ZEM's team has been involved in the integration of batteries into drive trains since 1993. Besides a core team of dedicated executives, with key technical experience, ZEM's partnership agreements with larger companies such as Nidec ASI give it access to a dozen engineering and assembly personnel which it can draw on to fulfil complex design challenges, battery assembly procedures, safety assessments and support.
Chairman and co-founder
Dr. Jan Olaf Willums is considered one of the visionaries in electric mobility. He was a founding director of the World Business Council for Sustainable development (WBCSD). Subsequently, he established Inspire Invest to finance and actively develop new sustainable businesses. He became founding partner in REC, a pioneering global photovoltaic company, and Think Global, an electric car manufacturer, where he served as CEO until 2008. He then co-founded Move About, a European car sharing company, and ZEM. Jan Olaf holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology and a joint Doctorate in Marine Engineering and International Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Egil Mollestad is a recognised expert in battery systems and has 20 years of experience integrating battery systems in electric vehicles and maritime applications. Egil Mollestad was formerly the CTO of the Norwegian EV producer Think, where his main tasks involved the development of batteries and electric drive trains. He started his professional career as a structural engineer in Norwegian Contractors (NC), where he was engineering manager, production manager and technical director. He has worked at McKinsey & Co as a management consultant and has been CEO at Norsk Energi, a Norwegian consultancy firm focusing on energy, environmental and safety issues. He has an MSc in civil engineering and a PhD in structural mechanics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.
Salman Farmanfarmaian has been involved with electricity storage since 2009. He also brings more than a decade of extensive experience as a finance and technology executive, as a principal with with Index Ventures, one of the leading European venture capital funds, Bedrock Advisors, SCP Partners, and Barclays Capital. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s from Harvard University in Computer Science.
Jørgen Ohlson has over 2 decades of experience working with motor control development in the automotive sector. He primarily brings experience from systems engineering & software development. Jørgen was previously a techical manager at Aker Subsea AS, and before that, the Chief Electrical Architect of Think, designing electric drive/battery control systems. Jørgen holds a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering from Chalmers Institute of Technology in Gothenburg.
Mårten Aurbakken has been working with batteries in electric vehicles since 1993. He is one of the most experienced technicians, working to integrate batteries into various drive trains, or to dismantle them, as the case may be. Before ZEM, Mårten worked at Think.
Ingo has been working with automation and alarm systems since 2017, and holds a bachelor's degree in Electro- automation and Robotics from USN (University of South-Eastern Norway). Since he started in ZEM in 2019, he has been working with electrical drawings, PLC programming and project commissioning.
Sebastian Wang-Hansen is our recently appointed development and project engineer. He wrote his Master thesis, in cooperation with ZEM, on retrofitting GES 40 Freefall lifeboats for electric propulsion. He is an Olympic windsurfer and have been combining education with top sports for the last 10 years. Now his focus is shifted to creating electric maritime solutions. Sebastian has a MsC in Mechanical Engineering from NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Siences).
Sam Sills is a naval architect and holds 1st class bachelor of engineering with honours in yacht & power craft design. His interests in designing green power craft lead him to the top 3 finalists in the RINA (Royal Institute of Naval Architects) innovation awards, for the design of a 24m, low resistance, wood-carbon construction, Trimaran. His expertise cover a range from hydrostatics, stability, resistance and powering, propellers, structures, hydrodynamics, and 3D modelling.