Our Team


In 2013, Smart Air was set up to get clean air to more people without the huge price tag. Along the way, our team has grown into a collection of passionate entrepreneurs who are doing everything they can, all over the world, to get more people clean air.

Our story

The Smart Air Team




Thomas Talhelm

Thomas built his first DIY in Beijing doing PhD research in cultural psychology. Since then, he somehow managed to get a job as a professor at the University of Chicago. When he’s not leading Smart Air, Thomas studies cultural differences between northern and southern China.


Anna Guo

Anna helped Thomas assemble his first DIY air filter in 2013 and has been tolerating his incessant particle counting ever since. Now she runs tests, orders materials, and manages team projects for Smart Air. In her spare time, Anna enjoys photography, yoga, tea, and French film.


Paddy Robertson

Paddy is a graduate in aero engineering and a trick of several trades. He manages the China business and leads product development. Outside of the office he’ll be climbing or trying to fit in with the locals doing Tai Chi.


Dhariyash Rathod

Dhariyash Rathod

Dhariyash has a masters’ degree in Micro-electronics from TU Delft. He leads the India team in Delhi and loves conducting workshops to raise air pollution awareness in India. In his free time, Dhariyash loves to ride bicycles, run, travel and eat lots of rice.


Esther Wang

Esther is Smart Air China’s customer service lead and prior to the recent epidemic of babies in her life, she enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, and ultimate frisbee. And she hopes to enjoy them again someday.