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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.

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“Who would hire John Fredriksen today?” I challenge the industry to invest in young outsiders with practical and entrepreneurial skills and think outside the box when hiring people, in my first column for the new Norwegian web paper, launched by media house Schibsted. October 2014

Skjermbilde 2014-05-17 kl. 03.32.01 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.

Norwegian business magazine Kapital, featured in the list Norwegian business magazine Kapital, featured in the list “Women in the wind” (female Norwegian leaders who nearly made the 100 Most Powerful Women list), May 2014.

Sjöfartstidningen, Februar 2014 Sjöfartstidningen, Februar 2014
Kapital 2013 Portrettintervju i Kapital juni 2013; De nye businesstalentene
Provoking and challenging the industry, and attracting attention all the way down under. June 2013, Lloyd´s List Australia Provoking and challenging the industry, and attracting attention all the way down under. June 2013, Lloyd´s List Australia
Stirring things up at the IMO (United Nations´International Maritime Organisation). Featured in BIMCOs global newsletter. London, June 2013. Stirring things up at the IMO (United Nations´International Maritime Organisation) Ship Safety Symposium to mark the Titanic 100 year anniversary. Featured in BIMCOs global newsletter. London, June 2013. Quoting the article; “Inevitably the most disruptive presentation of the afternoon came from the youngest person, Birgit Liodden, founder of Norway´s YoungShip and campaigner for the next generation involvement in an industry she fears is failing desperately behind in the race to secure the talents it needs.”
MarineLink CMA Profile interview in the Maritime Professional magazine, Q2 2013, in connection with the CMA 2013. Stamford, Connecticut.
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Artikkel i VG mars 2013 vedr. kvinner i shipping
VG juni 2013 VG juni 2013; Blant Norges 10 viktigste kvinnelige rollemodeller for fremtiden

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E24 mai 2012, mai 2012; WISTA Leadership Award 2012
IMO 2013 FN/IMO 2013; Blant frontfigurene i kampanjen Women at the Helm

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Skjermbilde 2014-08-27 kl. 23.11.28 Featured in Lloyd´s List Next Generation issue, May 2012. Ranked among 17 young global leaders in the “On our radar” section, profiling selected young talents without family ties to the industry, who are considered central leaders for the future.
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Portrait interview with Fairplay´s editor Richard Clayton on modern leadership, challenging the maritime industry to work more holistic and long-term on recruiting the right competence. (London, April 2012)
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Dilek WISTA, juni 2012; WISTA Leadership Award, Bølgen & Moi Tjuvholmen
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Featured on female business web magazine about the LeaderShip Award 2012. 19 April 2012, Norway
WISTA Paris Paris, October 2012: WISTA International Conference
Lloyds List mars 2013 Lloyd´s List March 2013, CMA 2013 Stamford / N.Y.
Lloyds List 2012 Lloyd´s List 2012, Column published
Lloyd´s List Lloyd´s List, December 2013: New generation of media
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Portrait interview connected to Nor-Shipping 2011 and the launch of the very first Ocean Talent Camp (Nor-Shipping Campus)

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