Executive Director, Products

Niklas de Besche

Niklas de Besche is the Executive Director of Meltwater’s Products. He oversees product strategy and the continuous evolution of Meltwater media intelligence platform. Niklas has risen through the Meltwater ranks, opening the company’s first international office in Stockholm and playing an integral role in building the Nordic operations. He spent several years in the U.S., setting up offices all over the country as an area director while simultaneously managing the Nordic region.


Niklas lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughters. Considering the number of places Niklas has lived in the last four years, it’s no wonder his favorite song is Highwayman by the Highwaymen.


A born competitor, Niklas thrives on adventure sports, including powder skiing, windsurfing and snow mobiling.


One of Niklas’ most memorable moments at Meltwater happened six months after starting with the company in 2004. Every employee in the newly started Stockholm office hit their full quota and those colleagues, whom he now considers close friends, have now moved on to develop a number of different initiatives throughout the company worldwide.


Niklas has a Master of Science in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from the Stockholm University School of Business and NUS Business School in Singapore.