About Northstake

BACKED AND TRUSTED BY PIONEERS AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Being a pioneer in digital assets may seem daunting, complex and uncertain.

At Northstake, we bring industry leaders, innovators and builders together, who are uniquely qualified to build for the future.

We challenge the status quo bias and remain committed to bringing digital asset products to our growing institutional client base.

There is never a dull day in crypto.

Board members and Advisors

Northstake A/S
Board of Directors and Advisors

Our board of directors and advisors brings deep industry expertise from financial services, banking, venture capital, crypto, financial regulation and technology.

Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer

Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer

Board Member and Advisor

Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer is Co-founder and COO of crypto payment service Coinify. With a career spanning over 30 years, Hoffmeyer has held various VP positions at industry-leading companies such as IBM, Oracle, Pandora, and Nets. His extensive expertise in the technology industry has made him a valuable contributor to the development of innovative payment solutions.

Claus Nielsen

Claus Nielsen

Board Member and Advisor

Claus Nielsen is a seasoned financial executive with a wealth of expertise in the banking industry. He boasts over 30 years of experience, during which he held the position of Head of Markets for Saxo Bank and was a member of the executive management group from 2008 to 2018. Nielsen's extensive knowledge and leadership have made him a valuable advisor to Northstake.

Payam Samarghandi

Payam Samarghandi

Board Member and Advisor

Payam is General Counsel and lawyer with Samar Law. He is highly specialized on all legal aspects relating to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether. He has established a broad international network, a vast amount of experience, and an in-depth blockchain industry knowledge. Payam also serves as a member  of the Board of Trustees, the Dai Foundation (MakerDao).

Richard Breiter

Richard Breiter

Board Member and Advisor

Richard Breiter is Co-founder and General Partner in the Danish VC fund, PSV Tech01, a part of the renowned, early-stage venture house, PreSeed Ventures. With more than 10 years within VC investing and a background in engineering, he has been through thick and thin with a large number of tech startups – among others Coinify within the crypto space. Breiter’s hands-on experience and know-how in scaling companies makes him a strong fit for Northstake and our future journey.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Advisor

Michael Jackson is an experienced advisor in the crypto ecosystem. Jackson currently serves as director at Fabric Ventures, and has previously served as board member at Blockchain.com and was an early member of the Bitcoin Foundation. In addition, Jackson sits on the board of large, systemically regulated companies such as AXA Insurance, Volvo Cars and Luminor Bank.

Mark Højgaard

Mark Højgaard

Advisor

Mark Højgaard is an accomplished advisor to Northstake with a successful track record as an entrepreneur in the payments and financial technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Coinify, he has played a key role in the development of innovative payment solutions. In recognition of his expertise, Højgaard is a member of the Forbes Finance Council, where he provides insights into the financial industry.

Kavita Gupta

Kavita Gupta

Advisor

Kavita Gupta is the Founder & GP of Delta Blockchain Fund, an early-stage blockchain infra fund with over $120M AUM. She has over 18 years of investment experience via The World Bank, IFC, Eric Schmidt Family Office, etc. Kavita started one of the first Blockchain early-stage funds, Consensys Ventures and Tachyon Accelerator, and invested first checks into sector-defining companies like Polygon, Starkware, Quantstamp, and Sorare, to name over 100 companies. She is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and instructs Beyond Bitcoin class. She is a recipient of the UN innovation award for being one of the core members of 1st Green bonds and Social impact bonds.

Leadership

Northstake A/S
Leadership

Meet the leadership team at Northstake A/S

Jesper Johansen

Jesper Johansen

Founder & CEO

Jesper has more than +15 years in technology and management consulting from Accenture and Deloitte, where he has advised clients on technology and blockchain use case adoption and digital transformation. He holds an MBA, B.Sc. International Business from Copenhagen Business School.

Stefan Larsen

Stefan Larsen

CTO

Stefan has a background in philosophy and robotics system design, with more than 10 years experience in software engineering. Stefan graduated with a Ph.D in Philosophy & Social Robot Technology, and leads product engineering at Northstake.

