Knut Kjaer
Chair of the Board
Chair, FSN Capital Partners

Knut Norheim Kjær is a Norwegian economist. He is the Chairman and partner of FSN Capital Partners and Executive chairman at Sector Asset Management. He co-founded Trient Asset Management in Oslo that was later acquired by Sector Asset Management. He serves on the International Advisory Board of China Investment Corporation. He is advisor to the Investment Strategies Committee and member of the International Advisory Board of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and is a member of the Investment and Risk Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was President of RiskMetrics Group in New York. He was the first manager of the Government Pension Fund of Norway. In 1998, he became the founding Chief Executive Officer of NBIM, where he implemented a successful investment program and built an asset management team that grew NBIM’s reserves from $25 billion to approximately $400 billion USD. Mr. Kjaer is a former member of ABP’s investment committee, the largest pension fund in Europe, and the commission that managed the Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund.

In 2008, Mr. Kjaer was appointed a Knight Class 1 of the Royal Order of St. Olav by His Majesty King Harald of Norway for his management of the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund and his contribution to the Norwegian economy and the future financing of its pensions. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

 

Sony Kapoor
Managing Director and Project Manager
Managing Director Redefine

Sony Kapoor is a prominent economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner whose career spans investment banking, civil society, academia and policymaking across several countries. As part of his work, Sony advises several EU and emerging economy governments, central banks, regulators and investors on financial policy and investment strategy.
Until recently, Sony was a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked on asset management, housing and long-term finance. He was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the future of Asset Management and Insurance.
Sony was the first Chairman of the Banking Stakeholder Group at the European Banking Authority. He has been an expert adviser to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the IMF focusing mainly on economic governance, fiscal policy and financial sector reform. In the past, he has held a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics (LSE) with the Systemic Risk Centre, the European Institute, and also both at the International Development and Government departments. He was a Special Adviser to the UN Environment Programme on green finance and a Strategy Adviser to the Norwegian government.
Sony has previously worked for ICICI, India’s largest investment bank and has done leveraged finance for Lehman Brothers in London. He has traded derivatives for Aquila Energy, while partnering with the World Bank to provide risk management to vulnerable economies. He has also helped co-found NGOs such as the Tax Justice Network and Finance Watch, as well as the inter-governmental Illicit Finance Task Force and the International Tax Compact.
Mr Kapoor has a long track record of identifying the most pressing public policy challenges and successfully tackling them. The impact of his work on financial reform, eurocrisis and development has led to him being honoured as a Fellow by the Royal Society of Arts, a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
An alumnus of the LSE and the Indian Institute of Technology, Sony is a popular keynote speaker and commentator.

 

Harald Magnus Andreassen
Economist

Harald Magnus Andreassen is a Norwegian economist. He graduated from the University of Oslo with the cand.oecon. degree in 1984. He was a board member of the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo from 1982 to 1984. He worked for the Norwegian Bankers’ Association from 1984 to 1989 and Econ from 1989 to 1994 before becoming chief economist in Elcon Securities. From 1999 he holds the same job in First Securities. He has also been involved in the Norwegian Polytechnic Society. He is often used as a commentator in news media.He resides in Nordstrand.

 

Heidi Taksdal
Reporter

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth is a political reporter for NRK, Norway’s national broadcaster. She was a US correspondent from 2010 to 2016, where she covered the 2012 and the 2016 presidential campaigns, as well as issues including inequality, race and culture in the US, and diplomacy and international affairs. She has broad international experience, and has reported from over 40 countries. She has been active in PEN America, has been a contributor to Samtiden and has taught journalism at Scandinavian College of New York.
She was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University in 2017, where she wrote a research paper on the media coverage of Donald Trump. She holds an MA in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she focused on politics and wrote about the geopolitics of oil and gas. She also holds an MA in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she wrote her thesis on tax havens.  She speaks Norwegian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

 

Kejell Ronald
Chair, Nordic Mining

Kejell Roland is the former CEO of Norfund (the Norwegian government’s investment fund for developing countries). He was the co-founder and CEO of ECON Management AS. He has served as advisor and consultant to a large number of oil, gas and power companies, the Government of the nordic region,a number of developing countries, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank on energy, environment, regulatory and policy related issues. He has published more than 300 articles, reports and seven books, mainly in the field of energy, environmental economics and climate policy. His work was concentrated on macroeconomic and energy modelling later in his career more generally on environmental energy and development economics. He has been a visiting scholar at the department of economics and department operations research at Stanford University.