Kaj Erik Relander

Chairman of the Investment Committee

Kaj has spent much of his career in PE and venture capital focusing on technology companies. In his early career he had C level operating jobs in the telecom and software domains. He is the Chairman of the Apis Investment Committee.

Prior to that, Kaj was the Chief Investment Officer at Emirates Investment Authority, a general partner at Accel Partners and the CEO and CFO of Sonera – later part of Telia – the Nordic telecom operator.

Kaj lives in Zurich, is married with three college aged children, and enjoys skiing, hiking, sailing and golf.



Helsinki, Finland

Currently located

Zurich, Switzerland


Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Areas of expertise

Private equity, Telecom and media, Technology platforms


Never try to be something you are not.

Sailing and navigation – I am in control of my own destiny and once I set out to sea, I have already arrived

Genuine, intellectually curious team

Doing good can also be a great business

Prior experience


Family investment vehicle, Founding Partner, Zurich, CH


Chief Investment Officer, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Accel Partners

General Partner, London, UK

Sonera (Telia)

CEO, Deputy CEO, CFO, Helsinki, Finland


Director – Investments/Endowment, Helsinki, Finland


Aalto University and the Wharton School (exchange program)

Aalto University
MSc (Econ.)


Areas of focus at Apis

Chairman of the Investment Committee


Boards & memberships

Telecom Operator, Member of the board, Dubai, UAE

Board Member, Helsinki/ Dallas

Satellite operator, Member of the board, Luxembourg

Starzplay Arabia
Streaming video service in MENA, Member of the board of joint venture with Lionsgate/Starz, GE Pension Trust/State Street and SEQ, Dubai, UAE

Mubadala Development Company
SWF of the Abu Dhabi Government, Senior Independent Advisor, Member of TMT-Division Strategy Board, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Refugees United Foundation—Charity
Chairman, Copenhagen/Nairobi, Denmark/Kenya

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