Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hauge is Chief Executive Officer of The Sahara Forest Project. He holds an MSc in biology from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo. Mr. Hauge has a broad experience on issues related to innovation and green technologies from non-governmental and private sectors and has previously been advising national and international institutions. He was awarded the Global Green Future Leadership Award in 2015. Mr. Hauge is an experienced speaker on environmental leadership, policies, technology and innovation and has been featured extensively in international media.
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Mr. Stake is the Vice President and Board member of The Sahara Forest Project and holds an MA in Economics from College of Europe and BA in International Economics from The American University of Paris. Mr. Stake has experience in business development and start-ups. He previously served as Managing Director for The Brussels Office, advising a large number of companies on energy and environmental affairs. Fields of competence include European affairs, business policies and regulation and he is an experienced international speaker on Energy and Environment affairs.
Jan Henry S. Fosse
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Jan Henry S. Fosse is the Chief Financial Officer of The Sahara Forest Project and holds an Executive Education degree in Corporate Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Strategy and Marketing from BI, Norwegian Business School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oslo. He previously served as Vice President for Strategy, M&A and Innovation at Multiconsult ASA an international engineering firm, following senior roles in international strategy consulting and co-founding several commercial and philanthropic ventures.
Kari Sofie Bjørnsen
Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager
Ms. Bjørnsen is the Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager of The Sahara Forest Project and is a lawyer with an executive MBA. She has a broad experience as business lawyer and has been legal director, HR director and responsible for Corporate Affairs in several financial institutions. Mrs. Bjørnsen previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs in Teller AS, a Nordic provider for international card payments.
Head of Communications
Mr. Magnus Borgen is the Head of Communication of the Sahara Forest Project and is educated as a political scientist from the University of Oslo. He started in SFP in 2016, previously holding the position as Head of Communications at the Bellona Foundation. He worked as a part of the Bellona management team for seven years. Borgen previously worked as a journalist and contributed to several Norwegian and international media outlets with written articles and research for TV documentaries. He is also author of one book.
Ms. Mehdi is the Office Manager at The Sahara Forest Project, and has a Maîtrise in Environment and Urban Planning from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. Ms. Mehdi has over 14 years of experience in the field of environment and development, with extensive background from the United Nations and international organizations, in addition to private sector and government institutions specialized in environmental management and sustainable development.
Mr. Watts studied zoology at Oxford and Stirling Universities before joining Max Fordham llp in 1980 to be a Consulting building services engineer. Mr. Watts has spent over 30 years designing the environmental services installations in buildings and introducing innovative sustainable ways of making buildings comfortable. He has designed services installations in many building types that included schools, housing, offices, pools, theatres and art galleries. He is Technology Manager of the Sahara Forest Project and Board Member.
Christina de Poitiers
Ms. Christina de Poitiers is Project Manager in The Sahara Forest Project and has a Master of Science from Imperial College and a bachelor in biology from University of Southampton. Ms Poiters has previously worked as senior consultant on environmental and water technology at Isle Utilities and as an environmental consultant on the Sur Independent Power Plant site in Oman.
Mr. Pawlyn jointly initiated the project and assembled the team that became formalized as The Sahara Forest Project. He established the architecture firm Exploration in 2007 to focus on biomimicry. Prior to establishing his own firm, he was part of the core team of architects at Grimshaw that designed the Eden Project. Mr. Pawlyn has lectured internationally on biomimicry and innovative approaches to sustainability and is the author of the book Biomimicry in Architecture (2011, new version comung in September 2016).
Mr. Pawlyn is the Design Manager of The Sahara Forest Project and is also a Board Member.
Mr. Brierley is Agricultural Specialist in The Sahara Forest Project Euan and has a PhD in Carbon and Nitrogen Transformations in an Acid Forest Soil from the University of Reading. Since then he has over twenty years managerial experience in natural resource management through a wide variety of positions. For ten years Euan directed the land management programs at Cranfield University, including Ecological Conservation and Land Reclamation and Restoration.
Mr. Brierley works at the UK office of the SFP.
Mr. Tom McGrath is Engineer in The Sahara Forest Project and has a Master in Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy from the University of Edinburgh. He has also completed a 4 year toolmaker’s modern apprenticeship. Mr. Mc Grath previously worked as Design and Development Engineer for Artemis Intelligent Power with a focus on mechanical design of hydraulic transmission systems for a number of applications including wind turbine and other industrial applications.
Mr. McGrath works at the UK office of the SFP.
Mr. Steve Clarkson is the Head Grower of The Sahara Forest Project. Mr. Clarkson has close to 40 years of dedicated experience in developing new techniques in growing, resulting in among others to successfully achieve the only commercial pesticide and herbicide free production within the EU. Mr. Clarkson is elected Chairman of the UK Cucumber Growers Association.