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Arne Elias Corneliussen, Founder and CEO, NRCI - NRF2016

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Arne Elias Corneliussen, Founder and CEO, NRCI - NRF2016
Arne Elias Corneliussen during Norwegian Risk Forum

Client Testimonials

NRCI's CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen gave an excellent virtual presentation to AIG, providing a compelling and insightful analysis of the challenging geopolitical environment for business. In 45 minutes he expertly covered an impressively wide range of global topics. Arne has broad and deep expertise, and the ability to combine detailed regional knowledge with a genuinely global and ‘big-picture’ perspective.

Rhodri Williams
Head of International Public Policy
American International Group, Inc. | AIG

NRCI´s CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered an excellent keynote address at our recent Global Infrastructure Investment Conference in London. Arne did a great job keeping the audience engaged. His presentation was very insightful and the delivery seamless. Leading up to the conference Arne was very responsive, friendly and helpful in making pre-event preparations as efficient as they can be. I would strongly recommend to book Arne as a keynote speaker for any similar industry events.

Svetlana Fathers
Senior Conference Producer
Informa Connect

NRCI´s CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered a fantastic 2-day virtual geopolitical risk management training course. The participants thought it was an excellent training course and very engaging. Feedback from the participants was extremely positive.

Peter Tseng
Events Executive
Risk Learning
Hong Kong

We had the pleasure of having Arne Elias Corneliussen as our keynote speaker at the Danske Bank Annual Transaction Banking Conference 2022. Arne gave an excellent presentation on the global geopolitical landscape and answered our customers questions in a very enthusiastic and insightful manner, providing his own personal perspective. For these reasons and consistently positive customers feedback, we would definitely consider having Arne as a keynote speaker in our future events.

Justina Baku
Senior Consultant
Danske Bank

Arne Elias Corneliussen on fact-finding expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul
Arne Elias Corneliussen on fact-finding expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul
The Future of Europe Expedition Map

Arne Elias Corneliussen

Founder, Chairman & CEO NRCI

Arne Elias Corneliussen is founder and director of global geopolitical analysis in NRCI - a geopolitical advisory firm. He formed NRCI in 2010. Mr. Corneliussen developed a genuine passion for inter-
national relations and history at a very early age and in his teen-
ager 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 and instilled in him a natural ability to connect with people on the ground from different cultures, religions and local communities.
This gave him a unique ability to reflect, listen and observe the world with a unique lense from different perspectives, which he brings into his presentations, keynote speeches and advisory sessions with clients.

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 Islamist 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 of Citizenship and Public Affairs 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 125 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 a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London - a world-leading society for geographers and explorers and he is a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London - the oldest biological and natural history society in the world. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences and corporate events on the geopolitical landscape in the world, international relations and global strategic issues. He also provides lectures at universities around the world and in February 2019 he gave a presentation at St Antony's College at the University of Oxford about his overland expeditions across western, southern and eastern Africa.

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 28 countries on the African continent by public bus. 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 One Belt One Road - the New Silk Road developed by China. Moreover in 2022 Mr. Corneliussen conducted a 2,5-month long overland fact-finding expedition by bus and train across 19 countries in eastern, southern and western Europe, and assessed geopolitical and strategic dynamics, and more broadly he examined the future of Europe. His overland fact-finding expeditions across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, give him a global perspective, and extraordinary geopolitical and strategic insights.

Mr. Corneliussen also serves as the conference director and program chair for Norwegian Risk Forum - NRCI's annual international geopolitical 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. 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 geopolitical dynamics and risks on the ground enables him to provide useful, practical and hands-on advice on geopolitical dynamics, strategic thinking and global strategic outlook to businesses, academics, investors, foundations and governments.

Arne Elias Corneliussen is the host and anchor on Global Horizon - NRCI's YouTube Channel, which provides three weekly NRCI original video series: Asian Horizon every Monday, Geopolitical Horizon every Wednesday and African Horizon every Friday. In these video series he examines geopolitical developments, economic and financial opportunities and security dynamics.

Mr. Corneliussen provides thoughtful, carefully nuanced, inspiring and eye-opening presentations, keynote speeches and advisory sessions in virtual events, leadership and board meetings and webinars.

Select Presentations and Keynote Address Themes:

  • • The New Global Geopolitical Risk Landscape
  • • Expedition along the New Silk Road from China to Turkey
  • • The Rise and Evolving Role of China in Global Affairs
  • • Assessing Business Opportunities and Risks in Africa
Please submit your enquiry if you have another speaking theme regarding global affairs or current events that you would like to discuss.

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