MENTORS

We have an exceptional network of highly experienced mentors, many of whom have successfully built companies through to exit - most of them in aquaculture.

Each and everyone of our mentors share our passion to encourage, develop and support entrepreneurial talent and believe in the importance of fostering an innovative mindset in aquaculture.

 
Einar Wathne  Head of Seafood @ Cargill Aqua Nutrition  Former president of Cargill aqua nutrition with over 30 years of experience in aquaculture feed.

Einar Wathne

Head of Seafood @ Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Former president of Cargill aqua nutrition with over 30 years of experience in aquaculture feed.

Björgólfur Hávarðsson MSc  Innovation Manager @ Seafood Innovation Cluster  Biologist, industry overview, tech, digitalisation, big data, IoT, AI

Björgólfur Hávarðsson MSc

Innovation Manager @ Seafood Innovation Cluster

Biologist, industry overview, tech, digitalisation, big data, IoT, AI

Þór Sigfússon  Founder and chairman of Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC)  Entrepreneur, author and speaker, serial entrepreneur, investor

Þór Sigfússon

Founder and chairman of Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC)

Entrepreneur, author and speaker, serial entrepreneur, investor

Cato Lyngoy  CEO @Hauge Aqua  Fish health, entrepreneurship, ex-group manager for technology & environment @Marine Harvest

Cato Lyngoy

CEO @Hauge Aqua

Fish health, entrepreneurship, ex-group manager for technology & environment @Marine Harvest

Cedric Komar  CEO @Ictyopharma  Fish health, entrepreneurship, innovative vaccines and disease treatments

Cedric Komar

CEO @Ictyopharma

Fish health, entrepreneurship, innovative vaccines and disease treatments

Sean O’Sullivan  Managing Partner @SOSV - The accelerator VC  Helping startups get further and go faster through SOSV, the most active global early stage investor.

Sean O’Sullivan

Managing Partner @SOSV - The accelerator VC

Helping startups get further and go faster through SOSV, the most active global early stage investor.

Christian Erichsen

CEO @Bergen.works, Chairman @Anteo.no

Serial entrepreneur, leader and technology executive, aquaculture tech investor

Ronnie Tan  Board member @Calysta, former exec at Blue Archipelago and Regal Springs  Asia, integrated shrimp & tilapia aquaculture, aquaculture feeds, management and marketing.

Ronnie Tan

Board member @Calysta, former exec at Blue Archipelago and Regal Springs

Asia, integrated shrimp & tilapia aquaculture, aquaculture feeds, management and marketing.

David Drew  MD & Co-Founder @AgriProtein  Entrepreneurship, insect production, angel investor

David Drew

MD & Co-Founder @AgriProtein

Entrepreneurship, insect production, angel investor

Oscar Hennig  Appointed Operations Director for Benchmark’s shrimp breeding program, author, stock development researcher

Oscar Hennig

Appointed Operations Director for Benchmark’s shrimp breeding program, author, stock development researcher

Andre Bravo  GM @Devonian Capital  Farm management, RAS technologies, Fin fish production

Andre Bravo

GM @Devonian Capital

Farm management, RAS technologies, Fin fish production

Donal O'Shea  CEO @Accelsys  Venture capital, pharma, angel investor

Donal O'Shea

CEO @Accelsys

Venture capital, pharma, angel investor

Greg FitzGerald  Entrepreneur in residence @Future of Fish  Tech, product development, analytics, robotics, traceability

Greg FitzGerald

Entrepreneur in residence @Future of Fish

Tech, product development, analytics, robotics, traceability

Jason Cleaversmith  GM @AKVA Group Scotland  Aquaculture innovation management, former director of innovation at SAIC

Jason Cleaversmith

GM @AKVA Group Scotland

Aquaculture innovation management, former director of innovation at SAIC

Gorjan Nikolik  Senior Industry Analyst @Rabobank  Market research, finance, M&A, venture capital

Gorjan Nikolik

Senior Industry Analyst @Rabobank

Market research, finance, M&A, venture capital

Halfdan Mellbye  Partner @Sands  Legal, aquaculture law, enviromental and fish health regulation

Halfdan Mellbye

Partner @Sands

Legal, aquaculture law, enviromental and fish health regulation

Jon Bradford  Co-Founder @F6S  Former MD of Techstars London, co-founder of @tech.eu, “Godfather of European Accelerators”

Jon Bradford

Co-Founder @F6S

Former MD of Techstars London, co-founder of @tech.eu, “Godfather of European Accelerators”

Jonah van Beijnen  Founder @ VB Consultancy and Co-Founder at Fins and Leaves  Sustainable aquaculture, ESG Risks and Southeast Asia. Grouper and Tuna.

