The Team

DI Martin Parapatits, BSc

CEO PhytonIQ

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.

Eszter Simon

CEO PhytonIQ Wasabi

The architect and future food engineer Eszter Stefanics-Simon is the CEO of PhytonIQs affiliate named PhytonIQ Wasabi 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 engineering, 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. 

Ing. Johannes Knapitsch

CEO PhytonIQ Technology

The electrical engineer and CEO of PhytonIQ Technology has decades of experience in robotics (Siemens), automotive development, LED technology, microcontroller HW and SW, as well as controlling and regulation. He worked in corporations as the production manager of a solar cell factory and program director in the development of electronical components for the “consumer area.” He was co-founder, technical and commercial managing director of two styrian technology companies. Due to his broad and substantial knowledge and many years of experience, he is responsible for research and development as well as for the entire

Souleymane Bado, PhD

Head of department plant science

Multilingual Plant Biotechnologist, Mr. Souleymane Bado had completed a PhD (BOKU University) in plant biotechnology. And he holds a Master in advance degree in Food Technology and Human Nutrition (University of Ouagadougou). His studies and work in universities and research centers focused on plant breeding through the application of plant biotechnologies for crops plant improvement. Currently, he is the Head of Department Plant Science of PHYTOPRISE GmbH. As Senior plant scientist, he is responsible of the production and biofortification various crops species using aeroponic and hydroponic cultures under indoor agriculture conditions. That involves development method for optimal growth and economical production of the plant species.