Special Advisor, Ocean, to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York, since 1. January 2018. Chairing UNGC’s global ocean-related projects with corporations, research institutions, international regulatory
bodies and national governments. With a membership of more than 25.000 companies and civic society organizations, the UNGC is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative and the United Nations’ main body for cooperation with the international business community. The UNGC Board is chaired by the UN Secretary General.
Director and Partner, Astrup Fearnley Asset Management AS, 2020 to 2021. Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA), 2008 to 2017. Senior Executive/Partner, Accenture Management Consulting, 2005 to 2008. CEO/Founding Partner, Context Consulting AS, 1998 to 2005.
Director/Chief Economist, NSA, 1992 to 1998. Prior to this, his professional career includes positions in the EU Commission Services (Brussels), the European Free Trade Association (Geneva), the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Norwegian Armed Forces.
He graduated Cand. Oecon, University of Oslo, and his educational background further comprises the Norwegian Army Officer School (Befalsskolen for Kavaleriet), the BI Institute of Business Administration, the Norwegian Defense College (Sjefskurset, Forsvarets Høyskole) and the Advanced Management Program, INSEAD (France).
He is currently serving at the board of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and at the Advisory Board for the Executive Ocean Leadership Program, Arctic University of Norway. From 2008 to 2017 he served at the boards of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA), and he was for four years deputy chair of the Council and the Board Nomination Committee of Det norske Veritas (DNV). He has been a member of the Norwegian Business and Security Council, and a member of the boards of MARINTEK (SINTEF) and the Thomas Wilhelmsen Foundation. He has been a Norwegian representative to the Trilateral
Commission, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Arctic Expert Panel, and a member of the China Council Task Force on Green Maritime Operations, an advisory body to the Chinese government.