Bergen, Norway 11 – 13 June, 2019

UTC Program Committee

Jon Arve Sværen, Chair UTC 2019 Program Committee/ 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.


Thomas Sunde, Deputy Chair UTC 2019 Program Committee/ VP Technology, Subsea 7

Thomas has been with Subsea 7 since 1997. A Masters graduate in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, he began his career with Equinor before moving to Subsea 7. In Subsea 7, he has held various roles in both the engineering, project management and commercial functions, including Vice President Sales & Marketing for both APME and NSC regions. Thomas has been Vice President for Technology for Subsea 7 since 2015.


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


Marie Bueie Holstad, Department Manager Measurement Science, NORCE

Marie Bueie HolstadMarie graduated as Dr. Scient in industrial instrumentation from the University of Bergen in 2004. She started working as a development phycisist for Tracerco, supplier of measurement systems and diagnostics services for subsea and topside offshore industries. Marie has been working for Christian Michelsen Research AS, a research institute in the NORCE group, for the last 11 years. She has been focusing mainly on measurement technology R&D for the oil and gas sector, including subsea measurement concepts and studies. Marie currently is Department Manager for Measurement Science developing measurement technologies for the oil and gas industry as well as other market areas.


Trond Olsen, President, ClampOn inc

Trond Olsen has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities in both the private and public business sectors.

He spent 15 years in the Royal Norwegian Navy in operational and project management positions. After a career in the Navy, he has held management positions with small and medium sized enterprises, among them as Operations Manager for a subsea company and seven years as CEO for the Norwegian Centre of Expertise Subsea. Trond has been chair of the program committee at the Underwater Technology Conference for three consecutive years (2011-13). In addition, he has been Exhibition Chair for MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2013 and on the committee for several other subsea events.

He attended the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, level 1 and 2, and earned his Master’s degree in Management from the Norwegian School of Management (BI).

In September 2014, Trond became the President of ClampOn, Inc. – the global leader in ultrasonic intelligent sand, PIG and corrosion-erosion monitoring.


Anders Husby, Business Development Leader, Subsea & Asset Risk, DNV GL

Anders Husby has more than 25 years of experience within oil & gas industry. Currently being Business Development Leader for Well and SURF (including SPS) in DNV GL. Experience covering subsea, drilling & well, including development of rules and regulations, and Joint Industry Projects. Background as piping engineer, lead engineer, and engineering manager. He also worked within line management and commercial tender work for numerous years before joining DNV in 2008, lastly with GE Oil & Gas from 1997 to 2008.


Hans Kristian Sundt, Product Management Leader, Baker Hughes – a GE Company

Hans Chr Sundt_ GEHans Kristian graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2000 with an MSc in Chemical Engineering. He has more than 10 years of experience within technology development and sales in the oil and gas industry. He started his career as a topside process engineer and has since followed new products from the initial idea, through the development and finally to the market. In 2008 he left dry land and joined the subsea community. Hans Kristian currently works with GE Oil & Gas as Product Manager for Subsea Processing.


Rolf Røssland, Managing Director, NUI

Rolf Røssland has been Managing Director for NUI AS since 2014. NUI is a Company that provides the subsea industry with a great diversity of products and services, ranging from advanced research, hyperbaric contingency and performance testing to engineering, training, consultancy services, and pressure/equipment testing. Rolf Røssland has nearly 40 years’ experience from the offshore industry, mainly within Diving, Underwater Operations, Safety Training and HSEQ. He has held several positions such as Diver, Diving Supervisor, Consultant, HSEQ Director and Managing Director. Having an operational background the main focus has been, and still is, to participate in the Industries work to perform safe and effective operations. He is a frequent speaker and a member of the UTC Council and the Program Committee for The Bergen International Diving Conference.

