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Speakers & Panelists

Jarle Andersen

Managing Director
Jarander Holding

Jarle Andersen has broad experience in offshore and onshore companies. He also worked on offshore drilling units in various positions and as a platform manager before he joined DNV Marine Operations as a Maritime Warranty Surveyor. After a few years with DNV he left and started his own companies with partners and later his own company, Global Mooring Services, a small, but highly experienced service company within the oil and gas industry. He was also one of the initiators of Offshore Installation Group,(OIG) now rebranded to Ceona.

Jarle Andersen established Jarander Mooring Logistics Services LTD, a fully registered Nigerian oil and gas company, in Port Harcourt at Onne Port in Nigeria. From his 12 years experience living in Port Harcourt in Nigeria since 2001, he gained valuable experience with operations and developed a broad network with local content government and relevant authorities.

Jarle Andersen has been active within the international onshore and offshore industries for more than 40 years, with experience from contracting and operations activities in the North Sea, Mexico, UK, Gulf of Mexico, US waters, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil and in West Africa – such as Mauritania, Senegal, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and predominantly offshore, onshore and in the Bonny River in Nigeria. He acted as a Project and Offshore Installation Manger installing FPSO’s and other operations.


Lars Erik Baller

Partner and Advisor on Africa operations
Renew Strategies

Lars Erik Baller has international consulting experience across a range of business sectors including energy, telecommunications, technology, construction, IT, trade, retail, oil and gas, in addition to work with international business investments. Baller lived 3 years in Africa in Ethiopia and Zambia.

Among his specialties are due diligence, business management, strategy implementation and finance management. Lars worked with Tele2 Norway, SN Power (Zambia), Renew Strategies (Ethiopia), Elkem Energy, Opera Software, Alliance Boots, Tandberg Data, Tyco International, Reitan Servicehandel, Shell Technology, Libris and others.

He earned his executive MBA at ESCP Europe and BI Norwegian School of Management.


Arne Elias Corneliussen

Founder & CEO
NRCI

Arne Elias Corneliussen is the Founder & CEO of Norwegian Risk Consulting International (NRCI), a political risk consulting company based in Oslo. NRCI provides daily, monthly and tailor-made analysis and consulting services to Companies and investors expanding into Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Arne Elias Corneliussen received his bachelor of arts in political science at Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1998. He conducted research on Islamic terrorism at The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He has lived in Santiago, Chile where he conducted research on South America´s democratization and economic integration, and US foreign policy towards Colombia. In addition, Corneliussen has studied at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt. He later continued and 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 a political analyst for the Norwegian Armed Forces in Kosovo from 2001 until 2002. Since 2002 he held different roles in the corporate sector in Norway including sales, international business development and headhunting.

During 2013 Corneliussen spent 4 months travelling on fact-finding journeys mostly by bus through 20 countries in eastern, southern and western Africa. He mapped risks and opportunities by talking with business people, diplomats, researchers, political actors and local people.

Arne Elias Corneliussen founded NRCI in 2010.


Carey Eaton

Co-Founder
One Africa Media

Born in Zambia and raised in Kenya, Carey has extensive experience in business management in high growth emerging industries throughout the world, in mature and emerging markets. Based in Nairobi, Carey is the Co-Founder of One Africa Media, one of Africa's largest and fastest growing online media companies, with a portfolio of high growth investments and brands throughout East, West and Central Africa.

Carey has also worked as a senior executive in high growth listed companies in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, with senior roles at seek.com and NewsCorp. Carey also holds a Masters Degree in International Relations specializing in African studies. He speaks fluent Swahili and has spent an extensive time in Kenya and several other African countries. Carey advises on strategic growth and business management on several boards, including BioCarbonPartners, a high growth REDD Carbon company and Kopokopo, East Africa's largest mobile payments aggregator.


Stig Jarle Hansen

Associate Professor
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Stig Jarle Hansen represents one of few western scientists who traveled regularly in Somalia and Yemen over the past 15 years. He is internationally recognized as an expert on security policy and organized crime in the area. His reputation resulted in appearance as expert in global media outlets as CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, Daily Mail, Reuters and Chinese Channel 4, as well as regional newspapers such as Addis Zamen (Ethiopia), The Standard, KTN (Kenya), Hiran and Hatuf (Somalia/Somaliland Times). His experience with risk assessment extends to Yemen, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

He worked previously as an analyst for NATO, European Union, U.S. State Department, the FBI, the German Foreign Ministry, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and the Danish and Norwegian Foreign Ministries. He published the book Al-Shabab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012 (Oxford University Press) and the Economist described the book as "essential reading" to understand militant Islam in Somalia. He leads the only master's program in international politics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and holds a PhD in International Relations at Aberystwyth, University of Wales. In addition, he received a master’s in Political Science at the University of Oslo / UC Berkeley and a master degree in History at the University of Oslo.


