NORWEGIAN AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Connecting people interested in commercial collaboration between Australia & Norway
NACC's Main Objectives:
The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is a premier platform for business networking in and between Australia and Norway.
1. to create networking opportunities for members and their communities
2. to promote, encourage and facilitate trade, commerce and investment
3. to create awareness of ties between Australia and Norway
We meet our objectives through:
- Christmas Drinks – December 2017 on December 1, 2017 12:00 am
- Cruise with the Europeans – November 2017 on November 1, 2017 5:30 pm
- Norwegian Embassy Annual Business Seminar – November 2017 on November 1, 2017 12:00 am
- Euromix – October 2017 on October 1, 2017 12:00 am
- Boardroom Breakfast + AGM – September 2017 on September 1, 2017 12:00 am
- Scandinavian Film Festival – July 2017 on July 17, 2017 6:30 pm
- JOIN US FOR A DRINK AND THE SCREENING OF “MAGNUS” on July 17, 2017 5:30 pm
- Norwegian Chamber Launch Event in Perth on 7 June, 2017 on June 7, 2017 5:30 pm
NACC COLLABORATES WITH EUROPEAN CHAMBERS
- European Australian Business Council (EABC)
- Swedish Australian Chamber Commerce (SACC)
- Finland Australia Chamber Commerce (FACC)
- Danish Connect
- Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC)
- German Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce (GACIC)
Our interest groups include:
- Norwegian, Scandinavian & European business community in Australia
- Norwegian companies in Norway with interest in Australian business
- Australian business community with interest in Norwegian and European business
- Australian government officials
- Norwegian, Scandinavian & European community in Australia
- Executive Committee
Aiming to reflect Norwegian values in our daily activities, we focus on building a community of members who believe collaboration makes us more competitive together.
Open and honest communication, transparency, integrity and ethical business practice is testimony to our members leadership.
Education stand to be the main pillar of the Norwegian belief system, where people grow stronger and wiser through many sources, media and information sharing initiatives.
With our feet firmly planted on the ground, we look forward towards new and better business practices, believing that innovation is a healthy mix of the old and the new.
CEO, EABC - European Australian Business Council
Regional Director Asia at Innovation Norway
Member - WaveTrain
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Sophia Demetriades
- Fiona Henderson
- Stig Falster
- Miles Ponsonby
- Oddbjorn Obi Gjerde
- Lucian Harhata
- Rob Lord
- Svend Haakon Kristensen
- Jan B Djerf
- Danielle Mathiesen
- Sarah Chopping
- Ulf Varding
- Board of Directors
Board Member | Director | President
Sophia has been involved in the daily operation of business networks such as TiE and BNI, is a member of several chambers of commerce, has written 2 eBooks on leveraging networks to succeed, and a thesis on excellence in communication.
Sophia is currently the founder and CEO of Dream Internship, a finalist in 2014 and 2014 Australian Business Awards with the most votes in the category for education and training. She was previously an International Programs Manager for TAFE where she created and delivered internships, study tours, and Australia’s first ever EU/AU exchange program for colleges. Sophia received a BC Communications from UWS, and First Grade Honors in Corporate Communication and an MBM from UTS, she studied Philosophy & Science at UiO, and has a Diploma in Fine Arts.
Board Member | Executive Director
Fiona is a senior corporate lawyer with over 20 years' experience working with clients ranging from private individuals, to CEOs and Boards of Australian and international corporations. She specialises in assisting foreign corporations set up and operate in Australia and act as the resident company director where needed. Her clients cross a diverse range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, building and construction, banking, and start-ups. She has demonstrated experience using the law to bring insight, execution and control to all areas of business and private life.
With a background of broad legal experience as well as particular expertise in all aspects of non-financial risk, including contracts, licensing, trade practices, intellectual property, WH&S, litigation and employment, Fiona is able to understand and develop a company's relationship between risk tolerance and strategy.
