Core Team

Anders Stølan

CEO

Anders Stølan

Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.

Presently he is the President / CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes, in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as a scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Center, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as Assistant Professor, Department of Economic and Operations Research Manager at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and managing research activities in SINTEF and coming competencies in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programs, Competitiveness Innovation Programs (CIP) and EEA grants.

Katarzyna Anna Kazimierczuk

COO Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Katarzyna Anna Kazimierczuk

Graduate from International Relations faculty at the University of Wrocław, Administration at Law and Administration Faculty at the University of Warsaw in progress. International experience in development, management and implementation of projects related to technology transfer, innovation and SME support, funded by public mechanism, mainly from EU Structural Funds and EEA FM projects. Expertise in feasibility studies, application and tendering documentation Experience in running commercial entities in international environment.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Poland
  • Norway
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • Romania
  • Lithuania

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Caroline Tissot

COO Inclusive Growth

Caroline Tissot

Carol has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from ESPM in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After three years working in different positions in companies / organizations like Hyundai, AIESEC and PwC she did her M.Sc in Globalization, Politics and Culture at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. From August – December 2016 she did a 30 ECTS internship at IDN as part of her Master Program. Building on that she now in charge of  developing the inclusion dimension in our projects in general and spesific projects focusing on social development.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway
  • Slovakia
  • Portugal
  • Colombia

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Rune Stølan

COO Green Production & Services

Rune Stølan

Rune has a Master of Science, Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of international political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Further education within the area of Lean Production at NTNU.

He has worked at IDN since 2015 when he came from the position as Project Manager in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal. At IDN he works with SME innovation projects with a special focus on production companies. Since 2017 he has also been in charge of building up the IDN daughter company ICB Digital ( www.icbdigital.no ), focusing on agile and low-cost Industry 4.0 solutions for the manufacturing SMEs. Combining professional experience and further education within Lean Production together with digitalization to assist production companies to meet future demands and opportunities.

Mr Stølan has broad international experience working in innovation projects in many countries together with local companies (project development management and consulting), and he has direct access to numerous institutions and companies both in Norway and Central & Eastern Europe. He has managed and participated in projects within numerous funding schemes; EEA Grants, SkatteFUNN, Innovation Contract, Manunet, Framework Programs and Norad.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway
  • Hungary
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • Romania

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Mila Marinkovic

Mila Marinkovic

Mila have a Masters Degree in International Economics School of Economics, University of Belgrade 2010, and Executive Masters in International and European Relations & Management Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam. Member of the Management Board, Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, Skopje, Macedonia.

More than 15 years of professional experience in development, management, evaluation and impact analysis of international donor funded projects related to competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer. Expertise in sector analysis and market assessments.

Experience in designing innovation and SME strategies, operational programs, actions and instruments for their implementation.

More than 10 years of professional experience in development, management, evaluation and impact analysis of international donor funded projects. Specific experience: Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan (deskwork). Experience of conducting SMEs needs analysis, designing, organizing and providing trainings related to financial modules. More than 10 years experience of institutional capacity building, designing strategies, operational programs, actions and instruments for their implementation.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Serbia
  • Norway
  • Albania
  • North Macedonia
  • Ukraine

Leif Estensen

Leif Estensen

Leif has an M.Sc. in Mechanical and Production Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), 1971-74, with specialization in Production Engineering and Material Technology. Head of the Norwegian User Group of Numerically Controlled Machine Tools (CNC) since 1990. Current position as Senior Advisor (80%) at SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim, Norway. Former positions at SINTEF, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Fraunhofer, UNDP, UNIDO.

Main project contributions:

VRI (Program for Regional R&D and Innovation). Since 2007 to present Senior Adviser and Broker to assist companies in defining the R&D challenges and needs, and in finding suitable researcher expertise.

> Project manager of IDESØK9 – a regional and company specific innovation and network program with 8 companies from the counties Oppland and Hedmark.

