Our Team - aQysta

Our Team Innovating for Impact

aQysta is comprised of a young, committed and global team with team members of 8 different nationalities working from 4 different countries, with the common vision of successfully bringing hydro-powered irrigation technology to the world.

The team comprises of a unique mix of expert designers and engineers, together with international business developers with sound knowledge on the irrigation context and user scenarios from different parts of the world.

Complemented with senior experts and mentors who advise aQysta with business expertise, technical knowledge and network to grow further, it is aQysta’s unique set up that is the driving force for its successful growth thus far and its ambitious plans.

Lennart is the Chief Operations Officer at aQysta. Using his meticulous planning, organizing, and leadership skills, he drives forward the development and market implementation of aQysta’s products. He is an Industrial engineer with MSc. Management of Technology (with honors and cum laude) degree from the Delft University of Technology, specializing in Supply Chain Management with an additional annotation in Technology in Sustainable Development.

Lennart Budelmann
Chief Operations Officer/Co-founder  

Pratap looks is the chief executive officer at aQysta. He is the resource explorer and creative strategist of aQysta and the one to initiate the idea of the Barsha pump. He has got MSc. degree in Management of Technology (with honors) from the Delft University of Technology specializing in Economics and Finance with an additional annotation in Entrepreneurship.

Pratap Thapa
Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder  

Fred co-founded aQysta and is responsible for the product development and design at aQysta. Fred is highly creative and constantly comes with new ideas to iteratively improve the product.

Being a creative individual, Fred takes pride in using his design skills to create innovative products that truly make a difference in the world.

Fred Henny
Chief Technical Officer/Co-founder  

Jaime leads the research and experimentation activities at aQysta. He primarily looks after the process of optimization of the fluid dynamics performance of the pumps. In addition to that, Jaime also works towards analyzing and consolidating markets in Europe for aQysta’s products. He is a Mechanical Engineer with MSc. degree in Management of Technology from Delft University of Technology, specializing in Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

Jaime Michavila
Lead Fluid Dynamics Engineer   
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Annisa is the country manager for Indonesia. In addition, she works on implementation, data collection, analysis and management of the piloting of “Pay-Per-Harvest” concept in Sumba, Indonesia. She has got BSc. Degree in Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology.

Annisa Anindita
Country Manager - Indonesia   
tim elfering

Tim is the lead product designer at aQysta, looking after the design process of critical parts and components. He looks after product design, component acquisition, prototyping, and prototype evaluation.. He has got MSc. degree in Integrated Product Design from Delft University of Technology.

Tim Elfering
Product Designer   

Sujan leads aQysta team in Nepal and works on sales and business development as well as in improving aQysta’s technology with experiments and localization in Nepal.. He is a Mechanical Engineer, with Masters of Engineering degree, in Energy Systems, Planning and Management from, Institute of Engineering IOE, Tribhuvan University.

Sujan Dulal
Country Manager - Nepal   

Tei works on business analytics, analyzing potential market for the technology using GIS analysis and global datasets. With Tei’s work, it is possible to map all the feasible areas in a geographic region that are within the allowable height and distance from water sources (rivers and canals). She has got MSc. Degree in Geo-Information Science from Wageningen University.

Tei Overgoor
GIS Analyst   

Tim is the country manager for aQysta's office in Malawi. He is responsible for all activities and operations within Malawi.  He has a bachelor's degree in social work and 7 years of working experience in Africa (private sector).

Tim van der Linden
Country Manager - Malawi  

Alisha looks after the global administration of the company. She is a system enforcer, and responsible for the proper administration and compliance of the company in a global setting. In addition, she also looks after the IT and ERP systems of the company. She has got a Masters's degree in Business Administration from Westcliff University, California.

Alisha Chhetri
Global Admin Officer  

Maarten works as an industrial designer at aQysta, working on designing, prototyping and developing aQysta’s products. Maarten has a MSc. degree in Integrated Product Design from Delft University of Technology.

Maarten De Lange
Product Design Engineer  

Manoj works as a Marketing Executive at the aQysta office in Nepal. He is a management graduate in marketing. In addition to marketing related activities, he also assists the technical team in site visits and market research.

Manoj Dhodari
Marketing Executive - Nepal  

Jorge works as a Financial Controller at aQysta. He works to establish a company-wide integrated financial planning, control, and reporting system. In addition to that, he is also responsible for defining standard practices for the future administration of the system and company policies on reimbursements, expenses, budgets and allowances of departments and employees.

Jorge Baeza
Financial Administrator & Controller  

Prashant works as manufacturing manager at the aQysta office in India. His main tasks are to source and manufacture maximum components of the pump in India only and he is also looking after the installation of the pumps. He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from the University of Mumbai, India.

Prashant Sutar
Manufacturing Manager  

Grace works as a Marketing officer for aQysta Malawi. She is the contact person for local media and is responsible for organizing fairs, managing adverts, and maintaining cordial relationships with local farmers and organizations. She's got a Bachelors's Degree in Agribusiness management.

Grace Salanaye
Marketing Officer - Malawi  

Biplab works as the Agri-business Officer for aQysta's office in India. He is responsible for preparing the production plan, designing crop calendar, and linking farmers' harvest in the proper market channel, for India.

