Who we are

The team is composed by highly motivated, top-level competence and experienced persons thinking in an innovative and interdisciplinary way.

Francesco Holecz, Co-founding owner and CEO. Master and Ph.D. degrees in Geography, both from the Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Research Associate at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Expertise in SAR, polarimetry, interferometry, SAR-optical data fusion, and land applications.

Paolo Pasquali, Co-founding owner, President and Technical Director. Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering, both from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Research Assistant at the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL), University of Zurich, Switzerland. Expertise in SAR, interferometry, polarimetry, signal processing, and land applications.

Stefano Monaco, Senior Software Engineer, Computer Scientist, Master in Computer Science, University of Milano, Italy. Extensive experience in telecommunication systems and object-oriented software development.

Massimo Barbieri, Senior Earth Observation Application Engineer. Master in Geology, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. Eight years of working activity at the European Space Agency (Earth Watching, Training and Project sections). Expertise in SAR and optical land applications.

Alessio Cantone, Senior Earth Observation Engineer. Master in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Trento, Italy. Expertise in SAR interferometry, radargrammetry, signal and image processing.

Paolo Riccardi, Earth Observation Engineer. BSc in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise in SAR interferometry.

Loris Copa, Earth Observation Engineer. Master in Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Expertise in analysis, monitoring, modelization of environmental hazards and stereo-optical.

Marco Defilippi, Earth Observation Engineer. BSc in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise in SAR interferometry and software development in GPU environment.

Francesco Collivignarelli, Earth Observation Engineer. BSc in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise in multi-temporal SAR and optical data analysis and classification.

Luca Gatti, Earth Observation Engineer. BSc in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise in multi-temporal SAR and optical data analysis and classification.

Alessandro Cattaneo, Earth Observation Engineer. BSc in Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Achille Peternier, Senior Software Engineer, Computer Scientist. Master in Computer Science at the University of Lausanne and Ph.D. in Informatics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. Research Assistant at the Virtual Reality Laboratory (EPFL) and Post-doc Research Assistant at the University of Lugano and at the Institute of Computational Science (Lugano). Expertise in parallel programming, GPGPU, software architecture, performance engineering, computer graphics, and virtual reality.

Deborah Santoro, Administrative coordinator. Competent in 4 languages she oversees all administrative and financial aspects of the company and provides secretarial support.


Gabriele Calastri, Senior Associate and Member of the Board. Master in Surveying and Cartography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Geomatics Engineering and Land Surveyor. Expertise in Geographic Information System applications and geodata description languages.

Charles Crosthwaite Eyre, Senior Associate. He has a long association with the forestry sector, initially in the 1980's and 90's as a developer and supplier of ca. 70% of the global requirements of biological forest pest management products, subsequently in the development of the voluntary and mandatory forest carbon market and latterly, he was involved in the development of Earth Observation based applications for the forestry and carbon sector.

Pascal Vinard, Senior Associate. He helds both M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geosciences and hydrosciences. His expertise is geared at environmental studies and geodynamics and covers a large variety of application areas, such as risk and disaster management, chemical and radioactive waste disposal, geothermy, mining and oil exploration, soil and rock mechanics. In the European space arena, he was Swiss government representative at the European Space Agency and senior manager of a larger industrial space company.

Claude Heimo, Senior Associate. He is a natural resource management and environmental conservation specialist who has worked twenty years with international development agencies (FAO, IFAD, UNDP and Regional Development Banks), including nine years with World Bank and GEF. He has extensive experience in the development of regional and national-level natural resources and environmental conservation-related planning and policy programs.

Cristina Furrer-Pasquali, Senior Associate. Master in Communication & Economics, Ph.D. in Communication, University of Lugano, Switzerland. Particular experience in the fields of auditing, consultancy, media, and journalism.


Allianz Re - The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and financial services providers. The Group reinsurance activities are coordinated by Allianz Re. Headquartered in Munich, Allianz Re has offices in Dublin, Singapore and Zurich. The unit ranks No. 8 in the world measured by premium income (2009) and provides reinsurance solutions and services all over the world.

Public R&D Partners

Istituto Nationale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Founded in 1999, INGV is currently the largest European body dealing with research in Geophysics and Volcanology. The main mission is the monitoring of geophysical phenomena in both the solid and fluid components of the Earth.

International Rice Research Institute - Founded in 1960, IRRI is an autonomous, nonprofit agricultural research and training organization with offices in 15 nations. IRRI mission is to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships, and strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems.

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development was established in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the then Organization of African Unity, today African Union. RCMRD is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 15 contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. Its mission is to provide quality geo-information and allied ICT products and services in environmental and resource management for sustainable development in the member countries and beyond.

Woods Hole Research Center addresses the great issues for a healthy planet through science, education, and policy.

Private R&D Partners

OrbiSat da Amazonia SA is a Brazilian technology based company, specialized in remote sensing, electronic equipments and radars for aerial and ground surveillance with industrial facilities in Manaus, and with technological and commercial centers in the cities of Campinas, and Sao Jose dos Campos.

PRIVATEERS NV - Keeping a continuous intense scientific research and applications development activity in remote sensing, agrometeorology, and in other fields, PRIVATEERS has developed proprietary very advanced scientific methods, as well as industrial processing chains.

4DiXplorer AG is a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It offers advanced software and customized solutions for geospatial data acquisition and processing. The main areas of expertise are 3D high accurate processing of optical multi-spectral images for satellite, aerial, and terrestrial systems.