Staff

Maurits Voogt

Maurits is eLEAF's Managing Director. Maurits holds much knowledge of the application of satellite imagery for agriculture and water management. His experience covers a huge variety of countries around the globe. Maurits commenced as a hydrologist at eLEAF in 2006, where he had already been working on his MSc thesis related to the regional distribution of routine weather parameters. He developed a new innovative approach to interpolate meteorological station data, resulting in a physical based worldwide applicable extrapolation model: MeteoLook. He obtained a MSc from Delft University at the Department of Civil Engineering & Geosciences. His BSc thesis was on rainfall-runoff relations for the Attert River in Luxembourg. His practical work was conducted in the North-East of Tanzania, investigating the decreasing flow pattern of the Makanya River.

 

Kristin Abraham

Kristin joined eLEAF in 2016 as image analyst. Kristin obtained a MSc degree in Geo-Information Science from Wageningen University in 2015 after concluding a BSc study on Geography in 2013 from the University of Jena, Germany. In her master thesis she focussed on change classification of Ethiopian cropland by using object-based analysis and landscape metrics; a joint research of the Remote Sensing and Farming Systems Ecology group. Before joining eLEAF, Kristin worked on the production of airborne LiDAR data such as AHN with special focus on classification and quality management.

 

Mechteld Andriessen

Mechteld holds a MSc degree in Irrigation and Water Management from Wageningen University (2003) with a focus on developing countries. During and after her studies she worked in Argentina, Indonesia, Jordan, Yemen, South Sudan and in East Timor where she lived for 3 years working for a United Nations funded rural water management programme. Back in the Netherlands Mechteld started working as business development and project manager for Euroconsult Mott MacDonald where she mainly focused on water related projects in South East Asia. Mechteld joined eLEAF in 2012 as Account manager projects, and in this role she is responsible for the coordination of the project acquisition process, which includes coordination of client-, partner- and donor relations and the preparation of quotations and project proposals.

 

Ernesto Bastidas Obando

Ernesto obtained a master degree in Soil and Water (2002) and a second master degree in Geoinformation Science (2006) both from Wageningen University. He worked in Burkina Faso with soil degradation models for the Sahelian zone and then with the Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (CENICANA) on the use of satellite images to estimate biophysical variables for sugarcane. Furthermore he worked at the National University of Colombia with projects on irrigation and drainage, remote sensing and geoinformation science. At eLEAF he started as a visiting researcher for his PhD thesis on remote sensing methods to study the impact of sugarcane cultivation on water resources. Since April 2011 Ernesto combines his PhD research with a position at eLEAF.

 

Frank van den Berg

Frank joined eLEAF in 2014 as Front-end developer. Being trained in chemistry and education, Frank switched to ICT in 2009. Since 2009 Frank has been working in several ICT related functions where he gathered a wide experience in offline and online development. As Front-end developer Frank contributes to the visualization of eLEAF's data.

 

Johan de Braak

Johan graduated with a BSc in Forestry and Nature Management from VHL University of Applied Sciences in 2015. During his bachelor, Johan specialized in Geo Informatics and worked in Madagascar on the mapping of bamboo species using remote sensing techniques. He joined eLEAF as part of his graduation assignment in 2015, which concerned the classification of crop types using Python. After graduation, Johan continued working at eLEAF as data analyst.

 

Remco Dost

Remco joined the eLEAF team in 2012. Remco is a geo-information architect and hydrologist with over 15 years of experience in the application of Geographic Information Systems  and Remote Sensing for Earth Sciences. His key interest is to use geo-information to improve the quality of life by converting science into innovative applications and products. He is a flexible team player who worked in various international multidisciplinary teams in various countries, e.g. The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Bolivia, Rwanda, Yemen and Iran. He has managed, co-organised and participated in complex projects, field campaigns and research projects and teaching modules for various companies and organisations. Remco is a member of the strategic advisory board of the Erasmus Mundus geoinformation course and the SWOT (Surface Water Ocean Topography Mission) workgroup.

