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Meet The Team

Meet The Team

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Dr. William Paulin
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dr. William "Bill" Paulin has served on the boards of directors, advisors and/or program developers of 42 companies, 9 universities and 4 government institutions in the United States and Europe. With more than 40 years executive and consulting experience, Dr. Paulin has held senior leadership positions in both Fortune 500 firms and smaller turnarounds and start-ups. He has deep experience in several high-tech industry clusters including aviation & aerospace, telecom & wireless, electronics & power, advanced materials, machine tools, optics, medical and software.


Prior to entering the business world, Dr. Paulin was a practicing engineer at Boeing and holds a BSME degree from University of California at Berkeley (Taw Beta Pi), an MBA in Finance and a Ph.D. (Magna Cum Laude) in strategic management in entrepreneurship from University of Washington in Seattle. 



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Peter Fusaro
SENIOR ADVISOR

Peter is a Senior Advisor to AVG. Peter strategically advises AVG on strategy and planning in ESG and Impact investments.

Peter is a New York Times best selling author, thought leader and leading international authority on sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency and the transition to a low carbon economy for decades. Seminal work included working with Prius Development team at Toyota, taking the lead out of gasoline with US EPA and transferring that knowledge to Asia in 1993 influencing fuel reformulation in that area of the world. He was both energy efficiency and greenhouse gas consultant to Port Authority of New York New Jersey. Peter was a partner in Energy & Environmental Capital Partners, a clean energy venture capital fund focused on early stage companies. He was appointed a professor at Columbia University where he created the course on renewable energy project development and finance and has lectured on clean energy at over 15 leading universities including MIT, Yale, Northwestern, Wharton, Carnegie-Mellon, Columbia, and London School of Business. He was a former policy maker at the US Department of Energy in Washington DC and NYC Mayor’s Energy & Telecommunications Office. Peter has worked on sustainability in academia, government and business since 1975, and is the author of 16 books on energy and the environment.

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Karl Andersen
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Karl Andersen if the Founder and CEO of AV Group Ltd. and is the President of Amundsen Ventures LLC, a venture advisory in New York City. Mr. Andersen has been investing in and advising Norwegian and Nordic companies coming to the US and abroad. Mr. Andersen is a serial entrepreneur within the financial world having founded a broker-dealer, hedge fund and reinsurance company that were all highly disruptive in their respective spaces. Mr. Andersen has raised over $500 mm for these projects.    

Mr. Andersen is on the Executive Committee of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and works closely with Innovation Norway (the trade and industry division of the Norwegian Government) to bring the best companies to the US. Mr. Andersen has experience founding/buying/selling financial based companies. Additionally, Mr. Andersen has raised close to $500 million in equity for insurance linked securities and hedge funds. Mr. Andersen is a graduate of The University of Oregon and Copenhagen Business School.

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Bjornar Forsdal
DIRECTOR

Bjornar Forsdal is a decorated Norwegian Army Captain and has more than 15 years of experience in cross boarder transactions. He was owner of OPS Group a specialized company in manufacturing in Norway where he took the company from 2.5m in revenue to $30m within 1 year. He is a graduate from Norwegian BI School in Norway.

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Ornulf Samdal
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Ornulf is an experienced lawyer both in Norway and the United States. He is former General Counsel for Petrolia ASA and former Partner at Torkildsen Partners. He has extensive experience in working with Venture Capital and Private Equity companies in Norway. He is a graduate of UiB University of Bergen.

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Glenn Paradis 
 EQUITY PARTNER

Innovative and growth-focused CEO and Investment Management Professional (CFA/CAIA) with an outstanding background of success and achievement stewarding billion-dollar portfolios and creating robust investment strategies. Capable of leading, motivating and mentoring high-performing teams to achieve exceptional levels of personal and group performance. Demonstrated aptitude for combining technical skill, market knowledge, analytical ability, and commercial acumen to make consistently savvy investment and asset allocation decisions in complex and turbulent markets.  Strong risk management mindset with prior experience developing risk mitigation strategies and downside protection frameworks. 

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Jarl Ulvin
MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CIO

Mr. Jarl Ulvin joined the AV Group team to bring his depth of knowledge in trading and asset management. Mr. Ulvin has an impressive 30 year history in the financial markets as both a CIO and CEO of large asset management companies as well as an advisor to Investinor, a Norwegian Government investment fund.

The most relevant experience for the AV Group was with his positions held at Odin Funds where he was responsible for the overall management of ODIN’s fund portfolios with up to USD 10 billion under management. Mr. Ulvin's fund received AA rating from Standard & Poor’s for ODIN Norge in 2009. He was responsible for investment policy and strategy, including hiring and management of investment managers and analysts. Prior to this at at ODIN Norge, Mr. Ulvin reached the highest return of all Norwegian Funds in 2004. He managed and ran ODIN Norge, which grew to more than USD 1 billion in total funds under management.

In addition to this, Mr. Jarl Ulvin has been the Head of Corporate Finance at SEB Enskilda AS since December 31, 2011 until his departure in December 2015. There he worked on complex capital market and M&A transactions, extensive pitches and customer relations work while managing the Norwegian CF team and was instrumental in the re-structuring and re-building of the CF team in Oslo bringing it to a no. 1 position in Norway within ECM transactions.

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Arnie Chaudhuri
MANAGING PARTNER SE ASIA

Arnie is a Managing Partner with Abzlute. He is responsible for all aspects of Investment Strategy, Growth, Business Development for the the Abzlute Private Office. His wide range of experience includes generating alpha though sales, market penetration, planning and strategizing for Consumer/Enterprise Growth, Marketing, PR, Channel Development, and Monetization of individual markets Arnie is an investor to several DeepTech AI, FinTech, Gaming, Ecommerce and CleanTech companies.

Arnie also Co-founded Chaatz, a Social Messaging, Media and Payments application that elevated the entire messaging experience. Under his leadership Chaatz grew from 0 to over 40+ million users globally. Prior to Chaatz, Arnie held a number of profitability across Americas, Europe, Middle East, India and South East Asia. Before that Arnie worked for Nokia for over ten years representing a wide range of business groups. His time was split equally between Europe and South East Asia. In Asia he was responsible for Sales and Growth of the mobile handsets and Services business across 12 markets in Asia.

Arnie has over 20 years of experience in Senior Leadership and Executive positions covering Mobile and Application Sales, Growth, Distribution, Channel Development, recognized as one of the leading experts in the Mobile and Application industry Marketing Strategy, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Payments and Fintech. He is in Asia and often invited to speak at various forums.

Arnie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He holds a Bachelors degree from theUniversity of Southampton, UK in Electronic Engineering. He is also a Certified Service Manager accredited by the Marketing Akademie, Hamburg Germany.