At Cervest we are building technology to support the agri-food ecosystem and regenerate our planet. We contend that science has the answers and that innovation has a key role to play in our success. As such we have also taken an innovative and forthright path in choosing Clojure as our technology stack.

As we look around at our contemporaries in London, we see our choice reflected back at us; innovative new companies within our sector and without have also adopted this technology. Signal, USwitch, Metail to name but a few are already with us at the vanguard.  Others across Europe and North America are choosing this ecosystem as well. Clojure adoption is early by many standards, but innovators in London, and elsewhere, have bet on it.  And so have we.

The annual international Clojure Conj held in late November in the US underlined this trend. There we found exciting stories of success and innovation – with Clojure – from around the world. Immediately afterwards, Clojure eXchange in London strengthened the story. There is no doubt that the language and its stack is relevant, powerful and well respected.

Clojure is capable of best-in-class performance in many arenas. The way in which the language puts data in the centre of everything is perfect for our needs – enabling us to process a huge volume of complex natural capital data. We acquire and store a lot of this data. We need to prepare and present this data to our data scientists. We also need to surface a lot of results and domain information to our clients.

In Clojure, data is at the core of everything the software engineer does. Data is Code. Code is Data. It’s all Data. Using this paradigm, across our business, without adding technologies is a huge advantage. ClojureScript even allows us to build our user interfaces in the same way, using the same syntax. Our developers do not need to context-switch or shift paradigm. From the top of the stack to the very back end, we have a consistent environment. The economies of effort are huge.

Clojure also attracts high calibre professionals; thoughtful, innovative people who tend towards elegant thinking, and coherent solutions to problems.  Clojure is a language that rewards consideration in advance of action. Companies, like us, that adopt it are making a powerful statement about their engineering culture.

As we move into the next phase of our company’s life, Clojure is there to depend on. We are enlarging our Engineering team, and Clojure is a genuine draw.  We are releasing products we could not have built in so timely a fashion with other technologies. The next phase of our platform is not a daunting prospect. Clojure gives us the confidence to be proactive, while minimising risk – a priceless advantage.

Note: about Clojure
Clojure is a [Lisp] (https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisp_(programming_language), a Lisp that runs on the JVM.  The result is Functional programming within the Enterprise foundation of the Java ecosystem.  Clojure provides a route to using the elegance of Lisp, and the power of FP in the Enterprise.  It also offers a wealth of existing libraries and tooling from Java.  These opportunities deliver power, performance, security, reliability and maintainability in equal measure.

Ernesta Baniulyte

Ernesta Baniulyte 
Product Designer

Ernesta has been a full-stack product designer for more than five years. She has valuable experience in the B2B, B2C and B2B2C worlds, and while working at both agencies and product/service companies, she has learned to develop UX research infrastructures to support strategy.

At Cervest, Ernesta contributes to all stages of the product development process – from initial ideation to the exacting detail of UI design – finding new ways to visualise data, and ensure our product is intuitive and user friendly.

Ernesta’s decision to join Cervest was inspired by her desire to make the world a safer, better and more aware place.

Ramani Lachyan 
Junior Research Scientist

Ramani joined Cervest after obtaining her Master’s in Physics from ETH, Zurich. She brings with her valuable experience gained through working on model building and data simulation pertaining to neutrino physics.

Ramani has joined Cervest as a Junior Research Scientist and will be working on creating algorithms that allow for the extraction of physical observables from data from a range of sources.

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Lukas Scholtes 
Statistical Scientist

Lukas completed his maths BSc at ETH Zurich, followed by an MSc in statistics at Imperial College. He wrote his MSc thesis in collaboration with Cervest, on the modelling of North American wheat yields via Bayesian parametric and non-parametric methods.

Following an internship in the NGO sector in Bangladesh and a stint in the world of fintech, Lukas comes to Cervest, excited to apply himself to the challenges that are arising as a consequence of unsustainable land-use policies and climate change.

Aidan Coyne
Junior Researcher

Aidan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Science and Engineering at University College London with a focus on computer science and data informatics.

At Cervest, Aidan is working on researching and assimilating a database of articles categorising the reasons for extreme decreases in crop yields across Europe. The information will be used to help predict the impact of weather events on crop yield and contribute to  Cervest’s ability to bring clarity to decision making around climatic and extreme events.

While studying, she also volunteers with environmental conservation groups and youth engagement programmes.

Jasmine Thompson
Engineering Resident

Jasmine’s background is primarily in Python programming with a focus on data analysis and visualisation.

Since graduating, she has worked on data insights for a London-based dating app startup, helping the company understand the user base and guide new growth. She is now excited to use her skills to help Cervest deliver playback data and useful data analysis and is passionate about the potential of data science, machine learning and visualisation tools.

While studying at Westcliff High School for Girls she was involved in a variety of projects including GUI design for BAE Systems and data collection for a surveillance vehicle project sponsored by Leonardo S.p.A. She was also the Data Analyst for a long-running Southend Youth Council project that advocated for students having better mental health services in school.

Alex Rahin
Chief Product and Technology Officer

Alex is an entrepreneurial technology leader with over 25 years of hands-on experience in developing and executing innovative product and technology strategies.

Prior to Cervest, Alex served as Chief Product & Technology Officer at Beamly, a technology and data company delivering data platforms & infrastructure, data & content management solutions, and AI-powered eCommerce analytics, leading Beamly to a successful exit in 2020.

Before working at Beamly, Alex served as Chief Data Officer at Just Eat, where he built an end-to-end data organization, leading the company’s data-driven transformation with the launch of a unified customer data platform and scalable machine learning products

Earlier in his career, Alex held prominent roles at Zalando, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and three technology startups achieving successful exits in all three.

Alex holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC Berkeley.