Our Team

  • Michael

    Michael Obermayer

    Partner Michael co-founded Fjord in 2007 after acting as Managing Director of the World Economic Forum during 2005-2007, where he was involved in work...
  • Arild

    Arild Nerdrum

    Partner Arild co-founded Fjord in 2007, continuing his career as a successful entrepreneur and investor in the fields of shipping, automotive, real es...
  • Robert
    von Werz

    Robert von Werz

    Partner Robert joined Fjord in 2009 bringing deep transactional and operational experience to the firm from 15 years of investing and driving gro...
  • Max
    von Arnim

    Max von Arnim

    Partner Max joined Fjord in 2010 bringing over 14 years of financial markets experience across various industrial sectors. Max participated in the developm...
  • Howard

    Howard Kagan

    Head of Finance and Administration Howard is a "Big Four" trained accountant with successful finance and operational control experience who joined Fjord in 2012. Prior to...

Our Operational Partners and Advisors

  • Roland Berger

    Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich. Today, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown to become one of the world's top five strategy consulting firms, advising leading international industrial and service enterprises, as well as public and nonprofit institutions.

    Roland Berger is a member of several supervisory boards and advisory councils of national and international companies, foundations and organizations, and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roland Berger Foundation.
  • Karen de Segundo

    Karen de Segundo has had a 34-year international career within Shell, joining the group in 1971. In 1998 Karen was appointed CEO of one of Shell’s four global businesses, Gas & Power; in 2000 she was tasked with developing Shell’s renewable energy businesses as the CEO of Shell Renewables and the President of Shell Hydrogen.

    Karen currently serves on boards of E.on SE, British American Tobacco plc, Pöyry plc, and Lonmin plc. Karen holds a Master degree in Law from Leiden University, and an MBA from Michigan State University.
  • Isabel Lopes Dias

    Isabel Lopes Dias is a chemical engineer and economics and politics graduate, with over 20 years experience in project appraisal in various sectors all over the world, including major lending responsibilities at the European Investment Bank.

    In the past 10 years, has applied this know-how to restructuring family businesses and to personal investing, whilst developing onTV Europe, an innovative digital media metadata management company. Recently completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
  • Anders Barsk

    Anders Barsk is an experienced private investor in technology, insurance and property ventures in the US and Europe.

    Anders Barsk has been a management consultant (BCG) and also a private advisor to major financial institutions as well as to Swedish government entities, and previously a director of several insurance companies. He has been the seed investor in two battery companies, Boston Power Inc. and Nilar International AB, and an early stage investor in numerous ventures.

    Anders Barsk was educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (MSc) and the Harvard Business School (MBA).
  • Georg von Werz

    Georg von Werz is an experienced investor in property and private equity in Europe, North America and Asia.

    He co-founded TMW Real Estate Group, a leading institutional property investment manager. During his 30 years as CEO, he grew the group into a global concern investing on behalf of major insurers, pension funds and banks, and led the merger of TMW with the international real estate arm of Prudential/Pramerica.  He has vast experience in institutional fund management and property development and is an activist investor in private equity with a focus on resource efficiency and life sciences.

    He serves on a number of advisory boards and received his Law degree from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

how we are different

  • Exceptional performance.
  • Strong tailwind – resource efficiency offers attractive returns and benefits the environment.
  • Robust pipeline – deals originate from our proprietary networks.
  • Blue-chip team – our experienced and diverse team has a long history of working together.
  • Industrial approach – we are deeply involved in guiding, growing and improving our portfolio companies.
  • Aligned interests – we invest at least 2% of total LP commitments.

How We Work

Our investment approach combines three core elements:

How We Work

The companies we target are revenue generating and profitable or on track to become profitable in the short term, with proven technologies and business models. They are typically headquartered in Europe, but have global expansion potential. We invest in both supply and demand-side opportunities that deliver a near-term productivity boost to its customers, and do not depend on government support. Our priorities include:

Our Approach

We then help our companies grow and prepare them for exit through a trade sale to their ‘natural owners’ in industry or, in some cases, for IPO.

Targeting Growth In Resource Efficiency

We invest in resource efficiency, because we wish to relieve the increasing strain on our dwindling resources and minimise the impact of the industry on our environment.

We believe that investment in the sector will only continue to grow, buoyed by fundamental long-term drivers like rising demand and prices for energy and materials and continued government and corporate support.

We target the growth stage as we consider it optimal for investment. Many companies in the sector have products and services ready for commercial expansion but require capital and operational support to grow. This, combined with a significant number of earlier venture investors seeking liquidity, has created a rich array of opportunities with attractive valuations.