Candidate Nomination Campaign

BI Alumni Award Programme

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our alumni, and their strong contribution to the society.

In 2023, BI Norwegian Business School celebrates its 80th anniversary – eight decades of research and societal impact.

The BI Alumni Award Programme recognises outstanding alumni who plays an important role in BIs impact on society, and it is our pleasure to launch the nomination campaign for the BI Alumni Awards. 

This year awards will be given in the following two categories: Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honour bestowed by BI Norwegian Business School upon an outstanding alumnus. The award is presented to notable alumnus for excellence in commitment, leadership, and volunteer contribution to society. 

Criteria of nomination:

  • Must be a graduate of BI Norwegian Business School or one of its predecessor institutions.
  • Must have achieved broad recognition for extraordinary performance, advancement of knowledge or professional field of work, or volunteer contribution to society through application of his or her BI Norwegian Business School education.

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award is given to the alumnus who has demonstrated the values derived from a business school education by making a significant impact on their industry and having professional accomplishment on national or international level. The recipient must have graduated within the past 10 years.

Criteria of nomination:

  • Must be a graduate of BI Norwegian Business School.
  • Excelled early in life and shown potential for continued success.
  • Attained increasingly responsible positions within their organisation, business or field of work.
  • Received recognition for significant professional contributions or creative work through honours, awards and/or media attention.

The Young Alumni Award will be given to four outstanding alumni, one from each of BIs’ four campuses in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.

Nomination process

Award Ceremonies 2023 

The Alumni Awards ceremony will this year take place at the Annual BI Alumni Celebrations at our four campuses on the following dates:

  • Stavanger: 31 August - Young Alumni Award
  • Oslo: 7 September - Distinguished Alumni Award & Young Alumni Award
  • Trondheim: 19 October - Young Alumni Award
  • Bergen: 8 November - Young Alumni Award



Distinguished Alumni Award

Maalfrid Brath
Position when she received the award: Regional Managing Director Nordic & Baltics at ManpowerGroup
Graduated: Siviløkonom 1989

Maalfrid Brath_1.jpgMaalfrid Brath has several years' experience as a senior manager and board member. She is currently a board member of NHO and Young Entrepreneurship Norway. In addition, she is regional director for the Nordics and the Baltics in the Manpower group, where she has been top manager for the past 12 years. She has also previously been in the top management of Storebrand. As a manager, Maalfrid focuses on motivating his employees. She believes that motivation in the form of responsibility is important for satisfaction in the workplace. She is a person who focuses on people's lives and professional development.

Young Alumni Award

Nikolai Herman Skeie Wiencke
Position when he received the award: Co-Founder of BlueCs and Special Consultant at Bærum Kommune
Graduated: Bachelor’s in Economics 2017, Campus Trondheim

Nikolai.jpgDuring his time as a student, Nikolai was an active member of the local student organisation at BI - campus Trondheim, and represented the school at BI's Case competition. At the same time, Nikolai was one of the best students in the year he graduated from BI. He received the London Bridge Ward Scholarship for further studies at Cass Business School in London. In London, Nikolai had several internships, including at the London Stock Exchange. After completing his Bachelor's degree at BI, he started as an Execution Trader at Beringer Finance. He worked there for a year before taking a master's in International Security at IBEI in Barcelona. During the finalisation of his master's thesis in spring 2020, Nikolai started his own company BlueC together with two friends. A company that builds a business model around ocean-based ecosystem services.