> Technology attaché in the national technology transfer programs DTS (Districts Technology Transfer) in the region of North-Norway in 1992-1993 (Troms and Finnmark).

> TEFT (Technology Transfer from R&D Institutes to Small and Medium Sized Companies) in the region of Mid-Norway in 1994-1996 (Sør- and Nord-Trøndelag), South-Norway in 1997-1998 (Buskerud and Østfold) and East-Norway in 1999-2003 (Oppland and Hedmark). The last-mentioned also in 2004 financed by Innovation Norway.
R&D based Competence Broking for SMEs. Adviser in a national program 2005-2007.

> VRI (Program for Regional R&D and Innovation). Since 2007 Senior Adviser and Broker to assist companies in defining the R&D challenges and needs, and in finding suitable researcher expertise.

> IRC Norway collaborator with responsibility for the region of Oppland, Hedmark, Østfold and Buskerud since April 2004 to April 2008.

> Europe Enterprise Network. Norwegian Senior Counselor since April 2008.

> Technology Adviser in TIDE (Technology for Industrial Development in Zimbabwe). A NORAD supported project in Zimbabwe in 1995-2001 aiming to boost the national R&D Institute SIRDC to effectively work with Zimbabwean industries. The project was split into two main phases: Initiation and Implementation. The Initial Phase included program development, training of scientists at SIRDC, and selecting a target group of companies for the Project Phase. In the latter implementation of agreed projects in the companies were conducted heavily involving SIRDC scientists (“on the job training”).

> Technology Adviser in SME-ART-project which addresses the needs of the SME-sector in Macedonia (2001-2004), where the universities in collaboration with government and SMEs together strive to better support the SME sector. Synergies between the proposed activities were given priority. The project was financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by SINTEF in close cooperation with the university community in Macedonia.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Germany
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway

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Jana Lukacova

Jana Lukacova

Jana has a Master Degree in Economics and management of SMEs from the University of Matej Bel – Faculty of Economics. She is currently engaged as Project Manager at Intech Slovakia and in charge of preparation and execution of EEAgrants project in the Slovak energy sector, Internal quality auditing and Preparation of public procurement proposals. Her former engagements have been in Ind Consultant, Allexis s.r.o., Neulogy a.a. and Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov. 

She has been in charge of complex business development consultancy (preparation of business plan, R&D project implementation management, coordination and problem solving of various business/project issues), evaluation of business ideas investment attractivity, preparation of analysis of the strategic development of selected R&D center of excellence in Slovakia, realization of technology audit (Projects, Academia & Business Partnerships, Organization) of selected Slovak universities and project preparation assistance related to the EU and national programmes aiming at R&D and Innovation support and development of knowledge society.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Slovakia

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Silvia Filip Endresen

Silvia Filip Endresen

Silvia has a Master in Textile Engineering from the Technical University of Iasi in Romania. Silvia has over the years performed managerial roles at an international level, working both strategically and operationally as team leader in Romania and as plant manager in Tunisia. She has an extensive hands-on experience with capacity building and project management within manufacturing industry, having managed the elaboration and implementation of projects funded through EU development programmes in North Africa.

Silvia Endresen has advised leading companies within fashion industry in Sweden, and held the role of production manager with premium brands in Denmark and Norway. In Norway she incorporated aspects of sustainability into sourcing and production. Silvia also dedicated time to develop and launch a sustainable shirt brand called ULV, a start-up that she runs in parallel to her collaborations as a consultant.

Her professional interest is currently oriented on applying her experience to designing, planning and implementing projects to greening the manufacturing industry with a focus on the textile and fashion industry.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Romania
  • Tunisia

Torkel Ystgård

Torkel Ystgård

Interested in rural and regional development, combining natural and human resources creating economic growth and meaningful employment. Is concerned about today’s situation with high youth unemployment in Europe. Nevertheless a true believer in Democracy that likes to use his experience to take part in designing and creating cooperative arenas which can inspire and enable entrepreneurs and other energetic people to meet their challenges together. Builds businesses, create companies and solve problems in an economically and environmentally sound way.

