Board of Directors

Anne-Grete Ellingsen, Chair of the Board

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.

Vegard Hafsteen

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 Sandstad is Manager of Seafarming Systems in Stavanger. He is a naval architect (MSc) with 20 years’ experience within Oil & Gas and the aquaculture industry. He holds more than 10 patents and has started several companies based on these disruptive technologies. He has wide experience as engineering manager and designer of i.e., oil rig, to participation in work at the Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU). He has board experience from several boards among them Sevan Marine. Mr Sandstad is one of the 5 owners of Focus Group.

Tore Bjørkås

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

Mr Norr is currently working as Technical Manager and Structural Engineer for Focus Engineering. In addition, he is also working as Managing Director for Focus Construction AS. He has more than 36 years’ experience from Oil & Gas development projects. The experience is mainly from structural engineering working as Discipline Lead, Project Manager and Section Manager within different companies. He is one of 2 founders of the engineering branch office in Qingdao, China, which today is an important part of Focus Engineering AS. Mr Norr mainly operates from China or Vietnam where he follows up the Focus Group activities in Asia. One of the founders of Focus Construction AS in Vietnam and he is one of the 5 owners of Focus Group.

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.