“It’s a role that unites a passion for growth markets with a commitment to providing top returns to investors while making a tangible difference to the communities Actis invests in.”
It was a taste for adventure that led Torbjorn to growth markets, but it’s his commitment to making a difference that has guided his career ever since.
Torbjorn began his working life building power plants in Egypt for leading engineering firm ABB. He stayed with them for 13 years – working in Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Singapore – developing, building and investing in growth markets power sector. He left in 1999 to found an internet technology company during the dotcom boom followed by a combined heat and power business, two ventures that drove home the importance of capital and the challenges of building a business.
In 2002 as one of the founding partners, Torbjorn created Globeleq Limited which subsequently became Actis’ first Energy fund. As CEO, Torbjorn oversaw investments and exits generating a US$1 billion capital gain and a 27% gross return at the time. Torbjorn went on to establish Actis Infrastructure 2, together with Mike Till, Actis’ second Energy fund, which is in the process of exiting its investments and expected to deliver a similar mid 20% gross return. Torbjorn was instrumental in raising Actis Energy 3, which is now committed/pledged and on track for similar success.
Torbjorn was elected as Actis’ Senior Partner in June 2015. It’s a role that unites his passion for growth markets with his commitment to providing top returns to investors while making a tangible difference to the communities Actis invests in.
As Senior Partner, Torbjorn chairs Actis’ Executive Committee and also sits on the Energy Investment Committee. Torbjorn holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, in Sweden.