His long work experience include developing new technology in Norwegian R&D institutions, management of food processing industry, executive positions in the mass media sector and in several private and public institutions supporting innovation.

Mr Ystgaard has devoted a large part of his career to regional development and has been instrumental in designing and implementing several successful programs for regional economic growth in Norway. He invented the Norwegian Technology Incubator Program, and the very successful network of rural innovation centers called “Næringshager” (literally “Business Gardens”).

In addition to his work in Norway Mr.Ystgaard has been active internationally as well. In cooperation with various Norwegian governmental entities, he has designed and implemented aid financed programs for support of innovation and economic growth in countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova.

Mr. Ystgaard is retired from his position as Executive Vice President of the Norwegian state owned corporation Siva. (The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway). He is now acting as a Special Advisor within Innovation support systems to IDN.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Latvia
  • Norway

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Kia-Luise Klavenes

Kia-Luise Klavenes

Kia is a partner and senior Advisor at Pure Consulting, one of Norway’s leading consulting firms with expertise in sustainable business practices. Pure has developed a model for how a company can build a solid sustainability strategy that supports business and create value for society. She has an Executive Master of Management, BI – Norwegian Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Science, University College Sjælland. Denmark.

Kia has over the years assisted some of Scandinavia’s largest and most respected companies in implementing sustainability strategies and taking strategy successfully into action. Her expertise is in emerging social and environmental activities with the core business that again creates innovative effects. In addition, she works with circular economy, business models, and social innovation. From 2007 to 2012 Kia managed the Norwegian Government’s Climate initiative “Klimaløftet” – a program for Norwegian companies to engage and implement climate actions within their business. More than 100 companies took part in the program. Kia has through the cooperation with IDN assisted companies in Romania and Polen.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway
  • Romania

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Igor V. Podoliev

Igor V. Podoliev

Dr. Prof. Igor Podoliev is an experience diplomat, international banker, politician and academician. With over 10 years in banking, 5 years in diplomacy, 15 years in public service and 10 years in academia.

Past experience:

> Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers LTD – Senior Advisor (2011 – 2015, London, UK)

> International Acadamy of Finance and Investment – Rector (2011 – 2014, Kiev, Ukraine)

> European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Executive Director for Ukraine/Romania/Moldova/Georgia/Armenia (2005 – 2011, London, UK)

> JSC “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” – First Deputy Chariman of the Board (2002-2005, Kiev, Ukraine)

> Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Finland (1997 – 2002, Helsinki, Finland)

> Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of Ukraine – First Deputy Minister (1994-1997, Kiev, Ukraine)

> Administration of the President of Ukraine – Advisor to the President of Ukraine on Finance and Banking Policy (1992-1994, Kiev, Ukraine)

> Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine (1990-1992, Kiev, Ukraine)

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Ukraine

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Tatjana Volarev

Tatjana Volarev

Postgraduate Specialization in International Commercial Contract Law; Thesis for MSC Consumer Protection in preparation; Bar Exam, BA in Law. Experience in: international projects and organizations, governmental bodies; project development, consulting; legal framework development and internationalization in SMEE sector; establishing business incubators & clusters; analyzing and drafting of legislation, entrepreneurial training development; institutional & capacity building.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Serbia

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Enayatullah Mujaddidi

Enayatullah Mujaddidi

Enayatullah Mujaddidi is engaged with IDN to develop the new project concept ‘’Entrepreneurship’’ to help immigrant to start their own business in Norway (Trondheim). Before joining IDN, Enayatullah has worked in different projects and programs like rule of law program, community governance, urban governance, and livelihood. He worked with different international organisations like Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, UNDP (United Nation Development Program), Norwegian Rule of Law program, People in Need organization for 15 years in Afghanistan.

