Remi Eriksen

Group President and CEO of DNV Group

Remi Eriksen is the Group President and CEO of DNV Group since 2015. He has extensive management and technical experience from his more than 25 years in DNV within the maritime, oil and gas and renewable energy sectors in Asia, Europe and Americas. Remi is member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Chairman of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU). Remi is acknowledged for his leadership skills in capturing growth opportunities in a complex and ever-changing global business environment. He has a keen interest in building resilient and sustainable business, transformative technologies and to the accelerated application of ’data-smart’ and digital solutions. He is a technology optimist and strongly believes business has to make a bigger impact on the journey towards a sustainable future. Remi holds a Master’s in electronics and computer science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) and has conducted his executive education at Rice University, IMD and INSEAD.

Dr. Henrik Syse

Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO),
Member of The Norwegian Nobel Committee until 2020

Henrik Syse is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes University College. He also teaches regularly at the Norwegian Defense University College, MF (the Norwegian Free School of Theology), the University of Oslo, and other institutions of higher learning, and he is Chief Editor (with James A. Cook) of the Journal of Military Ethics. He was Head of Corporate Governance for Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Europe’s largest sovereign wealth fund, from 2005 to 2007, and he continued, until 2009, as an advisor and consultant on social issues for NBIM. Henrik has published widely in the fields of philosophy, politics, and ethics, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007, and he is a much-used lecturer in Norway and abroad. He was a member of the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission from 2002 to 2016, has been a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Language and Literature since 2010, and a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize, since 2015, serving as its Vice Chair since 2017.

Børge Brende

President World Economic

Former: Minister, Norwegian Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Environment; Deputy Chairman, Norwegian Conservative Party; Member, Norwegian Parliament; Member, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and Deputy Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy and Environment; Chairman, UN Sustainable Development Commission; Secretary-General, Norwegian Red Cross; International Vice-Chairman, China Council for Int'l Cooperation on Environment and Development; Board Chairman, Mesta; Board Member, Norwegian School of Economics; Managing Director, World Economic Forum. Political Adviser to Conservative Party Chairman; Chairman, Young Conservatives; CFO, KB-entrepreneur. Since 2017, President, World Economic Forum. Member: Board, Statoil; UN High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child; Municipal Executive Board, Trondheim; Core Advisory Council, Harvard International Negotiation Program; Steering Committee, Bilderberg Meetings; Board of Directors, P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030; Board of Directors, Technology for Ocean Foundation, C4IR Ocean. BA Norwegian Univ. of Science and Tech. Recipient, awards, honours: Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Welfare and Sustainable Growth (2020); Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico (2018); Grand Cross, Order of San Carlos, Colombia (2018); Commander, Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav (2005); Cavaliere Di Gran Croce, Italy (2005); Grand Cross, Order of the Phoenix, Greece (2004); "Gift to the Earth", WWF (2004)

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Founder & CEO FutureBoards

Turid Elisabeth Solvang is an international corporate governance expert. In 2016, Ms Solvang founded FutureBoards AS, a project-driven company and a global network of experts and practitioners committed to building better boards that supports sustainable value creation. Ms. Solvang is co-founder and former CEO of the Norwegian Institute of Directors, former board member and chair of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations. As Chair, she represented ecoDa on the board of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Ms. Solvang is also co-founder, member of the Advisory Board, as well as former vice chair of European Women on Boards. Ms. Solvang holds an MSc in General Business (Siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School, and she has held non-executive directorships in the financial and service sectors and membership organizations. Ms Solvang is a seasoned international speaker and writer on corporate governance topics, including women on boards.

Leyla Boulton

Development editor, FT Live Senior editor, Financial Times

Leyla Boulton is Development Editor, FT Live, and a senior editor at the Financial Times.  She joined the FT as a correspondent in Moscow in 1990, then became global environment correspondent in 1995. After five years as Turkey correspondent, Leyla's roles have included executive editor managing the FT Special Reports department, and pioneering the integration of web and print news at the FT.

She studied Russian at Cambridge university, before gaining an MA in international journalism at London’s City university. In 1992 she was part of the team that won a UK press award for the Financial Times’ investigation into Robert Maxwell. A US-UK national of Turkish origin, Leyla was highly commended in the Asian Women of Achievement awards UK 2019 for championing diversity and digital transformation.

