Meet The Team

Big Terra was founded at the end of 2016. As a startup, we started from scratch armed only with our vision, skill-sets and previous experience. Our vision is that farming in emerging markets can be transformed, delivering better productivity, higher yields and improved food security and we believe we can play a role in this transformation.

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Pavel Jurus

founder

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Our founder, he has spent many years building products based on weather predictions, climate analyses and satellite data processing. He now uses his skills in mathematical modelling, environmental data science and high performance computing to make this happen by improving the effectiveness of African farming. He holds a Masters in Mathematical Modeling from Charles University, Prague and a PhD in Engineering Informatics from the Czech Technical University, Prague.

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Jan Faktor

Junior Project Manager

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Jan is our long-term intern who studies master’s degree course of Agri-Food Systems and Rural Development at Czech University of Life Sciences. He mainly focuses on project management and planning combined with appropriate sustainable technologies used in development cooperation projects aiding rural development. At Big Terra he is in charge of our participation at the internationalization programme by CNES and Aerospace Valley SME´s Africa as well as other tasks which include communication and copywriting.

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Paul Kucera

Strategic Business Development, Communication and Training

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Paul manages Big Terra’s business development activities and communication. He has spent over 25 years devising and managing communication programs and has also been active in startup development for the last 15 years, most recently via Symfonie Group.

 

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Aleksandr Kazantsev

Junior Software Engineer

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Aleksandr is our computer science expert who is the creative mind behind computer programs. He is actively participating in the development, execution and organization of technology-based business solutions and ensures that a program or software continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing.

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Lukas Tuma

Agricultural Analyst

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Lukas is our agricultural analyst. A graduate of the University of Life Sciences in Prague, he has devoted himself to development cooperation in the agricultural sector. Although starting in project management and planning and sustainable rural development, he is now oriented towards satellite data science and crop modelling. Lukas has experience with environmental data from his study at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and an internship at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. He also participated on several development projects in the agricultural sector.