Thomas is a visionary systems architect and designer with both a software and environmental science background. He is our chief technology officer and steers the team to harness the maximum potential from open source methods. He began developing software ventures in Britain and California, working closely with many early-wave internet entrepreneurs.

A serial entrepreneur himself, he helped introduce web technology in corporate environments during the mid-nineties. In 1994, he helped start Stellent CMS which eventually sold to Oracle. In 1997 he co-founded web analytics company ISSEL and in 1999 Zezame, which built web page annotation systems. Since 2004 Thomas has helped develop the Seawater Greenhouse, a revolutionary food production system for arid coastal regions. An advisory board member of the India Water Portal, he’s currently completing an MSc in Environmental Science at Stockholm University. Follow Thomas on Twitter @bjelkeman.