Honorary Members of the NRCC

According to the Statutes of the NRCC, individuals who made considerable contribution  promoting Norwegian-Russian trade, industrial relations, economic, cultural cooperation and other activities in accordance with the Chamber's goals, can after suggestion by the General Assembly of the NRCC, be appointed honorary members of the NRCC.

By 2022, the following persons are honorary members of the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce.

Jarle Forbord

Jarle Forbord 190 260Jarle Forbord served as the Managing Director of NRCC from 2003 until September 2021.

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.

 

 

Anatoly Glushkov

Anatoly Glushkov 190 260Anatoly Glushkov served as the President of the Northern CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Murmansk Region) 1990 until 2018.

 

Reidar Karlsen

Reidar Karlsen 190 260Reidar Karlsen holds board positions in several Norwegian and Russian companies. Reidar Karlsen is former Executive Vice President in A-pressen ASA responsible for the company's media activities in Russia.
Since 1996 he has established A-pressen's business in Russia including newspapers and printing houses, and was heavily involved also operationally. Reidar Karlsen was in this respect member of the Board of Directors of Russia's major daily Komsomolskaya Pravda, as well is in the national sports newspaper Sovietsky Sport and other newspapers in Russia.
Before joining the Russia team in A-pressen, he has worked within the company's national business, among others as General Director in Arbeiderbladet (now Dagsavisen). Reidar Karlsen has broad experience from business development and management from senior positions in media, energy sector, and aviation.
His basic education is military - he left the Army with the rank of Lt Colonel.
Reidar Karlsen has been a NRCC Board Member since establishment of the Chamber in 2003. In 2012 he resigned Board member position. He is awarded NRCC Honorary Membership and has served as a member of NRCC Council since December 2021.

 

 

Rolf Baltzersen

Rolf Batlzersen joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1972 after having studied Russian language, included Master Studies. After having held several important positions in Brussels, Hague and New Dehli, Baltzersen was appointed Minister Counselor at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow in the late 1980s. In 1992 Baltzersen was appointed Director of the newly established Secretariat for Eastern Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. In this role, Baltzersen had a challenging task of initiating projects, developing strategies and producing content for an emerging regional cooperation in the Barents Region. Thanks to the activities of the Secretariat many Norwegians got aquianted with the Russian Federation for the first time. After stepping down as a Director of the Secretariat in 1996, Baltzersen served on several positions in the Foreign Service. Baltzersen was awarded NRCC honorary membership in December 2011.

Per Støle

Per Støle has been engaged in Norwegian-Russian business relations since the beginning of the 1990s, holding leading positions in Norwegian companies dealing with Russia. In 1992 he was appointed a member of the Board of the newly established Osthandelssenteret i Kirkenes, which activities were aimed at developing business cooperation between the Norwegian and Russian part of the Barents region. The company was later acquired by SIVA and later on Per Stole was apponited Deputy CEO of SIVA,  in charge of international development of SIVA until 2008. Both then and today SIVA has is playing an important role regarding facilitating establishment of Norwegian SME in North West Russia. Presently, Per Støle is Chairman of SIVA International Management, with cooperation with Russia as its core activity, with special focus on North West Russia. Støle is also Chairman of Technopark Nor AS, an industrial park in Murmansk owned by SIVA and Innovation Norway. Støle was awarded NRCC honorary membership in December 2011.

Tor B. Naess

Tor B NaessCross border cooperation with the Soviet Union in the High North in the 1980-s would not have been possible without support from central authorities in Oslo. A key role player during these processes, was ambassador Tor Berntin Naess who in the 1980ies in the Ministry of Trade. Mr. Naess is a cand. oecon. and held various positions in the former Ministry of Trade, particularly related to trade with previously State trading countries, COMECON, and amongst them the Soviet Union. He served as Chair of the Norwegian delegation of the Working Group of the Joint Norwegian – Soviet Commission for Technical, Economic an Industrial Cooperation in the 1980ies and the beginning of the 1990s. He was working closely together with Norwegian industry - always acting constructive, supportive and finding solutions to the many challenges that arouse in these chaotic years. From 1989 Director General Berntin Naess of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was leading the negotiations regarding a new GATT agreement. From 1996 – 2000 he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, in the years 2001 – 2004 he worked as special advisor in the MFA also in relation to issues regarding the Russian market, worked as temporary ambassador in Bangkok after the tsunami, a shorter period thereafter as ambassador in Switzerland, before he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Canada in the period 2005 – 2009. Tor B. Naess is currently working with the ongoing EFTA – Russia, Belaruss, Khazakstan negotiations and issues related to the Russian membership to WTO. Naess was awarded honorary membership in the                                                           NRCC in December 2009.

Nils-Edvard Olsen

Nils-Edvard-OlsenMr. Nils-Edvard Olsen (NEO) was deputy mayor from 1980 – 1982 and mayor from 1982-1990 in the Municipality of South-Varanger in the Norwegian High North. He got the tough challenge of restructuring a one-sided industrial location in urgent need of transformation and realization of alternative working places.
Throughout the 1980ies NEO laboriously promoted the municipality with the aim of attracting attention from regional and central authorities about the various needs of the population in the bordering municipality. An investment company, South - Varanger Investments, was soon established with an aim of developing alternative businesses.
Nils-Edvard Olsen used every opportunity at oil-conferences, both in Norway and in the Soviet Union, to underline the importance of the need for getting started with oil and gas activity in the Barents sea, - and naturally for a mayor of South Varanger , promoting his municipality as the gateway to the Barents Sea and the Soviet market. During his mayoral period, several companies were established having the USSR as market as f.instance Kimek, Barents Company, Grenseland and similar.
Olsen was awarded honorary membership in the NRCC in December 2009.

Kaare Karlstad

Kaare KarlstadIn the second half of the 1970s, the Norwegian-Finnish Company Pomor Nordic Trade was established by director Kaare Karlstad. He started an import of wooden materials, frozen capelin, berries and other products from the North-Western district of the Soviet Union to Norway.
In 1982-1983, Karlstad was allowed by the two Border Commissioners to initiate pilot trade crossings across the common border. He established a pallet production factory, Pomor Industries, in Kirkenes based on imported pre-cut materials across the border from the Soviet Union, and a transport company transporting the materials to the factory. A coastal liner was owned by Karlstad sailing cargo from Murmansk to Northern Norway. Karlstad was soon nick-named “Pomor Karlstad” as his initiative indeed was a revival of the old Pomor Trade between the two regions Iin the Russian High North.
Director Kaare Karlstad was a pioneer in a time with serious challenges hardly understood today, including instance centralized foreign trade monopolies, the Cold War and a solid Iron Curtain. His initiatives were in many ways the starting signals for the later Barents regional cooperation.
Karlstad was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2009.

Oeyvind Nordsletten

Ambassador-NordslettenAmbassador Nordsletten has for more than 40 years worked in various official positions with issues in relation to the Soviet union and the Russian Federation. Nordsletten started his service for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1974 and at served at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow from 1979 to 1982 as a diplomat of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1992 to 1996 he served as Norway’s Ambassador to Ukraine.
From 1997 to 2000 he was Director General at the office of the Prime Minister of Norway.
From 2000 to 2008, Nordsletten served as Norway’s ambassador to Russia in Moscow, from 2008 to 2010  as Norway’s ambassador to Ireland, and from 2010 to 2013 as Norway`s Consul general in Murmansk. Since 2013 he holds a position in the MFA of Norway in Oslo.
Nordsletten was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2008. Currently, he is the Chair of the NRCC Council.

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