SPEAKERS 2020

We are updating the list with new speakers every week, stay tuned.

INGA BEALE
Board Director, London First

Inga Beale is a British business-woman and the former CEO of Lloyd’s of London. During her 5 year tenure at Lloyd’s, Inga modernized the $40 billion insurance giant through the introduction of technology, moving it from a paper-based market to an electronic trading environment.

As the first female CEO of Lloyd’s, she also played a critical role in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the global insurance sector.

 
GRO HARLEM BRUNDTLAND
Former prime minister of Norway, Director-General Emeritus, World Health Organization

Few Norwegians have had such an impact on their era as Gro Harlem Brundtland. Brundtland has held various public offices in Norway, including ten years as the Prime Minister. She was Norway's first female Prime Minster. She has been head of the World Commission on Environment and Development, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, Brundtland has served on the board of the UN Foundation and as a member of the organization The Elders, in addition to being a Health Policy Fellow at Harvard University. She has also been a member of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN. In March 2007, she was appointed Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on climate change. 

At the SHE Conference Jon Mørland, Gro's advisor, will chair a conversation with Brundtland.  

ERNA SOLBERG

The Norwegian Prime Minister

Erna Solberg is the second female Norwegian Prime Minister. Solberg was elected Prime Minister in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. She is the longest serving Prime Minister from the Conservative party in Norway. She was first elected to be a member to the Norwegian Parliament in 1986, and she served as the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Bondevik’s second cabinet from 2001 to 2005. 

As Prime Minister, and former Chair of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, she has championed transatlantic values and security.

In 2018 she assembled a global High-Level Panel on sustainable ocean economy and introduced the topic at the G7 Summit. Her Government supports the World Bank’s PROBLUE initiative to prevent marine damage.

SIV JENSEN

Former Minister of Finance in Norway

Siv Jensen is a Norwegian Politician who has been the Norwegian Minister of Finance since 2013, and she is the longest serving Minister of Finance since World War II.  Jensen has been the leader of the Progress party since 2006, and was the party’s candidate for Prime Minister in 2009, the election that showed a record high result for the party. Jensen describes her party as a classical liberal party which main focus areas are individual freedom and rights. 

TRINE SKEI GRANDE

The Norwegian Minister of Culture

Trine Skei Grande is a Norwegian politician who has been the Minister of Culture since 2018, and the Minister of Culture and Equality since January 22nd 2019. She is the leader of the Liberal Party in Norway. She was first elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 2005, and the re-elected in 2009 and 2013. 

PELLEGRINO RICCARDI
Global Keynote Speaker, Course Instructor, ChangeMaker

Motivational speaker, teacher, communications consultant, cross-cultural expert and even (once upon a time) a world-touring rock musician, Pellegrino Riccardi has spent the last 30 years travelling the globe connecting with people. The common thread running through these many roles is making a connection with audiences through their hearts and minds, and also helping the people he communicates with to connect and interact more effectively with each other. Pellegrino’s style of public speaking is a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling and observational humour in what he calls “edutainment” (education + entertainment). 

JULIE LINN TEIGLAND
Area Managing Partner at EY for EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa)

As EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner Julie leads more than 115,000 people across 98 countries and is responsible for international tax advice, auditing, advising large clients and accompanying business transformations.

She also serves as the Global Leader for EY’s Women Fast forward initiative and is a key player in progressing gender equality issues. She is a prominent voice of the Women20 (W20) Global Agenda.

TORGEIR WATERHOUSE
Director of Internet & New Media
at IKT-Norge

Torgeir Waterhouse is a sought-after lecturer and author. He has several boards and advisory positions for organizations and companies in the internet sphere, such as the Norwegian IPv6 Forum, the Norwegian Register of Domain Names, the Norwegian Safer Internet Project, the University College in Østfold, the Faculty of Computer Science, The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, the Norwegian Digital Forum and more. He is also one of the founders of the highly successful Norwegian movement Lær Kidsa Koding, whose goal is to teach children in Norway to code, both in school and through private code clubs.

LISA NELSON
Managing Director at M12

Lisa leads portfolio development activities for M12. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, VC engagement for Microsoft and marketing strategy and execution for the fund. Lisa’s been with Microsoft for several years in a variety of roles across business development and finance. She most recently served as chief of staff for the EVP of Business Development where she helped identify, pursue and support new areas of growth for Microsoft through key strategic partnerships, investments, and M&A. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor in Business Administration – Finance and Statistics from the University of Washington.

 
SILJE LANDEVÅG
CEO of Get Inspired

Silje Landevåg is the founder of Get Inspired, Norways largest e-commerce within sport fashion. In 10 years the online store has grown from the time when she started the business alone by the kitchen counter, to 60 employees, 3700 square feet and a turnover above 230 MNOK i 2018. She has also developed Love it, a clothing and shoes brand within the outdoor and training segment. Love It has in short time become one of the highest grossing brands at Get Inspired.

