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The Executive Team 2017-03-16T16:19:59+00:00

The Executive Team at Alivia Swiss Health

Dr. Vidar Arnulf, MD
Dr. Vidar Arnulf, MDChief Medical Officer & Chairman

Dr. Vidar Arnulf, MD

Dr. Arnulf is a visionary and healthcare entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the health care industry.  He is a board certified anaesthesiologist and one of our principal founders.  He played a key role in the creation of Alivia’s products and services.

Dr. Arnulf is also the founder of Vertikal Helseassistanse AS, the largest private health insurance provider in Norway with more than 160,000 customers in Norway and 120,000 customers in Sweden.

Additionally, Dr. Arnulf is the founder of Norsk Telemedisin, a company that has developed a unique device combining video conferencing, home monitoring and social communication technology. In 2015, the device was nominated as a “2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Arnulf served as the medical director for a group of hospitals in Norway, as well as the the managing and medical director of a helicopter Search and Rescue operator in Scandinavia.

Dr. Arnulf received his medical degree from the University of Oslo. He speaks Norwegian and English.

Jonathan G. Furst
Jonathan G. FurstChief Executive Officer

Jonathan G. Furst

Jonathan has been with Alivia from the company’s early days.  Together with Dr. Arnulf and Mr. Haaber, they built Alivia into one of the leading international health management companies.

Prior to joining Alivia Jonathan was corporate finance attorney for 9 years with law firms in New York City and London representing international banks and financial institutions.

Jonathan is a member of the New York Bar Association and a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lund, Sweden and Columbia Law School in New York City.  He is a recipient of the Dr. Markus Wallenberg Scholarship for International Industrial Enterprises Studies.  He speaks Swedish, English, Hebrew and German.

Richard Kensett
Richard KensettU.K. Managing Director

Richard Kensett

With an impressive track record in business, sales and marketing, Richard initially arrived as Sales and Marketing Director before the scope of his role rapidly grew to managing Alivia’s full commercial interests from London.

Prior to Alivia, Richard worked at Allworld Exhibitions project managing six biannual events across a portfolio of exhibitions in the Oil and Gas industry through Asia and the Middle East. That followed a career-defining role as Managing Director of his family business R&K Kensett. The role was brought about by the sudden passing of his father 2013 who founded the professional sports turfcare company in the early 1970s.

It was because of the sad passing of his father, after private medical treatment for cancer, that Richard felt a special affinity for Alivia and its mission.

Niels B. Haaber
Niels B. HaaberStrategic Director

Niels B. Haaber

As Alivia’s Group Strategic Director, Niels advises the CEO and the rest of the executive team on all aspects of the company’s strategy, including product development and new market entries.

He has more than 15 years’ experience working with high net worth individuals in the international health insurance sector, focusing on sales and marketing in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining Alivia, Niels served in various senior managerial positions at Bupa, an international provider of health insurance, including as CEO for one of its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, as well as a member of its Latin America executive management team in Miami.

Niels received his M.Sc. from the IT University in Copenhagen and a B.Sc. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School. He speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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