Kjell-Håkan Närfelt

Chief Strategy Advisor, Vinnova, Sweden

Kjell-Håkan Närfelt has been working with technology driven business development and R&D for more than 20 years in different management positions. He has also served as a board member and advisor to several R&D based start-ups during his time as an investment director in a corporate venture and as partner in a private seed investment company.

Besides his work at Vinnova, he is also member of the programme board of the commercialization programme for academic research FORNY2020 in Norway, member of the international advisory committee for TISTR – a national science, technology and innovation institute in Thailand, and member and vice-chair of EU’s expert advisory group on Innovation in SMEs.

He has a research background in computer science which resulted in an academic spin-off that encouraged him to leave academia and to exploit the research results in a commercial context.


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