Meet our fantastic team
Meet our team
eLEAF consists of a versatile group of individuals of (currently) 10 different nationalities, with MSc or PhD degrees in the various relevant disciplines of our work. Our team includes data-analysts, agronomists, remote sensing experts, hydrologists, IT-specialists, water management experts, insurance specialists and researchers, all with a love for satellite data and for employing these data sets to increase food production, support sustainable water management and protect environmental systems worldwide.
Before joining eLEAF in 2020, Boudewijn was the country leader of the IBM Consulting Netherlands. This experience has helped him to grow eLEAF with 50% in the last two years and find new investors who are instrumental in scaling eLEAF’s unique technology. Boudewijn is driven by creating sustainable customer value at scale. He holds a MSc degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven and an Oxford Business Innovation degree. Boudewijn has roots in the Netherlands, Indonesia and the Caribbean.
Kristin joined eLEAF in 2016 as an image analyst and works in eLEAF’s data production team. Before joining eLEAF, Kristin worked on the production of airborne LiDAR data such as AHN with a special focus on classification and quality management.
Mechteld joined eLEAF in 2012 and coordinates eLEAF’s acquisition processes. She has broad international experience, working both with government representatives as well as with communities in the field. This helps Mechteld to put eLEAF’s products in a broader perspective, always with the user in mind.
Ernesto leads the Agri-Line by rolling-out eLEAF services to agribusiness, cooperatives and NGOs around the world. He keeps abreast with the latest developments of Earth Observation for agriculture and is in close communication with our clients. This helps Ernesto to define our services and align our business developments within eLEAF’s strategy.
My name is Alenka Bajc, with some roots in Slovenia. A cat person.
And I am in love with numbers, because numbers can’t lie.
But to keep my right and left side of the brain a little bit in balance, I also love to dance. It keeps me flexible and creative.
Before joining eLEAF in 2023, Marc worked in many commercial positions globally within Philips. Most recent he was the co-founder and CCO of a new business within Philips healthcare that supported hospital processes by turning real-time data into actionable insights.
As CCO of eLEAF, it is important to bridge the various solutions that eLEAF holds towards growing sustainability needs and being able to scale success for our customers. Marc holds his Master degree in Economics from Nyenrode University and joined recently the Sustainable Leadership Program at TIAS Business School.
Joost joined eLEAF in 2019 as part of the research team, after completing his internship on validating eLEAF’s soil moisture product. During his master’s at Wageningen University he specialized in combining hydrology with remote sensing. Joost focusses on the continuous improvement of eLEAF’s water auditing, irrigation detection, and soil moisture products.
Rutger is part of eLEAF’s R&D team. He plays an instrumental role in the design of software processing structures that calculate eLEAF data components based on energy balance modelling, which form the backbone of eLEAF’s operational data streams.
Antonia joined eLEAF in January 2022 as a geodata analyst in the operations unit. She has a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics and in 2021 she finished her master in Geo-information science in Wageningen university. During her masters she learned how to use programming for GIS, Remote sensing applications and Data analysis.
Annemarie is an experienced remote sensing specialist and project manager. Since she joined eLEAF in 2005 she has been involved in numerous research projects, consultancy work and the development of operational data delivery services.
Roeland joined eLEAF in 2020 as a data analyst with previous experience in building postprocessing pipelines so as to meet client needs. He will be part of eLEAF’s operations unit and support them in streamlining and developing future products.
Sheeba joined eLEAF in 2019 as a GIS Expert and is part of the operations unit. She has a master’s degree in Geoinformatics from University of Twente. As a GIS Expert, she is responsible for spatial data analysis and automating processes to support rapid data analysis.
Tommy joined eLEAF’s operations unit in 2023 as a meteorologist. He holds a PhD degree from Wageningen University where he worked on the development of hydrometeorological measurement techniques and an MSc degree in Climate Physics from Utrecht University. At eLEAF he is responsible for the acquisition, processing and quality control of meteorological datasets.
Lucas joined e eLEAF Leaf in December 2021. He holds a PhD degree in astronomy and has experience in strategy consultancy, scientific research, (popular scientific) writing and communication. At eLEAF he coordinates the research department, which aims to improve existing products by incorporating current developments in the field, and to study the potential of new products.
