Program Committee members

Rune Vesterkjær

Program Committee Chair
Vice President - Production, Compression, Power & Pumps

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.


Sindre Solland

Program Committee Deputy Chair
Head of Facilities -Wintershall Dea

Sindre Solland has a Master of Science in Offshore Technology from 1996 at Stavanger University College. He has 10 years of experience from the Subsea supplier industry before working 5 years at Statoil as Subsea Manager within field development and implementation projects. He also worked for ENI Norway for 2 years as Mechanical Superintendent on the Goliat FPSO project in South Korea. Sindre Solland has since 2013 been employed by Wintershall Norway as Subsea Manager in the Nova project. From 2020 he has had the role of Manager Subsea Technology & Operations and the last 2 years as Head of Facilities in WintershallDEA 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

Vice President – Subsea and New Energy Sales - 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 working as Vice President for Subsea and New Energy Sales.

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.

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.

Arne Skeie

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.

Ingvar Henne


Ingvar Henne is heading Autonomous Systems and IoT at NORCE Norwegian Research Center and is part-time at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. He has more than 25 years of experience within RF-design and radio communications and data networks, particularly with focus on system planning, as well as 10 years within research institute and academia. He has extended experience from project management, coordination and administration of research and engineering activities, and has participated in and lead numerous projects involving research and development for industrial partners with the aim of research-based innovation. Ingvar has also participated in several scientific committees for national and international conferences and publication. His scientific background is within wireless communications, acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation, signal processing, optimization techniques, sensor design and data networks.

Vegard Dalheim Rogn


Vegard graduated as master of engineering in mechanical engineering from university of Surrey UK in 2000. 

He has more than 20 years of experience within subsea engineering and project management in the oil and gas industry, started off in TechnipFMC (former Coflexip Stena Offshore Norge) as project engineer, and moved on working with for Aker Solutions, EMAS AMC and Kongsberg Maritime as lead engineer and project manager. Vegard is currently part of Lundin’s field development department, working as senior subsea engineer for field development projects for Lundin’s portfolio projects.

Olav Brakstad


Anne Britt Høydal


Kai Stoltz


Solveig Tornås

Manager System Engineering SIT & service, Front End & System Engineering management, Subsea - TechnipFMC

Gunnar Birkeland

CEO - UNITECH Offshore