Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is a Norwegian politician, MP for the Conservative Party who has served as Minister of Trade and Industry since 2018. He previously served as Minister of Education and Research. Isaksen was the leader of the Young Conservatives from 2004 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004 he edited the newspaper Xtra, published by the Young Conservatives. Prior to entering politics full-time, Isaksen worked as a freelance journalist.
Rikard Gaarder Knutsen (born 1994) is a Norwegian politician for the Progress Party. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy in January 2019. Knutsen was previously Deputy Minister of Agriculture. He has been active in the Progress Party since age 15 and was elected as the party’s representative to Røyken municipality and the leader of the youth division of the Progress Party in Buskerud county.
Vidar Helgesen currently serves as Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean. Prior to this, Helgesen was Minister of Climate and the Environment (2015-2018), Minister of EEA and EU Affairs (2013-2015) and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Erna Solberg (2013-2015). Helgesen was Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance from 2005 to 2013 and State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2005.
Erik Solheim is the former Minister of Environment and International Development of Norway (2005-2012) and former executive director of UN Environment. Convener Belt and Road international green coalition. Erik Solheim is a well known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. During his ministerial period, he initiated the global program for conservation of rain forests. He brought Norwegian development assistance to 1%, the highest in the world.
Between 2014 and 2017, Dr. Ma served as the Chief Economist at the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)’s Research Bureau and played a groundbreaking role in developing the national green finance policy framework.
Mr. Fu has been Chairman of CNOOC (2003-2011) and served as the Chairman of Sinopec Group from 2011 to 2015. Today, Mr Fu is Executive Vice Chairman of Beijing Energy Club. In December 2014, Mr Fu was on Lloyd’s List named among the most influential people in the shipping industry.
Dr. Zhengrong Shi is one of the most prominent of China’s solar entrepreneurs and is often referred to as China’s Sun King. He has founded and chaired several leading solar companies.
His latest venture is SunMan Energy, using innovative light-weight solar modules that can tap into the unserved market for light-weight rooftop solar power.
Mme Li Yalan organised and completed the study and implementation of natural gas development plan for Beijing Municipality; carried out a large number of coal-to-gas projects; led the compilation of Natural Gas Development Plan of Beijing Municipality from the 9th Five-Year Plan period to the 12th Five-Year Plan period and the Development Strategy Study of Beijing Gas Group Corporate; under her leadership, Beijing Gas Group is developing into an international energy enterprise.
Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for 25 years. He is currently in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. He is also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners.
Harald Solberg took up the position as CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association from 2018. He served as Deputy CEO at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association from 2015 to 2016. Solberg has previously held the position as CEO of Dagsavisen and has also worked as Executive Director at Mentor Media (2005-2011), State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (2003-2005), political advisor to the office of the Prime Minister (2001-2003).
Jotun is a world leading provider of coating solutions to the shipping industry, supporting the industry’s efforts to become greener and be part of a sustainable ocean industry. Jotun is a pioneer in combining coatings with the use of digital tools and solution based services and therefore a natural partner for the shipping industry’s strive to comply with stricter environmental regulations.
Kongsberg is a leading global technology corporation delivering mission-critical solutions with extreme performance for customers that operate under extremely challenging conditions. The group has fulfilled demanding customers’ needs and adapted to changing market conditions throughout its proud 200-year-old history.
Bjørn Tore Markussen is CEO of the Ocean Data Platform Foundation. His latest position was Managing Director for www.veracity.com which is DNV GL’s multisided Industry Data Platform which he held from Veracity’s beginning in late 2016. At year end 2018, he was ranked by Lloyds List one of the top 10 Global Technology leaders within Maritime & Ocean Technologies.
Håkon Haugli is the CEO of Innovation Norway, the government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Prior to joining Innovation Norway, he was the Managing Director of Abelia, the business association of Norwegian knowledge and technology-based enterprises, a part of the Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise (NHO). From 2009 to 2013 he was a Member of Parliament, representing the Labour Party and the Oslo county.
