meet the team

Our Team

Sofie Blakstad

Sofie Blakstad, CEO

Sofie has spanned technology development, system architecture, infrastructure delivery and business transformation and has built technology and businesses for eight major international banks, in 60 countries, with projects worth over USD 1bn. Sofie’s career includes writing two books and multiple research papers, delivering 5 core banking systems, multiple payment systems and transformation of Citigroup’s technology and retail operations.

Sofie advises international organisations on sustainable applications of blockchain. She is Chair of the Edinburgh Futures Institute FI and Fintech advisory board and holds an MSc in Informatics. Sofie has twice been included in the Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist.

Matt Mims

Matt Mims, COO

Matthew has worked in several globally significant banks in a number of roles, across both strategy and execution. Spanning investment, retail and wealth banking, his achievements have included designing and deploying bank-wide business critical applications, managing multimillion pound strategic partnership negotiations and leading the integration of a core banking platform with downstream regulatory and financial systems.

Having worked on several startups and social enterprises alongside his financial services career, Matthew has been advising Fintech startups since 2013.

Latif Amars

Latif Amars, Product Owner

Latif has published research articles on sustainability transitions and worked to connect pioneers to bring about systemic change in the energy sector. Before joining hiveonline, Latif worked with the World Bank analysing client country environmental and natural resources challenges.

Latif worked with Oxfam to bolster climate resilience in the Horn, East and Central Africa region; operationalised what became a leading organisation on climate change in Tanzania, and engaged in the UN climate negotiations.

Jean Pierre Habinshuti, Lead Developer

Jean Pierre holds a Master’s Degree in IT from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Engineering From National University of Rwanda.

Prior to joining hiveonline, Jean Pierre worked as head of research and development for a mobile money aggregating company where he designed and implemented distributed and reusable micro-services based software systems to extend services to last mile users.

Qusai Alfaki, Full Stack Developer

Having graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv, Israel, he had a stint in the automotive industry before deciding to pursue his passion for software development. Qusai is passionate about building software that impacts people’s lives positively.

Qusai is a software engineer with extensive experience in building high quality software solutions. He has worked on multiple customer-facing projects with great UI and straightforward user experience.

Simone Lopes Pereira

Simone Pereira, Project Manager

Prior to joining hiveonline, Simone led digital transformation and electrification projects in the automotive industry in the UK. She also has experience in project management within joint industry and academic collaborations. At hiveonline, Simone’s role is to coordinate delivery of products and to liaise with customers and partners.

Simone holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London and a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. 

Josephine Krieber circle

Josephine Krieber, Project and Sales Support

Before joining the hiveonline team, Josephine has worked for NGO’s and student organisations supporting sustainable activities and initiatives, working in research, sustainable festival management and cross border relations and development. At hiveonline, Josephine supports the projects related to hiveonline’s vsla.online product.

Josephine holds a Bachelors in Service Management and is currently reading her Masters in Supply Chain Management, both from Copenhagen Business School.

Our Board

Johanna Campion

Johanna Campion, Board Member

After graduating from Cass Business School in London with a BSc in Banking and International Finance, Johanna spent 25 years in investment banking providing strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other capital raising with a particular focus on media and telecom.
She started her career with Merrill Lynch, and then worked for Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. More recently she spent six years as Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology for Societe Generale.

She now has a portfolio of activities including Venture Partner at the new ATI Boeing Accelerator in London, NED at Web Financial Group SA and Chair at QStory Ltd, mentoring at various programs including Metro Hospitality Digital, Techstars, Ignite and Collider and is an angel investor in over 40 early stage companies.

Carl Fredrik Wettermark

Carl Fredrik Wettermark, Board Member

Carl Fredrik Wettermark is a Swedish diplomat, entrepreneur and advisor. He was Senior Advisor to Norrsken Foundation, and recently moved back to Sweden after having worked on regional conflict issues in East Africa .

Before that, he managed global internet policy issues and overall strategy for human rights and democracy policy in Swedish foreign policy at the Ministry, and worked on ICT and cybersecurity policy at the Ministry of Enterprise.

He has a dual career in diplomacy and tech, having started his career in the Swedish tech sector in the late 90s (at Framtidsfabriken) and founded a tech startup in the mid 00s.

Our Advisors

Rob Allen

Rob Allen, IT / Blockchain Advisor

Following experience building Payments and Transactional Ledger Systems in some of Europe’s largest banks, Rob has built the Fintech practice and the innovative Vulcan Digital Asset Services business for PwC Australia. As well as leadership of large, complex programs and portfolios, Rob has extensive experience building engineering solutions in challenging environments and has a passion for promoting inclusion in developing economies. Rob, a Chartered Engineer, is also a committed conservationist with a focus on marine and shark conservation.

Rob is a board member of the Australian Payments Council and is industry advisor to the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA). He is co-author of Fintech Revolution with Sofie Blakstad.

Pierre Courtemanche

Pierre Courtemanche, Board Advisor

Pierre Courtemanche is a Forest Engineer, graduated in Canada at Laval University in 1983. He’s a cross-function professional with strong international exposure. Pierre has 37 years of work experience in forestry, international development programs, business management and supply chain management. His expertise covers natural resources management, environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategy, international development, project management, ICT, logistic and wood processing.

Considered the “father” of geo traceability technology, Pierre is committed to using innovation
to support sustainable development and responsible sourcing of raw materials, and to improve the livelihood of smallholders around the globe

Our Investors

Torbjörn Nilsson

Torbjörn Nilsson, Sebbot Invest

Torbjörn Nilsson developed the family company Bandstål into a profitable steel service center with clients all over Scandinavia. Today he is the majority holder in a group of Swedish engineering companies with impressive track records.

Sebbot Invest is a holding company that acquires and develops companies.

Håkan Birging

Håkan Birging, Cryptowell

Cryptowell invests in companies, startups and projects related to fintech and blockchain technology. We believe in the arising blockchain revolution and its true disruptive powers. The distrubuted ledger aka blockchain has the capacity to support quantum leaps in areas like traditional financial markets, sustainability, green finance and socioeconomics.

Cryptowell is an atypical venture capital firm that emerged from the craft of mining Litecoin.

Knud Lundgaard-Karlshøj

Knud Lundgaard-Karlshøj, Kigkurren 2

Kigkurren 2 invests in companies, digital startups and projects that strives to make a
positive difference in the world. This could be energy savings, improving health for elderly or services to create better access to finance for the unbanked population.

Knud, has an academic background within finance and IT and working experience from, consultancy, development finance and as an entrepreneur.

Techstars is an investor in hiveonline

Techstars Accelerator

Techstars is a US based accelerator programme that consistently ranks #1 or #2 globally, to which less than 1% of applicants typically are accepted. hiveonline was honoured to be invited to apply for the Berlin cohort of 2019, helping to shape business and marketing strategy and introducing us to an enormous mentor and alumni network.

As well as Techstars’ investment in hiveonline, Techstars continues to support us through their network and as advisers.