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.
Interns for Copenhagen Team
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.
Part-time Project Manager
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, being personal assistant to Jacob, facilitating onboarding of new team members and supporting the team in staying on track. She is emotionally intelligent and understands management and ethics.
Ina Juul Jensen
Ina has a MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. She has specialized in economic analytics, sustainable energy and -developments, socio-economic consequences calculations and social data. Ina has 10 years of experience with working as team leader, coach and project coordinator for several NGOs. She has worked with refugees, foreign homeless, African street children, clima politics and the fight against poverty. Ina is passionate about working with people, social, climatic and economic development. At eGro her tasks include economical analyses, sales work and a fierce focus on the people and social aspects that are affected by eGro. Ina has incredible drive and coupled with her unique expertise she is able to execute like no other.
Matteo recently finished his Master in Land Planning and Environmental Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan. He is passionate about Climate Change, Land Use, Hydrological issues and very interested in topics related to Mitigation and Adaptation. Matteo has specialities in Natural Resources Management and Water and Food Security. He works on tasks including the Environment, Climate Change and is responsible for the development of new technical solutions to improve our crop harvesting processes. Matteo is a genuine guy with strong determination.
Past interns and sporadic advisors
Alejandra has studied Environmental Sciences Biology/Engineering at the University of Salamanca, Spain and is currently studying her Master in Environmental Biology and International Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. Her specialities are water management, quality management, physical-chemical and microbiological analyses of water. Alejandra works on tasks including environmental risk, ecotoxicology, edaphology and hydrology. She is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Dencker Løwe Jacobsen
Elizabeth has a BSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She has been working part-time as an intern from July to August 2016. She has specialities in international relations, international and comparative political economy, development, gender equality and globalization. Her tasks at eGro included a geopolitical risk evaluation of Ghana. She is now a volunteer on occasions.
Lorenzo has a degree in International Cooperation and Development, Human and Economic Development, Globalization and International studies. He is currently studying his Master in Global studies and International Development studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. His specialties are within project management, team coordination and sustainable initiatives planning. He did an internship full-time in the months from February to May 2017. Lorenzo is interested in the linkages between the eGro model’s output and the international market. He is passionate about replicating the model on a large scale and is a very devoted person.
Recent full-time intern
Manon has a BSc from Toulouse, France and a two-year degree from ESARC Evolution of Montpellier, France, studying Management of Commercial Units. In between her studies, Manon has worked in the French organic shop Biocoop because of her passion for a greener life. Currently she is studying for a degree at Grenoble Graduate School of Management and as part of that she has come to eGro for an internship. She was working for eGro as a marketing assistant full-time for 12 weeks, in the spring of 2017. Manon is interested in the global concept of eGro and the intention to change the conventional agricultural methods. She appreciates optimism and is an empathic and cooperative person.
Recent full-time intern
Nérimène has a Bachelor in International Trade and Languages from the University of Savoy, France. She is currently studying her Master at Roskilde University, Denmark on Global studies and International Development. As part of her Master, she did a full-time internship for eGro from January to May 2017. During her time at eGro, she researched on diffusion and implementation in France and other French-speaking countries in Africa. Nérimène is interested in sustainable development and enjoys contributing to visionary projects. She likes to be in movement and is an energetic person.
Roman was studying his Master in Finance at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark when he started working with eGro in 2015. In the winter of 2016, he provided his time to work with tasks including building a viable business case, finding a suitable go-to production market, organizing production on the supply side, selecting relevant crops and establishing a business model. Roman is a sweet Swiss who knows about business, finance and working hard.
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.
Maiken has worked with top executives and world leaders in the form of speakers, sponsors, media and board members. She has been running the volunteer driven organization CSR Fonden and its award show, CSR Awards, from 2011 to 2014.
Professional experience: Danish Architecture Centre, CSR Fonden, COWI, Centre of CSR - Copenhagen Business School.
Morten is a devoted professional with a law degree and an ambitious global business mindset. He has been in Afghanistan for the Military of Denmark and on a foreign assignment with the Danish Foreign Office in Iraq, in the early stages of these operations. As such he is particularly open-minded and knowledgeable of the complexities involved in working with local resources.
Professional experience: Netcompany A/S, Guard Hussar Regiment, MSO Consulting, UMS Group Europe, DONG Energy, ReD Associates.
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.
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.
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.
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.