The Pure Algae team

Pure Algae consists of a strong team of talent.

The Team

Lasse Hornbek Nielsen

Operations & Development
lasse@purealgae.dk

Tine Breckling Rolander

Business Development & Communications
tiro@purealgae.dk

Camilla Rafael Jensen

Business Development & Communications
camilla@purealgae.dk

Bjarke Thomsen

Technical Development
bjarke@purealgae.dk

Mads Kirk Deichmann

Engineering – Student Assistant
mads@purealgae.dk

Theodor Hüttel

Biology – Student Assistant
theodor@purealgae.dk

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CEO & Founder

Esben Rimi Christiansen

Since the age of 9 Esben has been looking for ways in which he can help protect and restore our nature. Growing up in a small idyllic town called Nødebo, he learned that pollution from a former waterproofing company threatened his childhood lake, Esrum Sø.

Through his bachelor project, he started to the study the extent of this pollution, and he reached significant results both regarding the environmental condition of the lake and the pollution site as well as the potential of various treatment methods.

The purification methods that Esben immersed himself in are called bioremediation – a biological purification. Algae, such as seaweeds, are extremely suitable for purifying water contaminated with nutrients. High nutrient content in gardens and lakes leads to wild algae growth, which can result in oxygen depletion, which ultimately has fatal consequences for the life of the current ecosystems.

By growing seaweed in a controlled environment, we can reduce the high nutrient content locally, and this is ultimately Esben’s ultimate goal – to use surplus nutrients to provide a healthy and sustainable food source.

Advisory Board

Erik Aagaard

Strategic Advisor

Martin Breum Sønder

Strategic Advisor

Lise Haahr Hanneslund

Strategic Advisor

Annette Bruhn

Scientific Advisor

Lone Thybo Mouritsen

Scientific Advisor

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strategic Advisor

Erik Aagaard

Erik Aagaard has had a long career as product and business developer.
As of today he is retired and adds value to our board with his vast experience and passion for development.

Erik has formerly played out the role as Head of R&D, Head of Project Department, Head of Supply Chain, Engineering Director as well as VP Engineering combined with an MBA within Technology and Organization.

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strategic Advisor

Martin Breum Sønder

Associate Partner / Lawyer at INNOVA law practice
Martin contributes with great commercial insight. Through his work as lawyer, he also has many years of experience in drafting and interpreting commercial contracts. As a trustred advisor and sparring partner, Martin has developed a great knowledge on business development, strategies, and trade relations.

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strategic Advisor

Lise Haahr Hanneslund

Consultant – Representative of the startup program at Erhvervshus Midtjylland
Lise Haahr Hanneslund is an experienced board member and has great insight in entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and coaching of NGOs and B2Bs, respectively.

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Scientific Advisor

Annette Bruhn

Senior Researcher & Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Aarhus University

Annette Bruhn is Senior Researcher at Aarhus University with a focus on the cultivation of seaweed and effects on the marine environment. With 10+ years of experience within the cultivation of seaweed, and as lead on a number of commercial seaweed projects, Annette positions herself as one of Denmarks leading algae scientists. She has stepped into the role as advisor in Pure Algae in order to get the research in play.

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Scientific Advisor

Lone Thybo Mouritsen

Head of Research at Kattegatcentret & Cand.scient in Marine Biology, Aarhus University

Lone has 10+ years of experience with cultivation methods and the use of seaweed. Together with Annette Bruhn she established AlgeCenter Danmark in 2010, with the aim of creating momentum in the production and use of macroalgae in Denmark. AlgeCenter Danmark also functions as a hub for research on algae production and bioremediation.

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