Jens Albertsen is Head of GrowthCapital, a corporate venture capital concept at VKR Holding. Jens Albertsen has an engineering background and in his seven years as an investment professional, the past 5 years has been in venture capital. Prior to venture capital Jens was the CEO of a cleantech startup addressing the automotive aftermarket. GrowthCapital is focusing on energy efficiency and renewables for buildings with a strategic fit to the existing business areas of VKR .
The NBVF is a venture capital fund which invests in, and actively supports Icelandic start-ups with significant growth potential. Hekla Arnardottir has over 10 years work experience with the global orthopedic company Ossur. Hekla has gained broad experience in the R&D process, from early design stage to launching a product to the market. Hekla worked in Shanghai, China as a Product Manager for Ossur Asia, with main focus on customers from Japan, Australia, China and S-Korea.
Kristinn works as Director of Sales and Marketing for Marorka, and is a co-founder of the company. Since founding Marorka in 2002, Kristinn has actively participated in the development of Marorka´s Energy Management products and worked with some of the leading ship owners in the world on the subject of energy optimization for their fleet.
Jon Trygve Berg is a partner in the early stage venture fund Sarsia Seed. He is responsible for the Energy and Cleantech investment activities of Sarsia Seed. Jon has 15 years experience from technology development and management positions in the oil & gas industry before joining Sarsia Seed. He has led VC investment consortia within the sectors of 2gen bio fuels, wind and water processing.
Julia Bertret is in charge of developing the Veolia Innovation Accelerator – a program to detect and deploy clean technologies through partnerships with the most innovative startups in the cleantech sector. She particularly assumes lead responsibility for the scouting activities in northern Europe. Before joining Veolia in 2010, Julia helped start-ups and small and medium-sized companies optimize their growth strategy and business plan.
Megan has worked in the cleantech sector for nearly a decade. Having joined WHEB in mid-2007, Megan has responsibility for deal sourcing, due diligence, deal execution and ongoing portfolio management. Megan previously worked at the UK Department of Trade & Industry. Her final role in the civil service was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, with responsibility for advising Ministers on all aspects of energy policy in the run up to the publication of the Energy White Paper 2007.
Hans Christian Bjørne works as Innovation advicor for Nordic Innovation Centre (NICe), an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers facilitating sustainable growth in the Nordic economies. His main responsibilities are within the fields of innovation competence and venture capital financing. Prior to joining NICe Hans Christian have experience from starting up and managing companies in the field of media technology.
As Vice President of Innovation at Veolia Environnement, Marie-Anne Brodschii, initiated, designed and launched the Veolia Innovation Accelerator Program. Her mission consists in structuring innovation processes for Veolia Environnement at a global level. Marie-Anne has been working in the environmental business for 14 years, leading international business development initiatives for Veolia Energy throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Daniel Carter is a Principal at Conduit Ventures, which he joined in 2003. He is responsible for investments in low carbon energy and has had profitable exits in this area, both IPO and trade sales. Prior to Conduit, Daniel was with Citigroup, where he co-founded the European Energy Technology group, and has been financing renewables and conventional power since the late 1990′s.
Young-jin joined 3M New Ventures as an investment manager at 3M’s corporate venture unit in 2010 with a focus on bio-based materials, renewable energy, water technologies and nanotechnology. Prior to joining 3M, Young-jin worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group on strategic marketing and market entry projects in a variety of industries and regions. Young-jin holds master degrees in mechanical engineering and International Business Studies. He is currently graduating with an executive master in politics, philosophy and economics.
Lars is currently an Investment Manager at Verdane Capital Advisors’s Oslo office, which he joined in 2008. He is working actively with several investments within the energy sector. Board memberships include Powernet, Resman and Smartmotor. Before joining Verdane Capital Advisors, Lars worked as an investment analyst at Hitec Industries and as a project engineer at Det Norske Veritas in Oslo.
Magnus is responsible for WWF Sweden’s work on analyzing and catalyzing improvements for the global development and dissemination of climate innovations Prior to this he worked on sustainability-driven business development for 10 years, including the launch of Stockholm’s first cleantech business park, coaching of cleantech startups and establishing the Swedish Sustainable Investment Forum, SWESIF.
