How to manage corruption risk when doing business in Africa?


SANDS, Cort Adelers gate 33, Oslo


What does it require to manage corruption when doing business in African markets? In this breakfast seminar you will get lessons learned and perspectives from leading individuals from the industry sector, private equity and anti-corruption experts.

The African market offer great business opportunities for Norwegian companies and investors. Although the perception of corruption is greater than the reality in African countries, several Norwegian companies have been involved in corruption cases when doing business on the continent.

Risks that should and must be managed to ensure success include political, legal, operational and financial risks, and last but not least corruption and reputational risk. Managing corruption risk when doing business in Africa require knowledge, expertise and adequate due diligence. Join us for this breakfast meeting and learn why.


08.00 – 08.30

Registration and breakfast

08.30 – 09:00

Anti-corruption in investment processes – before and after closing

Mr.Nicolai Skridshol, Partner and Lawyer in Steenstrup Stordrange and Ms. Lene Eia Bollestad, Special Advisor in Steenstrup Stordrange

09.00 – 09:30

How does a large multinational company manage corruption risk? Experiences in Africa from Yara’s perspective

Mr. Ezekiel Ward, Chief Compliance Officer in Yara

09.30 – 10.00

How does a private equity fund manage corruption risk? Experiences from one of the leading funds focusing on the African market

Stanlib – representative (tbc)

10.00 – 10.30

Questions and answers

Moderated by Mr. Eivind Fjeldstad, Managing Director, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)


Mr. Nicolai Skridshol
Partner and Lawyer in Steenstrup Stordrange

Nicolai Skridshol specializes in investigation and compliance, dispute resolution and litigation. He has extensive experience with Norwegian and international anti-corruption work, inter alia, with British and American corruption legislation such as the UK Bribery Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Nicolai also has extensive experience in assisting major corporations, organizations and public institutions in their preventative and detective investigations in various jurisdictions, including numerous jurisdictions in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Ms. Lene Eia Bollestad
Special Advisor in Steenstrup Stordrange

Lene Eia Bollestad is an investigation and compliance specialist. She has thorough expertise as an advisor for corporations as regards their strategic and operational processes and handling anti-corruption or other ethical and commercial issues, also when the client is in a crisis situation. She manages both domestic and foreign teams and has broad international experience from assignments in several jurisdictions, including Asia, South-America and Africa.

Lene advises companies, organizations and public institutions in strategic processes, investment processes and transactions, both before investing in new markets, through mergers, acquisitions or when signing contracts with third parties. She contributes with insight into relevant issues related to anti-corruption, integrity or other ethical matters which may involve the risk of financial and/or reputational loss.

Mr. Ezekiel Ward
Chief Compliance Officer in Yara International

Ezekiel is the Chief Compliance Officer at Yara International ASA in Oslo, Norway. He is a lawyer by education and a chartered accountant (ACA, England & Wales).

Reporting to the CEO, Ezekiel has established full scope compliance systems globally, from business partner integrity due diligence to global training programs. With a team of over 15 full time compliance professionals, he has also delivered in-house investigation and business intelligence capabilities. He has managed the program in the course of a cross border anti-corruption investigation and international arbitration.


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Event contact

Eivind Fjeldstad
+47 959 69 631