Fiona has a Master of Law from UNSW and a Bachelor of Law from ANU.
Board Member | Director
Stig is the CEO of Interock, a long-established provider of project and management consultancy to major industry sectors; specialist raw materials supplier. He is the president of Chatswood Chamber of Commerce, President of NorthShore Chamber Alliance, and has 25 years experience working in delivering recruitment, leadership and management development solutions.
Stig has a degree in Chemistry and Microbiology from UNSW.
Regional Non Executive Director WA
Very experienced industry professional with broad corporate, operations, and project management experience.
Oddbjorn Obi Gjerde
Regional Non Executive Director WA
Obi has a wide background from media, sales, engineering and project management. He is a proven go-getter and has great passion for developing solutions by bringing the right people together.
Director Web & Marketing
Lucian is a software entrepreneur and SEO expert with more than 15 years experience in the digital marketing space. He has built 3 successful online businesses and the part of the Chambers website. Lucian has a Master of IT from UTS and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bucharest. He is fluent in 3 languages.
Robert Lord is the Regional Director for Oceania WWI with more than 20 years experience from several of WWL’s most important customer segments. Rob Lord was appointed Norwegian Consulate General in Australia in 2015. Rob serves on several boards, and will at as a valuable and important advisor to the NACC Board.
Svend Haakon is the Regional Director Asia at Innovation Norway and is responsible for Innovation Norway's interests in Australia. Haakon is also a board member of the Norwy Japan Society, was on the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ). He has experience from establishing new institutions in China from scratch; the Alu Rehab work-shop in Xiamen and the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou, and Nominated as one of the top 10 young business leaders in Norway by Assessit in early 2012. Mentor for the winning team of JMEC – Japan Market Expansion Competition in 2010. Haakond holds education from NHH, McGill, Solstrandprogrammet – AFF yngre ledere, University of Bergen, Aspirantkurset (Norwegian MFA diplomat training course).
With an impressive board portfolio, Jan B Djerf serves as an advisor to the board which allows the Norwegian Chamber to reach an even larger network of professionals in Asia and Europe.
President, Swedish Business Association of Singapore /SBAS/ since 2006
Board Member EuroCham Singapore since 2005
Member of Executive Committee EuroCham since 2013
President EuroCham Singapore since 2015
Secretary EU - ASEAN Business Council since 2015
Council Member Singapore Business Federation since 2015
Member of Singapore Business Federation Audit Committee since 2015
On Leave of Absence
Danielle is an Associate (Corporate Markets) in the Sydney office of Baker & McKenzie. She has practiced at leading firms in Australia, Germany and New Zealand. She is admitted to practice as a lawyer in New Zealand and in New South Wales, Australia. She was previously admitted as a foreign attorney in Germany (Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf). Danielle practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory, general commercial law and energy regulatory.
Danielle has authored and contributed to a number of articles related to civil law and common law legal systems, domestic and international private procedural law, international arbitration, mediation and Australian energy regulatory developments. She was a founding Executive Committee Member of the Auckland Young Professionals Society Incorporated (New Zealand) and its former Chair of Legal and Co-Chair of Business Events.
On Leave of Absence
Sarah has varied financial, operational and managerial experience across many industries and disciplines.
Her focus has been on change management, product profitability, risk management, business process improvement, stakeholder engagement, team leadership, return on investment, and new product business case assessments.
Whilst a chartered accountant by trade, Sarah brings an operations focussed view to the table, always driving forward to achieve future goals.
On Leave of Absence
Ulf has an extensive career within the Print Industry and experience in sales development and growth, building client relationships and business management. He has an impressive portfolio within printing, including: offset and digital print and prepress/graphic design. He holds a 4 year Graphic Design Apprenticeship, a Diploma of Print Management Economics from Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark, and a Bachelor of Business Management from UTS.
Please contact us for an application to become a Director of the Board.
contact@ norwegianchamber .com.au