Kristoffer Rønneberg

Journalist Aftenposten

Kristoffer Ronneberg has worked at Aftenposten as a foreign news reporter and podcast host since 2005. He was stationed in Beijing from 2005-2007 and in New York City from 2013-2017. Before his time at Aftenposten, he worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC and at various Norwegian news outlets. Rønneberg is the author of “Veien til Mandalay — en reise fra Burma til Myanmar”.

Professor Mervyn E. King

Chair King Committee on Corporate Governance for South Africa,
Chair Emeritus International Integrated Reporting Counci

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes.

Mervyn King is currently a professor at the Wits Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, an honorary Doctorate from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and a honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.

He is Chair Emeritus of the Value Reporting Foundation, Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.

He is chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chair of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; of the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director of South Africa.

He is the Patron of The Good Governance Academy, currently housed in the Wits Business School in Parktown Ridge, which holds colloquia on critical governance issues and distributes a memorandum to over two million members of local and international institutions.

He has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.  

He is the author of six books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”

He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.

Vicky Bowman

Director Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Prior to that, she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. She was Director of Global & Economic Issues and G8 sous-Sherpa for the United Kingdom from 2008-2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006-2007.

Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002-2006 and as second secretary in the Embassy from 1990-1993. She has also worked in Brussels as Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK representation to the EU (1996-1999). Vicky has an MA in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from University of Cambridge, is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of University of Bradford (Division of Peace Studies and International Development). She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.

Frode Elgesem

Chair Norway’s National Contact Point for responsible business conduct,
Chair Rafto Foundation

Frode Elgesem works as a Judge at Borgarting Court of Appeal, located in Oslo, Norway, and holds an LL.M. degree in International Law from King´s College, London. He has extensive experience from working with human rights, and he has written a textbook on business and human rights. Elgesem is the leader of the Norwegian OECD contact point for responsible business, a member of the Judges' Association's human rights committee and former leader of the Bar Association's human rights committee

Gunn Wærsted

 Chair of the Board, Telenor ASA

Gunn Wærsted is Chair of the Board, Telenor ASA, as well as Chair of the People and Governance Committee and member of the Sustainability and Compliance Committee.

She served as Group Executive Vice President and member of the Group Executive Management in Nordea AB and as Country Senior Executive in Nordea Bank Norway ASA until January 2016. During her career, she has held a number of senior executive positions within banking, wealth management and insurance, including CEO of SpareBank 1 Gruppen and SpareBank 1 Alliansen, Group Executive Vice President of DNB and CEO of Vital Forsikring.

Gunn Wærsted is chair of the board of directors of Petoro AS and Obton AS (DK). She is member of the board of directors of Nationwide Building Society (UK) and Fidelity International. Wærsted has previously held a number of board positions, including chair of the board of directors of Ferd Holding AS and BI Norwegian Business School and member of the board of directors of Statoil ASA (now Equinor ASA) and Statkraft AS.

Gunn Wærsted holds a Master in Business and Economics (siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School.

Richard Milne

Nordic Correspondent Financial Times

Richard Milne is the Financial Times' Nordic and Baltic Correspondent, based in Oslo, and covering everything in the region from business and economics to politics and culture. He took over the role in July 2012 after two years as capital markets editor. He started at the FT on its graduate trainee scheme in 2003 before working in Paris and Frankfurt. In 2008, he was named European business correspondent. He read English Law and French Law at King's College London and the Sorbonne in Paris from 1997-2001

Sven Mollekleiv

Managing Director, Oslo Energy Forum, Honorary President Norwegian Red Cross. Head of NFF’s Qatar Report

Managing Director Oslo Energy Forum ( Now ) Senior Vice President/ Senior Advisor DNV ( Now ) HR Director, Head of Corporate relations and responsibility, Ombudsman DNV/DNVGL. Chair NORSUS. Norwegian institute for sustainability. ( now ) Secretary General and President Norwegian Red Cross, Vice Chair ICRC Special Fund for Disabled/moveability. Director Communication, Development/ Ass Secr Gen Norwegian Confederation of Sport Head of marked and media Norwegian FA. Chair Ethical Committee, Norges Fotball Forbund (Norwegian Football Association) Head of Qatar report. Board member Norges Idrettshøyskole (Norwegian School of Sports Sciences) Board member Amnesty International (Norway) Member of Human Rights Committee University of Oslo

