Dr. Jan-Olaf Willums is chairman of InSpire Invest, an international impact investor, and has been co-founder or seed investor in numerous pioneering companies, including Computas (Artificial Intelligence), REC (Solar), Think (Electric vehicles), MoveAbout (EV car sharing) and ZEM (batteries for ships).
Earlier, Dr. Willums was director of environment at Storebrand and was a founding co-director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and member of the World Economic Forum Global Redesign Initiative. Today he sits on the Social and Environmental Advisory board of the European Development Bank (EBRD), and on the Global Opportunity Panel of DNV-GL.
He holds a M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology and a joint D.Sc. in Marine Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Fulbright Fellow.