Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, Unlimited opportunities in the circular economy

Mini-bios of key note speakers


Inger Solberg, Head of the Division Sustainability at Innovation Norway
Inger has been heading Innovation Norway’s Sustainability Division since March 2015. Prior to her present position, she was Head of Innovation Norway’s Department of Agriculture and Seafood for nine years. In addition, Solberg has extensive experience from the private sector, as Managing Director for the eggproducer Norgården AS (second largest egg producer in Norway – sold to Prior in 2006) and the president of the National Association of Meat Producers in Norway. She has held key positions in Innovation Norway’s predecessor organisations, the Norwegian Development and Regional Development Fund (SND). Solberg is a graduate of the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Business School BI.


Fridtjof Unander, Executive Director of the Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment at the Research Council Norway 

From 2006 to 2008 he was Deputy Executive Director and acting Executive Director of Enova SF, a state enterprise responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Norway.  Prior to this he worked nine years with the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he held positions as acting Division Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division and Principal Administrator. Among his responsibilities at the IEA was designing and developing the first edition of the “Energy Technology Perspectives: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050”, a response to the G8 request at their summit in 2005 for the IEA to develop “scenario and strategies for a clean, clever and competitive energy future”. Mr. Unander has also contributed to the development of several editions of the World Energy Outlook. Before joining the IEA he was a Senior Scientist with Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway and a visiting Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.


Marit Aursand, Research Director at SINTEF Ocean, Norway

Marit has a Master of Science at the Agricultural University of Norway, Department of food science and at Department of Biotechnology at NTNU. Senior research scientist at SINTEF for 6 years and since 1999 research director at SINTEF at the Processing technology group and Prof II at Institute of biotechnology and food science the last 7 years. She has coordinating and are responsible for ongoing projects including large network both international and Norwegian industry and research partner. Have and has membership in several professional and academic committees and boards, for example leader of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for food safety, Panel on animal feed (2007-2010), member of the steering committee, LEGASEA Norwegian Biomarine Resources, Industrial cluster (2013-2017), INDNOR, India program at Norwegian Research Council (since 2015) and Norwegian Board of technology (since 2016).

Maria Rincon, Project officer, DG Environment, EU Commission

Maria is currently working at DG Environment in the European Commission. She is part of the team in charge of the implementation of the European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan exploring  and discovering new best practices in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, disseminated among eco-innovative businesses and public authorities. Before joing the EU Commission, Maria worked in her region's representation to the EU in Brussels. She was in charge of policy areas such as A Digital Agenda for Europe, Economy and Finance as well as Circular Economy.  Maria holds a degree in Law and a Master in Diplomacy and International Relations.


Ana Palanca, Project manager, Aimplas, Spain

Ana Palanca, holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, working in AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre, at the R&D department since 2011. She is currently developing her professional activity as an innovation project manager and polymer researcher in the European H2020 programmes, in the fields of materials science, plastic processing and circular economy, developing innovative solutions for different industrial sectors, while putting special emphasis on the environmental, economic and social impacts of the proposed developments. She has been the technical coordinator of the FP7 BISIGODOS Project ( focused on the production of high value-added chemicals and bio-resins from algae bio-refineries produced from CO2 provided by industrial emissions.

Henrik Lystad, assisting director, Avfall Norge, Norway   

Henrik Lystad is assistant director and head of the waste department at Avfall Norge, the national waste management association. In addition, he is chair of European Compost Network (ECN), the leading European membership organisation promoting sustainable recycling practices in composting,anaerobic digestion and other biological treatment processes of organic resources. Henrik holds a master in environmental engineering from TU Berlin and has long time experience within a wide selection of topics within proper management and utilisation of waste resources. Within Avfall Norge he was involved in developing a Roadmap for circular economy within the Norwegian waste and recycling industry. Within the circular economy he also was involved in a study from Club of Rome about the potential effects of circular economy parameters, like improved resource management, on the Norwegian economy. Later, similar studies have been conducted on biogas.

Martyna Zajder, PR and Marketing Manager, Nofir, Norway          

Martyna Zajder has a bachelor and master degree in International Economic Relations (University of Lodz, Poland).  From 2009 she was working as a manager in an air-conditioning company.  In 2012 she started working in a Public Relations Agency where she got practical experience. She worked with big international brands like: Wikinson, Holiday Inn, Energizer. From 2013 Martyna works in Nofir as a PR and Marketing Manager. 

Mounir El’Mourabit, product manager, Vartdal plast, Norway  

Mounir, has a background in financial management from BI Norwegian Business School and holds a bachelor in mass media. He has worked as financial advisor from 2001-2015 and as a product Manager in Vartdal plast since July 2015. His responsibilities are the flow of products within the value chain of the company, product development and logistics, purchasing and market. He has been a member of the board at Emballasjeforsk since May 2017.

Morten Finborud, CEO, HIAS, Norway

Morten Finborud (1958) is Managing Director of Hias IKS and Chairman of the Board of Hias Miljøpartner AS. His bacground as Master of IT and Telecommunications led to a career in IBM, Cap Gemini and with several smaller Consultants before he took on the position as Director of IT for Helse-Øst RHF in 2004. He has been in his current position as Director of Hias IKS since 2009. Finborud has been active as a local politician and as a board member of several companies and organizations.

Pål Jahre Nilsen, VP technology, Cambi, Norway

Pål has a PhD in fluid mechanics from NTNU in 1992. He has been working with research and development in the oil&gas industry, as well as in DNV, ABB and Aibel. He has been working in Cambi since 2008.

Lars Petter Maltby, CTO Eyde Cluster, Managing Director, Eyde Innovation Centre, Norway

Lars Petter has a Master in Civil Engineering from NTNU and Dr.Ing in Process Technology from NTNU/ HiT. For 23 years he worked for Saint-Gobain as factory manager and Technical Director. From 2005 to 2016 hew was General Manager of Saint-Gobain's Silicon Factories in Europe (located in Norway and Belgium). Among other positions Lars Petter was the chairman of the Eyde cluster (2011-2016). Chairman of the Board of the Environment Fund (2007-2016), NHO Agder Deputy (2007-2011), Member of the Norwegian Industry Climate and Environment Climate Forum (since 2013), and substitute member of Agder Energy Group Board (since 2014).

closed since 14 Sep 2017
Registration 20 Feb – 14 Sep
Meeting Selection 1 Aug – 19 Sep
Event 19 Sep
Language English
Costs Free of charge
Venue Hausmanns gate 16
Oslo, Norway
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