OUR STORY

Teamwork makes the dreamwork. We're a team of wellness-enthusaitic, bright, creative people who celebrate the uniquness in each other. Our different superpowers are our greatest strength. 

Shh... we're not big on titles, but we are big on the unique value we're bringing to our users! The story of how flöka was created is a tale of collective stories that intertwined. 

vanessa de Waal floka founder

Vanessa de Waal

Product, People & Community (CEO)

Vanessa's passion for wellness had been no secret since she was 13. In spite of her healthy habits and passion for things like yoga and green smoothies, at 22 she was faced with a medical issue that had no cure. So she decided to immerse herself in a year's worth women's health research, supported by her mother, an M.D. She read everything she could on PubMed, ran experiments, and tried every health app out there. After two years she emerged with thriving health again determined to share her vision on how to make this process a lot easier for everyone else. Vanessa has committed her life to making the data science holistic wellness needs acessible. Her empathy for the user experience and their non-linear journeys drives her every day. 

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Heather Herriot

Health Behavior Scientist (PhD Cand.)

Heather is an accomplished scientist who studies the connection between mind and body. Her research connects the psychological and objective biological measures of health (like cortisol, inflammation and chronic illness). Heather and Vanessa have been friends for a long time and even bonded over a shared passion for positive psychology - because of it, she convinced Vanessa to switch her major. Heather also enjoys making Kombucha, challenging herself and taking steps to change indutries by changing how we think. She dreams of building the best tool for optimizing for psychological and physical health. To do that she knows that positive psychology is the key, and is therefore at the centre of flöka's UX design. These are founding principles Heather and Vanessa rally the team around.

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Carlo 

Development & UX/UI Aficionado (BA)

Carlo is a polymath whose deep understanding of user experience radiates through his code. From his programming, to his DJ and design chops, Carlo was previously CTO of CollectAR. Carlo is a self-described Swift admirer and UI/UX aficionado. He's constantly learning new things to, and teaching the team- from development to his wellness experiments. Carlo's an example of faith in the power of learning as much as you can, fast. Carlo's empathy for our users daily life and dedication to excellent user experiences helps us make the magic happen. 

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Heather van Tassel

Data Scientist & Analyst (MSc)

Between studying neuroscience and her masters and in data science- Heather's wellness journey started with a concussion. An athelete who always defined herself by her brain- she took to natural health research and put together a PDF for every person who has gone through a concussion on what-to-do. This deep care is something we all share and it speaks to the kind of person she is. Heather's mix of health, a female perspective and data science brings makes the magic happen. You can find Heather leading us in plank-sessions, at hot yoga, biking very long distances, sharing research- reveling in living in the future. 

Hernani Costa

Hernani Costa

Data Scientist, ML and Natural Language Processing (PhD Cand.)

Hernani has 11+ years of experience in building industrial and academic Artificial Intelligence Solutions. His background in Natural Language Processing, Recommender systems and ML that he's previously applied to the health field as NLP Data Scientist at Elsevier. Henani asks the right questions, bringing an approach that has gavlanized the whole team since day 1. Hernani enjoys spending time with his family, working in the future, and Crossfit!

Lambert

Lambert Ji

Engineering (MSc.)

Lambert makes Insight happen! He works hard to ensure that each user gets the unique experience they deserve. In the office, he's sharing his infectious positive attitude and working with the Insights team. For Lambert, where there is a will- there's a way! He builds new and better insights every day. Outside of the office, Lambert is competing his second masters in cybersecurity- reverse engineering how we can make mobile databases more secure. He also loves badminton, personal training, table tennis and hiking!

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Nadia 

Copywriter (B.A)

Nadia's passion for writing started young, and with her own blog. She later found her passion was writing at the intersection of health, and technology which made her excited about working at flöka. An avid user of femtech herself, and having gone through her own wellness journey (Nadia takes her temperature to monitor her cycle everyday) Nadia's voice is the voice of our users. She's passionate about acessibility in wellness- and making content that's both personalized and relevant. 

Self-care that evolves with you.

Your whole journey is what we're here for. 

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