Managing Director, Jarle Forbord


Jarle Forbord has broad experience from various forms of business and advisory activities from the Barents Region, the Baltics, the Balkans, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the SADC region and from cooperation with multilateral financing organizations and institutions.

During the 1980s, he held several leading management positions in various private companies in the high north of Norway, in Kirkenes and Tromso, within trade, tourism, transport and production. He has served as Captain, Border Assistant and Interpreter to the Norwegian Border Commissioner on the Norwegian-Soviet Border, worked as Vice President in South - Varanger Investment and Business Development Company and established and worked as CEO of a new trading company, Barents Company, in Kirkenes

In 1988, he was appointed Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. In 1994, he returned to the Norwegian Trade Council in Oslo, working as a Project Manager for the Multiplan Project, developing improved links between Norwegian businesses and multilateral financing institutions such as the World Bank, the EBRD, the African Development Bank and national export credit and guaranty institutions.

After the Dayton Agreement, he moved to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo and served as Commercial Counsellor, connecting Norwegian businesses to multilateral financed projects contributing to the reconstruction of Bosnia - Hercegovina. From late 1997, he worked as Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zimbabwe covering the SADC region and later on as Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria in South Africa, representing as well the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation in various contract discussions between Norwegian businesses and African partners in the region.

In 2003 he was engaged as a consultant in setting up the NRCC in Oslo and was soon appointed its Managing Director. 
He speaks Norwegian, Russian, English, Dutch and German.

Telephone: +47 21 01 57 50, mobile: +47 99 40 19 43, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Project Manager, Rune O. Methi

Methi Rune sh webRune O. Methi holds a bachelor in Business Administration from IHM Business School in Gothenburg and Export Graduate Programme NES from the Norwegian Institute of International Trade. Rune speaks Norwegian, Scandinavian, English and German.

Rune has project management skills, significant experience from international sales and marketing, executive management and cross-cultural experience from the Norwegian Trade Council (15 years) and private sector (10 years). He has executed various communication projects focusing on branding, B2B and image work, promoted Norwegian maritime- and other technology products in various multi company presentations worldwide.

Rune Methi has a proven track record within the Norwegian export industry and has broad experience from cooperation and networking activities in various countries.

Telephone: + 47 21 01 57 55, mobile: +47 91 84 07 12, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Manager, Olessia Bankovskaya (currently on maternity leave)

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Olessia Bankovskaya has a M.Sc. degree in International Business from Reykjavik University. She studied at ESADE Business School in Barcelona as an exchange student. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration (major: marketing) from the University of Iceland. Her M.S. thesis was about Nordic Investments in Russia: Current business environment and outlook following Russia’s accession to the WTO.

She has five years marketing experience from the Icelandic fashion design company ELM, where she developed marketing strategies, executed advertising campaigns for international markets, organized fashion shows and was responsible for building and maintaining business relationships with customers, stores, agents, manufacturers and suppliers all over the world.

She lived in Iceland for 12 years, but comes originally from Russia. Fluent in Russian, Icelandic, English and Norwegian. Basic Spanish.

Telephone:+ 47 21 01 57 50, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project and Event Coordinator, Ksenia Borzenina

KB web 190x260Ksenia Borzenina has graduated from the Petrozavodsk State University with a major in Swedish and Russian language (bachelor). She has several years of work experience from account and office administration. In the NRCC, Borzenina, among other activities, is responsible for coordination and implementation of events in Norway and Russia.

Fluent in Norwegian/Swedish, Russian and English.


Telephone:+ 47 21 01 57 50, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Project Manager, Hans-Olav Rekdal

HR 190 260Hans-Olav Rekdal has proficient understanding of doing successful business in Russia and Norway. During 1998 - 2010 he lived and worked in Russia where he held several management positions. He has more than 20 years’ experience from developing projects, risk assessment, leadership, logistics, and transport supply chains. Rekdal has a proven track record in the planning and implementation of industrial-size projects in Russia including investment planning into profitable business operations. He is well-skilled in strategy development, building a network of contacts, managing negotiations, and closing deals with customers. He has worked as a consultant in various sectors such as, but not limited to, energy, import/export, aquaculture, agriculture, HSSQE, port and inland infrastructure. Mr Rekdal has a good personal network in Norwegian and Russian trade & industry, as well as the public sector.

Education: Norwegian Military Academy ( Krigsskolen II), Oslo, Russian language course ( A-level), Academy of Social Economy (Strategic Leadership), Moscow, Russia, Safety & Security Offshore, Norway. He speaks Norwegian (native tongue), Russian (fluent), English (fluent), and German (basic).

Telephone: + 47 21 01 57 50, mobile: + 47 95 14 82 92, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Manager, Jørn Tverseth

Portret JT 190 260Jørn Tverseth has a master degree of political science with specialization in organization and management. He has supplementary education in project organization, project management, steering - and control. From Bodoe University College he has a bachelor degree within personnel management and development.

Tverseth has practical experience as consultant, working for different municipalities in project management, organization development and planning tasks; project manager of business cooperation projects with companies within various industrial sectors in Northern Norway, international business development projects with universities in Russia, practical training courses for Russian suppliers in the North Western District of Russia in collaboration with a Norwegian oil company and similar. Jorn Tverseth has held several leading political positions during a period of more than 10 years, hereunder also acting as representative at the regional parliament in Nordland County working with regional industrial development.

He is fluent in Norwegian and English.

Telephone: +47 21 01 57 50, mobile: +47 90 91 49 64, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office and project assistant, Olga Larsen

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Olga Larsen has graduated from Odessa National Academy of Law in 2013. She has also a M.Sc. degree in International Relations from Norwegian University of Life Sciences. 

Olga Larsen is well organized with attention to details and has working experience in an office environment. She held the position of Vice President for Seminars & Conferences and then the position of President at local group of the European Law Student Association (ELSA International). While obtaining those positions, Olga got an extensive experience in management and administration and developed skills required for an event manager.

Olga speaks Norwegian, English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Telephone: + 47 47 33 54 85, e-mail: olga.larsen(at) 



The aim of the NRCC is to stimulate and improve business relations between Norwegian and Russian companies regarding import, export, shipping, business development, tourism or investment activities. More...


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