Jacob started his entrepreneurial life early on by making a living from his childhood sport as an elite golfer turning greenkeeper. Here his understanding of soil, water movement and landscaping started to take form. After an inspirational journey in 2008 to the Gambian bush in West Africa, Jacob’s interest for plants initiated the first ideas around the company eGro. A new direction for business development and management created eGro’s sustainable model, that recreates the natural resources of impoverished soil, while the global food supply is stabilized. Building eGro since 2008 has lead to the daily pursuit of the mission to stabilize Earth’s climate.
Founder and CEO
Autodidact and Polytechnical
Diana is used to thinking in holistic systems connected in several ways. She has the ability to understand the complexity of the connections in the ecosystem and the interdependencies of its individual components, in a structured and effortless way. Diana works with the development of the agricultural aspects of eGro’s model by exporting plans to the Ghanaian team. She adapts these plans according to the specific villages and the farmers’ needs.
BA Ecology MA agriculture
Ghazal Torabi Kristensen
Ghazal is one of the few people, who knows exactly what happened within the first 6 seconds of the Big Bang. As a structured scientist, mathematician and physicist, she has been eGro’s project manager from the very start, keeping eGro’s diligence on a tight track.
Msc Physics and Astronomy/Wind Energy
Andrius is eGro’s visual 3D artist and web developer. He communicates eGro’s complex model in a comprehensible visual design, shaping eGro’s message in a simple visual language. His abilities within coding expands eGro’s possibilities for developing visual directions.
Daniel González Carmena
Daniel has a MSc in Land Management from Ålborg University, Copenhagen. He has specialized in genuine sustainable development and understands issues regarding land degradation. Daniel is passionate about the phenomena affecting land, such as Urban and Natural landscape vulnerability, brownfields and how to tackle them through sustainable development with political and social approaches as drivers for progress. He will be working on delicious visuals and giving weight to eGro’s internal and external communication and knowledge-sharing. Daniel is honest, open-minded and full of initiative.
MSc Land Management
Freja has a Bachelor in Intercultural Marked Communication and a MSc in Economics and Business Administration. During her Master, she specialized in Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Communication. Her specialities include internal/external communication, management and perspectives on how enterprises handle increasing expectations, responsibility and communication with stakeholders. Freja has a global and local understanding and is passionate about sustainable development, food security, women empowerment, human rights and well-being. Within these fields, she wrote her Master thesis on eGro. Freja has worked with Jacob since 2013 and her tasks at eGro have included shaping the internal communication, creating structures for recruitment processes, facilitating onboarding of new team members and supporting the team in staying on track. She is emotionally intelligent and understands management and ethics.
MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Abdalla is eGro’s local developer of educational material for the farmers. He develops the material in the Ghanaian language and with a cultural understanding. He also produces and trains his own documentary crew for the recording of the material.
Ibrahim Abukari Zukpeni
Ibrahim is eGro’s local manager and our first connection to the Ghana team. He is the man on the ground and the main communicator between the teams in Ghana and Copenhagen. To gain inspiration for his dreams of development in Northern Ghana, Ibrahim has been through several training programs in Denmark and other European countries.
Mubarrak is eGro’s local agronomist and works directly with the farmers. He provides the farmers with educational material, field training and support. He has been trained in participatory methods by a Danish organisation and has gained a lot of experience working directly with local farming communities. Through the participatory methods, Mubarrak is able to identify eGro’s future high-quality suppliers and with a mass educational method, he educates any late adapters.
Mathias is a creative innovator and business developer. With his eye for details in sales and customer experience, strategic mindset and global perspective, Mathias is able to understand eGro from a helicopter view. His view also implies an immense respect of the day-to-day operations at eGro.
Professional experience: Freelance, Darling Creative Studio, UNFAIR Fashion, 3 Days of Design, Danish Renewable Energy A/S.
Helle Dyrby Høy
Helle has a passion for making people interact and communicate with each other. She is a visionary that employs her skills to advise business leaders and entrepreneurs in communication through her own company www.danishmind.com. Helle has been advising Jacob on core personality and communication theory, pitch training and issues related to understanding his own external communication.
Professional experience: Editor, developer and production manager at TV 2 Danmark, founder of Danish Mind.
Martin has since 2006 founded several companies and build more than one high-growth company with triple USD digits. Now, he has found his personal success after gradually withdrawing from the companies. As a scientific businessman, he is now devoted to innovation and entrepreneurial mentoring.
Professional experience: WattsUp Power, Clean World Innovation Invest, SMILICS Technologies, IBM, NeuroSyntek Inc., BG Partners Group.
Morten is a create marketing professional. He has build up several companies and will probably continue to do so, as he prefers the company before it gets too big. Morten is generally absorbed by the people and the product.
Professional experience: CREATE- Events and Social Media, Digitalmessen Aps, Eventbureauet, Social media lab.
Nadine has lived a professional career as an executive. She has been working with BIWise before changing pace and focusing on more purposeful living. Now she is committed to organizations such as eGro.
Professional experience: BIWise A/S, PxC Advisory- Business Intelligence, Basisbank.
Louise Pierrel Mikkelsen
Louise has been working in several start-ups, ranging from tea import to gaming software development. She is a diverse professional with a lot of passion and patience for start-ups.
Professional experience: InvestorNet-Gate2Growth, Tryhart, Global Capital Market Solutions (GCMS), Louis Vuitton, Avicore P/S, VELUX.
Christian is a social business innovator on a mission. He is currently the innovation lead in a department of new business development in Novozymes, the industry leader within bio-fertilizers.
Professional experience: Novozymes, CONNECTORS, CBS OBSERVER, DANSIC - Danish Social Innovation Club.