Jury Members

Karsten Hojberg, European Clean Tech Manufacturing Business Development Manager, Autodesk.Karsten

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate ground-breaking ideas. In his role, Karsten provides access to this leading edge design and simulation software to CleanTech Start-ups and entrepreneurs so that they can innovate and get their products to market faster. Karsten previously headed up the CleanTech Partner programs in both Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Karsten joined Autodesk in 2008 as the Manufacturing industry manager primarily responsible for driving sales in the Australia/New Zealand region of the Autodesk Manufacturing products. Karsten holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney.

Therese Lindsley, Head of Services Industry & Cleantech, Invest in Skånetherese

Therese Lindsley is Head of Business development at Invest in Skåne AB in Malmö, southern Sweden. Heading up a team of four she is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment within the Cleantech and Services Industry sectors to Southern Sweden. Therese commercial background includes positions as Business controller at Sony Mobile finance department in Lund and Business Analysis at Invest in Sweden Agency´s former office in London. Therese has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 6 years and holds a BSc(Hons) from University College London (UCL).

Peter Cook, Senior Investment Officer, Clean Technology Investments, IFC

Peter Cook is a Senior Investment Officer in the IFC Venture Capital team and has been based in Beijing since 2010. Peter has experience in power project finance, carbon market transaction and venture capital primarily in China, but also in other emerging markets. Peter joined IFC in 1998 with previous experience at PwC in New York. He has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and MBA from New York University.

Julien Mialaret, Investment Manager, Idinvest Partners

Julien Mialaret is an Investment Manager at Idinvest Partners. He is a member of the cleantech team which manages Electranova Capital, a dedicated cleantech fund, supported by the global utility Electricité de France (EDF), Allianz and Bpifrance -the French sovereign fund. Julien conducts investments in both early and growth stage companies in Europe, the United States and China. He is an investor in Enlighted (US) and Actility (Fr). Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, Julien worked in the Chinese market developing and acquiring large thermal and renewable power projects for EDF China. Julien holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe School of Management and a B.A in Chinese Studies from the French School of Oriental Studies. He is a fluent Mandarin  speaker.

Bernhard Mohr. Phd. Managing Director, Evonik Corporate Venturing

Since January 2012 Bernhard Mohr has headed the team founding Evonik Corporate Venturing. Prior to joining Evonik, Bernhard was a member of the BASF Venture Capital Team from 2006 until 2011. He has held senior positions in the BASF Group since 1996 and has an international expertise in marketing, finance, corporate development and research & development. Bernhard studied chemistry at the Universities of Stuttgart, Germany and Cincinnati, USA and earned a doctorate from the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He held postdoctoral appointments in Japan, France and USA.

Hans Enocson, President and CEO for the Nordic and Baltic Regions, General Electric

Hans Enocson has been President & CEO of GE for the Nordic and Baltic Region (Estonia and Latvia) since 2007. He is primarily responsible for GE’s overall growth in the region and acts as the key interface to GE for governmental and corporate relations. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Hans has more than 30 years of industrial experience and have served internationally in global responsibilities, working abroad in France and many years in the US. He served 10 years with LKB / Pharmacia – today an important part of GE Healthcare LifeScience in Uppsala. Previously he was partner and CEO of leading Swedish management consultancy and responsible for GE Information Services in the Nordic Region. He serves on many Nordic GE boards, AmCham Sweden, SAAC NY, Uppsala Innovation Center and served as honorary chairman of the Foreign Investment Council in Latvia (FICIL). From academic perspective he holds various advisory roles to the University of Uppsala and Stockholm Resilience Center . He is a frequent speaker on topics such as Sustainability, Corporate Governance and Innovation. Hans holds a BA from the University of Stockholm and Program for Executive Development (PED) from IMD Lausanne, Switzerland.

Toby Moore, Managing Partner, Imprimatur Capital Fund Management

Co-founder in 2010 and Managing Partner of early-stage tech investor Imprimatur Capital Fund Management operating in the Baltic/Nordic region. Invested in more than 25 tech startups. Board seats with several. Previously Investment Director from 2006 with London-based early-stage tech investor Imprimatur Capital and responsible for operations in the Baltic Sea region (Baltics/Nordics/St Petersburg), including building the research institution partner network, deal flow, investments and board positions. Before that with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for 12 years, investing in venture capital funds in Russia and the Baltic region. BSc in life science from Adelaide University (Australia) and an MBA from Durham University (UK).

Nicolas Maréchal-Abram, Project Manager, Veolia Environnement Research and Innovation

Nicolas Maréchal-Abram is Project Manager in Innovation Management Department, Veolia Environnement Research and Innovation since 2011. Prior to this position, he worked in several japanese companies and joined Veolia Water Japan group in 2007 as R&D manager. He did cleantech watch in Japan for Veolia Environnement until 2011. Arrived in Japan in 2000 as student, he got a PhD. in Environmental Science from Shizuoka University in 2004. He worked on bioindicators of Environment quality studying heavy metal partition coefficient between calcitic organismes and seawater.