She is a true entrepreneur and loves working from idea to implementation - with an extra passion for concept development and content marketing. Now she comes to share the story and give her best tips in business development. She desire to inspire more women to follow their dreams.

SUSANNE BIRGERSDOTTER
Entrepreneur, speaker and author.
Female Empowerment.

Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self-made entrepreneur and investor, has gone from designing her first app from her kitchen table to become one of the most influential business women and entrepreneurs within seven years. Susanne’s strong instincts and intuition have helped her grow her companies including designing a #1 ranked app and founding IGOTCHA, SthlmAppLab, SBDM & Birgersdotter Innovate.

She is an active mentor and member on several boards and a popular global speaker giving lectures and workshops on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Susanne was nominated for Sweden’s most powerful female founder in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Susanne was also nominated as one of 125 most

powerful women in Business.

SONY KAPOOR
International economist and policy entrepreneur

Sony Kapoor is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. As Director of the international think tank Re-Define, Sony advises multilateral organisations, investors, central banks, as well as European and emerging economies on economic and financial policy. Sony is a popular keynote speaker and commentator. Until recently, he also had a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics (LSE) as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Development and Government Departments and a Strategy Advisor to its Systemic Risk Centre. 

 
EDUARDO KASSNER
CTIO at the One Commercial Partner Group at Microsoft Corporation

Eduardo is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the One Commercial Partner Group at Microsoft Corporation. His team is responsible to define the strategy and develop the programs to drive the technical capacity, practice development and profitability for the hundreds of thousands Microsoft partners worldwide, he also leads the technical teams supporting the Microsoft partner ecosystem. He has built up 27+ years of experience managing, architecting and designing complex IT environments, and connecting IT and Business Objectives in real life. 

 
ELHAM FARDAD
CEO & Co-Founder of ID Inclusion

Elham Fardad is the CEO and Co-Founder of ID Inclusion, a business with the purpose to boost corporate diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Elham’s professional career spans 25 years in senior leadership roles in blue chip multinationals including GE, News Corp and Ernst & Young. Elham advises leadership teams on strategy, operations and talent, Founder and CEO of the charity Migrant Leaders and is a member of Advisory Boards including WinTrade and on the Global Committee of Global Thinkers Forum Athena40.

THINA SALTVEDT

Chief Analyst (Ph.D.)

Sustainable Finance at Nordea

Thina Margrethe Saltvedt is a Chief Analyst 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 board member of ZERO, an independent, ideal environmental foundation. Before Nordea, she held a position with Norges Bank within the Financial Stability area. Thina has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree in Economics and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in International Business from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom.

VENKE KNUTSON
CEO of Skravlekopp

Venke Knutson is one of Norways famous and beloved artists. She has delivered hits after hits, and has her own ability to create a friendly, warm and classy mood on the stage. She invented Skravlekopp in 2017,  after she heard the british entrepreneur Hillary Cottam deliver a fiery message about loneliness. "It was brutal and honest and I was totally beaten. She shed light on a community where we forgot to look up and around us."

 

This was the start of her dream to create a people movement for a more generous and inclusive society.

YVONNE THOMPSON
CBE – Chair Radio Academy

Is a game changer,  campaigner, activist, advocate, mentor, coach and has over 33 years, experience in the Communications, Marketing and PR industry, advising corporates, public sector, educational establishments and government championing equality, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Honoured by Queen Elizabeth II, and received 2 doctorates for her work in the Entrepreneurship, Global Diversity and Equality arena. She has published a leadership book, “7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards", promoting the path to and greater gender diversity in company board rooms.

DR. LEYLA HUSSEIN OBE
Fellow At The Royal society Of Arts 

Dr Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist specializing in supporting survivors of sexual abuse. She is an international lecturer on female genital mutilation (FGM) and Global speaker on  gender rights. She is a leading and award winning international campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM) and her passion is to empower women and girls. Leyla founded The Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors and co-founded anti-FGM charity Daughters of Eve. 

 
KRISTIN SKOGEN LUND
CEO of Schibsted

Kristin Skogen Lund became CEO of Schibsted in December 2018. She comes from the position of Director General of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. Previous positions include EVP at Telenor, CEO at the Schibsted companies Aftenposten, Scanpix and Scandinavia Online, as well as several positions at the Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and the Norwegian Embassy in Madrid. Kristin Skogen Lund has previously served as president of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and as a member of the board of Ericsson and Orkla among others. She has been a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and the ILO Global Commission on the future of work. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

HILDE TONNE
 CIO of Ramboll Group 

 Hilde Tonne is Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Group Executive Board of Ramboll Group. 

