Svafa Gronfeldt

Dr Svafa Gronfeldt has been on Marel's Board of Directors since 2021.

Board Director

Dr. Svafa Gronfeldt, born in 1965, is a Professor of Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a founding member of MIT’s newest innovation accelerator DesignX focused on the design and development of technology- and service-based ventures created at MIT. Grönfeldt is the co-founder of The MET fund, a Cambridge based seed investment fund. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Össur, a global leader in orthopaedic solutions since 2008, and the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Icelandair. She was on the Board of Directors of Origo, a Nordic IT service company 2019-2021.

Previous positions include executive leadership positions at two global life science companies where she served as Chief Organizational and Development Officer of Alvogen and Deputy to the CEO of Actavis Group. For more than twenty years, her executive career has been focused on organizational design for high growth companies, strategy implementation, service process design, and performance tracking as well as the integration of acquired companies and new business units. She is a former President of Reykjavik University.

Gronfeldt holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics where she examined the impact of customer-oriented behaviours and service design on business outcomes.

She has no interest links with Marel's main customers, competitors or major shareholders.


  • Ph.D. from the London School of Economics
  • MSc in Technical and Professional Communication from Florida Institute of Technology


  • 2021


  • Audit Committee (Chair)


  • 0 (as of year-end 2020)

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