Biplab Gogoi
Agribusiness Officer - India  

Ajay conducts assembly and installations of the pumps in Nepal. In addition to that, he also assists the research team in research and experimentation activities in prototyping and fabrication. 

Ajay Kumar Kapar
Implementation Overseer - Nepal  

Chisomo primarily works on developing the market for aQysta's product in Malawi. She also handles sales and marketing activities in Malawi. She has got a Diploma in Environmental Management from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi (LUANAR).

Chisomo Kuyenda
Sales Officer - Malawi  

Max works as a Mechanical Engineer at aQysta. His tasks are to design and optimize all the technical aspects of our products, from safety standards to performance objectives, cost optimization, ease of maintenance and many others. He is a mechanical engineer and product designer graduated from the University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard in France, specializing in Ergonomics, Design and Mechanical Engineering.

Max Fuhrer
Mechanical Engineer  

Natalia works as a Global logistics officer and based in Mumbai. She is responsible for managing the domestic as well as international movement of aQysta's products across several continents. She holds a bachelors degree in commerce from University of Mumbai and an advanced diploma in supply chain management from NMIMS.

Natalia Peters
Global Logistics Officer  

Rahul is responsible for expanding the network and introducing aQysta's technology in India, especially in the Northeastern Region. He has got hands-on experience in the field of Sustainability and Renewable Energy and has worked extensively in rural and urban India. He holds a MSc. degree in Physics from the University of Delhi.

Rahul Moral
Business Developer - India  

Bipasha looks after the marketing and business development activities
in India mostly in the North-Eastern region. She is a civil engineering graduate from Royal global University, Guwahati, Assam, India.

Bipasha Sarma
BD and Sales Officer - India  

Bruno works as an Installation officer at aQysta Malawi. He has 5 years of experience in installations of various irrigation technologies, including 2 years of experience working with the ministry of agriculture, Malawi, in the crop production sector.

Bruno Mathiya
Installation Officer - Malawi  

Emanuele is a scientific consultant for aQysta assisting in design and development of aQysta’s technologies. He is a PostDoc researcher at Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) in hydraulic engineering. He is also a Hydropower expert for the European Commission and scientific referee for international journals and member of scientific committees of international congresses.

Emanuele Quaranta
Scientific Collaborator   

Santosh works as a Sourcing Officer at the aQysta office in India. He is responsible for sourcing components for aQysta products for manufacturing in India. He is a Mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Mumbai, India.

Santosh S. Tupe
Sourcing Officer  

Santona is a freelance HR officer at aQysta. She assists the top management in maintaining the employee database, streamlining and documenting the recruitment process with related templates and documents, expanding on company culture, assisting with the job responsibilities creation, communication structure, decision authorities, performance indicators, along with overviewing of existing company policy documents for all entities.

Santona Malakar
HR Officer  

Nobel works as the Agri-business Officer for aQysta's office in Nepal. He is responsible for preparing the production plan, designing crop calendar and linking farmers harvest in the proper market channel.

Nobel Acharya
Agri-business Officer - Nepal  

Mark holds the position of Agronomist at aQysta Malawi. He works toward strengthening the knowledge of smallholder farmers in Malawi on growing high-value crops and contribute to developing the agricultural training programs at aQysta. I hold an MSc in Environmental Science from Wageningen University, with specializations in water systems and sustainable agriculture.

Mark van der Poel

Allan is a Global After Sales Officer based in Mumbai. He assists with managing post-sales queries and challenges, customer feedback, and assisting in the mapping of installed pumps in aQysta. Allan is currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in Energy Management from SCDL, Pune.

Allan D’souza
Global After-Sales Officer  

Abhishek is a hydraulics engineer at aQysta, with a background in civil engineering. He works on the design and standardization of hydraulics structures for aQysta's products.

Abhishek Ghimire
Hydraulics Engineer  

Samina is a Global Marketing Officer at aQysta. She is responsible for building a long-term marketing strategy for different aQysta products and services and implementing it together with marketing officers in each country. She has over 6 years of progressive experience in B2B and B2C marketing, corporate sales and pricing.

Samina Banu
Global Marketing Officer   

Puja is an accounts & operations officer at aQysta based in Nepal. She is a graduate in Business Studies from Tribhuvan university. She is responsible for implementing accounting systems, bookkeeping & mobilizing resources. She ensures smooth operations of the company by providing necessary support.

Puja Karki
Accounts & Operations Officer - Nepal   

Martijn organizes the fundraising activities to secure funding for aQysta. He develops proposals together with relevant stakeholders and identifies and monitors new opportunities for funding. Martijn has an MSc. degree in Sustainable Business and Innovation from Utrecht University. He enjoys working on system challenges through Entrepreneurship and Business that aim to have a positive impact on people in need and on the environment.

Martijn Piek
Fund Raising Officer  

Our Mentors

Romy Cahyadi
Co-Founder and CEO- Instellar   
Starlene Sharma

Starlene Sharma
Principal and CEO of Incubation - Sangam Ventures   

Karthik Chandrasekhar
Partner -Sangam Ventures   

Ron Bloemers
Mentor, Climate – KIC   

Dr. Maurits Ersten
Senior Lecturer - Irrigation, TU Delft   

Saskia Reus
Managing Partner - Africa Funded   
Dr Wim

Prof. Dr. Wim Uijjtewaal
Head of Department of Hydraulic Engineering, TU Delft   
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