The YASAI founders
Mark E. Zahran
CEO & Co-Founder
MSc Architecture at ETH, Zurich & UNAM, Mexico City
CTO & Co-Founder
BSc Ecological Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences
CCO & Co-Founder
Master's Degree in Sales, Distribution & Management at SDA Bocconi, Milano & ESADE, Barcelona
MSc Sustainable Business Management, Energy Economics and Corporate Sustainability at Bocconi University
Gerhardus Petrus Scheepers
PhD in Forest Science at University of Stellenbosch
Bachelor of Energineering & BE, Biotechnology at UL
Head of Brand & Marketing
BBA FH Marketing, Consulting & Finance
Federal Diploma of International Human Resources Management
MSc Robotics, Systems and Control at ETH Zurich
PhD in Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology University Cote d'Azur
Anouk C. Schaedler
Bachelor in Trends & Identity at Zurich University of the Arts
Bachelor in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature in Milan University Cattolica
Production Worker & Technician
Leonardo Della Canonica
Plant Scientist Intern
Bachelor in Industrial Design at Zurich University of the Arts
THE EXPERT ADVISORS
Dr. Prof. Dickson Despommier
Former professor at Columbia University in NYC
Author of the book: "Vertical Farms: How to feed the world in the 21st century"
Dr. Martijn Sonnevelt
Lecturer at the department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich
Executive Director of The World Food System Center ETH
Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge
Head Centre Ecological Engineering Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Dr. Michel Roux
Co-Founder and President of Food Forum Zurich
Community Building and Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector
Former project developer at Urban Farmers AG
Business development manager at RethinkResource in Zurich
Dr. Iris Wollmann
Ph.D. in plant nutrition on closed nutrient cycles and recycled fertilizers at the University of Hohenheim.
Imagine a world...
... where EVERYBODY GROWS their own unique plants for their HEALTH & WELL-BEING.
Imagine a world...
... where we live in SMART EDIBLE CITIES surrounded by BIODIVERSITY on a healthy & wealthy planet.
Imagine a world...
...... where we grow BEYOND EARTH and reach for the STARS.
TO CREATE BALANCE BY EMPOWERING THE WORLD TO GROW MORE WITH LESS.
Our Vertical Farming is based on a circular economy. With the right people, technology & know-how we actively shape the future of food, whether in deserts, cities, remote islands, or in outer space.
"Our mission is to feed the world sustainably and contribute to your health."
Creating impact to change the industry as we know it today.
YASAI, established in 2020, builds and manages Vertical Farms. We create circular food production systems in cities and regions where agricultural resources, such as freshwater and fertile arable land, are scarce.
Our model boosts biodiversity by combining food production with resource-saving technologies and eliminating pesticide use. By focusing on locality and premium quality, YASAI replaces food imports and lowers production costs across the supply chain.
Be curious and willing to learn. Explore creative ways to solve challenging problems and join us on our evolutionary journey.
Do things with integrity and allow your actions to match your words. Adopt a virtuous mindset and contribute to the creation of a corrupt-free environment.
Be mindful and act with intention. Contribute to the betterment of society and the future of our planet.
Communicate with sincere intentions and clarity to create an environment of trust and acceptance.
Thrive in a multiverse of people by cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and is free to be their true, authentic selves.