Board of Directors

Martin Granholm

Martin Granholm

Bio

Martin Granholm is a former Deputy CEO of UPM-Kymmene Oyj. During his 35 years in several positions in the Forest Industry he also acted as  member  and chairman in  boards  in Logistics, Energy, University and Insurance.  He also has hold  positions in the Chamber of Commerce organization both locally and globally.

Joško Bobanović

Joško Bobanović

Bio

Joško Bobanović joined Sofinnova Partners in 2010 responsible for the Sofinnova Green Seed Fund, a fund dedicated to seed activities in the renewable chemistry and bioenergy sectors. Joško previously spent eight years with iNovia Capital and its predecessor fund MSBi Capital in Montreal, Canada where he was responsible for cleantech investments and focused on seed and early stage investments in IT and cleantech.

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Philipp Hasler

Philipp Hasler

Bio

Investment Director – Energy and Advanced Materials
Philipp Hasler is an Investment Director with Emerald Technology Ventures in our Zurich office and focuses on emerging energy technologies and advanced materials. Fields of expertise include cellulosic biomass conversion, electrochemical materials for energy storage devices and fuel cells.

In his tenure at Emerald, Philipp is or has been serving as Board Director of several Emerald portfolio companies: Schmack Biogas (turnkey biogas plants; prior to its IPO), Fluxxion (Silicon wafer based microfiltration process for liquid purification), Senscient (open patch laser diode instruments for toxic and flammable gas detection), O-Flexx Technologies (thin film thermoelectric devices for heat recovery and energy harvesting) and Metgen (industrial enzymes for lignocellulosic biomass processing).

Prior to joining Emerald in 2001, Philipp held a senior project manager position for nine years at Verenum, a R&D and consultancy company specialized in process engineering and biomass conversion. Before, he gained five years experience as a senior researcher in electrochemistry and fuel cell technology at the ETH Zurich.

Philipp holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and is fluent in German and English.

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Steven Govoni

Steven Govoni

Bio

Steven Govoni is Vice President, RD&E for Ecolab Inc.  Steve is responsible for the global innovation efforts supporting the Paper, Mining, and Colloidal Technology businesses.  He joined Nalco in 1994 in the Paper R&D Group and has had responsibility for its global direction since 2008.

Steve was recently the Chairman of the TAPPI International Research Management Committee.  Additionally, Steve led the Reuse of Process Effluents Team within the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, an industry consortium with a mission of planning for the sustainability of the forest products industry.