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Board of Directors

Helge Midtthun

Helge Midttun, Chairperson

Helge Midttun has broad experience from a wide range of industries and has served as Chairperson of the Board of Sonans Gruppen AS since 2011. He has previously served as CEO of Fjord Seafoods ASA, President and CEO of Det Norske Veritas and Aker Biomarine ASA and on the Boards of Statoil (Equinor) ASA, Aker Kværner ASA, Rieber & Søn ASA (Chairperson) and HENT AS (Chairperson). He currently serves as Chairperson of the Boards of Aibel, Rieber and Son AS and Skaugen AS. 

Edmund Lazarus

Edmund Lazarus, Director

Edmund Lazarus is, together with Mark Joseph, Managing Partner and Founder of EMK Capital. Prior to EMK Capital, Mr. Lazarus was Managing Partner of Bregal Capital of which he was a founder in 2002. He has been in senior private equity positions for over 20 years. Amongst the many Board positions Mr. Lazarus has held, in addition to Sonans, are the education companies, Cognita, Studialis and QA. Mr. Lazarus’ prior career was as a Strategic Consultant with Bain & Co and as an M&A and Corporate Finance Adviser with SG Warburg and Merrill Lynch before entering the private equity industry with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. 

Mr. Lazarus is committed to public service alongside his professional career and served from 1992 to 2002 on Westminster Council, the City Government for Central London, latterly as Chairman of Finance and Deputy Leader, as Chairman of Finance of the London Development Agency from 2008 to 2012 and as Chairman of the London Green Fund from 2012 to 2016 (the latter positions nominated by the Mayor of London). A British national, Mr. Lazarus graduated with a first-class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University where he was also elected President of the Oxford Union in 1989. 

Mark Joseph, Director

Mark Joseph is, together with Edmund Lazarus, Managing Partner and Founder of EMK Capital. Prior to EMK Capital, Mr. Joseph was a Partner of Oakley Capital Private Equity of which he was a founder in 2007. He has been in senior private equity positions for over 13 years. Amongst the many Board positions Mark has held in addition to Sonans, is the education company Educas (now known as Inspired). 

Prior to Oakley Capital Private Equity Mr Joseph was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank where he provided corporate finance advice on over $60 billion of M&A and capital markets transactions. A British national, Mr. Joseph graduated with an honours degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in London. 

Anne Dahle

Anne Dahle, Director (Employee Representative)

Anne Dahle teaches Norwegian at Sonans Nettstudier and Sonans Privatist, Bergen. She is Head of the online Norwegian section and has developed the online course in Norwegian language and literature at Sonans Nettstudier. She started teaching at Sonans in 1995, after a year in public education. In addition to teaching, she has worked with sales and student counselling. Mrs. Dahle studied French and Norwegian literature and languages and finished her Masters at the University of Bergen in 1994. In 1999 she worked in the travel industry in Spain for two years followed by two years as a student advisor at MI Bergen, now Høyskolen Kristiania, before being offered to return to teaching at Sonans in 2004.