Petrad Faculty

Petrad's learning events give participants access to insights which are derived from experience and supported by research. As lecturers and resource persons we draw on a number of distinguished professionals who possess highly relevant experience from the petroleum industry, public administration and academia. Our faculty members are currently in the employment of public sector institutions, companies or as independent consultants. Presented below is a selection of those professionals, many of whom you are likely to meet as a participant at our learning events.

All our faculty members are committed to Petrad’s values, mission and the objectives for the learning events to which they contribute. The statements made during presentations are the responsibility of the lecturer.


Sjur Aasheim

Exploration and field development process

Sjur M. Aasheim is a geologist with a cand.real. degree from the University of Bergen, 1977. He was employed with Statoil for 30 years, where his positions have included Exploration and Production Manager UK, Vice president for Exploration in Norway and Vice President for field development for parts of Norway’s offshore sector. He has been assigned to positions in the US, Greenland, Libya and Angola.  Towards the end of his career with Statoil and afterwards as an independent consultant he has been engaged in developing and providing learning experiences for the petroleum sector. To this end he worked with Simprentis, the firm which developed the OilSim educational simulation, and currently with Schlumberger NExT following its acquisition of Simprentis.  

Farouk Al-Kasim

Public management of petroleum resources

Farouk Al-Kasim is an internationally acknowledged advisor on petroleum resource management.  He is a trained geologist. After moving to Norway from his native Iraq he joined the Norwegian civil service in 1968, when the Norwegian petroleum sector was in its infancy. Mr Al-Kasim was instrumental in developing Norway's national management of the sector. He was Resource Director at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate from its formation in 1972 to 1990. Since then he has shared his insights with the governments of many nations seeking to develop effective management of the petroleum sector.  He contributes to Petrad’s courses in the fields of overall public management of petroleum resources, sector organisation, petroleum policy and licencing. He has written two books on petroleum resource management.

Ernst Abrahamsen

Mr. Ernst Abrahamsen obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics in Project Management from the University of Agder in 1983. He worked for Statoil for more than 30 years and gained experience in the different disciplines, in project and line management and at the corporate level. His professional skills are in the field of project control – products/services in the field planning, evaluation, and execution of a development project. He has experience from working with different types of facilities in relevant geographical areas and has a good understanding and knowledge of the most relevant parties and stakeholders within business development, supply industry and business understanding. He has been chief engineer for project control and corporate controller.

Theophilus Nyarko Ahwireng

Natural resource governance

Theophilus Nyarko Ahwireng is a geophysicist and a leader in natural resource governance. He has had extensive and progressive technical, management and business responsibilities across the Upstream Petroleum Industry (UPI) value chain. He is a former Chief Executive of the Petroleum Commission - the UPI regulator in Ghana – which also has mandate for sustainability within the sector. He led the development of key legislation in the UPI, including the Petroleum Commission Act (Act 821), Petroleum Exploration and Production Act (919) and the Petroleum E&P Measurement Regulations (LI2246) and developed and implemented strategies for the Local Content and Local Participation Regulations (LI2204) resulting in significant growth in Indigenous participation in Ghana.

Theo holds a BSc (Hons) Physics, KNUST Ghana; MSc in Exploration Geophysics, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Delft, the Netherlands; and an Executive MBA in Finance, University of Ghana Business School. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG).

Fouzia O. Ali

Project Coordinator

Ms. Fouzia O. Ali is associated with the Petrad Faculty as a project coordinator. She joined Petrad in 2008 and during her time with the company she has facilitated various delegation visits, and worked on short and long-term projects, courses, and programmes worldwide. She has had a particular focus on capacity development projects in West-Africa. She has been a project leader for the annual 8-weeks programmes on Petroleum Policy & Resource Management, Petroleum Development & Operations, and the 2-weeks course on National Management of Petroleum Resources. Prior to PETRAD she worked as a freelance online journalist with various publications. She studied journalism and is a graduate of the University of Westminster in London. She also studied at the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University and explored various energy technologies. She has also been a member of The Contact Committee Between Immigrants (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation) and the Authorities (KIM), an advisory board appointed by the Norwegian government to advise and facilitate the government on matters that affect immigrants (2009 – 2013).

