WHO WE ARE

The founding Team, Angel Investors, and Advisors of X-AUTO will execute this vision into a green reality with affordable EVs for everyone. Our traction is strong. 

Our team knows what they are doing, are well connected, and are here to stay.


OUR TEAM

Munir Sultan Awan, Member of the Board

Munir Sultan Awan, Member of the Board

Position Member of the Board

Experience Munir has 30+ years of experience in the EU, USA, and China market, having focused the last 12+ years on the automotive industry in China and Europe. Munir Awan spends 6+ months a year in China and procures, developes, negotiates, and conducts quality controls for products used for instance at VW, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and at Tesla, but also at Chinese OEMs. He is a specialist in procurement, negotiation, and quality control purchasing from the Chinese market. Munir is a global business professional with strong ties in China allowing for a local presence and a decades strong business network. Having lived in the USA, UAE, China, and Europe, Munir brings a wealth of experience and an international business network.

Amir Sultan Malik Awan, CEO

Amir Sultan Malik Awan, CEO

Position Chief Executive Officer

Experience Amir has been working over a decade within the frame of the Awan family business in the international automotive industry with focus on China & Europe. After his Masters in International Business in 2018, Amir was Managing Director at one of Germany`s most reputable research and consultancy institutes at WWU Münster, under Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Backhaus, hereby working on digital consultancy for large corporations with the focus on digital transformation next to research for his PhD thesis. Dropping out of his PhD in Technology Management with focus on Blockchain in the automotive and sustainability industry in 2019, he landed a digital consultant contract with the S&P 500 company PPG, serving 15.000 car service providers in EU, which is handed over and executed by his brother since 2021. Ever since Amir has been developing online platforms for public listed companies and startups as well as co-founded an online platform for sustainability solutions targeting in its first phase blockchain companies, namely Menthol Protocol. With X-AUTO Amir is eager to build the vision of affordable and accesable electricle vehicles for the European B2B and B2C customers through an EV online platform connected to a network of car sales and service partners.

Dr. Eric Frank, CTO

Dr. Eric Frank, CTO

Position Chief Technology Officer

Experience Eric is part-time Adjunct Professor at HEC Liège Luxembourg and has his PhD in Computer Science. He is a French/German national, father of two, and former PhD student under Radu's supervision. He was external tech developer for the DLT features of various platforms including that of a car sales platform. Subsequently, he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and founded his company. The core offerings encompass a range of development services and various products, with one standout creation being Filedgr. This platform establishes distributed data networks, colloquially referred to as data spaces on the Blockchain. He also played a significant role in the development of Moniflo, the first licensed tokenizer and digital custodian for investment funds. He transitioned from an early contributor to Co-Founder. In 2021, he was honored to receive the CTO of the Year Award, a testament of his hard work and dedication. After getting to know Amir, the network of partners, and the vision of a green mobility future in Europe, Eric decided to join X-AUTO as the CTO and jointly contribute to a green future enabled by tech.

Dr. Anil Karna, COO

Dr. Anil Karna, COO

Position Chief Operating Officer

Experience Anil has lived for over a decade in China and has been oversea project manager and strategic business development specialist for the smart mechanical devices from Chinese based corporation Safe Run with more than 5000 employees. He is fluent in Mandarin having gained his PhD in Computer Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he was a Research Scholar for over 9 years. He has been giving lectures on IT including IT concept, operating systems, database, Java, HTML, web, Office products to the students visiting the university.

Stefan Fischer, Angel Investor & Advisor

Stefan Fischer, Angel Investor & Advisor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience Stefan Fischer is the first investor who committed in backing X-AUTO and is furthermore a key advisor for the Chinese market. He has vast experience in large volume trade finance with focus on China and Europe, with a family office based in Zug. Through his close collaboration with Chinese family offices he has a particular strong access to Chinese EV OEMs with local partners in China. Also Stefan has participated together with Thomas and Frank in the meeting leading to the formation of X-AUTO.

