Seafood Investor Forum

New York / 23 May 2019

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2019 Speakers

Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of seafood’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  

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Kees Aarts
Kees Aarts started his career as advisor at McKinsey on R&D innovation and business development. In 2009, Kees Aarts and Tarique Arsiwalla founded Protix with the aim to contribute to a sustainable food system by developing ingredients from insects.
Protix is a highly technological and data driven insect producer, regarded for its automated breeding and rearing process. The company has turned insect production into a commercial success by serving the animal feed industry, while also developing food applications for consumers. Over the last years Protix has been awarded with several grants, prizes and honours. Among which the Technology Pioneer award by the World Economic Forum. Aarts holds a MSc title in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University, The
Drew Cherry
IntraFish Media
Drew Cherry is the Editor-in-Chief of IntraFish Media, the world's largest seafood news and information provider. Mr. Cherry was born and raised in Alaska, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.
Ricardo Garcia
Salmones Camanchaca
Mr. García is an Economist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. García is a past Co-Chairman of the Global Salmon Initiative, and former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile. Before joining Camanchaca, Mr. García served as President & CEO of the Latin America and the Caribbean Division of American Life Insurance Company (ALICO/AIG). He has been a teacher in areas of economics and finance at various Chilean universities.
Kjetil Haga
Broodstock Capital Partners
Co-founder and Partner of Broodstock Capital. Kjetil Haga has a demonstrated track record of screening, acquiring and successfully developing multiple ventures across industries and regions. He has co-founded several new ventures within shipping, finance and fish farming, and held roles as CFO and CEO in venture backed companies. Mr. Haga’s deep expertise as a management consultancy partner advising company CEOs and BoD makes him a valued board member in a number of Norwegian companies. Mr. Haga holds a MSc. In Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and an MBA in Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Erik Heim
Nordic Aquafarms Inc
Erik Heim is President of Nordic Aquafarms Inc in the US, and founder of Nordic Aquafarms in Norway. Nordic Aquafarms is a pure-play land-based seafood company with operations in Norway, Denmark and the US. Previous positions include CEO of Nordic Aquafarms in Norway, chairman of Fredrikstad Seafoods, and chairman of Sashimi Royal. Today, the subsidiary Fredrikstad Seafoods, if the first large-scale grow-out facility for salmon in Norway. Sashimi Royal is selling Yellowtail Kingfish across Europe. Mr. Heim is currently heading up the company´s expansion in the US, with large RAS projects in progress in Maine and California.
Regin Jacobsen
Mr. Jacobsen (born 1966) has been the CEO of Bakkafrost since 1989. Mr. Jacobsen is educated at Aarhus School of Business, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Accounting (HD-R). From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Jacobsen was Accounting Manager of the former P/f Bakkafrost, and from 1988 until 2006, he held the position as Managing Director of the former P/f Bakkafrost.
Petter Johannessen
Director General
Petter M. Johannessen joined IFFO in September 2018 as Director General. Johannessen was previously Global Business Director for Risk Management and Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. Johannessen has also worked as director for supply chain management at PwC and Kavli Holding.
Kristoffer Jordheim
Partner, Investment Banking - Seafood
Pareto Securities
Mr. Jordheim is part of the seafood team in Pareto Securities’ Investment Banking division. He spends all his time working on financials transactions in the seafood industry, both domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience from various type of M&A, equity capital markets and debt capital markets transactions. In total, he has twelve years experience in investment banking. Prior to joining Pareto Securities in 2014, he spent seven years in SEB and two years in DNB. Kristoffer started his carrier as an equity analyst. He holds an MSc degree in finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In addition, he spent two years in the Norwegian Navy, including an officer’s degree from the Royal Norwegian Navy Officer Candidate School.
Carl-Emil Kjølås Johannessen
Seafood Analyst
Pareto Securities Equity Research
Mr. Johannessen holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration with specialization in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics (siv.øk. NHH). Johannessen has been working with Pareto as a Seafood Analyst for 3 years covering most of the listed seafood companies. Johannessen has ppreviously been involved in the salmon farming business both through a part time job in Grieg Seafood and through the family business (Fossen AS) later sold to Lerøy Seafood Group.
Karim Kurmaly
Karim Kurmaly’s path to CEO at Veramaris could be labelled as destiny: Growing up on the coast of Kenya, Karim was captivated by marine life already as a young boy. This fascination was a sign of things to come, as Karim did his Marine Science doctorate at renowned Bangor University in Wales. Together with his colleagues at Veramaris, Karim now shares one revolutionary vision of making aquaculture more sustainable through omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine microalgae, reducing the industry’s reliance on wild-caught fish. This breakthrough in fish nutrition is one aspect of conserving finite marine resources, all the while taking on the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population responsibly. Karim worked for multiple companies, including 16 years at DSM, roughly ten of those in its Animal Nutrition & Health business in Asia Pacific and India, before taking on his role as CEO of Veramaris in 2018. Veramaris, a joint venture of DSM and Evonik, is headquartered in Delft, Netherlands.
Therese Log Bergjord
Therese Log Bergjord joined Skretting in 2017 as Chief Executive Office of Skretting, Chief Operating Officer of Nutreco Aqua Feed Division, and member of Nutreco Executive Committee. Therese started her career in ConocoPhillips where she had various leading roles within the Treasury/Commercial area. She changed to the Aquaculture industry in 2003 where she worked as Vice President Commercial for Pan Fish and Global Sales Director for Skretting, she has considerable expertise in the aquaculture industry. In 2009 she became Managing Director Norway for Compass Group, a world leading food and support services company. Her latest role in Compass was to head up Compass Group Nordic business. Therese studied Economics at the University of Stavanger.
Ohad Maiman
Kingfish Zeeland
