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".

Rune O. Methi, Senior Project Manager

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 has project management skills, a significant experience from international sales and marketing, an executive management and a cross-cultural experiences from the Norwegian Trade Council (15 years) and from a 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.

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

Rune speaks Norwegian, English and German.

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.

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.

Mr. 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.

 

Mr. 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. 

 

Mr. Hans Ove Holmøy

Managing Director, Skipsteknisk AS

Hans Ove Holmy colorSince 1996 Hans Ove Holmøy is a Skipsteknisk's Managing Director. 

Skipsteknisk AS designs specialized vessels with emphasis on offshore research and fisheries. ST Group consists also of electrical service company Skan-El AS and branch offices in Turkey and China.

For the last 12 years Mr. Hans Ove Holmøy is directly involved in Skipsteknisk's work with the Russian fishing industry.

He speaks Norwegian, English and basic German. 

Mr. Holmøy holds a B.Sc degree from the Møre og Romsdal Technical College of Naval Architecture, Norway. 

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