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About us

Seaborough invents, develops and commercializes groundbreaking innovations for the lighting industry. With these innovations we aim to make a positive impact on the world. Many of our projects are truly breakthroughs yet require stamina to develop from idea to market entry. Therefore, Seaborough runs mostly long-term research and development projects.

This is who we are

Light is the source of all life. It fascinates, it is a primal force, it heals, it romanticizes, it brings imagination to life, and it is also necessary in our daily lives.
At Seaborough we are fascinated by light. We want to give light a purpose, develop and market the best lighting solutions. We see it as a challenge to develop groundbreaking, innovative, and efficient solutions to improve LED lighting. And what is important: we always do this with an eye and heart for the environment!

We are not afraid of challenges. We don't walk the beaten track, because we are always looking for the very best solutions and we dare to go the extra mile to get there. We want to be frontrunners in the market and make the best products possible. Innovation is in our DNA.

I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.

Thomas A. Edison - Inventor of the light bulb

Our Mission

Seaborough wants to contribute to a healthy and sustainable world. We do this by improving current state of the art LED solutions to reduce energy use and CO² emissions and improve wellbeing. For example: if all mercury-containing fluorescent tubes were replaced with our oneTLed retrofit LED tubes, 50-70 % energy costs could be saved and 3.2 % of the Paris Agreement's CO² reduction target would be met immediately. At the same time, the environment would be relieved of the toxic mercury.

Another example: if all warm white LEDs would contain our EuroLED technology, every LED would be 20% more efficient while having a more pleasant light experience for the consumer. Worldwide LED adoption would just be around the corner, just like energy savings with an equivalent of 684 coal fired power plants.

Seaborough also develops light applications for direct impact on health and well-being. By using invisible infra-red light, we optimize the living environment so that people benefit from the positive effects of light for their health.

Our method

Seaborough protects its ideas and inventions by patents. This intellectual property (IP) is commercialized through licensing contracts with strategic partners. This is the way we make the real difference. Seaborough is highly committed to support these partners during the implementation phase of its inventions in finished products.

Seaborough was founded in 2013. Since then we have experienced strong growth with great collaborations, big inventions and even bigger plans for the future. We can’t wait!

Our People

Our team consists of highly educated and skilled scientists and engineers. We are an energetic group of innovators who are dedicated to make a difference. Due to our broad range of talents, we realize ground-breaking light innovations. Nice to meet you.

Atul Sontakke

Materials Scientist

Atul is a materials scientist with expertise on optical and luminescent materials. He did master’s in physics and holds PhD (Science) from CSIR-CGCRI in collaboration with Jadavpur University, India. Before joining Seaborough, Atul did post-doctoral research at Kyoto University (Japan), Chimie-ParisTech (France), Ghent University (Belgium) and Utrecht University (Netherlands). Atul has extensive experience on synthesis, spectroscopy, and quantitative analysis of functional luminescent materials. At Seaborough, Atul is working on development of phosphor materials for solid state lighting.

Vasilii Khanin

Materials Scientist

Vasilii is a Master in experimental nuclear physics with a focus on scintillation and engineering of nuclear spectrometers. He obtained his PhD in solid-state physics while working at Philips Research Eindhoven on development of scintillators for medical tomography. Afterwards he held Post-Doc positions in Utrecht University and TU Delft researching luminescence (solar) concentrators. Areas of expertise include luminescence spectroscopy, and energy and charge transfer in solids. He joined Seaborough in 2021 and works on optical equipment development and optimization of novel phosphors.

Rob Klein

Electronics Engineer

Rob is a seasoned veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of electronics. Having designed various circuits, both analogue and digital, he has specialized in LED drivers over the past 15 years. A problem solver by nature, he seeks to find system level solutions while keeping an eye on the all-important details.

Renee Lesson

Office Manager

Renee is the Office Manager for Seaborough. She uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations and is the connecting link within Seaborough.

