Co-located with:

Firas Khalifeh


An award-winning, visionary serial entrepreneur with in-depth experience in product design and startup development. At Carbon, he is committed to bringing aesthetics, sustainability, and advanced space-graded materials to our daily personal electronics experience. Firas was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He moved to Berlin in 2017 to establish Carbon Mobile as a German company. He spends significant time in Shenzhen, China, working with industry leaders on advancing products, as well as catalyzing a network of production, distribution, and strategic partners across Europe and China. At the age of 15, Firas started programming to later study Computer Engineering. In 2011, aged 23, he established his first travel company, the FlixBus of the Middle East. As the war in Syria took over the country, he was forced to close the company. To fulfill his ambitions, Firas moved to Dubai where he worked with renowned corporates and the government on conceptual, futuristic interactive technology to help shape the future of the city. His project Virtual Mall, as part of Smart Gov of Dubai, was implemented in Metro stations and won the most innovative e-commence project at MWC 2016. Since 2015, he has focused his attention on his passion for materials science; forming Carbon Mobile to challenge unsustainable sector norms. Limited by resources, he learned Mechanical Engineering himself to develop the first prototypes that would attract major players including Etisalat in Dubai and Deutsche Telekom.