About Kjell Håkan Närfält

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt has been working with technology driven business development and R&D for more than 20 years in different management positions. He has served as a board member and advisor to several R&D based start-ups during his time as an investment director in a corporate venture and as partner in a private seed investment company. He has also served as an international advisor, expert and board member in different international governmental initiatives in EU, Norway and Thailand. Kjell-Håkan is currently involved in the strategic development of a new area at Vinnova – Ecosystems for innovative companies and acting as chair for EU’s Policy Support Facility to Croatia on applied research, science-business linkages and commercialisation of research. He is also chairperson for UNECE’s Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies and has a research background in computer science which resulted in an academic spin-off that encouraged him to leave academia and to exploit the research results in a commercial context.