Born and raised in the UK with over 8 years of academic research and 4 years as a valued analytics asset, David brings a strong background in the intersection between big data and biology, marine and human life sciences. David studied marine biology at the University of Southampton before completing a PhD in biological oceanography at the same university. Following his entrepreneurial instincts, he then founded and ran a sailing business for two years. Returning to research, David taught himself to program in Python in order to work with “big data” and worked as a data analyst in the UK before moving to Norway.
David joined ACT as a data analyst in May 2017 and has helped build one of the world’s largest databases of grocery product categories, additionally assisting in the planning and analysis of ACT’s successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. He now works on the development of the ACT app.
R&D, innovation management and strategy advisor (Ph.D.)
Andreas Bentzen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and an MSc. in Physical Electronics. He has 17+ years of deep technical, strategic and management experience in the solar industry. His experience includes leading teams of scientists and engineers at companies such as Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) in Norway and REC Technology US in Silicon Valley. Andreas is the co-founder & CTO of Otovo, that became the leading B2C solar cell provider in Norway in 1 year. He’s also the founder of Beacon Group that provides consultancy dedicated to technology development and improvement work, with primary focus towards the photovoltaics, semiconductors and process industries.
Andreas believes that the key to a sustainable future is to help people make the right decisions. He supports ACT with expertise in R&D, innovation management and strategy.
Full stack developer from RESTful web services, delivered via JavaEE, Microsoft ASP.NET, NodeJs and Angular, to Ionic & react native based cross platform mobile apps, to e-commerce (Shopify and Stripe) and CMS., landing (but not ending) on Wordpress plugin customizations.
Sustainability Researcher, Market Communication & Funding Management
Based in Israel, Abby has background in international development and community social work and is passionate about addressing global development challenges as they relate to Sustainable Development Goals. Her experience includes working in climate change mitigation, corporate social responsibility, disaster management, and community intervention.
Abby has contributed to the social impact of NGOs, public institutions and businesses through program development and coordination, research and reporting, and grant management. Abby supports ACT through a variety of roles, including market and sustainability rating research, business marketing, and managing funding opportunities.
Sysop & Optimisation of development process and cloud architecture
Tonny has strong experience in operating, installing and managing client/server platforms with various applications. He has broad expertise in Microsoft products, as well as Linux, Lotus Notes and MAC. Tonny has worked extensively in projects as a participant and project manager, and has experience with ITIL support tools and the use of electronic support tools for Change Management, Incident Management, Monitoring Tools, etc.
He has worked extensively with scripting, automation and programming of various types of tools to cost-effective solutions. Tonny has also worked with application development for launching applications. He has also had security responsibilities and recently worked as manager of application management team in Marcello.
Creative communicator and marketing enthusiast with a long-term experience in journalism, marketing and event management.
Economist, philosopher, author, and futurist.
Innovative thinker with 20 years of oilfield experience within drilling technology.
Communication Officer & Strategist
Environmental Impact Metrics and Behavioural Science Advisor (MSc.)
Mike is a well-known figure within academic research and practical industrial applications of environmental impact metrics, awareness, and behavioural change. Through his lecturing, research and publications, and consulting services, has made instrumental contributions to thinking on sustainability and responses to 21st century challenges.
Mike is a professor at Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures, where he develops practical tools for thinking about the future and researches the global food system. He is also the founder of Small World Consulting (SWC), an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations from tech giants to supermarkets. SWC is a leader in the field of carbon metrics and their use. Through his work, Mike supports the development of ACT’s environmental sustainability rating.
Copywriter and environmentalist with 12 years of experience in trend journalism on print and online.
Raised in Denmark and residing in Norway, Thomas’ passion for environmental and social responsibility and collaborative technology led him to found ACT in 2015. With background in electrical engineering and collaborative technologies, Jepsen has over 10 years of relevant experience in project management, software development, entrepreneurial startup and quality management. His areas of specialty include agile project management, quality assurance, collaboration methodologies and technologies.
Thomas previously handled infrastructure and software development projects at Maersk, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, Netcom, and Telia Sonera.
Jens is the Country Committee Member of the Climate Movement (Klimabevægelsen) and has more than 10 years of project management experience in public and private NGO’s.
Marketing and Communication Manager (M.A.)
Katerina has a background in international development and marketing, and has worked at the United Nations, the European Commission and as a marketing consultant. She holds degrees from the Universities of Yale and Sussex. In her free time, she likes to paint, sculpt and hang out with her pets.
Claus has extensive experience in the discount retail business. He currently serves as Director of Europris ASA and as a member of the Executive Committee at Dansk Supermarked A/S. Previously he served as the CEO of Netto International from 2005 to 2016.
Claus holds an MBA and MSc from the Copenhagen Business School and the rank of captain in the Royal Danish Guard.
More than 10 years of experience working with design, digital marketing, web site development, SEM, SEO with advertising agencies and companies on multiple continents.
