Board & Management

Board

Chair Thomas Høegh

is the Founder and Managing Partner of Arts Alliance and partner of Höegh Capital Partners. Thomas holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Northwestern University. Currently, Thomas Høegh is active on the boards of the following companies: Rift Valley Corporation as Chairman, Growth Street, Met Film School and Arts Alliance Media. He is also a visiting professor at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

 

Mai-Lill Ibsen

is the former head of Citigroup in Norway and deputy CEO of Eksportfinans, the Norwegian export credit institution. She has also served as CEO of the Norwegian derivatives clearinghouse, NOS. She is currently working as a non-executive director on a number of boards for various companies and foundations in Scandinavia. She is Vice Chairman of the boards of Folketrygdfondet (Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Domestic) and CorpNordic AB, and board member of Carnegie AS, Fjellinjen AS, Royal Arctic Line A/S and Troms Kraft AS amongst others. Mai-Lill Ibsen has an MBA from Stanford University.

 

Martin Kröner

is a managing partner of Munich Venture Partners. Prior to joining the MVP team, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Agnion Energy Inc. and worked at Linde Engineering as member of the R&D team developing green hydrogen production. Prior to Linde, Martin built up Thermotec Engineering Services, a spin-off of the Technical University of Munich. Martin holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in combustion engineering from the Technical University in Munich. During his industrial career, he made several inventions reflected in 10 international patent applications.

 

Henrik Olsén

is a founding partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF), a London-based venture capital fund. Prior to establishing ETF in 2005, Henrik was a Managing Director of GE Equity, GE’s private equity business. During his 13 years with GE he was involved with transactions in a wide variety of industries and markets across Europe. Henrik has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, which included a scholarship exchange with the New York University Stern School of Business. He is also a member of the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Venture Network.

 

Lindsay Poston

has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. After 12 years as a partner at McKinsey & Company, he went on to hold senior positions in the building products sector of Meyer International Plc/Saint-Gobain, where he was CEO of Timber Products, MD of Jewson and COO of Meyer/Saint-Gobain UK. In addition he served as a Board of Director for the HSS Hire Service Group, a private-equity backed business. He is also a non-executive director of The Brett Group, a privately held construction and building materials group in the UK.

 

Iain Wilcock 

Prior to joining Seventure in 2008, Iain established and managed the healthcare investment business of Quester Capital for more than 10 years. In 2007, Iain founded Vela Venture Partners to advise early-stage investors in the UK. He is an experienced non-executive director, having served on the boards of biotechnology and med-tech companies, including Vivacta, Oxford Immunotec, Sterix, BiancaMed, Avidex, Lorantis, Oxxon Therapeutics and Xention. Iain holds a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, and a finance qualification from London Business School.

 

Stig Andersen

joined Investinor as Investment Director in early 2014. He previously worked as Nordic Head of Corporate Research at Nordea and held various positions in this bank for more than 19 years, e.g. Director Corporate Finance, Senior Analyst and Equity Analyst. Stig has also played a key role in Nordea’s coverage of the global forest industry. Stig Andersen holds a Ph.D in Forestry Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and MBA studies at University of Colorado.

 

Wim Dubois

joined PMV as senior investment manager in 2013. Prior to PMV Wim worked for OCAS Ventures, which managed the venture capital fund set-up by ArcelorMittal and the Flemish government. Before that, Wim lived 4 years in Shanghai where he was Corporate & Business Development Manager Asia within Cytec. In this role his responsibilities included the M&A activities of the Surface Specialties division of Cytec within Asia-Pacific. Wim holds an MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Hasselt (B) and an MBA from the European Business & Management School.  

 

Management

Christian Jebsen, CEO

was appointed CEO of Kebony in 2008. Prior to that, he was CEO of VMETRO ASA, COO of Opera Software ASA and CEO of Stavdal ASA. Jebsen’s professional background also includes seven years within investment banking with Nomura International in London and Enskilda Securities in Stockholm and Oslo. Jebsen holds a B.S. degree in economics and B.A. from Copenhagen Business School.

 

Jon Birger Syvertsen, CFO

joined Kebony as CFO in 2014. His previous roles includes Director of Marketing and Business Development at FMC Health and Nutrition, VP Commercial Development at Epax AS and Engagement Manager at McKinsey&Company, where he was a member of the Corporate Finance practice. Jon Birger holds a Master of  Science in Industrial Economy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Universität St. Gallen in Switzerland.

