In addition to the NABA team, we draw on the network and expertise from the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM) and other strategic partners.
The NABA Team
Mr. Eivind Fjeldstad is the managing director of the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA). He has an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, focusing on governance and politics in Africa, and a BA in African Studies with a specialization in Human Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Prior to establishing NABA, Mr. Fjeldstad worked for 15 months as an ILPI advisor on Pemba/Zanzibar, Tanzania, observing the political development on the isles. He spent six months interning at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, mainly working with the embassy’s election portfolio. Mr. Fjeldstad has also carried out different voluntary work: he was Head of Finance for ISFiT 2005 (the International Student Festival in Trondheim), thus responsible for the festival’s fundraising and CSR activities. He headed the ISFiT Dialogue Groups 2007, and has also worked as a project coordinator for Dialogue Africa’s Horn of Africa initiative.
Adviser: Business Development / Investments
Henk Veldman holds an M.Sc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Henk currently works a foundation Talud – an organisation that invests and donates in educational projects in the Netherlands and Kenya. Prior to working at Talud, he worked for three years at the Dutch start-up Koneksie and their Kenyan counterpart Kibo Africa Limited. Kibo produces motorcycle for the East African market and is the first local manufacturer of two-wheelers in Kenya. And before starting at Kibo, Henk lived and worked in the Central African Republic for the Dutch investment fund XSML.
Henk started his career at the Neterlands-African Business Council (NABC) – the Dutch counterpart of NABA – where he organized trade missions and published the Dutch-African Business Magazine.
Adviser: Business Development & Strategy / Marketing / Embassy Liaison
Daniella Woldemichael holds an MA in International Business and Management from the University of Westminister and a BA in Marketing and Advertising from The University of the Arts London. She is fluent three languages, Norwegian, English, Tigrinya and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Ms. Woldemichael has worked as an International Project Coordinator for GBR within the oil and gas sector in Africa and the mining sector in Asia. In the UK she worked as a media analyst for the Scandinavian market at Gorkana Group. Today Daniella is working as an independent consultantant for Wolde-Michael Consulting.
Marianne Jønsberg has a MA in International Development from London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in Economics from The University of Bergen (UiB). Currently she works as a Program Advisor in FK Norway which is a governmental body under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that promotes institutional cooperation and exchange of people between Norway and countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ms. Jønsberg has experience from the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka where she amongst other, focused on promoting and strengthening necessary conditions for youth entrepreneurship in the country. Before that she was a trainee at the Norwegian Embassy working with the ambassador leading the Cooperating Partners Group (CPG) in Zambia. Further she assists with the anti-corruption and renewable energy portfolio at the embassy.
Jibril Hussein (Ethiopia)
Jibril Hussein holds a BA degree in International Business from Berkeley College in US. He is fluent in Swedish, Norwegian, English, Amharic, and has basic knowledge of Somali.
Mr.Hussein has worked as a financial controller with support for the financial institution and SME Funds for Norfund (Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries) with a focus on growing economics in Sub Sahara, Latin America and South East Asia. After his time in Norfund, Mr. Jibril went on as Business development director for Djibouti Port, and also has experience as a trader in Avalon Partners in New York. Mr. Hussein currently lives and works as consultant in Ethiopia with various assignment relating to Finance trade.
Lucrezia Biteete (Uganda)
Lucrezia Biteete has an MA in International Relations from HEI in Geneva, and an M.Sc in Water and Environmental Management from WEDC, Loughborough University in the UK. She speaks seven languages fluently; Norwegian, German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Swiss-German. She has worked in Africa since 2005, mainly in Mozambique, Mali, Kenya, South Sudan, Ghana and Uganda.
Mrs. Biteete is currently based in Uganda at the Norwegian Business Centre, an office community that is supporting Nordic businesses in Uganda. She registered and has been running both a consultancy firm (Fontes Uganda Ltd) and an NGO (Fontes Foundation) in Uganda since 2008, and has a wide network in East Africa and Mozambique.
Tizita Sileshi holds two Master degrees; MA in Economic Theory and Econometrics from University of Oslo, with specialization in international and political economics, and MA in African Studies from University of Copenhagen, majoring in regional economic and political development. Ms. Sileshi is presently Value Chain Manager at Yara International, where she manages Value Chain partnership activities initiated with external players at a global and local level.
Ms. Sileshi has a broad national and international experience and has work experience from the Norwegian embassy in Ethiopia, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Norway. Her responsibilities stretch from policy and fundraising work to economic and statistic analysis. Tizita Sileshi is fluent in Norwegian, Amharic, and English.
Patrick Kakunze holds an MSc in Insurance mathematics, finance and risks with specialization in actuarial science and a BSc degree in Mathematics & Statistics, from the University of Oslo. Patrick speaks Norwegian, English, French and Kirundi.
Mr. Kakunze currently works as a risk analyst and actuary for Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), Norway’s largest life-insurance company providing pensions, finance and insurance services to municipalities, county authorities, health enterprises and to businesses both in the public and the private sector, and to their employees.
