Board of Directors

Eivind Bergsmyr

Partner since 2009. Eivind Bergsmyr was previously CEO of the Norwegian startup Nacre AS, sold in 2007 to Sperian Protection and recognized as the Nordic Venture Exit of the Year. Prior to this, Eivind acquired some extensive industrial experience from Siemens Telecom and Siemens Electrical Heating. He holds a MSc from NTNU.

Per Anell

Per has almost 20 years of professional experience from senior positions in several growth companies. Prior to joining Industrifonden Per worked as an investment manager at Innovationsbron and later Almi Invest focusing mainly on seed investments in high tech startups. 

Ann-Tove Kongsnes

Ann-Tove Kongsnes is Investment Director at Investinor AS.  Ann-Tove has 11 years' experience in active ownership in the seed, early and expansion stage investments, mainly working with technology companies. In addition she has been working for several years in international marketing for the consumer market.  She was previously Investment Manager at ProVenture Managment AS, Business Development Manager at Leiv Eiriksson Nyskaping AS, Director of Marketing & Operations at NSEC Inc., Boston and Marketing Manager at The Norwegian Seafood Export Council. Mrs. Kongsnes is today board member in four of Investinor’s portfolio companies. She holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration.

Arne Hans Tonning

Arne is a partner at Alliance Venture and has been a poLight board member since 2009. He joined Alliance Venture from Capgemini C4, a global management consulting team focusing on telecom, media and entertainment. Prior to this Arne spent six years in London with the Norwegian Trade Council/Innovation Norway. He also worked four years as a research scientist at SINTEF Telecom and Informatics developing wireless technologies. Arne holds a BSc and a MSc in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Hariot-Watt University.

Johan Paulsson

Johan Paulsson has been a member of poLight's board since 2010. He is Chief Technology Officer at Axis Communications. Prior to this, Johan Paulsson was COO and Head of R&D at Ericsson Mobile Platform. He holds a Master of Science, Electrical engineering from Lund University.

Jan-Erik Hareid

Jan-Erik has 25 years experience in management and international business development for high tech start-ups and venture capital, including 5 years as head of Innovation Norway in San Francisco before founding Alliance Venture in 2001. Earlier in his career, he led global business development at two information technology companies and he also has work experience from an American oil company. He has an MSc. in physics and industrial engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and also has INSEAD IEP.

Erik Hagen