Dr. Derek Houtz
Founder and CEO
With his PhD in Aerospace engineering, specializing in microwave remote sensing, Derek has been engaged in environmental monitoring for over a decade. Bringing strong skills in hardware and software development, microwave radiometry, and field research implementation. Derek built the first TerraRad Tech prototypes in his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).
Co-Founder and COO
Robert Sedin has an education in International Business and Entrepreneurship. He has exhibited ambitious initiative through his involvement with startups and has brought this energy to TerraRad Tech since May 2020. He has experience establishing markets and managing client relationships. With his strong leadership and networking abilities, Robert will continue to push the business development efforts as the COO for TerraRad Tech.
Chief Financial Officer
James Sanders is a Startup coach and Investment Manager, and maintains close ties to the founders. With his experience helping teams with promising ideas to become successful growing companies, he brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business strategy. He has experience with going through venture capitalist funding rounds, all the way to bringing companies public, as part of his work experience with FinTech companies. As his background is in Economics and financial technology, James recently took the role as CFO.
Head of Agriculture
Vivienne Oggier is currently completing her Master’s degree in Agriculture Sciences at ETH in Zürich. She has previously worked as an intern for the Swiss Future Farm and has broad agricultural experience from her family farm. She will bring the Swiss farmer element to our team, as well as begin to even the gender split, which we hope to address in the future. She will serve as the lead Agricultural advisor applying both her academic education and agricultural experience.
With his MSc. in climate sciences with an emphasis in economics Simon holds the environment at the forefront of his decision making agenda. Bearing in mind, anything that benefits TerraRad Tech should simultaneously benefit the environment and society alike.
Dr. Mike Schwank
Chief Scientific Advisor
PhD in Physics
Dr. Mike Schwank, a researcher in microwave remote sensing at WSL, will contribute to TerraRad Tech as the lead of the scientific advisory board. Mike has decades of experience in remote sensing of soil moisture and with microwave radiometers. Mike helped to develop the cutting-edge soil moisture retrieval algorithm used on the ESA SMOS satellite, and contributes to many ESA projects related to microwave remote sensing from ground-based and satellite-based radiometers. He also was an early employee of Gamma Remote Sensing AG, specializing in precision research instrumentation for remote sensing, and has a vast network in the research and aerospace sector of potential customers.
Dr. Reza Naderpour
PhD Electrical Engineering
Dr. Reza Naderpour, a post-doctoral researcher at WSL, will also contribute to TerraRad Tech as a scientific advisor. Reza has contributed to the development of multiple new retrieval algorithms for L-band radiometer data, and has experience in calibration techniques, electromagnetic simulation, and field remote sensing instrumentation.
Hans Jürg Valentin
Board of Directors
Hansjürg Valentin is a member of the founding board of directors and has extensive experience in company leadership, having served as the CEO and President of Valentin Pontresina AG for over 40 years. Hansjürg successfully negotiated an eight-figure exit of this company and maintains a large network of potential investors in the Engadin valley of Graubünden, Switzerland