Ulrich is a reputed executive in the industrial sector, formerly Vice President and leader of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation business and responsible for Industry 4.0 at Atos in Germany. He is also founder and member of the Board of the International Data Spaces Association in Germany and served 16 years in the Board of the prostep ivip organization until April 2018.
After an apprenticeship as toolmaker at Hella KG, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. In his career, Ahle held several positions as development engineer, Director of PLM services, sales director and Vice President. He has been part of Nixdorf Computer AG, Siemens and Atos.
Since January 2017 Ulrich Ahle is Chief Executive Officer of the FIWARE Foundation. FIWARE is an initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors. The FIWARE Foundation is a legal independent body whose main purpose is to provide shared resources to help achieving the FIWARE Mission by Empowering, Promoting, Augmenting, Protecting, and Validating the FIWARE Technologies and supporting the whole community around them (www.fiware.org).