Kjell Håkan Närfelt

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 capital firm and as partner in a private seed investment company. He has also served as an international advisor, chairman and board member in different governmental initiatives in Norway, EU and Thailand.
He is currently involved in the strategic development of a new area at Vinnova – Ecosystems for innovative companies. Mr Narfelt is also chairperson for UNECE’s Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, and member of the International Advisory Board for the National Innovation Agency of Thailand.
Mr. Närfelt 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