Cervest,has brought Mark Hodgson on board as its Chief Business Officer.

With 24 years’ experience running high-profile international commercial operations for private and publicly-held global technology companies including Google and Microsoft, Mark joins the leadership team and will direct Cervest’s commercial strategy as it continues to grow. He will focus his efforts primarily on the food sector, as well as developing opportunities in insurance and finance.

Cervest already works 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. Mark, who was an early investor in Cervest, will work to underline the importance and potential of its next-generation technology to help those responsible for managing the world’s natural resources minimise the risks of climate-related supply shocks.

Mark most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at award-winning AI and augmented reality company Metail, driven by its focus on creating a smarter, more sustainable customer-centric supply chain. Prior to that, having worked for 14 years at Microsoft, Mark spent five years at Google, latterly as Global Head of its Enterprise Partner Program based out of San Francisco and London.

Mark holds an MSc in Rural and Regional Resources Planning from Aberdeen University.

Mark Hodgson, Chief Business Officer, Cervest, said: “Cervest’s role in helping industry and farmers the world over make earlier, better and more sustainable decisions to mitigate risk in an increasingly volatile world is something I truly believe in. I am very excited to be joining a talented team using cutting-edge AI to deliver something so important – namely creating a more certain future for billions of people.”

Iggy Bassi, Founder & CEO, Cervest, said: “Mark is the perfect fit for Cervest, with a natural passion for rural and agricultural planning coupled with more than two decades’ experience in commercial operations for two of the world’s fastest-growing and most innovative tech companies. I am very much looking forward to working with him to share our vision with future customers – and helping them to make climate-smart decisions that also rebalance our planet.”

André DuBuisson 
Chief Product Officer

Andre is a product specialist with 16 years’ experience delivering and growing global B2C / B2B products and Marketplaces across multiple sectors.

He’s successfully serviced diverse clients in product management, business analysis, UX and consulting. Recent engagements have included the innovative use of data science & technology in dynamic marketplaces and developing a large-scale customer engagement platform.

He has previously held product leadership positions at Victor Limited and Collinson Group, developing customer loyalty solutions for well-known international brands.

Ruiao Hu
Research Resident

A computer scientist by trade and a mathematician at heart, Ruiao graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng degree in Joint Mathematics and Computer Science.

With industry experience in data engineering gained with world-leading finance firms, Ruiao has joined Cervest for the summer to construct data pipelines for a number of our upcoming projects.

Just as he joined Cervest, Ruiao achieved a first class MEng degree with the Governor’s Prize and Corporate Partnership Programme award for his final year project. After his time at Cervest he will pursue a PhD in stochastic geometric mechanics under the supervision of Prof Darryl Holm at Imperial College London.

James Walsh
Research Resident

James is a Statistical Scientist with a bachelor’s degree in the subject awarded from the Statistics department at the University of Warwick.

James joins Cervest as part of his work with the Warwick Manufacturing Group and The Alan Turing Institute where he is a Research Assistant developing Physically Informed Hybrid models.

He will be spending his time at Cervest applying this expertise to simulating individual crop growth and constructing bulk processing technologies for modelling organic carbon content for soil quality monitoring. He has also worked in the risk team of financial consultants at Albourne Partners building simulations.

Mike Zotov
Research Resident

Mike has recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick.

Having studied Machine Learning as part of his degree, he has joined Cervest for the summer to work on deep generative models for de-noising remote-sensing data.

After his time at Cervest he will continue to pursue his passion for Machine Learning with a Master’s degree at Imperial College London.

Anna Moses
Business Process Lead

Anna has broad experience helping organisations to define and operationalise their processes in order to achieve ambitious business objectives.

Anna has worked across the public, private, and charity sectors with a focus on organisational transformation through business analysis and behavioural science-focused change management, at organisations including the UK House of Commons, the Parliamentary Digital Service and leading US healthcare consultancy The Advisory Board Company.

Inspired by Cervest’s commitment to using technology for good, through both the delivery of game-changing products and an inclusive working environment, Anna is passionate about being part of the solution to the climate crisis.

She has a BA in Political Science and History from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Griffiths
Senior Engineer

Michael has been building software for over a decade as both a developer and analyst. He has worked and consulted in a broad spectrum of domains – including insurance, payments and e-commerce – for both early-stage startups and established companies. He is also a passionate open-source developer, being a co-maintainer of a number of developer tools for the Clojure programming language. Further, he has been a teacher for the ClojureBridge organisation, which provides free programming workshops for underrepresented groups in tech.

A dedicated environmentalist, having worked for the National Laboratory Service arm of the UK Environment Agency before entering the software industry, he joined Cervest in 2019 with a commitment to use his expertise to build flexible and scalable distributed software systems to help our world adapt to the growing climate crisis, while promoting sustainability and science-driven decision making.

Michael holds a B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from University College London.

Agnes Schim van der Loeff
Research Resident

Agnes recently graduated with a first class honours BA in Arabic and Development Studies from SOAS University of London. Alongside her studies she has also worked as Environment Officer in the SOAS students’ union. Passionate about environmental justice, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in political ecology.

Agnes has joined Cervest to research the ethical implications of AI in relation to climate change and food security, and thus help ensure Cervest’s pioneering technology adheres to the highest ethical standards. With her social science background she is interested in the social, economic and political dimensions of climate change and will therefore also conduct policy-related research to inform Cervest’s engagement with policy makers.