Meet Our Board

Øyvind Kongstun Arnesen
Øyvind is a medical doctor (MD) with over a decade of clinical experience and extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held positions such as Medical Director at BMS Norway, Medical Director, and Head of Clinical Operations at Boehringer Ingelheim, and served as CEO of Ultimovacs from 2012 to 2020. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Board for Oslo Cancer Cluster, while also working as an independent advisor to Radforsk and other investors in the life science sector.
Chairman of The Board
Pål Rongved
PhD in Medicinal chemistry, Oslo. Professor University of Oslo. Founder of Adjutec Pharma and holds the position as CSO. Previously 22 years in leading positions in R&D including IPR chemical engineering at GE HealthCare and holds more than 50 patents.
Board Member
Kjell-Erik Nordby
Master's degree in Pharmacy and Master's degree in Business Administration, Oslo. Former CEO at Vistin Pharma. Previous experience includes several years in top management positions at ALpharma, a leading international generic pharmaceutical company, and as head of business development in Photocure, a Norwegian bladder cancer company.
Board Member
Ton Berkien
B.Econ from Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands and a Life Science industry Diploma from PwC / Harvard Business School / IMD. Previously, Head of Corporate Development/M&A at Takeda/Nycomed, CBO at Nuevolution and Director Business Development at Amgen. Several M&A transactions in the United States, Europe and in various emerging growth markets such as China, Brazil, India and Colombia. Over 15 years of experience in strategic business development and corporate finance in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Board Member
Nicolaj Weiergang
MSc in Finance from University of Durham and Master of Business and Economics from BI. CEO of Arctic Seafood Group AS, production and research within aquaculture. Previously CFO in Codfarmers ASA, a listed company on Oslo stock exchange. Experience within raising of private and public capital in addition to business strategy and development.
Board Member
Hege Tjørsvaag Brattebø
MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Joined Kistefos as investment manager in 2020 after working in the Investment Banking Division at Swedbank, specializing in leveraged finance transactions. Hege represents Kistefos on various boards, including Previwo AS, Opplysningen 1881 AS, Digitale Medier AS, Idium 1881 AS, Tjenestetorget AS, NextGenTel AS, Bitpro AS, 2nd Chance AS, and Seniorvikarene AS.
Board Member
Espen Franzon Amundsen
Espen Franzon Amundsen became a part of Kistefos in 2024 after a successful tenure in the Investment Banking Division at ABG Sundal Collier. Holding an MSc in Economics and Business Administration, specializing in Finance, from the Norwegian School of Economics, Franzon adds valuable expertise to our team.
Board Member
Bjørn Klem
Management
Master's degree in Pharmacy, Oslo. Head of Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator supporting start-ups, raising private/public capital and business development. Previously, 30 years in leading positions in R&D at NAF-Lab, Hydro Pharma, Pronova and PhotoCure.
Bjørn Klem
Master's degree in Pharmacy, Oslo. Former head of Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator supporting start-ups, raising private/public capital and business development. Previous experience includes 30 years in leading positions in R&D at NAF-Lab, Hydro Pharma, Pronova and PhotoCure.
CEO
Senior Scientist
MSc in Molecular Biology at the University of Oslo. Her last position was at Oslo University Hospital as a Specialist Engineer, working with diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2. She is currently working towards finishing her industrial PhD at AdjuTec.
Rebekka Rolfsnes
CTO
PhD in Medicinal chemistry, Oslo. Previously Senior Manager Therapeutics at PHARMAQ. 20 years of experience as a scientist, project leader and team leader within R&D and CMC in international pharma and biotech companies, including AstraZeneca, Pronova BioPharma and Photocure.
Ragnar Hovland
Chief Clinical & Regulatory Officer
MSc in Physiology at University of Oslo, previous experience from global clinical development program at Nycomed/Amersham, Photocure, Algeta and Nordic Nanovector. Her last position was as Senior Advisor at Norwegian Medicines Agency, being a Norwegian representative in the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Bjørg Bolstad
CSO
PhD in Medicinal chemistry, Oslo. Professor University of Oslo. Founder of Adjutec Pharma and holds the position as CSO. Previously 22 years in leading positions in R&D including IPR chemical engineering at GE HealthCare and holds more than 50 patents.
Pål Rongved
Advisors
John Rountree
MBA, London Business School. MA Engineering, Economics and Management, University of Oxford. John has extensive experience guiding global pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical tech firms in addressing complex challenges across R&D, commercial, and corporate development. Before founding Novasecta, he held key roles in renowned consulting firms and served on executive boards for University of Cambridge biotech startups.
Rafael Cantón
PhD. Head of the Clinical Microbiology Department at the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital (Madrid, Spain) and associated Professor of Clinical Microbiology at Complutense University, Madrid. ESCMID Fellow, previously Chairman of EUCAST and President of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC).
David Livermore
Retired Prof of Medical Microbiology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Previously Director of Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Reference Laboratory in Public Health England. David has authored over 500 papers and appears on Clarivate's 'Most Cited' list. He has edited for multiple journals and, until 2021, he served on the UK Government's Advisory Committees on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Infection.
Peter Coderre
PhD Microbiology, Regulatory Consultant and Scientific Advisor CARB-X, previously FDA reviewer, Director BioScience Laboratories.
Petter-Arnt Hals
MSc Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD Pharmacology. European registered toxicologist (ERT). Extensive experience in pharmaceutical drug research and development, in particular within pre-clinical sciences. Previously employed by Nycomed/ Amersham Health/GE Healthcare, Clavis Pharma, Aker Biopharma and Aker Biomarine.
Ian Morrissey
MSc Pharmacy and MBA, UK. Founder of Antimicrobial Focus Ltd. offering microbiology support and consultancy for human and veterinary medicine. Previously CSO IHMA Europe, Director of Microbiology in Quotient Bioresearch Ltd. and CEO of GR Micro Ltd.
David Findlay
MBA in Strategic Planning and International Business, University of Bradford, UK. CEO of Rostra Therapeutics Ltd. focusing on Fungal Infections. Previously held senior global, regional and local commercial leadership roles in J&J, Glaxo Wellcome, SmithKline Beecham and GSK. International track record in antibiotics to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Consultants
Vitalina is hired as a consultant to take on administrative work. She is a chemical engineer with an MBA from Nottingham Trent University (UK) and experience from administrative work in Europe, Southeast Asia and Norway.
Vitalina Liapko