Let these speakers inspire you at Driva - Climate investment event 2019


Václav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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Vaclav Smil is a scientist who does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 40 books and nearly 500 papers on these topics. Vaclav is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy). In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers and in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.


Maja Lunde


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Maja Lunde is an author and screenwriter with a Master's degree in media and communication from the University of Oslo. Maja is one of Norway’s most prominent authors on the international literary stage. She has written eleven children’s and young adult books and has published the two first novels in a climate quartet for adults. The History of Bees, the first book in the series, received the prestigious Bokhandlerprisen (Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize) and was the best selling book across all genres in Germany in 2017. The second book, Blue, has been translated to over 20 languages. Through her literary work, Maja has actualised climate change fro a wide audience and she is also an engaged participant in the public debate on environmental and climate issues.


Esther Gilmore

Partner and Head of Client Team at Generation Investment Management

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Esther Gilmore is a Partner and Head of Client Team at Generation Investment Management. Esther holds a BCom/BA degree from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne, and a GDip in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Esther has a strong background in sustainability and financial analysis, and before joining Generation she was a sustainability analyst at Sustainable Asset Management in Melbourne, Australia, a sustainability consultant at Matrix+ International, and a financial analyst at ING Barings and Barclays Bank in London.


Jakob Askou Bøss

Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted

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Jakob Askou Bøss is Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted. He holds an MPA from Harvard University and an MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University. Jakob oversees corporate strategy, group communication, public affairs, sustainability, regulatory affairs and corporate branding at Ørsted. Since joining the company in 2004, he has been deeply involved in the strategic transformation from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in green energy.


Kristina Alnes

Senior Advisor, Climate Finance at CICERO – Centre for International Climate Research

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Kristina Alnes is a Senior Advisor, Climate Finance at CICERO – Centre for International Climate Research. Kristina holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, New York, and has worked extensively with the relationship between climate and finance, both through academic research and as a sustainability consultant. At CICERO Kristina combines scientific research with a commercial approach developing tools to enhance climate finance, such as the acclaimed CICERO Shades of Green second opinion rating for green bonds.


Karen O'Brien

Professor at UiO, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer at cCHANGE

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Karen O’Brien is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oslo, and Co-founder and Chief Research Officer at cCHANGE, a company that bridges research and society. Karen holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University. She is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation. With 30 years of experience in climate change research, her work focuses on human and social responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on the relationships between personal, cultural, and systems transformations. Karen is an Advisor for Project Drawdown, has participated in four IPCC reports. She currently leads a Toppforsk research project on the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability.


Andreas Thorsheim

Founder and CEO, Otovo

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Andreas Thosheim is a founder and CEO of the solar energy company Otovo. Andreas holds a Master of Science degree in International Management (CEMS) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics. Before founding Otovo in January 2016, Andreas has extensive experience from the media business as CEO of Bergens Tidende, CFO and COO of Schibsted Norge and from Opera Software


Knut H. H. Johansen

Founder and CEO, eSmart Systems

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Knut H. H. Johansen Knut is the CEO and founder of eSmart Systems AS. Knut holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NTNU. He has more than twenty years’ experience innovating, developing and delivering IT solutions to the energy industry world-wide, founding and leading numerous successful businesses such as Navita Systems and OMX Technology Energy Systems (now NASDAQ). Knut was also the initiating driver behind the Norwegian Centre of Expertise for Smart Energy Markets which now has over 70 members.


Erik Fossum Færevaag

Founder of Disruptive Technologies

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Erik Fossum Færevaag is the founder of Disruptive Technologies. Erik holds a Master of Science in Microelectronics from NTNU. He has a strong background in the semiconductor industry, architecting the world's lowest power microcontroller at Silicon Labs and the world's fastest growing industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band radio integrated circuits (ICs). This background made him believe that the challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) could be solved and led to the establishment of Disruptive Technologies.

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Siri M. Kalvig

CEO, Nysnø Klimainvesteringer

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Siri M. Kalvig holds a Master of Science in Meteorology and has a PhD in offshore wind technology. Prior to her position in Nysnø, Siri headed the research network for clean energy at the University of Stavanger. She has founded several businesses and is actively engaged in finance and start-up companies within environmental technology. Siri began her career as a weather presenter at TV2. Together with TV2 she then established what went on to become the leading global provider of weather intelligence, StormGeo.

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Frances Eaton

CLCO, Nysnø Klimainvesteringer

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Frances Eaton holds a law degree from the University of Bergen and Victoria University of Wellington. Frances has over 10 years' experience from asset management from her time as head of business support and compliance and as business developer for SKAGEN Funds and CEO of Nansen Capital Partners, She also has experience from the law firm Schjødt and Total E&P Norway..