Advisory Board


Almi Företagspartner (Swedish state risk capital co-ordination) key management,
Members of the Gotland Ring Advisory Board

Christer Lindberg (CEO), Eva Ingers Forsén, and Göran Stålberg work for ALMI – an institution overseeing risk capital investments of the state of Sweden.

Tarmo Tuominen, Member of the Gotland Ring Advisory Board
Vice President, Nordkalk Corporation, a long and outstanding career within the mining industry, responsibility area to oversee the land development.

Kristoffer Sparring, Member of the Gotland Ring Advisory Board, legal advisor
Kristoffer Sparring works with commercial law and has a special expertise in litigation, real estate and construction law, IT law and sports law. Kristoffer became a partner at Fylgia in April 2007 and was formerly a partner at another law firm in Stockholm. He is also the Chairman of the board at the Swedish Ice Hockey Players’ Association, SICO and holds the appointment as a member of the board for the organisation EU Athletes.

Teppo Paavola, Member of the Gotland Ring Advisory Board
Mr. Paavola (INSEAD MBA) was  formerly Head of Strategy & Business Management (member of Nokia Research Center Leadership Team), and now Development Director at PayPal.

Tom Henriksson, Member of the Gotland Ring Advisory Board
Mr. Henriksson was formerly heading Business Incubation at Nokia Ventures Organisation; now he is partner at Open Ocean Capital.

Sari Arho Havrén, PhD., Member of the Advisory Board
Mrs. Arho Havrén (Ph.d) – founder of Knowledge Capital Communication LTD (now merged with Prewise Group) and co-founder of the World Ecological Forum – has worked several years in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Thailand. While working on her PhD, she has lectured about the Far East in several universities around the world. She is a frequent and popular corporate business environment trainer of Nokia’s key directors who are expatriated to China and Thailand. Additionally, she has worked with Russia for several years. Mrs Arho Havrén is now Innovation Consul for Finland in China (based in Shanghai)

Al Kwok, Member of the Advisory Board 
Mr Kwok has worked as a trailblazer in Silicon Valley since 1979, with extensive trend-setting and start-up experiences. He co-founded the Savantas Policy Institute in Hong Kong in 2006 to promote Hong Kong’s transformation into a knowledge-based society in close collaboration with Mainland cities under the ‘one-country, two-systems’ framework. Al serves on the Institute’s Board of Governors, studying ecosystem-building issues to facilitate and sustain efforts in transformation and collaboration. Al was the founding President of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) Chapter of the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA) in 2003, for which he facilitates networking and business developments between the PRD region and other CASPA membership territories as well as between China IC trade associations and mainstream US trade associations. Al also acts as Vice Chairman of iProA’s (the Internet Professional Association) China Committee. With an MSEE and a BSES (in Engineering Physics) from the University of Texas (Austin), Al has also fulfilled all the University’s course work requirements for MS degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics. Al is currently based predominantly in California.