Ms Ellingsen is an executive with more than 40 years’ experience from the international energy sector working both with oil and gas industry and renewables.
She has held several executive management positions including Global Center of Expertise NODE, Statkraft AgderEnergi (SAE) vind, Vestavind Offshore AS, Gjensidige banking and insurance, Statoil (Equinor), World Petroleum Congress, Elf Aquitaine, Agder Energi (Total). She has been deputy minister in the Oil and Energy Ministry of Norway. Ms Ellingsen has a broad board experience in listed and non-listed companies both as chair and non-executive director, member of the remuneration, audit, and election committees. Her board experience cover sectors like on-and offshore renewable energies, offshore oil and gas, technology suppliers, banking and finance, research and development and aquaculture.
Ms. Ellingsen has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and refining technology, a master’s degrees in petroleum engineering, an executive master in energy management and a bachelor’s degree in economy. MS Ellingsen is a member of the jury panel of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), investment funds targeting startups and scale ups. She is accredited as a EIC Business coach and an EU business advisor for green transition for clusters.
Mr Hafsteen has a law degree and has extensive business law experience both as lawyer in Deloitte Advokater, as a Head Company lawyer in several companies and from his own law firm. Mr Hafsteen also has a broad and long top management experience with responsibility for e.g., innovation, partner collaboration, technology, law, HR, finance, insurance, and business development in complex organizations e.g., NAF, NAF Digital and Nordic Impact / EXP Group. Mr Hafsteen has extensive and long board experience from several companies and many different industries such as insurance, workshop services, VR / AR companies, digital marketing, audiovisual services, restaurants, non-profit foundations etc.
In addition, Mr. Hafsteen is a serial entrepreneur and has been a mentor for startups in several accelerators, a jury member for Young Entrepreneurship in Oslo and a widely used speaker especially in the areas of innovation, the interaction between human and robotics and tomorrow’s working life.
Mr. Hafsteen is co-author of the book Innovation in Practice.
Alf Reidar Sandstad
Mr Bjørkås is the CEO of Focus Group. He has experience from positions like HR Director, Managing Director and Project Manager with +20 years’ experience from the Oil & Energy sector. He has international business experience both from client and supplier side and is a certified negotiator. Mr Bjørkås has Board experience from startup- and mature companies in their growing phases. Mr Bjørkås holds a bachelor’s degree as Mechanical engineer and is a member of iStyrelsen. Mr Bjørkås is one of the 5 owners of Focus Group.
Hans Håkon Norr
Jens Arild Apland
Mr Apland is an Operating manager / CEO of Focus Engineering in China. He is and a founding partner of Focus Engineering AS as well as Focus Construction AS. Mr Apland has over 30 years’ experience in construction/ site following up work and has 16 years of experience from working and living in China. Mr Apland holds an M.sc, Offshore construction and is one of the 5 owners of Focus Group.
Carsten Stanley Nikolajsen
Mr Nikolajsen is a Senior Structural Analysis Engineer and a founding partner of Focus Engineering AS. He has more than 20 years of experience as a structural engineer and have worked on various onshore and offshore projects. Nikolajsen is a Danish citizen living in Norway since 2003. He holds a M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering from the university of Alborg, Denmark. Mr Nikolajsen is one of the 5 owners of Focus Group.