Board

Tharald Nikolai Nustad

Founder, Chairman

Tharald Nustad is a Norwegian serial entrepreneur and investor in the tech sector. He is the founder of Nordic Impact, a company that incubates and invests in social / environmental impact tech startups and impact funds. He is co-founder Katapult Future Fest, an event focusing on technology, impact investing and the future society, Katapult Accelerator, a leading accelerator for impact tech startups and Katapult Ocean, an accelerator helping and investing in ocean impact tech startups. Nordic impact is very active in the future of education, and how we can create the future we want to live in. Tharald is active in building the impact investing ecosystem in the Nordics, and is an active player in the startup scene. He works with Ashoka helping social entrepreneurs, is an active member of Toniic, a global impact investor network, and is co-chair for the impact investing group in Nexus. He is also active in Mallin, a family office focusing on Impact real estate developments.

Alison Fort

CEO & Board Member

Alison is Impact Partner in Katapult Group and lead at Katapult Foundation.

Alison is part of the senior leadership team in Katapult where she supports the group companies with their impact investment strategies and developed the impact management framework for the group.

Alison has been actively supporting impact investors and helping scale impact investing globally for over 10 years.

She was previously the Toniic Managing Director, EMEA. Alison was Toniic acting CEO from December 2015 to July 2016 and led the writing of Toniic’s Millennials & Impact Investment report and co-authored the Toniic Venture Philanthropists and Impact Investors report.

Alison brings over a decade of experience in corporate finance and social finance. She joined Toniic after having led business development at the Social Stock Exchange in London and started her career in the Corporate Advisory team at Deutsche Bank.

Alison serves on the Toniic Board, the Coalition for Impact Board, is a Founding Member of the Conduit and is a supporter to the female entrepreneurship programme in Positive Planet (UK). She lives outside London with her husband, daughter, and son.

Isabelle Juillard-Thompsen

Board Member

Isabelle works as portfolio manager heading equity investing at GjensidigeStiftelsen, the largest foundation in Norway. She is also responsible for sustainable investments and for the risk management of the foundation’s investment portfolio. The Foundation is currently managing a NOK 22 billion investment portfolio invested across asset classes. The financial return earned by the Foundation is fully dedicated to the advancement of the Foundation’s philanthropic goals.

Isabelle is a board member of the Katapult Foundation, chair of the board of CFA Society Norway and is a member of the European Foundation Financial and Investment Officers Group.

Dr. Frank Niederländer

Board Member

Dr. Frank Niederländer, born in Germany, has enjoyed a Franco-German education, first at a Franco-German school, later during his studies, from which he graduated with a German Master of Business Administration and a French Grande Ecole degree. During this time, he also had the opportunity to live in Lyon, Paris, and Brussels.

In 1991, Dr. Frank Niederländer started his career as an international management trainee at BMW AG. He continued through various positions in the company’s core business areas, such as R&D, corporate planning, product development, and finance/controlling. From 1998, he took over management responsibility as head of product controlling. During this time, he also obtained his PhD in Strategic Management.

Between 2002 and 2007, he was in charge of the BMW advanced development area, first as Vice President of R&D Strategy and later as VP of Innovation Management. In 2007, Niederländer was appointed VP of BMW Brand and Product Strategy Worldwide, in 2009, VP of Product Architecture and in 2010, VP of the Small Car Platform. In 2016 and 2017, he was in charge of restructuring an international Airbag Supplier Case.

In January 2018, Dr. Frank Niederländer was appointed Member of the Board of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.

Søren Grove Stig

Ambassador

Søren Stig is an impact investor, purpose-driven entrepreneur, professional board member and seasoned business executive. As a cautious optimist he views new business models and unusual partnerships as opportunities to create shared value and tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges. He sees exponential technologies as a mean to an end – or as tools in a new and expanding toolbox.

As a trained global trade and supply chain expert, Søren draws on a 20 year-long international career at the Maersk Group. He has worked closely with some of the world’s largest multi-nationals and has successfully led a host of global change initiatives while holding executive positions ranging from Global Head of Sales and Chief Sustainability Officer for Maersk Line. Søren Stig accepted KPMG’s Global Strategy prize in 2011 as well as the prestigious European Business Award based on his sustainability and industry-wide leadership.

Søren holds an executive MBA (honours) from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has supplemented his education at Singularity University and was accepted into SingularityU Labs accelerator in Silicon Valley in 2015.

Søren is recognized as an expert on business innovation, new partnerships, impact design and sustainable development. He is currently a senior advisor to the United Nations as well as the Danish Growth Fund and sits on multiple profit/non-profit boards. He is multi-lingual, at ease at all levels internationally and can execute talks about the future role of business in society in both Danish & English.

Team

Chiara Renée Podbielski

Programme Manager

Chiara has over 8 years of education and professional experience working in the entrepreneurial world, in international cities such as Copenhagen, London, Paris and Berlin. 

Her  education focused on entrepreneurial business development and management at Leeds University and Copenhagen Business School and culminated in a hardtech entrepreneurship competition at the Technical University of Denmark and the presentation of her Master thesis on ‘gender blindness’ in Copenhagen’s entrepreneurial sector, to the Danish Center for Research on Women and Gender (KVINFO). 

Her professional career sees her in constant dialogue between the cultural and tech industries, and ranged from top international documentary festivals and incubators such as CPH:DOX and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Pompidou, to heading the programme of Scandinavian’s largest tech and startup innovation conference TechBBQ. 

After working at Seedcamp, one of Europe’s leading early stage funds, whose portfolio encompasses world changing unicorns such as Revolut, Transferwise and UiPath, Chiara came back to Copenhagen, her current home, to reconnect to the Nordic tech ecosystem and become the Programme Manager at the Nordic Impact Investment Fund.