BI Norwegian Business School has a strong presence in China. They run one of China’s highest ranked part-time MBA programs for executives in Shanghai with Fudan University School of Management, and we are in the heart of technology development through our collaboration with Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Ms. Mary Boyd has written for a number of Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including Country Report, China Hand and Business China. She co-authored the Economist Intelligence Unit report: Taking on the Competition: Domestic Companies in China.
Ms. Cheng Lei is one of China’s most eminent business news anchors is confirmed as the MC for Norway Asia Business Summit 2019. Cheng Lei anchors the “Global Business” show on CGTN. CGTN is a Chinese international English-language news channel, similar to CNN International and BBC World News.
James Chau has earned a special reputation for his interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health including Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Aung Sang Suu Kyi. He has also interviewed Winnie Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Robert Mugabe, Christine Lagarde, Mahathir Mohamad, Elton John, Arianna Huffington, Meghan Markle, and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan. He is the host and producer of The China Current with James Chau.
Per Ingvar Olsen is a Professor at Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. His research focus on innovation processes, business networks and industrial dynamics. Over the years, he has been teaching entrepreneurship and scaling of technology start-ups and corporate ventures. He is responsible for the executive program for high tech companies in Zhongguancun Dongsheng International Science Park, Beijing, China – in collaboration with Tsinghua University.
Maren Hjorth Bauer is the CEO and Co-founder of Katapult Ocean. Katapult Ocean invests in and supports ocean tech startups with a positive impact on our oceans. By the end of 2019 they will have invested in 24 startups from all over the world. Maren has held international management positions with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Orkla and McKinsey & Co. Her focus is strategy, business development and commercialisation, and she is an active advisor to several startups.
Liu Xiaosong is an experienced entrepreneur and an excellent investor in China. In 1993, Liu Xiaosong founded Shenzhen Xinli De Electronics and in 2000, he founded China’s first and only digital music industry listed company A8 New Media Group. Since then he has played an entrepreneurial role in building several companies. In 2010 he was named “China’s first ten angel investors“. His areas of interest include online education, social entertainment, consumer upgrades, and artificial intelligence.
Hege Økland has since 2011 been CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech, which is world-leading cluster for clean maritime solutions. The cluster encompasses 100 partner companies that cooperate in the development of new energy-efficient and environmental friendly technologies for the ocean industries. Prior to joining NCE Maritime CleanTech Hege Økland worked in various management positions, including Head of Maritime in research organisation Polytec and Managing Director for the industry development network SNU.
Edgare Kerkwijk has been the Managing Director of Asia Green Capital since 2006 and is currently holding several positions in renewable energy companies in Asia. He is a senior advisor to Shrem Offshore Wind in India and interim-CFO for Sun Electric in Singapore. Prior to these positions, Edgare has founded several renewable energy firms. He also held several senior positions within Rabobank International in Europe and Asia. Edgare serves on the board of the Asia Wind Energy Association.
Anne Lene Dale is the CEO of Global Centre of Expertise NODE. Dale has extensive background from the Norwegian Foreign Service, where she has served as, among other roles, Norway’s ambassador to Mozambique, Head of Section for Economic and Commercial Affairs, and Head of Communications. Dale also has experience from the research sector, as Managing Director of Fafo’s international institute AIS (2008-2010), and as Managing Director of Agderforskning (2010-2012).
Mr. Li was instrumental in drafting and structuring China’s Renewable Energy Law, which was passed in 2005 and spearheaded the country’s spectacular boom in electricity generation from renewable sources. He has been a lifelong advocate of environmental sustainability and has played a critical role in China’s support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Mr. Li is regarded as an independent voice on energy policy issues, repeatedly calling for China to reduce its reliance on coal and to strengthen its renewable power targets.
