OSLO OPERA HOUSE
OCTOBER 16TH 2018
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister:
Erna Solberg graduated from the University of Bergen with a master’s degree in sociology, political science, statistics and economics. Solberg was Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Kjell Magne Bondevik’s second government between 2001 and 2005. She has been a member of parliament for Hordaland since 1989. Solberg was the parliamentary leader for Høyre (the Conservative Party) until 2013, and was a member of the parliamentary health and care services committee, the extended foreign affairs and defence committee and the election committee between 08.10.2009 and 30.09.2013. She has also been a member of the finance and economic affairs committee and the local government and public administration committee, and the head of the parliament’s delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Solberg has been the leader of Høyre since 2004. Erna Solberg has been Prime Minister since 2013, and started her second term after parliamentary elections in 2017.
Stephen Sackur, Renowned English journalist & the award-winning presenter of HARDtalk:
Stephen Sackur is a renowned English journalist, and the awardwinning presenter of HARDtalk, BBC World News' flagship current affairs interview programme. He has been a journalist with BBC News since 1986, as BBC European, Washington, Middle East and Foreign Correspondent. He is widely respected as an outstanding interviewer and moderator, with a superb knowledge of current affairs, and an affable, yet no nonsense style. Capable of getting right to the heart of the matter of a vast range of subjects and issues, Sackur is among the finest of presenters. He was awarded the ‘International TV Personality of the Year Award’ by the Association of International Broadcasters in 2010, and nominated as 'Speech Broadcaster of the Year' at the Sony Radio Awards 2013. Since becoming presenter of HARDtalk in 2004, he has interviewed prominent international personalities, including former US vice-president Al Gore, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas, and a host of other leaders and politicians from around the world. He has also interviewed leading cultural figures including Gore Vidal, Richard Dawkins, and Noam Chomsky. As a BBC journalist, prior to presenting HARDtalk, Sackur covered many of the pivotal news events of recent history. He was the BBC's European Correspondent for 3 years, during which he covered the Madrid terrorist attacks in 2004, and the EU expansion. As the BBC's Washington Correspondent 1997-2001 he interviewed President George W. Bush, covered the 2000 US Presidential Elections, and the Clinton scandal. He was the BBC Middle East Correspondent (1992-1997), covering the peace process, the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the emergence of the Palestinian Authority under the late Yasser Arafat. In 1990 he was part of the BBC's team of correspondents covering the Gulf War, and the first correspondent to break the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait City, marking the end of the war. He travelled back to Iraq just after the downfall of Saddam Hussein, and filed the first television reports on Iraq's mass graves. He has contributed countless articles to The Observer, The London Review of Books, New Statesman, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. In 1991 he wrote 'On the Basra Road'. Sackur studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Kristin Halvorsen, Director of CICERO:
Kristin Halvorsen is Director of CICERO - Center for International Climate Research. She is a former politician and was a member of the Stoltenberg Government from 2005 - 2013. Halvorsen was Norway's first female Finance Minister from 2005 to 2009 and Minister of Education from 2009 to 2013. From 2005 to 2012, she was Deputy Prime Minister. Halvorsen was a permanent representative in Parliament at the elections of 1989 and was leader of Social Left Party (SV) from 1997 to 2012. From 1989 to 2005, she was a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee and the Foreign Committee. In 2002, Halvorsen received the Communication Award from the Norwegian Communication Association. She has published two books: Rett fra hjertet (2004) with Ingolf Håkon Teigene and Gjennomslag (2012) with Lilla Sølhusvik.
Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean:
Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean. She started this position in 2018 after 15 years in WWF-Norway, CEO since 2012. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for oceans, conservation and sustainable solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø, and has a background in communications and marketing from Ogilvy & Mather. She is a Board member of The Business for Peace Foundation. Member of the Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Award. Member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award and the Prize Committee for the Rachel Carson Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.
Kristin Holth, Global Head of Ocean Industries in DNB:
Kristin has been with DNB since 1984 and after 6 years as Head of DNB Americas, she became Global Head of DNBs Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division in 2013. DNB is one of the world’s leading Shipping, Offshore and Logistics financial institution with clients in all major segments globally, and presence in the important maritime hubs (Oslo, Bergen, London, Athens, New York and Singapore). Since 1.9.2017 Kristin has been Global Head of Ocean Industries Division in DNB. This new division includes Shipping, offshore, logistics, oil & gas, oilfield services and seafood, all important industries for DNB. Prior to becoming head of DNB’s Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division, her responsibilities as head of DNB Americas included responsibilities for the Banks branches in New York and Santiago de Chile as well as Representative offices in Houston and Rio de Janeiro. Kristin has also held various management positions in DNB’s Shipping and Offshore & Logistics in Oslo, Norway and in London, UK. Kristin graduated from the Norwegian Business School (BI) in 1984.