Lise Klaveness

Elite Director, Norwegian Football Association

Dr. Roger Barker

Director of Policy and Governance, UK Institute of Directors

Dr. Roger Barker is Head of Corporate Governance at the IoD, and managing director of Barker and Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm. Dr. Barker previously served as the Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors for almost a decade. He is a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body), Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) and Chairman of the ecoDa Education Programme for European Directors. He is Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London and a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Cass Business School, London. Dr. Barker is the holder of a doctorate from Oxford University and the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including: ‘Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy’ (Edward Elgar, 2017), ‘The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success’ (Kogan Page, 2010), and ‘Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe’ (Oxford University Press, 2010). A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland.

Koushik Chatterjee

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Board, Tata Steel Limited, Director Value Reporting Foundation

Mr. Chatterjee completed his under graduation from University of Calcutta and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Chatterjee joined Tata Steel in 1995 in Corporate Finance and Planning Group. In August 2004, at the age of 36 years, Mr. Chatterjee assumed the role of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and designated as the Vice President (Finance). Mr. Chatterjee was appointed to the Board of Tata Steel in November 2012 as the Whole Time Director with the responsibility for Group Finance functions globally for Tata Steel.

Mr. Chatterjee is on the Board of Tata Steel, Tata Steel Europe and several Tata Steel Group companies including as the Chairman of two publicly listed entities, viz. Tata Metaliks Ltd and Tinplate Company of India. He is also a member of the Board of World Steel Association Brussels.

Mr Chatterjee is a frequent public speaker at various conferences in India and abroad on Strategy, Financing, Sustainability and Climate Change, Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting.

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Global head of Business Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO and Chair of the Integrated Thinking & Strategy Group of the Value Reporting Foundation.

Tjeerd Krumpelman has more than 20 years of experience in the banking sector, the last eight years he has been working within ABN AMRO’s Corporate Strategy & Sustainability department. He heads up a team that offers advice on sustainability and is responsible for integrated thinking,  non-financial and impact reporting.

Carine Smith-Ihenacho

Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management

Carine Smith Ihenacho was appointed Chief Corporate Governance Officer on 1 January 2018. She joined Norges Bank Investment Management in August 2017 as Global Head of Ownership Strategies. Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Ms Ihenacho was Vice President Legal and Global Chief Compliance Officer in Statoil ASA. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, working in both financials and the oil and gas industry, as well as in law firms. She also has extensive board experience. Ms Ihenacho holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School and a Master of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Idar Kreutzer

CEO of Finance Norway

Idar Kreutzer is CEO of Finance Norway. He was CEO of Storebrand from 2000 to 2012. Kreutzer holds several board positions, and he is chairman of the board of Aschehoug Forlag, and a member of the NHH Norwegian School of Economics’s Advisory Board. He has been a member of the board of the University of Oslo for 8 years. In June 2018 he submitted the financial sector’s Roadmap for Green Competitiveness, on behalf of the Norwegian financial sector. In October 2018, Kreutzer submitted his report on access to risk capital in the Nordic region, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. From June 2015 to October 2016, he co-chaired the Government's expert committee on green competitiveness. He is a member of the Climate and Environment Minister's Climate Council.  In 2013 he was appointed member of the Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. He has been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and has Co-Chaired their Vision 2050. Mr. Kreutzer holds a MSc degree in Economics and Business Administration from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics. Kreutzer is Fellow of Digital Innovation for Growth at NHH.

Anita Pratap

International journalist, author and documentary filmmaker

Anita Pratap is an award-winning international journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, having worked in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the United States. She was CNN’s South Asia Bureau Chief; worked for Time Magazine and leading Indian media. She is a speaker at global conferences organized by the UN, governments, conglomerates, universities and think tanks on media, terrorism, war, inequality, diversity, politics, environment and women’s rights.

An instant bestseller, her book “Island of Blood” published by Penguin sold out in record six days. She has received many awards, including the prestigious American George Polk Award for her coverage in CNN of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.  She won the Chameli Devi Jain Award for her “sensitive portrayal of the human condition”.

