Honorary Members of the NRCC

According to the Statutes of the NRCC, individuals who made considerable contribution  promoting Norwegian-Russian trade, industrial relations, economic, cultural cooperation and other activities in accordance with the Chamber's goals, can after suggestion by the General Assembly of the NRCC, be appointed honorary members of the NRCC.

By 2013, the following persons are honorary members of the Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce.

Rolf Baltzersen

Rolf Batlzersen joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1972 after having studied Russian language, included Master Studies. After having held several important positions in Brussels, Hague and New Dehli, Baltzersen was appointed Minister Counselor at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow in the late 1980s. In 1992 Baltzersen was appointed Director of the newly established Secretariat for Eastern Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. In this role, Baltzersen had a challenging task of initiating projects, developing strategies and producing content for an emerging regional cooperation in the Barents Region. Thanks to the activities of the Secretariat many Norwegians got aquianted with the Russian Federation for the first time. After stepping down as a Director of the Secretariat in 1996, Baltzersen served on several positions in the Foreign Service. Baltzersen was awarded NRCC honorary membership in December 2011.

Per Støle

Per Støle has been engaged in Norwegian-Russian business relations since the beginning of the 1990s, holding leading positions in Norwegian companies dealing with Russia. In 1992 he was appointed a member of the Board of the newly established Osthandelssenteret i Kirkenes, which activities were aimed at developing business cooperation between the Norwegian and Russian part of the Barents region. The company was later acquired by SIVA and later on Per Stole was apponited Deputy CEO of SIVA,  in charge of international development of SIVA until 2008. Both then and today SIVA has is playing an important role regarding facilitating establishment of Norwegian SME in North West Russia. Presently, Per Støle is Chairman of SIVA International Management, with cooperation with Russia as its core activity, with special focus on North West Russia. Støle is also Chairman of Technopark Nor AS, an industrial park in Murmansk owned by SIVA and Innovation Norway. Støle was awarded NRCC honorary membership in December 2011.

Tor B. Naess

Tor B NaessCross border cooperation with the Soviet Union in the High North in the 1980-s would not have been possible without support from central authorities in Oslo. A key role player during these processes, was ambassador Tor Berntin Naess who in the 1980ies in the Ministry of Trade. Mr. Naess is a cand. oecon. and held various positions in the former Ministry of Trade, particularly related to trade with previously State trading countries, COMECON, and amongst them the Soviet Union. He served as Chair of the Norwegian delegation of the Working Group of the Joint Norwegian – Soviet Commission for Technical, Economic an Industrial Cooperation in the 1980ies and the beginning of the 1990s. He was working closely together with Norwegian industry - always acting constructive, supportive and finding solutions to the many challenges that arouse in these chaotic years. From 1989 Director General Berntin Naess of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was leading the negotiations regarding a new GATT agreement. From 1996 – 2000 he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, in the years 2001 – 2004 he worked as special advisor in the MFA also in relation to issues regarding the Russian market, worked as temporary ambassador in Bangkok after the tsunami, a shorter period thereafter as ambassador in Switzerland, before he was appointed Norway`s ambassador to Canada in the period 2005 – 2009. Tor B. Naess is currently working with the ongoing EFTA – Russia, Belaruss, Khazakstan negotiations and issues related to the Russian membership to WTO. Naess was awarded honorary membership in the                                                           NRCC in December 2009.

Nils-Edvard Olsen

Nils-Edvard-OlsenMr. Nils-Edvard Olsen (NEO) was deputy mayor from 1980 – 1982 and mayor from 1982-1990 in the Municipality of South-Varanger in the Norwegian High North. He got the tough challenge of restructuring a one-sided industrial location in urgent need of transformation and realization of alternative working places.
Throughout the 1980ies NEO laboriously promoted the municipality with the aim of attracting attention from regional and central authorities about the various needs of the population in the bordering municipality. An investment company, South - Varanger Investments, was soon established with an aim of developing alternative businesses.
Nils-Edvard Olsen used every opportunity at oil-conferences, both in Norway and in the Soviet Union, to underline the importance of the need for getting started with oil and gas activity in the Barents sea, - and naturally for a mayor of South Varanger , promoting his municipality as the gateway to the Barents Sea and the Soviet market. During his mayoral period, several companies were established having the USSR as market as f.instance Kimek, Barents Company, Grenseland and similar.
Olsen was awarded honorary membership in the NRCC in December 2009.

Kaare Karlstad

Kaare KarlstadIn the second half of the 1970s, the Norwegian-Finnish Company Pomor Nordic Trade was established by director Kaare Karlstad. He started an import of wooden materials, frozen capelin, berries and other products from the North-Western district of the Soviet Union to Norway.
In 1982-1983, Karlstad was allowed by the two Border Commissioners to initiate pilot trade crossings across the common border. He established a pallet production factory, Pomor Industries, in Kirkenes based on imported pre-cut materials across the border from the Soviet Union, and a transport company transporting the materials to the factory. A coastal liner was owned by Karlstad sailing cargo from Murmansk to Northern Norway. Karlstad was soon nick-named “Pomor Karlstad” as his initiative indeed was a revival of the old Pomor Trade between the two regions Iin the Russian High North.
Director Kaare Karlstad was a pioneer in a time with serious challenges hardly understood today, including instance centralized foreign trade monopolies, the Cold War and a solid Iron Curtain. His initiatives were in many ways the starting signals for the later Barents regional cooperation.
Karlstad was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2009.

Oeyvind Nordsletten

Ambassador-NordslettenAmbassador Nordsletten has for more than 40 years worked in various official positions with issues in relation to the Soviet union and the Russian Federation. Nordsletten started his service for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1974 and at served at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow from 1979 to 1982 as a diplomat of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1992 to 1996 he served as Norway’s Ambassador to Ukraine.
From 1997 to 2000 he was Director General at the office of the Prime Minister of Norway.
From 2000 to 2008, Nordsletten served as Norway’s ambassador to Russia in Moscow, from 2008 to 2010  as Norway’s ambassador to Ireland, and from 2010 to 2013 as Norway`s Consul general in Murmansk. Since 2013 he holds a position in the MFA of Norway in Oslo.
Nordsletten was awarded honorary membership of the NRCC in December 2008.

Leonid Reiman

reimanReiman has held several top positions in Russian telecom companies and ministerial positions in several Russian governments. Hereunder, he was a Minister of Telecommunications in the period of 2004-2008.
For his contribution to improving Norwegian-Russian relations, in May 2007 he was awarded honorary membership in the NRCC. The ceremony took part during a regular session of the Norwegian-Russian Joint Commission in Oslo, Norway.

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