OUR PEOPLE

LEAD/ select people of high quality, with operative experience from national and international operations. Our candidates has often completed higher military- or civil education.

LEAD/ people always have a strong ethical fundament, are loyal towards their employer, have practical leadership experience and high implementation capacity, in addition to their expertise.

LEAD/ people are motivated by achieving good results in interaction with their co-workers, while they see the importance of contributing to a good working environment.

Creativity, persistence and controlled risk taking is the key attributes for innovation to occur and are an integrated part of our organization and our people.

Margaret Mead, Cultural Antropologist, (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

LEAD/ BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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STEIN JACOB FRISCH
DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD
Partner and Managing Director of Frisch AS. He has 20 years of experience from consulting, and was Managing Director of Geelmuyden.Kiese in Scandinavia from 2001 until 2010. Previously, he has been Managing Director of the venture company Katalysator AS and Credit Officer at UBS/Viking Ship Finance in Zurich. Frisch also has a background from The Norwegian Armed Forces.

Stein Jacob Frisch is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and has an M.Sc. in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School, London and a B.Sc. in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School. In 2005 he completed the course Leading Professional Service Firms at Harvard Business School.

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ROBERT MOOD
AMBASSADOR/ BOARD MEMBER
Lieutenant General with 37 years experience from the Norwegian Armed Forces. Focus on International security issues, strategy and veteran affairs. Board Leadership background, including Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Army, Inspector General of Veteran affairs, NATO Military representative and twice Head of Mission for the UN. Outstanding International experience at strategic and operational level, including cooperation with a wide range of civilian organizations and institutions.

Extensive personal network and charismatic public speaker. Valued for networking, risk analysis, crisis management and leadership at CEO and operational level.

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GUNNAR DOLVEN
BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Dolven holds a MBA in Corporate Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration (NHH), Bergen, Norway, and a M.Sc. in applied mathematics from the same institution.

Dolven has more than 20 years managerial experience from the financial sector and the oil & gas industry including positions as COO and CEO of SpareBank1 and Sr. Vice President/Director of group planning in Statoil ASA and CFO in Badger Explorer. He has extensive board experience including positions as chairman from several companies.

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TONE DANIELSEN
BOARD MEMBER
Tone Danielsen is social anthropologist and worked since 2002 in the Norwegian Armed Forces as adviser at the Defence Staff College, senior adviser in the Ministry of Defence and now as senior researcher at FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment). Her professional focus has been apprenticeship; the military professional culture and civil-military cooperation and communication.

Danielsen has worked many years with special operations forces, and is now writing up a doctoral thesis ‘Making Warriors in the Global Era’ based on 18 months fieldwork in the Naval Special Operations Forces Commando. Danielsen has lived and worked many years in the Middle East studying identity and globalism. She also worked at the Oslo University College.

Throughout almost 20 years Danielsen has developed several courses, organised seminars and conferences, and delivered lectures international and national on cultural aspects in military operations and organisational changes. She has also been a guest researcher at University of St. Andrews.

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ASLAK SVERDRUP
BOARD OBSERVER
Chairman of the Board of Making Change and is an observer at the Leading Change board. Sverdrup’s daily work is in Avinor, where he is the Airport Managing director of Bergen Airport. He is also part of Avinor’s corporate management team. Aslak has broad military background, from both navy and army, including several years in the Norwegian Special Operation Forces.

He was a co-founder of Bestia Risk Consulting and has work in Oil and Gas exploration in Africa for four years. Aslak has completed the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and has education with in risk management from the UK. He is currently working on an executive MBA. Sverdrup has held several board positions.

LEAD/ REFERENCE GROUP

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MALIN STENSØNES (Reference group member)

The reference group member as held various positions in the private and public sector. She has served as the political advisor to the Minister of Defence and has been a member of several government appointed committees in the area of security and defence policy. She has been the Director of Public Affairs in the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association as well as the Director of the Oslo Region European Office, headquartered in Brussels. She has held various political positions and served on public and private boards. She is also the author of a documentary book on Norwegian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, published by Aschehoug. She is currently working on her second book to be published in 2016.

ROLF INGE ROTH (Reference group member)

 

LEAD/ LEADERSHIP & STAFF

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KENNETH BJERKELUND (LEAD/ Norway)
BOARD MEMBER/ CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)/ CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)
Social Entrepreneur with nearly 10 years experience from the Norwegian Special Forces, ranging from crisis management, counter terrorism, cultural awareness, operative psychology, operational planning and execution, intelligence gathering and analyzis, concept development and medical first response.

Founder of the humanitarian organization Making Change (MAKE/) in 2009 and is the initiative taker and creative force behind the Leading Change (LEAD/) initiative applying the skills of former military personnel for humanitarian and/ or ethical motivated business purposes, bridging the competence gap between the military, civilian business, and former military personnel.

kenneth.bjerkelund@leadingchange.no

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TOMMY SKJOLDE (LEAD/ Stavanger)
BUSINESS DEVELOPER – HSE & QUALITY CONTROLLER
Former Army Captain with nearly 20 years of service, ranging from medical services to Civil Military Cooperation. 5 yrs of which in International services, giving valuable experience in Cultural awareness, Emergency Preparedness, conflict work and Multi-national Cooperation.
In his present career he work as a Health, Safety, Environment and Risk Advisor in the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry.

The dedication to quality improvements with a personal edge, has always been one of his main priorities.
The experiences from both careers have given Tommy Skjolde the qualities needed to lead the quality processes in Leading Change.

tommy.skjolde@leadingchange.no

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MARIJN VAN DER MEIJS (LEAD/ Stavanger)
BUSINESS DEVELOPER – STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS ADVISER

Martijn has over 20 years experience from the Netherlands’ Navy and Army, including two years working with the UN, four years with NATO and some other international assignments. The last eight years of his military career were dedicated to Public Affairs and Strategic Communications. After retiring, he transitioned to the Oil & Gas Industry where he worked as Training Manager and Performance Coach. His core competencies are Communication, Leadership Development, Training & Coaching and Crisis Management.

 

 

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ESPEN JOHANNESEN (LEAD/ Kristiansand)
BUSINESS DEVELOPER – BUSINESS RESEARCHER
Former 2nd Lieutenant, with service in both the army and the navy. Experience from threat assessment, information analysis and conflict work, to cultural awareness, human resources and multi-national cooperation.

He also has experience from international theatres of conflict, and a bachelor*s degree which includes educational science.

His genuine interest for human psychology and behavior reflects in both his work and personal life gives him the required qualities to do a broad specter of tasks within the organization.

espen.johannesen@leadingchange.no

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