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Board of Directors and Advisors

Board of Directors


Henri Österlund

Henri Österlund (b. 1971) is the founder of Accendo Capital SICAV, which creates shareholder value through active ownership.

Previously, Österlund has served as a Partner of Coventum Corporate Finance, Partner of Triton Private Equity investment fund in London, and as an Analyst at Doughty Hanson Private Equity fund in Stockholm.

Österlund holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics (currently Aalto University).



Christian Fredrikson

Fredrikson is an investor and governance professional.  

Deep knowledge of global commercialization of advanced technologies.

He has formerly served as CEO of F-Secure, CEO of Fingerprint Cards, the Head of the Asia Pacific Region, and Head of Sales for Nokia Siemens Networks.

He currently also serves as a Board member of Remedy Entertainment, Advisor to Edge Venture Capital, and a member of the foundation for Åbo Akademi.

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Catharina Candolin

Catharina Candolin (b 1977) is a cyber security and defence expert currently working at OP Group.

Previously, Candolin has worked at the Finnish Defence Forces and NATO HQ with cyber security and defence, for which she has been awarded with the Medal for Military Merits(2015) and The Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland (2020). Prior to that, Candolin has worked in the academia and in private sector companies. She is an active public speaker.

Candolin holds a Doctorate Degree (PhD) from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University). She studied her minor at the National Defence University in Finland.


Kai Tavakka

Kai Tavakka (b. 1986) is a partner in Accendo Capital since 2015 after working in the firm since 2012.

Mr. Tavakka has a corporate finance background (PCA Corporate Finance, Danske Corporate Finance). He is a CFA Charterholder and he holds a Master's degree in Economics from Aalto University.


The advisors are not members of the Board of Director but they provide advise to both the board and the executive management team.


Tatu Ylönen

Tatu Ylönen founded SSH Communications Security, grew the company to $20 million in sales and 190 employees in five years, and led the company to a public listing on the Nasdaq Nordic in 2000. He is an experienced entrepreneur and the original inventor of SSH (Secure Shell). For more information, see his personal page. He has held various roles in the company throughout the years, including CEO, CTO, and Chief Innovation Officer. He holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University.


Sam Curry

Sam Curry is a cybersecurity visionary with over 20 years of IT security industry experience. He is the inventor of 24 identity/crypto patents and the co-inventor of Personal Firewall. Sam’s experience includes product strategy, product management, innovation management, and operational excellence. Sam is currently the Chief Product and Security Officer of Cybereason. His previous experience includes senior management positions at RSA, Microstrategy, Computer Associates and McAfee. He has also been an entrepreneur in two start-ups. Sam holds a B.A. degree in English Language and a B.S. Degree in Physics.