H.E. Dr Koh Poh Koon serves as Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Trade & Industry and the Ministry of National Development in Singapore. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015, and was appointed Senior Minister of State in 2017. Dr Koh focuses on research and development and Entrepreneurship matters, and is the patron of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).
As Minister of Fisheries, H.E. Mr Per Sandberg is responsible for fisheries and aquaculture management, seafood safety, fish health and welfare, framework conditions for the seafood trade and market access for Norwegian seafood. Mr Sandberg has been a member of Parliament for Nord-Trøndelag county since 1997, and First Vice Chair of the Norwegian Progress Party since 2006.
H.E. Ambassador Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore; Special Adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies; and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). In 2006, he received the Champion of the Earth Award from UNEP. He was conferred with honorary doctoral degrees in law by Yale and Monash Universities.
H. E. Anita Nergaard is Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore. The Ambassador joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1995 and has had various postings since. Prior to her arrival in Singapore in August 2017, Ambassador Nergaard served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to NATO in Brussels. She holds a PhD Study Programme degree and a Master’s degree in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics.
Mr. Leonard Stornes is the President of the Norwegian Business Association (Singapore), and the Managing Director of NHST Media Group Asia, owner of Dagens Næringsliv, TradeWinds, Upstream, Intrafish, Recharge, Mynewsdesk and Nautisk. He is a member of the Governing Council at the European Chamber of Commerce. Mr Stornes holds an MBA from Henley Business School and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.
Mr Teymoor Nabili is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker with a 25 year track record of presenting, writing and editing news and current affairs. He has launched and hosted high profile programmes for TV networks including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Channel 4, and has reported on location from events like, 9/11, the Asian tsunami, and the Japan nuclear meltdown.
Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at RSIS. She is a Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies-Indonesian Institute of Sciences and was the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities-LIPI from 2001 to 2010. Prof Anwar has an M.A. and B.A. (Hons) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne in 1990.
Mr Berge is the COO and Co-founder of Antler. He was previously with McKinsey, focusing primarily on strategic and operational improvements in the retail, consumer goods and financial serving industries. Mr Berge has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also co-founder of one of the largest on-demand doctor services in the Nordics.
As Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Washington DC, Mr Bhaskaran is the Founding CEO of Singapore’s subsidiary Centennial Asia Advisors. He coordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides analysis of Asian political and macro-economic trends for investment institutions, government agencies and companies with interests in Asia.
Mr Julian Bray is the Editor-in-Chief of TradeWinds. He started his career as a business journalist, with particular specialisation in shipping, insurance and energy markets. After helping found TradeWinds in 1990, he worked for national magazines, newspapers and the Reuters news agency, before returning to TradeWinds.
Mr Kjøl is the Senior Vice President and Head of Group Public & Regulatory Affairs for Telenor Group. He joined Telenor in 1995 and has gained extensive international experience. For the last 17 years, Mr Kjøl, based in Singapore, has assumed a key role in managing Telenor’s Asian business environment including regulatory and public affairs, government relations, corporate communications and sustainability.
Mr Haakon Brunell is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Katapult Accelerator, an investment and development programme for impact-tech startups globally. Mr Brunell was formerly Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company serving clients in Europe, Africa and Asia, holding global leadership positions within energy, PE and innovation. Other experience includes NBIM (Norwegian Petroleum Fund), entrepreneurship, and angel investments.
Mr Chiang is the director of Ocean Shipping Consultants. He started in the maritime industry in 2001, working in various roles in PSA International, a global container terminal operator. His career in maritime consultancy started in 2010 as a consultant for port due diligence assignments. Mr Chiang holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr Eggan is the CEO of NTNU Technology Transfer, which main objective is to create value out of research and ideas from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Central Norway Regional Health Authority. The company works with researchers wanting to develop their ideas, technologies and inventions into opportunities that are attractive to industry, investors and the society at large.
