Ali brings a dynamic mix of of deal-making, company building and setting up high-performance teams with over nine years of international experience across startups and banking. In his last role as the COO , he built up MoneyMap - a fintech venture incubated by the largest European fintech company builder, Finleap. Prior to this, he held management roles at Delivery Hero AG as Director of Operations & Intelligence and at Carmudi (a Rocket Internet venture), where he was responsible for 18 emerging markets globally. Starting at Citibank, Ali spent over 4 years as a private banker managing ultra high-net worth clients before obtaining his MBA degree.
One to always keep an eye on disruptive technologies, Ali had been following the development of Blockchain for while. Recognizing the real impact it can have on society at large, he stepped into the industry as CEO for Krypto AG with the mission to scale and grow the entire group contributing to the overall championing of the ecosystem. Originally from Pakistan, Ali lived across several countries before finally adopting Berlin as his home.
A. Yalçin studied Computer Sciences in Germany and accomplished several executive business educations e.g., at INSEAD, Harvard Business School and Stanford University. He has been a PhD cand. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Humboldt University of Berlin and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience.
For most of his career, A. Yalçin was with world largest consulting company, Accenture, as Managing Partner & Country Managing Director. Overall, he brings 25 year experience in Management and Strategy Consulting, Information Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions in various industries and for several “Fortune500”companies globally.
A. Yalçin has been an active player also in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship scene with investments both in the U.S. and Europe. Currently, he is He is the Trustee Board Member at Helix Foundation (hlx-foundation.org) and an active strategic investor at Helix Cognitive Computing (www.hlx.ai).
Following his passion for great ideas, creative investment and like-minded people, Wanja has launched and invested in more than 30 companies since he was 15 years old.
From renewable energies to event management to AI bots, he has proven his versatility as an entrepreneur again and again. As founder and CEO of WAOW – as well as newscase, BridgeMaker and Krypto AG, and being a source of inspiration for Lumaland – he is a unique powerhouse of creative entrepreneurial solutions led by exceptional people and is set on achieving his goal of changing the world for the better through entrepreneurship.
Jo Penzkofer is an international business leader with more then 25 years of professional experience. For most of his career, Jo was Managing Director of stock listed or high ventured IT-companies, such as Sequent Computer Systems, Hyperwave and Macro4.
Since 2008 he built his own group of companies as an entrepreneur and investor within consulting, coaching and e-commerce. While forming a joint venture with the market leader in technical consulting in Russia (GCE Group Sankt Petersburg), he successfully established GCE as Energy Efficiency consultants for heavy industry in emerging countries such as Poland and Turkey and developed countries like Germany and Spain.