Ingrid Schjølberg, Professor/Vice Dean for research and innovation/Director of NTNU Oceans:
Ingrid Schjølberg is Professor in Marine Technology at NTNU. She is Director of NTNU Oceans and Vice Dean for research and innovation at the Faculty of Engineering. She has a PhD in engineering Cybernetics, and has spent 15 years working at SINTEF (both within energy and ICT). Her strong engagement for the oceans, the development of marine industries and automation has led to a considerable body of research in the areas of petroleum and aquaculture. She also sits on several boards (NTNU TTO, SINTEF Ocean, NIVA, Subsea Valley).
Maren Hjorth Bauer, CEO and Co-founder of Katapult Ocean:
Maren is passionate about helping ambitious startups make a positive impact in our oceans. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Katapult Ocean with a mission to support and invest in startups solving the challenges in the oceans and finding new sustainable opportunities. Prior to that she has had international management positions with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Orkla and McKinsey & Co working across all continents. Her focus is strategy, business development and commercialization, and she is an active advisor to several startups. Maren has a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics and Bachelor's Degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. She loves traveling, exploring new cultures and adventures.
Vegar Johansen, President/CEO at SINTEF Ocean AS:
Vegar has an MSc in Engineering cybernetics from NTNU in 1997 and a PhD in Marine cybernetics from 2007. He has worked with business development and applied research in various roles within ocean industries since 1998. With special focus on technology development, he has contributed to the development of products and solutions in several sectors, including fisheries, aquaculture and offshore marine operations. Vegar is also keen to realise the potentials of new ocean industries, and works hard to find and develop opportunities present in our resource-rich ocean areas.
Siri M. Kalvig, CEO Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS:
Siri M. Kalvig holds a Master of Science in Meteorology and has a PhD in offshore wind technology. Prior to her position in Nysnø, Siri headed the research network for clean energy at the University of Stavanger. She has founded several businesses and is actively engaged in finance and start-up companies within environmental technology. Siri began her career as a weather presenter at TV2. Together with TV2 she then established what went on to become the leading global provider of weather intelligence, StormGeo.
Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact on Ocean:
Henriksen was CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association from 2008 to 2017. Prior to this, he served as partner/senior executive at Accenture Management Consulting. In addition to ten years of experience from cross industry management consulting, his professional career includes positions in the EU Commission Services (Brussels), EFTA (Geneva), the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Norwegian defence forces. His educational background comprises a Cand.oecon (Master of Economics) from the University of Oslo, Army Officer School, the BI Institute of Business Administration, the Norwegian Defence College and INSEAD (France).
Cecilie Mauritzen, Senior Researcher Oceans & Ice, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute:
Cecilie is a physical oceanographer, and specialises in large scale ocean currents and climate change in the oceans. She has explored the Atlantic ocean from the Equator to the Arctic, both on field trips and through the use of autonomous research platforms. Cecilie has been a member of the UN Climate Panel since 2006. She is a member of the Norwegian Board of Technology and the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.
Maria Amelie, moderator Ocean entrepreneur:
Maria Amelie is an award-winning writer of four books on immigration, freedom of speech and entrepreneurship. Her life goal is to disrupt narratives. Either it is through her work with blockchain in Blockchangers, or as a writer and founder of Startup Migrants, a think tank on how migrant founders are boosting Europe`s and world`s economy. Her first book came out when she was 24 years old. It led to a huge debate and a movement on refugees and contributed to a law change on immigration in Norway (Lex Amelie). At 29, she became Best Startup Journalist for her articles on growing ecosystem in the Nordics. In 2015 she took a leap of faith and started her own company, crowdfunded and published her 4th book on successful Norwegian tech-founders and their best advice, or as many call it the Startup Bible. She is also a sought after public speaker and have spoken at TedX, Google, Circle of Top European Communicators, Heroes Conference, BI Business School, Police School. In 2018 Amelie was a fellow of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative, a program of the U.S.Department of State in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Elisabeth Grieg, Chairman, Grieg Star:
Elisabeth Grieg is part owner of the Grieg Group, chairwoman at Grieg Maturitas, Grieg Star and sits on several boards within the group. She is the deputy leader for G2 Ocean AS and a board member at TGS Nopec ASA. She was the first female President of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. Grieg has also been the chairwoman of the Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK) and a board member at Nordea AB, Norsk Hydro and Statoil. Grieg is known for her strong social engagement through her work as a board member on both SOS Children’s Villages in Norway and the Grieg Foundation. She is a recognised business leader with a strong engagement in sustainable business development and a passion for the fight against climate change.
