Program Committee

Benedicte Nordang

Project manager - Equinor

Benedicte Nordang graduated as a Naval Architect from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1990, and has 30 years’ experience from the offshore industry. She started her career in JPKenny Norge, working with pipeline and subsea field engineering, then continued to Statoil, where she held various engineering roles within subsea development projects. Moving to Aker Marine Contractors in 1994, she held various engineering and management positions within marine installation operations, before returning to Statoil in 1998 to take on management positions in subsea projects and project development portfolios. Responsible for SIP (Statoil efficiency improvement programme within subsea) in Technology, Projects and Drilling. Has for the last 5years headed Johan Castberg subsea project, Equinors largest subsea project, responsible for project development, including development of new technology.

Benedicte Nordang is currently heading the Subsea & Pipelines sector in Facilities Engineering, Project development, in Equinor. She has held Board positions in the mining industry for more than 10 years. Nordang is a Norwegian citizen, and resides in Oslo, Norway.

Jon Arve Sværen

Head of Business Strategy - onesubsea

Jon Arve Graduated from Bergen Tech Collage in 1979 – BSc Engineering.
Started his career in Frank Mohn AS, the world Leading supplier of cargo pumps for product and chemical tankers same year. He had many different positions in application engineering, sales and business development including responsibility for the capture of the production system for Oseberg subsea satellite project as early as 1986. Sales manager for Oil and Gas division from 1990 -94. Jon Arve started in Framo Engineering in 1994 in sales and business development with global responsibility for the complete range of products ranging through subsea multiphase meters-, multiphase pumps , wet gas compressors and swivel systems for FPSO’s . He took and active part in the formation of OneSubsea in 2013 with an executive position at the Houston Head office for the first years of operations. Current position is Head of Business strategy. Jon Arve is also Chairman of the Board of Global Center of Expertise (GCE Ocean ), a cluster of some 120 member companies in the subsea industry.

Bente Festøy

Leading Engineer Subsea Technology and Operation Subsea processing

Bente Festøy graduated as Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1984.  She started her professional carrier in Det Norske Veritas with risk analysis, before building her fundamental foundation as process engineer in Kværner Engineering. Her broad competence within subsea and surface installations is gained through all project phases from feasibility studies to project start-up. She has held positions as department manager, engineering manager and project manager. In 2011 she joined Equinor and is currently working as project manager for subsea technology development and implementation.

Jan – Olav Hallset

Senior Project R&D Engineer - A/S Norske Shell

Jan-Olav graduated as PhD in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1992. He joined AS Norske Shell in 2014 as a Team Lead for Subsea Controls and has recently moved on to a position as Senior Project R&D Engineer, responsible for technology deployment within Norske Shell’s project portfolio. He has more than 25 years of experience within the oil & gas industry, and has held various technology and technology management positions within Oceaneering, Hitec Systems, Poseidon Group, and Siemens Subsea.

Knut Rongve

Global Product Manager for Subsea - ABB

Knut graduated as Master of Science in Electrical Power Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2003. He joined ABB in 2006 as Project Engineer for Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals in Norway. He has held various technical and management positions within the organization. Knut is currently leading ABB’s Subsea Growth Initiative and the overall activities within subsea, including Global Product Manager for Subsea, on behalf of the ABB BU OGC

Olav Brakstad

- ClampOn inc


Kristin Nergaard Berg

Principal Engineer - DNV

Principal Engineer with 20 years+ experience from the oil & gas industry. Kristin has worked over 10 years for DNV and been involved in a high variety of subsea projects related to product development and technology qualification, providing advice and verification for operators, supply chain and authorities. Her experience also includes heading DNV’s Subsea Technology section and managing several larger and smaller projects, including Joint Industry Projects. Previous to DNV, Kristin worked with subsea instrumentation in Roxar.

Ranveig Nygaard Bjørk

Research Director Measurement Science - NORCE

Ranveig Nygaard Bjørk is research director within measurement science at NORCE Norwegian Research Center. She has more than 15 years of experience within fiscal measurement, uncertainty analysis, multiphase flow metering and hydrocarbon field and ownership allocation.  She is steering group leader of Norwegian Center for Geothermal Energy Research (CGER) and more than 10 years of experience within geothermal energy research, focusing on cluster establishment and research driven innovation.  She has extended experience from project management, coordination and administration of research and scientific activities and has participated and lead numerous projects involving expert services for industrial partners with the aim of research-based innovation.  Her scientific background is within instrumentation, digital signal processing, optimization techniques, communication systems and computer simulations. 

Kim Løseth

Manager – Test and Analysis - NUI

Kim Løseth (b. 1985) has both a B.Sc. in Mechatronics from University in Agder (2009) and a M.Sc. in Underwater Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2011). He began his career at Subsea 7 as a graduate engineer in 2011 where he was mainly working in SURF project as analysis engineer. In 2015 he started as a Senior Engineer at NUI where he has worked under the test and analysis department, with various tasks such as in-house development projects, testing of diving systems and equipment and hyperbaric testing. In 2020 he started as a department manager for Test and Analysis.

