Join the Lightyear Team

You will work on diverse subjects in highly autonomous teams consisting of terribly talented experts. At Lightyear, you get the unique opportunity to realize true impact. You can make the world a better place by using your skills and knowledge.

The Team

Research and Development

Lightyear’s co-founder Arjo works as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Part of his job is keeping up with the state of the art, initiating research and development projects and managing intellectual properties. Arjo co-founded Lightyear because it offered him an opportunity to use technology to make this world a better place. Aside from work, he loves speed skating, cycling, board games and reading.

Arjo van der Ham

CTO, Co-founder

As a VP Engineer, Marko translates the company’s vision and mission into road maps that structure, guide and size our engineering department to produce excellent sustainable technology. By doing so he is not only able to utilize his skills and experience to the fullest, but also have a positive impact. Marko is crazy about cars in general and has a passion for Chinese martial arts and free lunches.

Marko Walhout

VP Engineering

Chris makes sure all systems work together harmoniously, in order to make a car the user will definitely enjoy driving. He joined Lightyear because he wanted to make a difference. He wants to show his children that it is possible to change the world in a positive way. Chris practices capoeira and enjoys tasty foods.

Chris Klok

Chief Vehicle Engineer

Koen is one of Lightyear’s co-founders and is responsible for Design. On a daily basis he asks himself questions concerning the relation between user and product. Does the product fit the user’s needs? Why does the consumer want to buy the product? His main task is thinking about user experience and aesthetics. By working at Lightyear, Koen believes he can truly contribute to making the world a better place. In his spare time Koen enjoys building things.

Koen van Ham

Chief Design, Co-founder

As a vehicle dynamics architect, Wouter mainly works on the development of the chassis and suspension of the Lightyear One. What he likes most about his work is constantly thinking about designing the vehicle such that it is not only lightweight, very efficient and comfortable, but also very simple and cheap to manufacture. He finds inspiration in working on the Lightyear One and believes it will help to transform our world. He is driven to make this project succeed and enjoys working with like-minded people. His hobbies include sports, Formula 1, soccer and drinking a beer with friends

Wouter Jansen

Vehicle Dynamics Architect

As Interior Architect, Willem is responsible for translating the visual design and the vehicle specifications, into a functional and durable product. Components, but also suppliers are part of this journey. What Willem loves most about working at Lightyear is the challenge, space for creativity, and our amazing team. In his spare time Willem works on restoring his 1930’s home. He likes exploring nature together with his family, cars, mountain biking, and yoga.

Willem Van den Corput

Interior Architect

As an Aerodynamic Engineer Jorden makes sure that the energy losses by aerodynamic drag are minimized so the Lightyear One will be able to run more solar kilometers per year. By doing so, Jorden makes sure the Lightyear One will be looking slick and streamlined. He is passionate about working for Lightyear, because of the intrinsic motivation all of his colleagues and he himself share. He is also very passionate about sailing and kite-surfing.

Jorden Steenbeek

Exterior Architect

Djanini helps define the interactions between all electronic components, and does the planning and budgeting for the electronics system. He loves the big challenge of the Lightyear mission and found in Lightyear an opportunity to work with the best people. His hobbies are soccer, surfing, and eating food.

Djanini Markovic

Electrical Architect

As a Powertrain Mechanical Engineer, Wiebe works on developing the in-wheel motor system. Lightyear offers him the opportunity to design, develop and commercialize a cutting-edge automotive platform from scratch incorporating state-of-the-art technology to enable off-grid transportation powered by the sun. After work, he likes surfing, snowboarding, traveling, DJ-ing, and reading.

Wiebe Janssen

Mechanical Engineer

As an Embedded Software Engineer, Stef works on designing and implementing all software that is embedded in the Lightyear One, which connects sensor input to actuator output. Stef joined for the technical challenge and the opportunity to work in a young, ambitious and talented team on a mission that is more relevant than ever before. He enjoys running and music in all forms: visiting concerts, playing the keys and occasionally some guitar.

