Cervest has hired sustainable development and natural capital expert Sachin Kapila as its Chief Policy Officer. 

Sachin, who has already been working with Cervest in an advisory capacity, has today officially joined the leadership team. He will work with CEO and Founder Iggy Bassi to refine and direct Cervest’s strategy for supporting policy makers, and those managing risk around the globe, to make climate smart-decisions relating to land use, biodiversity, soil degradation, and deforestation. 

Cervest is already working with world-leading crop science and food companies, as well as farmers on the ground, through its proprietary AI-powered short-term and long-range prediction products FarmVest and DecisionVest. It has also recently won backing from the Newton Fund to work on a pilot  project in Colombia.  Working with several government supported partners in the UK and Colombia, it will fuse data and science to help improve the productivity, quality, and sustainability of cocoa bean production.  

Sachin will be tasked with extending the potential of Cervest’s next-generation technology to those responsible for developing policy that has a direct impact on the world’s natural capital – including governments, multi-laterals, insurers, foundations, NGOs, and firms financing adaption strategies. 

Sachin most recently served as VP in Shell’s Government Relations team, working with global organisations including World Bank, IFC, OECD, G20 and UN to ensure effective coordination of Shell’s policy in energy and climate. Prior to this role, he had sole Group responsibility for establishing global biodiversity policy, he developed tools and guidelines for forestry carbon, as well as building relationships with global organisations.

Previously he has worked for environmental consultancy ERM, covering EMEA, LATAM, and SE Asia. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Sachin Kapila, Chief Policy Officer, Cervest, said: “Cervest has built an incredibly important platform with the ability to provide valuable science-backed evidence for vital decisions about natural capital that will shape the future of our planet. I am very excited to be on board and to work with Iggy and the team as Cervest continues to build its proposition for the world’s policy makers.”

“Iggy Bassi, Founder & CEO, Cervest, said: “Sachin brings with him a wealth of impressive experience in the policy and natural capital space through his work with global organisations and governments around the world. I am very much looking forward to working with him to harness the potential of Cervest’s next-gen machine learning technology for policy makers – helping those responsible for the world’s natural capital to make climate-smart decisions, mitigate risk and help to rebalance our planet.”

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.


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.