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Arne Elias Corneliussen, Founder and CEO, NRCI - NRF2016
Arne Elias Corneliussen on fact-finding expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul
Arne Elias Corneliussen on fact-finding expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul

”NRCI’s CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered a most interesting, high-quality and insightful presentation and a Q & A session to The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts. He is a very knowledgeable, well-informed, committed and accomplished speaker with first-hand experience on the ground.”

Guri Angell-Hansen
Managing Director
The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts

”Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered an outstanding presentation for a full house at Bogstad Manor in Oslo and it became a remarkable experience. He is extremely knowledgeable, reflective and insightful. He communicates in a structured, clear and entertaining manner. This became one of our most successful evenings ever. ”

Morten Ole Mørch
Chairman
Friends Association of Bogstad Manor, Oslo

”NRCI’s CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen provided an excellent, inspiring and exciting presentation about his overland expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul along the New Silk Road. His descriptions, analysis and pictures from his expedition gave unique insights into geopolitical dynamics, infrastructure, logistics and distribution. He also provided practical advice about travelling overland by car, bus and train across long distances and how to negotiate. ”

Arild Løkken
Managing Director
Schibsted Distribution East Ltd, Oslo

Arne Elias Corneliussen
Founder and CEO
NRCI

Arne Elias Corneliussen, aged 42, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of NRCI. He formed NRCI in 2010. Mr. Corneliussen developed a genuine passion for international relations and history at a very early age and in his teenager years frequented the Parliament and University of Oslo to attend lectures. Regular travels around the world from an early age formed his international personality and zest for exploration.

Originally from Oslo, Mr. Corneliussen received his bachelor of arts in political science from Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1998. He studied at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt in 1996. He then returned to the US where he mapped Islamic terrorist movements from Morocco to the Philippines at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C in 1998. He lived in Santiago, Chile in 1999 where he examined South America´s political situation, economic development, drug cartels in Colombia and strategic relations between South America, North America and Europe. During the late 1990s he attended a range of conferences in Washington, D.C., New York City, London and Cairo. He completed a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York in 2000.

He worked as an officer for the Norwegian Armed Forces during NATO’s operation in Kosovo from 2001 until 2002. Since 2002 he held different roles in the corporate sector in Norway including sales, international business development and recruitment services. Mr. Corneliussen travelled to more than 110 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin and North America and Europe. He brings a unique combination of an intrepid practitioner, insightful academic and dynamic business acumen. Mr. Corneliussen manages NRCI with a life-long perspective to become a global geopolitical risk consultancy trusted and respected by clients, partners and local contacts worldwide. Mr. Corneliussen is a Fellow in the Royal Geographical Society in London. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences on risk, international business and leadership.

Mr. Corneliussen regularly conducts long fact-finding expeditions where he maps political, security and business risks, infrastructure, local conditions and expands NRCI’s global network with local contacts. He travelled on 10 fact-finding expeditions to 42 countries in Africa and he crossed 27 countries on the African continent by bus. His recent field trips include Central Asia, Central Africa and East Africa. In the fall of 2017 Mr. Corneliussen travelled on an expedition by train, bus and shared taxis from Shanghai across China, Central Asia and the Caucasus to Istanbul to map infrastructure developments, logistical clusters and the geopolitical landscape along the One Belt One Road – the New Silk Road developed by China.

Mr. Corneliussen also serves as the conference director for Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual international conference in Oslo focusing on geopolitical risks and international business opportunities. Mr. Corneliussen’s strategic and systematic approach to define topics for each Norwegian Risk Forum involves field insights from his fact-finding expeditions; conversations with NRCI’s global advisory board members and leading analysts worldwide; and observing national policymaking and regional growth trends in emerging markets. During his fact-finding expeditions he developed relations with world-leading scholars and analysts whom he also invited to Norwegian Risk Forum usually the following year as speakers. During Norwegian Risk Forum Mr. Corneliussen serves as conference host, speaker and moderator during panel debates and he provides opening and closing remarks. Mr. Corneliussen is also the director of geopolitical analysis in NRCI and responsible for recruiting, training and following up our team of analysts. He remains in regular contact with a wide range of contacts, partners and analysts around the world. He also developed a wide range of partnerships with organizations, think tanks and other institutions.

Mr. Corneliussen's unique experience combining extensive travel and detailed assessment of risk on the ground enables him to provide practical and hands-on advice to businesses and governments.

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