Our international team of seaweed enthusiasts
We have a dedicated, international team with backgrounds in marine biology, oceanography, marine engineering, biotechnology and business, and extensive hands-on experience working on bringing innovative solutions to the seaweed industry. Furthermore, we are lucky to work with a great group of students and interns who continuously help us in daily operations.
Pål Bakken. Founder.
After working with seaweed as a youth in Frøytang AS, a previously family owned seaweed operation in Norway, Pål started again with seaweed in 2006, when he founded SES. He was CEO until November 2014 and is now actively involved in the company as a director. Pål’s working experiences are all related to the ocean - as a successful entrepreneur in the aquaculture business with 12 years experience in the seafood and seaweed trade in Asia. Pål has a BSc with honours in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon, USA. He speaks Norwegian, English, Portuguese and Japanese.
Ole Christian Norvik. CEO.
Ole Christian joined SES in December 2022 in the role as CEO. He comes from a broad background in fish farming including pilot farm with halibut in the 90’s, R & D and more than 20 years of production and management experience in salmon farming both land based and sea based. International experience from companies like Mowi, NRS, Atlantic Sapphire and SINTEF Fisheries and aquaculture. Holding a Master degree (Cand. Scient) in Aquaculture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and an Executive MBA degree from Norwegian Business School (BI).
Jon Funderud, MSc. Research & Innovation Manager.
Jon joined SES in 2010 and has held several positions including Marine Biology Manager and Business Development Manager and has worked hands on with research, technology development, product development and sales. In 2015 he took over the role as CEO of the company. Previously, he spent 8 months at the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Qingdao, China during his thesis working on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) with field work in Sanggou Bay, one of the world's largest areas of seaweed cultivation. Jon has an MSc in Marine Coastal Development from NTNU, Trondheim. He speaks Norwegian and English.
Maren Sæther, MSc. Quality and Processing Manager.
Maren joined SES in 2013 where she is currently responsible for processing of the biomass and quality control, as well as customer follow up and sales. She has acquired hands on experience in the whole cultivation cycle, from breeding and hatchery techniques, to sea operations, processing and finished product. Maren has a MSc in biotechnology from NTNU. She speaks Norwegian and English.
Diogo Raposo, MSc. Production Coordinator.
Diogo joined the team in 2013, where he is currently coordinating the different stages of the production chain (hatchery, sea farm and processing). Over the seasons, he has aquired valuable hands-on experience at these stages, as he has been previously managing the hatchery operations and the sea operations. Diogo has a MSc in Animal Science Engineering. He speaks Portuguese and English.
Andreas Lavik, MSc. Sales and Projects.
Andreas joined the team in spring 2018, after years of work within the field, both as an intern at SES and as seaweed hatchery manager in the western part of Norway. Andreas is responsible for the supply of seedlings to external customers, including followup and tailoring products to each individual need. He also manages external projects and supplier relations. Andreas has a MSc in Marine Coastal Development (Dept. of Biology, NTNU, Trondheim). He speaks Norwegian, English and Spanish.
David Aldridge, PhD. Seedling Production Manager.
David joined SES in 2017 to help the team with production in the hatchery. He is now responsible for producing seedlings, both for deployment at the company's sea farm and for external customers. He is also responsible for R&D related to seedling production and for continuously refining and improving the company’s seeding protocols. David has an Msci in Marine Biology and a PhD in Biological Oceanography/Algal Physiology from The University of Southampton. He speaks English, Portuguese and Norwegian.
Ana Borrero, PhD. Environmental Research Coordinator.
Ana joined SES in 2020 to assist with seedling production, R&D and sea farm monitoring. She is responsible for management and follow-up of environmental research projects, monitoring the growth and quality of the seaweed, environmental data analysis and R&D tasks to improve cultivation protocols. Ana has a PhD in Marine Science and Technology and has been working since 2010 in science on characterization of aquatic systems for monitoring purposes related to marine pollution and ocean acidification. She speaks Spanish, English and a bit of Norwegian.
Kristian Cato Haugen. Sea Operations Manager.
Kristian joined the team in 2021. He has been working in the Aquaculture industry for more than 25 years. In the last 20 years, Kristian has been Site Manager at different Salmon farming locations, along the Norwegian coast. Now, he applies his valuable knowledge and long experience to the Seaweed industry, managing the sea farming operations in the region of Frøya and Hitra. He studied Aquaculture and speaks Norwegian and English.
