Our Team

Portchain was founded by three former McKinsey project managers with deep expertise in digitizing the shipping industry, having served across the value chain on a global basis. Our team members have diverse profiles and distinctive talents - all working together to optimize shipping operations through the use of technology

Niels Kristiansen

CEO, Co-Founder

Niels Kristiansen

CEO, Co-Founder

Niels is Co-founder and CEO at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey advising primarily container terminals and lines on strategy and digitization. He worked as CEO of McKinsey’s first internal startup, where he led the development of an application for the shipping industry. Niels studied Economics at the University of Oxford, and has an M.B.A. from M.I.T.

Anders Olivarius

Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder

Anders Olivarius

Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder

Anders is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading the development of several B2B applications. Anders was Product Manager for a SaaS application that used machine learning to predict vessel arrivals for container terminals. He led several end-to-end process digitization efforts across leading logistics and financial institutions.

Thor Thorup

CCO, Co-Founder

Thor Thorup

CCO, Co-Founder

Thor is Co-Founder and CCO at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading digital transformations for shipping and logistics clients. He led the development of an industry leading data sharing effort in a Global Port, and led several digital strategy efforts for companies across the logistics value chain. Thor has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the Technical University of Denmark.

Nicolas Herment

Head of Engineering

Nicolas Herment

Head of Engineering

Nicolas is Head of Engineering at Portchain. Nicolas has 8 years of experience developing B2B SaaS applications, with a background from nearForm, Zendesk and Silicon Valley. Nicolas has worked extensively in the maritime industry, developing software applications for global shipping and cruise liner clients. Nicolas has a MSc in Computer Science from ISEN-Toulon.

Michael Lindahl

Head of Analytics

Michael Lindahl

Head of Analytics

Michael is Head of Analytics at Portchain. Michael has worked with applying advanced analytics in different industries to improve planning and decision-making, such as manpower scheduling in airports, network design in offshore wind farms and timetabling at universities. He has a Ph.D. in operations research from the Technical University of Denmark.

Sergei Patiakin

Software Engineer

Sergei Patiakin

Software Engineer

Sergei is a Software Engineer at Portchain. Sergei has been in the software industry for 3 years, with experience in both large projects at Microsoft and startups in Silicon Valley. He has deep expertise in databases, having worked on SQL Server and Azure SQL Database at Microsoft. He has an MSc in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Michele Capra

Senior Software Engineer

Michele Capra

Senior Software Engineer

Michele is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. Michele has been working in software industry for 9 years over a wide range of projects from mobile app to B2B SaaS applications. He is a Microsoft MVP and has been working in companies like nearForm. Michele has a MSc in Informatics Engineering from University of Brescia.

Federico Gandellini

Senior Software Engineer

Federico Gandellini

Senior Software Engineer

Federico is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. Federico has 10 years of experience as a full-stack developer, working in companies like MailUp and Antares Vision. He has an MSc in Information Technologies from University of Milan with an in-depth expertise in operations research.

Michele Mazzucco

Head of Design

Michele Mazzucco

Head of Design

Michele is Head of Design at Portchain, and has 4+ years of experience in the User Interface and User Experience fields. Michele has worked with companies like MailUp, Manfrotto, PayPal, TotalErg, and Sky. His work has received mentions in a number of prominent digital design magazines like Net Magazine, TNW, and DesignModo. Michele has a Bachelor in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brescia.

Alexander Krogsgaard

Optimization Specialist

Alexander Krogsgaard

Optimization Specialist

Alexander is an Optimization Specialist at Portchain. Alexander has worked with analytics, planning and decision support within logistics for 3 years. He has worked with various topics such as improving the design of shipping networks, routing optimization, and optimal placement of facilities. He has a MSc in Engineering within the field of Transportation and Logistics from the Technical University of Denmark.

Anthon Hofman Laursen

Business Analyst

Anthon Hofman Laursen

Business Analyst

Anthon is a Business Analyst at Portchain. Anthon previously worked at McKinsey while studying at Copenhagen Business School. He currently holds a degree in BSc International Business and is studying for a Master’s degree in Finance and Strategic Management.

Ida Mathilde Jensen

Student Assistant

Ida Mathilde Jensen

Student Assistant

Ida is a Student Assistant at Portchain. Ida is currently studying for a BSc in Business Administration and Communication at Copenhagen Business School.

Our backgrounds

"Portchain tackling one of container shipping's biggest challenges"

Louise Vogdrup-Schmidt
31 October 2017

"The AI comes in by cutting down the time it takes to come to a conclusion"

Eric Johnson
10 June 2018

"We want to give planners super powers"

Laurence Doe
1 August 2018