Emmanuel G. Escobar, Ph.D.
Director of Research Strategy and Innovation

Emmanuel grew up in a family with strong ties to agriculture, frequently visiting the farm where his grandfather worked and has always shown an interest in plants and how they feed the planet. While doing a degree in Genetics at Queen Mary, University of London, he conducted research on membrane protein biochemistry and joined a microbiology research group to study the biogenesis and repair of photosystem II in cyanobacteria.

His success in the short research project encouraged him to continue working in understanding the underlying regulatory mechanisms of photosynthesis and in 2013 he was awarded a research grant from the Project Sunshine to conduct PhD research at The University of Sheffield. Since then, he has since worked with three international collaborative projects, the EU 3to4 Project, the C4 Rice Project and the RIPE Project, all which are research consortia aiming to engineer photosynthesis for sustainable agriculture.

Emmanuel is the Chairman of Seanasol Research and he leads the Research Strategy and Innovation segment and establishes the company culture, policy documentation and business outlook. He is interested in realising the full potential of scientific research by assisting businesses develop strong partnerships with not-for-profit academic institutions, and to ensure inclusion, diversity, integrity principles are recognised in these collaborations. His unique approach to problem-solving and readership into transdisciplinary philosophy enables him to form proposals on behalf of businesses or academics in order to seek foundation funds for larger and more impactful projects.

Emmanuel has a creative mind and is a strong advocate for science communication. In 2016 he founded Pressure Ink and has since been its primary contributor. He is also an established author, publishing academic articles in plant science and writer of memoirs and fiction stories.


Lidia Escobar, MSc.
Managing Director   

Lidia Escobar is a Business Development Specialist who identifies and creates opportunities to enable the efficient interaction between our internal and external collaborators.

Before embarking in the ambitious project of Seanasol Research, Lidia has managed a family Telecom consulting business that has worked in different countries.  She holds an Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Liverpool and has also a background in Education.  In Guatemala, her country of origin, she was a Secondary School teacher of Biology and Chemistry.  Lidia enjoys learning languages and besides her mother language, Spanish, she speaks English, French and German.

Lidia is concerned about the issue of food security and has taken the Seanasol Research initiative as her own and she firmly believes in the interdependence of humans and plants and the need to explore ways to secure that relationship.

Julio Gonzalez-Saenz, MSc.
Programme Director (Space Segment)

Julio Gonzalez-Saenz has worked in the industry for more than 35 years. He started in the telecommunication world as an engineer, working for IBM during the rise of consumer grade IBM-PCs. In following years, Julio was a key design engineer in the integration and adaptation of the Signalling System 7 (SS7) and responsible for its success in the exchange of information using digital signalling networks—one of the most complex projects in the world. Julio is a world-traveller, fluent in Spanish, English, German and French, and has had the opportunity to work as a consultant for high-tech, world-class telecom projects including those with KPN in the Netherlands, Sofrecom in Syria, CGI in Germany, and Vodafone, Altran, British Gas and NPower in the United Kingdom. Julio holds an MSc in Computer Science at Roosevelt University, where he developed DNA computer algorithms under Prof. Alex Wolpert. He has also worked on simulations for rotary-wing aircrafts and strategies for lunar landing.

Julio’s interests in space expansion projects started while working in Germany. There he volunteered at PTScientists as Software Engineering/Technical Manager of the Aerospace team. He also had a chance to work with Dr. Jack Crenshaw, one of the former NASA physicists of the Project Apollo. Together, they performed trajectory calculations for the deployment of rovers to the Moon as part of Google XPrize. Julio continues to work with PTScientists as a technical advisor.

Julio plays a vital role at Seanasol Research as Programme Director and is responsible for realising project aims and ensuring that objectives are delivered in a timely manner. He is also one of the key representatives of the company and liaises with individuals, universities and private companies in order to identify new research directions.  He believes that plants, inter alia, will play a key role in any human endeavour outside of Earth. His expertise in Robotics, DNA, Telecommunications, Computer Science, Electronics, Cybersecurity and InternetOfThings can be used to learn what we still don’t know about plants and how they could cope in low-gravity environments, such that humans can move far and beyond the sky.

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Sally Yiu, BSc
Media and Communications Specialist

Sally completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Sheffield, specialising on crop improvement and bioengineering. Before that, she has worked on TV news broadcasting and technical support on community organised events. Sally is one of the founding members of the Seanasol Research, who helped design the original idea for the micro-habitat, environment controlled platforms that were developed for low-gravity farming when the Seanasol initiative first started. Since then, she has used her experience on media and communications management to advise the creation of online projects, such as website design and content creation. She continues to work alongside the biological segments and has designed and created company logos and banners for use on official documents. She serves as the point of contact to anyone contacting the company on public relations matters and leads the development of media centred topics on the Seanasol Academy.

Sid Agrawal, MSc
Senior Account Manager

Sid is the newest addition to the company and helps maintain strong relationships with our partners, clients, and collaborators. He studied Biochemistry at Queen Mary, University of London, then went on to specialise on virology during his Masters degree. Since then, he has worked as Relationship and Account Manager for several companies, and joins Seanasol Research on a volunteer basis to help reach out to our network and community. He is the point-of-contact for our collaborators, as well as manages team finances, budgets, customer satisfaction reports as well as identifying new projects for investment.