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Meet the Wakandi Board

Chairman of the Board


Deepak Malik 

Chairman of the Board

  • Founder of African investment fund Arise B.V,
  • Extensive experience in domestic, continental and cross-border financial services in Africa and Norway

Board Members


Svein Inge Forland

Board member

  • Owner and Chairman of Hybeko AS, one of Norway ́s leading supplier of lifts and related equipment 
  • Highly experienced in developing and running various companies

Odd Rustad Nilssen

Board member

  • Co-founder and owner of technology companies 
  • Wide experience from international business management
  • BoD experience in a number of technology companies•In-depth skills & competence in M&A 

Neil Chapman

Board member

  • 30+ years of extensive experience
  • CEO of Exabel, an AI-driven investment analysis service 
  • Played a key role in building Forgerock, a company that went public with an evaluation of $4 billion

Roar Bjærum

Board member

  • CEO of Lendo Group, a marketplace for loans
  • Experience as CEO and board member in companies driving financial inclusions in markets in Asia

Andreas Holmen

Board member

  • Founder of, and co-founder of Digital Garden AS, one of Norway ́s largest hosting companies 
  • Co-founder and part owner in 14 active companies in Norway
  • Real Estate developer