Inge Amundsen

Governance, transparency and anti-corruption

Inge Amundsen is a political scientist at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), a Norwegian research institute focussing on local and global challenges and opportunities facing low- and middle-income countries and their citizens. His research includes democratic institutionalization, parliaments, political parties, political corruption, and natural resources (petroleum resources management and revenue management). His main study area is Malawi, Bangladesh, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, and francophone West Africa. Amundsen received his PhD in comparative African studies at the University of Tromsø in 1997. He has been Research Director at CMI and Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.

Erik Andersen

Cost estimating

Erik Andersen is a lead engineer with Statoil. He holds a master (MSc) degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He joined Statoil in 1997 after 3 years as a process engineer with Brown & Root. He is currently responsible for experience gathering and benchmarking within the cost estimating unit in Statoil. Previous responsibilities include cost estimation for international LNG and FLNG projects, field development and cost estimation related to business development projects, license rounds and asset acquisitions worldwide, and partner follow-up of Western Africa deep-water projects.

Dr. Kjetil Bjorvatn

Economic impacts of extractive sector

Kjetil Bjorvatn is a professor of economics at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. His Ph.D is from the same institution. His research interests include economic geography and development, microfinance and entrepreneurship, corruption, resources and growth, and foreign direct investments. His research publications include several studies on economic  issues in Africa and Asia.


Prof. Reidar Bratvold

Decision analysis

Reidar B. Bratvold is Professor of Petroleum Investment and Decision Analysis at the University of Stavanger as well as at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. His research interests include decision analysis, project valuation, portfolio analysis, real-option valuation, and behavioural challenges in decision-making. Prior to academia, he spent 15 years in the industry in various technical and management roles. He is a co-author of the book Making Good Decisions. Professor Bratvold has thrice served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He is the 2015 recipient of the North Sea Region SPE Management & Information award and was recently appointed Executive Editor of the SPE Economics & Management Journal. He is a fellow and board member of the Society of Decision Professionals and was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering and an MSc in Mathematics, both from Stanford University, and has business and management science education from INSEAD and Stanford University.

Anne Grete Ellingsen

Energy systems and industrial development

Anne Grete Ellingsen is CEO of GCE Node, a petroleum and martime techology cluster which has been promoted to a Global Center of Excellence, located around the town of Kristiansand. She holds a master (MSc) degree in petroleum engineering and an executive master degree in energy management. She has been a deputy minister for energy, offshore platform manager (first woman to hold such position in the North Sea), an executive with two electricity companies, managing director of the Norwegian Confederation for Trade and Industries and founder of her own consultancy firm Energy&Management AS. She has broad insights in the overall energy sector including the related global environmental challenges, as well as industrial development related to the energy sector.  

Dr. Aboubacar Fall

Maritime and Natural Resource law

Aboubacar FALL is a member of the Senegal Bar and a former member of the Paris Bar(France). He is currently working as partner at the pan-African law firm of GENI & KEBE based in Dakar (Senegal) but with 15 affiliate offices in the francophone West & Central Africa. He holds a Master in International Maritime Transportation from University of Paris-1- Pantheon-Sorbonne, a Ph.D. in International Maritime Trade from University of Rouen (France) and a LL.M in Law & Marine Affairs from University of Washington (Seattle). He worked for over 10 years as Principal Legal Counsel for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group where his responsibilities included, among other things, drafting development policies and strategies including governance related ones, drafting and negotiating loan agreements with both African governments etc. Aboubacar served also for 3 years as member and Chairperson of the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) with the mission to providing funding to African countries for the procurement of legal assistance in the negotiation of complex commercial transactions (including oil & gas, PPP, infrastructure etc.).His areas of practice include natural resources, maritime shipping/ law of the sea, infrastructure and international arbitration. Aboubacar FALL is a Petrad 8-weeks programme alumnus (2009).