Stef van Son 

Software Engineer

Jeroen is responsible for the battery of the Lightyear One. As Electrical Engineer he is also involved with other powertrain modules such as the motors and the solar roof. He is figuring out the IT system of Lightyear as a side-project. Jeroen was part of the first Solar Team Eindhoven, and designed the electrical hardware for battery of Stella. He always wanted to do interdisciplinary system engineering on a high level and Lightyear offered him the possibility to do so. Jeroen’s hobbies include woodworking, renovating his house and audio engineering.

Jeroen Maar

Electrical Engineer

Toine works on the upper-structure of the car. Toine focuses on creating a lightweight design, while ensuring the safety of the occupants. Additionally, he works on the battery enclosure for the car. This means he designs the casing that holds the batteries in their place and keeps them safe. Challenging the car industries technological focus using creativity and the latest innovations motivates him to keep pushing the limits. Toine is a technology and car enthusiast and loves racing in any type of vehicle.

Toine Schmetz

Mechanical Engineer

Together with the electronics team, Aron is responsible for all electrical aspects of the car, from the door locks to the batteries and electric motors. During his study he participated in the World Solar Challenge (WSC) with Solar Team Eindhoven 2013, and became world champion. Winning the WSC opened his eyes and showed him it is possible to do the impossible. To him, Lightyear means setting an example for the future. Aron’s hobbies include music, volleyball and Formula 1.

Aron Collard

Electrical Engineer

Athanasios works on the in-vehicle network communication. This network includes various ECUs, sensors and actuators. His role is to facilitate and improve the data exchange among them. Athanasios joined Lightyear because we offer a very ambitious and challenging project to work on. When not working you can find Athanasios hiking, playing soccer or board games.

Athanasios Vellios 

Software Engineer

As a Project Manager, Vasiliki works on the planning, budgeting and follow-up of tasks and projects, and preparation, monitoring and administration of subsidy trajectories. At Lightyear, Vasiliki found the opportunity to learn something new every day, to grow as a person and improve her skills. Next to work, she loves traditional dances, puzzles, the Internet of Things and sailing.

Vasiliki Ntampasi

Project Management Support

Damiën works on developing the interior, with a special focus on the dashboard and center console. He believes electric vehicles are the future, and wants to help bring this vision to life. Damiën enjoys scouting and cooking, as well as the occasional technical hobby project.

Damiën Lemans 

Mechanical Engineer

Ricardo is one of Lightyear’s personnel working as a Composites Engineer. He designs parts aiming for significant weight savings using composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polymer. To Ricardo the greatest thing about working at Lightyear is being part of a ground-breaking and challenging project, while working on what he loves. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and reading.

Ricardo Ferreira

Mechanical Engineer

Dennis does research towards applicability of lightweight materials (incl. composites) in various components, as well as various general mechanical engineering tasks. He sees the Lightyear One as the right product at the right time, solving a lot of issues regarding adoption of sustainable mobility. His favorite past-times are cycling, snowboarding, surfing, and hiking. He is fascinated by aerospace and enjoys non-fiction reading.

Dennis van Iersel

Mechanical Engineer

As a Structural Engineer Storm is designing the upper structure of the Lightyear One. This means he makes sure the occupant cell is as safe and lightweight as possible. Lightyear offers Storm a fast-paced working environment where he is able to use his engineering skills to make transportation more sustainable. His hobbies include playing the guitar, and rugby.

Storm Potkamp

Mechanical Engineer

Tom works on the brake system and the steering system of the Lightyear One. Tom is motivated by Lightyear’s ambition to be a big part of the energy transition in the automotive industry. He sees working at Lightyear as a great opportunity to develop himself on a professional level, because of the big responsibilities you take on within the company. Tom likes traveling and going out with friends.

Tom van Beurden

Mechanical Engineer

Bas Groenen

Electrical Engineer

Mathijs designs structural components for the Lightyear One using lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber. He found the best of both worlds in building a car while contributing to a more sustainable future. In his free time Mathijs plays basketball and squash, and he enjoys skiing.

Mathijs Brands

Mechanical Engineer

Steven van der Schoot

Software Engineer

As a Solar Generator Engineer, Simone is designing and building the solar roof on the Lightyear One. He chose to work at Lightyear because he is challenged to learn fast and do multiple tasks. He has an unshakable belief in this project. His hobbies include 3D printing, basketball and mountain biking.

