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Jon Vatnaland

Senior Partner

+47 90 50 00 16

Jon Vatnaland joined HitecVision in 2020 from the role as Executive Vice President at Statkraft, the largest generator of renewable power in Europe. He brings extensive knowledge of and experience with the utilities and power generation sector in Norway and Europe.

Having been more than 11 years with Statkraft, Jon was involved in both strategic and business related transformations as well as M&A in the power generation sector. He was instrumental in building up Statkraft’s UK business where he held the position as managing director and led a number of renewable projects, in the context both of developments and transactions.

Prior to Statkraft, Jon worked as a consultant at McKinsey.

Jon holds a PhD in social studies from the University of Oslo and has been a research fellow at the University of Oslo and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Johan Sonander

Partner
Structuring, Financing and Risk Solutions

+47 928 20 933

Johan Sonander joined HitecVision in 2017 from his role as Client Executive in the Oil & Gas team in SEB Merchant Banking. He worked 19 years with SEB, of which the last 10 years with credit responsibility for E&P and oil service companies. Prior to that, he led the Account Management team in Oslo supporting the credit team.

Johan holds an MSc International Economics from School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Jan Harald Solstad

Senior Partner

+47 98 20 63 38

Jan Harald Solstad joined HitecVision in 2015 from the position as co-founder and CEO of Core Energy AS (a HitecVision Fund V investment). Core Energy, an oil and gas company seeking to capture the value potential in producing NCS fields and adjacent development projects, was established in 2010. From inception Jan Harald has developed a company with a diversified portfolio of assets consisting of producing fields, developments and exploration acreage.

Jan Harald has been a well reputed strategic and financial advisor to the oil industry for more than a decade, starting his career with Conoco Norway Inc., in 1991. He worked as an Economist and Business Analyst and later as an Oil Trader in London. From Conoco Norway, he joined EY as Senior Manager of Corporate Finance for a period of four years and then went on to establish an E&P advisory boutique, SB Finans in Oslo. The company later became part of the investment bank RS Platou Market where he held the position as Head of Oil & Gas for several years, prior to co-founding Core Energy.

Jan Harald holds an MSc degree in Business and Economics from the University of Nordland.

Read our interview with Jan Harald here. 

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Erlend Basmo Ellingsen

Senior Partner

+47 92 84 01 79

Erlend Basmo Ellingsen joined HitecVision in 2016 from Statoil (now Equinor) where he held various positions within M&A, business development and strategy.

Erlend currently focuses on energy transition and renewables investments, most recently the establishment of Vårgrønn. He was also engaged in the acquisition of Hafslund Oslo Varme and the establishment of Aneo, in partnership with Trønder Energi.

In his first years with the company he was on the teams responsible for developing HitecVision’s E&P companies Vår Energi and NEO Energy.

Erlend holds an MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University, USA and a BSc in Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France.

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Christian Kronstad

Senior Partner

+47 41 66 66 65

Christian Kronstad joined the HitecVision in 2016.

During his years in the company, he has been a team member on several investments, including oil field services and infrastructure investments, but has primarily focused on investments in the E&P segment and specifically the establishment of Vår Energi and the most recent E&P company, NEO Energy.

Currently, Christian also focuses on investments within energy transition and renewables.

Christian holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration, with a major in Financial Economics, from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway.

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Birgitte Kolstad

Director Investor Relations

+47 92 32 74 78

Birgitte Kolstad joined HitecVision in 2020 from her role as Senior Financial Analyst at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

At HitecVision Birgitte has primarily engaged in projects and transactions related to the energy transition, mostly focusing on renewable power generation.

She has several years of experience from energy transition investments working at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, following up onshore/offshore wind and solar assets. Previously, she has worked as a financial analyst at Ørsted, focusing on Bioenergy and Thermal power.

Birgitte holds an MSc in Finance and Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School.

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Pål M. Reed

Founding Partner and Deputy CEO

+47 92 26 71 71

Pål M. Reed is co-founder of HitecVision, and joined the team in 2005 as a partner.

Prior to this he was Chief Investment Officer of Argentum Fondsinvesteringer, the Norwegian State’s PE fund investor.

His previous experience includes several years heading private investment companies; being responsible for structured finance at the Kreditkassen bank; and as partner and managing director of companies in the Pareto Group, a Norwegian investment bank.

His long investment experience makes him an important resource in transactions, in particular structuring and negotiation.

Pål is educated at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and at the universities of Oslo, Bergen and Paris Sorbonne.

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Nina Nordfjell

Office Manager Oslo

+47 45 26 93 89

Nina Nordfjell joined HitecVision in 2022 She is responsible for organizing the administrative activities at the Oslo office, as well as supporting the management and operation of various administrative projects.

Nina joined HitecVision from a position as Executive Assistant at Egon Zehnder. She has wide experience from various roles within administration and the travel industry, working for companies in investment banking, property, and air transport.

 

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Elisabeth Haavardsholm

Senior Associate Investor Relations

+47 47 29 56 25

Elisabeth Haavardsholm became a member of the corporate team in 2018. Prior to joining HitecVision, she has held several positions within the service industry.

Elisabeth holds a BA in Business Finance from the California State University. She has also taken further studies in Databases: application in data modelling with EER and UML notation.

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Arne Trondsen

Head of Business Development

+47 92 60 44 24

Arne Trondsen joined the HitecVision team in 2008. He joined from Argentum Fondsinvesteringer AS, the Norwegian States PE fund investor managing approximately NOK 10 billion, where he was Chief Investment Officer. His work experience includes management consulting with McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group in London, as well as experience from direct and PE fund investments.

Arne has a degree in economics and an MBA from Northwestern University, USA.

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