Jonah van Beijnen

Founder @ VB Consultancy and Co-Founder at Fins and Leaves

Sustainable aquaculture, ESG Risks and Southeast Asia. Grouper and Tuna.

Larry Feinberg  CEO @KnipBio  Entrepreneurship, microbial proteins, aqua feed

Larry Feinberg

CEO @KnipBio

Entrepreneurship, microbial proteins, aqua feed

Chris Hyde  Commercial Director @OTAQ  Tech, engineering, product development, manufacturing

Chris Hyde

Commercial Director @OTAQ

Tech, engineering, product development, manufacturing

Mark Kahn  Founder @Omnivore Partners  Venture Capital, ag-investments, impact investing

Mark Kahn

Founder @Omnivore Partners

Venture Capital, ag-investments, impact investing

Mark White  Manager @Marine Development Team  Mark holds a PhD in Marine Science and Co-founded Nowcasting International Ltd acquired by MeteoGroup.

Mark White

Manager @Marine Development Team

Mark holds a PhD in Marine Science and Co-founded Nowcasting International Ltd acquired by MeteoGroup.

Marvin Liao  Partner @500 Startups  Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund, frequent speaker at many global tech startup conferences.

Marvin Liao

Partner @500 Startups

Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund, frequent speaker at many global tech startup conferences.

Michael Dean  Co-founder & CIO @AgFunder  Venture capital, legal, management, project development

Michael Dean

Co-founder & CIO @AgFunder

Venture capital, legal, management, project development

Assaf Shechter  Founder & CEO @Enzootic  Animal biotechnology, genetics, shrimp, entrepreneurship

Assaf Shechter

Founder & CEO @Enzootic

Animal biotechnology, genetics, shrimp, entrepreneurship

Niccolo Manzoni  Founding Partner @Five Seasons Ventures  AgTech venture capitalist

Niccolo Manzoni

Founding Partner @Five Seasons Ventures

AgTech venture capitalist

Ole Kaae Hansen  Entrepreneur  Aqua feed, raw material, former owner @Hamlet Protein

Ole Kaae Hansen

Entrepreneur

Aqua feed, raw material, former owner @Hamlet Protein

Palmi Palmasson  Founder & MD @SeaCapital, Co-founder & COO @AquaHarvest   Serial entrepreneur, seafood, strategy, investment banking, investor

Palmi Palmasson

Founder & MD @SeaCapital, Co-founder & COO @AquaHarvest


Serial entrepreneur, seafood, strategy, investment banking, investor

Raj Samani  Chief Scientist @McAfee  A true thought leader and global tech speaker

Raj Samani

Chief Scientist @McAfee

A true thought leader and global tech speaker

Rui Gomes Ferreira  CEO @Longline Environment  Aquaculture insurance, data, modelling, risk management, market intelligence

Rui Gomes Ferreira

CEO @Longline Environment

Aquaculture insurance, data, modelling, risk management, market intelligence

Sheetal Walsh

Founder @Shanti Life & MetaCart

Technology, VC, social enterprise, angel investor, @DealMaker, philanthropist

Simon Porphy  CEO @MicrosynbiotiX  Fish health, entrepreneurship, genetics, biotech, micro algae

Simon Porphy

CEO @MicrosynbiotiX

Fish health, entrepreneurship, genetics, biotech, micro algae

Stephanie Kimber  Co-Founder @InnovationXchange  Initiator @Aquacelerator and @Blue Economy Challenge

Stephanie Kimber

Co-Founder @InnovationXchange

Initiator @Aquacelerator and @Blue Economy Challenge

Sven Kolsto  Founder Optoscale, Partner @CoFounder  Entrepreneurship, tech, data investment

Sven Kolsto

Founder Optoscale, Partner @CoFounder

Entrepreneurship, tech, data investment

Viggo Halseth  Chief Innovation Officer @Skretting/Nutreco, Member of the board @Nutreco  Former COO of aquaculture division and director of R&D @Nutreco

