Board of Directors


Derek Crabb

Derek has degrees in Engineering including a Doctorate from London University. Derek developed his career in companies including Perkins, Lotus and Rolls Royce before becoming Engineering Director at Rover Group Powertrain. In 1998 he moved to Sweden to become Powertrain Vice President in Volvo Cars AB until 2012. He then took responsibility for Geely Group Powertrain Alliance Office and was Senior Vice President for Powertrain in CEVT.

Ulf Johansson

Ulf started his career at Volvo Cars as a technician and held several positions during more than 10 years. Ulf is now a serial entrepreneur in various businesses and utilizes his strong network in the industry to add value as a management consultant and facilitator. Ulf has a very strong personal drive and passion for business and leadership.

Nils Christoph Koehler

Nils Christoph Koehler holds a master’s degree in business administration & finance from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has joined BASF in 2001 and has held different finance positions in both corporate functions and business units. Passionate about business building and entrepreneurship, Nils Christoph has joined BASF’s venture group in 2011 as an investment manager. Since 2019 he serves as BASF Venture Capital’s CFO.

Mattias Karls

Mattias Karls is one of the founders of ANS. Mattias holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management. Mattias has worked with start and growth of several companies during his career, including IBX, ANS and Disruptive Materials, and has worked in Sweden, Norway and the U.S. Currently Mattias is co-founder and CEO of Disruptive Materials AB.

Maciej Pasternak

Maciej is an Investment Manager at Abacus alpha GmbH. Previously he worked for MIT Enterprise Forum Poland, PwC and BASF SE. Maciej holds an MBA from Mannheim Business School and a doctorate from Heidelberg University.