My main focus as the CTO of Skytree is to make sure we are always at the cutting edge of technology by allowing space for creativity, curiosity, and daringness. I’m a scientist at heart and believe that science and technology can help humanity tackle the environmental and energy supply issues. Prior to joining Skytree, I worked on scientific projects across the globe looking for novel concepts for solar cells, in particular using nanomaterials. I’m fluent in five languages as I think that open minded communication across cultures and diverse people is key to any successful undertaking.
Ann Sophie Farle
Senior Material Scientist
With a Mechanical engineering background from TU Delft, Chris has always had an interest in clean technology and renewable energy. This lead him to join Skytree to help accelerate technologies that contribute to a greener and cleaner Earth. During his time at the company he expanded his knowledge in the electrical domain to aid technology development. When he’s not designing systems or troubleshooting control system issues, he enjoys travelling, cooking and tennis.
Kevin van Schoorl
Junior R&D Engineer
Chief Product Officer
Matt started his career developing satellite thermal control products for NASA and commercial applications. Seeing high-tech thermal solutions developed for space applications, he wanted to find new ways to apply technology solutions to improve sustainability for everyday life. He joined University of California, Berkeley, in the Energy Science and Technology program to study the synthesis of new solar cell absorber layers, interdisciplinary work at the intersection of materials science and heat and mass transfer.
After completing his PhD, Matt joined a Bay Area start-up focused on thermal energy storage, working to bring a large-scale commercial refrigeration product to market. He joined Skytree in early 2020, bringing his start-up experience and product development experience in materials and thermal products, in order to support the development of direct air capture CO2 technologies. Matt currently leads the product development activities at Skytree. When he is not running calculations, Matt stays busy writing and recording indie Americana music.
Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Born in Bahrain and raised in Austria, Max is the embodiment of a global citizen. After returning to his homeland, the UK, to live for the first time, he went on to earn a Physics masters from Warwick University. A budding astronaut until then, he turned his attention to entrepreneurship after reading an autobiography by Richard Branson. Between missing lectures and drinking far more than was good for him, he became a founding member of the Warwick Entrepreneur’s Society. After graduating, and a meek attempt to start a fitness food brand, he scraped together the funds to travel the world with a friend, visiting 14 countries in five months and sometimes surviving on less than 5 dollars a day. On his return, the European Space Agency offered him a job as a System Engineer in the Netherlands. His old passion for space exploration re-kindled, he took the job and founded Skytree two years later. Physicist at heart, Max loves to scuba-dive, box, write, play tennis, think up new business ideas and pet dogs. His innate desire to help people and improve society’s state remains the core driver of everything he does. Thankfully he’s supported by people for more capable than him, allowing him to be his best self.
Senior Design Engineer
As Senior Design Engineer at Skytree, I work to ensure our products and prototypes are designed to showcase the best of our technology. I have a formal background as a Mechanical Engineer but prior to that I was an automotive technician. As my career developed I knew that my real passion was for product design so I focused all of my attention to this area of engineering. I have had the pleasure of working as a designer in the UK, Spain and now The Netherlands for a host of large companies and startups. In my own time I enjoy cycling, hiking, travelling and of course working on my own product designs!
My names Patrick, I am currently the Mechanical Engineer at Skytree holding a BEng (Hons) and MSc. I originate from Belfast, Ireland and have been enjoying life in Amsterdam for the last three years. My current professional focus is mitigating climate change through the design and development of carbon capture solutions.
Within my own time, I turn my hand to such activities as Kite Surfing, Mountain Biking and Scuba Diving.
Head of Marketing and Communication
The newly created SMART Team stands for: Social, Marketing and Recruitment Team. Incorporating Design as the method of problem solving we drive visibility, conversation and growth in Skytree as we move to the next level as a company.
I oversee these areas for Skytree currently:
– Social & Marketing
– Recruitment and HR
– Brand and Design
– New Office Development Project
R&D and Innovation Scientist
My name is Piotr Kasper and I am a senior scientist in Skytree. I have five years of experience in the field of CO2 capture. In Skytree I am mostly busy with technological innovation and with research and development. I love developing novel concepts and quickly testing them in newly build prototypes. I graduated as a chemist and worked for nine years in academia in the field of life sciences (University of Amsterdam and Leiden University). I am a homeschooling father of five striving to learn to play trumpet in a free time. I believe in self-organizing teams and flat organizational structure and am fascinated by decision processes in such organizations.
System Control Engineer
Head of Partnerships
Hi there, I am Saskia, responsible for partnerships in Skytree. This means I get to meet a lot of interesting people and get them to be just as enthusiastic about carbon capture as myself. You can call me an environmentalist, furthermore I love to move around. Cycling, rowing, climbing, coaching keep me active and healthy, and help balance out my chocolate addiction.
My name is Tina Banor, people find me calm and self-motivated team player with excellent support skills. For the past several years I have worked in financial sector as Legal support. Outside of work, I enjoy reading and cooking. Cooking is a wonderful thing to do. When it is done with love, you can fill people’s bellies with nutrition and their soul with joy.