Ann Abdelmalak

Research Assistant

Ann started her internship at Seaborough in April 2021. She was a student at Hogeschool Inholland (University of applied sciences). During her internship she enjoyed working on her newfound interest in inorganic chemistry. She successfully completed her internship in December 2021 and has now obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In the future she plans on obtaining her masters degree in nanomaterials science. Ann officially joined the Seaborough team as research assistant in January 2022.

Daniël Lenting

Intern Materials

With a passion for nano-phosphors, Daniël joined Seaborough in September 2021 as an intern from Inholland University of Applied Sciences. Daniël will be working on optimizing the synthesis of phosphors for solid state lighting.

Willie Steyn

Electronics design engineer

Willie Steyn is an Electronics design engineer with 15 years’ experience in intelligent industrial systems. He has extensive experience in system integration, monitoring, design, software engineering and applied his knowledge in different fields ranging from commercial to military projects. He is the founder of a South African company focusing on electromagnet emission measurements in the rail industry and electronic designs.

On his time off he enjoys exploring the outdoors, extreme sports and enduro motocross especially in mountain areas.

Willie also has a passion for sustainability especially in the lighting industry and likes to work on innovative projects that will make a positive impact on the world. He moved to Seaborough in 2022 with a focus on the new Sunled Technology making your indoor live a superb outdoor experience.

Shounak Roy

Program director Electronics

Shounak Roy is Program Director Electronics. Previously he worked at NTL Electronics India Ltd. But has been working at Seabourough for many years now. Shounak is an experienced Electronics Engineer. He has extensive experience in conceptual and schematic electronics design and electronic simulations (Matlab, LTspice). He looks at the big picture without missing the important details. His specialty is Power electronics design for Consumer and Lighting Electronics and also IP development.

Utku Ozturk

Project engineer

Utku has been working in LED lighting industry for more than 10 years. He has led several R&D projects ranging from LED lighting lens projects to electronics projects through the years. He had worked on several roles including sales and project engineering for lighting fixtures and R&D management for LED lighting parts. He is result oriented and proactive, he brings his experience on project management to the field.

 

Federico Montanarella

Materials Scientist

Federico is an expert in the synthesis and optical characterization of luminescent (nano)materials. He obtained a Master cum laude in Materials Science and Engineering from the Universita’ degli studi di Genova (Italy) in 2015. He also holds a PhD, obtained in 2019, from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands), researching quantum dots and their luminescent assemblies. After obtaining the prestigious ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship, he spent two years at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), studying the formation and functionalization of perovskite nanocrystals. In 2021 Federico joined Seaborough as a Materials Scientist, where he works on the development of novel phosphors for solid state lighting.

Sandra Otten

Manager HR

Sandra studied Human Resources Management at the Hogeschool Utrecht. She previously worked as HR expert for Funda.nl, the largest real estate platform in The Netherlands. Next to Seaborough she works as HR manager for Momentum Capital and Perpetual Next. She ensures that people work in the right place, have fun and that the work environment meets all requirements, so that everyone has fun, feels safe and can perform optima forma.

Salome Chingaira

Electronics Design Engineer

Salome is Electronics Design Engineer at Seaborough. She acquired a Master of Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies from the University of Manchester in 2019 under the prestigious UK Chevening Scholarship. She previously worked at Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe as Electrical Projects Engineer. Salome is a highly motivated Electrical and Electronics Engineer with three years of experience in electrical power systems designing, system acceptance testing, and qualification.

Mike Krames

Senior Advisor

Mike is a recognized world authority on visible-spectrum LEDs and their applications for lighting and displays, with more than 20 years of experience in both startups and large companies in the LED industry. He is currently President and Founder of Arkesso, LLC, based in Silicon Valley, California.  Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at Soraa, Inc., an LED product company founded by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura.  Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at Philips Lumileds, where he ran the Advanced Laboratories and pioneered programs in LEDs and luminescence, focusing on materials, devices, and systems for applications to lighting and displays. He has served on numerous roundtables and panels for the U.S. Department of Energy and Basic Energy Sciences. He is an IEEE Fellow, IES Fellow and Chair of the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes.

He has been an advisor to Seaborough since 2015, where he is supporting technical and intellectual property development, project management, business development and the establishment of new partnerships.

