Our people are the cornerstone of our success

Our team at BlackWood is made up of talented professionals with backgrounds in finance, entrepreneurship, and technology. We are in the business of finding disruptive companies with the potential for scalability and growth.


Bastian R. Larsen

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Larsen previously worked for BlackRock in London, Geneva and latest in New York, where he co-led global investor relations for the firm's largest hedge fund.


Mr. Larsen has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BSc from Copenhagen Business School.


Thomas Derambure

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Derambure previously worked as a senior strategy consultant at Stanwell. Prior to this, he led the development of the leading private security company in Senegal.


Mr. Derambure has an MSc in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and a BBA from HEC Montreal.


Valentijn Verberk

Investment Analyst

Mr. Verberk previously worked as a research assistant within the economics department of Copenhagen Business School.

Mr. Verberk has a BSc in Economics from Maastricht University.


Joachim Enegaard

Investment Analyst

Mr. Enegaard previously worked as head of partnerships at Millennial and served in a leadership position within the Royal Danish Guards.


Mr. Enegaard has a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.


Alexander De Sina

Investment Analyst

Mr. De Sina is a classically trained concert pianist and has previously led VC projects within the arts, media, and education sectors.

Mr. De Sina has an MBA and an MSt from the University of Oxford and bachelor studies in Molecular Biology from Chicago University.


Nikolaj Van Laer

Business Development Manager

Mr. Van Laer previously worked within the Financial Institutions Group at BlackRock in London, where he was responsible for developing relationships with institutional clients.

Mr. Van Laer has an MSc from Copenhagen Business School.


Marcus Szpirt

Business Development Manager

Mr. Szpirt previously worked in business development roles at consulting companies focused on real estate, intelligence, and cyber defense.

Mr. Szpirt is a BSc student at Copenhagen Business School.

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Abbas Kazmi

Advisor - Investment Strategy

Mr. Kazmi is the founder of Collegiate Capital, a $100m Venture Capital firm based in London. Prior to this, he worked at firms including BlackRock and Goldman Sachs. He is regularly featured in various media outlets including the BBC and the Financial Times and was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe in 2017.


Mr. Kazmi has a BSc from the University of Oxford and serves as the Chairman of the Oxford Guild Business Society.


Aura Dione

Advisor - Music, Media & Entertainment

Ms. Dione is an international Popstar who has had numerous number one hits all over the world. As one of Denmark’s top female recording artists, she has a deep network within music, media, and entertainment.


Ms. Dione is also an ambassador for the Red Cross and LGBT Rights at Amnesty International.


Aleksandar Grgic

Advisor - Space, Defence, AI

Mr. Grgic is the Director of Space Solutions at Weibel Scientific and Head of Sales for the APAC region. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Danish Defence and Security Industries Association. Previously, he was an assistant professor at DTU - Technical University of Denmark.


Mr. Grgic has an MSc in Engineering from DTU - Technical University of Denmark.


Samar Husain

Advisor - E-commerce, Virtual Reality

Mr. Husain is a Senior Vendor Manager at Amazon, where he leads the company's external relationships within VR and gaming. He previously worked at Target, where he led partnerships and negotiations.


Mr. Husain has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of St. Thomas.


Bergur Løkke Rasmussen

Advisor - Politics, Public Funding

Mr. Løkke Rasmussen is a public affairs consultant at GRACE P.A. with prior experience at Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, he serves as a Captain in the Danish Army and is an active politician with experience in regional politics, where he is currently running for the upcoming election for the Liberal Party, Venstre.


Mr. Løkke Rasmussen has an MSc in Finance & Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School and Harvard University.


Bosse Rothe

Advisor - Cleantech, Blockchain

Mr. Rothe is the founder of Cleanhub, a software company that aims to rid the world of plastic pollution. He was previously a Partner at Protos, a Zurich-based Crypto Asset Manager.


Mr. Rothe has an MSc in Finance & Investments from Copenhagen Business School, Bocconi, McGill & Harvard University.