Linda Zheng, General Manager in China, Conduit Ventures

Linda Zheng is the General Manager of Conduit Ventures in China. Main responsibilities include investment transaction, portfolio management and tech transfer projects cross borders. Conduit Ventures China has been successful in providing one stop services for western technology companies setting up operations in China.  Conduit clean energy innovation centers in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing was set up under her leadership with funding supports from UNEP/ADB. Linda has oversight for the administrative and operational aspects of the UK and China activities. Her background includes experience of China, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East and Turkey having worked with PWC, Barclays plc and Aviva with P&L responsibility on various venture projects.  B.Sc. Bristol University, UK; MBA London Business School.”

Daniel Zhu, Venture Partner, Tsing Capital

Daniel Zhu joined Tsing Capital in 2010 as a venture partner of China Environment Fund of Tsing Capital to take care of sourcing cleantech companies for investment, as well as strategic partner and government relationship mainly in east China. Mr. Zhu has been working for numerous Chinese and foreign cleantech companies as a strategic and financial advisor since 2001 in the sectors of waste to power, renewable energy, water and wastewater, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, as well as eco-agriculture. Mr. Zhu has also been working for non-profit organizations like UNEP endorsed Blue Economy program, MIT start up program, USA-China Cleantech Forum, Ford Foundation on cleantech, Shanghai Eco Economics Association, Eco-city builder from San Francisco, HULT-China campus and Eco-review committee. Daniel Zhu is the core expert of low carbon innovator program of WWF.

Joost Waeterloos, PhD, The Dow Chemical Company

Joost is member of the Scouting & Exploration Network in Dow’s Ventures and Business Development group. In this role, Joost is leading the European scouting efforts involving the researching and evaluation of technologies and opportunities that complement Dow’s robust Research & Development pipeline and contribute to the Company’s long-term success. His career with Dow started in 1998.  He has been active in R&D, technical service, sales and commercial functions in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific regions. He joined V&BD in 2006 with a primary focus on exploration project analysis and technology scouting.  Since 2009 he is leading the corporate technology scouting activities in Europe. He earned two engineering master degrees and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of Leuven.  He has published over 50 journal and conference papers and authored a book chapter.

Josško Bobanovic, Partner, Sofinnova

Jošsko joined Sofinnova in 2010 as partner dedicated to seed activities in green chemistry and bio?energy. Prior to joining Sofinnova he spent eight years in venture capital with iNovia Capital and its predecessor fund MSBi Capital in Montreal, Canada. While at iNovia Jošsko was responsible for cleantech investments at the fund, and focused on seed and early stage investments in cleantech and information technology.

Changhua Wu, Director, The Climate Group Greater China

A China specialist for nearly 20 years and an environment and development policy analyst, Changhua heads The Climate Group’s China Redesign, a catalyzing leadership program to shift China’s energy and resource consumption toward low emissions while accelerating green growth. Currently she is Vice Chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change; Vice Chair, Asia-Pacific Water Forum Governing Council; Member, UNFCCC High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue; Member, Foundation Board of Global Energy Basel; and Vice Chair, China Philanthropy Fund, All-China Overseas Chinese Federation.

Richard Riggs, Phd, Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital

Richard Riggs has been with BASF Venture Capital as an Investment Manager since 2012. When joining BASF in 2006 he was initially leading scientific projects in the areas of crop protection and performance chemicals. Prior to this he worked in the care chemicals division at Ciba Specialty Chemicals. Richards Doctorate degree in chemistry is from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Andrus Viirg, Director, Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley

Andrus Viirg is the Director of Enterprise Estonia, Silicon Valley – a representative office of a state foundation for business support and development. Previously Andrus has also served as the Director of Estonian Investment Agency and has been member of the Steering Committee of WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies). During the 1990s Andrus Viirg followed an international career heading the World Bank Group  Office in Tallinn and with the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Andrus has also worked for the Bank of Estonia on relations with international financial institutions. As the Director of Enterprise Estonia, Silicon Valley, Andrus Viirg is responsible for building up the network of contacts enabling Estonian tech companies to access the US market as well as promoting Estonia for foreign direct investment.

Alberto Clerigué, Investment Manager, SodenaAlberto Clerigue

Alberto Clerigué is a Senior Investment Manager at Sodena, the financial instrument of the Government of Navarra for regional development, mainly through venture capital. He is responsible for the investment in cleantech and environmental ventures and he is also in charge of attracting foreign direct investment in the region. Prior to joining Sodena, Mr. Clerigué worked for GAMESA as Manager of Corporate Finance (mergers and acquisitions) and held senior positions at COFIDES (Spanish Company for Financing and Development). Alberto Clerigué holds a master’s degree in BA from Deusto University of Bilbao (Spain).

