Meet the team

Gaute Hagerup
CEO

Gaute has worked with international business development together with Norwegian businesses and across different industries for many years. He is passionate about combining sustainability goals with business growth, breaking down the silos and creating new, inspiring collaboration between people, while seeing Norwegian companies grow within the global arena. Some of his past positions include: Managing Director at Innovation Norway (Madrid office), and Manager for Smart Cities at Innovation Norway. He holds an EM of Innovation from Business Institute (Norwegian Business School), and a M.A. in Organisation Studies from Warwick Univeristy, U.K.

E-mail: gaute@oslobusinessregion.no

Gaute HagerupCEO

Gaute has worked with international business development together with Norwegian businesses and across different industries for many years. He is passionate about combining sustainability goals with business growth, breaking down the silos and creating new, inspiring collaboration between people, while seeing Norwegian companies grow within the global arena. Some of his past positions include: Managing Director at Innovation Norway (Madrid office), and Manager for Smart Cities at Innovation Norway. He holds an EM of Innovation from Business Institute (Norwegian Business School), and a M.A. in Organisation Studies from Warwick Univeristy, U.K.

E-mail: gaute@oslobusinessregion.no

Siw Andersen
Director International Relations and Communication, Head of Oslo Innovation Week

Siw heads Oslo Innovation Week, in addition to being Director of communication and international projects at Oslo Business Region. She is passionate about urban development, entrepreneurship and community building, as well as the intersection of people, tech and creativity. After several operational and strategic roles in creative industries, Siw played a big part in building the Norwegian fashion ecosystem. As a fashion editor, she was awarded Best in Show at Grafill and won Gold at the SPD Awards in the U.S. Siw has a B.A. in Visual Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Central Saint Martins, and she studied entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo and National University of Singapore.

E-mail: siw@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 997 21 004

Siw AndersenDirector International Relations and Communication, Head of Oslo Innovation Week

Siw heads Oslo Innovation Week, in addition to being Director of communication and international projects at Oslo Business Region. She is passionate about urban development, entrepreneurship and community building, as well as the intersection of people, tech and creativity. After several operational and strategic roles in creative industries, Siw played a big part in building the Norwegian fashion ecosystem. As a fashion editor, she was awarded Best in Show at Grafill and won Gold at the SPD Awards in the U.S. Siw has a B.A. in Visual Arts from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Central Saint Martins, and she studied entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo and National University of Singapore.

E-mail: siw@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 997 21 004

Jørn S. Haanæs
Startup Director

Jørn comes from the startup world, having served as CEO of the music tech company, Soundrop (sold to X5). Prior to Soundrop, he spent many years at Warner Music, serving as their Marketing Director. Jørn is passionate about startups, tech, the fourth industrial revolution and what it all means for the city of Oslo. Jørn has a B.A. in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

E-mail: jorn@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone number: +47 412 03 011

Jørn S. HaanæsStartup Director

Jørn comes from the startup world, having served as CEO of the music tech company, Soundrop (sold to X5). Prior to Soundrop, he spent many years at Warner Music, serving as their Marketing Director. Jørn is passionate about startups, tech, the fourth industrial revolution and what it all means for the city of Oslo. Jørn has a B.A. in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

E-mail: jorn@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone number: +47 412 03 011

Fredrik Salberg
Event Producer

Fredrik has close to 15 years of experience within event management. He has worked at Egmont, Heia De Som Vinner, and the Dentsu Aegis agency, MKTG. Fredrik has produced a wide-range of events for numerous brands and companies. From guerilla marketing to large-scale conferences, Fredrik aims to engage and wow attendees. Fredrik holds a B.A. in PR and Market Communication from BI Norwegian Business School.

E-mail: salberg@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 47 90 21 21

Fredrik SalbergEvent Producer

Fredrik has close to 15 years of experience within event management. He has worked at Egmont, Heia De Som Vinner, and the Dentsu Aegis agency, MKTG. Fredrik has produced a wide-range of events for numerous brands and companies. From guerilla marketing to large-scale conferences, Fredrik aims to engage and wow attendees. Fredrik holds a B.A. in PR and Market Communication from BI Norwegian Business School.