Olav Fjellså


Olav Fjellså is VP Communication Aker BP. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Oslo, 1980. After four years with the Norwegian Research Council he joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, where he became the section head for petroleum economics. He has performed interdisciplinary and economic analyses covering all major stages of the petroleum resource life cycle. He has more than 25 years of experience in decommissioning including; drafting the Norwegian decommissioning legislation, development of IMO’s Decommissioning Guidelines, policy, and legal advisor to several countries, and was engaged by the United Nations to develop worldwide taxation guidelines for decommissioning. He has been responsible for business development, industrial relations, and external communication. Olav Fjellså is Chairman of the Board at Petrad.


Bjørn From

National revenue management

Bjørn G. From is an investment director within the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. He holds a master degree in business and economics from the Norwegian School of Management and a post graduate degree in economics from a German university. Before joining the Ministry of Finance in 2004 he worked with a large accounting firm in Norway, as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Germany and within investment banking in Germany


Otto Granli

Business Development and Asset Management

Otto Granli holds a Master in economics and statistics and have more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector (ministries, directorate, and Statoil).  His career in Statoil includes senior positions in several business areas of the corporation, both in line-management and project management. His experience and competence is focused on: Leading and executing transactions along the gas value chain; Acquisitions and divestments of assets; Organic and non-organic business development in most parts of the hydrocarbon chain; Establishment and liquidation of companies; Development of management systems and governing documents; Government relations.

In his last years in Statoil he was project manager and commercial lead for several large upstream transactions in Norway and internationally. These included closing of agreements and transfer of large operatorships. After leaving Statoil he established his own consultant company, advising several petroleum and infrastructure companies.

Prof. Ove Tobias Gudmestad

Petroleum field development and marine technology

Ove Tobias Gudmestad is Professor of Marine Technology at the University of Stavanger. He holds a Ph.D. in wave force analysis. For 33 years, he was employed with Statoil with responsibilities in field development engineering and research. His research focuses on marine and arctic technology, on which he has written several papers and books, also addressing risks related to earthquakes and other risks affecting installations in marine and arctic environments. In addition to his main affiliation with the University of Stavanger, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Tromsø and visiting professor at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from two Russian universities. Ove Tobias Gudmestad has been a key contributor to Petrad programmes since the early 1990’s.


Nils Gunnar Gundersen

Petroleum operations and risk management

Nils Gunnar Gundersen is an independent consultant in petroleum offshore operations, management of large offshore projects and risk management. He holds a Marine Engineering degree from the University of Newcastle. His 50 years of marine and petroleum industry experience includes operations management of offshore drilling rigs, construction and major conversion projects. He has been Offshore Installation Manager (i.e Platform Manager) on several North Sea installations. His former employers include Shell (12 years) and Amoco (8 years). He has taught statutory requirements to the offshore industry for 15 years. He has been a frequent lecturer at Petrad courses in Norway and internationally. He is a member of the Business Continuity Institute.


Sigurd Heiberg

Project Director

Sigurd holds a BSc from the University of California and a SM degree in Geotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also received formal management training at IMD, Switzerland on international management and High Performance Boards. Sigurd has spent most of his working life in Government and industry working on petroleum resources management and strategy, both as Deputy director of resource management responsible for development and production at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, as Petroleum exploration advisor to the Minister of Water, Energy and Minerals of Tanzania and as a member of Statoil’s Corporate strategy team. He chaired the Oil and gas reserves committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers when the SPE Resource classification that later became the SPE-PRMS was developed and the UNECE Expert group on resource classification when the UNFC-2009 classification was developed. He has also chaired the Bureau of the UNECE Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Energy. Sigurd has engaged in education by helping to form and build PETRAD. He has been a lecturer at the MIT Sloan Executive Education and at the University of Stavanger. He has been guest editor with MIT Professor Donald Roy Lessard of “Innovation in oil and gas through partnering”, Elsevier’s Volume 3 of Energy Strategy Reviews. He joined Petrad as a Project Director in 2017.

