Inspire to Impact 2020

Changing the game in business for a more sustainable future

  • Starts:09:30, 10 March 2020
  • Ends:14:00, 10 March 2020
  • Location:BI - campus Oslo
  • Price:Free of charge

Everyone can contribute to accelerate the green transition. We bring students and business leaders together for inspiration and insight on how to conduct sustainable business today and in the future.

The aim is to raise awareness on how everyone can contribute to turning climate risks into action and how to accelerate the green transition, by displaying current game changers and addressing the path ahead for solutions, strategies and mindsets for our only future. In addition to our speakers, several companies will be present at stands around campus.

This day is a part of the three-day conference “Inspire”, one of the largest student events in Norway, driven by students and for students at BI Norwegian Business School. Inspire to Impact is a collaboration between the BI Student Organisation (BISO), DNV GL, UN Global Compact and BI Norwegian Business School.

Changing the game, our keynote speakers include:

  • Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Norwegian Government
  • Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV GL
  • Inge Jan Henjesand, President, BI Norwegian Business School
  • Kim N. Gabrielli, Director, UN Global Compact Network Norway
  • Bård Bringedal, CIO, Storebrand Asset Management
  • Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen, Professor, BI Norwegian Business School
  • Danat Tekie, Chief External Relations, Young Sustainable Impact
  • Thina Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Sustainable Finance, Nordea
  • Josefine Andrèn, co-founder, Funky Fresh Food
  • Cathrine Pia Lund, Innovation Norway
  • Moritz Garlich, Country Manager, Hennes&Mauritz Norway
  • Pablo Barrera Lopez, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Supply Chain, Yara International ASA
  • Oscar Hovde Berntsen, Nofence
  • Juan Carlos Torres, Urchinomics

We reserve the right to make alterations in the programme.

Conference chairs:

  • Sarah Noe Brogaard, Leader, BISO Impact and student, Bachelor in Retail Management, BI Norwegian Business School
  • Christina Torgersen, Project Manager, BISO Impact and student, MSc in Business, BI Norwegian Business School
  • Sven Mollekleiv, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, DNV GL


We are proud to announce that this conference is a certified green conference.

We hope to see you there!


  • Time
  • Title
  • Registration and light refreshments

  • Welcome and opening remarks

    • Welcome by conference chairs, Sarah Noe Brogaard, BISO Impact and Sven Mollekleiv, DNV GL
    • Introduction Inge Jan Henjesand, President, BI Norwegian Business School
    • Opening remarks by Nikolai Astrup, Minister Local Government and Modernization, Norwegian Government
      Nikolai Astrup has served as Minister of Local Government and Modernisation since January 2020, and was formerly Minister of Digitalisation and Minister of International Development. He is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Astrup holds a master's degree in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was elected Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2018 and he was leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo from 2012 to 2018.
    • The value of taking responsibility.
      The world's largest corporate sustainability initiative to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
      Lise Kingo, CEO, UN Global Compact and Kim Gabrielli, Executive director, UN Global Compact Norway 
    • Highlights from DNV GLs 2019 Energy Transition Outlook – From risk to Business Opportunity
      The energy transition is shifting up the agenda, moving from previously being considered important to now becoming something urgent; a source of great risk, but also of opportunity. Technology can deliver the future we desire – including meeting the 1.5°C warming ambition set out in the Paris Agreement. DNV GL’s view on the energy future through to 2050. It is a forecast of the most likely path ahead.
      Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL
    • Our long-term vision for the year 2050 is a world where nine billion people live well, and within the earth’s natural limits. Our standard for sustainable investments is based on the assumption that the companies which contribute to solving society’s problems in a sustainable way will also be the most profitable in the long run. This means we evaluate economic, social and environmental aspects before we make any decisions.
      Bård Bringedal, CIO, Storebrand Asset Management
    • Breakthrough solutions from young talents
      Empowering youth to create solutions for the sustainability problems, by creating measurable impact.
      Danat Tekie, Young Sustainable Impact
  • Cases

    • CASE, Yara International ASA
      How technology can decarbonize food? The food system accounts for large emissions, but new technology can help produce enough food with less emissions. Yara and IBM have entered a strategic partnership to drive innovation in the fields.
      Pablo Barrera Lopez, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Supply Chain, Yara International ASA
    • CASE, Nofence – the world’s first virtual fence for grazing animals
      The world's first virtual fence for grazing animals. Nofence grazing technology is a GPS-based virtual fencing system. Is uses sound warnings and a potential electrical impulse to keep livestock in a designated pasture. Nofence makes it easy to give animals access to good, varied pasture lands.
      Presented by Oscar Hovde Berntsen, Nofence and Cathrine Pia Lund, Innovation Norway
    • CASE, Urchinomics
      Restoring coastal ecosystems by ranching urhins. Urchinomics turns ecologically destructive sea urchins into a premium food. Removing the urchins from the seabed helps to restore kelp forests, the foundation for marine ecosystems and an important contributor to carbon sequstration. 
      Presented by Juan Carlos Torres, Urchinomics and Cathrine Pia Lund, Innovation Norway
    • Live Studio by Christina Torgersen with Inge Jan Henjesand and Danat Tekie.
  • Lunch

  • Cases and concluding remarks

    • Welcome back.
    • Students view on expectations and capabilities to make the green transition. Panel discussion with student representatives:
      Kornelia Haddal Sivertsgård, University of Oslo 
      Gimse Estenstad, Oslo Metropolitan University 
      Maria Finnerud, Norwegian University of Life Science
      Kristoffer Myklebust Egset, Kristiania University College
      Jonas Økland, BI Norwegian Business School
      Facilitated by Sven Mollekleiv.
    • Sustainable business is good business. The role of banks and sustainable finance in the green transition.
      Thina Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Sustainable Finance, Nordea
    • CASE, Funky Fresh Food 
      Like many others, we cook! What sets us apart from most others is that we are a 100% plant-based kitchen. We are also Debio Silver certified which means that we use somewhere between 50-95% Organic raw materials at any given time. Funky Fresh Foods started in 2009 with the goal of spreading good vegan experiences to most people. 
      Presented by Josefine Andrén, co-founder
    • CASE Hennes & Mauritz
      H&M's goal is to make everyone look and feel good, and now leads the change towards a sustainable fashion industry. Moritz Garlich will explain how the circular approach is the future of the industry and how new business models are created. Moritz Garlich is the new Country Manager for H&M Norway, and he has worked for the company for seven years in different countries. 
      Presented by Moritz Garlich, Country Manager, Hennes & Mauritz Norway
    • CASE, Sustain
      17% of the world population lives in Africa now, where the population is estimated to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. One in three Africans live below the poverty line of $ 1.90 per day. BI Norwegian Business School collaborates with universities in Tanzania and Ethiopia through SUSTAIN, and the purpose is to advance international understanding, intercultural competence and network for students and faculty. This is a starting point to address the challenges we are facing in order to address SDG#1. No poverty without compromising other SDG goals like SDG#13 Climate Action.
      Presented by Professor Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen, BI Norwegian Business School and Dr. Emmanual Chao, HOD, Resource and Incubation Centre, Mzumbe University. 
    • Live Studio by Christina Torgersen with Thina Saltvedt, Josefine Andren, Moritz Garlich.
    • Concluding remarks by Sarah Noe Brogaard and Sven Mollekleiv
  • End of conference