Bart de Graaff
Bart de Graaff is Managing Director and CEO of ngena.
Prior to joining ngena in May 2019, Bart spent over 20 years working with global consultancies and IT powerhouses. He served as Managing Director at Accenture for 12 years, leading Cloud Sales, Solutions, and Operations, as well as creating digital and data-driven client programs. He also worked in enterprise architecture at Perot Systems Corp.
Bart has a passion for helping companies and teams to exceed their own expectations, and he has been delivering on this philosophy at ngena, establishing it as the premiere SD-WAN as a Service provider in the industry. He prides himself in finding unique alternatives to challenges by utilizing new and proven technology. This led him to join ngena because he wanted to be a part of innovating the core of any digital business and our always-on, always-connected world: the network
Bart and the ngena team work with a strong focus on to elevating partner and end-customer experiences as well as achieving sustainable global growth. Bart champions a model of continuous business development and innovation, leveraging the latest technologies and new ideas to expand the boundaries of what’s possible and introduce new value-added services to the ngena connectivity platform that help clients meet the challenges of the digital era.
On a personal note, Bart has three pillars that motivate him to go the extra mile: his family with wife Shirin and their “fantastic four” daughters, the inspiration provided by Mother Nature and the outdoors, and technology as a power to transform lives and help drive humanity’s innovation.
ngena is just getting started and Bart is proud to help drive it in its journey to become the transformational organization for modernizing networking and connectivity for the next generation.
CTO & Founder
Dr. Marcus Hacke
Marcus developed the idea and concept behind ngena. He is Managing Director since the company’s formation in February 2016 and acting as CTO. From 2004 until then, he worked at Deutsche Telekom Group where he held several managerial positions in Sales, Delivery and Product Management. In these roles, his responsibilities included global provisioning and operations of telecommunications solutions, as well as the development of a global IT portfolio. Before joining Deutsche Telekom, Marcus spent seven years in the industry as a business consultant with McKinsey & Company, focusing on the IT and telecommunications industries. Marcus holds a doctorate in physics, and recently won the Network Transformation Awards 2018 for “Individual Achievements” for his contribution to the ongoing global network transformation process and his achievements in the SDN world.
CHIEF PLATFORM OFFICER
Dietmar has always played an integral and important role at ngena and is Chief Platform Officer since January 2021. Starting from the foundation of ngena in 2016, he has steered the company on various areas: Product Management, Solution Architecture, Pricing, Bid Management, Carrier Management and Sourcing Management. In his new role, he drives key business priorities for the ngena platform evolution and conduct customer centric sequencing and realization of ngena platform services and features. Prior to ngena, Dietmar worked for over 15 years at Deutsche Telekom Group where he owned as a Senior Executive various responsibility in Product and Portfolio Management of Global LAN & Campus Networks, ICT Security Services and Global Voice & Data Services. He began his career immediately after studying communications engineering at BT Deutschland / VIAG Interkom as a technical consultant when setting up a new telecommunications provider.
Chris Burke joined ngena as Chief Commercial Officer in July 2020. Chris has spent almost 40 years in the Telecommunications, IT and Technology industries in a very International career. Having held both Senior Technical and General Management responsibilities in a Telecoms Equipment Manufacture (Nortel), Fixed Line Carrier (Energis), Wireless Service Provider company (Vodafone), and a User Equipment Manufacturer (RIM). After graduating from university in 1982 with a Bachelor of Computer Science, Chris spent 15 years with Bell Northern Research (R&D for Northern Telecom) and Nortel holding a variety of roles in software development, operations and ultimately Sales, working across North America, Europe and Asia. From 1997 to 2000 Chris was CTO at Energis Communications, forming part of the executive team that led Energis through IPO and into the FTSE 40. From 2001 to 2005, Chris worked at Vodafone, where he was Vodafone’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for Vodafone UK’s technology, product architecture, design, procurement, development, support and operations. Chris’s last position in a public company was as Managing Director for Research in Motion (RIM) in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) departing in 2009. Since 2009 Chris has spent most of his time developing early stage Companies in his Investment Portfolio and assisting more mature Companies through his Advisory Business.
Maja Grätz joined ngena in August 2020 as the new Chief Operating Officer. She is a transformational leader with 20 years of experience in Consulting and Telco. Prior to ngena, she worked for Accenture, Liberty Global, Unitymedia and Vodafone in senior executive roles always with a focus on bringing global teams to high performance. Maja is passionate about simplifying complex matters and bridging the gap between technology and business. At ngena she will scale up operations, putting ngena’s customers first.
Miguel Rodriguez joined ngena in July 2019. He is a communicator and a humanitarian. For more than 30 years from early beginnings he has been an expert in communications. Creating and producing success for others through messages that reached emotions and resulted in positive conducts towards the target and objectives. With a Masters in Telecommunications Miguel’s passion evolves in the Tech World. During his lifetime work in the field of Marketing and Communications he has been in center stage for big corporations, governments and Presidents and much more. Miguel has founded more than five companies that all articulated in an Image group that grew in the mind of many clients. Some years ago his passion took him to launch a self conceived NGO to rescue children and an amazing impact was the result of such effort. At ngena he continues to develop ideas and mostly creates, his biggest strength, in a world where creativity is the main driver to success.