People

Nicolai Sederberg Rottbøll

Founder & CEO

 

nicolai@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 2949 4561

Skype: nicolai-sederberg

 

Nicolai started Quercus Group in 2012 after several years of experience from the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI), Copenhagen Capacity and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CCC). He possesses extensive knowledge about the cleantech industry and a large network of Danish and international energy stakeholders.

 

He was one of the main driving forces behind the development of Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, which later became the largest and fastest growing cluster initiative in Danish history. Here, Nicolai served as Head of Secretariat between 2008 – 2012 where he, among others, initiated The International Cleantech Network (ICN), providing a partnership platform for various international cleantech clusters across Asia, Europe and the USA.

 

Nicolai holds a MSc in Forest Science from University of Copenhagen.

 

He is the publisher and co-author of several publications on globalization and cleantech.

Michael Rottbøll        

Partner & CFO

Food & Agrobusiness
 

michael@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 2012 9233

Skype: Michael Rottbøll
 

Michael has extensive experience in launching new clean-tech solutions and building business partnership in international markets, especially within the Agro-sector. He has worked in Denmark, Canada, Australia and South Africa and has long practical experience within efficient farming methods within crop and animal production.
 

Also, Michael holds strong competencies in water treatment solutions that contribute positively to the environment and the companies bottom lines.
 

Michael is a graduate agrarian economist and ran his own farm from 1999 to 2010. 

Mariam Njoroge  

Country Manager, Quercus Group Kenya

 

mariam@quercus-group.com

tel: +254 (0) 723 341 220

Skype: mariam.njoroge

 

Mariam heads Quercus Group Kenya’s activities including business development, project scoping, coordination and stakeholder management. Her focus is on the relationship with counties, private sector institutions, public authorities and foundations.

 

Being extremely well-connected to the Kenyan public and private ecosystem, she easily identifies specific business opportunities and cases for companies to get involved in. Previously to Quercus Group, Marian worked with inter-disciplinary projects for more than eight years, mainly in marketing, banking and hospitality industry for both public and private entities. One of the projects meant working with UNIDO, where she served as a program coordinator on the youth entrepreneurship programs.

 

Mariam has a degree in Business Administration - Project Management from the St Paul's University Nairobi.

Wadim Baslow

Project Manager
Sustainable Cities 

wadim@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 9111 4456

Wadim is a sustainability professional drawing from an extensive interdisciplinary knowledge portfolio with a focus on urban development. He is specialized in strategic sustainability advisory as well as in facilitating collaborative multi-stakeholder projects and transformation processes. Previous to Quercus Group, his professional journey comprised different Danish and German strategy and management consultancies, wherein he primarily worked with policy and planning for urban, regional and societal development.

 

Beyond his professional engagement, Wadim is currently board member of the Young Water Professionals Denmark through his academic engagement on climate change adaptation, and committed member of the global innovation community for sustainable development of UNLEASH.

 

Wadim holds an M.Sc. in Engineering in ‘Sustainable Cities’ from Aalborg Unviersity Copenhagen and a B.Sc. in environmental sciences and economics from the Leuphana University Lueneburg.

Jackline Ogolla

Consultant  

Business Development & Research

 

jackline@quercus-group.com
tel: +254 728 916 471
 

Jackline is passionate about transdisciplinary research, private-public partnership and sustainable food production and processing. She possesses an array of skills across diverse fields from food production, food quality, food engineering and socio-economic and renewable energy application in within the food industries. 
 

Carrying a strong quantitative and qualitative research skills have allowed Jackline to have done consulting for different developmental organizations (DFID; World bank; USAID, GIZ), research institutes and consulting firms where her social marketing, qualitative and quantitative research skills have further been enhanced. Moreover, she has also undertaken lecturing by mentoring students and throughout has developed great people management and communications skills. 
 

Jackline Holds a BSc in Food Science and Technology, MSc. in Food Safety and Quality from the University of Nairobi Kenya and is currently finalizing her Doctoral studies in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. 

Moses M. Mutua

Junior Consultant  

Business Development and Research  

 

moses@quercus-group.com
tel: +254 717 367 438
 

Moses developed his professional career in the Health Sector by working with various Health Institutions, including Tudor Sub-County Hospital. He holds various experiences from being involved with the Public Health Department, working on community mobilizations, along with participating in tree planting exercises as well as street and beach cleaning exercises. 
 

Along with previous position of being the Head of Cleanliness at Elex Products (EA) Limited, Moses carries interests in research on living environments of water, and sanitation and hygiene for the urban
residents.

Moses holds a BSc in Community Health from The Technical University of Mombasa. 