Bengt Bjørnsson Hope

Technical Petroleum Training, Development and Organisational capabilities

Bengt joined Acona as Business Development Manager in September 2017. Bengt Hope has 27 years of experience in the petroleum sector. His educational background is Executive MBA from the University of Stavanger, as well as electronics engineering. Before joining Acona he worked 12 years in Petrad where he held the position as Managing Director. His primary area of expertise and responsibility was capacity and business development within the petroleum sector working primarily with national oil companies and authorities. The work included organizational development, change management and competence development. Bengt has operational experience from Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Asia, America and the Arab Region. Prior to Petrad he had 15 years in the oilfield service company Baker Hughes, he had various leadership positions in both engineering and organization development, training and development - both nationally and internationally. Bengt’s last position was head of leadership and employee development - globally.

Dr. Erik Jarlsby

Petroleum economics & downstream

Erik Jarlsby is an advisor and lecturer on energy and economics through his own firm Erik Jarlsby AS. He holds a Ph.D. on strategies in hydrocarbon markets from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and a business degree from St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has been employed with oil firms Mobil and Statoil, and petrochemical firm Borealis Polymers with responsibilities within the full range of upstream and downstream petroleum commercial issues, including trade in natural gas liquids. In 1997 he became an independent consultant and lecturer based in Stavanger, working on issues involving energy, strategy and economics. Erik consults and lectures within the fields of petroleum economics, petroleum fiscal systems, natural gas and LPG applications and marketing, downstream and integrated energy systems, petroleum sector management and competitive strategy. He designs and facilitates educational practices for courses on petroleum resource management.


Reidar Kristensen


Mr. Reidar Kristensen is a reservoir engineer with more than 40 years at University of Bergen, Statoil, and Norwegian Petroleum Directorate as a subsurface manager and EOR specialist. He has ample experience with reservoir diagnostics and EOR application of WAG, silica gel and PASF in Gullfaks, as well as international experience with projects in Venezuela, China and other countries.

Bjørn Kristoffersen

Environmental management

Bjørn Kristoffersen is an advisor on environmental management related to the petroleum sector through his firm Eco-Management Support. He holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science with specialization in environmental technology and management, socio-economics and spatial planning. Throughout his career, he has held several leading positions, first spending 10 years within public sector management/planning and later, 25 years for the Norwegian energy company, Statoil, with operations in 36 countries. After a broad international career for Statoil, such as Vice President with responsible for environmental and socio-economic aspects related to project developments in the northern regions worldwide, he established his own independent consultancy firm in 2008. In this position, he has advised governmental and corporate clients on environmental management in many countries. He has, for example, been an international consultant for the Governments of Ghana and Uganda on petroleum related Strategic Environmental Assessments, and he has developed Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines for oil and gas developments in Myanmar and Tanzania. He has delivered numerous training programs on environmental management for governments, companies, organizations, and universities worldwide.

Bjørn Erik Leerberg

Petroleum law

Bjørn Erik Leerberg is a Partner of the law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig (SVW). He received his education at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, and the Academy of International Law at the Hague. He is a fully licensed lawyer and worked previously in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy from 1991 to 1998. His last position there was Deputy Director General, Head of petroleum law and legal affairs. He has also served as an assistant district judge has held various positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice. Prior to joining SVW he worked for five years in the tax and legal services of PwC. As a civil servant and later as a private practitioner he has rendered legal advice on international law, on the petroleum industry, its governance and law. He has participated in and managed consultancy work on behalf of international organisations including the UN, national or regional governments, state owned and private international oil companies in Africa, Europe, FSU, Latin America, the Middle East and in the Far East


