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

System Architect

Frank Vonk

Researcher

Gyllion Loozen

Business Controller

Ellen Schipper

ESD & Cleanroom Coordinator

Maurice van der Meer

Development Engineer

Ewoud Velu

Researcher

Morris Cui

Researcher

Jelmer Weda

Marketing Officer

Britt Teunissen van Manen

Researcher

Pratik Shrestha

Financial Controller

Brendan Janssen

HR&O Manager

Sjoukje Blom

Assembly Engineer

Sven Jacobs

Sales Executive

Noud Steffens

VP Sales

Paul van Wijk

Software Engineer

Lars Hanssen

Office Manager

Heidi Beers

Purchasing & Logistics Engineer

Michael Sieval

Team Lead Development & Engineering

Wessel van Haarlem

Project Engineer

Michael Schenk

Researcher

Aditya Wankhade

Researcher

Vincent Docter

Project Engineer

Iskander Deerenberg

Team Lead Research & Innovation

Thijs van Leest

Administrative Employee

Emmy Kat

Software Engineer

Ramón van der Aar

Software Engineer

Bas Borgignons

Researcher

Jorrit de Boer

Project Manager

Rolf Evenblij

Sales Manager

Thomas van Els

Customer Insights & Engagement Strategist

Deepak Thavarangattil

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 three.


Pim Kat
CTO

Technobis founder Pim Kat was the first to recognize the potential of integrated photonics sensing. 25 years ago he started Technobis and in 2006 he designed the first fiber optics interrogator and with that diversified into fiber optics sensing. He was probably the first who realized the potential of integrated photonics for sensing wavelength and phase and shifted the paradigm of sensing multiple decades in resolution, speed and number of sensors resulting in complete new markets and applications.

CTO

Pim Kat

CTO

Pim Kat

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.

CFO

Ilko Bosman


Ir Daan A.J. Kersten, MBA
CEO

Daan Kersten (1969) heads the PhotonFirst team and leads the commercial activities like marketing, product management and global sales. 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

CEO

Daan Kersten

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.

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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