Andreas Ehn is a board member and angel investor in several companies. He is frequently hired as an advisor by promising startups, venture capital funds and corporates. Previously he was Spotify’s first employee and chief technology officer (CTO), where he brought together the world-class tech team that designed and built the platform and product for the music service. Before Spotify he worked for the Swedish online-gaming company Stardoll. He is Wrapp’s co-founder and was its CTO until fall 2014.
Mr Ellingsen is a partner at Simonsen Vogt & Wiig, and works mainly on assignments within the shipping and offshore sector. He has particular extensive experience with shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts. Mr Ellingsen also has substantial experience with public procurement processes. Expertise: Shipping, litigation and arbitration, public procurement. He worked two years in Singapore. Publications: Getting the Deal Through Shipping (2018).
Mr Fettkenheuer is Head of Digitalisation at BW Maritime, and started his career with an Oil Major, participating in the commissioning and start-up of a petrochemical complex. His journey within shipping started in 2009, when he set up a maintenance philosophy and systems for a group active in engineering and operations of offshore and in LPG/LNG shipping units.
Since joining Telenor 14 years ago, Mr Furberg, Head of Emerging Asia Cluster at Telenor Group, has held a number of senior management positions within the company, including dtac’s CFO and Chief Marketing Officer, where he oversaw product development, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Telenor he held senior positions with the Norwegian Parliament and Norwegian Ministry of Finance.
Mr Are Gløersen is the Director of Tronrud Engineering. He holds an MSC in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and has 15 years’ experience in Solar PV, automation and business management from Norway and Singapore with corresponding region. Roles include local directorships, a CEO position, partner in a seafood startup and representative for a handful other companies in the renewables and IT arena.
Mr Grimeland, CEO and Founder of Antler, was one of the Co-Founders and the Regional Managing Director of Zalora. After the Zalora acquisition by Global Fashion Group (GFG), he became CEO of GFG, and was responsible for strategic market initiatives and rolling out GFG's Marketplace across 26 countries in SEA, the Americas, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Oceania.
Ms Nidhi Gupta is currently the CEO and co-founder of Portcast, a logistics technology start-up in Singapore which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide predictive analytics for logistics companies. She has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore and Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering, and is passionate about digitisation and innovation in the supply chain and logistics industry.
Mr Henæs is regional Director Asia in Innovation Norway. Prior to this he was director of Innovation Norway’s office in Hanoi, Vietnam. His background is from the maritime business, and he has been working with Asia for more than 20 years. He is also board member in Singapore Norway Chamber of Commerce. Innovation Norway’s nine offices in Asia is contributing to development and growth of Norwegian businesses in the region.
Ms Huang Shao-Ning is a Serial Investor, and a Partner and Managing Director at AngelCentral. AngelCentral started as a community in Feb 2017 to facilitate angel investments in Singapore. The community grew rapidly, and helped raised 2+M for 14 start-ups within ten months. She meets with around 5-7 startups weekly as a possible investor and also shares her experiences.
Mr Stefan Jung is Managing Partner at Venturra Capital, a USD 150 million fund focused on Southeast Asia. Previously he was a Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures and Founder and Managing Director of Rocket Internet Southeast Asia, where he co-founded amongst others Zalora and Lazada. Before that, he was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. Mr Jung studied at the Copenhagen Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tsinghua University in Beijing and London Business School.
Mr Nima Karimi is the CEO and Co-founder of the Fintech company Finmarket – a digital loan broker platform. Mr Karimi has extensive experience in Insuretech and Fintech, working in business development within Insurance and Finance for more than 10 years. In recent years Nima has launched products within almost every area of Fintech possible, including credit cards, savings, pensions, PFM-apps, mortgages and SME-financing.
Dr Ayesha Khanna is the CEO and Co-Founder of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. Dr Khanna is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, and SmartDubai, which is transforming the city's governance and service delivery. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia.
Mr Klippgen is one of the Managing Partners at Cocoon Capital, and is the co-founder of price comparison site Zoomit.com. Zoomit.com was later merged with Kelkoo.com, and sold to Yahoo in 2004 - in one of Europe’s largest internet transactions. Mr Klippgen has since become an angel investor, investing in more than 25 startups in Singapore.
