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Chairman of the Investment Committee

Kaj Erik Relander

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.

Hometown

Helsinki, Finland

Areas of expertise

Private equity, Telecom and media, Technology platforms

Currently located

Zurich, Switzerland

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Prior Experience

Linkedin profile

Education

Boards & memberships

DU (DFM)

Telecom Operator, Member of the board, Dubai, UAE

BOOKIT.net

Board Member, Helsinki/ Dallas

SES (SESG)

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

Areas of focus at Apis

Chairman of the Investment Committee

What is the most important lesson you have ever learned?

Never try to be something you are not.

What are your favourite hobbies?

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

What do you like the most about Apis?

Genuine, intellectually curious team

Why focus on positive social impact?

Doing good can also be a great business

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