Thomas Leuchten, Lead Advisor

Thomas Leuchten, Lead Advisor

Position Lead Advisor X-AUTO

Experience Thomas is an Automotive Collision Expert EMEA and has experience as the EMEA Car Segment Director of S&P 500 company PPG. PPG has 15.000 car service providers across EU as customers. He has 30+ years of consulting experience in strategic business development in the EMEA Automotive Aftermarket. A meeting on monetization strategies for car service providers led to X-AUTO - the EU car service & sales network.

Mark Müller-Eberstein, Angel Investor

Mark Müller-Eberstein, Angel Investor

Position Angel Investor & Strategic Advisor

Experience Mark is a VC INVESTOR & Alliance of Angel Member, the worlds largest and most active Angel Investor group. He is also CEO and co-founder of CodexDF, the enterprise accounting software for digital assets. Mark founded CodexDF based on his experience connecting business leaders and the IT for over 2 decades. He is an active investor, keynote speaker, best-selling author in 12 languages, and has been a digital transformation leader for blockchain, crypto currencies, IoT, AI and cloud computing for the last decade. Mark is building on his experience in leadership positions at HP and Microsoft. Mark’s personal passion includes unlocking the economic potential of billions with blockchain technology. www.mueller-eberstein.com

Andreas Kindt, Angel Investor & Advisor

Andreas Kindt, Angel Investor & Advisor

Position Angel Investor & Strategic Advisor

Experience Andreas has been an independent advisor, specializing in digital business models and value creation through digital transformation. In over 20 years in operational responsibility for functional areas as well as a managing director and AG board member, Andreas has been responsible for the development, delivery and marketing of digital and technical services. In 2001 he was appointed to the Management Board of T-Online International AG, where he worked as CTO / CIO until the merger with Deutsche Telekom AG in 2006. Two further years as CIO for T-Com / T-Home followed. In 2008 he became CEO of the Payback subsidiary Loyalty Partner Solutions and lead its development until the sale of the Payback majority to American Express at the end of 2010.

Amine Ünal, AI and Web3 Advisor

Amine Ünal, AI and Web3 Advisor

Position AI and Web3 Advisor

Experience Amine is a dedicated and experienced CTO with extensive knowledge in AI, IoT, Blockchain and is a Senior Consultant at Cagemini. She consulted multiple fortune 500 companies on innovation and integration projects and is passionate about solving complex problems with innovative technology. Amine is an entrepreneur with a past startup at the interesection of web3 and Industry 4.0 and is current founder of a Generative Artificial Intelligence B2C product. Her background includes experiences as a software developer for IoT and Cloud Computing Software at T-Systems International GmbH. Here she developed backend solutions for clients such as ThyssenKrupp, Airbus, Deutsche Telekom and Adidas. Also she engineered the Smart Factory Product for Adidas.

Frank Gerardy, Angel Investor & Advisor

Frank Gerardy, Angel Investor & Advisor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience Frank is a strong figur in the German Automotive Aftermarket having held leading positions among several companies with successful exits in the automotive industry. He had a number car service companies before selling them to the Intelligent Repair Solution (IRS) group and became managing director of IRS. They have 130 locations across Europe and belong to a Swiss investment fund. Also Frank participated in the meeting together with Thomas leading to the formation of X-AUTO.

Mohammad Hassan, Web3 and AI Advisor

Mohammad Hassan, Web3 and AI Advisor

Position Web3, AI, and Greentech Advisor

Experience Mohamed is a Google Alumni and Startup Mentor in the AI and Climate Change - Google for Startups Accelerator. He co-founded Blok-Z, a Berlin based Draper & Consensus backed profitable B2B SaaS business as well as Menthol Protocol together with Amir and two further co-founders. He transitioned from aerospace engineering to blockchain development after graduating from Consensys Academy. He has excelled in his field, developing automation tools and an energy tracking solution used by energy companies . Hassan, who has previously led a startup as CTO, now plays a key role in managing a multi-million dollar fund for the Energy Web Fund Committee.

