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".

Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen

Sales Director, Barel AS

Geir stor 190 260Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen was born and raised in Kirkenes. He studied instrument mechanics with main focus on electronics.

He is a founder of several companies in Norway, Brazil and Russia (all based in Kirkenes).

Today, Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen holds the position of Sales Director at Barel AS, where he is a majority shareholder and a founder of the above company.

Mr. Geir Torbjørnsen started to explore nearby Russia (Murmansk region) in 1999, which resulted in the birth of company 'OOO BR electronics' in 2002. Mr. Torbjørnsen held the position of General Director of BR electronics for some years, and 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 achieving an open, less bureaucratic and more practical cooperation between Russia and Norway. 

Mr. Leonid M. Surguchev

Managing Director, LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf AS

surguchev bigLeonid M. Surguchev has been working as Managing Director of LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf AS in Norway since 2012. Before joining LUKOIL Mr. Surguchev held a position of Senior VP of IRIS (International Research Institute of Stavanger).

Past experience of Mr. Surguchev includes Russian oil company SIBNEFT, SONATRACH in Algeria, Oil and Gas Institute in Moscow, Petec Software and Services and Smedvig Technologies in Norway.

Leonid M. Surguchev graduated from the Gubkin Oil and Gas University in Moscow and received PhD in Technical Sciences from the VNIIneft Institute in Moscow.

Mr. Per Horn

Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, Multiconsult

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Mr. Per Horn has a 40 years track record within engineering services, most of the time by management positions. He joined Multiconsult in 1994 and is currently responsible for their oil and gas activities as a Senior Vice President. For a period of time Mr. Horn has also served as head of the project control and - management department.

During the last 10 years, Multiconsult has developed oil and gas business in Russia under the leadership of Mr. Horn. As a result, trustful relations with Russian design companies have been established and major contracts been awarded, especially related to the FEED development of the Shtokman offshore gas field.

Multiconsult has been a key engineering ally for Kvaerner Concrete Solutions (and predecessor companies) for decades. Mr. Per Horn has been looking after this strategic relation for a long time and especially kept a close eye on Multiconsult’s support of Kvaerner’s Russian activites. Multiconsult undertook parts of the engineering of the Sakhalin 1 and 2 projects and is involved in the ongoing business development in the arctic region.

In cooperation with Kvaerner, Mr. Horn has on behalf of Multiconsult facilitated the cooperation development between the universities in Trondheim and Vladivostok. Horn has visited the Far East Federal University several times and signed a cooperation agreement between Multiconsult and FEFU in 2014. As part of this cooperation, Multiconsult is arranging a three months internship program for 1-2 Russian students each autumn, including a course in arctic engineering at Spitsbergen.

Mr. Per Horn graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology I Trondheim in 1975 (Master degree, structural engineering) and worked with the company Aas-Jakobsen for 8 years covering design of large concrete bridges and review of offshore concrete structures.

Before joining Multiconsult in 1994, Mr. Horn worked 10 years with the engineering company Grøner. Mr. Horn managed the Joint Venture with Multiconsult covering design of concrete structures for the oil & gas industry, especially for Norwegian Contractors – now Kværner Concrete Solutions.

 

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. Rolf Fiskerstrand

Managing Director, Fiskerstrand Holding AS

Rolf Fiskerstrand 2014 190 260Mr. Fiskerstrand is a Managing Director of Fiskerstrand Holding AS (2012 - present), Fiskerstrand BLRT AS (2010 - present) and Fiskerstrand Verft AS (2014), which built the world's first dedicated LNG bunkering vessel.
He has a long experince in leading various oil & gas projects. During 1980 - 1990 Rolf Fiskerstrand held engineering, project and executing positions at Aker Stord AS, the largest offshore oil & gas yard in Norway. He was responsible for approimately 300 engineers and was a member of the executive management team while building oil & gas platforms. 
Since 1990 Rolf Fiskerstrand has been working for Fiskerstrand Verft AS. This private family company was established by his grandfather Peder E. Fiskerstrand in 1909, and it is one of the two oldest shipyards in Norway that have been in continuously operation since the start. The Fiskerstrand Group consists of several companies, including a ship design, ship repair, maintenance, conversions and newbuilding of ships. The Fiskerstrand Group has been working with Russian shipowners for the last 15 years and approximately 250 Russian vessels were at the company's yards yard for repairs, maintenance and conversion since 1999.

Mr. Fiskerstrand holds MSc.degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Marine Technology, Trondheim, Norway (NTNU).

Mrs. Katarina Saetersdal

Senior Adviser, Internationalisation and European Policy, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, NHO

Katarina SaetersdalMrs. Katarina Saetersdal’s main responsibilities in the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise is linked to international relations and she has for several years been responsible for the internship program for Russian leaders in Norway and for Doing Business in Russia.
She has also been involved in the development of the NHO's strategy for North. This includes ways to find strategies and priorities of the Norwegian business sector and partners in Russia. She is NHOs representative in Business Europe Russia Network, who meets on a regular basis to discuss common projects and the development of the relations between the business community in Europe and Russia. Mrs. Katarina Saetersdal has amongst other experience from projects connected to analyzing the competitiveness of Norwegian Companies and projects connected to internationalization of Norwegian Business.
Mrs. Katarina Saetersdal is cand. oecon. from the University of Oslo.

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