Leadership


Michael Stanley Pedersen | CEO

Michael has great experience in successfully growing companies and top management within the public health, chemical and photonics segment.

Prior to FaunaPhotonics he was the vice president of sales and marketing at NKT Photonics (2011-2018) and chief development officer at Vestergaard (2006-2011).

He holds a PhD in physics from the Danish Technical University (DTU) and an Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

In his spare time Michael enjoys playing tennis. Further Michael is an active musician with his main instruments being bass and guitar.

Jørgen Andersen | CFO

Jørgen comes with a managerial and financial background, working as Group Treasurer for Carlsberg and as CFO for Carlsberg Denmark, DSVM Group and AJ Vaccines. During his career he have completed several financial transactions and led business development. As consultant Jørgen have worked with start-ups and smaller companies on financial management and business development.

Jørgen has an educational background from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from DTU.

Jørgen lives in Dragør with his family – wife and 3 children.

In his spare time, Jørgen loves being with family and friends, reading, walking in nature, and enjoys life at his house up in the Swedish forests.

Kevin James Knagg | Commercial Director

Kevin has over 20 years of experience in international business, including the last 11 years within global agriculture as part of MariboHillehög, a global supplier of sugar beet seed, most recently as Commercial Director.  He joins our company as Business development Director with responsibility for developing and maintaining commercial leads and driving new business growth.

He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Lancaster. 

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys swimming, football and travelling.

 


Meet our teams

We are a passionate and interdisciplinary group of engineers, data analysts, agronomists and biologists working to develop better ways to monitor insects. Our team is developing cutting-edge optical remote sensing tools setting new standards for monitoring of insects. By combining scientific and engineering skills with the expertise of international partners we aim to ensure increased commercial availability of remote sensing technology in agriculture, biodiversity, public health and aquaculture.

Board members

Torben Ladegaard |Chairman

Previously CEO, COO and now Senior Advisor to FOSS. FOSS has grown revenue from DKK 0.5 bn to more than DKK 2 bn in this period Torben has been in top management.

Christian Motzfeldt |Board member

Chairman of the Board at Better Energy, Greenland Holding, Denmark Bridge and YooNoon. Vice chairman at area9 Lyceum. Previously CEO of the Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) for almost two decades, director in the Ministry of Business, Copenhagen, Vice President in Danske Bank and Economist in the European Commission and the Danish Central Bank.

Jes Broeng |Board member

Jes Broeng is a serial entrepreneur, professor and director of DTU Entrepreneurship. He has co-founded six companies and spent a total of 12 years in industry – mainly as technical director at executive level – and now serves on the board of several companies, including a venture capital firm (PreSeed Ventures). For the European Commission, he serves as an expert on innovation (EIC Expert Group) and for the Danish government, he is a member of the Danish Research and Innovation Council (DFiR). He has spent longer research stays in the UK and US, including invited professor at UC Berkeley.

Duncan Aust | Board member

Proven and recognized technology leader with strong business focused vision. Ph.D from Kings College London with 25+ years experience across specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural chemicals at Global Director, VP, Snr. VP and CTO levels. Most recently with FMC Corporation and DFB Pharmaceuticals. Experienced in growing, restructuring, and integrating R&D organizations and in building successful partnership models.

Frederik Taarnhøj |Board member

Co-founder of FaunaPhotonics. M&A experience from Goldman Sachs, Booz Allen Hamilton and Danske Bank, MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, 2010.