Background

event60x80The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization established by Norwegian and Russian business circles. The NRCC was established on the 20th of October 2003, with a constituting meeting taking place at the premises of Telenor ASA at Fornebu Oslo. The founders of the NRCC are Russian and Norwegian companies, hereunder leading Norwegian investors in Russia. The working language of the Chamber is English, which is used both for official correspondance and networking meetings.

Aim

The aim of the NRCC is to stimulate and improve business relations between Norwegian and Russian companies regarding import, export, shipping, business development, tourism or investment activities. In addition, the Chamber aims to enhance the understanding of each others' business culture, market developments and other socio-economic developments of importance.

Members

As of today, the Chamber has 140 members representing various sectors. It is a pleasure for us to see a growing interest from Russian companies joining the Chamber. A list of the NRCC Members can be found under "Members". The expanded list is only available for the NRCC Members.

Management

Both the NRCC Board and NRCC Administration consist of people with vast experience from Norwegian-Russian trade relations. More information can be found under "Anout NRCC Employees", "About NRCC Board" and "About NRCC Council".

Activities

The Chamber presently offers regular networking events, newsletters, seminars, courses, business delegations, as well as social, cultural and various ad-hoc arrangements. More information can be found under "Events".

Office Manager, Olessia Bankovskaya

OB web 190x260Olessia Bankovskaya has a M.Sc. degree in International Business from Reykjavik University. She studied at ESADE Business School in Barcelona as an exchange student. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration (major: marketing) from the University of Iceland. Her M.S. thesis was about Nordic Investments in Russia: Current business environment and outlook following Russia’s accession to the WTO.

She has five years marketing experience from the Icelandic fashion design company ELM, where she developed marketing strategies, executed advertising campaigns for international markets, organized fashion shows and was responsible for building and maintaining business relationships with customers, stores, agents, manufacturers and suppliers all over the world.

She lived in Iceland for 12 years, but comes originally from Russia. Fluent in Russian, Icelandic, English and Norwegian. Basic Spanish.

Telephone:+ 47 21 01 57 50, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Project Manager, Rune O. Methi

Methi Rune sh webRune O. Methi holds a bachelor in Business Administration from IHM Business School in Gothenburg and Export Graduate Programme NES from the Norwegian Institute of International Trade. Rune speaks Norwegian, Scandinavian, English and German.

Rune has project management skills, significant experience from international sales and marketing, executive management and cross-cultural experience from the Norwegian Trade Council (15 years) and private sector (10 years). He has executed various communication projects focusing on branding, B2B and image work, promoted Norwegian maritime- and other technology products in various multi company presentations worldwide.

Rune Methi has a proven track record within the Norwegian export industry and has broad experience from cooperation and networking activities in various countries.

Telephone: + 47 21 01 57 55, mobile: +47 91 84 07 12, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Managing Director, Jarle Forbord

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Jarle Forbord has broad experience from various forms of business and advisory activities from the Barents Region, the Baltics, the Balkans, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the SADC region and from cooperation with multilateral financing organizations and institutions.

During the 1980s, he held several leading management positions in various private companies in the high north of Norway, in Kirkenes and Tromso, within trade, tourism, transport and production. He has served as Captain, Border Assistant and Interpreter to the Norwegian Border Commissioner on the Norwegian-Soviet Border, worked as Vice President in South - Varanger Investment and Business Development Company and established and worked as CEO of a new trading company, Barents Company, in Kirkenes

In 1988, he was appointed Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. In 1994, he returned to the Norwegian Trade Council in Oslo, working as a Project Manager for the Multiplan Project, developing improved links between Norwegian businesses and multilateral financing institutions such as the World Bank, the EBRD, the African Development Bank and national export credit and guaranty institutions.

After the Dayton Agreement, he moved to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo and served as Commercial Counsellor, connecting Norwegian businesses to multilateral financed projects contributing to the reconstruction of Bosnia - Hercegovina. From late 1997, he worked as Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zimbabwe covering the SADC region and later on as Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria in South Africa, representing as well the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation in various contract discussions between Norwegian businesses and African partners in the region.