Viggo Halseth

Chief Innovation Officer @Skretting/Nutreco, Member of the board @Nutreco

Former COO of aquaculture division and director of R&D @Nutreco

Stephen Hall  Principal @Avalerion Capital  Former director @World Fish, director @Aqua-Spark, sustainable development, system leadership

Stephen Hall

Principal @Avalerion Capital

Former director @World Fish, director @Aqua-Spark, sustainable development, system leadership

Christian Rangen  Serial Entrepreneur  Strategy & innovation consultant, corporate accelerator expert, keynote speaker,workshop facilitator, author, serial entrepreneur and business school lecturer.

Christian Rangen

Serial Entrepreneur

Strategy & innovation consultant, corporate accelerator expert, keynote speaker,workshop facilitator, author, serial entrepreneur and business school lecturer.

Alex Dehgan  CEO @Conservation X Labs  Former chief scientist @USAID, conservation, impact investing

Alex Dehgan

CEO @Conservation X Labs

Former chief scientist @USAID, conservation, impact investing

Thorsten Thiele  Founder @Global Ocean Trust  Ocean finance, technology, governance

Thorsten Thiele

Founder @Global Ocean Trust

Ocean finance, technology, governance

Tom Prins  Analyst @Aqua-Spark  Venture capital, finance, impact investments

Tom Prins

Analyst @Aqua-Spark

Venture capital, finance, impact investments

Kelly Moulton  Serial Entrepreneur  Software entrepreneur and active angel investor with over 20 years experience in early stage investing.

Kelly Moulton

Serial Entrepreneur

Software entrepreneur and active angel investor with over 20 years experience in early stage
investing.

Kathy Taylor  Business Development Manager @Aqualife  Services Ltd entrepreneur, fish health, global vaccination service development, quality management.

Kathy Taylor

Business Development Manager @Aqualife

Services Ltd entrepreneur, fish health, global vaccination service development, quality management.

Bjørn Myrseth  CEO @Vitamar  Aquaculture industry icon and founder.

Bjørn Myrseth

CEO @Vitamar

Aquaculture industry icon and founder.

Willem van der Pijl  Director @ Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal  Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal (STIP) is an independent social enterprise aiming to increase transparency in seafood supply chains and develop investment partnerships, leading to a more sustainable seafood industry.

Willem van der Pijl

Director @ Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal

Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal (STIP) is an independent social enterprise aiming to increase transparency in seafood supply chains and develop investment partnerships, leading to a more sustainable seafood industry.

Pat Riley  CEO @ GAN - Global Accelerator Network  Helping empower startups everywhere as CEO of GAN and Managing Partner at GAN Ventures.

Pat Riley

CEO @ GAN - Global Accelerator Network

Helping empower startups everywhere as CEO of GAN and Managing Partner at GAN Ventures.

David Tze  CEO @NovoNutrients  Venture capital, finance, founder @Aquacopia

David Tze

CEO @NovoNutrients

Venture capital, finance, founder @Aquacopia

Lars Henrik Platou  Associated @ Zacco  Intellectual property

Lars Henrik Platou

Associated @ Zacco

Intellectual property

Mary Moloney  MD @TeneoHoldings  International speaker including keynotes at Davos, The Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, Salesforce World Tour, EU Parliament, Dreamforce and Buckingham Palace

Mary Moloney

MD @TeneoHoldings

International speaker including keynotes at Davos, The Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, Salesforce World Tour, EU Parliament, Dreamforce and Buckingham Palace

Tanja Hoel  CEO @NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster  Cand. Scientist in Marinebiology from the University of Bergen and an Executive Master from theNorwegian Business School.

Tanja Hoel

CEO @NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster

Cand. Scientist in Marinebiology from the University of Bergen and an Executive Master from theNorwegian Business School.

Cathal Lee  CEO @Lee Communications  Corporate communications strategy and Founder of @11point4.com

Cathal Lee

CEO @Lee Communications

Corporate communications strategy and Founder of @11point4.com

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda  Founder & CEO@Urchinomics  Venture capital, asymmetric partnerships, branding and communications

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda

Founder & CEO@Urchinomics

Venture capital, asymmetric partnerships, branding and communications