Kenneth Junge Hermansen
MSc. Business and Administration
Tel. +45 31 20 55 38
Kenneth leads the way with his high spirit, also when deadlines are to be met. He runs the office in Aarhus with focus on business development and innovation.
His sharp brain and many years of experience within innovation management and EU funding have made a big difference to many companies and universities getting grants. Moreover, Kenneth has extended proposal writing skills and a profound knowledge of project administration matters in both EU and national context.
The few hours Kenneth does not work, he is a busy daddy of two small children.View LinkedIn Profile
MSc. Management of Technology
Tel. +45 31 52 32 36
Henrik has got a real nose for discovering the great idea which is one of the focal points for Nordic Innovators. During Henrik’s entire career, he has focused on helping startups getting EU funding.
Despite being partner, Henrik’s personality does not dominate. On the contrary, he resembles of Gyro Gearloose - always thinking of new ideas. Also, Henrik is known to be a bit absent-minded - maybe because his brilliant mind is always working over.
In his spare free time, Henrik does karate which gives him new energy.View LinkedIn Profile
Head of EU Delivery Programmes
MSc. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel. +33 (0)6 35 26 22 48
From his office in Lyon, Sébastien is Nordic Innovators' middle man ensuring the glue between our Viking and Latin offices based in Denmark and Spain.
Sébastien is the master of EU Delivery programmes and provides operational support and quality control to our staff across Europe. If you need to know about the article 6.2 A of the GA, how to appoint your LEAR, or to find the latest EC template, please ask Sébastien.
With more than 14 years’ experience within EU Framework programmes, Sébastien has successfully coordinated, negotiated and managed more than 60 EU proposals across different sectors and technology areas.view linkedin profile
Country Manager, Denmark
MSc. Management Research
Tel. +45 22 74 59 70
Kristoffer’s calm mindset makes him the perfect manager of our Danish office.
His task is not only to supervise and give our clients advice on innovation management, but also to tie the clients’ business ideas and needs to the right colleague who then will write their funding application.
Outside of work, Kristoffer's background as business development engineer shines through as he always has several ongoing projects at the same time - Kristoffer says, he just needs more time to finish them, however, we wonder...view LinkedIn Profile
Gabriel Morales Cid
Country Manager, Spain
PhD Analytical Chemistry, MSc. R&D Project Management & MSc. Advanced Fine Chemistry
Tel. +34 659 381 027
Gabriel is head of our Spanish office, in sunny Malaga. He has many years of experience within innovation management and soft funding programmes. Moreover, he has a recognised scientific background with a strong industrial slant.
Before Nordic Innovators, he was the founder and manager of an European Project Office and head of an industrial research group working with innovative SMEs and large industrial companies in the automotive, aerospace and food and packaging sectors.
Off work, Gabriel loves spending time with his growing family and not least his bass guitar.view linkedin profile
Country Manager, Norway
MSc. International Relations
Tel.: +47 92 60 44 11
Kjell runs our new office in rainy Bergen, Norway. He is a chatty guy who knows all about the Norwegian funding programmes.
Kjell is a customer-orientated individual with 20 years of practical insight and experience from both large companies, like Equinor (Statoil), SMB companies and start-ups. He is a procurement specialist with vast experience from, e.g. product & service development, innovation, project management, strategy development and senior management.
Kjell travelled the world for many years and spent much time especially in Asia, Australia and Denmark. Outside of work, his first priority is family, but Kjell is also very passionate about football, diving and salmon fishing.view linkedin profile
Head of EU Programmes
PhD Science and Technology
Tel. +45 53 83 20 18
Lise has a strong intellectual and technical background in molecular biology and biotechnology as well as scientific programming.
We are so happy that Lise recently rejoined Nordic Innovators after a few years as fundraiser at Aarhus University.
She has profound insight qualifications to offer, so our clients can be sure of getting the best guidance.
When Lise is not busy with work, she has a partiality to creative chores and needlework.View LinkedIn Profile
Senior Strategy Consultant
MSc. Finance & Strategic Management
Tel. +45 21 77 95 20
Jesper is the guy you want to talk to if you have a great idea or need advice on how to run your business. He is a profound networker and opens doors at every stakeholder level. Just remember to have plenty of time as Jesper talks… a lot!
