Nordic Edge

Nordic Edge Asia

Nordic Edge China Summit

Nordic Edge China is a meeting place for two regions with ambitious smart city strategies. Welcome to a conference programming showcasing smart city initiatives from both China and the Nordic countries.


  • Opening and Welcome, presented by:
    Svein Berg, Managing Director of Nordic Innovation
    Kari Nessa Nordtun, Mayor of Stavanger, Norway
    Signe Brudeset, Ambassador of Norway in China, Norwegian Embassy
    DingHuan Shi, Chairman of World Green Design Organisation
  • Keynote: Nordic Smart City Network
    Presented by Kim Spiegelberg Stelzer, Chairman of the Board, Nordic Smart City Network
  • Nordic Smart City Roadmap
    Presented by Malin Kock Hansen, Senior Advisor and Project Manager at Design and Architecture Norway, DOGA, and Bjarne Uldal, Chief Innovation Officer, Nordic Edge
  • The New Era Driven by AI
    Presented by Zhang Fan, Chairman and CEO of Inspur iCity Company
  • Summit Closing
    Presented by Ivar Rusdal, Chairman of the Board, Nordic Edge

Registration for attendees in China will take place at the venue between 14:30 – 15:00 (Beijing time).
Please register to receive access to the live stream of the conference programme.

Live streaming of the programme starts at 15:00 in Beijing, China – and at 09:00 (CET).


Svein Berg - Nordic Innovation
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Svein began as Managing Director of Nordic Innovation in 2017. Before that, he held various positions in Innovation Norway, including Senior Vice President and Regional Director.

Svein has also been CEO of The Norwegian Seafood Council and an Advisor in the Norwegian Ministry for Local Government. He holds a master’s degree in economics from The University of Oslo.

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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.

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Ms. Signe Brudeset is Ambassador of Norway to China and Mongolia and has previously been Ambassador of Norway to Japan. Ms. Brudeset has served in several senior positions within the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Director in the Section for Middle East and North Africa and Special Envoy for Syria and Iraq. Ms. Brudeset has also been Deputy Director in the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General. Ms. Brudeset holds a MSc degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), with additional studies in international business and marketing from University of Barcelona. She has studied Chinese language at universities in Oslo and Taipei.

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Chairman of World Green design Organization, Former Counselor of the State Council, Former Secretary-General of Ministry of Science & Technology. Mr. Shi also serves as the Chairman of China Renewable Energy Society.

Mr. Shi has long been responsible for the research and formulation of strategies and policies for energy, science and technology management, and technology development, He has taken part in the implementation of the Seventh Five-Year-Plan of national economy and the Plan of Technology Development 2000, Mr. Shi has also contributed to the formulation of technology programmes and the implementation of key technology projects in hi-tech areas for the Eighth, Ninth and Five-year-plans. He has been taking part in various hi-tech industrialization programmes, such as High &New Technology Industries Development Zones, enterprise incubation, Productivity Centers and technology and innovation engineering.

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Kim has a background with Urban development in Denmark and Urban Management in the Netherlands. The last five years he has worked with smart city strategies and smart city initiatives for the City of Copenhagen in Copenhagen Solutions Lab. Kim combines his experience from previous jobs into transforming the smart city visions and strategies of Copenhagen into real solutions. Kim is, among other things, member of the board for the Danish smart city network for organizations in Denmark and is also founding partner and chairman of the Nordic Smart City Network with 20 Nordic Cities.

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Malin is a Senior Advisor for Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA). She works with innovative urban and local development, and how interaction between people and technology can contribute to smarter and more sustainable cities and places. Malin holds a Master’s Degree in political communication from Aarhus University in Denmark.

Bjarne Uldal
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Bjarne Uldal is a brand & business innovator who, over the last 25 years, has been involved in more than 30 start-ups, both as an investor, business developer and brand consultant.  Marrying a deep knowledge of branding with a hands-on approach to entrepreneurship, Bjarne has earned a reputation as a creative, commercially oriented person, who’s always on the lookout for points of differentiation that can be accentuated by compelling storytelling.

Bjarne is one of the co-founders of Nordic Edge, the official Norwegian innovation cluster on smarter cities and communities, and the organizer of the Nordic Edge Expo – the largest annual conference and exhibition in the Nordics on Smart City trends, methodology, new innovation and technology.

In his capacity of being the Chief Innovation Officer at Nordic Edge, Bjarne is responsible for establishing innovation partnerships with companies, organizations and academic institutions around Europe, in China and in the US. Bjarne has also been the main facilitator of the process leading up to the launch of the national Smart Roadmap for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities last year. Furthermore Bjarne acts as a facilitator and advisor to a number of cities and municipalities who are determined to build smarter and more sustainable communities.

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Zhang Fan is Chairman and CEO of Inspur iCity Company, Honorary architect of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ITSS committee (unique in Shandong), Director of Shandong Blockchain Laboratory, and Chairman of Qingdao Big Data Promotion Association Shibei Branch.

Mr. Fan was hired as the special expert of Hainan Big Data Association. One of “Qingdao Top Talents of Science and Technology”, and “Special Contributors of Jinan Annual Economic Influencers”.

Science research direction: cloud computing; technology & software engineering regarding big data; blockchain; smart city; operation and maintenance management; e-government, and approaches to promote the integration of the new-generation IT and the real economy.

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Mr Rusdal holds a graduate degree from the University of Oslo (cand. real. (M. Sc.)). He has been active within the newspaper and media business for over 20 years, as co-owner and CEO of Nordsjø Media AS. He has also served as Chief Editor of the Group’s main title Jærbladet. He retired from the Group in 2019.

He was President of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL)  2008-2010 (Board member from 1999) and subsequently President of the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) 2010-2015 (Board member from 2005).

Mr Rusdal was Chairman of the Board of Lyse AS – the regional hydroelectric and telecom company, owned by 16 municipalities in the Stavanger region – in the period 2008-2015 (Board member from 1998) Lyse AS was one of the founders of Nordic Edge AS.

Since 2015, Mr Rusdal has been Chairman of the Board of Nordic Edge AS, the organisers of Nordic Edge – Conference and Expo, and the hub of an ecosystem of activities: The Smart City cluster, Innoasis and international activities.

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