November 17, 2016

On November 17, 2016, HE Ms Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway invited more than 100 delegates from Norwegian companies with a presence in Australia to the 2016 Norwegian Embassy Annual Business seminar . The keynote address was by the Norwegian State Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Ms Ingvil Tybring Gjedde.

Following the keynote address, Miranda Taylor, the CEO of National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), spoke about unlocking commercial opportunities and drive Innovation; followed by Silje Troseth, General Manager Q-free who spoke about Smart Cities – Intelligent Transport Technology and Innovation for tomorrow’s societies. A panel of the three aforementioned seekers was then moderated by Paul Cleary, Journalist for the Australian and author of the book ‘Trillion Dollar Baby’.

The second part of the seminar included interesting talks on how Norwegian Australian business can succeed employing resources from Innovation Norway, The Norwegian Embassy and The Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce, held by Svend Haakon Kristensen from Innovation Norway and Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Now in its third year, the Norwegian Embassy Annual Business Seminar is a professional update and networking opportunity for Norwegian companies operating or investing in Australia and the wider South Pacific region.

Delegates then enjoyed a  networking lunch with the seminar organisers and speakers.

Embassy staff, as well as representatives from the European Australian Business Council, Innovation Norway and Norwegian Australian Business Network were also be available to discuss business activities within the Embassy’s jurisdiction of Australia, New Zealand, Cook Island, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Program and Speaker Profiles are included below. 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
State Secretary Ingvil Tybring-Gjedde
The Global Energy Outlook Towards 2030 Seen from Norway. How to Innovate & Stay Ahead

Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde was appointed Deputy Minister in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on December 16th 2015. She is a representative of the Norwegian Progress Party (FrP), and deputy organizational leader of Oslo FrP. Tybring-Gjedde came from the position as Project Manager at Innovation Norway. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with oil and gas in management positions at Innovation Norway and The Norwegian School of Management – BI.
SPEAKERS
Miranda Taylor, CEO of National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)
How to Unlock Commercial Opportunities and Drive Innovation 

Prior to appointment as CEO of National Energy Resources Australia, Miranda Taylor was the Director Environment, Safety & Operational Performance for APPEA. Miranda has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, working with various industries and with State and Federal governments. Miranda has participated in a number of task forces and ministerial panels, and has presented at international oil and gas industry events. She facilitated APPEA’s interaction with the global industry in response to the Gulf of Mexico well control integrity disaster and the Australian Montara incident. Miranda has an Honours Degree from The London School of Economics, London University in International Economics and Politics, and a Post Graduate Degree in Labour Relations.
Silje Troseth, General Manager Q-free
Smart Cities – Intelligent Transport Technology and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Societies

Silje Troseth has been a Transportation professional for over 15 years. In her work in the Transport Industry she has been focussing on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the European, Asia Pacific and Australian markets. More recently Silje has been championing the Smart City concept and vison for Q-Free. She holds a Masters degree in Communications and Journalism from University of Technology Sydney. Born in Norway, Silje has called Australia her home since 1999.
Paul Cleary, The Australian
The Trillion Dollar Baby, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Adventure Seen from Australia

Paul Cleary is a prominent Australian journalist who has documented the politics and economics of resource extraction for more than a decade. He served as an adviser to the government of East Timor on resource-sector governance and negotiations, and has a doctorate from the Australian National University. He is the author of Too Much Luck, Mine-Field and Trillion Dollar Baby.

Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President, the NorwegianAustralian Chamber of Commerce (NACC)
How to Succeed In Australia?  

As a communications specialist, 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. She tailors communication to employers, employees, customers, & strategic partners.

The Norwegian Australian Business Network is for all intents and purposes an establishment of Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce. It launched in 2014, with the objective to be Australia’s premier Norwegian Australian business organisation.

Program Overview

Wednesday 16 November

17:00-19:00 Networking Cocktail Function

Thursday 17 November

8:30am Registration & Coffee

9:00am Welcome

H.E. Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of Norway

9:10am The Global Energy Outlook Towards 2030 Seen From Norway. How to Innovate & Stay Ahead?

Ingvil Tybring-Gjedde, Deputy Minister, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

9:30am How to Unlock Commercial Opportunities and Drive Innovation (tbc)

Miranda Taylor, CEO, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

9:45am Smart Cities – Intelligent Transport Technology and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Societies

Silje Troseth, General Manager Q-free

10:00am Panel Discussion with Q&A

Moderated by Paul Cleary

 

10:30am Coffee break

11:00am The Trillion Dollar Baby, The Norwegian Oil And Gas Adventure Seen From Australia

Paul Cleary, The Australian

11:30am How to Succeed Internationally?

Sven Haakon Kristensen, Innovation Norway

11:45am How to Succeed In Australia?

Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President, the NorwegianAustralian Chamber of Commerce (NACC)

12:00 pm How Can We Help? Working Together. Followed by Q&A

H.E. Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of Norway

12:30pm Networking Lunch