Jarle Forbord, Special Counsellor
Jarle Forbord served as the Managing Director of NRCC from 2003 until September 2021.
Jarle Forbord has a 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 organisations and institutions.
During the 1980s, he held several leading management positions in various private companies at the High North of Norway, in Kirkenes and Tromso within trade, tourism, transport and production. He has served as a Captain, a border assistant and as an interpreter at the Norwegian Border Commissioner on the Norwegian-Soviet Border; as well worked as a Vice President in South - Varanger Investment and Business Development Company, established and worked as a CEO of Barents Company, Kirkenes.
In 1988, he was appointed as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. In 1994, he returned to the Norwegian Trade Council in Oslo and worked as a Project Manager for the Multiplan Project. There he worked with 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 in 1995, he moved to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo and served there as a Commercial Counsellor, connecting Norwegian businesses to multilateral financed projects contributing to the reconstruction of Bosnia - Hercegovina. From late 1997, he worked as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zimbabwe, and later on as a Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria in South Africa, where he represented 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 in setting up the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce in Oslo.
Jarle speaks fluently Norwegian, Russian, English, Dutch and German.