Nicolai Sederberg Rottbøll
Founder & CEO
tel: +45 2949 4561
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.
Partner & CFO
Food & Agrobusiness
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.
Country Manager, Quercus Group Kenya
tel: +254 (0) 723 341 220
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.
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.
Allan Han-Huei Teo
tel: +65 8102 6722
Allan Han-Huei Teo is Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Quercus Group, where he leads overall strategic development, ecosystem engagement and business development in the region.
Allan has over 20 years of experience in both the private sector and public sector and was involved in the NGO sector as Head of the Asia Pacific Network at the World Green Building Council. Allan holds senior leadership roles within the private sector and as a business consultant, Allan has helped global clients with growth and expansion into new markets in areas including smart cities, Internet of Things, cleantech, digital transformation, design, and others.
In the public-sector, Allan was formerly the Head of Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, leading economic diplomacy at the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore. Allan was also an industry developer and technology evangelist at the Singapore Government, where he pioneered and led key initiatives in Green ICT, Green Data Center and Smart Grid in Singapore. While at the Singapore Government, Allan also worked on developing the innovation ecosystem and led strategic collaborations with global ICT MNCs.
In the early stage of his career, Allan was based in Oslo, Norway working at a technology startup.
Allan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and is currently based in Singapore.
Business Development & Research
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.
Julie J.B. Palstrøm
tel: +45 2041 8914 / +254 (0) 743155882
Julie is an anthropologist drawing from her experience in various global co-creation and community engagement projects.
She is also experienced within public-private partnerships from previous employements with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and local government.
Julie is educated as a Market Anthropologist from the University of Southern Denmark.
tel: +45 2933 5503
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
Public Sector Institutional Strengthening
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
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.
tel: +45 9177 9800
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".
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.