Mr Krogh, Director and Founder of Investigate, has an extensive background from investments and venture capital. He has gained experience across four continents; Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, with considerable insight and network as a result. Starting as an equity analyst at one of Norway’s largest funds, he followed the tech sector from day one; from the infancy of Amazon and Google to more recent development of disrupting tech companies.
Mr Kenneth Lim is the Chief Technology Officer at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), seconded from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) where his previous role was Cluster Director of the Finance, National Development and Transport clusters. His professional experience covers sectors in the Sea Port, Logistics IT and Energy industries.
Mr Morten Lind-Olsen has been the CEO for Dualog since 1998 and brings decades of international experience from the communications and software industry. Morten holds a degree in IT and Communications from the Arctic University, and is renowned for his customer driven leadership. The Dualog Digital Platform at Sea - a key contributor to digitalisation within shipping, is used on board more than 3000 ships worldwide.
Mr Nakul Malhotra, Vice President Technical Solutions & Marketing Marine Products, is instrumental in Wilhemsen Ship Service’s digitalisation strategy. With a passion for innovation, he encourages the use of design thinking and digital methodologies. Supporting a renewed focus on customer co-creation and speed of execution for product development, he is an active proponent of the positive role automation and robotics can play in operations.
Mr Mørseth, CEO of DigitalNorway, has since the age of 14 held different positions within media, on both the editorial and commercial side. Before DigitalNorway, he was Chief Editor of Adresseavisen and member of the management team at Polaris Media (OSE:POL). He holds a degree in business and economics and an MBA, and has previously lived two years in China.
Mr Næss is the director of Entrepreneurs and Startups at Innovation Norway (IN). Prior to this, Mr Næss was the Director of IN in Toronto, Canada, after working as an advisor at IN Oslo. He is an entrepreneur, familiar with the demands of being a founder. He is part of the founding team of Gelato, formerly Optimalprint, one of Norway’s most successful international tech-companies.
Ms Angeline Poh is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry Development) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). She leads the IMDA’s effort to develop a vibrant infocomm & media ecosystem that powers Singapore’s Digital Economy. She also oversees the development and implementation of the IMDA’s public service content strategies and initiatives.
Mr Sohmen-Pao is the former CEO of BW Group, now Chairman. From its origins as a dry bulk and tanker company, BW has completed multiple acquisitions. Mr Sohmen-Pao is currently Chairman of Singapore Maritime Foundation. He graduated from Oxford University in England with an honours degree in Oriental Studies, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr Mathias (老马) Steck is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager - Digital Consulting and Smart Cities, Asia at DNV GL - Digital Solutions. He and his team are driving DNV GL's services towards Cyber Security, Smart Cities & Ports, Digital Development and DNV GL's Digital Platform Business Veracity in Asia - from DNV GL's Digital Hub in Singapore.
Mr Jon Eivind Stø is Partner at nHack – the Nordic VC Fund and Accelerator bridging Nordic companies to China and Asia. Mr Stø has spent more than 10 years in China as investor, co-founder of Chinese companies, and advisor for Chinese private and state-owned enterprises. He has also served as Head of the Commercial Section at the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou.
Mr Abraham Thomas was appointed to the role of Country Managing Director of IBM Singapore in October 2017. Prior to this, he has held several roles at IBM. In his current role, he is responsible for the business and operations of IBM in Singapore. In 2001 he was named one of the Top 10 IT Executives of the Year by the IT Nation Business Review magazine.
Ms Elisabeth Tørstad is the CEO for DNV GL Digital Solutions. She is based in Norway and is a Member of the Executive Committee for the DNV GL Group. Ms Tørstad has two decades in management positions in DNV GL. She has a cross disciplinary background and has held management positions with global responsibilities within the maritime, oil & gas and renewable energy industries.
Mr Tran is the Head of Digitalisation & Innovation for Large Corporates and International at DNB Bank ASA. He is responsible for the design and implementation of collaborative business models to drive better outcomes for the bank and its customers, and defines new ways of working through innovative methodologies and drive change management. Mr Tran is passionate about solving customer problems and using technology to identify business possibilities.