WHO WE ARE
OceanTherm is a forward-thinking and competent team determined to go the distance needed to find out if our bubble curtain technology can be scaled for significant impact.
Olav Bjørnsund Hollingsæter
Chief Executive Officer
Olav is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OceanTherm. He has served in the Norwegian Navy at strategic level and has service from submarines. In addition to Senior Executive Courses from the Norwegian Armed Forces, Olav has a Master’s in Computer Science from the University in Bergen.
Chief Financial Officer
Bjørn is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at OceanTherm. Bjørn is formally educated as Diplom-Kaufmann (Equivalent of MBA) from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he focused on Industrial Economics. He has more than 20 years of experience as a financial consultant and accountant in Norway.
International executive with more than 20years of experience from startups in Europe, Americas and Africa. A strategic relationship builder who has conducted business at high level with the whole valuechain with multiple industries. He has been instrumental in creating and growing businesses from incorporation to commercialization and listing as a public company. Experience as CEO includes all processes from design and implementation of operational infrastructures to raising capital for acquisitions and organic growth and market presentations.
Oliver Heim Hollingsæter
Board Member and Business Developer
Oliver has a Master’s of Science in Sustainability Management from The Earth Institute at Columbia University. In addition, he has one year of graduate level coursework in Economics of Innovation and Growth from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Veslemøy has a master in geophysics from the University of Bergen and has a broad experience from the oil industry and within satellite communication. She now works with sustainability with emphasis on climate change, both within the cluster Electronic Coast and as a Sustainability Advisor for OceanTherm.
Political Marketing Advisor
Craig Agranoff is an award winning CBS Television News Contributor covering technology. He is the founder of GRIPD.com where he runs the Digital Marketing division. He is also a national Political Consultant specializing in digital strategy. Agranoff is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he specializes in Campaigning and Political Marketing.
Jan Wessel Bratterud
Jan is the Investment Manager at MTI Startup, a pre-seed investment firm focused on Norwegian startups. MTI Startup owns approximately 15% of OceanTherm AS. Jan is also Managing Partner at Finova, a boutique M&A firm catering to the Norwegian SMB market, and a board member of several companies. He has 20+ years experience in selling and marketing IT solutions worldwide.
Advisor, Innovation Norway in Houston
Ken Huste joined the Innovation Norway Houston office in September 2014. He has a BA in International Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Houston, with +15 years of international sales, marketing and origination experience in the offshore, maritime, and energy industries, having worked for companies such as Ship Equip, Glamox AquaSignal, and Eureka Pumps. Ken has also spent a number of those years working as Sales and Operations Manager for the Four Seasons Hotel. Ken has lived in Houston since 1985 and is fluent in English and Norwegian.
Henrik Sæther is the CEO of Silicia Technology Incubator providing business advisory to startups. With experience from own entrepreneurial projects, investing and consulting he contributes with knowledge of many aspects of business development. Henrik is also a guest lecturer at the University of South-Eastern Norway on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
MEET OUR AMBASSADOR
Martin Helseth is an Olympic qualified rower from Aalesund, Norway. His big passion is the ocean. You’ll find him either on the water in his racing shell or under water holding his breath in the cold Norwegian fjords.
The ocean is Martin’s happy place, and he wants to make it a healthier place for its inhabitants. Both by making choices that harm the environment as little as possible and by doing clean-ups to pick up trash from the ocean floor.
WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?
Thank you for wanting to help us in our mission to reduce the damage from hurricanes and typhoons! Whether you represent a company or just yourself, we want to hear from everyone with an interest in joining us on this journey.
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