Eivind Bergsmyr

Mr. Bergsmyr is Partner in Viking Venture since 2009. 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, Bergsmyr acquired some extensive industrial experience from Siemens Telecom and Siemens Electrical Heating. He holds a MSc from NTNU.


Ann-Tove Kongsnes

Ms. Kongsnes is Investment Director at Investinor AS. She has 16 years' experience in active ownership in the seed, early and expansion stage investments, mainly working with technology companies. Kongsnes 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. She holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration.


Per Anell

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


Arne Hans Tonning

Mr. Tonning 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 Tonning 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. Tonning holds a BSc and a MSc in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Hariot-Watt University.


Johan Paulsson

Mr. Paulsson has been a member of poLight's board since 2010. He is Chief Technology Officer at Axis Communications. Prior to this, 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

Mr. Hareid is managing partner at Alliance Venture. He 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. Hareid has an MSc. in physics and industrial engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and also has INSEAD IEP.


Erik Hagen

Mr. Hagen is Managing Partner and founded Viking Venture in 2001. He holds an MSc in Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and has an MBA from INSEAD, France. With a background from McKinsey & Company, Hagen has been VP Marketing (distribution) in NetCom GSM ASA, CEO in Schibsted Nett and Scandinavia Online, and a partner in Arthur Andersen. He has broad experience from ICT and oil and gas, with strong industrial, financial and political networks both in Norway and abroad.

He chairs the board of Nordic Venture Network, which represents the leading venture capital firms in the Nordic countries. For many years, Hagen has also served as vice-chairman of the board of the Norwegian Venture Capital Association.

Otto Frøseth

Mr. Frøseth holds a (B.Sc.) in engineering with additional education in business economics and ICT. For more than 25 years Mr. Frøseth has held executive positions in international business, e.g. CEO of Siemens AS and site manager at Siemens in Trondheim. Within the Siemens corporation Frøseth also worked as division director at Siemens Building Technologies in the Nordic and Baltic regions, and he led the development and implementation of the Siemens corporation’s Smart City projects. Otto Frøseth also established Siemens’ global venture in city infrastructures. He is currently board member at Investinor's portfolio company Numascale AS.


Tommy Nilsson

Board Observer

Mr. Nilsson is Investment Director in Industrifonden. He has many years of professional experience from senior positions in the ICT industry. Nilsson has worked for Ericsson and Enator, among others. Formerly CEO of Concis Consulting.