Karsten Schwennesen

Senior Advisor

Karsten Schwennesen (LLM) served as general counsel and executive committee member at Philips Lighting until 2010. He was responsible for leading the team that globally managed contracting, litigation, IP management and M&A transactions.

During his tenure as General Counsel, Karsten was responsible for executing the $ 800 million acquisition by Philips of US-based Color Kinetics, a key innovator of LED lighting systems and technologies. This transaction remains Philips’ single largest IP-driven acquisition to date.

Karsten acquired a Master of Law degree from Aarhus University in 1981 and started his career as general counsel at Bang & Olufsen, Denmark, before moving to Philips in The Netherlands in 1997.

Sukru Cetin

Electronics technician

Sukru is trained in aircraft engineering at VTOC Fokker and PART-147. He has worked for Turkish Airlines, KLM, Bombardier and the military base Woensdrecht. At Seaborough he works as an electronics technician. His tasks include testing Seaborough technologies, making reports, assembly work and lab management.

Mohamed Tachikirt

Research Assistant

Mohamed holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Haagse Hogeschool (university of applied sciences). He has worked at the physics research institute AMOLF as lab technician, before moving to Seaborough in 2015. At Seaborough he is responsible for the optical characterization and prototyping of both LEDs and materials.

Joost Lok

Finance Manager

Joost is a Dutch Chartered Accountant (RA). He is educated at Nyenrode Business University (Post Master RA) and University of Groningen (MSc Accountancy & Controlling). In his career he has worked as a Business Controller and Financial Auditor at various multinationals.
Joost has a double function: he is Finance Director and financially responsible for Seaborough and also works as Finance Manager at Momentum Capital.

Lisette Hendrikse

Legal Officer

Lisette is a senior legal officer who studied Dutch and business law at the VU University in Amsterdam, she also studied at the University of Amsterdam (international and European law – UvA), University of Leiden (energy law), Università di Bologna (international law) amongst others. She works for Seaborough for many years and knows the company’s technologies like no other.

Marie Anne van de Haar

Program Director Materials

Marie Anne obtained her Masters in nanomaterials sciences cum-laude from Utrecht University and holds a PhD in Nanophotonics from the physics research institute AMOLF. She joined Seaborough as Materials Scientist and Project Manager in 2015. Currently she is the Program Director Materials, where she is the technical program lead and responsible for running the current EuroLED program, including external partnerships and internal R&D Materials Team. She has been selected as ‘Technical Talent 2020’ by the Dutch engineering journal De Ingenieur, and is member of the program committee for the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes.

Anne Berends

Program Director Life Science

Anne likes to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary team and that is exactly what she found in the Life Science program at Seaborough. Translating fundamental scientific insights to products that improve human wellbeing and health, require skills and insights from so many viewing angles that true teamwork is a must. Being challenged and achieving ambitious goals with a team is where Anne gets her energy from, both at work and outside, at a rowing course.

Valerio Favale

Research Assistant

Valerio obtained his master from Sapienza Università di Roma. He joined Seaborough in 2019 as chemical research assistant and is responsible for nano-phosphor synthesis, integration, and further optimizing the chemical synthesis procedures. In addition, he is responsible for the health and safety at Seaborough.

Jeffrey Wongsodikromo

Electronics technician

Highly qualified, dedicated and project focused electrician. With 2 years of testing developing circuits and 2 years of installations. Skilled technician with in-depth analyzing and graphical programming skills. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Thrive on challenge with proven ability to successfully execute plans and complete tasks in a timely , efficient and safe manner.

 

 

Pieter Six

CEO

Pieter Six is a seasoned professional with a breadth of experience in Marketing, Communication and Sales at Corporate Institutions and Start-ups. He has strong management experience in Europe and Asia and is passionate about innovative and disrupting technologies.

Pieter Six is well versed in the world of LED. Before joining Seaborough, he worked as Chief Commercial Officer for Ellipz Smart Solutions, a company that enables data communication via light. Pieter Six will further shift the scope of Seaborough towards market introductions.