Speakers | THE OCEAN 20

Nina Jensen, CEO, REV Ocean
Talking about: Distruptive solutions for One Healthy Ocean

Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean and is a tireless champion for promoting environmentally responsible solutions for the world’s oceans. She started this position in 2018 after 12 years of positive impact in WWF Norway. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for the oceans, conservation, and sustainable solutions. She also holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø. 

Monica Varman, G2VP
Investing in a sustainable future

Monica Varman is an investor at G2VP 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. She 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. Monica was previously part of the business operations team at Tesla, where she helped scale Model S manufacturing. She 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. 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.

Tor M. Østervold, CEO, ECOsubsea
Talking about: The Ocean Cleanup, Vol. 2: Biofouling

Tor M. Østervold is the CEO and founder of ECOsubsea which has developed technology that keeps vessels hull free of fouling with a robot that sends all biofouling further to be used in biogas production. Østervold holds a MSc in International Shipping from the University of Plymouth. Tor M. Østervold will share his experiences on developing new eco-friendly technologies for a greener shipping industry.

Olav-Andreas Ervik, CEO, SalMar Ocean
Talking about: Offshore aquaculture – experiences and future opportunities

Olav-Andreas has more than 20 years of experience from the aquaculture industry and has been employed in SalMar since 2012. Before he started as CEO in the new company SalMar Ocean, he held several management positions in the company before the position as CEO of SalMar ASA. He has also experience from management positions in Lerøy Midnor, Scottish Seafarms and Lerøy Hydrotech, as well as experience from practical fish farming.

Olav-Andreas Ervik will share experiences and give insights on future opportunities in the new field of offshore aquaculture.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor, University of Queensland, Australia
The Ocean as a Solution for Climate Change - Five Opportunities for Action

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is internationally recognised for his work on the biological impacts of climate change, especially those that affect the physiology and ecology of complex ecosystems such as coral reefs. In his roles a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Ove has helped build the international consensus on the importance of restraining global warming to 1.5oC above the pre-industrial period, with a particular interest in the roles that the Ocean can play in mitigation. Ove works with government and industry on climate issues and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science (since 2013). He received the Climate Change Prize from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2014 and was listed among the 100 most influential people in Climate Policy (Apolitical.co) in 2018. We are happy to welcome Ove Hoegh-Guldberg to highlight some of the key findings of this scientific report.

Iselin Nybø, Minster of Trade and Industry, The Norwegian Government
Talking about: The Norwegian Government´s Ocean Strategy

Iselin Nybø has been Minister in the Norwegian Government since 2018. Before she was appointed as Minister of Trade and Industry, she was Minister of Research and Higher Education.

At THE OCEAN 2020 DIGITAL Iselin Nybø will give a speech on the Norwegian Government´s ocean strategy.

Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL
Talking about: How can Covid-19 challenges turn into opportunities

Remi Eriksen is the Group President and CEO of DNV GL Group, since 2015. With more than 23 years with DNV GL, he has extensive management and technical experience from working in the oil and gas, maritime and renewable energy sectors in Asia, Europe and Americas. 

He is a technology optimist and strongly believes business has to make a bigger impact on the journey towards a sustainable future. 

Remi Eriksen will be talking about opportunities, as a consequence of Covid-19 - and his perspectives from the energy sector.

Erik W. Jakobsen, Partner, Menon Economics
Presenting ocean industries facts

Erik W. Jakobsen has a MSc in Economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the Norwegian School of Management. He established Menon Business Economics together with Leo Grünfeld in 2006 and was previously a Managing Partner in the company. Erik has for about 10 years been a professor of strategic management at the University of Southeast Norway (USN). Jakobsen has 25 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and lecturer. His core professional areas are strategic analysis, industry competitiveness, corporate and ownership strategy, organizational design, cluster development and economic policy.

Sondre Eide, CEO, Eide Fjordbruk
Future perspectives of the seafood 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.


An-Magritt Ryste, Director Next Generation Shipping, Kongsberg Group
Autonomous Ships – A Concept in the Making

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.

Tore Halvorsen, LOKE Marine Minerals

Opportunities in marine minerals

Tore Halvorsen joined LOKE Marine Minerals as a co-founder and Board Member early 2020. He has 38 years of experience in the Subsea Oil and Gas Business and started in 1980 with Kongsberg Offshore as engineer and later as Technical Manager. After the acquisition of FMC Technologies in 1993, he became Managing Director of the Norway Operation for FMC. In 2002 he was given responsibility for FMC's subsea operation in Eastern Hemisphere, and from 2007, he became global manager for all of FMC's worldwide subsea operations. He retired from FMC in 2018 and is currently Chairman for TechnipFMC's Norwegian legal entities. Tore Halvorsen holds a M.Sc i Mechnical Engineering from The Technical University of Trondheim. Tore Halvorsen will look closer into the opportunities in marine minerals.

