About Us


Founder and CEO

Ingo Rübe

Ingo Rübe is founder of KILT Protocol and CEO of BOTLabs GmbH, the initial developer of KILT.

Previously he served as CTO of Hubert Burda Media, where he initiated and headed the Drupal-based CMS Thunder. Earlier he was IT Project Director at Axel Springer.

Ingo and BOTLabs is a founding member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Drupal Association.

Vice President of Business Development

Christine Mohan

Christine Mohan has 25 years of experience in software and digital media, working for startups and corporates including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Previously she was CMO of Web3 Foundation / Polkadot and co-founder of Civil Media, a blockchain news verification platform. At KILT she leads marketing, public relations and community operations.

Operations Director

Matthias Möller

Matthias has twenty years of professional and leadership experience in developing and shipping digital services for the internet and media industries.

Since the early days of the internet, he has been managing the development of front end and back end internet services for high traffic and scalable products.

Corporate & Ecosystem Integrations Lead

Sara Anna Mamel

Sara is all about creating new pathways by bringing Web3 into the Web2 world.

She enjoys developing new business cases and parnterships for KILT, be it with corporate industry players as well as partners from blockchain ecosystem.

Previously, she was active at the intersection of blockchain and the energy industry at the German Energy Agency (dena), leading various pilot projects including KILT.

Legal Director

Gustav Hemmelmayr

Gustav is an Austrian lawyer with over 20 years of experience of which he spent 15 years in startups and IT companies such as SAP.

He holds an M.Sc. in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) as well as Master’s Degrees in Communication and European Integration and brings in all his expertise to KILT Protocol.

Design Director

Christian Langer

Christian is a designer, a product and service guy, a mentor for some, and first of all a dedicated road race cyclist.

He has 25 years of professional experience in UX/UI Design, focusing on context awareness and cloud services, as well as developing a distinctive design language and culture.

Events and Communications Manager

Elisa Dratsdrummer

Elisa specializes in marketing, interactive media and communication operations. At KILT she leads events and social media initiatives and she is part of the communications and community operations team. Earlier she was an international business student at European University Viadrina.

UI/UX and Graphic Design Specialist

Andreas Krautzberger

Andreas is a UI/UX, web and graphic designer with 20 years of work experience.

He has worked on many important publishing and IT projects. Andreas is also a great Post-it artist and famous for his KrautzCats.


Majella Horan

Before becoming fascinated by the potential of blockchain in 2013, Majella worked as a nurse, an actress and a health researcher.

She has a Master's in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies and a background in writing, editing and communications strategy for blockchain protocols such as Polkadot and Kusama.

APAC Growth Lead

Rishant Kumar

Rishant has extensive experience working with enterprise technology and blockchain startups. Based in India, he is currently APAC Growth Lead for KILT Protocol and responsible for regional partnerships that drive adoption of applications built on KILT.

He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers US as SAP Tech Lead for 7 years. Rishant started his career at HAL, Bangalore as an Aircraft Design Engineer and later worked with Caterpillar Inc. and Tech Mahindra.

He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from VTU, India.

Developer Relations

Dudley Needham

Dudley leads developer relations for KILT Protocol. His main focus is supporting project teams as they integrate KILT and applications built on KILT, supporting developers from ideation through implementation.

He studied General Engineering at the Open University of Milton Keynes in the UK.

Dudley likes to spend his free time painting; he is also a game master for Tabletop RPGs.

Blockchain Developer

Albrecht Weiche

Albrecht is the lead of the KILT core developer team who focuses on the node, protocol and chain.

He graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He enjoys adventurous cycling tours.

Software Engineer

Antonio Antonino

Antonio is a Software Engineer from Italy with a joint M.Sc. in Cloud Computing from the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and Aalto University (Finland). At KILT he is part of the core developer team with a strong focus on DIDs.

He has previously worked as a R&D software engineer for Ericsson Finland, working with blockchain solutions including Ethereum and Hyperledger.

He used to be a goalkeeper, and now he enjoys it in his spare time.

DevOps Engineer

Gerawork Aynekulu

Gerawork is a DevOps engineer who has previously worked on migrating multiple fintech products to Azure.

He graduated from University of Belgrade with MSc in Computer Science. He also enjoys comedy.

Software Engineer

Tino Rusch

Tino is a software developer who works on the node and protocol levels as part of the core developer team.

He studied Computer Science at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. After working fullstack from embedded devices to cloud native apps, he joined the KILT team in Berlin.

When not working, you will probably find him in his garden.

Philosophical & Ethical Advisor / Software Developer

Raphael Flechtner

Raphael was a student at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and holds a degree in philosophy. He is now part of the KILT developer core team.

He is specialized in Social Cognition, Evolutionary Anthropology and Social Theory. Fascinated by KILT’s goals in the disembodied online world, Raphael has contributed to shaping the vision of KILT and drafting the KILT whitepaper.

Community Moderator

Aybars Ayan

Aybars Ayan is currently studying Electrical Engineering at Konya Technical University in Turkey, and has worked in software development for 6 years.

He began his journey with mobile application development, and 3 years later jumped on to Python and Deep Learning.

Team Assistant

Irena Pocrnja

Irena has a Master’s degree in Journalism (Public Relations) from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb.

She has more than 5 years of experience in event and project organization and in the planning, implementation and coordination of administrative tasks. She is our master of the books.