Kristian Johnsen, CEO LetSea AS:
Kristian Johnsen has been the CEO of LetSea since 2001. He has a master’s degree in biology from NTNU, and an MBA from UIN. LetSea is located in Helgeland and has in later years become an important provider of applied research and testing for the aquaculture sector. Their most important customers are fish farm companies, research institutions, the fish feed industry, providers of raw materials and equipment providers. LetSea is Norway’s largest privately owned research station and runs more than 200 research units in on-shore tanks and small-scale pens. They also offer research in full-scale pens. LetSea won the “Growth in the North” award and the 2017 “Gaselleprisen” thanks to their increased activities, focus areas and economic results.
Kjetil Bøhn, CEO and founder of Quantafuel:
Kjetil Bøhn, CEO, is the founder of Agrinos AS, a leading biology company within the agricultural sector with 150 employees in 10 countries. He was previously CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of the company. Mr. Bøhn has been an entrepreneur for 15 years, and holds a Master’s degree from the Norwegian Business School in Bergen. Mr. Bøhn has extensive international experience from several board positions in both Norwegian and international companies. Mr. Bøhn is a Norwegian citizen living in Oslo.
Sven J. Kolstø, CEO OptoScale AS:
Sven has founded two companies, and has led several startups. He won the E24 award “Innovator of the Year”. Sven studied Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU and is a partner at CoFounder Management, a Trondheim-based investment firm focusing on tech companies with a large growth potential.
Arild Sæle, CCO ScanReach:
Arild is founder of ScanReach. With a strong technical background and commercial focus, Arild has extensive experience in developing and commercializing digital solutions for demanding markets.
Åsmund Heir, co-founder and CEO of RagnaRock Geo:
Åsmund Heir is co-founder and CEO of RagnaRock Geo - a company that develops AI tools for geoscientists. He is also completing his studies of Industrial Economics at NTNU and does philanthropy work as a board member at Brighter Tomorrow.
Karoline Andaur, Deputy CEO WWF Norway:
Karoline Andaur graduated as a social anthropologist from the University of Oslo, and has worked with WWF since 2009. She previously worked for the Norwegian parliament’s committee administration. After leading WWF Norway’s marine programme for many years, Karoline is now the organisation’s Deputy CEO. Karoline was in charge of WWF’s business sector work during a particularly exciting period: How do we achieve the green change? And how do we reach the UN’s new sustainability goals for 2030? The world faces challenges that demand cooperation across borders and sectors. Everything is linked. Karoline is known within the seafood sector for being an important critical voice and sometimes partner. Karoline also works with WWF’s international ocean programme, and represents WWF internationally at various ocean forums.
Pia Ve Dahlen, Marine biologist and Academic leader, Passion for Ocean:
Pia graduated as a marine biologist from the University of Bergen, and has spent the past decade teaching about everything that moves below the surface to pretty much everyone – from kindergarten children and all the way up to master’s degree students. She is the Academic Director and one of the founders of Passion for Ocean; an organisation applying a positive approach to the spreading of knowledge and research in order to inspire individuals to do what is necessary to save our environment. Pia enjoys everything that moves sideways, prefers the mountains to the city and finds it difficult to breathe if she stays for too long on dry land. She is an ambassador for the Infinitum Movement, Kystlotteriet, and Nordic Ocean Watch. Right now she is working with the development of iHavet, a knowledge platform aimed at gathering all ocean knowledge in one place.
Aleksander Nordahl, photo journalist at Dagens Næringsliv and free diver:
Aleksander Nordahl has worked as a photo journalist since the early 1990s. He has worked for NTB, Dagbladet and Dagens Næringsliv. Nordahl has won a string of national and international photography awards. Last year he won Picture of the Year (2016) for the second time in his career with an image from Aleppo in Syria – working for DN Lørdag. He has always had a passion for life under the surface, and has been diving for as long as he has been a photo journalist. In the past five years, he has been focusing exclusively on free diving, and has brought his camera with him for his project “In One Breath”. The pictures from his Instagram account @freedivingnorway are now for sale and will be exhibited around Norway. He will be talking about his project and show pictures and video from his travels in Norwegian waters where everything happens “In One Breath”.