Hilde has an international track record as a leader in innovation and digitalisation as former member of the Group Executive Management of Telenor Group for eight years and as Head of Technology & Research at Norsk Hydro Oil & Energy. She is also one of the founders of Digital Norway – an initiative to accelerate digitalisation among Norwegian companies. As of 1 January 2019, Hilde was appointed Chairman of the Norwegian Research Council. 

Hilde has held several non-executive board positions, lately as a board member of Danske Bank Group until March 2019. 

Foto: Lisbeth Skei
LILLA SØLHUSVIK
Author and journalist in NRK

The journalist and author Lilla Sølhusvik has worked for many years in NRK, where she currently is hosting the news program "Politisk kvarter". Previously, she has been an international correspondent in NRK, an  editorial director for Dagsnytt / Alltid Nyheter and a project manager for investigative journalism at "NRK Brennpunkt". In 2012 she published the critically acclaimed biography of Kristin Halvorsen. Her new book "Because it's worth it. Women's way to the top of business» was released in the spring of 2018.

 
SUSANNAH RODGERS
Ocean Ambassador &
Paralympic Gold medallist

Rodgers has competed in two Paralympic Games at London 2012 and Rio 2016, where she won gold. She works professionally as a Non-Executive Director on numerous Boards, running her own consultancy business around disability and inclusion and working in elite sport on social impact campaigns. She is Patron of London Disability Swimming Club amongst other charities and is currently an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK. She advises globally on disability, empowerment and inclusion. She was announced by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2018 and was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2017 for services to Paralympic swimming. 

BERIT SVENDSEN
Head of Vipps International

Berit started as a scientist at the research institute of Televerket (later Telenor) in 1988 and has until recently worked at Telenor. She had several roles in the company, EVP and CEO for Telenor Norway and from March 2017 to September 2018 she was responsible for all Telenor's activities in Scandinavia. She has the heart of a true tech enthusiast and curious about innovation and development. In 2016, Berit was named one of Europe’s fifty most inspiring women in the technology world by Inspiring Fifty. In 2017 and 2018 she was named the most powerful woman in Norwegian business by Kapital, the largest business magazine in Norway. Berit started in Vipps in November 2018 to lead the international expansion of Vipps. 

TOMAS MYKLEBUST
Neuropsychologist

Tomas Myklebust is a psychologist with subspecialization in clinical neuropsychology, practicing at Division of Clinical Neuroscience at Oslo University Hospital. He is also an experienced performance coach, working with athletes, artists and business professionals, and a popular and passionate speaker giving lectures and workshops on topics in psychology and brain science.

 
MARIA MORÆUS HANSSEN
Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy CEO, Region EMEA

Maria Moræus Hanssen is responsible on the Executive Board for the Business Units Germany, Norway, Netherlands, UK and Denmark, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, UAE, and Integration Project. Among other things, the Norwegian studied Petroleum Engineering at the NTNU in Trondheim. From 1992 on she worked for Hydro, Statoil and Aker. In 2014 she became CEO of GDF Suez (later Engie) E&P International SA. From 2018, Maria Moræus Hanssen was Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG.

AYLA HUGUENOT
Student at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City

Ayla Huguenot is a 15 year-old high school student at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. Ayla is committed to social action to create positive change. She began writing songs at the age of three and is a 2019 finalist in The Center Stage Artist Search for the School of Rock and Atlantic Records in Los Angeles. She has recently performed at the UN as part of the International Day for The Eradication of Poverty Initiative and has performed with other change makers such as Joan Beaz, Rosanne Cash and Moby. She is honored to be a part of the SHE Conference and is thrilled to be one of the young artists performing. 

MATTHEW SMITH
Founder & Presenter at TheLunicorn

Voted one of the most influential people in the Nordics in 2017, for his efforts at Angel Challenge kickstarting the Norwegian investment ecosystem. A former VC turn founder, Matt is better known for his entertaining stage performances and is the creator and presenter of a new online Web-Series (TheLunicorn.com) due to launch fall 2018.

SABINIJE VON GAFFKE

Speaker, Entrepreneur, Impact Diplomat, Broadcast Journalist, Leader & Communications Catalyst

A Change Leader and Creative Visionary focused on building dynamic dialogue, storytelling & communication among individuals, leaders, societies and companies across numerous sectors and industries. 17 years experience in

Network Television, Radio, Web-TV, Global Conventions. Sabinije is a passionate advocate and strategic advisor on social impact & tech enabled ideas and actions contributing to making the world a better, healthier and more sustainable place. Currently working on developing a global platform, launch pad and ecosystem for impact ‘IMPACTFULNESS' aimed at impact environmental initiatives, impact innovation, impactful health & longevity solutions, impact investment and philantrophy with a co-founder in Silicon Valley.