He gets the strategy and possible funds tied together so clients achieve the best conditions to develop their business ideas. His many creative inputs make you think whether or not you have a viable business in sight. His sparkling mood always contributes to funny discussions.
When business plans are not on his mind, his lively son takes over.View LinkedIN profile
Filippo Maria Contenti
Business Development & Senior Project Consultant
MSc. Social Needs and Urban Areas Design, MSc. Marketing Research
Tel. +34 663 795 286
Filippo is hardworking, straightforward and sometimes impulsive. He gives his best and runs the extra mile for clients. Moreover, Filippo gives valuable support and insights on how to make your business shine!
Filippo is attracted to original ideas aiming at increasing people’s quality of life and reducing our environmental footprint.
After work, Filippo enjoys "wrestling" with his two kids, literature master-pieces before sleeping, as well as running with his dog along Malaga seafront. Filippo is a gourmet food & wine nerd and loves to explore new cities and landscapes.View linkedin profile
Nordic Partnerships Manager
MSc. Development and International Relations
Tel. +45 26 85 90 62
One would think that speaking more than three languages is a requirement for being a consultant at Nordic Innovators. Besides English as native language, Rick speaks Danish, Swedish, French, German, Spanish and a smattering of Finnish and Greek – it is very impressive!
Rick mostly works on business development activities in The Nordic countries finding new strategic partners. Moreover, he does a bit of consultant work for the team.
Rick has been living in Denmark since 2012 and enjoys it. He spends most of his free time doing sport, volunteering for a sports and refugee focussed NGO in Greece, travelling or hanging out with friends.view linkedin profile
Senior Project Consultant
MSc. International Marketing and Management
Tel. +34 649 446 778
Lana has a remarkably strong background in business leadership with focus on constructing solid business and marketing plans, activities and strategies. Her career includes market experiences from large multinational companies such as Philips, L'Oréal and Beiersdorf.
Lana is an exceptional communicator and brings a wealth of knowledge in market and product development, consumer understanding, product innovation, etc. Her experience and knowledge of the Horizon 2020 programmes are an excellent fit for creating thorough proposals built on realistic and solid business approaches. Lana is also part of the team coaching and preparing our clients for pitch.View linkedIN Profile
Senior Project Consultant
PhD Cellular Neuroscience and Disease
Tel. +34 934 748 031 / +34 655 040 788
Chris studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford before completing his PhD. Moreover, he studied post graduate qualifications in accountancy, market research and technology management.
Before joining Nordic Innovators, Chris held a research position in biomedicine at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine of Barcelona. He was also a R&D Project Manager and grant writer in the medical biotechnology sector.
We enjoy Chris' experience of FP7, Eurostars and H2020 projects with specialist knowledge of the biological, biochemical, preclinical, and medical sectors. He has overseen high scoring and successful grant proposals in a range of technological sectors including medical devices, electronics, materials, ICT and Internet of Things, industrial chemistry and engineering.View LinkedIN profile
Senior Project Consultant
MSc. Electronic Engineering
Tel. +34 678 478 844
Grego has +15 years of experience in the conception, definition, writing and execution of EU-funded projects combining electronic devices and/or ICTs. He also worked in the Catalonian Research & Innovation Centre and for the Italian scientific-medical institute of the spine, leading the tasks of business development, proposal preparation, knowledge and technology transfer.
Grego also works as Business Innovation consultant for the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME - European Commission) in projects within the Health industry. Certification in team and executive coaching by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Grego loves asking questions - they probably add up during his daily meditation or after playing his Spanish Guitar.view linkedin profile
Bernat González Llinares
Senior Project Consultant
PhD Experimental Neurosciences
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Bernat has lots of experience from preparing feasibility studies (including business plans) to writing winning proposals for the European Innovation Council Pilot, FTI and SME Instruments.
He provides added-value services that involve a thorough search of the market, regulations and competitor landscape, as well as discussing prototype improvements and new features. Bernat has specialist knowledge of the linguistic, ICT, biological and medical sectors.
Bernat's nomadic lifestyle has taken him around the globe. Moreover, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee - flipping the disc helps him turn ideas upside down.View linkedin profile
Senior Project Consultant
PhD Materials Science
Tel. +45 27 29 26 01
For the last decade, Charles has had a sharp pen on preparing successful funding applications for EU and Danish funding programmes.
