Re-Thinking Aid


The purpose of this event is to provide input to Norway’s Minister of International Development and the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The lineup of speakers is Nikolai Astrup, Tharald Nustad, Helene Friis, Preben Carlsen and many more.

Our ambition is to create an inclusive discussion about Norwegian Aid by involving key players from the startup ecosystem and Norwegian aid.


13.00: Welcome

13.00 – 13.05: Nikolai Astrup, Norway’s Minister of International Development: What is the vision behind the Digital development strategy and the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

13.05 – 13.10: Q&A with the Minister
The minister responds to the results and input from the surveys and workshops

13.10 – 13.40: Digital panel
What are the important topics for the panel on digital cooperation to cover? What role does or should technology, innovation and entrepreneurship play? What are the risks in the digital landscape in terms of privacy, winner takes it all etc.?

Panelists: Nikolai Astrup, Felix Osok (SIDA), Thea Sommerseth Myhren (Diwala), Kari Helene Partapouli (Plan International) & Fredrik Syversen (IKT Norge)

13.40 – 14.05: Investor/Startup panel
What is Norway’s potential in the effort for sustainable development, job creation, human rights, trade and poverty reduction in the digital age? How do we upscale the Norwegian foreign policy model to make it the best in the world within 5 years?

Panelists: Nikolai Astrup, Tharald Nustad (Nordic Impact), Trond Riiber Knudsen (TRK Group), Preben Carlsen (FOLK), Meryn Willets (Vipicash)

14.05 – 14.10: Q&A from the audience to the Minister
How will Norway’s development work be influenced by this event? What input will the Minister bring to the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

14.10 – 14.20: Break and Network

14.20 – 14.35: Session 2: Speakers

-Paul Wade, Assistant Director at Norad: Digitalization in the aid sector

-Helene Friis, Head of the Explorer at Innovation Norway: Norway’s digital showroom for green solutions

14.35 – 15.00: Panel debate and Q&A with Norad
What can we do to become better at exporting green solutions from Norwegian companies and startups? What role does Norwegian startups and corporates play in our ambition to solve the SDG’s? What role does Norway’s development agency play or should play in this process?

Panelists: Paul Wade (Norad), Helene Friis (Innovation Norway), Jon Bøhmer (Kyoto Energy) & Wilhelm Myhrer (Empower)

15.00: Program end – Conclusions and summary:
What are the concrete outcomes from this events and what can the audience expect?

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