In 2019, Anita was elected the President of the Oslo-based International Forum. Founded in 1979 and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Forum is a non-profit, non-political organization to promote knowledge and understanding among the Diplomatic Corps, foreign residents and Norwegians. It has members from 38 countries.

Anita is actively involved in "Arendalsuka", Norway's most important annual ‘Festival of Democracy’. She curates and moderates Arendalsuka’s flagship annual event, Global Outlook Norway, always opened by Norway’s Foreign Minister. In addition, she organizes and moderates the first “Ambassadors’ Roundtable” at Arendalsuka.

Anita serves on the Advisory Boards of several organizations including the Lausanne-based Women’s International Network and the Vienna-headquartered Women Without Borders

Anita is married to diplomat Arne Walther, a former Ambassador of Norway to Austria, India and Japan. Her son Zubin works for Google in Melbourne.


Chief Executive Officer SKAGEN Funds

Timothy Warrington has been CEO of SKAGEN Funds since May 2018.  Prior to becoming CEO, over 12 years with SKAGEN, he held several positions including Deputy CEO, Director of Wealth Management and Managing Director International. Other appointments have included a non-executive advisory position with the private equity group Denham Capital. And he currently chairs the Group of Boutique Asset Managers, a global network of independent fund management companies.

Before entering financial services, he served over twenty years as a Gurkha officer and commanded 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. The greater part of his service was concerned with international operations and crisis response.

He is a graduate of Durham University, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the final Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley, and executive leadership courses at both Oxford University and St.Gallen University.

SKAGEN Funds is a Norwegian fund management company with offices in Scandinavia and in London and Frankfurt.

Ingrid Stange

Founder and chair of Partnership for Change, and a board member of Search for Common Ground – the world’s largest peace building organization.

Ingrid Stange is an impact investor and serves at the board of a number of national and global organizations promoting social innovation, developing sustainable business in challenged countries, and meeting climate challenges.   Ingrid´s main focus is empowering women through both entrepreneurial grants, education, and gender investments.

With an MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics and an MBA from UC Berkeley,    a background from McKinsey & Co, Venture Capital, and impact investment, she has focused entirely on impact investment, social business and venture philanthropy for the past 30 years.  Ingrid has established a number of successful social enterprises.  She was one of the  co-founders of  the Montessori School system in Norway, and runs a number of Montessori Schools in the country.     

Therese Sollien

Opinion columnist Aftenposten.

- MA in Chinese language (UiO/Fudan/National Taiwan University) 2008
- En-route to PhD MA in International Relations (Florida International University) 2015
- Columnist/journalist for Dag og Tid 2013-2017
- Columnist for Aftenposten since 2017    


Carolynn Chalmers

Chief Executive Officer of Professor Mervyn King’s Good Governance Academy

-Carolynn is Chief Executive Officer of Professor Mervyn King’s Good Governance Academy. She has spent the last 20 years assisting leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organizations. She uses of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation, and systems thinking to do so.

 Carolynn has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organizations. This spans many industries, including financial services, health, energy, construction, education, tourism, media, non-profit and the public sector.

Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000), co-convenor of the Governance Maturity Technical Committee (ISO 37004) and Chairperson of the associated South African Bureau of Standards mirror committee, TC309, where she also represents South Africa's King Committee.

 Carolynn is well known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy and organizational transformation implementations - she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles.

Carolynn has received numerous national and international accolades for public speaking.

Helge Aasen

CEO of Elkem ASA

-Mr. Helge Aasen is the CEO of Elkem ASA. Over more than 25 years at Elkem, Mr. Aasen has acquired a broad industrial experience of most of the company’s different functions, from sales through operations to logistics and purchasing. He has worked both at plants and in corporate functions internationally and in Norway. He holds a MSc in Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and has participated in the executive leadership development programme at IMD in Switzerland. Mr. Aasen is a board member at Borregaard. He has previously served on the boards of Elkem, China National Bluestar Group and Norsk Industri.

Jan Petter Saltvedt

Sports commentator NRK

Former editor and presenter Master of Law from University of Oslo, MSc in European Studies from London School of Economics

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