Moreover, he has been extensively involved in proposal preparation for research funding with a focus on the various European Commission Framework Programmes.
Charles is Nordic Innovators' early bird and makes the coffee ready for us to drop in.
Behind Charles’ quiet appearance, he hides the most fantastic British sense of humour and conjures up the funniest comments.View LinkedIn Profile
Joost Haugmark Jensen
MSc. Agricultural Economics
Tel. +45 26 32 32 36
Joost is an experienced project consultant and his success rate of grants won for innovative SMEs bears witness to his insight in administrating and applying for Danish innovation grants.
He has an international profile and has lived in both Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands.
He has secured a sound background knowledge of the EU institutions and policies related to climate change, research and innovation. Joost is therefore eminent to acquainted himself with the clients’ place and situation.
When he and the colleagues need a break, they often play table football - rumour has it that he is the best player in Nordic Innovators.View LinkedIn Profile
MSc. International Business Economics
Tel. +45 53 89 32 36
Konstantina is a skilled project consultant specialized in proposal preparation and project management. She is passionate about innovative solutions which can be financed by Nordic and EU funding schemes.
Konstantina has prepared a number of winning project proposals and business cases in IT (IoT, machine-learning), clean tech, smart transport and infrastructure.
When she is not working on projects for Nordic Innovators, Konstantina loves to play volleyball or lose a few hours in a video game.View Linkedin Profile
+45 31 76 61 80
Vera only needs a short brief and then she runs with the ball. This is shown in fact that only after a few months into to her job at Nordic Innovators, she accomplished to write several successful funding projects.
Vera is not a typical Portuguese person: she speaks five languages fluently, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian and English – pretty impressive. We wonder if Danish will be her sixth language.
Though Vera has never experienced a really cold winter in her childhood, she is now enjoying living in Denmark and has become a winter swimmer.View LinkedIn Profile
LL. B, Economics
Tel. +45 53 87 32 36
Michael’s South American bubbling personality makes a difference in the office and lightens up everyone’s morning mood. Regardless of causal charm, Michael is a detail-oriented person with a legal background and very studious and meets his clients at eye level, so the best application is developed.
Michael has hands-on-experience in the energy industry, having worked for 2 years in a gas transmission pipeline in New Zealand. He is knowledgeable in the SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2, having written successful proposals in the areas of ICT, Agritech, Healthtech and Energy.”
Michael is not afraid of taking the initiative as his goal in life is to keep the world spinning and not just watch it from the sideline.View linkedin profile
MSc. Operations & Innovation Management
Tel. +45 53 57 12 39
Alexander started in an internship. However, we were so enthusiastic about his personality and work that we did not want to let him go!
Alexander has strong analytical skills and not least eminent IT skills. No wonder he has a passion for thinking IT into new business opportunities and improving processes by identifying and optimizing various systems.
Alexander supports research tasks on selected projects and does back office analysis task as well. Moreover, he is taking lead on delivery of InnoBooster proposals.View Linkedin profile
Jan Eirik Kjeldsen
MSc. Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MSc. Wood Science and Technology Engineering
Tel. +45 53 83 32 36
Jan Eirik has indeed an international profile speaking 5 languages and has lived in various countries from Morocco to Finland.
He has a passion for green energy, sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. A technical background as a wood industry engineer is complemented with a business education specialized in young, innovative enterprises.
Jan Eirik has also worked with renewable energy project management. He is eager to put his experience into supporting innovation. Jan Eirik likes to hike or sail on historical wooden ships when he is outside of work.view linkedin profile
MSc. Urban Planning and Management
Tel.: +45 31 20 35 96
Marina is originally from Romania, but moved to Denmark in 2014. She graduated from Aalborg University in 2016 where she did research on livability, smart mobility planning, and citizen participation in Denmark, Romania, the UK and Poland.
Marina has a background in funding applications and project management within mainly international and sustainable development, active citizenship and youth engagement.
When Marina is not occupied with project consulting, she is the inhouse photographer and not least Marina our graphic designer presentations, etc.view LinkedIn Profile
+45 31 44 22 90
Dimitar from Bulgaria is the newly arrived senior consultant at the Copenhagen office. He has, however, lived and worked in Denmark the last 10 years and so he is used to Danes.
Dimitar has a background in Biotechnology and Microbiology, he has worked in area of Research, Project Management and Fundraising from e.g. the Technical University of Denmark. Moreover, he has fundraising experience with both EU and Danish programmes such as H2020, ERC, and IFD, etc.
