Norwegian Business Association, in collaboration with Innovation Norway, presents NBAS Talks – a Norway Singapore Business Podcast. We discuss innovation, new technology and solutions focusing on Norwegian business in Singapore and Asia.

Hosted by: Anders Hegre, Executive Director at Norwegian Business Association Singapore and Pål Kastmann, Head of Innovation Norway. Norway means business!


While Super Apps have become a trending phenomenon in the world of tech, the concept itself remains ambiguous to many. If you live in the West, you might have heard the term being used, but if you live in Asia, Super Apps is something you cannot escape. Super Apps are built and developed as marketplaces for several integrated services in one consolidated tech solution. Super Apps are multipurpose platforms, offering services such as voice and video chat, ridesharing, food delivery, lifestyle services, e-commerce, digital banking and payments, to only mention a few. In one simple phrase, Super Apps have become the swissknife of modern day living in Asia.

In this episode of NBAS Talks, we have gathered a panel of top qualified experts that will explore the topic of Super Apps. We welcome Magnus Grimeland, from Antler and Joachim Braathen from Grab! Ine Jacobsen from Cocoon Capital and Anders Hegre moderates the podcast. 

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In English



In this episode of NBAS Talks, a collaboration between NBAS and Innovation Norway, we focus on healtech. We have brought together brilliant minds from Singapore and Norway. Our guests are Ann Kristin Rotegård, manager of VAR Healthcare in Norway, and director of Future Health Systems at Singapore General Hospital, Geoffrey Gui. We talk about the matchmaking between Singapore and Norway regarding innovation in the health sector, cyber security, maintaining the patients feeling of being taken care of, how the health systems in Singapore and Norway were prepared for COVID 19 and many other topics. Both Ann Kristin and Geoffrey has in depth understanding of the opportunities provided by technology, as well as a longstanding experience working directly with patients. Are you in doubt of what healthtech is? You won’t be after joining us for this educational half hour..

#2: Maritime innovation, part 1

In this episode of NBAS Talks – a podcast series focusing on Norway Singapore Business, we focus on digitalisation within the Maritime sector. Our guests are Steen Lund from Singapore Shipping Association and Magnus Lande from Veracity, DNVGL. Because Singapore is the top ranked maritime city in the world, it is surprising that Singapore is not top ranked within Maritime Technology. Therefore, what measures does this ambitious and innovative country undertake to get to the techno-top? Consequently, why is cooperation so important to enhance development within the maritime sector? Furthermore, how is innovation and digitalisation influenced by Covid-19? Finally, what made Steen Lund and Magnus Lande dedicate their lives to the maritime sector?

Join us for 45 highly educational minutes for the answer on these and many more questions. Even more, we are praising a couple of Norwegian key players within the maritime sector for their innovative initiatives. Maybe it’s you, listen and find out!!

Hosts for NBAS Talks is Anders Hegre and Pål Kastmann.
This episode was produced by Linda Hesselberg

#1: COVID-19 – How it affects business

In this episode, we will be discussing how COVID-19 has affected business in Singapore. Furthermore, how the pandemic will force us to do business in new and different ways. Hence,  we have asked Head of Innovation Norway, Pål Kastmann, Supply Chain Director Asia at Yara International, Hilde S. Bjerknes and Vice President at Crayon, Erling Hesselberg.

Furthermore, please help us give accurate feedback to the Norwegian government about your business challenges and needs during COVID-19, here is the survey (in Norwegian) Pål Kastmann refers to in the episode.

This episode was produced by Linda Hesselberg