E-mail: salberg@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 47 90 21 21

Belda Gonzales
Administration

Belda works with office administration and is committed to excellence in service. She has a proven track record of experience from both the private and public sector. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Norwegian. Belda has a M.A. in Organisation, Administration, and Economics from Universidad Andina del Cusco in Peru.

Belda GonzalesAdministration

Belda works with office administration and is committed to excellence in service. She has a proven track record of experience from both the private and public sector. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Norwegian. Belda has a M.A. in Organisation, Administration, and Economics from Universidad Andina del Cusco in Peru.

Martine Mæland
Communications Manager

Martine is the Communication Coordinator for Oslo Innovation Week. She has a bachelor degree in Journalism with International Relations from Kingston University London, and a M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Oslo.

E-mail: martine@oslobusinessregion.no

Martine MælandCommunications Manager

Martine is the Communication Coordinator for Oslo Innovation Week. She has a bachelor degree in Journalism with International Relations from Kingston University London, and a M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Oslo.

E-mail: martine@oslobusinessregion.no

Juliane Salicath
Project coordinator, OIW 100 Pitches

Juliane is the Project Coordinator for Oslo Innovation Week’s: 100 Pitches  and Oslo Scaleup Day during Oslo Innovation Week 2019.

Juliane SalicathProject coordinator, OIW 100 Pitches

Juliane is the Project Coordinator for Oslo Innovation Week’s: 100 Pitches  and Oslo Scaleup Day during Oslo Innovation Week 2019.

Claire McAree
Senior Project Leader, Sustainability and Oslo European Green Capital

Claire leads the Oslo European Green Capital business program

E-mail: claire@oslobusinessregion.no

Claire McAreeSenior Project Leader, Sustainability and Oslo European Green Capital

Claire leads the Oslo European Green Capital business program

E-mail: claire@oslobusinessregion.no

Edee Carey
Digital Media Specialist, Oslo European Green Capital and Oslo Innovation Week

Edee works with digital media for Oslo European Green Capital, Oslo Innovation Week, and Oslo Business Region. She is passionate about strengthening the Oslo startup ecosystem while driving positive change. From your smallest startup to a large non-profit, she has developed a knack for anticipating people’s wants and needs. Her experience lies within communications, from consulting as an advisor to coordinating social media strategy. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA., USA).

Edee CareyDigital Media Specialist, Oslo European Green Capital and Oslo Innovation Week

Edee works with digital media for Oslo European Green Capital, Oslo Innovation Week, and Oslo Business Region. She is passionate about strengthening the Oslo startup ecosystem while driving positive change. From your smallest startup to a large non-profit, she has developed a knack for anticipating people’s wants and needs. Her experience lies within communications, from consulting as an advisor to coordinating social media strategy. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA., USA).

Mari Wachelke
Press Manager, Oslo European Green Capital and Oslo Innovation Week

Mari has been working as a reporter and editor for 13 years. Originally from Brazil, she has experience from different media channels, including TV Globo and Agéncia Efe. She has also been working with PR in the tech industry and for multiple NGOs. She is responsible for strengthening Oslo Business Region’s relationship with both Norwegian and international press and has worked as the Project Coordinator for our Oslo European Green Capital project. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a M.A. in Culture and Sociology from PUC-Rio, and a M.A. in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from the University of Oslo.

E-mail: marianna@oslobusinessregion.no

Mari WachelkePress Manager, Oslo European Green Capital and Oslo Innovation Week

Mari has been working as a reporter and editor for 13 years. Originally from Brazil, she has experience from different media channels, including TV Globo and Agéncia Efe. She has also been working with PR in the tech industry and for multiple NGOs. She is responsible for strengthening Oslo Business Region’s relationship with both Norwegian and international press and has worked as the Project Coordinator for our Oslo European Green Capital project. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a M.A. in Culture and Sociology from PUC-Rio, and a M.A. in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from the University of Oslo.

E-mail: marianna@oslobusinessregion.no

Endre Thesen Harnes
Project leader, Oslo Innovation Week

Leading the Official Opening Show and international delegations

Endre Thesen HarnesProject leader, Oslo Innovation Week

Leading the Official Opening Show and international delegations

Birgit M. Liodden (Sabbatical 10.6.-10.12.2019)
Director of Sustainability and Ocean Industries

Birgit Liodden is the Director Sustainability & Ocean Industries. For the past 10 years, Birgit has promoted diversity, sustainability and the need for change across the maritime industry. She serves on several boards: The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, RS Sea Rescue Academy, and Bellona. Her maritime background includes 5 years in the Wilhelmsen Head Office, working on global HR&IT projects. Additionally, she has 4.5 years as an entrepreneur, working with Nor-Shipping, OECD, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and Sea Trucks Nigeria.