Dr. Bjørn Letnes

The political economy of petroleum resource management

Bjørn Letnes is Managing Director at Center for Petroleum Management (CPM) and Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim Norway. He holds a PhD in Political Science and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from NTNU. After working ten years as a petroleum engineer on the Norwegian continental shelf, he spent two years working with clients in the Norwegian petroleum industry as a senior researcher for the Norwegian research institute SINTEF. Since 2009 he has developed the research and consultancy company CPM and has worked with clients to manage petroleum operations at a corporate level as well as petroleum resources at a national level. He contributes to Petrad’s courses within the fields of overall public management of petroleum resources and the political economy of petroleum resource management. He has co-authored the forthcoming book, entitled Managing Resource Abundance and Wealth: The Norwegian Experience (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Jonathon Moses).

Morten Evjenth Lindbæck

Economy, fiscal systems, revenue management, oil and gas analysis

Morten E Lindbæck is an economist and independent oil & gas analyst with extensive oil and gas-related experience in Norwegian Government Ministries and in Oil & Gas consultancy and Asset Management companies. He has fourteen years of public sector experience, including senior posts in the Ministry of Finance as Assistant Director General and in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy as Deputy Director General and Head of the Economic Analysis Section. He was a member of the Norwegian Petroleum Tax Commission (1999-2000) which developed the policy approach for the current petroleum tax system in Norway. He has fifteen years of private sector experience in Sector Asset Management as Global Oil & Gas Investment Analyst and Partner; in Rystad Energy as Senior Associate working on Global Exploration and Unconventional Shale Gas and Tight Oil; and in Fondsfinans AS as an Oil Equity Analyst and Oil and Natural Gas Market analyst. Morten holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo and an International Diploma in Administration from École Nationale d'Administration in Paris, France. Morten is an Certified European Financial Analyst from NHH - Norwegian School of Economics.

Arne Maurits Martinsen

HSE & Emergency Response

Arne Maurits Martinsen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Technology from the University of Stavanger. Before joining Statoil in 1978, he worked at a petroleum research institute in Trondheim for three years. After retiring from Statoil in June 2015. Arne Maurits has worked as a senior advisor, mainly with emergency response systems and training. During his 37-year career at Statoil, Arne Maurits gained broad experience from the complete petroleum development value chain. This includes heading up the production laboratories, being responsible for logging, testing and seismic activities during the exploration phase, and working as OIM on the Statfjord and the Gullfaks fields. Arne Maurits has headed the Safe Behaviour Program (an HSE Culture Program) in Norway and in Algeria. During his last years at Statoil, Arne Maurits worked internationally in countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Angola, Tanzania, Canada, and USA. His primary responsibility during this period was compliance monitoring, emergency response training, HSE Culture Programs and GAP analysis of Statoil Governing Documentation towards Brazilian rules and regulations.

Prof. Jonathon Moses

The political economy of petroleum resource management

Jonathon Moses is Chairman of the Board at the Center for Petroleum Management (CPM) and a Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway.  He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has been working at NTNU since 1993.  He is the author of several books and articles, most of which address the sundry challenges of economic management in a global economy.  Among these titles is a forthcoming book, entitled Managing Resource Abundance and Wealth: The Norwegian Experience (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Bjørn Letnes).  At NTNU, and at various universities and workshop locations around the world, Moses has been teaching petroleum management to students and practitioners from all walks of life: including engineers; social scientists; government officials; and oil industry representatives. 

Prof. Arnfinn Nergaard

Subsea technology

Arnfinn Nergaard is a professor at the University of Stavanger within marine engineering and deepwater petroleum technology. He holds master (MSc) degree in Naval Architecture and Petroleum Engineering, and a Ph.D in Petroleum Engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology ans Science. He worked 10 years as a Project Engineer within field development with Norsk Hydro. He worked 18 years as a technology manager with drilling contractor Smedvig. Throughout his industrial career his professional focus has been technology development in petromaritime disciplines and operations related to subsea installations and drilling, and underwater construction. Besides his professorship he advises industry firms on technologies related to field developments in deep water.


