Alp is the Chief Technical Officer at Ampersand Motorcycles, where he’s responsible for building electric vehicles for the mass market of Eastern Africa. He first came to Rwanda to be a part of a Great Lakes Energy, where he was working primarily on remote monitoring for solar energy systems of health centers in off-grid areas. A computer scientist by background, he worked many years at Microsoft, where most recently he helped make Microsoft relevant for hackers and startups in the New York City community. Leading initiatives in open sourcing certain codebases and working closely with developers through small hacking camps. He started his career as a developer working on natural language processing and machine learning for Fast Search, a Norwegian software startup. Alp holds a BA computer science from the University of Aarhus and Istanbul Bilgi University.