An ocean of opportunities - with a digital conference

The Covid-19 situation has limited the occasions to gather physically and challenged us to find new solutions. At the same time, this situation has given some opportunities. The digital format allows us to present speakers from different part of the world, and we are proud to present Monica Varman at THE OCEAN 2020 DIGITAL.


Monica Varman, Investor at G2VP

Monica Varman is an investor at G2VP, a venture capital and private equity fund investing in companies applying emerging technologies to traditional industries in sustainable ways. Monica was most recently a core member of the sustainability practice at McKinsey & Company, where she advised senior executives in the energy and infrastructure sectors on decarbonization and growth strategies. She was previously part of the business operations team at Tesla, where she helped scale Model S manufacturing.


She has also worked at off-grid solar company Zola Electric, where she developed its distribution and logistics strategy in Tanzania and Rwanda. Monica spent a year as a researcher with the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations and worked on the sustainable seafood program at the World Wildlife Fund. At G2VP she is focusing on investments in the consumer and food / agriculture sectors. She has worked with both incumbents in industries facing seismic shifts and also the companies disrupting those sectors. Monica holds a B.A. degree in Economics-Mathematics and Sustainable Development from Columbia University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. 


Monica Varman will share her experiences on investing in a sustainable future.




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Elisabeth Grieg is co-owner of the Grieg Group and member of the founding family. She was the first female president of the Norwegian Shipowners Society and has served as a member of several other boards such as Norsk Hydro, Nordea AB and Statoil.

Grieg is board chair of Grieg Maturitas, and a board member of several other companies within the Grieg Group. She is also board chair of Norled, and a board member at London Business School, in addition to SOS Children villages and Talent Norge. She is also chair of the election committee in WWF and has served as Chair of the Norwegian Guarantee Institute of Export Credits (GIEK). Elisabeth Grieg is known for her strong social commitment, the fight for diversity and equality in business, and the need for sustainable development. She will tell us about her perspectives on the future of the maritime industry.


Sondre Eide is the CEO of Eide Fjordbruk, a family company that has been engaged in fish farming for more than 45 years. The company has been a pioneer in the aquaculture industry and has contributed in the development in the industry. Sondre Eide is actively working with innovation and technology which he believes is necessary for a sustainable development of the seafood industry.Sondre Eide will share his thoughts on how the Covid-19 situation can represent opportunities in the further global development of the seafood industry.


Dave Robb is Sustainability Lead for Cargill Aqua Nutrition, having worked on sustainability issues for nearly 15 years. Working on sustainability can cover just about every aspect of the business, requiring a great degree of flexibility and collaboration within the business. In Cargill, this also means working across species as diverse as salmon, shrimp, tilapia and even alligators! Cargill addresses sustainability through their value chain, from their raw material suppliers to how well the customers can grow their seafood using their nutritional products and services. Dave Robb will tell about collaboration throughout the value chain to create sustainable developments to reduce carbon footprint in seafood.


An-Magritt Ryste is the Director of Next Generation Shipping in Kongsberg Maritime – a company developing advanced technologies to provide extreme performance for extreme conditions. She has background as Naval Architect and has worked with automation systems for complex maritime vessels as well as managing large research and innovation development projects for future maritime operations in KONGSBERG. Ryste will share insights about the development of autonomous vessels and how digitalization is a key enabler. 


Pål Atle Solheimsnes is a Leading Advisor - Subsea Intervention and Diving at Equinor where he has been working for 18 years. In his work, he develops and drives new technology for the intervention discipline: UID (Underwater Intervention Drones), ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), subsea docking stations, vessel intervention system (IMR), subsea modules, etc. Pål Atle Solheimsnes will share with us visions and innovations for the future.

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