Nordic Edge Expo

Nordic Edge Expo

Panel discussion – Places & Spaces

Panel discussion: People, Money and Cities – How to Achieve the Goals

Moderator: Torgeir Waterhouse, and guests Jan Christian Vestre and Cilia Holmes Indahl

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Experienced policymaker with substantial experience working on ICT, digital, privacy and it-security policy, politics and media and communication strategy with management, companies, NGOs, Government and politics.

Founder and Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in Negotiation, ICT Strategy, and Management.

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Jan Christian Vestre is CEO of the Norwegian family owned company Vestre, one of Europe’s most successful manufacturers of urban furniture. He took over the family business at the age of 25 and since then the company has established subsidiaries in a number of new countries and more than tripled its turnover.

Jan Christian was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2019 and was named “Sustainable Leader of the Year’ in 2020. He has a Master’s degree in law studies from the University of Oslo and has previously worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry and in the Norwegian Parliament. Jan Christian believes that designers and businesses must contribute to achieve the UN’s 17 sustainability goals, and that today’s most important task is to accelerate the green shift and create social and democratic meeting places for all people.

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Cilia Holmes Indahl collects business examples that show how to succeed with sustainability that strengthens the long-term financial result. 

Cilia is an expert on sustainable business models and heads the EQT Foundation, which invests in disruptive sustainability that makes society greener and more inclusive. She has previously led the sustainability-focused VC company Katapult Group, worked as sustainability director for Aker BioMarine and as a climate consultant at KPMG. She started her career as a trainee at the Norwegian UN delegation in New York, where she participated in the negotiations of the UN’s sustainability goals. In recent years, Cilia has been used as a speaker to inspire companies to integrate sustainability into business so that it supports the company’s profitability, and in 2019 was highlighted as one of Norway’s leading female speakers. She never gives the same lecture twice, and is known for improvising and playing with the audience. As a former yoga and aerobics instructor, it quickly happens that she stands on her hands or runs between the rows of chairs to get her points. Cilia thinks a good lecture is entertaining, educational and makes one think new thoughts. She has a master’s degree in economics with a double master’s degree in international business and sustainable development from NHH and HEC Paris. She is convinced that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand, and analyzed over 400 sustainable business models as part of her master’s thesis to better understand how companies can succeed with sustainability. 

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