Background

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The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established by Norwegian and Russian business circles in Oslo on 20 October 2003. Members include major Norwegian and Russian companies such as Statoil, Jotun, DNV GL, Lukoil Overseas North Shelf, RN Nordic Oil as well as central business organizations such as the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), GIEK, Innovation Norway, universities and SMEs. Russian companies are also members of Board of Directors of the NRCC. The working language of the Chamber is English, which is used both for official correspondance and networking meetings.
Since the establishment of the association, NRCC has developed close cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, centrally as well as in regional Russia. The CCIs of Russia have about 170 regional offices and more than 50 000 members. Our outreach to Russian companies in the Russian market is thus extraordinary and quite unique.
NRCC is an NGO mainly financed by various types of membership. In 2017, the NRCC signed a new three-year Program Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway with the aim of strengthening business relations between Norway and Russia.

The NRCC is the leading Norwegian-Russian Business Network.

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 about 130 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 the NRCC Administration consist of people with vast experience from Norwegian-Russian trade relations. More information can be found under "About 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".

Ksenia Borzenina, Project and Event Coordinator

KB web 190x260Ksenia Borzenina has graduated from the Petrozavodsk State University with a major in Swedish and Russian language.

She has several years of work experience from account and office administration.

Among other activities at the NRCC, Ksenia is responsible for coordination and implementation of events on Norwegian and Russian arenas.

She is fluent in Norwegian, Swedish, English and Russian.

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

 

Jarle Forbord, Managing Director

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Jarle Forbord has a 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 organisations and institutions.

During the 1980s, he held several leading management positions in various private companies at the High North of Norway, in Kirkenes and Tromso within trade, tourism, transport and production. He has served as a Captain, a border assistant and as an interpreter at the Norwegian Border Commissioner on the Norwegian-Soviet Border; as well worked as a Vice President in South - Varanger Investment and Business Development Company, established and worked as a CEO of Barents Company, Kirkenes.

In 1988, he was appointed as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. In 1994, he returned to the Norwegian Trade Council in Oslo and worked as a Project Manager for the Multiplan Project. There he worked with 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 in 1995, he moved to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo and served there as a Commercial Counsellor, connecting Norwegian businesses to multilateral financed projects contributing to the reconstruction of Bosnia - Hercegovina. From late 1997, he worked as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zimbabwe, and later on as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria in South Africa, where he represented 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 in setting up the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce in Oslo, and was soon appointed as a NRCC Managing Director. 

Jarle speaks fluently 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.

Trine Merete Kvernmo

Senior Adviser - Office for International Relations and Research Support, University of Oslo 

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Trine Merete Kvernmo has 20 years experience in international cooperation in higher education and research from the University of Oslo (UiO), both at faculty and central level. Further, she has experience in research administration and project management. One of her main responsibilities is monitoring the UiO cooperation with Russia.

Since 2014, she has been administrative coordinator for the UiO interdisciplinary Arctic initiative and the UiO Arctic Committee.

Trine Merete Kvernmo is cand. philol. from the University of Oslo.

 

Marit Hiim Haugseth

Project Manager - Norwegian Fishermen's Association

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Marit Hiim Haugseth  started at her position at the Norwegian Fishermen's Association in August 2016.

Marit Hiim Haugseth works with cooperation with Russian fishing organizations in Murmansk. 

Before joining the Norwegian Fishermen's Association, Marit worked as a municipal manager and office manager at the municipality of Sør-Varanger. There she was  responsible for all international cooperation.

The main purpose of the association is to develop cooperation and dialogue between the industries on both sides of the border.

Mrs Haugseth holds Master in Russian Studies.

 

Frode Mo

Country Director, Innovation Norway Russia

Frode MO 1Since 2015 Frode Mo is a Innovation Norway's Country Director for Russia. He is a Trade counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. His main experience comes from transport and engineering sectors, where he worked for more than 20 years. He has also worked in both the private and public sectors. 

Frode came to Innovation Norway from Ramboll Middle East in Qatar, where he was a Project Director for Ramboll's design verification engineer team related to the Green line metro project in Doha.

He learned Russian in the early 1980s, and has visited the former Soviet Union and Russia regularly since then.

Mr. Mo holds a MSc degree in Computational Science from the University of Oslo, as well as an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen.

Mr. Christian Nerland

Senior Vise President, Oil & Gas, Multiconsult AS

Herland colorMr. Christian Nerland has 20+ years varied experience from the oil & gas and infrastructure industries and has increasingly taken on managerial roles. He is currently heading up Business Area Oil and Gas in Multiconsult and holds a position as Senior Vice President in the company.  

Having spent 10+ years in different countries outside of Norway, Mr Nerland has gained hands-on international experience from different types of oil and gas related disciplines including, but not limited to risk management, technical-economical decision support, engineering and integrity management.

During the last 10 – 15 years, Multiconsult has developed oil and gas business in Russia and also maintains a business entity registered in Russia, St. Petersburg. As a result, trustful relations with Russian design companies have been established and major contracts been awarded over the years. Mr. Nerland has been involved in varies aspects of Russian projects such as Sakhalin II and Kovykta Gas Condensate Field.

Mr. Nerland graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim in 1996 (MSc, Structural Engineering) and also holds and MBA in Strategic Management from NHH Norwegian School of Economics (2005).

Before joining Multiconsult in 2016, Mr. Nerland held the position as Managing Director at Axess North America Inc., heading up their operations in the USA and Canada. Prior to that, he served as a Director at DNV GL in various locations and functions.

 

Asbjørn Solevågseide

Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Optimar AS

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Mr. Solevågseide is one of the founders of Optimar AS and he has been the CEO of the company until last year when he became the Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing. 

Asbjørn Solevågseide has an extensive experience in co-operation with Russian fishing companies based on his engagement in delivery of fish factories to Russian customers since 1990’s. He was heavily involved in the big series of vessels, which was built in Western Europe for USSR both in Norway, Germany and Spain, where more than 60 vessels were delivered in total. After being responsible for building and installing the factories of these vessels, he became one of the top managers in Kværner Fish Process Technology. In 1996, he started a consultant company named Seatech, which later was merged into today’s Optimar AS.

Mr. Solevågseide has graduated from NTNU, Aalesund in 1983. 

 

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Phone: (+47) 21 01 57 50

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