3x3 projects Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Professor Margareta H. Lützhöft, Department of Maritime Studies, The human factor in autonomous shipping.

Doctor Research Fellow Thorstein R. Rykkje, Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, Smart vessels and automation of ship cranes

Doctor Research Fellow Leif Ole Dreyer, Department of Maritime Studies, Maritime Autonomy – Investigation of Suitable Safety Management Measures

Tarald Kleppa Øvrebø, COE and Co-founder, Shrimp Vision
Education sustainable development in ocean industries

Tarald Kleppa Øvrebø started his career in the oil industry (Skagen44) with a BSc in geophysics from UiB. In 2016 he wanted to take part in the «blue shift» and started on the newly established «Seafood and Aquaculture» engineering program at the department of Biology at the University of Bergen. The program covers subjects such as marine biology, aquaculture technology, innovation and management. His master covered an analysis of new concepts (Semi-closed systems) for harvesting salmon in the sea. In addition, Øvrebø co-founded ShrimpVision during his master period – influenced and motivated by the study program.

Harald B. Hansen, Director Deep Purple BU, KANFA AS, Technip Energies
Empowering ocean energy with renewable hydrogen

Harald B. Hansen holds an MSc in Marine Technology from University of Trondheim. He has a background in building new business, mainly in the Oil & Gas industry. The last 4 years he has led TechnipFMC initiatives into renewables focused on the Deep Purple project.

Harald B. Hansen will share his experiences on empowering ocean energy with renewable hydrogen.

Maren Hjorth Bauer, Co-chair Seaweed for Europe and Managing Partner Fynd Ocean Ventures
Seaweed for Europe
Maren Hjorth Bauer is Managing Partner and Founder of Fynd Ocean Ventures, Co-Chair Seaweed for Europe. Maren is passionate about supporting ocean ventures. She is currently building Fynd Ocean Ventures. Fynd will drive the blue shift through investing in and actively support leading ocean ventures globally. In 2018 she started Katapult Ocean as CEO and Co-founder. Katapult Ocean has quickly become a leading force in building the blue economy globally. She has led investments into 22 impact driven ocean startups from 14 countries. She has built a leading network of mentors, partners and investors globally. She is Co-chair of Seaweed for Europe. Prior to that she had international management positions with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Orkla and McKinsey & Co working across all continents. Her focus is impact investment, strategy, business development and commercialization, and she is an active advisor, board member and investor to several startups. She is active in the advisory network to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. She is also Co-Chair in Seaweed for Europe. She has had key notes and contributed to global events like the, the Economist’s World Ocean Conference, Nor-Shipping, Our Ocean, The World Economic Forum to mention some. Maren has a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Bachelor’s Degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Siri-Anne Mjåtvedt, CEO, Utkilen

Siri-Anne Mjåtvedt is the Chief Executive Officer of Utkilen, a fully integrated shipping company in Bergen, Norway. She has long experience in shipping through 22 years in various positions within Chemical Tanker Shipping and Terminal Operations both in Norway and in Singapore. Siri-Anne has a Master in Finance from France/US and a MBA in Shipping and Logistics from CBS in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Siri-Anne Mjåtvedt will take part in the Ocean talk about market trends in the ocean industries.

Rune Storvold, Research Director, NORCE 
Drones and autonomous systems

Rune Storvold is the Research Director at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Research Group in the NORCE Technology Department. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science. He has background in optics and atmospheric physics from the University of Bergen (MS 1993) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (PhD, 2001). He started working at Norut/NORCE in 2003 using synthetic aperture radar data for measurements of cryospheric properties and doing modelling of microwave scattering and propagation in snow and ice. In 2005 he established the Unmanned Aircraft Group at Norut. He has been at the board of directors of UAS Norway, the Norwegian trade organization for unmanned aircraft systems since its founding in 2008. 

Pål Atle Solheimsnes, Leading Advisor, Equinor 
Visions and innovations for the future

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.

Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor
How to prepare for the future?

Eirik Wærness is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist in Equinor, group responsible for macroeconomics and energy and commodity market analyses, and head of policy and regulation in mid- and downstream. Eirik has broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies, as advisor and in different leadership positions. He is currently a non-executive member of the Board of Innovation Norway, and non-resident fellow at Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines. Eirik has previously served as member of the Boards of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority and the Central Bank of Norway, respectively. Eirik Wærness will share his reflections on market trends of the ocean industries and how we should prepare for the future.

Hogne Tyssøy, Co-founder and Board member, Holberg

Hogne Tyssøy has experience from more than 35 years in the financial industry. He has worked primarily with investments/asset management but also with media, as a speaker and relationship manager. Hogne was one of the founders at Holberg Fondene in the year 2000. Following the global seafood industry for several years, Holberg Triton was established in 2015 as a mutual fund, only investing in listed seafood companies. Hogne Tyssøy will take part in the Ocean talk about market trends in the ocean industries.