Prior to working for KLP, Patrick Kakunze worked as an actuary for Statens Pensjonskasse (The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund) Norway’s main provider of public occupational pensions.
Valentin Koestler holds a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne with a specialization in hydropower. Currently, he is working as an engineer at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. He is fluent in Norwegian, English, German and French.
Mr. Koestler has worked extensively in the field in East Africa, particularly with implementing drinking water systems in Uganda for several years through the organization Fontes Foundation, a small NGO focusing on youth development, education and safe water.
Frank Arsene Burakeye
Frank Arsene Burakeye holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He is currently on his last year on a M.Sc. in Business Analysis and Performance Management from NHH, and was a visiting student at University of California, Berkeley the spring of 2016. Mr. Burakeye is fluent in Norwegian, English, French and Kirundi.
Mr. Burakeye has worked as a Project Assistant for Menon Economics, a Norwegian consulting firm. During his time in Menon Economics, he worked on several projects for The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries. Mr. Burakeye has also previous experience from an internship in Burundi Investment Authority (API).
Maria Kristina Stokke
Maria Stokke holds an MPhil in Technology,Innovation and Knowledge, focusing on solar energy, and a BSc degree in Human Geography from the University of Oslo. She speaks Norwegian, English and French.
Ms.Stokke has broad experience from the continent, having worked or studied in five African countries. She has work experience from private sector, NGOs and the Norwegian MFA in Southern and Eastern Africa. She has worked with entrepreneurship and off-grid solar power solutions in rural Malawi and served as a trainee at the Norwegian embassy in Zambia. She currently works as a donor service consultant for Norwegian Church Aid.
Solveig Tangen holds an MSc Hons. in Business Management from the University of Manchester and has 8 years’ experience in the Nordic capital market.
She started her professional career at Acta Kapitalforvaltning ASA in 2007 as wealth management advisor for high-net-worth investors. In 2009 she was co-founder and head of sales at Capital Solution (later Groven & Partners Kapitalforvaltning) responsible for institutional sales and distribution of two alternative UCITS fund, G&P Orca UCITS Fund and Nordic Multi Strategy UCITS Fund in Norway. Ms. Tangen founded North Corporate in 2014.
Ms. Tangen has the last four years worked extensively with Sub-Sahara Africa, particularly Nigeria and Sudan with inbound and outbound transactions, managing the project financing process from supporting investors through to developing strategies, operating models, partner-selection, deal structuring, execution and relationship management.
Ms. Benedicte Sleppen Ålskog holds a BA in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a visiting student at the University of California, Berkeley, spring 2012. Ms. Ålskog is in her last year of her MA in Political Science at the University of Oslo. Her area of specialization is international energy policy. She has also Ms. Ålskog is fluent in Norwegian, English and French.
Ms. Ålskog has experience as performance audit at Hedmark Revisjon IKS. During her time in Hedmark Revisjon IKS she worked on projects focusing on industry development and IT – security. Ålskog has experience with several international NGOs and today she works with minor refugees in Bærum kommune.
Tom Norman has an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, from Northumbria University, and a BA (hons.) in Philosophy from Anglia Ruskin University. He has studied and worked in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Norway.
Tom is currently consulting for several clients in Oslo. He has previous experience with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme where he worked with large scale projects to develop and implement business practices.
Tom’s focus areas include agribusiness, youth development, supply chain management, the aid sector, and communications.
The NABA Board
Manager of Global Initiatives - Yara International
Partner & Group Head, Finance & Projects - DLA Piper
Director, Strategy & Analysis - Norfund
Assistant Director, International Department - NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise)
Hanna Caroline Wirschke
Head of Communication Operations, Technology and Partner-Operated Licenses (OTP), DPI - Statoil
International Adviser - Norges Rederiforbund (Norwegian Shipowners' Association)
Managing Director - Mester Grønn
Cathrine G. Jahnsen
Executive Programme Manager - Virke (The Enterprise Federation of Norway)
Chief Operating Officer Export/CMO - AKVA Group
Senior Advisor, International Business - Multiconsult
The NABA Advisory Board
Trond Riiber Knudsen
Founder & CEO - TRK Group AS
Board of Director - Aker Solutions
Dr. Jolyon Ford
Former Head of Africa Practice - Oxford Analytica
Senior Partner - International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI)
Helen Hai (China)
CEO, China - Africa Consulting
Regional Director East Africa - Norfund
Former Ambassador of Tanzania
Isobel Appiah Endresen (Namibia)
Partner - Appiah-Endresen & Co
Senior Vice President - Scatec Solar AS
CEO - Articulate Ltd
Knut Ulvmoen (Nigeria)
Group Managing Director - Dangote Group
Halle Jørn Hanssen
CEO - Leidar
Junior Officer on Illicit Financial Flows - World Bank Group
Managing Director - DNO
Editor - African Business
Director - Nortura