Hans joined SEB Venture Capital in 1997. Prior to that he had various positions within SEB’s asset management team. He has held board of director positions in three different listed companies. He focuses on investments in the intersection between life science and technology and on investments in cleantech. Hans has also, through his engagement with SEB Venture Capital’s investment in Mamma Mia, gained valuable experience within entertainment.
Per has been a Venture Partner at ETF since inception. Based in Stockholm, he sources new investments in the Nordic region as well as helping our existing portfolio companies grow. Before ETF, Per ran GE’s business across the Nordic region and the Baltic States. Per has also worked at Motorola Semiconductor Europe, where he held various senior positions in Sweden, UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
Jacob af Forselles is Investment Director at Ahlström Capital, responsible for private equity investments and venture capital investments. Ahlström Capital is a family owned investment company that invests internationally in industrial companies and real estate. Mr af Forselles has more than ten years of experience working with international M&A, both as an investment banker and as a private equity investor. Currently he serves as a board member in a number of private companies, which are active in various fields of clean technology.
Gunnel works as Investment Manager in the investment arm of Norwegian energy business group TrønderEnergi. TrønderEnergi Invest invests in renewable energy and has cleantech companies like Metallkraft, Biokraft and NorWind among its portfolio companies.
Johan Gerklev has been the environment director of Skanska Sweden since 1998. Previously he has served as environment director at Skanska Sothwest during the period 1995-1997 and as a researcher at the TEM foundation, Lund University. Johan have served in the boards of the Swedish Environmental Management Council, Swedish Association of Environmental Managers and O2 El.
Per Grunewald, Partner, Pegroco Invest
Per has been Senior Vice President in the Elextrolux Group, Senior IM of Bure Equity, and co-founder of Spine Robotics. He was awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Prize in 2003 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), WWF , and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises for his pioneering work on integration of environmental and business issues. He is currently at Pegroco Invest where he manages investments in the energy and cleantech sector.
Dr. Sven Hansen is a venture partner at Zouk Capital LLP. Dr. Hansen’s career spans over 20 years in private equity and investment banking in the cleantech, environment and energy sectors. Over the last decade he has been engaged in growing some of the world’s largest solar companies across Europe, Asia and North America such as Concentrix, Norsun, Q-Cells, REC, SolarCentury, Solarfun/Hanwha Solar One and Trina. Sven has been involved in investments in over 40 clean tech companies and in listing four companies.
BJÖRKVC investment strategy is based on the conviction that Iceland’s plentiful resources combined with sustainable business operations offer profitable investment opportunities in start-ups. Before joining Auður Capital, the manager of BJÖRKVC, Baldur was working for 10 years in leveraged finance and private equity in Iceland, UK, the Nordics and USA.
Kari has several years of experience in funding start-ups at Tekes in Helsinki, Finland. Tekes is the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. Kari’s investment focus is energy and environment sector broadly. Previously Kari worked for Tekes Silicon Valley office and managed cleantech activities between Finland and the US.
Sveinung Hole is the managing partner of the early stage venture fund Sarsia Seed based in Bergen, Norway. Sveinung brings 15 years of CEO and board experience from Norway, the Nordic countries and the US. He has also been co-founder of several businesses, led VC investment consortia and worked with large scale corporate M&A. Sveinung is active in the development of Sarsia Seed’s portfolio companies within Energy and Cleantech.
Santtu has over ten years of experience in cleantech business development. His competences include business strategy, venture capital, market assessment, marketing and international project financing. He has advised a wide range of top-tier Finnish cleantech start up companies to develop their business and to open new markets. He is currently Executive Director of Cleantech Finland, a marketing platform for Finnish cleantech companies.
Andreas is heading the New Business Creation (NBC) unit which is Stora Enso’s launch pad for new business. NBC exploits opportunities in areas like fibre-based packaging, cleantech and advanced materials. He has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship and business development. During four seasons Andreas was member of the jury in Venture Cup Öst, Sweden’s leading business plan competition.
Stefan is a seasoned investor focusing on Tech companies in general and Cleantech companies in specific. His drive is to generate successful exits of which he has managed three since early 2010; TranSiC, Scandinavian Biogas and Ecomb. Stefan have worked with business and organizational development, change management and strategic technical development. Further he has been responsible for capitalizing companies and financing of small as well as large investments. He has served on several boards for the past ten years.
