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).