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 Equinor, Jotun, 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 2020, the NRCC signed third 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 110 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".

Johan P. Barlindhaug

President of the Board of North Energy AS

 

barlindhaug bigJohan P. Barlindhaug is presently President of the Board of North Energy AS, Alta. Previously Barlindhaug founded and managed the consultancy company Barlindhaug in Tromsoe up to 2004. Mr. Barlindhaug also served as chair of the Governmental Regional Commission of Norway (Distriktskommisjon) which in 2004 brought forward proposals regarding development of a Norwegian regional policy. He has acted as advisor for various oil companies and Norwegian authorities regarding development of the Norwegian High North and is a frequent lecturer. He holds a Professor II position at the University of Nordland and has for the last three decades been an active and outspoken expert on development of bilateral business relations with the Russian Federation in the Northern areas.
On the 20th of November 2009, Mr. Barlindhaug was appointed a Commander of the Order of Saint Olav by King Harald V of Norway "for social useful activity”. It was also said that the decision regarding the award was taken by reason "of Barlindhaug’s important role in social and economic development in northern Norway”.
In 1995 Mr. Barlindhaug was made an officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Thor Asbjoern Halvorsen

halvorsen bigThor 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.

Thomas G. Michelet

Attorney and partner, Law Firm Selmer

Michelet bigThe main practice areas of 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.

Bjørn Celius

celius bigBjørn Celius is Chairman of the Board of Kirkenes Fondsforvaltning managing Investment Fund for North-West Russia and Eastern Europe. Previously, he 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.

Frode Mellemvik

Director, High North Center for Business

Mellemvik bigFrode Mellemvik is a professor and presently Director of the High North Center for Business and Governance in Bodoe. He is a former rector at Bodoe High School of Management, today’s University of Bodoe. Since the end of the 1980ies, he has exercised cooperation with educational institutions in the Russian High North and Moscow (MGIMO). Mr. Mellemvik is also appointed Chair of the Governmental Expert Commission on the High North (Regjeringens ekspertutvalg for Nordomradene) and holds several Board positions both in private and public sectors.

Jens P. Heyerdahl d.y.

Heyerdahl bigJens P. Heyerdahl d.y. is a lawyer and investor. As former CEO of Orkla (1979-2001), Mr Heyerdahl developed the concern from a middle-size mining and metallurgy company, to a solid Scandinavian group of companies with diversified activities. Under his management, Orkla made several strategically investments in Russia in the early 1990ies, amongst these in the Baltica breweries in the St. Petersburg region, - at that time the largest Norwegian investment in the young Russian state.
When Mr Heyerdahl started as CEO in 1979, Orkla had a few hundred employees and a turnover of approx. NOK 300 million. When he stepped down as CEO in 2001, the Group has grown to 35 000 employees and had 45 billion in turnover.
Mr Jens P. Heyerdahl d.y. and his family controls a major holding of share in the newspaper Dagbladet.
Mr Heyerdahl holds several board positions, and has extensive business contacts both in private and public sector.
Mr Jens P. Heyerdahl d.y. has an MBA at INSEAD in France, and was formerly one of the best jumping riders.

Øyvind Nordsletten

Ambassador

Oyvind NordslettenØyvind 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 was elected as a an NRCC Council Member in June 2014. As from 1 January 2019 he is replacing Reidar Karlsen as a new Chair of the NRCC Council.

 

 

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