Dragana Vukasinovic, PhD

Founder and CEO

Dr. Vukasinovic is an experienced Crop Protection Scientist (10+ years) with Agricultural Entomology as her field of expertise. Dragana has a broad knowledge in Plant/Crop Production Systems, focusing on IPM and Biocontrol in IPM. Dragana did her Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology (focus: eco-physiology) at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (Denmark). Prior to coming to Denmark, Dragana was working at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture (Serbia) as a Research Scientist and Assistant Lecturer and at the same time working on her Ph.D. thesis in Agricultural Entomology: Molecular Taxonomy & Systematics focusing on similar species complexes with different susceptibility to insecticides, in high value crops. Dragana conducted the whole Ph.D. research in direct collaboration with farmers, working from a perspective of a Customer Oriented Scientist. As the Visionary one, Dragana will maintain the long-term vision of Fauna Smart Technologies, and will be responsible for leading R&D, product innovations and ongoing industry commercialization efforts. Fauna Smart Technologies is partly based on Dragana’s research and unique know-how of agro-ecosystems that came out from a strong farmers need for precise, fast and cost affordable pest management.

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Savina Maistrou, PhD

Crop Protection R&D

Dr. Maistrou brings her rich agricultural knowledge from the Agricultural University of Athens where she obtained her BSc in Crop Protection Science and her MSc in Plant Pathology where she investigated crop immune responses to fungal attacks. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences where she investigated insect immuno responses to fungal attacks. For several years she has been working as an Agricultural Advisor in Greece, mostly in arable crops. Within Fauna Smart Technologies, Dr. Maistrou contributes mostly to Plant Immuno Track project, with her knowledge of crops and immune responses. She also contributes to the overall system of products we are building at Fauna Smart Technologies.

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Atijana Mitic, MSc, EMBA

Business Development Manager

Atijana is a highly skilled Agricultural Engineer with experience in Strategy, Marketing and Sales. Atijana holds MSc in Crop Protection and Executive MBA degree. She was always more focused on Crop Protection Industry and worked for several years in Agrochemical companies: Syngenta and Victoria Group on registration processes and regulatory issues regarding pesticides.

With strong customer and industry-oriented mind, she is engaged in projects of new companies/products coming to the market; or she is trying to make it easier for existing companies to collaborate with the new ones. Atijana is passionate about growing a business from scratch and making harmony in all operational opposite segments.

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Harry Teicher, PhD

Industrial Advisor

Dr. Teicher is a thought leader in the Crop Protection space, a futurist and a proven strategist. For more than 20 years he has been involved in industrial R&D within conventional (chemical) crop protection as a Senior Scientist and a Study Director in Cheminova – later acquired by FMC: European Innovation Center. Dr. Teicher holds his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Molecular Plant Biology and Crop Protection. His academic R&D work from University of Copenhagen and University of Adelaide was on plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress. At that time, biology-based crop protection strategies had not taken off commercially, however, public opinion, as well as increasing regulatory requirements, gradually closed the door of opportunity for conventional crop protection strategies, while the biological crop protection technology he had contributed to earlier began to reach commercial viability. Within Fauna Smart Technologies, Dr. Teicher contributes to ideation, strategic R&D management, communication and strategic partnerships.

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Lærke Johansen, PhD

Project Management

Dr. Johansen holds her doctoral degree from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and MSc in Animal Health from the same University. She is employed at the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, at the Danish Agricultural Agency. With her pragmatic and systematic approach in problem solving and her tremendous knowledge in applied agriculture in the Danish ecosystem – she will support the implementation of IPM Decision Support System by Fauna Smart Technologies providing her advices and sharing her network within the field. Within Fauna Smart Technologies she is using her experience in a role of a Project Manager.

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Anne-Luise Skov Jensen, MSc

Fundraising Manager

Anne-Luise has several years of experience with technology and business development, primarily in the agricultural sector. She has extensive knowledge on attracting financing via both Danish and EU funding programs. She currently works as a Fundraising Manager at the North Denmark EU-Office alongside her own privately held consultancy business.

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Dr. Constantine Anagnostopoulos

Microfluidics Advisor

Dr. Anagnostopoulos is currently Adjunct Full Professor in the Mechanical Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, at the University of Rhode Island (URI), and co-founder and President of Labonachip, LLC. At URI, his research work has been on Lab-on-a-Chip and Lab-on-Paper devices for Point-of-Care diagnostics. Furthermore, Constantine has served as thesis advisor to MSc and Doctoral students. His PhD work at Brown University and subsequent research at Eastman Kodak Company were focused on devices for Digital Photography and Digital printing. Constantine is inventor or co-inventor in over 75 issued US patents and first author or co-author in over 60 reviewed journal publications. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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Aslak Johansen, PhD

Data and Systems Advisor

Dr. Johansen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Denmark where he works on data modeling and management. His background is in Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen, where he focused on distributed systems. He did his PhD in Wireless Sensor Networks for environmental monitoring at the IT University of Copenhagen. He takes a system approach to problems. Within Fauna Smart Technologies, Dr. Johansen is using his expertise for the High Resolution Photo Drone project.

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