Simone Regondi

PV Engineer

Joris is responsible for the cloud system that communicates with the car. This system is used for the diagnostics of the car. It also allows the owner, using our mobile app, to see the status of the car and have some minimal controls, such as flashing the headlights. The main reason Joris chose to work for Lightyear is the societal impact of the company. Building be a brand new solar car from scratch is a dream come true. Joris enjoys gardening, programming, watching series and gaming.

Joris Reijrink

Software Engineer

By designing the HVAC system, Floris makes sure occupants stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He does research on the optimization of the climate system of the vehicle. His core goal is creating a sustainable future for everyone, which is why he joined our team. He enjoys playing the guitar, survival sports, and go-karting.

Floris Teunissen

HVAC Engineer

At Lightyear Martijn is working on a lot of things, such as battery pack, schematic/PCB design, auxiliary parts, and testing. As homologation engineer he is responsible for the contact with the Dutch Road Authorities as well, in order to make sure Lightyear One will be road legal. Martijn joined Lightyear to make a serious contribution to solving one of the world’s biggest problems. He enjoys photography, hiking, sports and playing drums.

Martijn Tuijten

Electrical Engineer

Bram is responsible for the dynamic behavior of the Lightyear One. He works on the suspension geometry, a vehicle dynamic model and the shock breaker system. Bram has a very simple reason to be a part of Lightyear: he wants to be part of the development of the first commercial solar car. He sees his job in building solar cars as a hobby of sorts, although he also enjoys soccer, surfing, and fitness.

Bram Lomans

Mechanical Engineer

Arnoud is working on a model which will advise you when to charge from the grid. We want to minimize the amount of charges, while assuring the user can complete their next trip. He liked the idea of working in a young and motivated team and hoped to find a project where he could personally contribute to a bigger idea. He found these elements here at Lightyear. His hobbies include rugby, cooking, board games, and puzzles.

Arnoud Jonker

Al Engineer

Mayk is designing and building a prototype for an optimizer of the solar roof to allow for roof curvature and shading. Mayk enjoys working in a compact agile team on a product that will actually be used. He is very passionate about renewable energy and enjoys drone filming in his spare time.

Mayk Thewessen

Interaction Designer

Misha is currently working on the electrical system that connects the solar cells to the car's high voltage system. His main task is ensuring the maximum amount of solar power is converted to electrical power at all times. Misha joined Solar Team Eindhoven in 2015, so joining Lightyear was the natural way forward for him. In his spare time he likes to cook and run. He enjoys (and occasionally makes) craft beers.

Misha Bekker

Electrical Engineer

At Lightyear, Alex focuses on designing an intuitive system that helps the driver get the longest range from the battery without sacrificing on safety nor the pleasure of driving. Alex believes in the Lightyear vision and wants to apply his knowledge and skills to create the smoothest experience of driving a solar electric vehicle. He is the guitarist of a band, plays soccer and loves cooking.

Alex de Ruiter

Interaction Designer

Operations

Gerard is setting up the procurement structures and organisation, while occasionally also doing hands-on purchasing. He makes sure to buy the things we need. The values at Lightyear perfectly match his personal ones, which is why working at Lightyear surpasses any other option to him. On top of that, Lightyear combines Automotive with a very clear vision and ambitious goals. His love for automotive also manifests in restoration of (classic) cars. He enjoys playing the saxophone, cycling and DIY.

Gerard Berkelmans

Procurement Manager

Nard translates the needs of the development teams to relevant partnerships with suppliers. His goal is to mutually reinforce partnerships in terms of long term profitability and growth. Lightyear is a young start-up with people with an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative mindset and whatever-it-takes mentality and a great place for Nard to learn. He has a great passion for cycling and ice speed skating.

Nard van der Sanden

Procurement Engineer

Sales, Marketing & Communication

Tessie is responsible for Relations and Sales within Lightyear. She takes care of all incoming reservations and makes sure all customer feedback is heard and, when possible, integrated. Next to this, Tessie is regularly present at events or presentations to spread the story of Lightyear. She sees working at Lightyear as a great opportunity to help create a powerful tool to provide a huge health, environmental as well as economical and social benefit to many. Tessie is interested in field hockey, social entrepreneurship and politics. She likes listening to music and reading books.