Mikko Huumo, Corporate R&D, Fortum Oyj

Mikko Huumo works for Corporate R&D function and his responsibilities cover, among others, managing Fortum’s investments in Cleantech funds. Mr. Huumo has background in management consulting, especially in the area of renewables and smart energy technologies.

Mikael Hannus, VP Biorefinery, Stora Enso Biomaterials

Mikael is responsible for technology and investments in the biorefinery area within Stora Enso. The Biorefinery team  exploits opportunities in new non-food based biomaterials and chemicals. With a long experience in a variety of biomass conversions and bioenergy as well as sales and purchasing of products and inputs to the forest products sector Mikael is eager to analyze and learn and support the business development of new cleantech cases.

Per Ericson, Venture Partner, Environmental Technologies Fund

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.

Hans Engblom, SEB Venture Capital

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.

Aslak Andersen, Analyst, Agder Energi Venture

Aslak joined Agder Energi Venture the Corporate Venturing arm of Agder Energi, in 2010. He is currently member of the board at  five of Agder Energi Ventures portfolio companies. Prior to joining Agder Energi Venture
he worked for UBS Investment Bank and Norne Securities. Aslak has a Master’s degree in Finance from Norwegian School of Economics.

Indrek Kelder, Investment Manager, SmartCap

Indrek has been with SmartCap since the launch of Estonian Development Fund. For someone who has a diploma from Tallin Technical University in IT Indrek is surprisingly skeptical about most IT startups. Unsurprisingly then he is in charge of most SmartCap’s non-ICT investments.

Juha Lehtola, Investment Director, Finnish Industry Investment

Juha Lehtola is Investment Director 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.

Ulf Bojö, Senior Investment Manager, NEFCO

Mr Bojö is Senior Investment Manager at the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, NEFCO, an international financial institution created by the five Nordic countries. His responsibilities cover cleantech, energy efficiency and renewable energy deal sourcing, execution and portfolio management. NEFCO offers co-financing of investments mainly in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus providing a positive environmental impact relevant to the Nordic countries. Mr Bojö has previously worked as Sweden’s Representative in EBRD’s Supervisory Board for the venture capital fund Norum, Programme Manager for Sweden’s cooperation with the World Bank and Russia within district heating and Consul at Sweden’s Consulate General in Saint Petersburg.

Jaan Heinsoo, FDI Manager, Estonian Investment Agency / Enterprise Estonia

Jaan Heinsoo is a Foreign Direct Investment Manager in the investment promotion team of Enterprise Estonia, a state foundation for business support and development. He is responsible for promoting foreign direct investments in the cleantech and energy sectors. Jaan develops business relationships and manages FDI projects for international companies aiming to expand their operations, building up an international network of contacts with a cleantech focus. He has previously worked as a legal advisor for KPMG Baltics and as a member of the board in an Estonian renewable energy company producing bioenergy products from Baltic raw materials. Jaan has a law degree from Concordia International University Estonia and an MBA from Aalto University.

Nils Lehmann, Manager, Innovation, The Carbon Trust

Nils Lehmann is a manager in the Carbon Trust’s innovation team. He works with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals to commercialise low carbon technologies. Nils previously worked as a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company specialising in low carbon innovation strategies across industries. He holds an MSc in Mathematics from McGill University and at ETH Zurich worked closely with the finance industry to research investor assessments of corporate sustainability performance.

Tarja Teppo, PhD. Partner, Cleantech InvestTarja_Teppo

Tarja (MSc. In Engineering, PhD in Tech) is Partner, co-founder and member of the Board at Cleantech Invest (www.cleantechinvest.com), investment and development firm founded in 2005.  Cleantech Invest (CTI) currently has 13 firms in its investment portfolio. CTI invests in early-stage cleantech ventures in the Nordic area, with investment focus being smart energy and clean environment. Since 2014 CTI shares are traded at Nasdaq OMX First North Helsinki.

Pål Breiland, Investment Associate, Investinor

Påls focus areas at Investinor are clean tech and aqua culture. Mr. Breiland is deputy member of the board at Investinor portfolio companies Havgul Clean Energy AS and Cryogenetics AS.  Holds a Master of Business and Economics (MBE) from BI Norwegian School of Management, specializing in finance. He has previously worked at NorgesInvestor Securities as a financial analyst and fund manager.

Binella Vannesjö, Business Developer, Swedish Energy AgencyBinella pressbild 2013

Binella Vannesjö is a Business Developer at the Swedish Energy Agency which means being project leader for financing start-up clean-tech companies. Binella is also responsible for evaluating incoming projects working as gate-keeper at the Swedish Energy Agency. Binella has a long experience of environmental issues as project leader for energy efficiency projects at the Swedish Energy Agency, as environmental coordinator at a multi-national company including environmental and quality audits, environmental coordinator at the Swedish Marine Forces and also as environmental officer in local communities. Binella has a Master of Science from Gothenburg University and studies at the University in Sarajevo.