Experienced freelancer with excellent business sense and 14+ years of professional experience in design. His portfolio includes over 400 projects. His work covers UX/UI, Responsive Web Design, Branding, Web Apps Design, B2B platforms, Mobile Design for iOS and Android.
Yves Lefebure holds a MSc in Business Analysis and Performance Management from the Norwegian Business Schrool (NHH). Besides his bi-cultural background by growing up in France, Norway and Africa, he acquired international experience at the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nigeria in 2014, as Head of Research for International Business Projects in Morocco and as a consultant for a non-profit organization..
Yves has strong analytical skills and a flair for product development, market research and fundraising. Currently working as Product Manager at Elis. Yves focuses his free time on working with projects within ecology. In 2016 he founded together with three friends an import business selling and serving ecological products to the Norwegian market. In 2017, Yves continued working on his passion for sustainability in the ACT Team as Business Analyst.
Previously in top leadership in the oil and gas industry, including many years supervising new business development and operational activities. PhD in geosciences and a passion for sustainability. Worked all over the world including China and the USA.
Francesco Saverio Mondelli
Interaction & Service Designer (MSc.)
Specialised in: - facilitating concept development - creating information architecture - transforming ideas into prototypes - collecting insights through research - product development - making pizza
Finance professional with 9 years’ experience (as CFO and finance manager) in multinational Start-Up IT SaaS business (http://ticketforevent.com) and in leading distributor, production and service market leader (Volkswagen official reseller and service provider, Atlant-M International Holding, rated as a Forbes 100 company). Master`s Degree in Economics, ACCA DipFm.
Frontend Developer (BCS)
Full Stack Mobile Application Developer / Mobile Tech Lead
Experienced frontend and backend developer and entrepreneur. Core competencies: Android, React Native & Firebase, Java. Developed apps with Android, React Native & Firebase. He’s highly motivated for using his powers for sustainability and is currently working on the android version of the ACT app while pursuing the last year of his Msc. in computer science. When he doesn’t code he plays rugby where he has represented the Ivory Coast national league.
With a background of electronics engineering, working in software industry for more than a decade. Has experience in financial fraud prevention in digital banking channels, managing IT projects and software development from digital design (VHDL, Verilog) to embedded systems (C), backend (Java), frontend (React JS) and mobile applications. Right now focusing on iOS development with Swift for ACT. Likes details and analysing systems. Enjoys taking long walks, reading books and riding motorbike any time possible.
Help improve and maintain the team's marketing strategy. Experienced in marketing and business communication.
Graphic design & Communication Officer
Experience in fundraising and communications, with a background in anthropology and environmental awareness.
More than 20 years of experience in Shell, with project and business management, assessment, process change management & implementation. Special focus on stakeholder analysis and moving opportunities forward to achieve their objectives. Investor and consultant in sustainable development and renewable power projects.
Full Stack Software Developer/Architect/Technical Lead (MScCS)
Panagiotis’ tech skill palette ranges from game design & development to web development and backend architecture, CI and DevOps. He has extensive experience in the retail, e-commerce and gaming industries. With over a decade of broad software and full stack development experience, Panagiotis has been a key engineer in ACT’s platform in the following ways:
· Actively participating in the design of the platform
Data Analyst, Computer Vision & Algorithms (Ph.D.)
Data Analyst and Algorithm Expert
Jordan holds two Master’s degrees, one in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, and the other in Data Science for Lancaster University. He is currently based in the UK at Lancaster University working towards a Ph.D. in Computer Science. His research focuses on the use of machine learning techniques; specifically, in the domain of land cover maps based on satellite imagery.
Given Jordan’s past experience as a consultant in data analytics with multiple SME’s, he can advise on technical matters and how methods interact with other aspects at higher levels. Jordan currently works with ACT on the optimisation algorithm to improve the ACT shopping list optimization as a service.
Data Scientist at Stanford GSB who works on on mathematical modeling, machine learning algorithms and simulations for economics, writing open-source software packages, and cloud computing. He has an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering, and has published over 50 papers and 15 patents.
Biz development & monetization
Outdoor enthusiast who thinks that we can ACT to preserve our planet. Experience developing desktop, web and iOS apps. Now building and enhancing ACT Android apps.
Video producer (M.A. Journalism)
Jonathan is a freelance filmmakerhe has worked on numerous editorial, NGO and corporate assignments for clients including ABC News, Al Jazeera, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNHCR, Siemens and S.A.P.. He recently served as cameraman on the feature-length documentary, HONDROS, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was director of photography on Truth Detectives, a feature-length documentary commissioned by WDR/ARTE.
Jonathan began his career in photojournalism and has had his images published in a broad selection of publications including The New Yorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Newsweek. A graduate of the International Center of Photography where he received a scholarship from The New York Times Foundation, Jonathan also holds an M.A. in print journalism from New York University.
More than 10 years of experience with exclusive catering, sales and entrepreneurial startup. Self driven, high-integrity and including. Large network and talent magnet.
