Bio: Birgit Liodden (37) has for years been among the most profiled young female shipping executives globally, and fronted the first public global #MeToo discussions in shipping. She’s also known for her keynote and moderator roles, including profiles and arenas such as President Barack Obama, Saudi Arabian Fahd Al-Rasheed, the Norwegian Ministers of Finance, Trade & Industry, OECD, IMO and International Chamber of Shipping.
With more than 20 years experience from the private sector, she has spent the past 13 years in shipping, advocating the next generation, diversity, sustainability and the need for change across the global maritime industry.
Liodden holds executive board roles in H2 fuel cell company TECO 2030 (Euronext Growth), mining company Kuniko Ltd (ASX), renewable energy/H2 company GreenStat, fintech/proptech accelerator TheFactory, and environmental NGO Bellona Foundation
She is Working Chair of the Norwegian Organization for Electric Boats. She is on the Executive Committee of Polytechnic Association, and advisory council to REV Ocean, SHE Community and Southern Africa Norway Association.
She is the first female Director of Nor-Shipping, Founder & first Secretary General of YoungShip International. Her maritime background includes 5 years at Wilh. Wilhelmsen corporate head office, working as global project manager on HR&IT projects, and 4,5 years as entrepreneur, working with a.o. YoungShip, Nor-Shipping, OECD, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and Sea Trucks Nigeria. She developed the first young entrepreneur award in global shipping and co-established the first female mentorship program.
She has figured on a number of leadership rankings, was awarded Shipping Name of The Year in Norway (2012), several consecutive years at Kapital business magazine´s Most Powerful Women, Top10 Bridgebuilder on E24 100 leader talents and was a finalist for World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2018. For 2012 and 2019, she was among 10 shortlist candidates to the International WISTA Personality Award. Top100 influential Female maritime profiles 2019/2020.
Liodden is currently founder of The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL), developing the world’s first digital interactive map & matchmaking platform for innovators across ocean & renewables to gain visibility and access to resources enabling them to scale and grow.
Before founding TOOL, she was Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication in Oslo Business Region, and initiator of their project to realize Oslo’s potential as the world’s capital for ocean entrepreneurs. She developed and ran the business program for Oslo as European Green Capital 2019, and is currently building her own venture – The Ocean Opportunity Lab – while exploring a personal degrowth journey to consume less resources.
She’s Norway’s first private owner of a hydrogen car, lives partially in a houseboat and is a keen explorer of circular & alternative forms of living more sustainability.
In 2019 she made a personal commitment to support the youth climate strikes, with #FlightFree2020. She spend 2020 exploring alternative tech & transportation solutions for leaders who work globally, and how corporates will react on employees in roles requiring travel, who ban flights for environmental/ethical reasons.
TradeWinds, March 2018: Making Fair Play Pay
Live studio interview on national Norwegian evening news (NRK Dagsrevyen) 14. May 2014, on the lack of visible female leaders in business (and the maritime industry), and my views on how to change this moving forward.