Norwegian Embassy Annual Business Seminar 2016

Now in its third year, the Norwegian Embassy Annual Business Seminar was held 17 November in Perth. The focus of this year’s seminar was innovation, and nearly 90 participants mainly from Australian-based Norwegian companies and organisations attended the event.

Norway’s Ambassador to Australia Unni Kløvstad hosted the Seminar and gave the welcoming speech to the audience. The Ambassador spoke about how Norwegian stakeholders, such as the Embassy, INTSOK and Norwegian companies in Australia can better cooperate and assist each other in a constructive way. The key-note address was given by the Deputy Minister from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum & Energy, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, who presented the audience with The global Energy Outlook Towards 2030 seen From Norway, How to Innovate & Stay Ahead.

Other eminent speakers included;
Miranda Taylor, CEO National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), who provided a valuable insight and overview on how they are working on building an energy resource ecosystem to drive collaboration, innovation and unlock commercial opportunities.
Silje Troseth, General Manager Q-Free, who discussed the vital role of innovation and the concept of Smart Cities.
Paul Cleary, journalist from The Australian newspaper, presented his perspectives on how Norway responded to the discovery of oil off its coastline in 1969 and developed the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Cleary has recently published the book; Trillion Dollar Baby – How Norway beat the oil giants and won a lasting fortune.
Svend Haakon Kristensen, Regional Director for Asia and Oceania for Innovation Norway and Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce (NACC) shared with the audience what their respective organsisations are doing to foster collaborations and business ties among Norwegian businesses in Australia and between Norway and Australia.

The Annual Business Seminar series is part of the Norwegian Embassy’s continued focus on economic diplomacy and business promotion in Australia.

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