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Who's Phil anyway?

Phil (Priva Horticulture Innovation Lab) was launched to create real-world change by making horticulture and greenhouse innovation move faster.


Phil by Priva

We are proud to be founded by Priva, a worldwide market leader in environmental control, water, and energy management solutions for the agricultural and horticultural industry.

Phil wants to connect with the brilliant minds of our clients and businesses that support them, and beyond.

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Why Phil?

Phil turns extraordinary knowledge and valuable horticulture data into world-class products. Our partners and customers face new challenges in this fast-growing industry.

Share your day-to-day challenges with us, and we’ll find creative solutions that meet the needs of growers and other stakeholders.

We’ll hook you up with the tools to help you make better decisions and reach new heights in time management, resource management and yield quality.


Where does Phil live?

Phil has created a fast-paced base within the Priva Campus in De Lier, The Netherlands. The campus is located in the center of the Westland region, Western Europe’s greenhouse hotspot.

You’re invited to drop by our bustling Phil headquarters to enjoy a coffee and cookie on us, and unveil new opportunities together.

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Who’s part of the Phil team?

Phil is nothing without his mega-talented innovators. Meet our team.

Gerard Woudstra
Big G

Dev Team Lead & Data Platform Head

Big G (aka Gerard Woudstra), is a star developer/coder. Not only is he the proud father of some cute cats, he is also a keen participant in multiple sports keeping him active each week. How we build what we build always goes through Gerard.

André de Raadt
André de Raadt

Product Owner

André is the biggest world traveler of us all (yes, even more than Dirk, and that's saying something). High-class innovator (Priva's FS Performance was his brainchild). Oh, and also an awesome father.

Aderjaan van den Berg
Aderjaan van den Berg

Software Developer

Aderjaan is a Phil rookie but a super accomplished .NET Developer, experienced SQL Server and Azure developer. He not only loves his wife and 3 wonderful kids, he likes good beer and can’t live without coffee. Thumbs up!

Robert Kievits

Product Design/Software Developer

Master software developer by day, pub quiz and escape room enthusiast by night. In his free time he’s not only a super cool dad (with a second kid on the way), but also loves to kick back and watch F1. If there’s still some time left, he travels. Yes, this guy has it all.

Evan Sousa
Evan Sousa

Software Developer

Evan is a passionate developer who loves to prototype and create cool projects. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games and watching anime series. He also suffers from a huge gadget addiction.

Virgil Ansems
Virgil Ansems

Software Developer

Virgil is an enthusiast full stack developer with special interest in security. Mostly you'll find him running around and helping people find solutions for difficult problems. Luckily Big G gets him to the Crossfit box frequently so he can clear his mind. He loves multiple sports, a good glass of wine and he is the best dad ever (according to his daughters).

Ferdi Seegers

Software Developer

Ferdi is a passionate and driven software developer who loves making innovative products with a team of good-humoured people. When he's not making software he's either traveling the world, drinking whiskey with some friends or having some quality time with his wife and his lovely dog Harvey (yes from the series Suits).

Herman van der Meer

Software Developer

As an electrical engineer, Herman has always been interested in technology. He is a full-stack software developer with a focus on quality and structure. As a real team player, he feels at home within PHIL, and also enjoys cycling to the office.

Matthias Schuurmans

Data Science Lead

Having graduated after studying Artificial Intelligence at VU and UvA nearly a decade ago, Matthias has joined the Phil team in part to help realize his ambition of addressing climate change through facilitating globally sustainable food production. An avid gamer, hiker, and beer enthusiast, Matthias is welcomed as the latest edition to our growing Phil family.

Alexander van Tuyll
Alexander van Tuyll

Junior Data Scientist

Alexander joined Phil as a data science intern while he completes his Masters degree in Biosystems Engineering at Wageningen University. In his spare time, Alexander enjoys cricket, cooking, working out, and recently rediscovered his love of architectural drawing.

Alexandros Oikonomidis
Alexandros Oikonomidis

Data Science Intern

Focused on completing his MSc in Biosystems Engineering at Wageningen, Alexandros has elected to specialize in Data Science, and has joined our team to work on machine vision in horticulture.


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