In his free time, Dimitar enjoys long walks along the Danish coastline or being under foreign and warmer skies in Southern Europe.View LinkedIn profile
Bruce George Sutherland
MSc. Biotechnology, Doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Bruce has been with Nordic Innovators in Málaga since its beginning. His background is in classical and molecular genetics of cultivated plants, plant breeding and forestry. He spent many years working as a plant breeder and geneticist in the UK.
Bruce handles all manner of European and Danish projects, from mechanical engineering, IT, biomedicine, food science, water quality and fish farming, to mention just a few.
He came to Spain over ten years ago and fulfilled a secret ambition. He restored an abandoned farm and lives the very simple life in the middle of the mountains with, among others, mosquito bites, goats, wild boars and is planting while sunburnt in summer and frozen in winter...View linkedin profile
University Expert in Air Traffic Management, Air Traffic Controller license by Global ATS Ltd.
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Miguel has an academic background in photovoltaic solar energy systems and in Thermal & Photovoltaic systems design.
Before joining Nordic Innovators, Miguel was responsible for the technical department at Odin Importaciones. Moreover, he has had his own IT company.
In his free time, Miguel enjoys doing almost any activity related to the sea, from sailing to diving or fishing.
Alejandro Varas Gálvez
MSc. Innovation Management
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Alejandro has been involved in R&I since 2008 trying to find disruptive solutions for social demands and thinking about how to improve the world. He has also been an adviser to start-ups and participated in incubators and support programs for Technology Based Enterprises with which he loved to spend time brainstorming about new applications to their products. Alejandro is always willing to help with any technology challenge.
Alejandro is a proud father of two girls - and when they are not occupying him, he enjoys DIY-projects related to electronics and rocketry, basketball or reading sci-fi books or biographies about brilliant people - Richard Feynman rocks!View LinkedIn Profile
Claudia García Guzmán
PhD in Medicinal Chemistry
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Claudia has two passions in life - Science and travel. Therefore, she has been studying and developing her career in different countries in Europe (Norway, Germany, Finland, France and UK). Claudia even did a collaboration in the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) in the south of India.
Claudia has experience in writing Horizon 2020 proposals, mainly related to medical devices, intelligent of things and food sector with a big interest on improving people's quality of life and developing a sustainable life. After living abroad for 7 years, Claudia joined Nordic Innovators in Malaga and enjoys living under warmer skies again.View linkedin profile
Ana Cristina Calvo Lainez
PhD Molecular Biology
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Another project consultant just joined the Malaga office! Ana will be working on the SME Instrument projects. Besides her experience with several funding programmes, she has numerous years of laboratory experience in neurobiology and behavior. Recently, she worked as a freelance innovation consultant.
She loves learning about innovative companies and their projects and not least helping them to reach their goals. Ana also likes visiting new countries and meeting people from all over the world, so the Danish offices are looking forward to her visit. Although, she now lives in the sunny and beautiful city of Granada, she has also lived in Norway and in the US.
PhD Materials Science
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Félix can count on a very interdisciplinary background. In addition to his doctoral and post-doctoral work in the field of Materials Science for Renewable Energy Conversion and Storage, he earns a Business, Management and Economics Master’s degree. In fact, Félix is a world record holder. Together with his former research team, he improved the efficiency record for Solar-to-Hydrogen conversion for prototype devices based on cheap photovoltaic materials.
Having left his mark on the science community, Félix then decided to start a new challenge by joining Nordic Innovators to support clients with his experience to propel their innovative project ideas toward real-world applications.
As a native Luxembourger, Félix speaks five languages and appreciates the fact to live and work in warmer regions close to the sea side.View linkedin profile
Jeppe Bo Kibsgaard
PBA Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Tel.: +45 28 29 38 70
Jeppe has a background in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He has a good understanding of the processes that start-ups go through and how important the right funding is. He excels in getting to the core of people’s needs and has a thorough understanding of human interactions.
Jeppe has a passion for writing and grammar, both in English and Danish, and his verbal skills make him a good speaker. When he is not reading about grammar rules, he works hard behind his drum set playing heavy metal. Behind the loving and caring personality is a blast-beating heart.view linkedin profile
Pernille Barkholt Rask
Cand.scient Molecular Biology
Tel. +45 26 80 59 65
We are expanding the Aarhus office and Pernille just joined the team. She will mainly work with the Norwegian SkatteFUNN.
