We are a diverse team of architects, designers, engineers, agronomists, plant scientists, business and marketing experts. We are constantly growing as a team.

The YASAI founders

  • Mark E. Zahran

    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Philipp Bosshard

    CTO & Co-Founder

  • Stefano Augstburger

    CCO & Co-Founder

The team

  • Pierre Swaelus

    Business Manager

  • Tobias Beeler

    Farm Manager

  • Luca Somm

    Mechanical Engineer

  • Eldrid Funck

    Head of Brand & Marketing

  • Agata Leska

    Plant Scientist

  • Maiara B. Arteca

    Deputy Farm Manager

  • Julian Frey

    Trainee in Farm Management

  • Anouk C. Schaedler

    Content Creator

  • Susanne Richter

    Intern Farm Management

  • Bastiyan Anthonimuthu

    Production Worker

  • Dima Tkachev

    Production Worker


  • 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

  • Fabian Weinländer

    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.