Owe Hagesæther has more than 30 years of varied experience from Technology Management, Change and Project Management, Top Management and Board positions, International Networking and Business Development, Marketing and Sales Management. He has his experience from branches like Oil & Gas and Energy, Maritime Technology, Banking & Finance, IT & Telecom and Management Consulting. Hagesæther is an entrepreneur and former Founding Partner of Nordic Integrator Group.
Qin Haiyan is the General Secretary of Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), vice-chairman of IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Application (IECRE), Vice Chairman of World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), and Director of China General Certification Center (CGC). He has more than 24 years’ experience in the field of renewable energy certification, testing and inspection, and has been engaged in wind, solar and other renewable energy policies development and technology research.
Nelson Li has more than 15 years of experiences in corporate investment and financing services. He had offered services to a series of leading financial & investment institutions such as China Merchants Bank, Hony Capital and Ping An Innovation Capital and he had also led and participated in a series of investment and financing projects in sectors such as medical care, consumption and high-end manufacture.
Professor Zhu Dequan and his team from BTIRDI is the key architect of the Chinese hydrogen value chain. Mr. Zhu has comprehensive experiences in research and development, enterprise management, investment of industry incubation. Mr. Zhu participated in the founding of Tsinghua Tongfang and Chengzhi Shareholding. He is now the president assistant of Beijing-Tsinghua Industrial Research and Development Institute, the CEO of Beijing Xinhui Technology and he has invested in and incubated a dozens of scientific enterprises.
Dr. William Pan has over 11 years of experience in civil engineering and seven years in offshore wind, specifically in technical due diligence, geotechnical, data interpretation and wind turbine foundation. Dr. Pan is currently the Head of Section for DNV GL’s offshore wind team in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and was previously a project manager in DNV GL’s UK and APAC teams.
Liv A. Hovem is passionate about the energy transition and works extensively with technologies and solutions geared towards enabling the energy transition and the role of gas in the sustainable future energy mix. Her technical background is risk and probabilistic modelling, hydrodynamics and structures. Her leadership background includes strategy development and execution, innovation management, leading through change and organisational development. She has served on the board of several research organisations.
Knut M. Aanstad is Vice President for Offshore Wind Project Origination in Equinor. Knut has extensive experience from the international oil and gas business and has since 2006 been involved in the development of Equinor’s offshore wind projects in Europe and the US. Knut holds a MSc in geology from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Alexander Aukner has spent the last six years as a top ranked equity analyst at DNB Markets in Oslo, Norway, where he covers ten listed seafood stocks with a combined market cap of more than NOK 260 billion. The coverage includes companies like Mowi, Lerøy Seafood, SalMar, Bakkafrost, Salmones Camanchaca to mention a few. Prior to joining DNB Markets, Alexander worked eight years as an analyst and portfolio manager.
A remarkable former government official from the Ministry of Marine Affairs in Indonesia, who is well-respected in the national and international arena for his leadership, dedication and commitment to marine conservation and sustainable resource use
Prof. Sun Yuqing’s research focuses on marine engineering and ship mechanical and electrical integration. Prof. Sun Yuqing also serves as a member of the National Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a member of several sub-committees under the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Transport Ministry. Finally, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the 5th Cross-Straits Shipping Exchange Association.
Mr. Steven Cheng joined the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in 2007. During his tenure at MIDA, he has served in various capacities with MIDA’s foreign offices, followed by positions covering the ASEAN region, China and USA. In August 2019, he was posted to Shanghai and is currently covering 11 Provinces in China, from Shanghai up to Qinghai with a mission to promote investment into Malaysia.
Tina is VP of Elane Inc. in charge of Big Data Products. Elane is a Chinese technology and information provider for shipping, supply chain and commodity trading industries. Prior joining Elane, Tina worked with Drewry Shipping Consultant in London, Singapore and Shanghai. She is a managing committee member of Young Professionals in Shipping PRC, a non-profit organisation, which brings young talent in the shipping community together to become the next generation’s leaders.