Casper Wassmann

Casper Wassmann

CFO

Casper Wassmann is a highly skilled finance professional with experience in sectors like beverage manufacturing and large-scale corporate accounting. His abilities in auditing, financial reporting, and compliance, alongside a strategic approach to mergers and acquisitions, make him a vital asset. Casper's leadership in complex financial contexts in publicly traded companies equips him well for the crypto industry at Northstake. Casper also stands out for his extensive leadership and strategic analytical skills, particularly in Financial Planning & Analysis. His passion for learning and curiosity enhance his approach to financial and operational challenges, making him an ideal fit for dynamic sectors like cryptocurrency sectors at Northstake, where agile leadership and innovative thinking are crucial.

Stefan Becker

Stefan Becker

Chief Commercial Officer

Stefan Becker is set to make a significant impact as the new Chief Commercial Officer at Northstake, drawing on his extensive experience in operations, institutional sales, and strategic development in the financial and cryptocurrency sectors. His career, characterized by diverse leadership positions and a commitment to mentoring startups, is augmented by his enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Stefan's comprehensive skill set positions him to drive innovative growth and development at Northstake in the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrency.

Sebastian Heine

Sebastian Heine

Cheif Risk & Compliance Officer

Sebastian is a senior Compliance, Financial Crime, Risk and Operations leader with more than +8 years of experience in Banking, Fintechs, Crypto / Web3 and Consulting. He has built up multiple high performing on- and offshore teams for companies such as Amber Group, eToro, KPMG and Credit Suisse mostly in the AML, Compliance and Risk domains. Sebastian holds a Diploma from the University of Cologne for Business Administration, with a specialisation on Banking and Corporate Finance.

People

Emil Bay

Emil Bay

Chief of Science & Cryptography

Emil is an accomplished mathematician and cryptographer, who has built and developed blockchains, peer-to-peer networks, custody solutions and smart contracts for a.o. Bitfinex, Vega Protocol, Heimdall and Ethereum.

Luca Sorlini

Luca Sorlini

Head of Product

Luca graduated with an M.Sc. in Economics and Finance and worked in private equity, where he assisted the execution of several leveraged buyouts in the UK and Denmark. Luca is passionate that blockchain provides us with the foundations to build more inclusive, transparent and efficient financial services. Heading Northstake's market-making and trading services, Luca is committed to supporting web3 companies and institutions by providing best-in-class liquidity solutions.

Søren Als

Søren Als

Head of Data Engineering

Søren has over 10 years experience in software and data engineering, with an M.Eng in Software. He works with startups to build fully operational data-pipelines and machine learning models. Søren enjoys taking complex and disparate data and making it readily available, both for business and customer insights. He enjoys building data platforms using the latest technologies and AI that are fast and future proof.

Thorbjørn Bak Jensen

Thorbjørn Bak Jensen

Data Engineer

Thorbjørn brings to Northstake a wealth of experience and expertise that spans commodity trading, financial regulation, and data engineering. His recent endeavors include crafting compliant RegTech models at the Danish tax agency and Danske Bank, where he gained valuable insights into regulatory compliance and effective data management practices. Thorbjørn's journey began with hands-on experience in commodity trading, where he honed his skills in analyzing market trends and implementing financial strategies.

Thomas V. Daugaard

Thomas V. Daugaard

Business Development Manager

Prior to joining Northstake, Thomas was a Junior Treasurer in a listed Danish company, while pursuing his M.Sc. in Finance & Strategic Management. Thomas bought his first Bitcoin in 2014, and has been deeply involved in all things crypto ever since.

Louise Hallersbo

Louise Hallersbo

Community Manager

Louise recently graduated from one of the top business schools in Sweden, specializing in marketing and brand strategy. She has previous experience in social media marketing and brand management, which has provided her with valuable knowledge for enhancing Northstake's social media presence. Moreover, Louise has a background in graphic design, enabling her to bring a creative and visually appealing touch to Northstake's content.

Victor Riis Jensen

Victor Riis Jensen

Product Manager

Victor joined NORTHSTAKE in the summer of 2023 as a Product Manager. Prior to joining NORTHSTAKE, Victor worked for 2 years as a Solutions Analyst at Bitpanda. Victor is currently enrolled at the IT University of Denmark, pursuing a M.Sc. in Digital Innovation and Management.

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