Kaj Jansson is Vice President of Kemiras Research and Technology department. He has been active within the water treatment area since 1985. Since joining Kemira in 1994 Kaj has been working with sales, application and research management on global scale within water treatment. On top of this he is active member in different international water treatment organizations. He has extensive knowledge of biological, chemical and physical methods of water treatment. Kaj is experienced in running large research teams with 80+ members.
Bjarne Henning Jensen is the Investment Director at Vækstkapital. Prior to Vækstfonden, Bjarne held the position as Vice President of Technology/R&D at Anhydro Holding A/S,. Before that, he served among other important posts as Executive Director of Projects & Plants for Elsam Kraft A/S, as Managing Director and CEO for Elsam Engineering A/S, as Director of Industry, Energy and IT Division for Cowi A/S.
Jakob has valuable management and business development experience from working with more than 100 start-up companies during 10 years of investing in and developing hi-tech companies. Further, Jakob has extensive experience as board member, where he assists companies in a constant pursuit of value creation. He is presently focusing on new business ideas within cleantech and advanced materials.
Kim is investment manager at Østjysk Innovation A/S. His previous experiences include heading the Projects Department in Dantherm Power. Before joining Dantherm Power Kim worked more than 10 years in IT and telecommunications as analyst, sales director and CEO. Kim has extensive management experience from both large corporations and startups like Innovation Lab, NRGi Fibernet and Dantherm Power.
Michael has more than 20 year experience from Schneider Electric, Siemens and ABB with sales, marketing, business development and project management. In his latest job he was responsible for a wind turbine application center with focus on product development and international project management. Michael also has experience from positions within the shipyard industry and metal working industry and has started his own company.
Juha Lehtola is Investment Manager at Finnish Industry Investment’s direct VC investments team. He has been active in the Finnish and Nordic venture capital industry since 2003, completing various early and growth stage investments in different technology sectors, including cleantech. Prior to joining FII in 2009, he held similar positions at Nordic Venture Partners and Aura Capital. Juha received a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.
Shawn Lesser, the founder and president of Sustainable World Capital, has long standing relationships with Sustainability Portfolio Managers throughout the World. Shawn has over 15 years of experience in national and international institutional equity sales. His previous affiliations include co- head of international institutional equity at Morgan Keegan in Atlanta GA and Managing Director at NBA Deutsche Bank in Atlanta.
Christian is the regional director for southern Sweden at Tyréns. Tyréns is one of Sweden’s leading consulting corporations in the urban and rural development sector. Prior to his engagement at Tyréns Christian have held several leading positions at housing and building corporation NCC. His competences include development within real estate, business, organizations, operations and societies. Christian is the chairman of Sustainable Business Hub, a network of businesses in Southern Sweden working in the environment and energy sectors.
Thorbjørn works with corporate venturing, business development and investment management at Grundfos New Business. Prior to that, he worked with cross-functional / cross-cultural management, sales development, strategic planning and business controlling in an international context. His professional background falls within sales/marketing, business development, finance & accounting (HQ/subsidiary reporting, budgets/controlling), operations & logistics, and international project management. Thorbjørn has international experiences from many countries and regions.
Helle has worked as a business developer at MARINTEK in Trondheim and at SonoWand AS. She has experience in starting-up and operating companies in Norway, the United States and Brazil, strategic planning, development of management systems, organizational and employment procedures and work quality. She is currently investment director at government funded venture firm Investinor.
Bernhard Mohr have worked for BASF Venture Capital since 2006. He has held senior positions in the BASF Group since 1996 and brings to BASF Venture Capital an international expertise in marketing, finance, corporate development and research & development. BASF Venture Capital GmbH selects businesses for investment whose success factors include innovative chemistry-based solutions and which are of strategic interest for BASF.
Manu Mäkelä is co-founder of Conor Venture Partners, and has worked in technology venture capital for more than ten years. He came to Conor from Holtron Ventures where he held the position of Investment Director. Prior to Holtron, he worked as Investment Director for Eqvitec Partners and as Financial Analyst for Eqvitec Advisors. Conor Venture Partners is a leading early-stage technology VC investing in Nordic and the Baltics. Conor invests in disruptive technologies in ICT, embedded systems, electronics, new materials and optics.