In his former position as VP Business Development at the Merhav Group, Mr. Maiman has had the opportunity to evaluate, develop, and manage multiple operations in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Water treatment and Agricultural industries, and that was where he first encountered the land based aquaculture sector. Impressed by the potential of the nascent field, Mr. Maiman left his former position and dedicated himself to study the opportunity in depth, culminating in the founding and launch of Kingfish Zeeland in 2015. Graduated from Columbia University in 2003.
Amy Novogratz
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Aqua-Spark, an investment fund working to transform the global aquaculture industry by investing throughout the aquaculture value chain in businesses that help realize aquaculture’s potential of being the most resource efficient and healthiest protein source, while taking pressure off of the ocean. Aqua-Spark is actively invested in fourteen such companies, from truly sustainable farming operations to alternative feed ingredients like microbes and insects to alternative ways to battle disease, with plans to build a portfolio of 60-80 companies. Amy sits on the board of Love the Wild, XpertSea, eFishery and Energaia. Prior to Aqua-Spark Amy served as director of the TED Conference’s annual TED Prize for almost a decade, leading more than twenty global collaborations across a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, education, science, technology, conservation, art, and activism. With TED, her list of notable projects include: Jamie Oliver’s Food revolution, JR’s Inside Out Project, and Bono’s among others, including Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, which led to the development of Aqua-Spark as a way to take pressure off the ocean and tackle food security.
Robert Orr
Managing Director
Cuna del Mar
Mr. Orr is the Managing Director of a Cuna del Mar LP, a USA based, family office, impact investment fund. Cuna del Mar is concerned with global food security, healthy oceans and investing in technologies related to the working in the ocean environment, with particular interest in open ocean, off shore sustainable aquaculture. Robert’s +35 years executive management career also includes time in the marine biotechnology, nutritional ingredients, and food retailing industries. Robert is also co-founder and a director of the Canadian Ocean Technology Supercluster; Chair of the Board, Natural Products Canada Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research; and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Dalhousie University, School of Management, and Cape Breton University, Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment.
Karl Øystein Øyehaug
Finance Director
Atlantic Sapphire
Karl Øystein Øyehaug is the Finance Director in Atlantic Sapphire. Before joining Sapphire in October 2018, he worked as an equity analyst at Carnegie in Oslo, Norway, covering the fish farming sector on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Mr. Øyehaug is a Norwegian citizen and has a degree in business and economics from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway.
Jose Prado
Atlantic Sapphire
Mr. Prado is Chief Financial Officer of Atlantic Sapphire, the global leader in land-based farmed salmon, with operations in Denmark and the United States. Prior to Atlantic Sapphire, Prado served as president of Transformation Capital Services for 15 years, and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Alex Raeber
Chief Scientific Officer
Benchmark Holdings
Alex has a strong track record in the animal health sector with more than 18 years’ experience in global public companies as well as start-ups. He most recently was the Director of Global R&D, AgriBusiness at Thermo Fisher Scientific, the American multinational biotechnology product development company, listed on the NYSE. In this role he drove the agribusiness innovation and growth strategy, and was focused on the execution of the agribusiness product commercialisation pipeline across a range of R&D and manufacturing sites globally. Prior to this, Alex led R&D divisions at biotechnology firms including Prionics AG and Cytos Proteome Therapeutics. Alex holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Zurich and an MSc from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Thor Talseth
Portfolio Manager
Amerra Capital
Mr. Talseth has a long record of accomplishments from the seafood and banking industries. Thor is responsible for managing the investment process related to equity opportunities within AMERRA Capital Management – an Agri-business focused Asset Manager based in New York. Mr. Talseth has been actively involved in a number of large seafood transactions as an investment professional, senior executive, advisor and banker. He is Founding Partner of Neptune Partners, and has previously been Head of Seafood within Corporate Finance at Arctic Securities, Executive Chairman of the Board of Aqua Bio Technology ASA, Managing Director of Landsbanki Norway, Chief Financial Officer at Catch Communication ASA, and Chief Executive Officer for Fjord Marin ASA. Mr. Talseth holds a B.Sc. in Finance from Trondheim Business School (TØH), and programs from Executive Master of Management from The Norwegian Business School (BI).
Ian Trahar
Seafarms Group
Ian is the Executive Chairman of Seafarms Group Ltd and has 35 years experience over a diverse range of industries as a manager, CEO and business owner. His background commenced in economics with Shell, transitioned to corporate and investment banking with Citibank then proceeded into minority or majority ownership of businesses encompassing mining (gold), mining services, industrial and consumer products companies. He also maintains substantial agricultural interests in Western Australia.
Hogne I. Tyssøy
Portfolio Manager/Co-founder and Board Member
Holberg Fondene
Mr. Tyssøy has over 30 years of experience from the investment industry I Norway. He worked at DnB as a stock broker until 1995 and then for 5 years in Vesta/Skandia Insurance as portfolio manager/CIO. He was one of the founders at Holberg Forvaltning in year 2000 , which is an independent asset manager. Have since 2012, together with colleague Jann Molnes worked on mapping the global listed seafood industry and markets. In February 2015 we launched Holberg Triton, a global mutual fund which do invest in listed seafood and seafood related companies.
Sylvia Wulf
Sylvia Wulf was appointed an Executive Director, President and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies in January 2019. Previously, she was President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor with responsibility for the P&L of the $10 billion Meat, Seafood and Produce operations and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of US Foods. Her expertise spans a diverse set of company environments including start-up, rapid growth, mature, consolidation and traditional businesses ranging in size from $100 million to $10 billion in revenue. Her success in growing revenue and market share coupled with her strengths in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, environmental & social governance and operations positively impacted respected brands such as US Foods, Tyson, Sara Lee and Bunge. Sylvia was named one of the most powerful women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council in 2016.