Derica Lambrects

Political Risk Lecturer
Stellenbosch University

Derica Lambrechts is a political risk lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University. Derica Lambrechts obtained her PhD in Political Science in early 2013 on the topic: The Impact of Organised Crime on Social Control by the State: A Study of Manenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. As part of the research for this study, Derica did extensive field research on organised criminal groups in Cape Town. She also teaches Political Risk Analysis as part of the department’s Master’s programme. Here, her focus is on Political Security-risk; Industry Specific Political Risk Models and Political Risk of Chinese firms operating in the oil and gas industry in Africa. She is also an Associate at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University.

Before lecturing at Stellenbosch, Derica worked as a political risk analyst at red24, where she did extensive research on maritime security off the coast of West Africa and kidnapping trends in Africa.


Siw Heggedal Longvastøl

Commercial Counsellor and Director
Royal Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway South Africa

Siw Heggedal Longvastøl serves as a Commercial Counsellor and Director at Innovation Norway`s subdivisjon in Cape Town/Pretoria, South-Africa since January 2013 Longvastøl started in Innovation Norway in 2000 as Assist. Director at Innovation Norway Sogn og Fjordane. With consultancy and financial incentives, Innovation Norway encourages innovation among Norwegian companies in order to improve their competitiveness abroad.

Longvastøl received her education studies in administration, planning and economics at Volda and Molde college, with subsequent addition of studies within innovation management, internationalization and corporate boards. She has worked with start-ups, growth companies and learning in organizations.


Erastus Kyania Musyimi

Researcher
NRCI

Erastus Musyimi works on analysis and research in Norwegian Risk Consulting International (NRCI). His main responsibilities include policy analysis on East Africa and other selected geographic areas.

Erastus Musyimi has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in international relations from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). His thesis focused on "The international criminal court's agenda on justice and reconciliation: Response to the 2007/8 post-election violence in Kenya" and was published in an international journal.

Erastus Musyimi is originally from Kenya and has lived in Norway since 2005. He is fluent in Swahili and English.


Magnus Nesheim

Researcher
NRCI

Magnus Nesheim works with research and analysis in Norwegian Risk Consulting International (NRCI). His key tasks include analysis within macroeconomics, oil and gas in selected international markets.

He holds a BSc in Business and Administration from the Norwegian Business School, with a major in Supply Chain Management, and a MSc in Finance with a minor in Economic Analysis from the Norwegian School of Economics. During his Master's degree he spent a semester in Lausanne, Switzerland, studying Finance from a Hedge Fund perspective at HEC. Currently he conducts a Master in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Oslo.

Magnus Nesheim previously worked with executive recruitment and he has experience from international military operations, in addition to key positions in voluntary organizations.


Are-Jostein Norheim

CSR Ambassador, Section of Economic and Commercial Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo

Are-Jostein Norheim joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway in 1981. Since September 2008 he has served as CSR Ambassador in the Section of Economic and Commercial Affairs. Prior to that he was Consul General in San Francisco from 2003. He has served as Deputy Director General in the European Department. His foreign postings include the UN Mission in New York and the Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Norheim was the coordinator of the Norwegian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2008-2011 and chaired the 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points at OECD in Paris. Furthermore, he also joined the Governmental Advisory Group's Meeting for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in South Africa in 2011.


Svein Olsen

Managing Director
Soling AS

Svein Olsen has been active within the international offshore industry for more than 35 years, with experience from contracting activities in Iran, North Sea, Mexico, India and West Africa - predominantly Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Mauritania. These include CEO positions in Fred.Olsen Production, Bergesen Offshore and Aker Floating Production.

Svein Olsen has a technical and commercial background, and currently engaged in new FPSO - and subsea installation activities in Mexico and West Africa as an independent party through Soling AS.


Aslak Jangård Orre

Senior Researcher
Christian Michelsen Institute

Orre is a political scientist heading Christian Michelsen Institute's Angola programme and cooperation with the Angolan institute Centro de Estudos e Investigação Científica (CEIC). The Christian Michelsen Institute is located in Bergen, Norway.

With a geographical focus on Mozambique and Angola, he speaks Portuguese fluently. Key competence areas include local government reform, corruption and anti-corruption, parties and opposition in Africa and the politics of decentralisation.

He has carried out research in Angola since 2002, and is currently involved in various research projects in that country, including: the role of the media and openness; the introduction of decentralized local government; transparency and the risk of corruption in public construction; tax reform and the role of China in Angolan media. Orre's PhD thesis discussed political space between the local state, traditional authorities and political parties in Angola and Mozambique.