HELENA RIESE HARSTAD
Chairman & Co-Founder
Helena Riese Harstad is the Co-Founder and working Chairman of Optimizer Foundation. She leads the overall strategic direction of the foundation, including assessment of investment opportunities, and manages donor engagement. In addition, she provides legal support to portfolio companies. She is a trained lawyer and has a background within Banking and Financing.
Her work included project management within the field of business law, specializing in acquisitions, structured finance, asset finance, securitization, bond issues and financial regulation. She has previously been living and working in Stockholm, London and New York and now lives in Spain with her husband, three children and a rather big dog called Otto. She is also a board member of Change Attitude, a Foundation who uses culture as a tool to raise awareness and increase people’s commitment to end sexualized violence against children.