People

Instantor team

CEO

Simon Edström

Simon Edström

Fun fact/Interest

Simon loves the water, when time allows you will most likely find him in the Archipelago in Stockholm on a boat ride. He is also a big fan of the Mediterranean where you will find him during his vacations.

Work bio

Already from a young age Simon was fascinated by technology and learned to code already at the age of eight. Together with his strong entrepreneurial drive, he started his first company six years later at the age of 14. Already within the first year of business, his company was acquired. He later worked on establishing the blog-format together with platforms for blog-hosting, before moving to Stockholm and working at Betsson were he, prior to joining Instantor, worked as Product Owner for the newly launched Mobile offering from Betsson at the time.

CTO

Robert Ilijas

Robert Ilijas

Fun fact/Interest

During summer you can find him sailing somewhere along the Adriatic coast, and in winter he will probably be snowboarding (if his knee is in a friendly mood). He has lately been getting back to mountain biking as well. A big movie-fan, eats pop-corn in huge amounts. Cannot wait for the next trip to a new travel destination. Also a big fan of virtual and augmented reality technology.

Work bio

Early in his career, Robert realised that in most of the cases, technology is easy to handle, but strategy is not. Therefore his primary career interest is strategic IT management with focus on aligning business and technological strategy. Robert strives to organize the internal resources in an optimal way to support Instantor’s strategy. Robert also enjoys evaluating the business options that technology offers to reach new markets in an innovative way. Prior to joining Instantor, Robert worked for a regional IT service provider as CTO, and prior to that, he worked for two regional banks as Head of IT Division. Robert holds a Mr.Sc in Strategic IT Management from University of Zagreb and Master of Information Systems from the same university.

Head of Strategic Initiatives

Erik Jakobsson

Erik Jakobsson

Fun fact/Interest

In his spare time, he likes sports, both watching and participating. If the winter allows he is quick to hit the slopes for a good skiing session. Besides physical exercise, Erik also enjoys travelling and documenting his travels through his passion for photography.

Work bio

Erik is a multitalented individual with capabilities ranging from sales to financial analysis. Erik always strive to find ways to improve both his and his client’s operations. Erik is motivated by finding new areas and angles of usage of the Instantor data. Prior to joining Instantor Erik worked for Swedish Handelsbanken’s Investment Bank with generalist advisory on Corporate Finance matters such as M&A and IPOs. Prior to that he worked in London for UBS. Erik holds a M.Sc in Finance from Imperial College in London and a B.Sc in Business Administration from Uppsala University.

Project Manager/Customer Support

Mihaela Kakarigi

Mihaela Kakarigi

Fun fact/Interest

Mihaela enjoys walking her two dogs, and is developing a plan to profit from daily ball-throwing activities. One of the most beautiful places she visited are the Alps, especially in the summer when greenery is gradually replaced by snow as one climbs higher and higher.

Work bio

Mihaela’s experience as project manager started 9 years ago, managing development of web-based applications. Previous experience working as a teacher in IT school enabled Mihaela to bridge communication gap between clients and development teams ensuring that all sides have clear understanding of project’s purpose and objectives.
Mihaela studied Computer science at Zagreb University (Croatia) and completed certification for PHP developer (Cambridge). Mihaela is currently working on PMP certification by Project Management Institute (PMI).