Leadership and Investors
Get to know our leadership team, advisory board and investors, and find out how it all began for HIGH MOBILITY.
Hailing from the design team at Volvo Cars, Risto is an experienced and dexterous technical designer with a strong sense of industry trends in product development. Together with Kevin Valdek, Risto founded HIGH MOBILITY to solve the disconnect between developers and the automobile industry. Their unique proposition, an online testing environment with a live vehicle data marketplace, seeks to bring these two communities together seamlessly, for both developer and car maker.
After many years in software development, and working as a team lead in connected car projects with Jaguar Land Rover and Fiat/Chrysler, Kevin founded HIGH MOBILITY with Risto in 2013. Kevin brings to the table his considerable exposure to the connected car industry and extensive technical expertise, honed over the last decade as both a team lead and software engineer with numerous global car brands.
With more than 20 years of management and leadership experience in financial leadership roles at both international corporations and medium-sized enterprises, Martin’s impressive range of expertise in the IT & automotive industry positions him perfectly in his role as COO at HIGH MOBILITY. In addition to his financial leadership expertise, Martin demonstrates operational excellence and an impressive understanding of startup fundraising with which to guide the leadership team.
Manuel joined the HIGH MOBILITY team from global e-mobility player Hubject - joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler Bosch and others. Before that he worked for IBM. With a background in leading B2B sales teams, devising sales strategies and overseeing market development in the mobility sphere, Manuel is using his experience to develop our data consumer ecosystem (demand side) as well as vehicle data partnerships with leading OEMs worldwide (supply side).
Fabian von Kuenheim
Fabian is HIGH MOBILITY’s lead investor. He is the former CEO of Magirus AG, a member of the advisory board at Commerzbank and curator at the Fraunhofer Association.
Stephan joined the board from IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft, a Berlin-based investor that provides innovative companies in the city with venture capital. The company has established itself in Berlin as a market leader in early-stage financing.
Dr. Thilo Wagner
Thilo joined the board in 2020 representing DAT Group, an organisation that provides data, products and services that focus on enabling a digital vehicle lifecycle. In his role there, Thilo is responsible for the entire DAT product world and leading all product line managers and IT managers.
Holger is a venture partner at Target Partners and the founder of German Autolabs. Holger is the former CEO of Aupeo! and former director of NOKIA gate5. He has a 15+ year track record in managing tech companies focused on consumer-driven services in the automotive space.
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT) is an international company that sees itself as a neutral link between the various interest groups in the automotive industry and has been operated by its three partners - the automobile associations VDA (Association of the Automotive Industry), VDIK (Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) and ZDK for over 87 years.
Kuenheim Familiaris GmbH
Kuenheim Familiaris GmbH is the private investment company of the family of Fabian v. Kuenheim. He uses Kuenheim Familiaris GmbH for sole or syndicated investments into high-tech companies in the areas of IT infrastructure and cloud computing, photonics, med tech, mobility and integrated mobile systems as well as companies that address the interfaces of these technologies.
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides innovative Berlin-based companies with venture capital and has established itself in Berlin as a market leader in early-stage financing. The funds are used primarily for developing and launching innovative products or services and creative business concepts. Currently, two funds managed by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft are in the investment phase: the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, with assets of 60 million EUR, and the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin, with assets of 40 million EUR. Both VC funds are subsidized by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the State of Berlin. Since 1997, in consortiums with partners, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft has provided more than 1.1 billion EUR to Berlin-based creative and technology companies, with IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft investing approximately 157 million EUR as the lead-, co-lead- or co-investor.
Ali M. T. Alghanim
Ali M. T. Alghanim is a Kuwaiti citizen and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from the Technical University of Hannover, Germany. He is a controlling shareholder in several companies in the Gulf States as well as in Germany, including Ali Mohammad Thunayan Alghanim & Sons General Trading Co., Kuwait, Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Co., Kuwait and Michael Weinig AG, Germany. Mr. Alghanim is the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Kuwait and is widely acknowledged for forging close ties between the German and Kuwaiti governments. He represents most Kuwaiti investments in Germany, may they be done by public or private entities. In light of his merits with respect to the German-Kuwaiti friendship, Mr. Alghanim was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German Federal President in 2005.