Willy Olsen

Stakeholder relations

Willy Olsen is a special advisor with Norwegian Energy Partners (previously known as Intsok), an organisation which promotes international capabilities for Norwegian petroleum related businesses. He holds a degree in economics from the Univesity of Oslo. He spent his early professional years in journalism before joining Statoil in 1980, where he held responsibilities for public and governmental relations, corporate strategy, exploration and production in the countries of the former Soviet Union and as an advisor to Statoil’s CEO. He is a Governor of the Board of Oxford Energy Institute, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

Vidar Ovesen

Revenue management of natural resources

Vidar Ovesen is an independent consultant on revenue management of natural resources and is engaged among others by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and its Oil for Development Program. Ovesen has worked for Norad’s Oil for Development Program in various countries since 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as Fiscal Policy and Petroleum Fund Advisor with the Ministry of Finance, Timor-Leste, and from 2011 to 2013 as Oil Revenue Advisor with the Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning, South Sudan. Since 2014 he has been working with the Ministry of Planning and Finance in Myanmar, including as a residential adviser to the Ministry in 2015.

In these positions he conducted training and capacity building for government officials and civil society, advised the governments on issues related to petroleum revenue management and Sovereign Wealth Funds and implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Since 2011, he has also provided short-term technical assistance to several other governments, including Uganda, Kenya, Mongolia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Paraguay and Lebanon.

Ovesen worked with the Ministry of Finance of Norway from 1996 to 2001. In 2000 and 2001, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Finance with responsibilities for macroeconomic policies, including natural resource management, and budget and monetary policies. From 2001 to 2007, Ovesen worked with the Norwegian utility company Hafslund ASA.

Anthony Paul

Governance, Local Content & Capacity Development

Anthony Paul has spent 39 years in the oil and gas industry, in technical, commercial, managerial and leadership roles spanning the value chain (licensing, regulating, exploration, appraisal, development and production). He has worked with the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Energy, Petrotrin (the national integrated oil and gas company), Amoco & BP’s Trinidad & Tobago subsidiary, BP (based in London) and Exxon, Houston. Presently, as a consultant, he uses his unique experience of having worked at senior levels on both the government and investor sides, to find mutually beneficial ways of ensuring that more value from the full chain is retained in the countries and regions of oil and gas production. He has advised governments, companies, multilateral agencies and NGOs in several countries in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa and Timor-Leste.

Anthony holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London and an MS in Geophysics from the University of Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Natural Resources Governance Institute.

Claes B. Reksten

is associated with the Petrad Faculty as an advisor. His background is as an offshore oil & gas drilling engineer. He has a wide experience from management of technology-based companies and projects within the international oil & gas industry, fabrication & mechanical industry, and paper industry. He has lived and worked in Norway, UK, USA, France, Indonesia and Russia. Through management positions and boardroom responsibilities, he has gained experience in working across cultural borders and covering new areas of activity. His functions have included responsibility for planning, building and running new business ventures and lead to experience with general management of different size organizations, strategy development, authority and client relations, and network building.

Nils Ræstad

Promotion and licencing preparations

Nils Ræstad is managing director of Bridge Consult, a consulting firm engaged in projects of capacity builidng for petroleum resource management. He holds a master (MSc) degree in petroleum geology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He worked for 17 years on exploration, development and environmental issues with the oil company Saga Petroleum (since absorbed by Statoil). Later he has managed exploration in Iraq (Kurdistan) for DNO and headed international exploration for another small oil firm. He has provided extensive international consultancy work, much of it related to petroleum exploration and national capacity builiding for resource management in Africa and Asia. His interest in environmental conservation has led to board membership in the Norwegian Nature Conservation Society and co-authorship of a book on energy and the environment.


