Kieran Graham

Head of Engineering | Director of Engineering | VP of Engineering | CTO
Berlin, Germany
Dynamic engineering leader with 15+ years of experience driving innovation and leading high-performing teams. Proven track record in strategic planning, team development, and aligning technical vision with business goals for exceptional results.

Leadership Skills

  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Hiring & Performance Assessment
  • Capacity Planning
  • Strategic Direction
  • Product Management
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Project Management
  • Roadmap Development
  • Performance Metrics
  • Compliance and Security
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Empowered, Autonomous Teams
  • Fact & Data Driven Decisions
  • DevOps Principles
  • Lean & Agile Practices
  • Customer First
  • Extreme Programming

Engineering Skills

  • iOS Development
  • Swift
  • ReactNative
  • SDK Development
  • Terraform
  • Reactive Programming (Rx)
  • AWS
  • Elixir
  • Go
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • React
  • TypeScript
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Microservices Architecture
  • AI / Machine Learning
  • Neural Networks
  • Firmware Development
  • Infrastructure as Code


Estimated B2/C1 level

Work Experience


Head of Engineering

2020 - Current
  • Launched the world’s first retailers using Apple T ap to Pay in partnership with Apple & Adyen.
  • Scaled multiple high-performing product teams, managing up to 3 teams and ~20 person hierarchy.
  • Led teams across Go, Python, Elixir, Swift, Kotlin, TypeScript, React, ReactNative - fostering a culture of ownership and collaboration.
  • Implemented productivity metrics, reducing unplanned work and incidents while increasing product outcomes.
  • Introduced direct customer demos, enhancing feedback cycles and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborated with the executive team to develop company-wide strategic initiatives, presenting technology strategy and driving organizational change
  • Developed outcome-based roadmaps, increasing revenue and ensuring predictable software delivery.
  • Led PCI & SOC2 Type-II audits, ensuring compliance and security, and engaging with external auditors and customers.

Equal Experts / Mobimeo (Deutsche Bahn)


2019 - 2020
  • Developed multiple mobile apps for German public transport companies, including BVG and S-Bahn.
  • Launched the first seamless nationwide ticketing system in Germany’s “Mobility Inside” project.
  • Streamlined release processes, improving efficiency and reducing time-to-market for new features.
  • Managed an interim team of 8 members, ensuring successful project delivery and team performance.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to design and implement new app features.
  • Shaped the company’s Mobility-as-a-Service offering, expanding beyond private vehicles.

Technical Architect

2016 - 2019
  • Spearheaded technical vision and architecture, overseeing hiring and team management.
  • Overhauled and refactored SDK, introducing a testable architecture with enhanced features and performance.
  • Collaborated with the Machine Learning team to deploy classifiers and integrate with mobile SDKs and REST APIs.
  • Assisted enterprise clients in leveraging SDK for diverse use cases, including public transport and retail.
  • Prepared technical due diligence for Series A investors, presenting technology effectively.


Co-Founder / VP of Software

2013 - 2016
  • Featured in publications by New York Times and Wired magazine
  • Led technical vision and architecture, managing a team of 6 members.
  • Developed and launched a web app and API backend for brewing recipe data.
  • Created an iOS app with Swift and RxSwift, integrating with API and machine firmware for real-time sensor data and brew process feedback
  • Raised over $1.5MM in seed funding following a successful £100k Kickstarter campaign.

Ecliptic Labs


2012 - 2013
  • Improved testing, app deployment, and beta distribution processes.
  • Delivered 80+ iOS apps with supporting web apps and APIs to clients on tight schedules.
  • Developed early versions of apps for clients like eHarmony and Mailchimp.



May 2012 - Aug 2012
  • Developed a flagship example project demonstrating Couchbase Server features using Rails.
  • Indexed millions of documents into a Couchbase Server cluster, showcasing advanced map/reduce queries.
  • Integrated ElasticSearch for real-time indexing and boosted searches.


Co-founder / CTO

2009 - 2012
  • Implemented architecture for seamless online/offline operation using CouchDB.
  • Developed portable web technologies for integration with point-of-sale peripherals.
  • Created an online back office for live sales data, reports, and customer/employee management.
  • Raised £500k seed investment, developing a minimum viable product with 5,000+ retailers globally.