About Us

Executive Management

Lucian Wagner, Chairman and Co-Founder

Lucian has a truly global outlook with an extensive set of contacts in North America, Europe, and Asia. Lucian is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with several successful start-ups to his credit. He has 20 years of semiconductor industry experience. Lucian was born in Germany, educated in the French school system, and went on to earn a B.Sc. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (with a minor in Russian) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jos Scheffelaar, CEO and Co-Founder

Jos is a European entrepreneur who moved to Boston more than 20 years ago after working in High Tech in several countries in Europe and in Asia. Building on his international skills and experience, and his extensive personal network, he helps international entrepreneurs launch their business in the U.S.
Jos is an active member of the Boston innovation ecosystem and is frequently invited by MIT and international organizations as guest lecturer to give his unique European perspective on American entrepreneurship and US market entry. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands.

Cliff Robinson, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technologies

Cliff has more than 30 years of experience in technology commercialization and international business development. He was born in the UK and has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University. He has held senior positions at IBM Research and was a Program Manager at Raytheon Company. He has an MBA from Boston University where he was Director of Business Incubation and was responsible for commercializing new technologies from across the whole university and local innovation community. He is a past member of the board of directors of Barr Associates and advisory board member to several early stage companies. He has served the NSF to select universities for federal funding and consulted to private industry and numerous governments

Michelle Goodall Faulkner, Vice President Marketing and Co-Founder

Michelle has 20 years of technology marketing and investor relations experience on both the agency and client sides. She is skilled at all types of marketing programs including PR, direct marketing, Web programs, social media, collateral, advertising and events, and has helped many European companies improve market awareness in the US. Michelle has been named one of the Top 10 Women in Public Relations by the Boston Herald. She holds a business degree from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.

Jan Nygren, Vice President, Operations

Jan is a venture capitalist and senior Business Development executive with both startup and Fortune 500 management experience. He has demonstrated success in setting strategic direction, crafting marketing messages, restructuring organizations, recruiting personnel, managing large teams and growing revenue. Jan holds a BS in Commerce from University of Virginia and JD and MBA degrees from the College of William & Mary. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Ronald Sutherland, Vice President, Business Development

Ron joined Launch in US from Innovation Norway, an economic development agency of the Norwegian Government. There he advised Norwegian companies on how to successfully enter US market, and supported industry and government groups in Norway with making connections with similar organizations in the US. Earlier he was at the Boston office of the Invest in Sweden Agency.

Earlier in his career Ron worked in the Boston high tech industry with companies like Nortel, IBM, and AT&T. He has an MBA from Suffolk University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.