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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".

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. 

Hans Christian Dall Nygård

CEO, Kirkenes fondsforvaltning

Hans Chr Dall Nygaard 190 260

Hans Chr. Dall Nygård has been living in Russia since 1995, and has been responsible for several Russia-focused Private Equity investment funds within the listed investment group CapMan plc. He has raised capital from investors like EBRD, IFC, DEG, FMO, GIMV, DNB, Nordea, Ilmarinen, Varma etc. The funds have invested into more than 45 companies in various sectors in Russia. Most of the companies have been successfully exited.

In 2019, he established Kirkenes Fondsforvaltning AS, which is managing the State Investment Fund for North West Russia and Eastern Europe.

He holds an executive MBA from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

Mr. Felix H. Tschudi

The Chairman of the Board and Owner of Tschudi Shipping Company

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Felix H. Tschudi is the Chairman and owner of the Tschudi Group.

 

Mr. Tschudi attended the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and served as Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Norwegian Navy. He earned a Second Mate’s certificate from merchant navy colleges in the UK, a BSc (Econ) from London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Before joining the family shipping company, Tschudi & Eitzen, in 1989, Felix worked for the Vienna-based trading and finance house AWT specialising in trade finance with Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Felix H. Tschudi is the Chairman of the Centre for High North Logistics and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic, the Committee of the P&I Club Skuld, on the Board of the Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug & Co, former Chairman of the Board of Maritimt Forum Oslofjord and a former President of the Oslo Shipowners' Association.

 

Mr. Halfdan Millang

Rosneft Nordic Oil AS

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.

 

Geir Torbjørnsen

Sales Director, Barel AS

Geir stor 190 260Geir 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.

Geir Torbjørnsen started to explore nearby Russia (Murmansk region) in 1999, which resulted in the birth of company 'OOO BR electronics' in 2002. Torbjørnsen held the position of General Director of BR electronics for some years, and today he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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. Ståle Torgersbråten

Director Legal and Regulatory at the Norwegian Export Credit Agency (GIEK)
Staale Torgersbraaten 190 260

Prior to joining GIEK in 2010, Torgersbråten worked as a corporate lawyer at Wikborg, Rein & Co and Selmer DA. He has an extensive experience with doing business in Russia.

Mr. Torgersbråten holds a cand.jur. degree from the University of Oslo, and he has also studied negotiations and economy at the Norwegian Business School (BI).  

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