Ragna Ann Berge is Head of Section at the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development, Education Quality Division, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has over 20 years of experience working with continuing education.
Berge is member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education, IACEE. This period she serves as the General Conference Chair for the 17th World Conference in Trondheim, May 2020 (www.iacee2020.org).
Marianne Barland is project director at the Norwegian Board of Technology. She has a background from Science and Technology Studies, and has been with the Board since 2008. Her current work includes projects on lifelong learning and the future of work, digitalization of the welfare state and technology and democracy.
Kjetil Tvedt is assistant director at the Federation of Norwegian Industries. The organization represents 2500 companies, and engages in the most important industrial and business policy issues of the day. He works with recruiting young people to pursue a career based on technical education, securing relevant content and high quality of the public education and facilitating lifelong learning for the industry.
Liv Sannes is Deputy Head in the Department of Economic and Social affairs at the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO). Sannes is an economist and has earlier worked in the Ministry of Finance. She has worked with macroeconomic policies, working life issues, immigration, and is now mainly dealing with competence policies. She is member of official Norwegian Committee on Skill Needs.
Futurist and Speaker Marianne Levinsen hold a Master of Political Science from University of Aarhus in 1992, after having studied at the Institut D`Etudes Politiques de Paris and Stanford University respectively.
Since January 1st 2006, she has worked professionally with the future and especially focusing on megatrends, globalization, companies, the healthcare system, city planning, local and regional planning, labour markets, children and youth, management, retail and consumers in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia/World.
Marianne firmly believes that working with the future make us smarter and give us the opportunity to influence our own future. The driving force behind her work is curiosity and the will to affect society, companies and people. Read more>>
Srinivas B Reddy is Chief of Skills and Employability Branch at ILO Geneva since January 2018. Prior to taking up this position at ILO Headquarters, he was Country Director of the ILO Country Office in Bangladesh during 2013 to 2017. He has previously been a senior advisor on Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Skills Development Specialist and has worked in ILO field offices in India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Mr. Reddy’s professional career in Industrial relations, skills development and general management has spanned over 30 years. He has had extensive experience as skills development specialist and industrial relations expert working with wide range of partners including employers and workers organizations.
Simen Markussen is a senior research fellow at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research. His research in applied economics concerns labor markets, program evaluation, social mobility, pensions and education and is published in leading international journals within the field of economics. He is the head of the public commision on life long learning and he is columnist in Dagens Næringsliv and Tidsskriftet Velferd.
Susanne Koch is Senior Adviser at Diku, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education. She is an expert in digitization for quality of education. She has edited several anthologies in this field and is a member of the EADTU Task Force on Virtual Mobility.
Ieva Serapinaite is Senior Adviser at Diku, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education. She works with the EU Erasmus+ programme for education , training and youth (coordinator for Strategic Partnerships within Higher Education).
Rolf Bjarne Fasting is Professor at the Faculty of Education and International Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University. His scientific focus is education theory and practice, school-based assessment and organisation development. Within the field of Special Need Education, his focus is inclusive learning environments and organizational change. He has an extensive experience as an educational change agent.
Morten Schjelderup Wensberg is Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts, the University of Stavanger. He has initiated innovative study programmes, such as Online Digital Conductor Studies and Digital School Choir Studies, etc. He leads the EU project ConductIT- an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership with the focus on web-based conductor studies at the European level. He developed numerous regional and Nordic initiatives, such “The Conductor’s Week”, “The Director’s promise”, etc.
Eli-Marie Danbolt Drange is an Associated Professor within Spanish linguistics, University of Agder. She leads research group “Forum for Modern Language Methodology”. She is also a manager for ITELab, which is a knowledge alliance between higher education institutions and industry. The project is funded by EU Erasmus+ programme for education, training and youth.
Mika Tienhaara is a senior advisor with SINTEF Manufacturing at Raufoss and Head of the Manufacturing Technology Norwegian Catapult. Mika has extensive experience from automotive and oil & gas industry, having worked with a variety of new technology projects and innovation programmes. Mika is a Mechanical Engineer in both Production Technology (B.Sc.) and Energy Technology (M.Sc.).
Speakers from other partner sessions (in alphabetical order)
Adrienne Phelps-Coco, Associate Director of Online Pedagogy, Harvard University (Session 1B)
Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University, Sweden (Session 4B)
Anne Cathrine Berger, Director, NITO and member of the Labour Party’s committee for employment (Session 1A)
Bjørn Lien, Regional Director NAV Inland (Session 3B)
Carola Eklund, Government of Aland (Session 4B)
Curt Rice, Rector, OsloMet (Session 1B)
Deirdre Hansen, University of Faroe Islands and Distant Learning Centre Fjarnám (Session 4B)
Eivind Falkum, Research Professor, Work Research Institute, OsloMet (Session 2C)
Else Kathrine Nesmoen, Head of Section, Diku (Session 3C)
Frode Ek Skarnes, HR Manager, Mapei Nordic (Session 3B)
Hallgerd Benan, Manager DIGIN, OsloMet (Session 1B)
Henrik Bjørneby, HR Manager, Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS (Session 3B)
Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland, School of Education, Iceland (Session 4B)
Irene Lona, Project Manager DIGIN, OsloMet (Session 1B)
Jeff Bridgford, Senior Research Fellow at Kings College London (Session 2C)
Jonathan Mac Nulty, President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (Session 2C)
Jørgen Grubbe, Monnet Gruppen, Denmark (Session 4B)
Jørgen Steen, Economics Norway (Session 2B)
Kaaka Lund, Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, Greenland (Session 4B)
Marit Knutsdatter Strand, Standing Committee on Education and Research (Centre Party) (Session 1A)
Mathilde Tybring-Gjedde, Standing Committee on Education and Research (Conservative Party) (Session 1A)
Morten Flate Paulsen, Founder, NooA (Session 1F)
Rune Foshaug, Director Competence and Innovation, NHO (Session 1A) and (Session 2B)
Sigrun W. Prestbakmo, (Centre Party), The Mayor of Salangen, Norway (Session 1B)
Taru Kekkonen, Omnia, Finland (Session 4B)
Torhild Slaatto, Flexible Education Norway (Session 4B)