Morten Nissen Nielsen is an entrepreneur having built several successful companies over the past 15 years. Before entering the climate industry, Morten has been working globally with both old media (newspapers) as well as new, online media. In the climate industry he is focusing on projects with CO2 reducing effects.
Åsgeir Nord is a founding partner at Incitia. Prior to joining Incitia, Åsgeir have worked with buy-out and expansion capital at Reiten & Co, with management consulting at Arthur Andersen and with technology development at SensoNor. Incitia Ventures is a leading independent Nordic VC fund manager with a base in Oslo, Norway. Incitia invest in companies with high growth potential in all sectors where technology can make significant commercial impact.
Malin Nordgren is responsible for business development within energy efficiency and e-mobility at E.ON. Prior to joining E.ON, Malin worked as Senior Business Analyst at IKEA with venture capital investments in cleantech start-ups. In this role she was responsible for the initial evaluation of more than 300 potential venture capital investments within cleantech for IKEA. Malin has also worked 6 years with mergers and acquisitions, primarily within the energy industry.
Harald Olderheim is an Investment Manager in Energy Future Invest, EFI, a venture company that invests in cleantech companies in the Nordic countries. He has a broad experience as a board member in several Nordic companies. Prior to joining EFI, Harald has been working in the oil industry in Kværner Oil and Gas, from the management consultant company A.T. Kearney and from a successful start-up as founder and CEO.
Lennart Ohlson is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Technology at Metso. Lennart has broad technical, commercial and managerial experience, especially within the wood processing and energy industries. He has long experience of working within, as well as leading multicultural organizations and international sales activities. Previously he has held several leading positions within the power and pulp industries including his previous position as president of Metso Power.
Erik is a business developer at the Swedish Energy Agency. Today he is responsible for the due-diligences and screening process in the evaluation of investment opportunities of new energy ventures. Erik has valuable management and early stage business development experience from the work with and screening of cleantech-energy startups. Erik has over 8 years experience from different positions in commercialization of science, business development and new venture creation.
Mari Pantsar-Kallio is the Programme Director of Finnish Cleantech Cluster lead by Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd. FCC is a network organization of over 300 Finnish Cleantech companies, investors and research institutions and aims at increasing the turnover of Finnish Cleantech business, enhancing venture capital in Finnish Cleantech and internationalizing SME’s. In her team Pantsar-Kallio has 31 Cleantech experts.
Detlef has extensive experience from different areas within the Siemens group such as mergers and acquisitions and managing a Russian/German joint venture. His current areas of focus include Cleantech investments relevant for the Siemens Sector Industry consisting of industrial automation solutions, drive technologies, building technologies, lighting and mobility mainly in Europe. In 2000 he was a founding member of the Siemens Business Services (SBS) Venture Capital team.
Johan Rejnaert has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from IMEC and the University of Leuven and a MBA from Insead. He worked as International Business Developer at IMEC and as an Investment Manager with a premier Belgian venture capitalist.
Olivier is Partner in charge of the Cleantech practice at Opera Capital Partners, a corporate finance boutique with offices in Stockholm, Sweden and Paris. Olivier’s responsibilities include deal sourcing, reviewing and analyzing capital raising opportunities and hands-on private placement and M&A processes. Being active since 2006 in the European venture capital industry, Olivier acts as expert reviewer in major investor conferences and has a strong interest and long experience in cleantech as an investment segment.
“Quantum leap Innovation is a mindset – and lots of fun!” Technology and product strategy, topology development and intuitive multi-discipline innovation has formed the backbone of Peters career. Peter advocates simple solutions as easy to communicate, easy to implement and they give cheap and reliable products, short development time and happy costumers. Peters current passion is reducing energy consumption on Maersk’s 500 container ships. He is an inventor in his own right, holds a number of patents and is a board member at Innovation College Denmark.
Pia Salokoski is Chief Technology Adviser for Energy and Environment at Tekes, the Finnish government funding organization responsible for research and innovation. Pia Salokoski is programme director of the Groove programme, ”growth from renewables” with the aim to support growth and internationalization of small and medium sized companies working with renewable energy solutions.
