10:00 Welcome to Stavanger
Kari Nessa Nordtun, Mayor of Stavanger
Kari Nessa Nordtun was elected Mayor of Stavanger on 21th October 2019. She represents the Labour Party, and is now serving her first four-year term as Stavangers’s 53rd mayor. Prior to her election as mayor, Nordtun served for 8 years in Stavanger Municipal Council.
She has been a member of the Municipal Executive Presidency since 2013 and a Municipal Executive Board member since 2015. Nordtun has a law degree from the University of Bergen, and during her time in university she worked with pro bono legal advice. She also studied European law in Brussels.
Karine Næss Frafjord is Head of Nordic Edge Expo.
She has worked in TV production for 18 years with NRK, TV2 and TV Norge, where she has been a journalist, host and producer of documentaries. Before she joined Nordic Edge in 2020, she worked 10 years as Managing and Editorial Director at Sandviks Nordic Media, where she was responsible for developing a digital ecosystem with websites, apps and podcasts giving information to pregnant women and new parents in the Nordics.
Linn is an oil and gas engineer by training who is triggered by enabling new technologies and creating new solutions in collaboration with business partners. In the Stavanger Smart City office Linn is responsible for sensor technology and data collection projects.
The transition from oil and gas engineering to entrepreneurship and innovation has inspired Linn to lower the barrier for change and sharing experiences. Linn has held several keynote speeches about entrepreneurship, challenging Norwegian industry leaders to rewire their innovation strategy.