About Us

Hans KarlsenFRAeS, CEng, MBA, BSc(Eng)
Chief Executive

Karlsen Associates  is headed up by Hans Karlsen, who has over 25 years international and cross-cultural expertise as a CEO, advisor, board member, EU appointed expert, entrepreneur, engineer, high technology pioneer, a successful start-up founder in the aviation, space and data connectivity sectors. He is a MBA qualified Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

He has a proven reputation and track record for commercialising high value innovation, creating and growing successful high technology ventures, with extensive experience in the very real business side of forging the way to market with new products and services, creating new markets and global industries.

Dr Richard Skaife, PhD, BSc, MIET
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

PhD, Program Director and security expert in C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) including the definition, deployment and management of secure national (in-country) security solutions for metropolitan areas, critical national infrastructure, border security. He served for 23 years in the British Army in communications, intelligence and special forces counter terrorist roles prior to entering the commercial sector. Areas of expertise cover terrestrial and satellite mobile telecommunications. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the UK Institute of Engineers and Technologists and has a PhD in security in mobile telecommunications.

We have a team of over 10 independent Associates, who are CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, advisors, project managers, senior engineers, business leaders and consultants. They are the Go-To experts in their area of speciality and all have the credentials, experience, skills and deep-industry expertise to confront pivotal issues.

We match to each specific engagement or need and do not have the overheads of large consultancies, which enables us to deliver high value services and results at competitive prices. We are agile and highly responsive and can react quickly to any changes and challenges.

Our associates have provided services to KACST, a world leading research organisation which is part of the Saudi Arabian Government, Zodiac Aerospace, Taqnia Space, UK Ministry of Defence, Cobham, ING Investment Bank, the European Union (EU), United Nations, APAX Private Equity and the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

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