Terje Søviknes was appointed the Minister of Petroleum and energy on 20 December 2016. He hails from Os in Hordaland County, and has been the mayor in Os municipality since 1999. Søviknes is also the Parliamentary Leader for the Progress Party in Hordaland County Council. He was the 2nd deputy chairman in the party during the period 1999-2001. He completed his education as an aqua engineer from the Bergen College of Engineering in 1992. He also studied at the Norwegian School of Economics during the period 1992 – 1995.
April Rinne is an expert on the sharing economy with special focus on sustainable development. Her goal is to help others see how the sharing economy can help shape a more efficient and sustainable future. She has been an adviser for companies on innovation models, for governing bodies on political strategies, and for investors on portfolio strategies. She was also elected the Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2011, where she heads the WEF’s work on the sharing economy. She is also a member of several international expert groups and has held a number of presentations all over the world. April Rinne has a master’s degree in international finance and business, and a Juris Doctor degree in law from Harvard. Rinne hails from Portland, Oregon, works internationally and is excited to come to Trondheim and Norway!
Daniel Skjeldam has been the CEO of Hurtigruten ASA since 2012. After completing his master’s degree in business and economics at the Norwegian School of Economics in 2001, Skjeldam started working in the airline Norwegian. He took part in the establishment of the company in 2002, and concluded his career there in 2012 after five years as the commercial manager. Hurtigruten is one of Norway’s largest tourism companies and has 14 cruise vessels that operate along the Norwegian coast and on Greenland, Spitzbergen, Iceland and in the Antarctic. Skjeldam has turned a deficit into a profit in Hurtigruten, and has also become a prominent spokesperson for more climate-friendly cruise traffic. Skjeldam dreams of a fast coastal steamer that runs on electricity, and believes that green investments are important in order to make Norwegian coastal shipping the greenest in the world.
Arve Ulriksen has been the CEO of Mo Industripark (MIP) since March 2014, and has proven to be a visionary, doing targeted work to lead MIP into a greener future. MIP aims to be a world-class green industrial park, and the work on the circular economy is an important part of this. Ulriksen has held various executive positions in Elkem, including as plant manager at Elkem Salten. Ulriksen has also held leadership positions within development and production in companies such as Elkem and Laerdal Medical. He has held and still holds several key elected posts. Currently, he is e.g. the chair in NHO Nordland and a member of the board of directors in NHO, chair in Rana Utviklingsselskap AS and Arctic Circle Data Center AS, board member in ENWA AS and member of the energy council in Nordland County. Ulriksen is also affiliated with Nord University through the centre for industrial business development as an assistant professor. Ulriksen is a chartered engineer and has also completed extensive top executive programmes in the Elkem and Orkla systems.
Nils Kristian Nakstad has been the CEO of Enova since May 2008. He is a chartered engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and has extensive experience as a researcher and research manager in SINTEF and as project manager in Hydro. He has also been the CEO of Trondhjem Preservering AS and ReVolt Technology AS.
Svein Richard Brandtzæg is the President and CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA, and chair of the board in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has worked in Norwegian industry during his entire career and has been the President and CEO of Hydro since 2009. He has a broad international contact base, and is a board member in the International Council for Metal and Mining (ICMM). He is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), and is on the steering committee for the Bilderberg Meetings. With his perspectives on industry development, innovation and the need for knowledge for a better world, Brandtzæg will talk about how we can create the low emission society the world needs, and how Norwegian industry can embrace new markets and become part of the new economy. Brandtzæg has a doctorate in chemistry from NTNU and is a business economist from the BI Norwegian Business School.
Kristin Halvorsen was a member of the Stoltenberg II Cabinet from 2005 – 2013. She was Norway’s first female Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009 and the Minister of Education and Research from 2009 to 2013. From 2005 to 2012, she was number two in the cabinet and the deputy for the Prime Minister. Kristin Halvorsen became a regular full member of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) in the 1989 election and was the party leader in the Socialist Left Party (SV) from 1997 to 2012. During the period 1989 to 2005 she was also a member of the Storting’s Standing Committee on Finance, Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. She was also the Parliamentary Leader for SV from 1997 to 2005. In 2002, Halvorsen received the Communication Award from the Norwegian Communication Association. Halvorsen has published two books: Rett fra hjertet (2004) with Ingolf Håkon Teigene and Gjennomslag (2012) with Lilla Sølhusvik.
Per Morten Johansen has been the Chief Executive Officer for Omsorgsbygg since 2008. He has also held various management positions in the City of Oslo, including as project manager for the comprehensive day care centre development related to the act on the right to day care places. Per Morten has also held various board seats, including with the sister enterprise Kultur og Idrettsbygg Oslo KF. He is also a highly sought-after speaker with regard to the enterprise’s environmental work, including with emission-free construction sites. Omsorgsbygg Oslo KF is a municipal property enterprise in the City of Oslo, with the primary goal of being a leader within development, construction, operation and management of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings. This requires a proactive and innovative approach, extensive cooperation with national and international research communities, as well as cooperation with innovative suppliers.
Tommy Staahl Gabrielsen is an Economics Professor at the University of Bergen and general manager of the Bergen Center for Competition Law and Economics (BECCLE), a collaboration between the University of Bergen and the Norwegian School of Economics. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Bergen and has conducted several research assignments at leading universities in the US and Europe. During the period 2007-2010, he was the chief economist in the Norwegian Competition Authority. He has been a member of several official committees and is currently the chair of the government-appointed sharing economy committee that will deliver its report on 6 February 2017. He has published a number of scientific papers in leading international economics journals within his specialist field, competition economy, has assisted national and international authorities and private companies in competition cases and has acted as an expert witness in a many court cases.
Felix Preston is a post-doctoral research fellow and research director in the department for energy, the environment and resources at Chatham House, a think tank located in London and ranked as one of the best in the world. Preston has researched several topics related to circular economy, and has also released multiple publications on transition to the low carbon society, green innovation, resource management and scenario analysis. Preston is an expert in China’s sustainability investments and was a co-author in the UN Global Environment Outlook report. Preston has an educational background from the Imperial College London and the University of Sussex.
Stian Bless is a trained technical ship engineer from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and has operative experience as chief engineer. In the private sector, Bless has headed projects and operative units, and is currently responsible for innovation and development in Karsten Moholt AS. He has a focus on the inherent opportunities in technology and is e.g. working on developing models for predictive maintenance, 3D printing, 3D scanning and has utilized the possibilities within the sharing economy with the initiative Maskindeling.no. The possibilities within digitization and sharing economy are important for Norway’s future competitiveness, particularly for small and medium-sized companies with limited resources. Machine sharing is our contribution.
Morten Nielsen has been the Chief Operating Officer in SUSTAINIA since 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience from major international corporations such as Carlsberg and Unilever. Along with the rest of the team in SUSTANIA, he works to turn the UN sustainability goals into local business opportunities. In a partnership with DNV GL and UN Global Compact, SUSTANIA is working actively to build the world’s largest innovation platform. This is based on six years of preparation from SUSTANIA, which has mapped thousands of sustainable solutions, and where 15 global challenges have been turned into 45 global opportunities. This was published in Sustania100, the Cities100 publication and in the Global Opportunity Report. A new digital platform for SUSTANIA will be launched in 2017, and here you can read more about international sustainable business models, find partners and be inspired to see your business models in a new light.
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