Management team

The agile nature of NKT Photonics requires a lean management team with a good understanding of the advanced markets we operate in as well as solid commercial experience. Our team brings both, as well as a relentless drive to make a difference.

Basil Garabet

President and CEO

Basil holds an M.Sc. in lasers and their applications and has extensive international management experience from leading positions in the photonics industry. Previously with EM4, Altitun, and Melles Griot.

Basil is closely involved in promoting research and performs numerous honorary duties including board seats on Bifrost Communication, EPIC, and the Danish Quantum Community Board.

Christian Vestergaard Poulsen


In 2001 Christian Vestergaard Poulsen joined NKT Photonics from IONAS, where he had focused on single frequency fiber laser and silica on silicon planar waveguides. Christian received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark and has been a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. He further holds a MBA degree focusing on Technology Companies from Copenhagen Business School.

Don Riddell


With us since 2017, Don comes to us from SPI Lasers, where he was the COO. He has extensive experience in laser manufacturing, automation and supply chain management and has previously worked for Agilent, Bookham and Marconi Optical Components. Don holds a Master’s Degree in Opto-electronics from the University of Strathclyde.