Kaja Lønne Fjærtoft, moderator Young in the Ocean:
Kaja Lønne Fjærtoft is a marine biologist and holds a Master’s degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Kaja is a strong believer in the importance of science communication and interdisciplinary work. During her time as a student she has interned with GRID-Arendal and the James Cook University Research Aquarium, and worked with science communication and educational technology through maps, presentations and Virtual Reality.
Karoline Sjødal Olsen, CEO Blue Lice:
Karoline Sjødal Olsen graduated from Marine Technology at NTNU in 2017. She is one of the four founders of Blue Lice, and the company’s CEO. Blue Lice develops salmon lice traps for the aquaculture sector, and won Petter Stordalen’s Strawberry Million in 2017. Karoline won the pitching competition She Future in 2017 and was one of the finalists at Innovation Norway’s Female entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. She is also on the board of TEKNA Aquaculture and Fish Health (TEKNA Havbruk og Fiskehelse). Photo: Charlotte Wiig.
Bjørn K. Haugland, EVP & CSO, DNV GL Group:
Bjørn K. Haugland is Executive Vice President and the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in DNV GL Group. He is responsible for DNV-GL Group's sustainability agenda and he is the Chairman of DNV GL Corporate Sustainability Board. Haugland has over 20 years of management experience in all DNV-GL business units including 6 years of assignments for DNV GL in Asia (Korea and China).
Tor-Håkon Hellebostad, CFO Globus AI:
Tor is one of the four Globus AI founders. In addition to project management roles and being a “link” between business and advanced analytics in implementation projects, he is also the CFO of the company. A background from finance and management consulting, combined with data science & AI competence, make him well equipped to spot technological opportunities and understand user needs, while maintaining a clear business case focus. He is enthusiastic about developing Globus AI and using our competence for social good. Prior to establishing Globus AI, he worked in Equinor (Previously Statoil), where Tor was part of the team initiating and implementing a “Center of Excellence for Data Science and AI” across the company. Once the team was set up, he worked there as project manager and data scientist, both leading and implementing AI projects and applications. He was recruited into the company’s leadership program and worked three years as a “corporate management trainee” in different roles, including Operations and Maintenance, Valuations and M&A activities, and in the Program Management Office of the company’s corporate wide transformation program, Statoil Technical Efficiency Programme (STEP).
Sigrid Bratlie, Senior advisor at the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board:
Sigrid Bratlie studied Molecular Biology at the University of Glasgow and Imperial College London, UK. She holds a Phd from the Institute for Cancer Research at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, for which she was awarded the Kings gold medal in 2015. Sigrid now works as a Senior advisor at the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, where she closely follows the cutting edge of biotech R&D, in particular gene technologies such as CRISPR. One of her main activities is science communication and public dialogue with a focus on both scientific, ethical and societal aspects.
Thor Hukkelås, Director Business Development Aquaculture, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Subsea Division:
Thor has an MSc Engineering Cybernetics at the NTNU in 1976 and holds to-day a position as Director Business Development Aquaculture. Thor has close to 40 years of experience in designing and leading software intensive R&D project in the area of Guidance, Navigation & Control, including Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems for ships. Thor has a strong engagement for the oceans and he now works with the development of the next generation of sustainable open ocean aquaculture systems as demonstrated by Ocean Farm 1. Thor believes that developing good decision support systems and to focus on “how to maintain the human in the loop” is especially important when highly automated systems are introduced.
Terje Wahl, Deputy Director General at Norwegian Space Center:
Terje Wahl is heading the department for Space Applications. He is representing Norway in several space committees in European Space Agency and the European Union.
Wahl was born in 1957, the same year that the Space Age started with the launch of Sputnik-1. Before joining the Norwegian Space Centre, Wahl was project leader for R&D activities in satellite remote sensing at Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). His speciality there was satellites that can observere through the clouds and during night time. Wahl has also been teaching and supervising students at the University of Oslo.
Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Hywind Development in New Energy Solutions:
Sebastian Bringsværd is heading up Hywind Development in Equinor's business area of New energy solutions,– focusing on developing and deploying floating wind worldwide. Bringsværd has previously been responsible for energy storage and started the Batwind Project, now installed at Hywind Scotland. He has for the last 13 years held different positions within the Statoil/Equinor group – mainly within the R&D, international business area and corporate staff. Bringsværd has been heading up the Innovation Network in Statoil, as well as working two years as the Office manager for Statoil Iran. Bringsværd has lived and worked abroad for several years in his career. He holds a Master in Political science from University of Oslo, and a Business Master from Lancaster University in the UK.
Daniel Skjeldam, CEO Hurtigruten:
Daniel Skjeldam (42) is CEO of the Norwegian world leading expedition cruise line Hurtigruten, where he started in October 2012. Hurtigruten is one of Norway's largest travel industry companies. The company operates 14 cruise vessels along the Norwegian coast, as well as in the waters of Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Antarctica, the Amazon Rainforest and Arctic Canada, in addition to hotels and other travel related business. Skjeldam holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (Siviløkonom) from NHH - Norwegian School of Economics. Previously Skjeldam served as Chief Commercial Officer of Norwegian, Europe's third largest low-cost airline, where he was part of the start-up team in 2002. Before joining Norwegian, Skjeldam worked as a business consultant and also as an officer in the Norwegian Army. Skjeldam has board experience from several companies in sectors like finance, tourism and transportation.
Gjermund Bjaanes, CTO Empower:
Gjermund Bjaanes is the CTO at Empower, which works to solve the plastic waste problem. He wants to use innovation and new technology to help solve the major problems facing the world now and in the years to come. Gjermund studied computer engineering, and has spent the past few years working with development and innovation. Empower is a great example of how disruptive technology, enthusiasm and social entrepreneurship can create something new and groundbreaking which can simultaneously solve several problems which were previously unsolvable one by one.
Sondre Hansmark, leader of Unge Venstre – the Young Liberals of Norway
Sondre has been the leader of Unge Venstre – the Young Liberals of Norway – since 2017, and plans to carry on for one more year. Earlier he was a third candidate to represent Hordaland in the Norwegian parliament, and the leader of Bergen Unge Venstre. He has a bachelor’s degree in comparative politics from the University of Bergen. Sondre is passionate about justice between generations, and that our planet should be left in the same state to our children as it was when we inherited it. Sondre was born and grew up in Askøy, and enjoys quiz, beer and piano.
Daniel Skjevik-Aasberg, first deputy leader of Unge Høyre – the Norwegian Young Conservatives
Daniel heads Unge Høyre's committee for climate and environmental politics. He studies law at the University of Oslo, and is also advisor to the Conservative Party on labour and social politics. Daniel grew up in the coastal municipality of Ballangen in Nordland, and is member of the municipal council and its executive committee. He is passionate about the development of Norwegian marine businesses, and works to secure a more sustainable use of the oceans.
Line Ellingsen, CEO of Ellingsen Seafood
Line Ellingsen runs one of Northern Norway’s leading salmon businesses, from an island in the middle the Vestfjorden where logistically speaking you should not establish your own slaughterhouse.
She studied fisheries economics and economics and business administration at the Nord University in Bodø and at École Supérieure de Commerce in Marseille.
When her father died in 1997, Line was thrown into the leader’s chair at a young age, and since then she has turned the company into a key player in the salmon industry.
Line has been deputy leader of the Norwegian Seafood Council, and has held a range of positions in the trade organisation the Norwegian Seafood Federation.
Ina Libak, deputy leader AUF, the Workers’ Youth League (incoming leader)
Ina Libak is deputy leader of AUF, the Workers’ Youth League (incoming leader), and has earlier been on the central board. She is a bachelor of social services graduate, and a member of the Akershus county council, sits on the county executive board and is the main representative for education and skills.
Johan Brand, creative technology entrepreneur and co-founder of Kahoot!
Johan is a creative technology entrepreneur based in Oslo, Norway. Known as a visionary and an agitator, he connects ideas and people to act as a catalyst for innovation.
Famous for co-founding Kahoot!, and under his leadership it grew from a research project to a company that capturedmore than half of US K-12 classrooms, as well as millions of business and social users.
He initiated E/One as a project to enable people to protect and exploit our oceans for the betterment of the world - by falling in love through the experience of sailing, a social activity with zero emissions, working with the elements.
