Past Events

NBAS Lunch Talk and Discussion: Norway’s new Ocean Strategy – the key to our future

Revet og Rossholmen II

: Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:00 AM

: The Fullerton Hotel, Ballroom 3, Lower Lobby, One Fullerton Square

: Member ($50), Non-Member ($70)

The Norwegian Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway’s ocean interests and intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority. Consequently, the Norwegian Government this February presented a white paper that for the first time sets out a comprehensive strategy for the ocean industries.

We are pleased to announce that Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries will present the Ocean Strategy to us. As State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Ms Dilek Ayhan is responsible for policies related to the maritime industries including shipping, industrial research and innovation, creative industries, tourism, export financing and international/bilateral relations and trade policy.

Picture Dilek Ayhan-cropped

Ms Dilek Ayhan is the co-founder and former Managing Director (2008-2013) of Alarga, a company established to strengthen the competitiveness of Norwegian businesses by strengthening individual companies’ intellectual capacity. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2016. Ms Ayhan holds a degree in Engineering from Oslo University College.

Following her presentation, Dr Erik W. Jakobsen on Menon Economics will share his view on Norway’s position in the ocean industries and challenge Ms Dilek Ayhan and the audience on Norway’s maritime competitiveness. Jakobsen is in charge of the biannual report, “The Leading Maritime Capitals of the World”, the 2017 edition of which will be launched during Singapore Maritime Week.


Erik W. Jakobsen is Partner and Chairman in Menon Economics, a science based analysis and consultancy firm. He is also Professor in Strategy and Marketing at The University College of Southeast Norway (USN). Jakobsen holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Strategic Management from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Jakobsen has extensive research, teaching and consulting experience and has written several books about strategy, industrial competitiveness and international expansion.

Welcome to a luncheon talk (12.00 – 13.30) of reflection and good discussion on important topics.