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Presentation of Avida's board

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Board of Directors

The Board of directors consists of six members with a long experience from a variety of different fields and business areas, contributing with valuable insight to Avida´s operations. Experience and competence includes banking and financing, venture capital, law, the tech sector, accounting and leadership. In addition, the board meets the need for knowledge and insight into the terms and conditions of the geographic markets in which Avida Finans AB has its main operations, Sweden and Norway.

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Geir Olsen

Chairman of the Board
Board Member in Avida since August 2016

Education
M. Sc. in Economics and Business from Norwegian School of Economics

Selected experiences
Partner in Ubon Partners, Board Member in PRA Group, Board Member in Acano, CEO in Aktiv Kapital, VP of Telepresence Sales in Cisco, President of EMEA in Tandberg and Manager in McKinsey

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Celina Midelfart

Board Member in Avida since October 2015

Education
B. Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics as well as Stern School of Business at New York University

Selected experiences
Owner, CEO, Executive Chairman and Board Member of several companies within the Midelfart conglomerate

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John Howard

Board Member in Avida since August 2020

Education
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors from Vanderbilt University.

Selected experiences
Serves on the Boards of Pepper Group, a global specialty finance group; Lunar Commercial Mortgages DAC, an Irish lending company; Oodle Financial Services Limited, a UK auto finance provider; and Toorak Capital Partners LLC, a specialist mortgage business operating in the US and UK. Member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s leveraged finance group.

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Daniel Knottenbelt

Board Member in Avida since August 2020

Education
MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (in the Netherlands) and an M.B.A. from INSEAD (in France).

Selected experiences
Serves on the board of directors of Soderberg, Heidelpay, and Exact. Partner at Palamon Capital Partners in London.

More than 18 years of investment experience focusing on financial services, including in payments, wealth management, consumer credit, and insurance.

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Varun Khanna

Board Member in Avida since August 2020

Education
B.A., M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Selected experiences
Managing director at Deutsche Bank in the structured finance division focused on direct lending, corporate securitizations and special situations. Mr. Khanna started his career at Deutsche Bank as an equity research analyst covering technology companies.

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Dag Sigvart Kaada

Deputy Director since September 2020

Education
Cand. jur., University of Bergen, Norway.

Selected experiences
Partner in law firm Schjødt, works in the M&A and Capital Markets department after joining the firm in 2005. Specialized within mergers and acquisitions, investments and restructurings for Private Equity and industrial groups. Practiced as an attorney for the law firm BA-HR.