Hólmfríður is Head of Innovation and Development at Reykjavik Energy, a power company providing electricity, geothermal water for heating, potable water and operates sewage system for the capital area. She is the project manager of the CarbFix project, a joint research project on disposal of mineral carbon dioxide storage into basalts. Prior to joining Reykjavik Energy, Holmfridur served as the Head of the Environmental Division at the National Planning Agency in Iceland for a decade.
Thomas Skovbjerg is a Director with Climate Change Capital Private Equity, a €200m cleantech fund focused on expansion capital and buy-out investments. Thomas is investing in cleantech companies with strong management teams and a clear path to profitability. Prior to joining Climate Change Capital Private Equity in 2007, Thomas was a Partner of the cleantech fund at BankInvest, one of the largest private asset managers in Denmark. Thomas has executed investments in cleantech companies for ten years across Europe and North America.
Esa Suoninen works for Fortums Corporate Strategy and R&D function and his responsibilities cover, among others, managing Fortum’s investments in Cleantech funds as well as coordinating relevant support from Fortum to funds’ portfolio companies. Mr Suoninen has had various positions in Fortum, for more than 16 years. He has been based in Southeast Asia and Middle East for app. 7 years, working with several non-recourse -financed power plant development projects. He also has experience from several successful M&A projects.
Dr. Óli Sveinsson has been instrumental in advancing innovation, research and development within Landsvirkjun for the past 7 years. Landsvirkjun is Iceland´s largest electricity producer and produces 75% of all electricity in the country. The company produces all its electricity from renewable hydro and geothermal sources. Óli has been a board member of the energy research fund of Landsvirkjun since 2007 and he has extensive experience in alternative renewable energy sources and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Óli has worked in the energy sector for over 15 years in the USA, Canada and Iceland.
Ole Jakob has worked in senior positions for ABB’s worldwide R&D activities related to Control & Optimization. He have held post doc positions with SINTEF in Trondheim, University of Berkeley and University of Tokyo. He has also been Science & Technology representative to South East Asia, based with the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore. Ole Jakob is currently sector head of Energy and Environment at Innovation Norway.
Tarja has been involved with renewable energy and other cleantech research and advisory projects for investors as a co-founder of Cleantech Invest. She has frequently carried out cleantech private equity fund evaluations and detailed due diligence projects on cleantech investments. Cleantech Invest is the manager of Clean Future Fund, a recently started early stage fund for Finnish cleantech companies.
Hans Olav Torsen has been a partner at ProVenture Seed since 2005. ProVenture Seed invests in early-stage, technology-based Norwegian companies within ICT, petroleum, energy and maritime, material and process technology. Hans Olav was the founder and CEO of marine electronics manufacturer Seatex (later Navia) during the period 1984-2000. Kongsberg group then bought the company where he became the Senior Vice President. Hans Olav was also the Chairman and CEO of Leiv Ericsson Group during the period 2003-2005.
Peter has 10 years of experience in cleantech development, commercialization and investment from start-up and growth companies. He has an industry background from venture capital, consumer goods, telecom, financial services and information systems. He currently works with cleantech investment and growth strategies at Breadfruit Capital, an investor and growth adviser to cleantech companies.
Jamie has worked at the Carbon Trust since 2009 where he leads on the development of new initiatives to deliver clean technology through innovation. For example, he led the design of the Entrepreneurs Fast Track, a new service to support cleantech start-ups and has assessed and supported a number of such start-ups as part of the programme. Jamie has been working in cleantech for six years; previously he worked for two VC-backed solar companies on international business development, strategy and innovation.
Jouko Vyörykkä joined The Dow Chemical Company in 2006. With Dow he has developed new products and solutions to key customers as well as explored new technologies and market opportunities. Currently Jouko’s focus is on technology scouting and exploration of technologies to identify and develop new strategic business opportunities for Dow. Before joining Dow Jouko was a project leader at Institute for Surface Chemistry (YKI).
Anne Worsøe is the Director of Innovation Norway in San Francisco. She was former the Head of New Business in Statkraft Development AS. Prior to Statkraft, she was the Secretary General of Norwegian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. She has been an entrepreneur and partner in a startup company, and worked as a Management Consultant in Gemini Consulting and Bene Agere, as well as Strategic Branding Consultant in JBR/McCann. Anne has served as a member of Board of Directors at several companies, including Private Equity funds.