐️ H.E. Mr. Harish Parvathaneni, Indian Ambassador to Germany

⭐️ Mr. Michael Biel, Permanent Secretary – Senate Dept. of Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, State of Berlin

⭐️Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics IT Bt and S&T, Government of Karnataka

⭐️ Mr. Friedrich Birgelen, Deputy German Consul General – Bangalore

⭐️Siddharth Borkar, Senior Manager – Mergers & Acquisitions, Mahindra Group 

⭐️ Christian Hochfeld, Executive Director, Agora Verkehrswende

⭐️ Juliane Renz, Head Of Business Development & Funding Manager, ELO Mobility GmbH

⭐️ 👩🏻‍💻Georgie Smallwood, CPO, TIER Mobility

⭐️Varun Sridhar, CEO, Paytm Money

⭐️Leitha Matz, Co-Founder & CPO, finmarie GmbH

⭐️Kurosch Daniel Habibi, Founder & Co-CEO, Carl Finance

and to Amrita Gandikota for her excellent moderation and team enpact for the organization!

Big thanks to the Embassy of India for hosting the AsiaBerlin community.️

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The summit is being hosted at the following venue:

Spielfeld Digital Hub GmbH
Skalitzer Straße 85/86
10997 Berlin

Note: satellite events take place at various addresses