The Team

DI Martin Parapatits, BSc


The founder of PHYTONIQ, Martin Parapatits has a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge in different fields of expertise, through his three completed studies in Civil Engineering (TU Vienna, 1998), Environmental Sciences (University of Hagen, 2011) and Astronomy (University of Vienna, 2013).
His 20-year professional experience include the technical aspects of the building constructions, as well as sales and acquisition activities. In addition, he was managing a civil engineer GmbH and responsible for the site management of an engineering office. He was also entrusted with engineering activities in the areas of energy efficiency, contaminated sites, water law, demolition and recycling.

Mag. Angelika Kaufmann

Senior Expert Plant Science

Angelika Kaufmann, our Senior Expert in Plant Science, is biologist and responsible for plant research, selection and production. As a graduate of the HBLA for Horticulture (Vienna, Schönbrunn), she brings a profound knowledge and professional network from the gardening sector. Her additional trainings in traditional chinese medicine and nutritional advice deepens her knowledge. Due to her long-standing autonomy in the field of project organisation, she also contributes with her distinctive business management skills as well as her experience in the agricultural sector and direct marketing.

Eszter Simon


The architect and future food technologist Eszter Stefanics-Simon is the CEO of PHYTONIQs affiliate named PHYTOPRISE GmbH. She has many years of professional experience in the field of project development and in architecture and building physics, as well as in buildings management and design. Additionally, she has a comprehensive know-how for sustainable energy systems. Her studies in food technology, provide her with the necessary background knowledge for food-technological processes and one of her main responsibilities is the product development and further processing procedures.

Mag. Roman Schweitzer


The tax consultant Roman Schweitzer (Chamber of Economic Trustees) is responsible for the financial and business planning. He graduated at the WU Vienna and is currently managing director of his tax consulting company “Schweitzer + Partner” (currently 40 employees) which was founded in 1999. Roman Schweitzer brings a profound knowledge and extensive experience from the business world.
His competencies include financial planning, controlling, taxation and tax law. He is also an expert on financial criminal law. Furthermore, he is CEO, chairman and a member of the board of directors.

Cand. agro. Iris Denk, MSc


Iris Denk has completed her international master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (English) at the University of Copenhagen in 2014, focussing on economics and environmental policy. Through her previous professional activities and as an expert in interdisciplinary work, she provides a broad knowledge and expertise in a wide range of economic, environmental and technical disciplines on a national and international level.