Stig Instanes

Sales Manager Norway & Denmark - TechnipFMC

Stig has more than 20 years’ experience from the Oil & Gas industry, serving the Subsea industry since 2012. With a Master in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU he spent his first years as a process engineer, but quickly moved into business development and more commercial roles. With core competence within processing and rotating equipment he followed the equipment subsea, by joining TechnipFMC in 2012 as Sales & BD Manager for Subsea Systems. Stig has been Board Member of Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF) since 2016.

Hildegunn McLernon

Digital Lead Norway, Subsea Digital - TechnipFMC

Hildegunn has worked in the subsea industry since her graduation from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1999. She has a bachelor in Mechanical engineering and a Master in Business Administration from Napier University, Scotland. She joined FMC Technologies at Dunfermline, Scotland in 1999 and moved to FMC Technologies, now TechnipFMC, at Kongsberg, Norway in 2006. She has held many different technical and leadership roles throughout her time at TechnipFMC. She started her career in the product engineering department within Completion and Workover. In Kongsberg she joined the system engineering group and worked as Project Engineering manager for several years. She was the leader for Technical safety and reliability Eastern Region, and later Chief System engineer within Field development. From 2015 she was the global Technology manager for Structures, Manifolds and Pipeline systems. She transitioned to digital in 2019 as Digital Services and Innovation Operations manager, and is now part of the Subsea Digital division, leading the Digital Twin Program and digital lead for Norway.

Bjørn Kahrs

Director UK, Australia, Indonesia, Egypt and West Africa Subsea Tie-back, P&A - Norwegian Energy Partners

With his 35 years’ experience, Bjørn Kahrs has an extensive knowhow and experience in subsea intervention work. His experience includes Senior Project Management for larger Subsea Construction projects, EPCI and SURF. He holds both an MBA and a Master degree in Subsea Engineering. He also has experience from working offshore on offshore construction vessels as;  Diver, Field Engineer, Offshore Manager and Client Representative. His experience comes from; 3 years with Statoil, 20 years with Subsea 7, 3 years as CEO for Randaberg Industries, 4 years as Mayor of Randaberg Municipality, 4 years with DeepOcean, and is currently Regional Director with Norwegian Energy Partners (Norwep) responsible for UK, Egypt, West Africa, Indonesia and Australia as well as task responsible for Subsea Tie-back and P&A including Decommissioning.

Janne Lea

Vice President Reservoir Management - Development and Engineering - wintershall

Lea has a broad experience of management positions within the Norwegian oil and gas industry, primarily in the area of HSE. Before joining Wintershall Dea, she had various leadership roles in Mærsk Drilling and the Norwegian safety regulator PSA, later becoming the Head of HSEQ for Wintershall Norge. Lea has experience in HSE, occupational health & safety, chemical risk management, quality assurance and regulatory development, audits and supervision activities. She holds an MSc in Offshore Technology specialisation within Environmental Technology from University of Stavanger (UiS).

Elizabeth Yvonne Kolbu

Lead Engineer SURF - Lundin Norway

Elizabeth graduated as Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU) in 1999. She has 20 years of experience within the oil and gas industry. Elizabeth started off in Technip with design and installation of flexible pipes, and moved on to DNV for verification work and technology qualification within subsea technology. Then on to project development in Statoil/Equinor, also with focus on subsea developments. Elizabeth is currently part of Lundin’s Field Development department, where she is Project Manager for the Edward Grieg Power Cable project as part of Lundin’s electrification of Edvard Grieg

Arne Skeie

Business Development Manager - SUBSEA 7

Arne Skeie has worked 18 years in Subsea 7. Arne has been in the pipeline discipline and in the structural discipline, and has also been working 8 years as Engineering Manager on projects such as Martin Linge, and Ærfugl. Arne is now working as Business Development Manager.Arne graduated from Høgskolen i Stavanger with Master degree in material technology in 1999. He worked as production manager in a factory producing concrete pipes before joining Subsea 7 in 2002.

Vidar Strand

Senior Sales Manager – Baker Hughes

Vidar Strand holds a BSc Engineering from the University of Stavanger. He entered the oil and gas business in 1999 where he began his career as an engineer with ABB Offshore Systems. Since then, Vidar has  held various positions ranging from engineering, project management, team lead, customer fulfillment and account management. For 3 years he led the GE Oil & Gas Technology Solution Center in Stavanger connecting the wide range of products and solutions under one roof, communicating technology advances to customers and business partners. Vidar currently works as an account manager at Baker Hughes, focusing on subsea production systems whilst also focusing on how existing and new products and solutions can be utilized and developed to fit in the energy transition market. Vidar is also the SPE Section Chair in Stavanger, the largest SPE section in Norway.

Rune Vesterkjær

Vice President - Production, Compression, Power & Pumps - Aker Solutions

Rune Vesterkjær joined Kværner Oil & Gas after completing his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2002. He has a broad competence within subsea system solutions, including subsea compression and pumping. Focus in later years has been on decarbonization of oil and gas production – developing sustainable solutions of the future. Rune has held numerous technical and management roles within Aker Solutions. He is currently responsible for the subsea system solutions offerings in Aker Solutions.