In 2003 he was engaged as a consultant in setting up the NRCC in Oslo and was soon appointed its Managing Director. 
He speaks Norwegian, Russian, English, Dutch and German.

Telephone: +47 21 01 57 50, mobile: +47 99 40 19 43, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Felix H. Tschudi

Tschudi Shipping Company, Oslo – Kirkenes

Tschudi bigMr. Felix Tschudi, is chairman of the Board and owner of Tschudi Shipping Company, holding company for Tschudi Group. Between 1992 and 2002 - CEO Tschudi & Eitzen He is a Board member in FPS Ocean ASA. In the late 1980s Mr. Felix H. Tschudi was involved in developing trade between Norway and Eastern Europe, hereunder the former Soviet Union and today he is owner of the iron melting plant of Ltd Sydvaranger in Kirkenes in the High North. He is broadly involved in the development of commercial shipping through the Northern Searoute, and realized the first commercial shipment of a non – Russian iron ore cargo from the Sydvaranger plant through the Northern Searoute to China in 2010.
Tschudi is Chairman of the Board of Oslo Shipping Association, a Norwegian representative in Intertanko's Council, member of the committee in the insurance company Skuld, a Board Member in Oslo Maritime Network and the publishing house Aschehoug & Co.
Mr. Tschudi has a maritime education from England, holds a BSC from the London School of Economics and an MBA degree from INSEAD, France.

Mr. Igor Kopsov

Region Manager, SURF Russia and Kazakhstan,Technip Norway

Igor Kopsov 190 260Mr. Igor Kopsov is a post graduate from the Moscow University of Civil Engineering. He started his career as a subsea design engineer at J.P.Kenny in Aberdeen and later moved to Ugland Offshore in Norway.

In 1996 he joined Technip and been with it ever science, occupying positions of installation engineer, engineering project manager and tender manager. During last few years he has been working as a Region manager for Russia and Kazakhstan. Igor is an active participant of international conferences. His interests, covering a wide range of subjects, have been addressed in many articles he published on psychology, fatigue, fracture mechanics, installation of subsea equipment and execution of Arctic projects.

 

Mr. Halfdan Millang

RN Nordic Oil AS, Oslo

Halfdan Millang 190 260After having completed officer training at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, HNC in Naval Architecture and a MSc in Mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Mr. Millang embarked on an international career with Shell in 1982. He spent 14 years with Shell International in project management and finance in Middle East and Europe. He then moved to the service company side of the oil and gas industry and spent 5 years with Aker Maritime in business management and development, where ha a.o. filled the position as Managing Director for Maritime Tentech and responsible for setting up Aker Energy and Aker Petroleum.

The following 5 years included various roles within IT, finance and real estate, before moving back to the Oil and Gas industry. Mr. Millang then worked for Wärtsilä Oil and Gas Systems for 9 years, and left the position as Business Unit Director Gas Recovery in august 2014 to join RN Nordic Oil as Development Manager.

As from 3rd of November 2015 Mr. Millang has taken the roles as CEO and as member of the board of RN Nordic Oil AS.

 

Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen

Sales Director, Barel AS

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Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen was born and raised in Kirkenes, border town between Russia and Norway. He became very interested and curious about Russia in many areas: lifestyle, business, culture, people and ALL the possible business opportunities that can be developed between Russia and Norway.

Mr. Torbjørnsen is educated as “Instrument mechanics” with main focus on electronics. Founder of several companies in Norway, Brazil and Russia, all based in Kirkenes.

Today, Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen holds the position of Market/Sales director in Barel AS, where he is a majority shareholder and the founder of the company as well.

Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen started to explore nearby Russia (Murmansk region) in 1999, which resulted in the birth of Barel’s daughter company OOO BR electronics in 2002. Mr. Torbjørnsen held the position of General Director of BR electronics for some years. Today, he is the Chairman of the board of directors.

Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen is genuinely interested in the bilateral development and wants to contribute to achieve an open, less bureaucratic and more practical cooperation between Russia and Norway. 

 

 

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Phone: (+47) 21 01 57 50

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