Dragana Vukasinovic, PhD
Founder and CEO
Dr Vukasinovic is an experienced Crop Protection Scientist (16+ 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 PhD in Agricultural Entomology (focus: eco-physiology & organismal biology) 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 Research Scientist and Lecturer, and at the same time working on her PhD 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 PhD research in direct collaboration with farmers, working from a perspective of a Customer Oriented Scientist.
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.
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.
Atijana Mitic, MSc, EMBA
Chief Operations Officer
Atijana is highly skilled Agricultural Engineer (15+ years) 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 mindset she is passionate about building business from scratch and making harmony in all operational segments. Within Fauna Smart Technologies, Atijana foresees business opportunities and strategic partnerships and investigates strategies for collaboration with diverse stakeholders.
Kamila Kunrath, PhD
Chief Product Officer
Dr Kunrath is a project manager and business developer extensively in design and engineering (10+ years). Kamila obtained BSc in Product Design, and MSc in Materials Engineering. She holds a PhD in Management Engineering with focus on technology and innovation management from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). For several years she has been also working as freelance designer in graphics and communication.
Within Fauna Smart Technologies, Dr Kunrath contributes mostly to the development of software and hardware products. She coordinated the development of the overall system of products we are building at Fauna Smart Technologies, from the market and innovation perspective.
Savina Maistrou, PhD
Insect & Plant Immunity R&D
Dr Maistrou brings her rich agricultural knowledge (14+ years) from the Agricultural University of Athens where she obtained BSc in Crop Protection Science, and 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 plant-pathogen interactions and plant defense responses. Dr Maistrou contributes to the overall system of products we are building at Fauna Smart Technologies, from the research and development perspective.
Constantine Anagnostopoulos, PhD
Microfluidics & Lab-on-paper
Dr. Anagnostopoulos has 40+ years work experience and is currently Adjunct Full Professor in the Mechanical Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, at the University of Rhode Island (URI), US, and Co-founder and President of Labonachip, LLC, the first lab-on-a-chip startup, with the most precise patent protected lab-on-paper technology: parts per billion (ppb). In the current ecosystem of lab-on-paper technologies, others do precision in parts per million (ppm).
At URI, Constantine’s research work has been on Lab-on-a-Chip and Lab-on-Paper devices for Point-of-Care diagnostics. Constantine is Inventor or Co-Inventor in over 75 issued US patents and first author or co-author in over 60 reviewed journal publications.
Aslak Johansen, PhD
Data & Systems Science
Dr. Johansen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Denmark where he works on data modeling and management. Aslak has 14+ years of research experience, and 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 and he is a valuable asset for the technological approach within the ecosystem of products we are building within Fauna Smart Technologies.
Harry Teicher, PhD
Dr. Teicher is a thought leader in the Crop Protection space, a futurist and a proven strategist. For 30+ 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. Harry’s academic R&D work from University of Copenhagen and University of Adelaide was on plant defense responses to biotic and abiotic.
Tegan Spinner, BSc.
Nordic Talent Ambassador & Startup mentor
An entrepreneur at heart who moved from Silicon Valley to Copenhagen in pursuit of happiness, Tegan has spent the last five years working with some of the best startups in Denmark. Most specifically, as CTO of Zentabox, the personalized vitamins and supplements company, and Opbeat, an open-source application performance monitoring tool for developer, before launching his own ventures Lokalist and Worthmore which center around reducing the amount of e-waste generated by our used smartphones. Through his role as a Nordic Talent Ambassador and Startup Denmark Visa Consultant, he actively works on attracting and helping entrepreneurs from around the world find their way around the Danish startup ecosystem by sharing his knowledge and experience.
Lærke Johansen, PhD
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.
Anne-Luise Skov Jensen, MSc
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.