Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson is a visionary systems architect and designer with both a software and environmental science background. He is Akvo’s chief technology officer and steers the team to harness the maximum potential from open source methods. He began developing software ventures in Britain and California, working closely with many early-wave internet entrepreneurs.

A serial entrepreneur himself, Thomas helped introduce web technology in corporate environments during the mid-'90s. In 1994, he helped start Stellent CMS, which eventually
sold to Oracle. In 1997 he co-founded web analytics company ISSEL and in 1999 Zezame,
which built web page annotation systems. Since 2004 Thomas has helped develop the
Seawater Greenhouse, a revolutionary food production system for arid coastal regions.

An advisory board member of the India Water Portal, he’s currently completing an master's degree in environmental science at Stockholm University.