Alex Rahin joined Cervest as Chief Product and Technology Officer in very unique circumstances, in the middle of a pandemic! That meant a completely remote onboarding process and meeting everyone else virtually. Here we’re introducing you to Alex and his thoughts on Cervest.

 

Why did you join Cervest?

 

Climate change is our No. 1 problem as a species. It’s motivating to work on, not just because of the importance, but also the problem’s complexity. What inspires me to work at Cervest is the mission & vision, but everything also needs to get done – from strategy to execution. That’s where my skills come in.

As CPTO I’ll lead the engineering, science and product teams. My role is to bring focus and a clear strategic direction to our innovation: clarify the mission and execute it. I believe customer centricity and being product-driven is key. Everything else is in support.

 

What’s your background?

 

My background is in maths & physics and I actually wanted to be an astronomer! Until a project on neural networks at UC Berkeley, where I realised two things. First, that I love to build things and tackle technical problems. Second, I don’t want to be a researcher for life. So I transitioned to engineering.

I’ve previously worked on creating scalable data products but that is only the starting point at Cervest. Part of the excitement for me is to bring those learnings to create an end-to-end AI platform for earth sciences, which brings together science, engineering and product… and it’s all the things I enjoy tackling!

 

What will your work at Cervest look like?

 

Building an end-to-end platform means thinking at different levels of abstraction and complexity: 1) data is hard to find & to manipulate, so anything our engineers do and have done to make it usable is a valuable foundation, 2) then comes the science team’s modelling to get new insights from the data, 3) finally that needs to be fed into products. And always start with the customer!

Leading cross-functional teams with many different people often comes down to the company & team culture: that’s the engine for the vision to become a reality. Once you have a team with all elements, it’s magic.

 

Finally, what fun fact can you share with us?

 

My genuine true passion is mountaineering. I have many stories about that – including a few very close encounters with death at high altitude. But when you wake up at high camp, it’s usually above the clouds and that’s truly a beautiful feeling.

 

 

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.

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.