 

Ruben Goudriaan

Ruben graduated with a MSc degree in Physical Geography from Utrecht University in 2010. In 2007 he attained a BSc degree in Earth Sciences from the same university. His BSc thesis focused on soil water repellency induced by Mediterranean forest fires. During the MSc phase Ruben focused on the use of remote sensing for investigating natural hazards like drought and salinization. His graduation research was part of the geoarchaeological Zakynthos Archaeology Project (Greece) and clarified the relation between erosion/deposition and the distribution of archaeological material on the island. Ruben built an ArcGIS based version of the Morgan-Morgan-Finney erosion/deposition model to predict soil transport in the research area. As part of his internship at the Hoogheemraadschap of Rijnland (Dutch water board) Ruben localized salt water seepage locations in the Haarlemmermeer-polder. He investigated new methods of localizing these salt water springs using satellite, thermal and aerial imagery.

 

Rutger Kassies

Rutger graduated from Windesheim College (Zwolle) in 2007 with a specialization in Computer Informatics and Management & Organizations. Before joining eLEAF, Rutger built up agricultural working experience at Agrifirm, where he held the position of TeamLeader Cereal Laboratory. Rutger has a strong interest in meteorology, which prompted him to combine his hobby with a professional position in the field of agro-meteorology and crop growth predictions.

 

Annemarie Klaasse

Ir. Annemarie Klaasse is a remote sensing expert interested in projects addressing the allocation and management of water resources among competing water sectors and of land uses in river basins. At eLEAF she is involved in several projects on remote sensing, water consumption, irrigation performance, and flood monitoring with a special focus on the African region. Before joining eLEAF in 2005, she worked on improving wetlands monitoring using earth observation in the GLOBWETLAND ESA-project. As a GIS expert she modeled soil losses and compared land suitability with crop distribution at the University of Lleida (Spain). At the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in Greece she worked as a remote sensing expert in two EU projects related to the environmental impact of forest fires. Annemarie holds a MSc degree in Soil and Water Conservation & Remote Sensing of Wageningen University

 

Jolanda van Kolfschoten

Jolanda is graduated as a chartered accountant and certified controller. She is working in finance for various small and midsize companies (start-ups, retail and production). Jolanda assists eLEAF as controller.

 

Karel van der Lande

Karel joined eLEAF in 2014 as ICT Specialist. Karel has a strong background in electrical engineering with a preference for automation engineering. He graduated on doing performance analysis of computer networking and communication systems by developing and using computer simulation models. With over 10 years of (international) experience with Business Process Management (BPM) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), he does not solely focussed on the technical integration of systems but also on business IT integration and is first and foremost people oriented. Karel has joined eLEAF in 2014 to provide the data delivered by eLEAF to customers in the most convenient way, using state of the art information technology and methodology.

 

Henk Pelgrum

Henk obtained a MSc degree in Hydrology and Water management from Wageningen University in 1993. After graduating Henk joined the Staring Centre in Wageningen. In 1995, in collaboration with Wageningen University, he started to work on a Ph.D. research entitled 'Spatial Aggregation of Land Surface Characteristics: impact of resolution of remote sensing data on land surface modelling'. After finishing his dissertation in 2000, Henk worked as an International Research Fellow at ESTEC of the European Space Agency (Noordwijk, the Netherlands) on the use of hyperspectral imagery for mapping vegetation characteristics. In 2002 Henk joined eLEAF.

 

Karin Viergever

Karin is a remote sensing and geo-information specialist with more than 12 years’ experience working on projects with a focus on the natural environment, land cover, forestry and agriculture. Her particular interest is the communication of specialist data products to non-technical end-users in a clear and understandable way. She has extensive collaborative experience within multinational multidisciplinary teams and has managed remote sensing-based mapping and data communication projects for a variety of commercial clients, government agencies and funding bodies. She holds an MSc (Geo-information Science) from Wageningen University and an MSc (Rural and Regional Resource Planning) from The University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her PhD research at The University of Edinburgh investigated the use of radar backscatter and interferometry for the estimation of savanna woodland biomass in Belize. Before joining eLEAF, Karin lead the Land Use and Spatial Analysis team at Ecometrica in Edinburgh. She joined eLEAF in 2016 as Project Manager.

 

Steven Wonink

Steven obtained a MSc degree in Physical Geography from Utrecht University in 2003. He worked for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency on global sustainability and Climate Change issues. As a policy maker for the Dutch Ministry for the Environment Steven was mainly concerned with sustainable biofuel production. After having spent some time abroad followed by a short diversion into carpentry, Steven joined eLEAF in 2015. As Project Manager Irrigation Applications Steven is responsible for the further development and roll-out of eLEAF's automated irrigation advice.