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About Us

We pioneer quantum technologies to change the world for good.

We live in a revolutionary time. The quantum era promises groundbreaking progress and innovative disruption to the world as we know it.

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At Terra Quantum, we are committed to building quantum technology for a better future, breaking down the barriers between science and industry, and laying the foundations of a real quantum tech ecosystem and value chain.

We value the intrinsic connection between our planet and quantum technologies, putting sustainability at the core of our business and culture.

Standing at the very beginning of this revolution we feel the excitement – and responsibility – for the applications and tools we are developing.

Our Vision

Lead the quantum revolution and be the trailblazer in technology solutions, shaping a better future for humankind to prosper.

 

Our Mission

Unleash the power of quantum tech to deliver meaningful solutions today.

Terra Quantum’s thought leaders

The heart and soul of Terra Quantum are the brilliant minds that thrive on exploring the magic of quantum technologies. We have the honor to work with a remarkable team of international experts that brings together the finest people from science, academia and industry.

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Markus Pflitsch

CEO and Founder

Markus is a dedicated quantum physicist, senior financial executive and deep tech entrepreneur. He believes in the competitive advantage of quantum tech and is committed to support the European ecosystem to unlock its value. Since he was 14 years old, Markus has been a quantum physics enthusiast. He built on that passion, studying mathematics and physics, and accomplished a research career at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Before founding Terra Quantum in 2019, his curious mind and business acumen led him to pursue his profession in the business and finance industry. Starting at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Europe and North America, he applied his expertise in the financial services industry. He spent additional years working as chief financial officer and senior executive in various corporations (Deutsche Bank, UniCredit), as well as owner-managed digital and high-tech companies. Ultimately, he decided to leverage his expertise in quantum physics, business and finance to become an entrepreneur in the quantum tech space.

He founded Terra Quantum AG, a deep tech pioneer commercializing quantum tech applications. Markus is senior advisor to private equity funds and member of the “Baden-Badener Unternehmergespräche” (BBUG), a German institution which helps cultivate the next generation of executive leaders by bringing together decision makers from business, politics and society.
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Prof. Dr. Valerii Vinokur

Chief Technology Officer US

Valerii Vinokur is one of the most highly decorated quantum scientists in the world, and Terra Quantum’s Chief Technology Officer for the United States. Based in Chicago, he oversees the project portfolio with a particular focus on hardware components, while applying his deep and long- term world-class experience to expanding the intellectual property and patent portfolio.

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1972 with a BSc in Physics of Metals, and moved to the Institute of Solid State Physics, where he received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1979. Subsequently, Vinokur followed the opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where his research especially focused on understanding topological quantum matter and superconductivity. More than three decades he dedicated his efforts as a senior scientist to the US research institution, before joining Terra Quantum in 2019.

His remarkable scientific achievements have been acknowledged numerous times by the international science and research community, most recently with the 2020 Fritz London Memorial Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of condensed matter and theoretical physics.
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Prof. Dr. Florian Neukart

Chief Product Officer

Florian has built a reputation as high-tech leader and practitioner, and advisor in innovation and future tech. He is in the Board of Trustees of the International Foundation of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing, a special advisor to the Quantum Strategy Institute, on Board of Advisors of the KI Park, a co- author of Germany’s National Roadmap for Quantum Computing, on the Advisory Board of Quantum.Tech, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Quantum Computing.

Before joining Terra Quantum AG in 2021, he worked at Volkswagen Group in various positions for 11 years, assuming responsibility as Director for the Group’s innovation labs in Munich and San Francisco. Preceding his career at Volkswagen, he held various management and research positions in industry, academia, and consulting. Florian studied computer science, physics, and information technology, holding Master’s degrees and diplomas in these fields as well as a Ph.D. in computer science focusing on the intersection of artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

He pursues academic research and teaching, working as assistant professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science teaching quantum computing. He has written books on artificial intelligence and energy, edited a book on quantum computing, and published more than 90 articles on quantum computing and various other topics ranging from materials science to self-driving vehicles.
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Senior advisors

Below are some of our senior advisors, who share impetus and motivation.

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Stephen Nundy

Investment Partner and CTO at Lakestar

A trained engineer with a passion for investing in and advising Deep Tech companies, Stephen Nundy is an experienced technologist who is constantly innovating and building ambitious global businesses. Partner and Chief Technology Officer at European venture capital firm Lakestar, he leads on technology transactions ranging from AI, ML, B2B SaaS and Data Analytics. Stephen draws from over 20 years of global experience having previously been a Managing Director, Technology at Goldman Sachs where he headed complex global engineering and change groups.
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Martin Hofmann, PhD

SVP, Salesforce & Former CIO Volkswagen

Expertise in deep tech, profound understanding of the industry landscape and a creative take on digital ventures is what Martin Hofmann brings to our conversations. His thoughtful advice derives from his current work as Senior Vice President and C-level advisor for Salesforce’s most strategic customers and his advisory role of Zurich-based Lakestar Ventures as an industry and deep tech advisor. Before, Martin Hofmann gained more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive sector. As an EVP and Group CIO, he ultimately lead the digital transformation of VW into cloud computing and creating software development and AI/data analytics centers globally.
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Anders Indset

Philosopher and Author

World-leading business philosopher Anders Indset provides a bridge between philosophy, technology and science. With three Spiegel bestsellers including “The Quantum Economy,” Anders is a famed management thinker helping to shape the businesses of tomorrow. As well as being a part of GBI (Global Blockchain Initiative), #Enkelfähig, and “Die Veredlung Europas”(The European Refine-ment), Anders co-founded the Njordis Group and Global Institute of Leadership & Technology (GILT). His multifaceted approach has benefited a wide array of multinational organizations as Anders is a trusted partner of several successful CEOs.
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David Knower

Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Cerberus Germany

Having held senior positions in major corporates all around the world, David Knower provides valuable insights unique to his global experience. After spending eleven years in finance and controlling positions for Procter & Gamble in Germany, Europe and Asia Pacific, David’s entrepreneurial drive saw him found his own company – the International Consulting Company. David continues to ensure operational excellence today as Partner and Head of Cerberus in Germany. A respected business leader, David is a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and a Board Member of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington.

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