Staff

Olavur Gregersen
Managing Director 

Olavur Gregersen, co-founder and major shareholder, is responsible for the overall business management and business development. He has a MSc. Business Administration, Economics and International Trade and has been an entrepreneur since 1988. He is the founding partner of Syntesa Partners & Associates, which is also the major shareholder of Ocean Rainforest. He has more than 30 years of experience as an international management consultant. In addition, he has been an executive and non-executive director in several innovative companies and projects.


Urd Grandorf Bak
Research and Innovation Manager

Urd has a M.Sc. in Environmental Biology and Geography and and works as an industry PhD enrolled the National Food Institute at Danish Technological University. Ocean Rainforest and DTU have entered a collaboration agreement about research and innovation in relation to macroalgae cultivation in the Faroe Islands. Urd is the project manager of this collaboration, and is also the main contact person for other research project, that Ocean Rainforest participates in. 



Nicoline Korsvold
Production and Quality Manager
 
Nicoline has a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from NTNU. She has worked with biochemistry, molecular biology and biochemical engineering. Also Nicoline has worked on a project focusing on extraction of fucoxanthin from seaweed and her Master thesis was on variability of iodine in processed S. latissima.  

Andreas (Dia) Hammer

Cultivation and Vessel Manager

Dia is responsible for harvesting, vessel operation and maintenance. Andrias has many years of experience working on- and offshore and has also work with salmon farming in the Faroe Islands. Andrias is employed full time at Ocean Forest.


Rúni D. Joensen
Design and Offshore Construction Adviser 


Rúni D. Joensen is the chief designer behind the installations used by Ocean Rainforest. Mr. Joensen has a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, and has worked as an engineer and later as senior engineer with NOV-Elmar, an oil service company in Aberdeen, since 2002. In this work he has had extensive experience with the design of prototypes for off-shore installations.

Jacob Højgaard
Mechanical Chief and Maintenance Manager

Jacob Højgaard completed his engineering degree in 1981 at Copenhagen Maskinmester Skole. Went to sea in 1975 with Chevron Shipping as a machinist/fitter. Returned to Chevron Shipping after obtaining the engineering license. Stayed with Chevron for almost 38 years, the last 20 years as chief engineer. Retired from Chevron Shipping April 2013, shortly after he started working with Ocean Rainforest, as fabricator and maintenance repair.

Eliza Harrison

US Operation Director

Eliza is junior Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from Gillings Schools of Global Public Health, as well as a Certificate in Marine Science and Conservation Leadership from Duke University. Eliza spent 4 weeks as an intern at Ocean Rainforest during the summer of 2018, and was later apointed to the US Operation Direcgtor in relation to the establishement of the fully owned subsidary Ocean Rainforest Inc. Eliza works primarly with the US funded project MacorSystems with multiple tasks.

Katrin Ingolfsdóttir Gregersen,

Dissemination Manager in MacroCascade and Administration.

Katrin is an experienced corporate executive in company administration, project management, administration and dissemination. Katrin holds M.Sc. in Supply Chain Management and a B.A. in Economics and Business Language (English and German) from Copenhagen Business School. Katrin works half time for Ocean Rainforest.