Lars B. Thoresen is Senior Advisor at Verdane Capital. He was Managing Partner/Joint Managing Partner for Verdane Capital Advisors from 2008 to 2015. Lars joined Verdane Capital’s Oslo office in 1999. Verdane manages more than NOK 10 bn for Norwegian and international institutional investors, and has 30 employees in their offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. At Verdane Lars has been instrumental in the acquisition of both several portfolios of direct investments as well as individual companies, such as Skandia Life portfolio, Nordic Venture Partners, Ferd and EasyPark. He has also helped build and grow a number of portfolio companies from a board role, such as Opera Software AS, Liaison Technologies Inc., CRF Health Oy, and Napatech A/S. Lars is today Chairman of the Board at NextGenTel ASA (listed OSE), and serves on the Board of Napatech (listed OSE), Arundo Analytics Inc, Carn Capital AS and INSEAD Alumni Assoc. Norw.
Lars holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and a BSc in Finance from St. John’s University, New York (USA).
Liza Benson is a partner at StarVest Partners, an expansion stage Venture Capital fund with over $400 million of assets under management located in New York City. Prior to StarVest, Ms. Benson was Managing Director of Highbridge Principals Strategies and primarily focused on digital media, fintech and marketing technologies. At StarVest, Ms. Benson sits on the Boards of Ceros, RAMP, Transactis and is a Board Observer for Xignite, OpenSlate, UrbanBound and CrowdTwist.
Prior to joining Highbridge in 2008, Ms. Benson was a Managing Director with Bear Stearns’ Constellation Growth Capital. In the past, she has been a board member at Widevine (sold to Google), Webify (sold to IBM), Siperian (sold to Informatica) and K12 (Public Company on NYSE: LRN), each of which was successfully exited. She also led an investment in Capital IQ which was sold to McGraw-Hill. Previously, Ms. Benson was an investment banker at Patricof & Co. and First Union. Ms. Benson received a BA in Mathematical Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University, where she was a Charles A. Dana Scholar.
David Rowe is CEO of Black Green Capital, an investment company, primarily investing into digital business and services.
David was the former CEO and founder of Easynet Group, a global Enterprise Cloud services business. Easynet was one of the first Internet companies in the UK to list on AIM in 1996, and subsequently on the London Stock Exchange in 1999.
David also has experiences from Sky Enterprise Division, as Managing Director. David has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology.
Ms. Ingeborg Hegstad is a former Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company, where she advised Scandinavian and international consumer clients on strategic and commercial issues in the period 2001-2013. Ms. Hegstad joined Egon Zehnder (2013-2015), where she advised clients across Scandinavia, Europe and Asia on leadership issues focusing on team effectiveness and composition, leadership assessment, talent management and coaching. Hegstad is currently the Founding Partner of Imsight AS, a leadership advisory firm.
Hegstad holds a Master in Business and Administration from Handelshøyskolen BI (96-00).
Martin Moran is Managing Director for international business at Insidesales.com. Moran is responsible for growth in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He brings more than 25 years of experience in managing and growing business operations across a variety of industries in Europe and globally, with a proven track record for building high-performance sales organizations.
Prior to InsideSales.com Moran served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for EMEA at Lumesse. Prior to Lumesse, Martin was responsible for global sales and delivery at ServiceSource International and at Salesforce. As the first employee in Salesforce’s EMEA organization, Martin helped grow the company’s EMEA business to $300 million in annual revenue. Martin has also driven revenue growth for well-known technology companies like Oracle and Skype. Moran holds an accountancy degree from Brunel University in London.