Cilia Holmes Indahl is CEO of Katapult, a group of companies that invests in scalable tech solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining Katapult, Cilia worked as Sustainability Director in Aker BioMarine and trainee at the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations. She is also Co-founder of Sustainability Hub Norway and member of the Nordic Council’s Environmental Prize Committee.
Torgeir Kydland joined Hydro Oil & Energy in 1984. In 1996, he joined the Exploration & Production management team, as Vice President for the Oseberg Field Asset, became Senior Vice President for the Troll Field Asset in 1999 and Head of all of Hydro’s Oil and Gas Operations in 2001. In 2014, Torgeir Kydland was appointed President Equinor in Russia and in 2018, Vice President for Long Term Business Development at Equinor.
Shandong Marine Group is China’s third largest shipowner and has substantial business relations with Norwegian companies.
Lan Shi is the founder and CEO of Y-CITY Innovation Academy. She is also the chairperson of Xinjiang Historical Hetian Jade Museum, co-chair of Hyde Capital, the founder of Spaceyun, and the executive secretary-in-general of China Education 30 Forum. She is experienced and resourceful in education, technology, venture capital, and consulting sectors. She was the Partner at Cybernaut (China) Investment and had worked for HP, Hewitt, and Towers Perrin as consulting manager and director.
Stephanie Yang Shao joined Trina Solar as Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2010. Prior to that, she worked in multiple Fortune 500 companies in the US, including Colgate Palmolive, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Dun Bradstreet in roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of HR, Marketing and Business Development.
Heidi Wiig is a Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at BI-Norwegian Business School, holding an MA in Political Science with a major in International Political Economy from the University of Oslo, and a PhD in Economic Geography from Lund University, Sweden. She holds the position as Associate Dean for BI’s operations in China, with a special responsibility for the BI-Fudan MBA programme and the BI-Tsinghua Educational Program for Entrepreneurs.
Yang Hui has a Ph.D. in Radio and Television Arts from Beijing Normal University and is an experienced media professional. She is the Former Vice Director of Hunan Satellite TV Program Center, Project Manager of CNBC China. Member of Shanghai CPPCC, and Vice President of Shanghai Women’s Federation. Ms Yang is a leading personality in television content in China, dedicated to media innovation and innovative management and research.
Frode Skaar studied Industrial Automation at NTNU in Trondheim, and has more than 20 years experience from Automation, IT, R&D and shipping. For the last five years Skaar have been working to develop new green solutions for the maritime industry for Westcon Power & Automation (WPA). WPA is a world leading system integrator for hybrid- and all-electric propulsion systems and the system integrator for the world’s first ferry driven by liquid hydrogen.
Buli Leng is serving on the Board of Directors of Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway and currently director of Guangdong Chu Kong Shipping and chairman of Guangdong Sinoway Composite Materials Mr. Leng was appointed executive director and deputy general manager of the Chu Kong Shipping Company in 2018, mainly responsible for fleet construction, ship building and repairing and brand building. Mr. Leng is a certified senior engineer with over 30 years of experience.
Mr. Cash Zhou was once responsible for sales and market management in the domestic famous Hercuules Logistics Corp. Mr. Cash Zhou has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international logistics. He has successfully established the platform ‘YQNlink, which is one of the earliest market pioneers in the “Internet + international logistics” field. Mr. Cash Zhou was honoured with the China Logistics Industry Award for his role as China Logistics Entrepreneurship Leader in 2017.
Torleif Stokke is the Managing Director of Servogear AS. Stokke joined the company in 2011. Servogear is the leading manufacturer of Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) systems for Fast Ferries, Offshore Vessels, Yachts and Wind Farm Service Boats. From 2003 to 2007, Stokke was managing director for Amundsen Diving. After graduating with a degree in Marine Technology/Shipbuilding from Bergen University College, Stokke has held several positions with Wärtsilä Norway.