 

Associate Partners

Neelabh Singh

Associate Partner

 

neelabh@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 2933 5503

Skype: neelabhs

 

Neelabh has over 20 years of global experience as a business development professional. His diverse professional journey includes multi sector experience in manufacturing, energy, environment, energy efficiency, oil and gas, and financial services. He worked mainly with emerging markets such as Africa, Asia and South America.

Neelabh has helped organizations develop their strategy and implemented both organic and inorganic initiatives. Prior to joining the corporate sector Neelabh served in the Indian Navy assigned to challenging operational and staff billets.

 

He is a graduate in Science from the Naval Academy and has an MBA from INSEAD. 

Michael Thyge Poulsen

Associate Partner

Public Sector Institutional Strengthening

 

thyge@quercus-group.com 

tel: +45 24962118

 

As an international development professional with more than 25 years of experience Michael Thyge Poulsen has worked among all phases of project cycle management within projects taking place in various locations around the world; spanning from Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Middle East to Eastern Europe. Michael specialises in project management, institutional strengthening and results-based management/M&E. His long term project experience includes: 

 

  • Programme Coordinator for the Danida Somalia Country Programme in Somaliland; which included inclusive economic growth/private sector development, governance/decentralisation and infrastructure rehabilitation;

  • Institutional Expert/M&E Expert at the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan;

  • Institutional Expert at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Afghanistan;

  • Program Director and Long-Term M&E expert for the Danida supported Rural Water Programme in Zambia;

  • Team Leader for the Danida supported Environmental Management Decentralization Programme in Egypt.

 

Additionally, Michael has conducted a large number of short-term assessments, reviews and evaluations for organisations such as Danida, World Bank, UN, EU, Sida Enabel, among others.

 

Michael holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in East Asia Areas Studies from the University of Aarhus.

Riccardo Andrea Marini

Associate Partner
Urban Planning

 

riccardo@quercus-group.com

 

As an architect who would define himself as a modernist, Riccardo is acutely aware of the destructive nature of architecture, which does not know where it belongs and who it is there to serve. Over the years he has observed the inability of professionals to actually listen and learn from past mistakes and this drives him to ensure that there is proper meaningful engagement in which people must come first.
 

Riccardo loves design and designing and is fascinated by what makes places work. He has come to a simple conclusion that places are a reflection of the culture of the people who created them. This simple understanding is core to his passion for ‘place making’, he is always bemused by the power of the thoughts of Frederick Taylor that have been shaping our modern world and how people do not see that it’s the relentless drive for efficiency which is producing the dystopian environments which we so readily despise but continue to create.

Riccardo has for many years endeavoured to show that the real value of place is far more profound than monetary value alone and that the economic indicators which drive a lot of the current decision making can only be achieved and sustained if you create a genuine article into place that makes people happy.
 

After working for many years as a senior city officer he worked as a director with Gehl Architects in Copenhagen and later on founded Marini Urbanismo in 2017.

Benny Mistry

Associate Partner

benny@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 9177 9800

Skype: benny.mistry

 

Highly experienced agronomist with over 20 years hands-on working experience in the sub-Saharan region. Specialised in Project Development & Implementation. Benny's experience includes:

  • In-depth access to “Backward integration” agro-industrial projects.

  • Supply Chain Management in Speciality crops: Oil Palm, Cocoa Beans, Cassava, and Natural-Rubber.

  • In collaboration with Nigerian Government, produced Blue print for Nigerian Export Promotion Council for export commodities.

  • Developed and implemented a 5000-ha Oil Palm Plantation in Nigeria (2013).

  • Through Precision Agriculture, provides intelligent agro solutions for all types of Tropical plantation crops.

  • Enhance 'agro-prenuers' to achieve and sustain attained goals. We believe working in partnerships to mitigate Food security issues in the Developing Economies.

  • Developed crop manual for Bhutanese Extension officers covering Legumes, Cereals and Vegetables.

  • Human resource training and capacity building.             

Benny holds a Master of Science in Agronomy from the University of Copenhagen and is working with Quercus Group on agricultural development projects with the mission to 'empowering the next generation".

Flemming Madsen

Associate Partner

 

flemming@quercus-group.com

tel: +45 2612 2630

 

Flemming Madsen has worked with public-private partnerships and innovation clusters for the past 15 years, organising important industry sectors such as Danish Sound Technology and Danish Lighting in networks, supported by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. In 2010 he co-developed the renowned DOLL Green Labs in Albertslund, Denmark, and since 2013 he has been working for GATE21, the leading Green Transition and Sustainable Growth Agency of the Greater Copenhagen Union.

Among Flemming's core competencies are leadership and organisation, education and learning, network processes, innovation systems and models. He has more than 25 years' experience working in a global context, notably in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia, South-East Asia, Australia and China.

Flemming completed executive training, "Leadership in the Knowledge Society" at INSEAD Business School in Paris, and "Innovation Leadership" at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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