Management & Board

Arktis was founded 2007 by Rico Chandra, Giovanna Davatz and Mario Vogeli. Our board of directors comprises experts from the Homeland Security Domain as well as Nuclear Industry. The Arktis development team includes electrical engineers, physicists, computer scientists and product developers with a strong market focus.


Dr. Rico Chandra, CEO, Co-Founder 
Rico has a PhD from ETH Zurich, earned in dark matter detector R&D carried out at CERN. He has a proven track record in technology and IP management, fundraising, and technology transfer. Rico's past work experience includes consulting work performed for the European Commission in security questions, strategic consulting of several SMEs, and technology consulting as a Council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group. 

Dr. Giovanna Davatz, CMO, Co-Founder
Giovanna earned her PhD in particle physics from ETH Zurich stationed at CERN, Geneva working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and holds a degree in product management. Her past work experience includes senior research assistantship at ETH Zurich. Giovanna has broad-based experience in program and project management of interdisciplinary teams, product life-cycle support, experimental physics, cyber security and software algorithms, including Monte-Carlo simulation programs.

Mario Voegeli, COO, Co-Founder
Mario has over 15 years experience as a business consultant and project, process and quality manager. He has worked for start-ups as well as various top companies, including KPMG, Helbling and General Dynamics, Europe. Before founding Arktis, he led management systems for a General Dynamics subsidiary in Switzerland and thereafter joined Solianis, a medical device start-up, as Director of Quality Management. Mario holds an MBA in Technology and Innovation Management from the University of Zurich.

Rick Muntz, General Manager US Operations
After a successful career in the medical device and diagnostic imaging segments of Health Care, Rick joined InVision Technologies in 1995, where he helped introduce the concept CAT Scan technology for the purpose of detecting IEDs in checked baggage. As VP of the Americas, Rick was responsible for the company's business from the initial pilot of 5 EDS systems in 1995, to the expeditious deployment of the EDS units following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Rick started working for Arktis in 2009 to become general manager of US operations.

Board of Directors 

Dr. Sergio Magistri, Member of the Board
Sergio was president and CEO of InVision Technologies, the leading provider in the multi-billion dollar global market for explosive detection systems (EDS) in aviation security. He led the company for twelve years from an initial staff of 20 researchers to over 1,000 employees designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting sales of EDS systems worldwide. InVision went public in 1996 and was acquired by General Electric in 2004 for $900 million net. He received his diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering in 1982 both from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Alexander Schlaepfer, Member of the Board
Alexander is partner at Aster Capital in Paris, France. His main areas of expertise are finance, M&A and general management. Throughout his career, Alexander has closed more than 20 M&A transactions in the US, China and Europe and has built new businesses in MV equipment manufacturing, power plant maintenance and in robotics. He held positions as VP Corporate Venturing at Alstom, VP Business Development at Alstom Power Service and as Managing Director of a local ABB business unit in Egypt. Alexander holds a BA from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and a Masters in Finance (MSc) from London Business School.

Rick Rowe, Member of the Board
Richard (Rick) has a broad background in the security domain. After retiring from Honeywell where he had held the position of General Manager of three of the company’s largest sales divisions he was appointed President of MCMS, a $800M contract manufacturer sold to Plexus in 2001. Rowe later started SafeView, a company that designs and builds millimeter wave security portals in use at airports across the globe. The company was sold to L3 in 2006. Rowe is currently co-owner of SeaPoint, a start up based in Hong Kong and China that specialises in LED lighting, digital display, and management software technology for commercial buildings, malls, and hospitality. Rowe received a BS in Engineering from the US Military Academy, a Masters in Engineering from George Washington University, and graduated from Business Executive Programs at both Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.

Dr. Peter Balsiger, Member of the Board
Peter is a serial entrepreneur who hold leading roles in several technology companies, including Dspfactory, the leading fabless semiconductor provider of ultra-low power System-on-Chip technology for medical, telecom and consumer products. He led the company from startup until a successful M&A in 2004. Since then, Peter has been involved in Private Equity transactions for AM-Tec Kredit AG. He is the owner of TF Acceleration Group LLC, which is involved in transactions, M&A and strategic business consulting. Peter is also an expert for the Swiss Economic Forum and judge and mentor for MassChallenge Switzerland. He holds a Dr. ès sciences and Dipl. Electronics & Physics from the University of Neuchatel, Dipl. Ing. HTL Microtechnology from the Fachhochschule Kt. of Berne, and several management certificates, along with a Certificate of Board of Directors from ZFU International Business School.

Dr. Rico Chandra, Founder, President of the Board

Dr. Giovanna Davatz, Founder, Member of the Board

Mario Vogeli, Founder, Member of the Board