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.