Advancing Basic Science for Humanity
Gunnar K. Nilsen
Gunnar K. Nilsen is President of BizArch Advisors LLC, a consulting firm providing advice in the areas of business strategy and financing.
Mr. Nilsen is an experienced investment professional with a diverse international background from finance, engineering and entrepreneurship. He began his career in 1997 at Asea Brown Boveri in Oslo, Norway, where he held positions in design engineering and project management related to oil & gas process control systems. In 1998, he moved to California and began working for Kavlico Corporation in sensor design engineering and later business development.
In 1994, Mr. Nilsen moved back to Norway and started working in the corporate finance division of Alfred Berg, the leading Nordic investment bank at the time. During his tenure at Alfred Berg, he carried out a number of successful corporate finance transactions and became a partner of the firm. While in Norway, Mr. Nilsen co-founded Presens, an electronic sensor company. He was an active member of the board of directors from the company’s inception in 1996 until the successful sale to General Electric in 2012.
Mr. Nilsen returned to California in 1998 where he has held positions in equity research and portfolio management with a handful of private investment management firms. Since his return, he has also been an investor and advisor to early-stage companies. He utilizes his experience to assist nonprofits and presently serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations.
Before his move to Seattle in 2012 where he established BizArch Advisors, Mr. Nilsen was Director of Investments at Sunbelt Enterprises, a private real estate and investment firm. At Sunbelt, he oversaw a portfolio of investments in equities and alternative assets.
He has an MBA degree from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Mr. Nilsen is a member of Delta Mu Delta, the US National Honor Society for business administration graduates for outstanding achievements.