Elisabeth Grieg, Chair Grieg Maturitas
Future perspectives of the maritime industry (title to be settled)

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.

Dave Robb, Sustainability Lead, Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Collaborating to reduce carbon footprint in seafood

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.

Morten Bjerkholt, CEO, Eelume
Talking about: Cross-over technology reshaping underwater operations

Morten Bjerkholt has been working with Eelume as Project Manager since 2016. He became CEO in 2019. Eelume’s autonomous underwater robot has capabilities and functionality not yet seen in underwater robotics. Bjerkholt holds a Master in electronics and signal processing from NTNU and will share his experience within innovative ocean cross-over technology reshaping underwater operations – from offshore energy to offshore aquaculture.

Vidar Helgesen, Special Envoy, The High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy
Talking about: Collaboration for building a sustainable ocean economy

Vidar Helgesen was appointed Norway´s Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The Panel was launched by Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Helgesen is responsible for coordinating Norway’s efforts in this area. Helgesen is a Norwegian diplomat and politician for the Conservative party and an Attorney of Law. He is former Minister of Climate and Environment and Minister of European Affairs. Vidar Helgesen will give us insight on the work of the Panel and his perspectives on collaborations for building a sustainable ocean economy.


Sissel Rogne, CEO, Institute of Marine Research 
Talking about: Advices for necessary changes for sustainable ocean economy

Sissel Rogne is the Director of the Institute of Marine Research, Europe´s second largest marine research institute. She is educated in cell biology and holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and has previously been Director of the Biotechnology Council and has worked ten years in medical research and ten years in Agro - and aquaculture research. Sissel Rogne will reflect on the opportunities a crisis can provide and give advises for the further development of a sustainable ocean economy.

Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen
Talking about: Opportunities in collaborations between ocean industries and academia 

Dag Rune Olsen is the Rector of the University of Bergen since 2013. Previously he was Director of Research at the Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo and is a Professor in Medical Physics. His research interests are radiation therapy and cancer. Dag Rune Olsen will share his thoughts about opportunities in collaborations between ocean industries and academia in the coming post-corona situation.

Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Nordea
Talking about: Geopolitical financial situation for the ocean industries

Thina Margrethe Saltvedt is Chief Analyst at Sustainable Finance at Nordea Bank, the largest banking group in the Nordic region. Before joining the Sustainable Finance group in January 2018, she worked as a chief analyst macro/oil for 10 years at Nordea Markets. Thina is a member of the Minister of Climate and Environment’s Climate Council. Thina Saltvedt has a Ph.D in Economics and a MSc in International Business from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom. 

Thina Saltvedt will share her insights on the geopolitical financial situation for the ocean industries.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor, University of Oslo
Talking about: Which new normal? Moving into a post-corona world

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a social anthropologist and writer based at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. His work is motivated by a triple concern: to understand the present world, to understand what it means to be human, and to help bring about social and environmental change.

At THE OCEAN 2020 DIGITAL Thomas Hylland Eriksen will reflect on the “new normal” as moving into a post-corona world.

Owe Hagesæther, CEO, GCE Ocean Technology

Owe Hagesæther is CEO of GCE Ocean Technology and Chair of the Steering Committee to THE OCEAN.

Geir Lasse Taranger, Research Director Aquaculture, environment and technology, Institute of Marine Research

Dr. Geir Lasse Taranger is currently Vice Director and Research Director at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. Taranger has background in aquaculture research, and environmental risk assessments. During his research career Taranger has worked in the intersection between science and industry, and in more recent years in the science-policy interface on marine ecosystem management.

Geir Lasse Taranger will be moderating Session 2: Knowledge based utilization of the oceans.

Kristin Flornes, Executive Vice President Technology, NORCE

Kristin Flornes has a PhD in mathematics from NTNU and worked for Schlumberger, as an analyst in the energy market and as a researcher within oil and gas before she got management positions in NORCE Norwegian Research Centre in 2008. She is currently Executive Vice President Technology. Robotics and autonomous operations are strategic areas for NORCE.

Kristin Flornes will be moderating Session 1: Robotics and autonomous operations at sea.

Nina Stangeland, CEO, NCE Seafood Innovation

Nina Stangeland is CEO of NCE Seafood Innovation and Chair of the Program Committee to THE OCEAN.

Peter Haugan, Programme Director, Institute of Marine Research

Peter Haugan is Programme Director for Ocean Science for Development. He is also co-chair of the expert group for The High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and an advisor to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), a UN body for marine research, ocean observations, monitoring systems and services based on data and data exchange. 

Peter Haugan will be moderating Session 3: Reducing carbon footprint.