EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Claus Mathisen, CEO
Claus Mathisen is CEO and Partner at NREP. He joined NREP in 2009 and has been CEO since 2018. Before this, Claus was chief executive in one of NREP’s platform innovations, Pelican Self Storage. Prior to NREP, Claus was with Boston Consulting Group where he advised on multiple private equity transactions in the Nordic region, with a focus on the retail, business services and industrial sectors. He also worked on growth strategy and operational excellence for large infrastructure clients in airport, energy, telecoms and postal service sectors. Earlier, Claus was part of JP Morgan’s M&A department in London, where he focused on transactions in the retail, pharmaceutical and oil and gas sectors involving private equity and corporate clients. Claus holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
Jani Nokkanen, CIO
Jani Nokkanen is CIO and Partner at NREP. He is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee and serves as fund manager of NREP Nordic Strategies Funds I, II and III. In addition, he is actively involved with Finnish investments. Prior to joining NREP, Jani spent five years as a Consultant and Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where he gained experience in strategy, corporate finance, and operations, and worked in both their Helsinki and New York offices. He was previously also involved in various M&A activities whilst at JP Capital, Nordic Advisor Group and Morgan Stanley. Jani holds a M.Sc. in Economics (Finance) from the Helsinki School of Economics, Finland.
HENRIK SKAK BENDER, COO
Henrik Skak Bender is COO and Partner at NREP. Prior to joining NREP, Henrik served as Group CFO at WS Audiology, one of the World’s three major hearing aid companies. Henrik held the position as Group CFO and Head of Integration since the merger in March 2019, when WS Audiology was created in a merger between Sivantos (Germany) and Widex (Denmark). Before joining Widex in 2013 as Group CFO, Henrik worked almost four years at McKinsey & Co where he was a leader in the company’s Global Recovery and Transformation Services and focused on supporting companies in turnaround situations. Henrik started his career with seven years in A.P. Moller – Maersk with his last position as General Manager at the Group Strategy office responsible for Capital Allocation, Strategic Planning and organizational projects across the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Henrik holds an M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School and bachelor degree in Mathematics from Copenhagen University.
STEFAN WALLANDER, CBO
Stefan Wallander is Chief Business Officer and Partner at NREP. Stefan is also a member of the Investment Committee, head of the Swedish office as well as Partner lead of NREP’s Care home business. Prior to joining NREP, he spent four years with Modern Times Group, the Scandinavian broadcasting and entertainment group, as Senior VP, Head of M&A and Business Development, and led an M&A driven transformation from traditional media to digital entertainment and premium content. Before MTG, Stefan spent twelve years in international investment banking, eight of which in London, working for Credit Suisse, ABN AMRO and RBS gaining a wide experience in products such as M&A, Loan Syndications, DCM and ECM covering the Telecom, Media, Tech, Energy & Resources, Real Estate and General Industrials sectors. Stefan holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics and Ross School of Business, Michigan.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Mikkel Bülow-Lehnsby is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Partner and co-founder of NREP. Mikkel served as NREP’s CEO for its initial 13 years, and he has played an important part in developing NREP’s investment strategy and company culture, anchored in a strong belief that solving problems and nudging the world in a better direction is a superior long-term business model. Mikkel currently focuses on NREP’s board, while also being the Chairman of the Investment Committee of ‘2150’, NREP’s new tech sustainability fund, aiming to make real estate better by investing in technologies that can make cities resilient and sustainable. Prior to co-founding NREP, Mikkel worked with M&A, business development, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship within the Egmont Group, Goldman Sachs and in various start-ups in London, Copenhagen, Chile and Boston. Mikkel holds a valedictorian B.Sc. in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, USA.
Mikkel also serves as a board member at the global SDG initiative ‘UN Live’, and likewise he is on the board of Lendager Group, a pioneering company within upcycling in buildings, as well as being a board member of ‘Human Practice Foundation’. Finally, Mikkel is a long-term member of ‘The Well’ in ‘Charity Water’, a leading global charity that has brought clean water to more than 11 million people in the World. Mikkel is a passionate investor and supporter of numerous start-ups aligned with his vision of solving problems to nudge the world in a better direction.
MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Rasmus Nørgaard is member of the Board of Directors, Partner and co-founder of NREP. Rasmus has served as NREP’s CIO together with Rickard S. Dahlberg for more than a decade, and he has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate investing, having managed the sourcing, financing, underwriting, due diligence and execution processes. He has also been actively involved in the asset management of portfolio properties. Currently, Rasmus focuses on his board work in NREP, while also exploring new ways for private capital to address the growing urban challenge of affordability.
Prior to founding NREP, Rasmus was Head of International Real Estate at Nordea Asset Management & Life, where he was responsible for the sourcing, evaluation and underwriting of real estate fund managers and oversaw €300 million of fund commitments. Prior to Nordea, Rasmus worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he was involved in several strategy, business development and M&A processes, predominantly working with large multinational clients based in Denmark. Rasmus began his career at Unibank Markets advising clients on interest rate hedging strategies. He holds a M.Sc. in Economics & Finance from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the University of Washington, USA.
Rickard S. Dahlberg
MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Rickard S. Dahlberg is member of the Board of Directors, Partner and co-founder of NREP. He is also lead Partner for NREP’s logistics business Logicenters and has been an important part of developing the logistics strategy from the start 2005. For more than a decade, Rickard led NREP in Sweden, while also being a member of the company’s Investment Committee and serving as CIO together with Rasmus Nørgaard. He has managed the sourcing, financing, underwriting, due diligence, execution and exit processes for many of NREP’s transactions. In addition, he has also been actively involved in structuring debt financing and the asset management of acquired properties.
Prior to founding NREP, Rickard was Transactions Manager at GE Capital Real Estate in Sweden, where he was responsible for the completion of new investments in the Nordics, management of the JV and loan portfolio, as well as having overall responsibility for exit strategies and execution of assets sales. Prior to this, he worked as a Projects Manager in the DTZ Capital Markets team in Sweden. Rickard holds a B.Sc. in Construction Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and an M.Sc. in Property Investment & Finance from the Cass Business School, London, UK.
MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Celia Francis is an experienced, purpose-driven tech CEO. Most recently, Celia was CEO of Rated People, an innovative online marketplace connecting millions of homeowners with 50,000 skilled local tradespeople across the United Kingdom to complete £3 billion of work every year. Before Rated People, Celia served as CEO of social games and networking company, WeeWorld, which entertained over 70 million users. Previous to that she grew T-Mobile’s €2 billion business focused P&L across Europe. She also enjoyed a tenure at IDEO, the world’s leading innovation consulting firm, working with a variety of top consumer products and services companies.
Celia co-chairs the senior digital leadership group, H2, in London. She co-founded the female tech and media leadership group, WITSend and the global afforestation projects leaders group, The Art of Forests. Celia advises a variety of companies focused on sustainable homes and natural solutions for carbon drawdown.
Morten Beck Jørgensen
MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Morten joined Novo Holdings in March 2005 as an Investment Director within Novo Capital Investors. He has served as Managing Partner of the team since 2016. During Morten’s leadership the assets under management have grown from DKK 30bn to DKK 75bn, while the team has increased from three to eight investment professionals. Investment focus areas have expanded from covering mostly public assets to also include private equity and real assets.
Morten holds a MSc in Finance and Accounting from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark and an EMBA from IMD, Switzerland. Prior to joining Novo Holdings, Morten was employed at Novo Nordisk and Nordea Markets.