About Us

Occupancy analytics for office buildings of the digital age

Basking Automation - Team

Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of global energy use and more than 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. A huge portion of this energy is wasted due to the lack of controls, or the inability to properly use existing building automation systems (BAS). And since most buildings are too small to afford the traditional solutions on the market, an opportunity to save energy and cut carbon emissions is lost everyday.


Basking is bringing an affordable, simple, and intelligent building automation solution to the office buildings of the digital age. 


We believe that the best workplaces are the flexible ones. We want to augment the growing number of providers with the building automation technology they need to fuel their growth. No coworking space should go out of business because the costs is too high or the software too complex.


We are here to help spaces of all sizes take control of their building and expand their business, turning them into eco-friendly and human-friendly environments.

Meet the team

Dr. Eldar Gizzatov
Co-founder & CEO

Eldar is the founding CEO of Basking Automation, having worked on the venture since its inception in 2017.

Prior to starting Basking, Eldar was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Allianz X, where he was a founder and CEO at FairFleet - the drone services marketplace for real estate and insurance.

Before working at Allianz and FairFleet, Eldar was the international business development manager at Lendico - Rocket Internet’s online lending platform. Eldar also has more than 10 years of experience in partnership management, pricing, marketing strategy, and marketing communications, working at MobileSmith, Autodesk Inc. and Integrated Energy Systems.

Eldar earned an MBA from Duke University and a PhD in Political Science from Moscow State University.

Mohamad Chehab
Co-founder & COO

Mohamad is the founding COO of Basking Automation, responsible for product, operations, and enhancing the customer experience.

Prior to starting Basking, Mo worked at Bombardier Inc. where he held multiple positions, most recently heading bombardier’s startup ventures activities, as well as the Big Data hub, overseeing the development and delivery of big data lake and advanced analytics capabilities globally. Previous to that, Mo worked for years in operational turnaround & project management, with teams spread across the globe to deliver a EUR 1 billion portfolio of turnkey projects in Europe and the Middle east.

Mo earned a bachelor’s in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut, a Research Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Master’s degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Rinat Silnov
Head of Software Engineering

Rinat Silnov is Basking’s Head of Software Engineering, responsible for software design and implementation for all aspects of Basking’s app and backend.

Prior to Basking, Rinat was a Senior Software Engineer at Quantenna Communications Inc, working on the advanced cloud solution for Wi-Fi monitoring, analysis and optimization. Before that, Rinat worked as a Full-Stack Software Developer at Clevertech. Rinat’s technical expertise is in building back-end infrastructure and front-end applications for various IoT devices.

Rinat holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Technology from National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).

Olmo Mezger
Head of Tech Services and IoT

Dr. Olmo Mezger is a Head of Tech Services and IoT at Basking Automation, responsible for the technical integration of customers’ building systems with Basking’s applications and IoT-based data analytics.

Prior to Basking, Olmo was a Venture Developer at Innogy Innovation Hub, working on various energy management and energy efficiency applications and data analytics. He has been working in IoT and cleantech development since 2005, incl. early stage startups in electric vehicles and energy management: GreenGo Motors (Co-Founder, Engineering), Green & Energy (CEO / CTO).

Olmo holds PhD and Master degrees in Energy Engineering and Economics from Technical University Munich.

Our Investors

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Our seed-stage investor is a company of Innogy SE, a leading European energy company with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, Innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonized, decentralized, and digital energy world.


Basking Automation was incubated at Innogy Innovation Hub and incorporated in December 2017.


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