Advisory Board

Esmaeilzadeh Holding / Advisory Board
Christer Hellström
Investor and former Partner at Accenture

Christer is a seasoned business executive and inspiring leader with experience from creating and driving organizations that create great results. Christer’s professional interest and expertise lie within analyzing, driving and implementing change within IT, strategy, processes and organization. With over 20 years of international experience from Accenture, Christer has extensive experience from managing and leading consultant organizations, international sales and implementation programs. Christer has held several board assignments since 2011. Christer is the chairman of the Board at Burt Intelligence, Hidden Dreams, and member of the Board of Lyvia and Novedo. Christer assists EHAB with board and strategy work, and is part of several of our investment committees.

Mikael Borg
Partner and lawyer at Gernandt & Danielsson

Mikael has over 20 years of experience from broad transactional work, including private and public M&A, debt and equity capital markets and finance & restructuring, within a large number of different sectors. Mikael was a pioneer in establishing the legal framework for a domestic market for high yield bonds, and has over the years participated in numerous transactions within different areas, of which many stand out in the market for their size and/or complexity. Mikael also regularly serve as board member in public and private companies and acts as senior advisor to several boards and managements within the corporate sector. Mikael has a long-standing relationship with EHAB and its founders and assists EHAB with complex advisory services and board work.

Erik Rune
ADVISOR STRATEGY & FUNDING

Erik has several years of experience within the real estate sector where he has held various senior positions, including CEO at Holmströmgruppen and Managing Director of London & Regional Properties Nordics. He has also worked within the structured financing departments at SEB and Eurohypo. Erik holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics and assists EHAB with advisory services and board work.

David Ibison
STRATEGIC FINANCIAL COMMUNICATION ADVISOR

David Ibison is the former Nordic Bureau Chief of the Financial Times, responsible for coverage of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland. He was previously the FT’s Deputy Bureau Chief in Japan and an investment banking and financial correspondent at the paper’s HQ in the UK. Before joining the FT, he was the Business News Editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Outside of journalism, David has been a Partner at Kreab Worldwide, the Swedish strategic communication consultancy, and Senior Vice President Communication and member of the Executive Management Team at Volvo Cars. David holds a BA (Hons) in the History of Ideas and an MSc (Distinction) in Politics and International Relations from the University of London. David advises EHAB on strategic communication, with a focus on financial communication.

SUSANNE NAJAFI
INVESTOR AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Susanne Najafi is a Swedish tech investor and serial entrepreneur. She holds a MSc in Economics from SSE and Cems MIM and has founded more than ten companies and carried out multiple exits. In 2016, Susanne founded the venture capital firm BackingMinds to increase diversity in the European startup scene by investing in the blind spots of Venture Capital. She has held international positions at Procter&Gamble and has served in many boards of both listed and startup companies. In addition to be ranked #1 at 40 under 40’s list of Sweden’s Top Serial Entrepreneurs and #1 of Sweden’s 100 most Inspiring Leaders, Susanne has been awarded Pioneer of the Year by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, for her work to democratize venture capital. Susanne assists EHAB with expansion strategy, company building, board work, digital and tech know-how.

Kjell Enhager
LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT, COACH, LECTURER AND AUTHOR

Kjell has worked as an inspirer for several companies and organizations such as Spotify, Google, H&M, G&E, Volvo and Nordea. Kjell was elected as Sweden’s best lecturer in 2009 and has developed and written three books on leadership and coaching models, applied globally. Kjell has coached world stars within sports, such as Sir Nick Faldo, Annika Sörenstam, Denis Shapovalov, Peder Fredricson and national teams. Kjell’s passion is finding the answer to the question: “What is the difference that makes the difference, to create success?”. Kjell coaches and advises EHAB and its employees with personal and leadership development.

KAMJAR HAJABDOLAHI
FOUNDING PARTNER AT BLQ INVEST/ SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR

As a serial entrepreneur Kamjar knows what it is like to walk in a founder’s shoes.. Kamjar has extensive experience within M&A, innovation and company building and has worked with several pan-European transactions., and has a long and close relationship with Saeid, including working as CEO for Serendipity. Today he runs BLQ Invest as a founder and partner where he as an investor has a unique eye for talent, innovation and drive. He holds a Master of Law from Uppsala University. Kamjar assists EHAB with strategy work.

Soroush Shouri
PSYCHOLOGIST AND MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR

Soroush Shouri, is a psychologist, meditation instructor, and musician. Soroush intertwines ancient meditation methods with modern psychology. He has over 10 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) across various therapeutic interventions. His intention is to create an open space where individuals can explore profound self-discovery and nourishing love and kindness. Soroush coaches and provides EHAB employees with psychological therapy and regularly performs sessions for breath work, meditation and group therapy.

FREDRIK LIDJAN
FORMER CEO AT MAGNOLIA BOSTAD

Fredrik has several years of experience within the real estate sector, investment committees and boards. He has worked many years within the Magnolia group where he has held several C-level positions, including CEO. Fredrik is a private investor and currently has several board assignments. Fredrik assists EHAB with corporate advisory services and board work.

Kristofer Åkesson
SENIOR ADVISOR COMMUNICATION

Kristofer has worked as a marketing and communication executive in various companies the last 15 years, mostly within the entertainment and the media tech industry. As Director of Marketing & Communications and Head of PR & Communications for Live Nation Sweden, Kristofer played a key role in building the then fairly new concert and festival promoter brand Live Nation in Sweden. Kristofer has since then worked as an advisor in strategic and financial communication and brand building for companies in different industries and sizes. Kristofer advises EHAB and its portfolio companies in strategic communication.

PONTUS BRAUNERHJELM
PROFESSOR AT KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND BLEKINGE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Pontus Braunerhjelm is a economist and Professor emeritus at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He is presently Professor at Blekinge Institute of Technology and Research Director at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum where he served as CEO between 2008-2015. Pontus has been assigned several governmental policy commissions and is presently chairing the Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy which sorts under the Royal Swedish Academies of Engineering Science's (IVA). He received his doctorate in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva in 1994. Pontus is an integrated advisor in EHAB:s research team and advises in areas around entrepreneurial research.