Morten Saxvik

Oil markets

Morten Saxvik is an oil market analyst with Statoil. He holds a master (MSc) degree in chemical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He joined Statoil in 1982, where he has worked mainly in market analysis for oil and other energy products, providing price forecasts as basis for investment and trading decisions.

Rolf Skatvedt

Fiscal Metering

Mr. Rolf Skatvedt has an engineering degree in Process Control Systems from Horten Technical University in 1980. During his career Mr. Skatvedt has been involved in planning, designing and project execution of process control systems, particularly within the field of fiscal metering. His consulting work both as metering specialist and manager of various companies in the field of fiscal metering, has been for most of the operating oil companies on the Norwegian continental shelf. Various oil companies have engaged Mr. Skatvedt as their Technical Authority representative for fiscal and C02 tax based metering and also C02 quota regime handling.

Mr. Skatvedt has been frequently called to participate in allocation audits and advising in technical dispute on fiscal metering issues.  He has given metering specialist assistance to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) when they performed metering audit in Mozambique and South Africa on behalf of INP. Mr. Skatvedt has been heavily involved in fiscal metering training and capacity building in Norway, but also in Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria on behalf of NPD.

Odd Skontorp


Mr. Odd Skontorp is a Reservoir Engineer with more than 40 years at University of Oslo, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and Statoil. He has ample reservoir management and IOR/EOR experience at NCS and internationally in Azerbaijan, Iran, and Sudan. He was Chairman of the SPOR IOR/EOR R&D Technical Committee and of European IOR Symposia.

Dr. Nashater Deu Solheim

Strategy, leadership and organisation development, negotiation training

Dr Nashater Deu Solheim holds a doctorate in Psychology from University of Surrey, UK and advanced studies in Negotiations from Harvard Law School, at the Harvard Negotiation Institute.  She is the CEO and founder of Progressing Minds AS specialising in negotiation and influence training, strategy leadership and organisational development. In her career, so far, she has gained over 23 years of business leadership experience in diverse, complex organisations and across industries including Government UK & Norway, Corporate, Private & Public Health, Oil & Gas and including building her own businesses. During that time, she has also moderated events and conferences at the national level, has been an executive coach for senior leaders and teams, and has trained on competence in strategic thinking and influence. In Norway, as VP of Learning and Development at Statoil, she was globally responsible for the strategic governance and operations of competence development across the company’s value chain. Later she became VP of Strategy and Organisation at Petoro AS leading HR, ICT, HSE, procurement, communication and was directly responsible for establishing and developing Petoro's business strategy.

Harald Stokkeland

Team work processes

Harald Stokkeland is a consultant and process facilitator through his firm, SIC ltd. He holds a Master degree in political science from the University of Oslo and advanced studies in action-oriented, inter-disciplinary social science topics. His career since 1977 has been devoted to developing organizational, leadership, team and project capabilities in Norwegian and international institutions. He has worked with Norwegian public institutions as a consultant. He spent 10 years as a university college associate professor. Harald Stokkeland has undertaken assignments in more than 25 countries for institutions which include WHO, ILO, World Bank, UNDP and other international organizations. He has also written and co-authored several publications in his fields. He contributes regularly to Petrad’s 8 weeks programmes. 


