About Trond Riiber Knudsen
During Trond´s 23 years with McKinsey, Trond led a number of practices and initiatives, aimed at diversifying the Firm: Trond led the European Marketing and Sales Practice as well as the External Candidate Evaluation Committee. Furthermore, he was the Chair of the Global Consumer Institute, Chair of the Early Tenure Learning Board and a member of the Upper Tenure Principal Candidate Evaluation Committee. He also co-led the Expert Principal Council as well as the Global Practice Olympics, a knowledge competition aimed at energizing every consultant to develop knowledge valuable to our clients. His client leadership was centered around decade long transformative partnerships with Nordic institutions aiming for global leadership positions, across Consumer, Retail, Media, and Technology.
After leaving McKinsey in 2015, Trond has built a Venture and Advisory Company, TRK Group, in Oslo. Here, he focuses on supporting early stage tech growth companies with global ambitions. TRK Group has ownership in 60 + ventures, with a focus on disruptive technologies, digital services and marketplaces, as well as Ethiopia, where Trond was born. Trond spends significant time in Addis Abeba, where together with fellow McKinsey alumni, Marie Nielsen, he has built the only paper and packaging recycling business in Ethiopia, currently employing 7,600 people. Trond has helped to launch the social impact accelerator Katapult, as well as the global talent incubator, Antler.
Trond is member of the board in Opera Software, Laerdal Medical, and The North Alliance. With Laerdal Trond was instrumental in establishing the Laerdal Million Lives Fund, and with Opera Software, Trond was instrumental in the successful IPO of the company on NASDAQ in July 2018.
Trond holds a MSc Degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
About Berit Svendsen
Berit started as a scientist at the research institute of Televerket (later Telenor) in 1988 and has until recently worked at Telenor. She held several roles in the company, EVP and CEO for Telenor Norway, and from March 2017 to September 2018 she was responsible for all Telenor's activities in Scandinavia. Berit has the heart of a true tech enthusiast, and is curious about innovation and development. In 2016, Berit was named one of Europe’s fifty most inspiring women in the technology world by Inspiring Fifty. In 2017 and 2018, she was named the most powerful woman in Norwegian business by Kapital, the largest business magazine in Norway. Berit started at Vipps in November 2018 to lead the international expansion of Vipps. Her focus is to create more digitised and cashless societies worldwide.
Berit is also Adjunct Executive in Residence at Norwegian Business School, and heads the "Svendsen Committee" on behalf of the Ministry of Defense to assess the future need for competence and diversity in the Armed Forces based on a changed threat picture.