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. Svein Aage Dahl Olsen

CFO in Statoil-Rosneft Offshore Exploration JV

olsen 190 260Mr. Svein Aage Dahl Olsen lived and worked in CIS for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Statoil, he has worked as the CFO at Telenor subsidiaries in Ukraine and Russia. He has also been the CFO of large Russian retailers.

Mr. Olsen has a broad industry experience including oil&gas, telecom and retail. He has an extensive consulting and leadership experience from small startups to large mature organizations with various ownership models, spanning cycles of high growth, financial crises and sanctions. 

Mr. Olsen holds a M.Sc. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

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.

Mrs. Liv Monica Stubholt

Partner, Law Firm Selmer, representing Kvaerner ASA

Liv Monica Stubholt Selmer 190 260Liv Monica Stubholt has a 25 year track record with M&A, negotiations and restructuring as counsel and as executive manager in the oil and gas industry. 

Since 2009, Mrs. Stubholt held the positions of Investment Director in Aker ASA, CEO & President of Aker Seafoods ASA and CEO of Aker Clean Carbon AS, in April 2012 she joined the petroleum industry contractor company Kvaerner. Her tasks included supporting business development for the Arctic region and particularly with regard to opportunities in Russia. Ms Stubholt served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2007) and Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy (2007-2009) in Norway. In both ministries she was assigned responsibility for issues pertaining to the Russian Federation.

She worked actively to promote and strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries; particularly with regard to commercial development.

Ms Stubholt is a law graduate from the University of Oslo and has practiced as a lawyer, partner and advisor in the first part of her career up till 2005. In the legal profession she has been engaged in European law studies, including as co-chair of the EEA Review Committee “Europautredningen” which recently submitted a detailed study of the impact of Norway’s treaties with the European Union.

Her board experience includes power transmission provider Statnett SF (2002-2005), global aluminium producer Norsk Hydro (2010 - ) and gas pipe-line infrastructure company Solveig Gas Norway AS (2014 -). She is a member of Innovation Norway’s strategic council for IN’s activities abroad. She is on the advisory board of Frithjof Nansen Institute with its strong academic track record on Russian studies. She recently headed the government appointed strategy group Hav21; tasked to identify priorities in ocean related R&D.

Mr. Thor Asbjoern Halvorsen

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Mr. Thor Asbjoern Halvorsen has been Senior Vice President in Region Europe of Telenor ASA and Director of several companies in Norway and internationally. He has served in several Executive Management positions in Telenor, including as Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Networks from 1995 to 1998, as Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Business Solutions and as Executive Vice President of Telenor Mobile International responsible for global Mobile operations.

Prior to 1993, he was responsible for sales activities, product management, R&D and various technical activities both in the fixed and mobile networks.

Mr. Halvorsen holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications and Computer Science) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, Norway and studied Management Development at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and at IMD in Switzerland.

Mr. Thomas G. Michelet

Attorney and partner, Law Firm Selmer DA 

Michelet bigThe main practice areas of Mr Michelet are private and public domestic and cross-border M&As, joint ventures and alliances, corporate strategy, banking and finance.
Mr Michelet has advised on a number of investment projects in Russia within shipping, food, oil&gas, forestry, agriculture and media. He has since 1995 assisted IFC, as well as both the EBRD (London) and its North-West and West Regional Venture Fund on equity and loan projects.
Thomas G. Michelet is cand.jur. from the University of Oslo, and Master of Laws from the University of Aberdeen.

Mr. Bjørn Celius

celius bigMr. Bjørn Celius has been a Senior Vice President at DNB Bank for almost 40 years, mostly staying with DnB Nor Monchebank in Murmansk.
Bjørn Celius holds a law degree from the University of Oslo.

Mr. Øyvind Nordsletten

Ambassador

Oyvind NordslettenMr. Øyvind Nordsletten started working for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974. Øyvind Nordsletten has a long career as diplomat in Russia and Eastern Europe. He served at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow from 1979 to 1982 as a diplomat of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nordsletten was Norwegian Ambassador in Ukraine from 1992 to 1996, deputy under-secretary of state in the Norwegian Office of the Prime Minister from 1998 to 1999, Norwegian Ambassador to Russia from 2000 to 2008 and to Ireland from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 he was assigned the position as the Norwegian Consul General in Murmansk, Russia. Since 2013 he holds a position in the MFA of Norway in Oslo.

In 2000 he was honored with a title of a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. 

Ambasador Nordsletten was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2008. He has been elected as a new NRCC Council Member in June 2014. 

 

 

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