Meet the Team

Martin Otto, CEO

Martin Otto (CEO) holds a degree in Physical Geography and Computer Science from the TU Dresden. He put that to work for the Hannover Re Group when developing natural catastrophe models. Before founding rad.Data, Martin developed business models for the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ, Potsdam. Here, he is supporting several software based start ups and managed technology transfer projects on a variety of applications.

Friederike Koerting, COO

Friederike Koerting (COO) wrote her doctoral work on hyperspectral copper ore detection and the implementation of hyperspectral data and instruments in the open-pit mining environment at the University of Potsdam and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. She leads the near-field, mine face mapping remote sensing effort in the team. Her profound hands-on experience in the VNIR-SWIR mineral analysis of outcrops, mine faces and drill cores was gained through multiple field campaigns around the globe and countless hours in the hyperspectral lab.

Christian Mielke, CTO

Christian Mielke (CTO) received his PhD in Geology at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Potsdam. His focus lied in the automatic detection and characterisation of mineral deposit and mining sites with multispectral and hyperspectral spaceborne data. Christian’s current research concentrates on developing applications for material and element characterisation using imaging spectroscopy.

Arndt Schwaiger, CSO

Arndt Schwaiger (CSO) is an experienced entrepreneur, advisor and investor. His background in artificial intelligence and extensive business experience provides a unique and balanced perspective. He has started several technology companies (including one of the first big data companies in Germany) and has advised more than 400 startups, SMEs and corporations on their digital business models, technology and overall strategy. Check his website for more information.


Chris Robben (CBDO) holds a PhD in mining engineering and has worked for almost two decades in sensor applications across various global segments of the mining industry. He has worked in sensor-, process-, and project development globally and is one of the world leading experts in this field.  His focus lies on overall business improvement, sound engineering, mineral economics and financial modelling and has got hands-on experience in pilot operations and production. He has received the Peruvian Price for Innovation in Mining for the San Rafael Tin Ore Sorting Project that he developed on behalf of the equipment supplier.

Bertram Heinze

Bertram Heinze represents rad.Data in South America. Since receiving his doctorate, he has acquired 15 years of expertise. He focusses on international research relations, technology transfer and project management of public and private institutions. With his company 
Innovbrazil, Bertram is working in consulting and project management in Brazil. Innovbrazil enables German companies market access to the mining industry.

Maya Sydney smiling

Maya represents the rad.Data team in Australasia. She studied communications and spent her professional life in information and consulting companies. She co-founded and manages the Sydney-based geological consulting company Geo9 Pty Ltd who specialise in groundwater and mineral exploration. Maya enjoys working with innovative scientific and data solutions that optimise the identification of resources and reduce environmental impacts.