Kjell Traa

Hydrocarbon production, processing and transportation

Kjell Traa is a consultant and lecturer in oil and gas developments and operations. He holds a master (MSc) degree in engineering from the former Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and started his professional career more than 50 years ago with Norsk Hydro. He became involved in Norwegian oil and gas activities from the very beginning, initially leading a national team of experts with mission to establish the deep water pipeline technology required for landing of oil and gas in Norway. He was technical manager and later managing director of the Norpipe companies, which had offshore oil and gas pipeline export systems and onshore terminalling facilities

Dr. Kim Chi Tran-Gulbrandsen

Project Director

Dr. Kim Chi Tran-Gulbrandsen holds a BSc (First Class Honours) and a PhD in Chemistry from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. She worked as a petroleum chemist in Australia, research scientist in France, program specialist in UNESCO (Thailand, Indonesia and France) and associate professor in Japan. In 2005, Dr. Tran-Gulbrandsen moved to Norway where she worked as research scientist at the Norwegian Water Research Institute (NIVA), senior adviser at the Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel) and senior adviser at the International Section of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). During her work with NVE, she was seconded to the Liberian Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy in Monrovia, Liberia for two years (2011-2013) as a resident adviser. In May 2014, Dr. Tran-Gulbrandsen joint PETRAD as a project director. She is associated with the Petrad Faculty as a project manager, advisor and lecturer.

Lars Tveter


is associated with the Petrad Faculty as a lecturer. Lars Tveter is a Chemical Engineer (MSc) from the Technical University of Trondheim (NTNU) and also holds an MBA in International Management. He has held senior managerial and technical positions in the oil companies North Energy and Total and in several companies supplying engineering and drilling services to the oil industry. He has broad international work experience from assignments, and as a resident in, the UK, France, Argentina, Egypt, Libya, and other African countries.

Berit Tvedt

Managing Director

Berit Tvedt has a broad petroleum industry experience, having worked more than 30 years in Norwegian government and NOC institutions. She holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo. She joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in 1985 and had management positions within exploration/concession round economics and field development economics. She moved to Statoil in 1990, and had extensive experience from management positions in all phases of the exploration and production value chain, including 13 years abroad within exploration and business development, focusing on offshore opportunities in countries such as USA (Gulf of Mexico), Canada, Alaska, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Azerbaijan. She returned to Norway in 2013 and joined Petoro at the end of the year. She worked for Petoro until February 2016 as licence manager and was in charge of a portfolio of Petoro licenses offshore Norway, including producing fields, on behalf of the SDFI (the State's Direct Financial Interest). She is a member of the Board of Petrad, and is currently Managing Director of Petrad.

Dr Brian G Twomey


Dr. Twomey has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham, a dual MSc in Applied Mechanics and Composite Materials, and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). As the Managing Director of Reverse Engineering Services Ltd, Manchester, UK, Dr. Brian Twomey is responsible for decommissioning and abandonment operations planning, decommissioning engineering, peer review work, and cost analysis. His varied and vast experience includes more than 30 years of work on oil and gas decommissioning and pipeline issues and he has carried out decommissioning studies/work on over 800 offshore facilities, numerous subsea systems, sub-surface and onshore installations worldwide. Dr. Twomey has assisted in writing decommissioning guidelines for over 12 countries and worked with the United Nations ESCAP on decommissioning in South East Asia. Dr. Twomey has made over 150 presentations on various decommissioning topics worldwide.

Jan Vedøe

Mr. Jan Vedøe has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stavanger, Norway. He has more than 40 years of experience from various oil companies and contractors. He has held key roles in Project Control / Project Services, but mainly within Field Development in general, both in Norway and internationally. He has considerable experience with decision-making processes and requirements. He has held managerial positions throughout most of his working life.

Mona Wahlen

Mona Wahlen has more than 30 years’ experience from the petroleum sector, in both the public administration of the sector and the private industry.  She has 14 years’ experience from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and a thorough knowledge of developing and managing the sector legal framework as well as monitoring the implementation of the regulations and requirements. She also has extensive experience from management of projects in engineering and operation phases for international companies including Baker Hughes INTEQ and BP Norway, and on managing integrated projects on research and development from the International Research Institute in Stavanger (IRIS). She worked as a Project Director in Petrad in the period 2011 - 2016. in 2013-2015, she was engaged by NPD as Resident Program Coordinator in for the Oil for Development Program between Tanzania and Norway, with her workplace in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Dar es Salaam.