Enayatullah Mujaddidi graduated from Law and Political Science faculty.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway

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Cathrine Skonhoft

Cathrine Skonhoft

Cand.Polit (master) in geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Several years international experience within the field of relief and development from UN and international NGOs in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Expertise in project management, project development and implementation, external affairs, donor relations, coordination and partnership building.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway

László Szabó

László Szabó

With an economics and management background (BSc from Corvinus University of Budapest), Laszlo has a considerable private sector experience in projects of all sizes and complexity levels. The international projects he worked on gave him an idea of the importance of cultural factors in cross-country projects.

In his market research engagements, Laszlo prepared deep-dive country studies for business expansions. He also produced market and competition analyses for technology and service sector clients.

His main areas are:

> Best practice and supplier research

> Strategic and financial planning

> Feasibility studies and budgeting

> Innovation support

BUSINESS AREAS

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Hungary

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Cristian Teodorrescu

Cristian Teodorrescu

Chemical Engineer with Master Degree from University Politehnica – Bucharest, Faculty of Chemical Engineering. 29 years experience in complex project implementation (design of chemical plants, environmental impact assessment). 23 years experience in Education, as associate professor of Chemical Engineering / Chemical Reactor Engineering / Computer Programming at various Bucharest universities. 20 years experience trainer / instructor in environmental science, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development in the mainframe of various international or domestic R&D Projects. 14 years experience in management of international projects (financed or involving Agencies and Companies from UK, USA, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Norway) and cooperation with EU and NATO structures (PHARE, EU-COST, INCO-COERNICUS, LIFE+, NATO Science for Peace). 

Experience in the organization of project teams,research-development project management, and international projects. Experience in sustainable strategy devising for industrial companies. Experience in decision making in complex processes (multi-criteria). Experience in organizing technical – scientific events at national and international level.

Author/co-author of over 140 publications (papers, conferences) in the field of chemical engineering, environmental science, industrial ecology, management and optimization of processes. Co-author of the Romanian Encyclopaedia of Chemistry Co-author of 2 Chapters in the book “”Sustainable Development – Authoritative and Leading Edge Content for Environmental Management”” (ISBN 978-953-51-0682-1; 2012).

BUSINESS AREAS

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Romania

Technical Experts

Trond Hammeren

Trond Hammeren

Trond has a Master’s Degree in Forestry with specialization in operation from The Norwegian University of Life Science. He is the owner of Varmeteknikk AS doing planning, construction and operation of Bioenergy plants.

He is also General Manager in Mistberget Biovarme AS and its district heating facility Råholt Varmesentral. Head of the Bio Energy Program in Innovation Norway 2005-2010. Chief of Hurdal Municipality 2003-2004. County Forestry Director in Oslo and Akershus 2000-2002.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Norway

Johnny Aak

Johnny Aak

Johnny has a MBA in Political Science & Public Administration and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is currently involved in bringing Norwegian offshore, undersea and marine technology, knowledge and experience into the European offshore wind projects.

Wind Consulting brings Norwegian offshore, subsea and marine technology, knowledge and experience into the European offshore wind projects. We also bring European wind competence and suppliers into Norwegian offshore and onshore wind projects.

 

Education:

> Good knowledge about the Norwegian public and private financial systems/source for support to the renewable industry

> Analysis of working process, value chain and cost/benefit
analysis

> Program – and project management, project development and
evaluation

> Deliver Norwegian competence and technology to the European wind market

> Preparation for case handling/licence for building wind sites

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway

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Artur Jerzy Badyda

Artur Jerzy Badyda

A graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology, PhD in technical sciences. He currently works as the assistant professor at the same Faculty were he manages also the Laboratory of Environment Quality Research. Former advisor to the Minister of the Environment, now member of the National Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment and the chairman of the Central Youth Commission in Polish Federation of Engineering Associations.

Professional specialization is related to processes of environmental management, environmental impact assessment of industrial and infrastructure projects (especially those related to transport and waste management) as well as public consultation on large investments. His research interests are focused on the impact of air pollution on the environment, and above all on human health.

GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTISE

  • Poland