KATINKA GREVE LEINER

KATINKA GREVE LEINER

Norway

Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs

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Katinka Greve Leiner has been the Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2009. Ferd SE has invested in 28 social entrepreneurs over the last 10 years, and has provided support to a significant number outside of its portfolio. It has granted the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Norway for the last nine years. As an impact-driven investor, the companies in its portfolio receive support for three or more years. This support includes skills-building, networking and financing (loans, grants, equity).

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Katinka is on the board of Den Sociale Kapitalfond (The Social Capital Fund) in Denmark, and had a board position in EVPA (European Venture Philanthropic Association) for four years, ending last year (2018). She also sits on the board of several of the social entrepreneurs Ferd has supported. Formerly, Katinka was Vice President of Innovation Norway, a governmental body for industrial development.

She was in charge of the Entrepreneurship focus area when Innovation Norway was first established in 2002 and was featured in an entrepreneurial TV-show "Skaperen" (a Norwegian twist on British show "Dragon’s Den"). Katinka was previously a Communications Consultant at Burson-Marsteller Norway.

She has also been a Political Advisor for the Labour Party's Parliamentary group, and Senior Engineer in the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. She graduated in 1991 as a civil engineer in electric power from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.