Chief Executive Officer of Ritam Energy
Electrical and Telecommunications Engineers – Germany
On the executive board of RITAM Holdings, Christoph is a core member driving the development of innovative projects supporting the just energy transition (JET), digital/smart infrastructure (e.g. eHealth and smartGRID) and green transport. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth is the main goal for Christoph as a member of RITAM Holdings and Head of RITAM Energy.
Christoph entered the energy sector 10 years ago by opening the African representation for KACO new energy, a leading German solar inverter manufacturer. Christoph managed to grow KACO’s market share to 15%. Christoph served as Managing Director of KACO new energy Africa (Pty) Ltd. since 2012. SIEMENS AG Germany bought KACO globally in 2019, which resulted in the integration of KACO new energy Africa into SIEMENS South Africa by 1st January 2020.
He has supported the integration of the KACO Africa business into the SIEMENS Future Grid unit (Solar PV, Energy Storage and EV-Charging) and left SIEMENS in June 2020. Based on his African and global business network, Christoph is working on green project development of alternative power generation, energy security, eMobility and Green Hydrogen as well as smart (digital) infrastructure in Africa.
Christoph has previously been in Executive-level positions in the Telecom/ICT and Energy sectors for multinational corporations in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. His career started in Europe with positions at DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, IBM and ALCATEL TELECOMS. He was part of the development, implementation and promotion team during DEUTSCHE TELEKOM’s first internet protocol (IP) based broadband data service launch. He subsequently held regional sales responsibilities for the core network sector of ALCATEL in Indonesia and the Philippines over a period of seven (7) years. Under his sales management, ALCATEL won significant new technology contracts (first broadband network implementation at TELEKOMUNIKASI INDONESIA, first supplier agnostic national network operation centre at PLDT PHILIPPINES, mobile network expansion (Phase 2) at T-Mobiles investment in the PHILIPPINES as well as a full mobile network up-grade at SATELINDO INDONESIA).
He moved to South Africa in 2001 to open the regional offices for AIRSPAN NETWOKS a USA-based broadband wireless technology firm (WIMAX, 3G, 4G and now 5G) and won wireless rural network projects in South Africa, Botswana, Gambia, Lesotho, Zambia and Nigeria. He continued by providing business development strategies for “IP-centric” telecommunication solution providers across the region and supported start-ups in their early-stage incubation process to minimum viable product (MVP) launch of cloud-based mobility applications.