Frank Neumann, Dipl.-Ing. Marine Technology Manager.
Frank joined SES in 2012, initially working on energy-scale and offshore seaweed cultivation visions. He now works on improving farming techniques, harvest and deployment operations, and further exposed systems. He assists in strategic issues, public support and new ventures, liaises with suppliers and project partners. He has 12 years of ocean wave energy and coastal engineering experience, being appointed Associate Director of the Wave Energy Centre, which he helped to create. Frank graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He speaks German, Portuguese and English.
Lennart Ahrné, PhD. Senior Market Advisor.
Lennart joined SES in 2018 as a senior market advisor, where he has been using his network and experience from the food industry to help develop the market for seaweed. He has been working at Tetra Pak International for 12 years stationed in Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. He worked for 2 years at SIK, a research Institute, then called SIK, Institute for Food Science and Biotechnology, and at Nordfalks Industri AB, Sweden and Nordfalks AS, Norway, as managing director for 18 years. Lennart holds a PhD from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala Sweden, partly conducted at Ohio State University. He speaks Swedish, English and Portuguese.
Sandra de Rijcke, MSc. Seaweed Production and Research Technician
Sandra joined SES in 2021 as a seaweed cultivation assistant. Her main tasks are to assist with seedling production, sea farm monitoring and R&D. Sandra has an MSc in Natural Resources Management with a specialisation in Biology from NTNU. She speaks Dutch, English and Norwegian.
Knut Magnus Halvorsen. Seaweed Production Technician.
Knut Magnus joined SES in 2019. He works mainly in the hatchery, where he is responsible for maintaining and preparing equipment and facilities for production of seedlings. He also assists in sea work out in Frøya during deployment, harvest and maintenance operations. He has an education in nature management. He speaks Norwegian and English.
Larisa Lewis, MSci, Seaweed Production and Research Technician
Larisa joined SES in 2022 to assist with cultivation trials in the SølKelp-project. She is responsible for the production and R&D of Palmaria palmata in land-based trials, as well as supporting other kelp hatchery activities such as seedling production and sea farm monitoring. Larisa has an MSci in Marine Biology from the University of Southampton and has previously worked in research addressing cultivation challenges in Magallana gigas and Himanthalia elongata, with a particular focus on reproductive cycles. She speaks English and Spanish.
Hallvard Muri. Chairman.
Hallvard joined the team as Chairman in August 2020. He has had a long career in the seafood and aquaculture related industries, including CEO of Akva group ASA, CEO of Aker BioMarine, General Manager and CFO for American Seafoods Group and Executive VP in Aker. He is currently holding Board positions at West Coast Salmon AS (Chairman), EnFlow AS, Scanbio Marine Group AS and Estramar Invest AS. Hallvard has a MSc in finance from the Norwegian Business School. He speaks Norwegian and English.
Kamel Gabriel EL KHALOUI. Board Member.
Kamel is CEO of ScanBio after serving as Sales director of the Company. He was formerly Sales & Product Development Director of a European player in the Pet Food sector. Kamel has occupied various responsibilities in the Biotechnology multinational Diana-Symrise, both as Sales manager and R&D manager.
He holds a Msc in food science and agro industry and education in corporate finance.
David Buckeridge. Board Member.
David Buckeridge has 35 years of management experience in the life science and agribusiness industries. David has been a Partner/Retained advisor of Paine Schwartz Partners for the last 15 years, previously the CEO of Advanta, the largest independent agronomic seed business in the world at the time. He began his career with the multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, spending approximately 20 years in a variety of management positions. During this time, he spent eight years in the crop protection and nutrition business, holding several management positions with a European focus in agriculture and horticulture.
He also spent five years in Des Moines, Iowa, running the commercial operations for AstraZeneca’s seeds business in the US. From 1999, he was the global head of its plant biotechnology business. He has served as director and Chairman of a range of companies, from early stage to mature business in Crop, Livestock, Marine/Seafood, pharma, and public health industries, whilst also running his family farm 520 acres cattle/arable, on the Isle of Wight.
David has a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Sciences from the University of Wales.
Alex Mayer-Wolf. Board Member.
Alex Mayer Wolf joined the Board of SES in 2022. He has 12+ years experience in the agribusiness industry in various countries, and was formerly Country Manager for Nidera’s commodity trading and industrial activity in the Iberian peninsula. He previously held management positions in Nidera Seeds – a South-American based seed company engaged in both R&D and production/commercial activities.
Alex has Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Wharton.