Pernille has a degree in Molecular Biology. She has spent time in the Laboratory doing research in aging and thereby developed a scientist mind. She enjoys expanding her knowledge and gain new skills.
In her spare time, Pernille enjoys outdoor activities with her family and relaxing with board games or knitting.view linkedin profile
MSc. Strategy, Organisation, Leadership
Tel.: +45 25 33 98 89
We are happy to have Jan onboard as he adds another nationality to our multinational culture. Jan is from the Czech Republic, but has lived in Denmark for the last five years. At Aarhus BSS he studied his true passion – business strategies and development.
Jan has an entrepreneurial background with focus on startups and new ventures. His internationally-focused mindset enables him to see things around himself from many different perspectives.
Outside of work, Jan enjoys exploring all different aspects of Danish hygge.view linkedin profile
MSc. Political Science and European Studies
Tel. +45 26 80 32 72
Jessica, who is Italian, moved to Denmark last September to join her boyfriend. She recently joined the Aarhus office and looks forward to working on different proposals. In her previous jobs, she worked as a manager of Horizon 2020 projects.
In her free time, Jessica is passionate about reading and cooking and she likes to go for hikes and immerse herself in nature.
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MSc. Business Admin and Bioentrepreneurship
Tel. +45 42 36 04 46
Shelley is a long way from home. She left New Zealand eight years ago and found her way to Denmark 3,5 years ago.
After finishing her PhD in Biology, she spent years doing research as a pre-clinical pharmacologist, working as a post-doc in Ireland, Germany and Sweden in different disease areas. New opportunities came up when she moved to Denmark. Shelley just finished a MSc in Business Admin and Bioentrepreneurship at CBS. She aimed to learn how to support other people in turning their ideas into real things - a perfect match for the future projects she will do at Nordic Innovators.View LinkedIn profile
Darya brings more than five years of experience in proposal writing within many different programmes. Moreover, her experience combines business development, proposal writing and project acquisition, project management, as well as provision of advisory and research for public sector clients and international financial institutions.
Darya left her home country, Ukraine, years ago. She is very passionate about travelling and exploring new cultures. She speaks four languages and is eager to start learning Spanish. When time permits it, she enjoys figure skating!View linkedin profile
Tel. +34 951 245 480
Ana has a degree in Law and is specialized in Human Resources. She joined Nordic Innovators to help us recrute the right people to our dynamic team and not least develop our HR department.
She brings more than 10 years of experience in Human Resources departments of multinational companies, in technology and innovation projects.
She thinks that the best way to work is to create the best environment, be generous, flexible and never forget a smile.
Her passion is her family and the museums, calling herself "friki of them".view linkedin profile
Mette Paasch Petersen
Head of Accounting
MSc. Economics and Business Administration
Tel. +45 24 40 51 53
Don’t be fooled by Mette’s young face! She is already an experienced accountant and recently joined us to be Head of Accounting.
Not only does she work full time, she also studies part time at Copenhagen Business School to finish her master’s degree in Science in Economics and Business Administration. So, when you ask her – “what do you do in your free time”, she laughs… and you understand why. The few hours left in her busy life is devoted to her boyfriend, friends and the golden doodle, Laika.view linkedin profile
MSc. International Business Communication
Tel. +45 60 75 26 34
Susanne joined Nordic Innovators to help planning and conveying our communication activities and think up a digital strategy.
She has a history of working with marketing communication, mainly Business-to-Business and digital marketing in the media and hearing aid industry. She has also organised several seminars and team events that have taking place around the world.
During winter, Susanne can sometimes be hard to find as she either off skiing again or just away for her daily winter dip in the sea.View LinkedIn profile
BA. Business Administration
Tel. +45 60 90 61 94
Gintare has many different tasks as office assistant. She is always prepared to help everyone who reach out for help. However, luckily she is most busy with assisting the CFO.
Gintare is from Lithuania but has been living in Denmark for several years. Her 7 year old daughter corrects her Danish every day, so one day she will be able to speak it as fluently as her.
When Gintare is not busy at Nordic Innovators, she enjoys travelling, outdoors activities but also just relaxing with a good movie or book.view linkedin profile