E-mail: birgit@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 951 71 389

Birgit M. Liodden (Sabbatical 10.6.-10.12.2019)Director of Sustainability and Ocean Industries

Birgit Liodden is the Director Sustainability & Ocean Industries. For the past 10 years, Birgit has promoted diversity, sustainability and the need for change across the maritime industry. She serves on several boards: The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, RS Sea Rescue Academy, and Bellona. Her maritime background includes 5 years in the Wilhelmsen Head Office, working on global HR&IT projects. Additionally, she has 4.5 years as an entrepreneur, working with Nor-Shipping, OECD, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and Sea Trucks Nigeria.

E-mail: birgit@oslobusinessregion.no

Phone Number: +47 951 71 389

The Board:

Johan Chr. Hovland
Director of the board

 

Johan Chr. Hovland is the Director of Hydro Power Operations at E-CO Energi AS, a company in the Hafslund E-CO group, which is wholly owned by Oslo municipality. Hovland has been a SVP for Corporate Communication and Public Affairs in the energy company Hafslund ASA, in the branded consumer goods Orkla ASA and in the metals producer, Elkem AS. He is and has been a member of the board of several energy companies. Hovland has also worked for the Federation of Processing Industries and the Norwegian Ministry for Industry and Energy. Hovland holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

Johan Chr. HovlandDirector of the board

 

Johan Chr. Hovland is the Director of Hydro Power Operations at E-CO Energi AS, a company in the Hafslund E-CO group, which is wholly owned by Oslo municipality. Hovland has been a SVP for Corporate Communication and Public Affairs in the energy company Hafslund ASA, in the branded consumer goods Orkla ASA and in the metals producer, Elkem AS. He is and has been a member of the board of several energy companies. Hovland has also worked for the Federation of Processing Industries and the Norwegian Ministry for Industry and Energy. Hovland holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

Inger Johanne Solhaug
Board member

Inger has extensive experience from the fast-moving consumer goods industry. She has held leading positions at Orkla for 20 years, among them being Executive Vice President, a member of Orkla Group Executive Board and CEO of Nidar. She is currently a Partner at XO Executive Advisors. Inger has also serves as a member of the board in PSI Group ASA (currently StrongPoint) since April 30, 2015.

Inger Johanne SolhaugBoard member

Inger has extensive experience from the fast-moving consumer goods industry. She has held leading positions at Orkla for 20 years, among them being Executive Vice President, a member of Orkla Group Executive Board and CEO of Nidar. She is currently a Partner at XO Executive Advisors. Inger has also serves as a member of the board in PSI Group ASA (currently StrongPoint) since April 30, 2015.

Waseem Shad
Board member
Waseem Shad is an Investment Manager at Norvestor Equity, focusing on IT and technology investments. He has previously worked with Abax, Wema, Crayon, Life, and Panorama for Norvestor, and has also been the CFO at Crayon Group. He currently sits on the Board of IT Gården AB, an IT outsourcing company based in Sweden. Waseem also owns a few retail shops within the jewelry and confectionery market. His prior experience includes DNB Bank ASA, Telenor ASA, Telenor Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited, Skatteetaten (the Norwegian IRS), Coop Norge SA and ICA Norge AS. Was, holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management and an M.Sc. in International Accounting and Finance from Cass Business School (London City University), London. 
Waseem ShadBoard member
Waseem Shad is an Investment Manager at Norvestor Equity, focusing on IT and technology investments. He has previously worked with Abax, Wema, Crayon, Life, and Panorama for Norvestor, and has also been the CFO at Crayon Group. He currently sits on the Board of IT Gården AB, an IT outsourcing company based in Sweden. Waseem also owns a few retail shops within the jewelry and confectionery market. His prior experience includes DNB Bank ASA, Telenor ASA, Telenor Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited, Skatteetaten (the Norwegian IRS), Coop Norge SA and ICA Norge AS. Was, holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management and an M.Sc. in International Accounting and Finance from Cass Business School (London City University), London.