BI student attends OPEC meeting

31 March 2009

Åsmund Skeie, a student at BI Norwegian School of Management, has been invited to attend OPEC’s fourth international workshop in Vienna, as the only student from Norway.

This is the first time a Norwegian student has been invited to participate at an OPEC meeting. 

“I am very pleased that one of our BI students gets the chance to participate in OPEC’s workshop. I give Åsmund Skeie my best wishes, I hope that he has a great trip and that this will be a great learning experience,” says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI School of Management.   

Åsmund Skeie is currently doing an Executive Master Degree in Energy Management at BI, and he is eagerly looking forward to participating at the workshop 18th-19th of March. He is very happy to be nominated.

- It is really great.  And not least, surprising! This is a unique opportunity to see how such meetings work, on the professional arena as well as on the social one.  I am really looking forward to attending, he says.   

Skeie has one year leave of absence in order to study, after worked three years at the Norwegian Embassy of Khartoum in Sudan. He really enjoys being a student again:   

- It is obvious that the teachers love their work and their profession. It is a privilege to be a student again, and to learn from lecturers with such expertise. I have gained a much better understanding now of the development we are going through these days”.  

Request from the Secretary General

OPEC issued an invitation to BI’s Øystein Noreng to participate at the workshop, and also to pick a student to attend the meeting. Øystein Noreng is Professor of Petroleum Economy at BI Norwegian School of Management, as well as the subject coordinator for the Executive Master Study programme in Energy Management.    

According to Professor Noreng this invitation is due to OPEC’s general interest in establishing closer contact with Norway, as a significant exporter of oil and natural gas.   

“The secretary general of OPEC asked me to select a student from a relevant field of study at BI Norwegian School of Management. I chose to invite Åsmund Skeie, who is studying for his Executive Master in Energy Management,” explains Professor Noreng. 


You can also see all news here.