Frontend Developer (MScCS)
Frontend developer specialized in React.js, Web design with webflow, Mobile development with react native and android, Backend development with laravel php framework and Microsoft ASP.NET Core, Image Processing with python and java, He holds a MScCS and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Universal design of ICT, which is all about making IT services accessible for everybody regardless of their ability in Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway,
Based in Norway, Isak brings 20 years of experience in development and management of various technical and numerical domains, including process simulation, electronic design automation, oil and gas, and artificial intelligence. He has an M.Sc. in applied mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in multiphase flow at the same university.
Isak works with ACT as a data analyst and developer, developing the ACT in-store navigation feature as a service.
Ole is experienced in finance, strategy and operations development with a strong working knowledge of most business disciplines including product development, customer service, human relation and accounting.
His background includes: Strategy development, Financial planning and management, turnarounds – strategy development, recapitalization and execution, transaction management & analysis including financing, recapitalizations, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, and project systems development.
Technology & Business Development Advisor (MBA, MScCS)
Tor Ivar has built experience from many successful start-ups, mainly Baikingu, Eziteq, InfoGym, Apias and Terp. Tor Ivar is an experienced entrepreneur with a strong background in both cutting edge software development and business as well as a keen ear for listening to others.
Tor Ivar developed and sold the main code used in Apple’s Time Machine. He developed the InfoGym app for connecting gyms/trainers with their clients, and is currently helping hotels reduce their liability by providing an interactive guide for exercising in the hotel’s unmanned training rooms. He is an acting investor and CTO in Baikingu (e-commerce) and Terp (a paradigm shift in adaptive e-books). Tor Ivar has a large network both in Norway and Singapore and applied knowhow about investment management and capitalization of start-ups.
Karey has been a part of 5 successful start-ups over the past 30 years. Working at key leverage points he is always seeking to shift an organisation, it’s performance and success. During the past 15 years Karey has become a sought after business coach specialising in leadership development.
Strategy & Communication
Biz. Coaching, strategy, product development, communication
Investment Manager & CSR Advisor (MBA)
Christian has 20 years of experience in developing and driving CSR and sustainability projects in major Danish and International companies, in all levels of organisations and the last 10 years with executive experience from both management and boards. He has founded several companies and has so far exited two.
In recent years, Christian has become active in the impact entrepreneur and investment community. He has been appointed member of the Danish Minister for Business and Industry’s working group on new guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility and a member of UN Global Compacts human rights working group. Additionally, he chaired the Danish Business Network for Human Rights for 5 years.
Marketing Manager (MBA)
Jason is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Vermont. He has worked for Amazon.com on content marketing and sustainability initiatives as well as working with the City of Cincinnati towards sustainability goals.
Graduate of the University of Gdansk and 1 year CSR ambassadors programme by the Responsible Business Forum in Warsaw. As head of project management, Alina strongly contributed to the emergence and success of Software Development Academy, now the best known programming academy in Poland. For 2 years a manager and brand specialist of an esteemed Polish diamond jewelry brand, ACLARI Diamonds.
Based in Kochi, India, Ananthu is a tech enthusiast with a background in Physics and Full Stack Development (CS). Flutter Developer working at ACT to make a change. Ananthu has 2 years of experience as a Software Developer, working on different technologies. Loves learning about all sorts of things from natural sciences to economics. Enjoys a good football match (a Real Madrid fan).
“There’s a whole world outside of ourselves and our dreams” is a quote he lives by.
Brennan Purtzer is a recognized international development specialist.
With 15+ years in journalism and a Masters Degree in development management (University of Agder) Purtzer has been awarded for his outstanding entrepreneurship skills by the American SBA, founded multiple media companies, and worked on projects in environments as diverse as Ukraine, Africa, Sri Lanka and Micronesia. His focus is on new applications of technology — including energy, communication and agriculture — to address age-old and emerging global issues.
In his personal time he enjoys exploring new cultures, brewing beer and hiking.
Originally from Ukraine, Igor has traveled around the globe to develop his strong business partnering and communication skills. He had experience in international sales in Brazil, Canada and Poland, where he acquired knowledge of agricultural products trading. Currently working as a Email Marketing Advisor, he assesses email marketing campaigns from customers all over the world. Igor brings a multicultural communication experience and a business education from the Seneca College in Toronto (Canada). Through the course of his career, he became concerned with global climate crisis, and as a result, Igor embraced ACT's mission in June of 2019. In his private life, Igor likes to practice boxing, play table tennis and go for long walks in the forest.
Karina holds an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Warsaw (Poland). She has an international academic background as she has conducted studies at the University of Brasilia, the University of Toronto and at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research. Her fields of study include socioenvironmental conflicts, biogeochemistry and nature conservation. Karina also has experience with Environmental consultancy in Brazil and with Environmental & Social Risk analysis in Poland. She has joined ACT in June of 2019 as a Researcher contributing to the project development with her knowledge and passion. In her free time, she enjoys painting, Latin dancing and long walks in nature.