Ivan Metrikin , CTO and co-founder of Globus.ai
Ivan is the CTO and co-founder of Globus.ai, a Norwegian data science and artificial intelligence company situated in Oslo, Stavanger and London. He is a data scientist and full-stack software developer and has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He holds a MSc in Statistical Signal Processing and a BSc in Fundamental Physics.
Before starting Globus.ai he was working in several leadership and technical roles at Equinor, including being an advisor to the Chief Digital Officer supporting establishment of Equinor’s Digital Center of Excellence.
Jan Roger Lerbukt, CEO Hermes AS
Jan Roger Lerbukt has been the CEO of the trawler company Hermes AS since 2009. As leader, he has turned the family shipping company into a leading player when it comes to the use of modern fisheries technology, with a strong focus on openness and communication.
Two of Hermes AS’ main pillars are continuously developing modern methods for a traditional company, and actively telling the history about the boat and ocean fisheries. This is the starting point for the company’s project Welcome on Board, where people can meet the captain and the crew onboard, through live sound and video via satellite – between the vessel far out in the Barents Sea and different onshore localities.
Amund Djuve Editor in Chief and CEO, Dagens Næringsliv
Amund Djuve is a Norwegian journalist and newspaper editor. He graduated in business administration (siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics. In 1999 he was appointed chief editor for the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. .
Kjetil Bragli Alstadheim is the political editor at Dagens Næringsliv
Kjetil B. Alstadheim started his journalistic career at Klassekampen in 1991, joined Aftenposten in 1995 and has been at DN since 1996.
He has received several Norwegian language awards (Riksmålsforbundets Gullpennen, NTB’s language prize and Den store journalistprisen). He headed the parliamentary press corps for four years and has also been the union rep at DN.
Vidar Helgesen is Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Vidar Helgesen was Minister of European Affairs 2013-2015 and Minister of Climate and Environment 2015-2018.
A lawyer by training, Helgesen has been Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a Special Advisor to the President of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
An-Magritt Ryste, Program Manager Autonomy, Kongsberg Maritime
An-Magritt Tinlund Ryste is Program Manager for Kongsberg Maritime’s strategic area maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS). The program covers development of technology and products for automated and unmanned vessels and shore control centers. The goal is to enable safe and sustainable solutions through technology, with Yara Birkeland as the world’s first unmanned vessel.
An-Magritt holds a Master of Science in Marine Technology from Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, NTNU. She started in Kongsberg Maritime as a maritim trainee, a two-year trainee program hosted by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. After the trainee period, An-Magritt worked with Kongsberg Maritime’s global offshore projects and continued as department manager of the drilling automation team. An-Magritt then turned towards innovation and research projects as project manager within the technology division in Kongsberg Maritime before taking on the current role as program manager for autonomy.
The development of maritime autonomous surface ships sits at the heart of pioneering technology building on Norway’s proud history as a strong maritime nation, in close collaboration with legislative bodies and political will.
Lisa Emelia Svensson, Global Director for Ocean, United Nations Environment
Lisa Emelia Svensson is a Swedish and American taught environmental and economical doctor with a PhD in political economy. She has over 18 years of international experience working in public sector on a broad range of national, regional and international sustainability issues, working closely with private sector, civil society, academia and media alike.
Dr Svensson is a trained diplomat and been in the Swedish Foreign Service since 2002. As a national expert on sustainability to the EU, she was the lead negotiator for the sustainable development chapters in EU´s Free Trade Agreements for ASEAN, MERCOSUR, the Economic Partnership Agreements and the Partnership and the Partnership Cooperation Agreement with China.
As Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility starting in 2010, she engaged with private sector as to enhance public-private partnerships. Dr Svensson was Sweden’s chief negotiator during the revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Based on her result-oriented work engaging with private sector, Dr Svensson was designated the talent of the year in 2012 by a leading Swedish business newspaper.
As Sweden’s Ambassador for Ocean, Seas and Freshwater she initiated and expanded the international foreign policy’s and put Sweden on the map in the ocean community. Moving to UN Environment she is currently the UN Environment’s Ambassador for Ocean, where she leads the work on global ocean issues; addressing marine pollution, coral reefs, sustainable blue economy, ocean interlinkages to climate change and ocean governance.
She has been posted in New York, Washington D.C., Stockholm, Brussels, Nairobi, and Paris. She was a Diplomat-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, in U.S. where she conducted research on technology and innovation to combat climate change.
She holds a PhD in political economy.