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 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.
Kirstine Damkjær is a CFA® charterholder and holds a master's degree in political science from Aarhus University. She has received further education from Stanford, IMD, INSEAD, and CBS. Previously, she served as CEO of EKF Denmark's Export Credit and has over 26 years of professional experience as a leader in the financial sector, including nearly 20 years abroad. During this time, she worked at institutions such as the International Finance Corporation, IFC Asset Management Company, and World Bank Pension Plan and Endowments in the United States. Kirstine serves on several boards in Denmark, the UK, and Africa.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Meet the leadership team at Northstake A/S
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.
Jesper Mathias Nielsen
Jesper has more than +10 years of experience from Deloitte, where he advised clients on blockchain adoptions. He has served as an advisor to the World Economic Forum's Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Jesper holds a M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and B.Sc. in Physics and Nanotechnology from Danish Technical University (DTU).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.