Shen Kaiyan, Ph.D. in Economics. She is a Research Professor amd Director of the Institute of Economics, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as well as Vice President of the Shanghai Economics Association. She has been a visiting scholar some of the world’s most prestigious universities incl. MIT, Nehru University and the University of Cambridge, UK. She is currently a UNIDO expert for BRICS SMEs ecommerce project.
Stephen Pan is Chairman of World-Wide Shipping Agency Limited of Hong Kong SAR, China. He is also a Director of Keppel Offshore and Marine Limited of Singapore. Previously Mr Pan served as Chairman of Gard P and I; Greater China Committee of DNVGL; Lloyds Register East Asia Committee as well as a Member of various international shipping organisations over a period of 45 years in the shipping industry.
Shen Wanling, Assistant Director, MPA of Singapore
Shen Wanling is currently heading the Maritime Transformation Office at MPA, overseeing the development of industry transformation strategies in the maritime sector in Singapore. She was previously the head of the International Department. Wanling was also a delegate to the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations, participating in the negotiations at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in 2014.
Jaewon Peter Chun founded XnTREE, an in-house global accelerator of Level39, the largest open tech cluster in Europe. XnTREE has nurtured a number of startups in the field of blockchain, fintech, AI, data analytics and smart city solutions. Mr. Chun is also President of World Smart Cities Forum (WSCF), a non-profit organisation based in London, UK, which assists local governments, projects and NGOs to build and develop credible smart cities around the world.
Chi Chen is a Senior Project Manager of Shanghai Rainbowfish Ocean Technology Co., Ltd and responsible for the international business coordination. He once participated many critical projects in DNV GL, CSSC as a R&D engineer. He has a master degree in maritime engineering from NTNU and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and Bachelor of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Ahmed Khamassi is a machine learning / artificial intelligence authority with keen interest in innovation. He leads the data science and design thinking teams part of Equinor’s Digital Centre of Excellence. Ahmed is focused on creating innovative machine learning / AI driven products that support the DCoE’s strategic mission. Before joining Equinor, Ahmed successfully founded and grew a ML/AI technology startup that builds products for clients in various industries.
Francis Wong is a Vice President, Deck Handling Solutions at MacGregor Advanced Offshore Division. He is based in Singapore, responsible for the profit and loss in the business line. Francis joined Plimsoll Corporation in 2003, which was acquired by MacGregor in 2007. He has held several positions in technical sales, project management, sales & marketing and business development functions, including eleven years in operations and sales & marketing in China.
Sean Xiaoyi Yu is Director of Strategy and AI Investment at JD.com. He is an active AI/VR/AR investor and researcher. Experienced in Artificial Intelligence’s business applications in various industries, he is passionate about VR/AR storytelling and interactive experience. Have done speeches on various topics related to AI/VR/AR and the Chinese market.
Dr Xavier Chen is President of the Beijing Energy Club, a Beijing-based high-level forum and think-tank on Chinese and global energy issues. He is also Vice Chairman of the Coordination Committee, International Gas Union and Chairman of that committee when China assumes IGU presidency in 2021. Chen is a well-known expert on Chinese and global energy issues, with work experiences from AIT in Bangkok, IEA in Paris, BP China, Statoil/Equinor China and ENN.
Berit Lid Scharff is VP of Marketing and Business Development in 4Subsea. She has held leadership roles in the telecom industry with Cisco and Tandberg before founding Inlustro, a consulting firm helping Norwegian tech companies with international growth. For the past 3+ years, Berit has been part of the transformation of 4Subsea going from engineering consultancy to become a leading provider of digitalised decision support to energy operators globally.
Vidar Andersen is the Head of Corporate Banking International for DNB Bank ASA and Chair of DNB’s international subsidiary banks. He was previously Head of DNB Asia based in Singapore, as well as General Manager of the DNB Branch in Shanghai, where he lived for eight years. He was the Chairman of the Norwegian Business Forum in Beijing and has held various positions in the Norwegian chambers of commerce in China, Singapore and Norway.