Andreas Stubelius, Business Developer, Swedish Energy Agency

Andreas Stubelius is a business developer at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is currently responsible for a governmental project with the mission to increase private finance in Swedish Cleantech. Andreas has experience from startups and has served in several boards. Before he joined the business development team at the agency ha has worked as sales manager and business controller.

Andre Lindvest, Investment manager, Marble Invest

At Marble Invest Andre’s main responsibilities are to research targeted technologies and markets, research and evaluate promising new investment opportunities and support the management of portfolio companies. Before joining Marble Invest, Andre held positions at Nelja Energia AS and Eesti Energia AS where he developed several pioneer wind farms in Estonia.

Johan Gerklev, Environmental Manager, Skanska Sweden

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.

Thorbjørn Machholm, Director, Grundfos New Business, Grundfos Management A/S

Thorbjørn works with new business creation, business development, company start-up and strategy work in the Grundfos group. He leads new business initiatives and serves at internal and external boards of directors. Thorbjorn has an extensive international experience with regional management covering cross-functional/cross-cultural responsibilities and management, business development, strategic planning, as well as operations and finance. He has worked internationally 25 years, has lived as an expatriate in Paris, France and in Singapore, Asia-Pacific, and he has managed teams in the USA. In addition, he has government and political EU lobbying experience. Thorbjorn is a Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni, holds a M.Sc. (DEA) in Management of Technology and Innovation from Dauphine Université Paris, and a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Strategy from Copenhagen Business School. He serves as a Jury in national and international start-up competitions, Start-Up Chile, and he is a Global Cleantech 100 panelist.

Fredrik Jonsson, Partner, Deloitte

Fredrik is a partner at Deloitte Sweden, based in Gothenburg, and is the leader of the Energy & Resources industry group and the Cleantech practice for Deloitte Sweden. He has +13 years of experience providing auditing and consulting services to energy, technology, automotive and manufacturing companies in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Fredrik has significant experience and knowledge of the changing energy marketplace with a focus on renewable energy, cleantech and sustainability. Fredrik holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lund University, Sweden. He has a strong international and cross-cultural platform from working in the U.S., Scandinavia, and Europe, from serving multinational companies, as well as from his university studies in South Korea, Germany and France.

Magnus Agerström, Managing Director, Cleantech Scandinavia

Magnus Agerström is Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia, which he co-founded in 2007. With more than 70 investors and industry companies from around the world in a membership network, Cleantech Scandinavia has become one of the most influential actors in the Nordic cleantech space. Before he co-founded Cleantech Scandinavia he co-founded sustainability consultant/software company, Natlikan Sustainability AB, where he was Managing Director for many years and from which he made a successful exit in 2011. Magnus holds a bachelor of Business Administration and has a passion for Environmental Economics. He is convinced that the way we use our economic system will have to be reformed in order for us to solve the big sustainability challenges ahead.

Olof Blomqvist, Project Manager, Cleantech Scandinavia

Olof has been working with Cleantech Scandinavia, the leading Nordic cleantech investor network, since 2010 and been involved in organizing all previous rounds of the Nordic Cleantech Open as well as the present one. He holds bachelor exams in Economics and Statistics as well as a Masters exam in Sustainability and Environmental sciences from the University of Lund.

Jussi Nykänen, Founding Partner and CEO, GreenStream

Jussi Nykänen is the Founding Partner and CEO of GreenStream Network Plc. He has 25 years of experience in energy and environmental businesses. At GreenStream he has established intermediary and asset management businesses and has since 2006 been in charge of company’s expansion to China. GreenStream is financing energy efficiency projects in China through its Hong Kong JV and is assisting technology companies in their China entry. Jussi is active in various associations and is the Vice Chairman of the Carbon Market WG of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. He acted 2004-2008 as the Chairman of the Management Board of the Finnish EUR 90 million Climbus Technology Programme of TEKES, which promotes development of climate-benign products and services and is currently in the Management Board of TEKES’ EUR 94 million Finnish Technology Development Programme Groove – Growth from Renewables 2010-2014.

Peteris Treimanis, Investment Director, BaltCap

Peteris joined BaltCap team in 2010. His professional career started in 1997 when he worked as Production Manager for Stora Enso. From 2004 to 2007 Peteris worked for venture capital fund Eko Investors. He is a member of supervisory board of portfolio companies SIA Primekss, SIA EUROLCDS and SIA EKJU and board member in SIA BaltCap Management Latvia.



If you wish to contribute to Nordic Cleantech Open please contact Olof Blomqvist at olof@cleantechscandinavia.com