ANDERS KVÅLE

Co-Founder & Chairman at Spacemaker

Anders Kvåle is co-founder and working Chairman of the fast growing AI start-up Spacemaker, digitally transforming the real estate/construction industry. Prior to this, he started Arkwright X, a start-up incubator connected to the mgmt. consultancy company Arkwright, where he also served as partner for +10 years (and loved it). Active angel investor and father to two superior daugthers.

SARI EINY BRODY

Global Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at INGKA Group

Sari is the Global Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) at Ingka Group. She has been working in this space for over 25 years, sharing her passion for fairness and equality and her conviction that "inclusion is everyone’s responsibility". She joined IKEA in 2001 and held various roles within IKEA US (including Leadership & Diversity manager and Talent Manager), before joining the global organisation. In her current role, Sari provides strategic direction and a systematic approach to ED&I at Ingka Group, integrating it into the overall business strategy and practices. Together with her team and a network of over 70 ambassadors from across the world, she leads the ED&I efforts, with the aim of creating a positive impact on people’s lives at work and in society. 

DANIEL SKJELDAM

CEO of Hurtigruten

A committed explorer, nature lover and passionate photographer, who took over as CEO in October 2012. In short time, he turned Hurtigruten around from an unprofitable enterprise to one that is now expanding and setting new standards of sustainability and technology in the global cruise industry. Skjeldam holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration from NHH - Norwegian School of Economics and with  a background in the travel industry, he takes pride in building businesses for the long term and in forging strong and diverse teams. He was part of the start-up team in the airline Norwegian in 2002, now one of the world’s biggest low-cost airlines, and served as Chief Commercial Officer until taking helm at Hurtigruten. 

MELISSA MULHOLLAND

Strategy & Business Development at Microsoft

At Microsoft, Melissa is the worldwide lead driving strategy and business development for how businesses can be profitable in the Cloud. Specifically, Melissa is focused on enabling partners and customers to accelerate their business transformation in the Cloud delivering increased profitability, efficiency, and scale across Microsoft's Cloud services. In her current role, Melissa has authored over 9 books advising companies how to be successful in building Cloud solutions, resulting in 1M downloads online. 

Kristian Lundkvist

​Founder & CEO of Middelborg

Kristian is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He founded Middelborg in 1999 and has built it from a small telecom company to an investment company with a broad range of investments.

Kristian holds numerous positions as chairman of the boards and board member in the larger portfolio companies. He has extensive experience from business development, M&A and restructuring.

MASHA STRØMME

Investor & Innovator

Masha has extensive experience within the field of Healthcare, both from the scientific and the financial standpoints. She has been involved with a number of companies in the sector, developing strategy and value proposition.

Before joining corporate finance with Morgan Stanley in London, she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and completed her D.Phil. in Genetics at Oxford University (Department of Biochemistry). She has made several investments with startups in the Medtech and Biotech sector. Her strengths lie in combining her understanding of health technology with a commercial outlook (science, trends, competition, valuation).   

LINN HOEL RINGVOLL

Lawyer & Head of Legal in Kameo

Linn is Managing Director of Kameo Norge and Head of Legal in Kameo Group. Kameo operates a digital platform on which private investors can lend money to small and medium sized companies throughout Scandinavia. Since 2016, Kameo arranged loans for half a billion in over 200 projects, providing an average return to investors of 9,6%. On kameo.no/.se /.dk you can invest small amounts in secured loans to Norwegian, Swedish and Danish companies. With a minimum investment of only 500 kr everybody can make themselves a diversified high yield investment portfolio. Linn has ten years experience as lawyer in the field of bank&finance, and gives lectures, supervises and examines students in international commercial law at the University of Oslo. 

LASSE KRISTOFFERSEN

 President and CEO, Torvald Klaveness 

 Lasse Kristoffersen started in Torvald Klaveness in 2007 heading up the business unit Klaveness Maritime Logistics. In September 2011 he was appointed new Chief Executive Officer for Torvald Klaveness and became the first company CEO from outside the Klaveness family. Prior to joining Torvald Klaveness Kristoffersen worked 11 years for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in various positions including 2 years in New York starting up Maritime Solutions Americas for DNV. In 2006, he became Director of Operation DNV Industry Norge. He holds a Master of Sciences in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In addition, he has attended IMD’s Senior Management Program and INSEAD’s Executive Management Program. 

IVAR HORNELAND KRISTENSEN

CEO of Virke

Ivar Horneland Kristensen is the CEO of Virke, The Enterprise Federation of Norway, representing 22.000 businesses in industries such as trade, knowledge, technology, travel, service, health, care, education, culture and voluntary work. Previously he has been the leader of the workers union Tekna. He has worked many years in the Nordic research and innovation system as CEO of Nordic Innovation. Horneland Kristensen has studied economics and business administration, and most recently sustainability in the seafood industry.

He is also passionate about diversity, innovation and sustainability. 

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