Our Team

Who We Are

We are recognized for our thought-leadership, extensive procurement experience and ability to execute

Detlef Schultz
Co-Founder | Vision & Customers

Detlef is driving our Vision and Customer activities. In his stellar 30+-year career he was the Creator and CEO of the Vodafone Procurement Company and still serves as Chairman. Apart from that he is also an investor in and advisor to several startups. Detlef is also Procurement Leaders’ Lifetime Achievement Award Laureate

Michael Pleuger
Co-Founder | Strategy & Growth
Michael is responsible for Strategy & Growth, leading akirolabs and the Procurement profession into the future. Beforehand, he held Senior Partner roles at Roland Berger and KPMG, focusing on procurement transformation and excellence for 25 years.

Tim Ergenzinger
Co-Founder | Finance & Operations

Tim is taking care of everything that keeps our engines running. Before he became our superstar, he helped clients to transform their procurement as a Consultant. He was also project manager for developing and implementing an award-winning strategic procurement platform at several clients.

Dr. Christoph Flöthmann
Co-Founder | Product & Technology
Christoph works and lives in the intersection of customers and developers to create the products our customers really need. After a PhD in Supply Chain Management he joined forces with Michael and Tim at two consultancies, driving (digital) procurement transformations of large- and mid-sized companies.

Dr. Oleksandr Kondratiuk
Vice President Engineering

Olek has 18 years of software engineering experience, including a decade in leadership positions in enterprises as well as in scaling startups. He works alongside our founders to lead, scale and streamline the technical part of the organization, ensuring we further enhance the capabilities of akirolabs' AI-enabled platform for our valued clients in the procurement area.

Aman Sadique
Founders Associate

Aman has recently joined us as a Founder's Associate working student / Intern. Aman comes with varied and strong experience, having worked as a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte USI and in various entrepreneurial roles. As a Founder's Associate working student/Intern, Aman will work closely with our founders to support various verticals such as marketing, sales, and product.

Kanti Prabha
Tech & Customer Success Advisor
Kanti is a highly-recognized tech entrepreneur in the procurement and legal space. As Co-Founder and former COO of SirionLabs she was a major pillar of SirionLabs’ success story, scaling the company from the co-founder team to 500+ employees and winning numerous innovation and tech awards on the way. Kanti is advising akirolabs on all topics related to tech, customer success and company building.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Machholz
Scientific Advisor & Chairman of the Global Advisory Board
Karsten is Professor for Supply Chain Management & Strategic Procurement at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. He acts as our Scientific Advisor and Chairman of the Global Advisory Board bridging the gap between latest research and practice. His research and teaching interest include Digitalization of Global Value Chains, Riskmanagement/VUCA, CSR & Sustainability, Blockchain Technology and Future of Work incl. New Skill Sets.