Key Notes 2017

Terje Søviknes
Terje SøviknesMinister of Petroleum and Energy
Mr. Søviknes was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy in December 2016. Since 1999, he has served as Mayor of Os municipality. He is a member of the Hordaland County Executive Board and a member of the Progress Party Group Steering Committee. He is also the leader of the Hordaland County Progress Party group and Board Member of Hordaland Progressive Party. Mr. Søviknes is an aqua engineer of education, and has studied economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Irene Rummelhoff
Irene RummelhoffEVP of the New Energy Solutions, Statoil
Irene Rummelhoff was appointed as EVP of the New Energy Solutions (NES) business area from 1 June 2015. Her office location is in Stavanger, Norway. Her previous position was SVP for Exploration Norway.

Rummelhoff has extensive commercial experience and broad value chain knowledge from her career in Statoil since 1991, particularly in the area of business development and natural gas. She has seven years of international experience, most recently as SVP for Strategy and Business Development in the North Amerika from 2010-2014.

The NES business area will focus on building a profitable renewable portfolio as well as developing lower carbon business opportunities for Statoil’s core products.

Irene Rummelhoff has been a member of the board in Norsk Hydro since June 2014.

Rummelhoff holds a MSc. degree in geology/geophysics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 1990.

Hege Skryseth
Hege SkrysethPresident, Kongsberg Digital
Hege Skryseth is President of Kongsberg Digital, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, specialized in digitized industry solutions. Skryseth also holds the positions of Chief Digital Officer of KONGSBERG, one of Norway’s leading technology corporations delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defense and aerospace. Skryseth is part of the Group’s corporate management team. She also holds experience from several leading international technology companies and has an extensive board experience.
John Andersen, Jr.
John Andersen, Jr.CEO of Scatec AS
John Andersen, Jr. is the CEO of Scatec AS, a privately held incubator and investment company with its primary focus in renewable energy and material science. Mr. Andersen currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Scatec Solar ASA, a leading independent solar power producer with operations across Africa, Asia, the US and Europe. Scatec Solar ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Mr. Andersen also serves and has served as Chairman of the Board and Director of several other companies within solar energy, wind energy, and material science. Prior to joining Scatec, Mr. Andersen held the position as Executive Vice President & Group COO of Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), a leading, vertically integrated solar energy company. In different positions over a 12-year period Mr. Andersen was responsible for REC’s activities in wafers, solar cells, solar modules and systems/project development. Mr. Andersen holds a Master of Business and Economics (Finance) from the BI Norwegian Business School.
Ann Christin Andersen
Ann Christin AndersenManaging Director Norway, TechnipFMC
Started as an engineer in the Oil and Gas industry in the late 80’s with Shell Norway.
Since 2000 Ann Christin has held senior management positions in FMC Technologies, including HSE Director, Director Projects and Director Controls & Data Management Product Line.
She has held several board positions in other companies as well as board positions in organizations and expert committees.

Ann Christin holds a degree in offshore engineering from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, UK and has completed an Executive MBA with Honors at IMD University in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Charles van Hulzen
Charles van HulzenDirector Energy & Utilities West Europe Enterprise Business Group, Huawei
Charles van Hulzen serves as the director of Huawei’s Energy and Utility sector in West Europe . He joined the company in early 2015 to lead Huawei into the Enterprise market of Oil&Gas, Power Electric and Renewable solutions. His current focus is to position Huawei as one of the successful companies in leading new ICT through connectivity and IoT in developing solutions to the industry of Energy and Utility.
Before joining Huawei, he has served as member of the Global Shell team for CGI, one of the key application supplier in outsourcing the Retail cards business.
His key challenges are to show the industry the need of connectivity for more efficient production in a safer controlled environment. Making use of energy saving new technology and faster processing. This all growing into new cloud models.

Charles has a degree in computer science from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. He completed his integrated management development program from CGI in 1997 and has led several teams in innovation and usage of new technology since then.

