Chris has the overall responsibility for Origo’s operations, investments and services worldwide. A Norwegian national based in Beijing since 1997, Chris was the Founder and Managing Partner of Ascend Ventures, the predecessor of Origo. Chris was previously Managing Partner of MINT, a PwC Consulting’s joint venture investment arm in China. In that capacity, Chris invested in half a dozen technology start-ups in the internet, telecom and media sectors. Before that, he served as a Regional Director of Asia with Elkem, an Oslo and Frankfurt listed company. At Elkem, Chris led one of the largest equity and project finance deals in western China to date. In total, Chris has over 15 years of emerging and established market experience, gained in China, India, Russia, Japan, France and the US. A graduate of ESSEC in Paris, Chris holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.