Team & Values

PhotonFirst is building an amazing team of true professionals to support you develop, build and apply state-of-the-art integrated photonics sensing technology. Below you find their names and unique faces. Do you want to meet them in person? Let us know!

Process Development Engineer

Elvis Wan

Team Lead Industrialisation, Packaging & Production

Oscar van Schijndel

Field Service Engineer

Ivar Koren

Team Lead Application Development, Projects & Support

Michael Haverdings

ESD & Cleanroom Coordinator

Maurice van der Meer

Researcher

Gyllion Loozen

Junior Controller

Suzanne de Vries

Researcher

Aditya Wankhade

Project Manager

Ewoud Velu

Researcher

Morris Cui

Business Development

Jan-Jurien de Rijck

Global Events Marketeer

Britt Teunissen van Manen

Development Engineer

Palak Singh

Financial Controller

Brendan Janssen

HR&O Manager

Sjoukje Blom

Assembly Engineer

Sven Jacobs

Industry Lead

Noud Steffens

Application & Development Engineer

Gideon Langedijk

Software Engineer

Lars Hanssen

Office Manager

Heidi Beers

Project Engineer

Michael Schenk

Team Lead Research & Innovation

Thijs van Leest

Administrative Employee

Emmy Kat

Software Engineer

Bas Borgignons

Project Manager

Jorrit de Boer

Team Lead Development & Engineering

Wessel van Haarlem

Purchasing & Logistics Engineer

Michael Sieval

Sales Engineer

Marco Fourie

Software Engineer

Ramón van der Aar

Product Manager

Christine Knorr

Marketing Manager

Mark Cremer

Project Manager

Rolf Evenblij

Project Engineer

Iskander Deerenberg

Researcher

Jelmer Weda

Researcher

Vincent Docter

Board

Enabling these talented team members to deliver most value for our customers and continuously develop and stay ahead of their peers in the market, PhotonFirst is lead by a Board of four.

CCO

Rogier Vos

Rogier Vos
CCO

Rogier Vos is responsible for Marketing & Sales in the Board of PhotonFirst. 20+ years of business experience, successfully leading change, M&A, managing sales & marketing, business development and operations in local and international settings have made him an entrepreneurial-minded business development professional with a passion for innovation and change. With a track record in the manufacturing industry, services and healthcare, he is creating a competitive advantage and adds value to the bottom line. He is a known inspirational and energetic manager, who loves working within a team on a forward-thinking while hands-on approach.

CTO

Nick Singh

Nick Singh
CTO

Nick Singh (1970) owns the technology agenda of PhotonFirst. He leads the Research & Development teams jointly executing on our ambition to become and stay innovation leader in our field. Nick is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the UK Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) with a PhD in Plasma Physics from University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (F). He gained extensive expertise is in multidisciplinary engineering and new product introduction in high-tech market segments like semiconductors, photonics, flexible electronics, analytical instrumentation, water and energy. Nick brings over 25 years of experience and track record of consistently delivering innovative and commercially successful new technology products and services to customers in the UK, Europe, China, South Korea and the USA.

CTO

Nick Singh

Director Operations

Leendert-Jan Nijstad

Leendert-Jan Nijstad
Director Operations

Leendert-Jan Nijstad (1987) is responsible for day2day execution at PhotonFirst. He leads the project management and operations functions and chairs the Management Team. Before this entrepreneurial dive in the photonics world, he gained substantial experience in the Aerospace industry as Head of Operations for a major Tier-1 Landing Gear supplier - almost doubling that company in size. Previously he run a business line in Aerospace maintenance, led a merger of 2 US companies and setup project management functions at various business units.

CEO

Daan Kersten

Ir Daan A.J. Kersten, MBA
CEO

Daan Kersten (1969) heads the PhotonFirst team. Before embarking on this journey in the deeptech field of integrated photonics sensing, he successfully founded, lead and scaled the world’s first dedicated OEM in industrial 3D metal printing equipment for advanced applications in aeronautics and space, high performance automotive (including Formula 1) and general machine building . Previously he executed various roles as strategy consultant, founder, managing director and CEO in the automotive, industrial subcontracting and high-tech industry.

CEO

Daan Kersten

CFO

Ilko Bosman

Ilko Bosman
CFO

Ilko Bosman (1978) is the PhotonFirst CFO and leads the finance, legal and support functions. Before joining this exciting deeptech venture, he co-led the fast growth of a 3D metal printing scale-up to a global player. Before this, he has founded two more companies in the 3D printing space, after a start of his career in banking.

Values


The best way to characterize our team is through its values. We are passionate pioneers in integrated photonics sensing collaboratively shifting the paradigm of measuring strain, shape, temperature or pressure. We are persevering and determined to help our customers win in their end-markets with an open mind and friendly attitude.

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