Skytree team

The Skytree team members have diverse backgrounds in education and origin, but we all share the same vision when it comes to the future of our company and of the environment.

Our working culture is based on a dynamic and smart approach to business, an open and understanding attitude to others and the desire to expand the boundaries of what is possible!


Max Beaumont

CEO & Founder

Max graduated from the University of Warwick in the UK with a Master of Physics. After his studies, he joined ESA as a system engineer. During his time at ESA, he worked on the ACLS project and led a test campaign studying our sorbent before founding Skytree.

Shubham Sandeep

Chief Financial & Business Officer

Shubham has an Electrical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT). He previously worked as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank and founded a rooftop solar firm in India that was merged with a US private equity backed renewable energy platform.

Ian Smith

Head of Engineering

Ian studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He began his career as an engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. He later shifted his focus to cleantech, working as a mechanical engineer at a wave energy company, before joining Skytree.


Alina Chanaewa, PhD

Head of R&D

Alina earned her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Hamburg in Germany. She pursued her interest in solar energy conversion as postdoctoral researcher at Fraunhofer ISE/University of Freiburg and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam before joining Skytree as R&D scientist.


Bardia Alaee


Bardia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the HES Amsterdam. He has worked for over a decade in national and international sales departments in various industries, and most recently as an independent entrepreneur.

Patrick Hodgins


Patrick graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Ulster with a BEng Mechanical Engineering and proceeded to study MSc Advanced Composite and Polymer Engineering. He joined Skytree because he wanted to diversify into Clean Energy.


Piotr Kasper


Piotr graduated from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland with an MSc in chemistry. After working as a researcher in the field of life sciences at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University, he joined Skytree as an R&D consultant.


Skytree advisors

Ivo de la Rive Box


Ivo co-founded Quby, maker of one of Europe’s leading smart thermostats, and lead the growth of the company to over 150 employees and a successful exit for its founders. He graduated from the Delft University of Technology with a Master in Applied Physics.

Alexander Gunkel


Alex studied mechanical engineering and business administration at the Technical University Darmstadt. After his studies Alexander joined the European Space Agency as project manager in the office of the Inspector General.