Henk works in eLEAF’s R&D department, focusing on developing data processing structures vital for project execution. He has been involved from the start in the coding of the SEBAL and ET-Look algorithms that form the basis of eLEAF’s data products.
Sowmeya joined eLeaf in 2021 as a developer after completing her master’s in Geoinformatics and Earth science from the Faculty of ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands. She is responsible for developing web portals for eLEAF
Corné joined eLEAF end 2020 and is an experienced remote sensing specialist with for many years a focus on agriculture. He coordinates the operations unit where the products are made and daily delivered in our webservices.
Jessica joined eLEAF in 2020 as a project manager after receiving her Master’s Degree in International Land & Water Management from Wageningen University, with a specialization in precision agriculture. She aims to develop the link between remote sensing, land use and the soil physical aspect of agriculture.
Andrea is originally from Cuenca, Ecuador and have a background in project management in NGO’s with more than 10 years of experience in environmental projects, with a wide range of topics and international donors.
Andrea is part of the Agricultural insurance team coordinating all our projects with our partners and clients.
Joost is a remote sensing expert focusing on loss estimations for the insurance industry using remote sensing technology. Over the past years he has worked on projects developing and providing index based insurances for smallholder farmers throughout Africa. He has a background in Geography, GIS and remote sensing.
Steven held different management positions at eLEAF since joining the company in 2015. He currently manages the Operations unit which delivers data and decision support services to our clients.
Karlis joined eLEAF in 2021 as part of the operations unit. He has a PhD degree in physics with a specialization in synthetic aperture radar remote sensing. He is responsible for sourcing – acquisition and preprocessing data from various remote sensing platforms. He is also involved in the automation of data processing pipelines at eLEAF.
Sotirios joined eLEAF in 2022 as a member of the Operations team, supporting the processing pipelines and contributing to the foundation for designing, optimizing, automating, and scaling up Geo-IT processes. Sotirios has worked in evapotranspiration, irrigation, and carbon sequestration modeling, architecting software solutions for the processing of geodata with farmers as the end user. He holds a MSc degree in Geoinformatics from the University of Copenhagen and a MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Agricultural University of Athens.
Natalia joined eLEAF in 2021 as a Geodata Analyst and is part of the operations unit. She has a master’s degree in Water Science and Engineering with specialization in Land and Water Development for Food Security at IHE Delft, the Netherlands. As a remote sensing professional, she is responsible to support the spatial data analysis.
Ockert joined eLEAF’s operations unit in 2023. As part of the data factory team, he is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of data-sourcing pipelines. His academic background consists of a BSc Honours and an MSc degree in Geoinformation Science from Stellenbosch University, both focused on mapping air temperature from satellite imagery.
Safi joined eLEAF in 2021 and is involved in finding impactful solutions to real-world issues by using remote sensing data. He has MSc in Water Science and Engineering with distinction from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Before joining eLEAF, Abdur Rahim has worked in irrigation rehabilitation and development with international NGOs and the World Bank funded projects. He has dedicated experience in improving agricultural water productivity through on ground-based and remote sensing methods.
Mohamed Joined eLEAF in February 2022 as a project manager and as a member of the research team. He has a Ph.D. in Geography where he focused on budgeting carbon sinks and sources through using a combination of field measurements and remote sensing techniques. Mohamed is interested in using a multi-data approach to study the spatial and temporal variability of our land ecosystem in response to climate change.
Pendula is a geospatial data analyst working for the insurance business unit. She is responsible for identifying and developing solutions for Index Insurance clients using eLEAF’s remote sensing data products. Her duties also include risk analysis, evaluation of the basis risk and investigation of the potential of remote sensing for risk management products in general (e.g. credit scoring, loan schemes). She holds two MScs in Spatial Economics and Environmental Science.
Kingkan joined eLEAF’s Operations team in 2023 as a GIS/Remote Sensing Data Analyst. She holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from ITC faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation and has previous experience working as a geodata analyst for disaster risk assessment in NGOs. At eLEAF, she is responsible for spatial data analysis.
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