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Haugland Bjørn Kjærand

Haugland Bjørn Kjærand

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skift Business Climate Leaders, a Norwegian business-led climate initiative with a mission to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and support the government in delivering on its national climate commitments by 2030.
The coalition demonstrate, to businesses and the government, the business potential that exists in the low-carbon economy and help drive the transition. Mr. Haugland is the former Executive Vice President and the Chief Sustainability Officer in DNV GL Group where he oversaw the groups sustainability performance and drove company-wide sustainability initiatives. Mr. Haugland has extensive experience assisting multinational companies in areas such as corporate sustainability, innovation and business development.

Mr. Haugland is today a board member at WWF, Sporveien and Kezzler. He is also member of the advisory Board for Centre for Responsible Leadership. He is co-founder of Zeabuz, a new service for urban, emission free, autonomous ferries and Terravera, a tech foundation to make sustainability a reality by giving anyone insights to support their everyday decisions. He is member of the The Norwegian Board of Technology (NBT) that advises the Norwegian Parliament and Government on new technology as well as a member of Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

Mr. Haugland has a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture – Marine Structures and Hydrodynamics, from The Norwegian Institute of Technology and attended the “Strategic International Leadership” program at International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and "Leading Digital Transformation" (INSEAD). Mr. Haugland is widely recognized in the global debate on sustainability and technology.

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