Knut Karlsen

Knut is an engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. He was recently the CEO of Umoe Bioenergy, producing biofuel and electricity from sugar cane in São Paulo in Brazil. Knut also sits on the advisory board of Copersucar S.A., the world’s largest sugar and ethanol trader. Prior to joining Umoe Bioenergy, Knut was the President of Yara Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Yara International.

Knut joined Yara from PwC, where he was a Partner in the firm’s consulting group.


Petter Østbø

Petter started Atlas Agro with Knut in 2021 to make zero-carbon fertilizer available to farmers everywhere. He has a background on a CxO level from the largest fertilizer producers in the world, having been COO and CFO in Yara International and group CEO in EuroChem AG, after a period as Associate Principal in McKinsey & Co. Petter has overseen the production of more than 50 plants and mines worldwide, as well as the construction of more than a dozen world-scale plants and mines. He’s the author of a book on productivity, and led six major productivity transformations across commercial, supply chain operations, capital projects and support functions in chemicals, metals and mining, with more than a billion USD in demonstrated improvements. Petter spends his spare time cycling or skiing in the Swiss Alps.

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