Nicolas Weber, Angel Investor & Advisor

Nicolas Weber, Angel Investor & Advisor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience Nicolas Weber is an early stage crypto investor, writer, philanthropist, podcast host and entrepreneur. He is part of the founding team at Amazing Blocks, Founder and CEO of DAC and Founding Initiator of MGH DAO. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of the Tokenization Working Group at the European Blockchain Association. He previously worked for established companies such as Daimler, Dieffenbacher and Allianz Global Investors.

Tomal K. Ganguly, Angel & Advisor

Tomal K. Ganguly, Angel & Advisor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Beschreibung Tomal is a seasoned Management Consultant with extensive experience in the Automotive and Telecommunications industries, as well as in startups. Specializing in Blockchain Technology, DevOps, IoT, and Intercultural Entrepreneurship, he has been serving as a Senior Manager at Detecon International in Munich since 2019. In his role, he focuses on Smart Mobility, heads the Blockchain department, and manages key accounts across various sectors including Automotive and AI Cloud & Data Infrastructure.

Maria Cannizzo, Angel Investor

Maria Cannizzo, Angel Investor

Position Angel Investor & Syndicate Lead

Experience Maria has 13+ years of experience trading equities, options, and forex. She was previously a Principal Investor at an early-stage Web3 VC and has been investing in Crypto since 2018. Before Outshine Ventures, she co-founded Neolution, a liquid token fund, where she developed automated strategies and advised Web3 startups. For 10+ years, Maria held product leadership roles at Bank of America, BlackRock, and was Head of Product for the largest crypto ETP provider in Europe. Maria earned an MBA with a concentration in IT Management and a BS in Systems Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte, as well as certificates in Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts, and FinTech Law from UC Berkeley and Duke.

Oliver T. Hellriegel, Angel Investor

Oliver T. Hellriegel, Angel Investor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience Oliver T. Hellriegel is an accomplished executive with more than three decades of experience in driving innovation and digital transformation with successful startup exits. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he imparts his extensive knowledge as a senior lecturer at Hochschule Macromedia, focusing on innovation, strategy, and foresight in business. He is the Co-Founder of BELOW2 Inc., based in San Francisco, where he leads efforts to evaluate and verify science-based carbon credits, enhancing the integrity of the voluntary carbon offset market. Hellriegel's work at BELOW2 is pivotal in providing transparent, traceable, and unalterable carbon credit verification, ensuring that these offsets effectively contribute to achieving net zero goals.

Dr. William Tien, Angel Investor

Dr. William Tien, Angel Investor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience William is International Strategic Relations Director at H. H. Sheikh Ali Rashed Al Maktoum Private Office (Dubai) and has experience in supporting Chinese EV OEMs in their international business. He is owner of Axis Technologies Group, Inc. (OTCPINK: AXTG) which is a publicly traded holding company focused on the promotion, development, management and marketing of various aspects of businesses surrounding all aspects of decentralized finance (DeFi). Through acquisitions, strategic investments, and its current investment holdings, AXTG seeks to support, develop and take advantage of various blockchain and DeFi projects, opportunities and initiatives. Please visit the site at www.AXTG.us for more information.

Shayna Lyandvert, Angel Investor

Shayna Lyandvert, Angel Investor

Position Angel Investor & Advisor

Experience Shayna has 8+ years of experience investing and has been investing in Crypto since 2018. Before Co-Founding Outshine Ventures, Shayna co-founded Neolution, a liquid token fund, where she created trading strategies and provided consulting services to early-stage Web3 startups. Prior to Neolution, Shayna was a growth-stage startup investor at PeakSpan Capital, a VC firm focused on global B2B SaaS companies. Previously, Shayna was an Investment Banker at Moelis, where she focused on technology M&A and capital raise transactions. She also held investment banking, risk management, and venture capital roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and MetaProp VC. Shayna earned a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College as a Robert Day Scholar.