Arun Kumar Pratihast

Technical account manager, Amsterdam


In his role as technical account manager, Arun focuses on improving the support and research for Akvo tools and services.

Prior to joining Akvo, Arun was a postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He earned his PhD from the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University and his MSc from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. His primary expertise lies in citizen science, remote sensing, geo-information technologies and mobile application development for environmental monitoring. In his research, he explores innovative ways of combining satellite data and community-based observations for near real-time forest monitoring.

He is recipient of several awards, including the Google Earth Engine award (2015), the German Academic Exchange Service award (DAAD) and the ITC Fellowship Fund. A current list of his scientific publications can be found at Google Scholar and ResearchGate. You can follow him at @ArunPratihast.