 

Per Brynildsen, CTO

joined Kebony as Head of Research & Development in 2005. Prior to this, he worked for Yara International ASA and Norsk Hydro ASA . Recent positions include research manager at Yara's technology center in the Netherlands, principal scientist at Yara's technology center in Norway and project manager for product development initiatives in Hydro Agri Europe. Brynildsen holds an M.S. Degree in chemistry from the University of Oslo.

 

Sabine Domayer, CMO

joined Kebony as Marketing Manger in 2014. She brings sound expertise from a variety of former marketing roles such as International Brand Manager at Red Bull Headquarters in Austria, Marketing Manager at Red Bull Denmark and CMO at Pioneers.io. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Vienna University of Business and Economics and an M.S. in International Business from University of Vienna.

 

Adrian Pye, International Sales Director

joined Kebony in 2009 as International Sales Director. Prior to that, Adrian served as Managing Director at Shrubland Sawmill and Senior Land Agent at Strutt & Parker. He holds a B.S. in Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University and is a professional member at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Mette Stavrum-Tång, Managing Director Kebony Norge

joined Kebony in 2011. Prior to joining Kebony, Stavrum-Tång held various roles within different  industries since 1987. She worked for 13 years with Norsk Hydro, 9 years with Isola and 2 years with Miljøinnovasjon/TATA. Stavrum-Tång has an engineering background, and also holds a B.A. in Logistic Management and a master’s degree from the Norwegian School of Business.

 

Main Owners

Arts Alliance Ventures

Arts Alliance Ventures is a venture capital organization managed by Thomas Høegh that supports high growth technology-enabled companies in Europe. Thomas Høegh is the chairman of Kebony AS. 

 

Höegh Capital Partners

Höegh Capital Partners is an investment group with interests associated with the Høegh Family and its professional partners.

 

Environmental Technologies Fund

Environmental Technologies Fund L.P. is a £110m venture and growth capital investment fund with a highly-focused mission: ”To support and finance fantastic growth companies whose products and services deliver a significant environmental and economic benefit”. ETF provides entrepreneurs with a top-quality venture capital group in Europe dedicated solely to Cleantech. The team is backed by leading institutional investors and has a great deal of experience - gathered over decades - of working in Venture Capital and with environmental companies. ETF is supported by the European Communities Growth and Employment Initiative.

 

Seventure Partners

As one of the leading venture capital firms in Europe, Seventure manages €500m and has being investing since 1997 in innovative businesses with high growth potential in Information and Communication Technologies and in Life Sciences. The Life Sciences team invests all over Europe. Its four preferred sectors are Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, Medtech, Industrial Biotech & Cleantech, and Lifestyle Healthcare & nutrition. A typical investment ranges from €500k to €10m per round, up to €20m per company, from early to later stage. Seventure is a subsidiary of Natixis Private Equity, the asset management company of Natixis, with over €4.2b in private equity investments.

 

Munich Venture Partners

Munich Venture Partners is a Venture Capital firm. The company is managed by senior managers from the high technology and energy industry, and experienced Venture Capital professionals. As the prime partner of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the world’s leading research organizations for applied research, Munich Venture Partners is investing into selected high-tech startups in the environmental technology and energy sector.

 

Investinor

Investinor is an evergreen investment company funded by the Norwegian government, managing NOK 4.2 billion (€ 500m). Investment terms and conditions are similar to private investors, with a clear exit strategy for all investments. Investinor invest in promising unlisted (private) companies aiming for international growth and expansion. Investinor takes minority stakes (less than 50%) in the portfolio companies, and focus on sectors with high potential in Norway, and in which our team has deep knowledge and extensive operational experience e.g. ICT, Oil and Gas, Biotech, Aquaculture and Forestry.

 

PMV

PMV NV is a Flemish investment company, financing promising entrepreneurs from conception through to the internationalization of their business, investing in large infrastructure projects. PMV has a particular focus on the sustainable economic development of Flanders, with demonstrable added value for both economy and society. Flemish government and PMV have set up a unique investment fund called TINA, which is a market-driven investment fund managed by PMV, activating 200 million euros in risk capital. This funding reinforces innovation, unlocks its strategic potential and accelerates commercialization.