Allen is a visionary innovator and serial entrepreneur with a proven track record.
As a researcher, his extensive academic background includes Mechanical Engineering, Energy Technology Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Uppsala University (Sweden), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).
As an entrepreneurial leader, Allen has started 3 companies and sold his first company already at age 15.
As a visionary social entrepreneur, he has been selected by the Forbes magazine as one of the most influential entrepreneurs and featured on the prestigious Forbes 30-under-30 list.
As an innovator, Allen has been awarded several times including Alfred Nobel Innovation Prize, European Youth Award, Gold Medal and Best Inventor Award.
In recognition of his positive social impact, he received “European EIT Change Award” and was honored as a young entrepreneurial talent of the year in Europe which was handed by Commissioner Carlos Moedas, (European Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation) and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (European Commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport).
In addition to be a frequent guest speaker and panellist, Allen is advising companies and organizations in business model innovation, opportunity identification, effective presentation and business strategy. He is also active as jury member at international competitions and evaluation expert in European grant programs.
Allen’s focus is on making a positive change in the world through entrepreneurship and by utilizing innovation to address global problems.