Alumni Awards 201813 June 2018
Five former BI students who have excelled in their professional field and who have contributed to the development of BI, received recognition at the Alumni Reunion on June 1st.
This year's BI Alumni Awards were awarded at the Alumni Reunion at Sentralen in Oslo, a part of BIs 75th anniversary celebrations, to honor some of our many alumni who make a difference. Jan Langfeldt and Per Wolff, Kristin H. Holth, Javad Mushtaq and Tor Arnesen received this year's prizes.
Langfeldt and Wolff graduated in 1957, while Arnesen is currently completing his degree this year. The winners received the award for their leadership, for their social engagement, and for their contribution in the development of our school, our students and the alumni network.
You can read more about the awards and award winners below.
Young Alumni Award
Javad Mushtaq, Corporate Strategy, Aker Solutions & Social Entrepreneur - MSc (Honors) in Business and Economics 2012
During his student days, Javad was a driving force to develop and create inclusive arenas for students with minority backgrounds at BI. Alongside his career in Aker Solutions, he still has a strong commitment for social entrepreneurship. He is, among other things, founder of MAK, an organization that works to increase Norwegian competitiveness through focus on intercultural competence as a competitive advantage. He is head of Global Shapers Oslo, an initiative from the World Economic Forum, and adviser to Plan X - Pakistan's largest tech accelerator. Javad is also a part of the Government Expert Committee for Education, and a member of BI's Alumni Advisory Board.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Jan Langfeldt and Per Wolff - Bachelor 1957
Jan and Per have kept the class of 1957 together, and are role models for today's alumni. Their 25th anniversary was celebrated with BI's founder Finn Øien present, and we have celebrated 50, 55, and last year, their 60th anniversary together. BI has in recent years also had the pleasure of having several alumni from their class with us at other BI Alumni events. Jan and Per always know where their fellow classmates are, who lives or has passed away. They represent BI's Alumni and what lifelong networks can mean in an excellent way.
Kristin H. Holth, Global Head of Ocean Industries in DNB at DNB – Master of Business and Economics 1984
As DNB’s global head of ocean industries, Kristin was named the world’s most influential person within shipping finance in 2014 by the British Lloyd’s. As a female leader in a global industry, traditionally dominated by men, Kristin has emerged as a role model. She has built her career stone by stone, and has spent a lot of time motivating employees to broaden their skillset. Kristin value qualities like courage and curiosity. She has shown courage to make changes and to lead when needed. Kristin is a member of BIs International Advisory Board and has been our Alumni of the week.
Alumni Volunteer of the Year
Tor Arnesen, Chair of the Board of Directors A/S Norske Shell - Master of Management 2018
Tor is one of BI's most committed ambassadors, contributing in an analytical and creative way. He holds lectures and recruits on career days, and can be seen in several BI videos. He shares his network, expertise and broad top management experience from Norske Shell and ONS with the students. He is a fellow human being, a role model and creative motivator. Tor is also a member of BI's Alumni Advisory Board.
Alumni who deserve extra attention are many, and the prize winners were nominated by alumni and staff from BI. If you missed out this year you will get another chance in 2019.