Liv A. Hovem
Liv A. HovemSenior Vice President, Oil & Gas Region Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa, DNV GL- Oil & Gas
Liv A. Hovem has been with DNV GL since 1988. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory, engineering, development and research in the oil and gas and maritime industries – in areas such as classification, risk and probabilistic modelling, hydrodynamics and strength of ships and offshore structures. Her leadership background includes strategy and strategic development, innovation and growth in hot markets, leading through change and organizational development. She is a board member in research related institutions.

Ms Hovem has an MSc in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley (1990) and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian Technical University (1987).

Elena Giannakopoulou
Elena GiannakopoulouHead of New Energy Outlook (NEO) Modelling and Scenario Analysis London, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Elena is the Head of New Energy Outlook modelling and scenario analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In this role, Elena leads BNEF’s long-term analysis of global power markets focusing on the economics of power generation and power system characteristics. Prior to joining BNEF, Elena was an energy consultant for Parsons Brinkerhoff where she worked on international energy projects providing integrated financial and legislative solutions to a range of energy challenges. Elena is a mechanical engineer graduated from National Technical University of Athens. She also holds a masters degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business, and one in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.
Eirik Wærness
Eirik WærnessSenior Vice President and Chief Economist, Statoil
Eirik has broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies. In the period 2010-2013 he served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway. From 2016 he is a member of the Board of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority.

He is also a member of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Council on the Future of Energy and serves as special advisor for WEF’s work on the Energy Architecture Performance Index. His experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis, in addition to Statoil. He has also served as member of two public commissions/expert groups on tax reforms.

Dr. Mark C. Thurber
Dr. Mark C. ThurberAssociate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD), Stanford University
Mark C. Thurber is Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University. The Program studies how policy and regulation intersect with business strategy, economics, and technology to determine global patterns of energy production and use (and the associated health, climate, and local environmental impacts).

Dr. Thurber directs the research at PESD on how energy services can more effectively be delivered to low-income populations. He has written several academic articles on how design, demographic, and distribution factors affect uptake and usage of improved biomass stoves in India. Current research explores entrepreneurial efforts to provide solar home systems to households in East Africa.

Dr. Thurber also studies the role of state-owned enterprises in the most important energy markets around the world. He co-edited and contributed to a major volume on national oil companies, Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply. He is currently editing a book manuscript on the emerging global market for coal.

Along with Frank Wolak, Dr. Thurber teaches a course on “Energy Markets and Policy” in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In this course, Thurber and Wolak run a classroom simulation of California’s electricity market under cap and trade. With the support of the Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, they are expanding this simulation to incorporate renewable energy policies and various carbon market design features.

Dr. Thurber holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering (Thermosciences) and a B.S.E. from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before coming to PESD, Mark worked in high-tech industry, focusing on manufacturing operations in Mexico (where he lived for several years), China, and Malaysia.

Michael Borrell
Michael BorrellSenior Vice President Europe & Central Asia, TOTAL
Michael Borrell, a graduate of the Cambridge University in Chemical Engineering (MSc 1993, BA 1984), joined Total in 1985.  He has worked with its affiliate companies and has held senior managerial positions in the Total group since 1995.  From 2003 he held the position of Vice President Corporate Planning & Business Development for Total E&P Indonesia.  In July 2006, he was appointed President & CEO of Total E&P Canada in Calgary. From September 2009 to June 2010, he was Vice President of the Caspian Area and Central Asia for Total Exploration and Production. In July 2010, he became Senior Vice President, Continental Europe and Central Asia.

Effective January 1st 2015, he is appointed Senior Vice President Europe & Central Asia which comprises the former Continental Europe and Central Asia Division and Northern Europe Division.

Dagfinn Ringås
Dagfinn RingåsCEO, Schneider Electric Norway
Dagfinn Ringås joined Schneider Electric 1 January 2016. He has worked 20 years in the IT industry, the last decade for Microsoft Norway. Ringås holds an MBA from the Sydney Business School and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Oslo.