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IMD (International Institute for Management Development) - Business Programs, MBA 1998
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NTNU, Trondheim - Norway, MS 1992
Electrical Engineering

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Torleif Ahlsand

Prior to Northzone, Torleif was VP of Corporate Finance in Handelsbanken Capital Markets and an “M&A Business Strategy-guy” - in Orkla ASA. Torleif also has a professional technical background as a research scientist at CERN outside Geneva and as a telecommunications engineer in Nera Satcom.

Outside the office, you’re most likely to find Torleif exploring new limits in hard-core activities such as mountaineering, kiting, MTB, randoneé skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, or - as one would suspect from a Norwegian – cross country skiing. The former Nordic champion in Skiathlon and Norwegian national team basketball player still pushes hard for andrenaline, “good vibrations” and top results in endurance sports. That he is a world class performer in his age group goes without saying. Probably the best VC skier out there!

Torleif holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NTNU (1991) and an MBA with Honours from IMD in Switzerland (1997).

Torleif currently serves as Chairman of Soundrop, Energy Micro and X5 Music, and as Board Member of Funcom and VisualDNA.

Former board positions in the Northzone portfolio: Colibria, Ignis, Intility, Nimsoft, Photonyx, Playdo, Tinde, and Orecon.

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