Andreas Spiess is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOLARKIOSK AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Spiess' professional career started 1999 as a lawyer and founding partner of Spieß Schumacher Schmieg, & Partner, a boutique law firm focusing on IP and media law, as well as clean-tech start-ups (www.spiess-schumacher.de). Spiess did extensive legal work in the field of renewable energy and developing markets which was the inspiration for his second career as an impact investor and serial entrepreneur. In 2008, Spiess and his Ethiopian partners founded Solar Development plc, based in Addis Ababa, which now is one of the biggest solar system integrators in Ethiopia. In 2010 he co-founded Fosera Ethiopia plc, a solar lighting product assembly line based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. His entrepreneurial experience in the off-grid sector was the basis for his idea for SOLARKIOSK to which his partners from GRAFT architects contributed the award winning technology-design.