Chairman— Claes Bourghardt
Claes D. Bourghardt is an entrepreneur and financier who was a pioneer in investment in modern day China. He has partnered a large number of multinational companies wishing to develop trade and investment in China in the 1980s and 90s, e.g. ABB, Alfa-Laval, Astra-Zeneca, Braathens, Electrolux, Eriksson, Kimberly -Clarke, Rautarukki, Sandoz and SAS. Claes was one of the architects behind the launch of Tetra Pak and IKEA in China.
Claes was born in Gothenburg Sweden and studied economics, political science and law at Uppsala University in the 1970´s, his original employment was with AB Volvo at their Gothenburg headquarters.
The Bourghardt family moved to England in 1982 where Claes established the real estate investment company Harpenden Holdings.
In the 90's, Claes was the principal philanthropist behind the establishment of a primary school for 6-12 year old pupils in Anhui Province, China.
Claes married Anette in 1976 and has two daughters, both of whom are fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Mr Bourghardt is a passionate fly fisherman and his interest was initiated by the legendary Harry Chapman-Pincher (100 years) at the River Kennet, England in the 80'et.