Tessie Hartjes

Chief  Marketing & Sales

Robert Hoevers 

Business Developement
Manager

Martijn directs Lightyear as a business onto the right path. Co-founding Lightyear was t Being able to have an impact on society, getting challenged with a steep learning curve, and all of this a part of “a super inspiring company with a lot of interesting people”. Martijn’s hobbies include cycling, sailing, and traveling.

Martijn Lammers

Chief Strategy, Co-founder

As a graphic designer, Mirl is constantly creating inspiring content for our online and offline communications. This varies from creating visuals for the website, to interior designing. Mirl joined Lightyear because she was looking for a young, dynamic, and ambitious environment to work in: a place where there is plenty of room for creativity. Her hobbies are design, running and hockey.

Mirl van Hoek

Graphic Designer

As a copywriter Celeste translates and writes texts in both Dutch and English. She writes our press releases, blogs and monthly newsletter. Celeste believes that by doing work she finds worthwhile she can make the world a little brighter. She gets energy from working in a motivated team. When not a work Celeste likes to write fiction, paint with oils, dabble in politics, travel and hike.

Celeste Vervoort

Copywriter

As Intern Communications, Noortje supports the communication and marketing team wherever she can. Noortje joined because Lightyear’s purpose-driven mentality really spoke to her. Her hobbies include squash, running and karaoke.

Noortje Verwiel

Marketing and Communication Specialist

Organisation

As CEO and co-founder, Lex is all about the end-goal and long term vision for the company. He does not only think about which technologies to use, what people to hire and which investors to work with, but also what company culture to build. He believes that by living the Lightyear mission we can make the world a better place. When not at work, Lex likes winter sports, reading, hiking and playing the piano.

Lex Hoefsloot

CEO, Co-founder

Qurein co-founded Lightyear and is responsible for the company’s finances. To be able to accomplish Lightyear’s mission, Qurein makes sure we raise sufficient funds and reports where the received funds have been spent and invested in. Having grown up in South Africa, he has clearly seen the world's need for clean mobility. Out of all the companies Qurein could have worked for, he chose Lightyear because he believes he can make the biggest difference for future generations here. His favorite pastimes are hiking, swimming, politics, and economics.

Qurein Biewenga

CFO, Co-founder

Working as Chief Growth means Maijke makes sure the company can grow in a sustainable manner with respect to culture, processes, and people. Lightyear has given her a big challenge and mission to believe in. Maijke likes doing hot yoga and DIY projects in her spare time.

Maijke Receveur

Chief Growth

Ivo’s focus is attracting the talent needed for Lightyear in different fields of expertise. He develops a proactive strategy towards the market to keep Lightyear in the forefront of the mind of our focus groups. He also tries to promote Lightyear every chance he gets! Ivo joined Lightyear because he was looking for a challenge. When he spoke to the team for the first time he felt an enormous energy and knew there was only one way forward.....becoming part of this great team and to do his part to achieve our mission! His hobbies include traveling, mountain biking and outdoor cooking.

Ivo Munsters

Recruiter

Rens is involved in strategy and corporate finance. Together with the finance team he works on funding, corporate finance and investor relations. Rens joined because he was fascinated by the idea of a green automotive start-up and loves working in an ambitious team. Working on the Lightyear mission gives him energy. His hobbies include swimming, reading, economics, and technology.

Rens Melsen

Financial Strategist

As the company is growing, legal questions are coming up more and more. One should think of issues in the field of, for example, company law, intellectual property law and data- and cybersecurity. Lianne focuses on finding the answers to those legal questions. Working at Lightyear contributes greatly to her personal development, but more importantly she enjoys working in a motivated like-minded team. When not working to bring you world’s first solar car Lianne might be playing the guitar or the piano, or be out running.

Lianne Sieben

Legal Counsel

Advisors

Ton Backx

Camilla van den Boom

Maarten Steinbuch

Gosse Boxhoorn

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