Owe Hagesæther, Chief Executive Officer, GCE Ocean

owe-hagesaetherOwe Hagesæther has more than 25 years of varied experience from Technology Management, Change and Project Management, Top Management and Board positions, International Networking, Marketing, Sales and Business Development. He has his experience from industries such as Oil & Gas and Energy, Banking & Finance, IT & Telecom, Management Consulting and Maritime Technology.  Hagesæther is an entrepreneur and former Founding Partner of Nordic Integrator Group. He holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Bergen and an MBA in Strategic Management from Norwegian School of Economics.


Merethe Berge Paasche, Business Development Manager, Oceaneering

Merethe Berge Paasche-232aMerethe Berge Paasche is the Business Development Manager for Oceaneering AS with responsibility for maintaining and development of growth strategy, brand development, customer relationship management and value-based sales management. Merethe graduated from the Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH) in 1992. She has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry, within completion, drilling, and subsea services.  The last 8 years she has held management roles in Oceaneering within Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining Oceaneering, she was employed by Baker Hughes and Odfjell Well Services.


Tim Crome, Director, Global Technology Management, TechnipFMC

Tim has worked in the subsea industry since graduation from Imperial Collage, London in 1980. He joined TechnipFMC in Norway in 1997 and is now part of the Global Front End group for subsea projects. For the two years prior to January 2017 he was Vice President for Subsea (SURF) in the Mediterranean Region, which followed seven years as Director for Sales and Business Development for the Technip operation in Norway. From 2001 to 2007 he was Engineering Manager for the Oslo office. His career started with pipeline design at JPKenny in London. In 1984 he was seconded to Oslo to work for Norsk Hydro and has been in Norway ever since working on subsea and pipeline related projects for Det Norske Veritas, Norsk Hydro and Offshore Design, prior to joining TechnipFMC.


Gunn Vik, Director for Hydropower, Brazil and shipyards Korea in Norwegian Energy Partners. 

Gunn has worked 30 years with oil and gas activities in Equinor (former Hydro and Statoil) since she graduated from Kent State university. She has 20 years’ experience within supply chain management. She has been manager for several years and held a Vice President position in Equinor within procurement and supplier relations for 7 years, both within drilling and well procurement and operation and maintenance procurement. 

Gunn was seconded from Equinor to Norwegian Energy Partners for 4 years (2013-2017) as Regional Director for China, Singapore and Korea. She now holds a position as director for Hydropower, Brazil and shipyards Korea in Norwegian Energy Partners.


Bjørn Kåre Viken, Vice president of Projects and Technology Collaboration (PTC) in Equinor Research and Technology.

Viken was previous Country manager and Senior Vice President of Algeria (ALG) in Development and Production International.

Viken joined Statoil in 1992 after nine years in Elf Aquitaine Norway.

He has held various leadership positions both on- and offshore within operations in Development and Production Norway (DPN), headed up the Mongstad refinery in Marketing Manufacturing and Processing (MMP) and been responsible for marine and subsea technology in in technology development and implementation.

He holds a BSc in civil engineering and a master of petroleum engineering from University of Stavanger.


Roar Eide, Vice President Mechanical Products, Aker Solutions

Roar Eide graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2001 with an MSc in Marine Technology. He also holds a Master of Technology Management (MBA) from NTNU, NHH and MIT Sloan School of Management. His career in Aker solutions started in 2005 as Test Engineer at the Tranby Technology Center. He has since had various technical lead and management positions within the Aker Solutions subsea business. In 2014 he spent two years in Houston as the Director of Technology for the Subsea Production Alliance. Today Roar holds the position as Vice President Mechanical Products with responsibility for the Wellheads, Subsea Trees and Workover System product lines, reporting to the CTO in Aker Solutions.


Neil Addison, Subsea Engineering Manager, Aker BP

Neil has been responsible for Subsea Engineering in Aker BP, and previously BP Norge, since 2014. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University. Neil began his career in the nuclear industry, before moving into oil and gas in 2006. Since then he has held various Subsea Engineering project, operations and leadership roles.