FOUNDER PROFILE

Niels Wielaard

Niels Wielaard

Niels Wielaard

Founder, CEO of Satelligence

Niels Wielaard is the Dutch CEO, founder and co-owner of Satelligence, a SaaS platform using satellite data and AI to help corporates improve their supply chain sustainability and track environmental risks. Before founding Satelligence in 2016, he spent 14 years at earth-monitoring company SarVision, which is a spin-off of Wageningen University in Utrecht, where he was a senior project manager and, previously, a remote sensing and geo-information specialist. Wielaard holds a master’s in Forestry from Wageningen University and has always been passionate about forest sustainability. His other work experience includes one year as a GIS research analyst at another Utrecht-based initiative, the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, as part of a post-master’s research project developing a new mapping methodology for the design of biological corridors. He also completed stints during his studies working on pilot forestry-based carbon offset projects at an NGO and in forest certification research for the Dutch space agency, Space Netherlands.

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Netherlands / Utrecht , Netherlands

Series A 11/2020

Netherlands / Utrecht , Netherlands

Satelligence

Series A 11/2020

Netherlands / Utrecht , Netherlands

Ensures sustainable land management and supply chains for multinationals by identifying deforestation, fire risks using real-time optical and radar satellite information, enabled by AI algorithms.

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