Management

Bente Nyland
Director general

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Facilitator Siv Rødland
Telefon: 51 87 61 28

About Bente Nyland

Birth: 1958

Education:
MSc. Geology, University of Oslo, 1984

Experience:
Ms Nyland was appointed director general of the NPD in 2007. She joined the directorate in 1989 as a senior geologist, and was appointed to her first management position in 1994 before becoming a member of the management team in 2000. Ms Nyland began her career as an exploration geologist in Statoil, where she worked for five years. She has served on a number of boards, including those of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), the University Fund for Rogaland and the University of Stavanger.

Kjell Agnar Dragvik
Director
Analyses and framework

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About Kjell Agnar Dragvik

Birth: 1958

Education:
Candidatus rerum politicarum (equivalent to Master’s in Philosophy) – Political science, University of Oslo (1988)

Experience:
Dragvik has a background frAbout Statistics Norway and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. He has worked for the NPD since 1997, where he has e.g. worked on shelf prognoses, projects linked to development and operations, economic value estimates of production licenses and field developments. Dragvik was a manager during the period frAbout 2004 to 2011. After one year as a project manager in Gassco, he was hired by the NPD in the autumn of 2014 as director of analysis and framework.

Torgeir Stordal
Director
Exploration

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About Torgeir Stordal

Birth: 1962

Education:
MSc. Geophysics, University of Bergen (1987)

Experience:
Torgeir Stordal was hired as the Exploration Director in 2017. He began his career in Shell as a geophysicist in 1989, and started his first management position in 1999. Stordal has held numerous management positions within exploration, including as exploration manager in Norske Shell during the period 2009-2013. FrAbout 2013-2017, he had a global role within resource evaluation at Shell’s headquarters in the Netherlands. He has also held positions of trust in the Norwegian Petroleum Society and Norwegian Oil and Gas.

Ingrid Sølvberg
Director
Development and operations

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About Ingrid Sølvberg

Birth: 1970

Education:
Siv.ing. (Civil Engineer) – Marine technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1994)

Experience:
Ingrid Sølvberg was appointed director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea in October 2013. She has previously held a number of technical and management positions in Statoil and Centrica in the construction engineering and commercial fields.

Inger Lise Strømme
Director
Data management and organisation

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About Inger Lise Strømme

Birth: 1971

Education:
Librarianship, information and ICT, Oslo University College, 1996

Experience:
Ms Strømme joined the NPD’s management team as director of internal services and development in 2008. She has held a number of positions in the directorate since joining it in 1999. She worked previously for the Norwegian Library Bureau.

Kirsti Veggeland
Assistant director
HR and communication

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About Kirsti Veggeland

Birth: 1960

Education:
Master of Science (1985), Doctor of Science (1994) – Physical chemistry, University of Bergen

Experience:
Kirsti Veggeland was hired as assistant director in November 2014. She started working in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 1995, and started her first management position in 1998 as part of the Resource Division’s management team. She was also part of the NPD management in the period frAbout 2004 to 2008. She started her career as a scientist in the International Research Institute of Stavanger, where she worked for ten years. She has also worked for Statoil. FrAbout 2015, Veggeland will be a member of the programme board for DEMO2000 and a member of the faculty board for the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger.

Torhild Nilsen
Assistant director
Framework and finances

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About Torhild Nilsen

Birth: 1968 

Education:
Cand.jur. – Master of Laws, University of Bergen (1996)

Experience:
Torhild joined the NPD management team in April 2017. She started her work in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 2008. As legal adviser, she has had a wide range of tasks in the NPD organisation, including as coordinator for the lawyers on staff, and coordinator for NPD Regulatory Development. Prior to taking up her position in the NPD, Torhild worked as a private sector attorney.

Espen Andreas Hauge
Assistant director
NCS analyses and international activities

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About Espen Andreas Hauge

Birth: 1973

Education:
MSc. in Economics and Business Administration, NHH Norwegian School of Economics (2006).

Experience:
Espen A. Hauge joined the NPD’s management team in October 2017. He has previously worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Armed Forces. FrAbout 2013 to 2015, Hauge served as the Norwegian Energy Adviser to the OECD and IEA.

Stig-Morten Knutsen
Assistant director
Exploration

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About Stig-Morten Knutsen

Birth: 1964

Education:
D.Sc. (1991) – Geology, University of Tromsø/Rice University, Houston B.Sc. in occupational and organizational psychology, University of Bergen

Experience:
Knutsen has nearly 25 years of experience frAbout Hydro, and completed both his Master’s and doctorate during this time. After a few years as a consultant, he was hired as exploration manager in Greenland’s national oil company, Nunaoil. Before being hired by the NPD in the autumn of 2014, Knutsen held management positions at the research institutions Roald Amundsen Petroleum Research and ARCEx in Tromsø.

Benvenutta Henriksen
Assistant director
Exploration

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About Benvenutta Henriksen

Birth: 1956

Education:
Cand. polit. –Universities of Oslo and Bergen (1988)

Experience:
Benvenutta Henriksen joined the NPD management team in May 2016. She started working in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 1992, having been project manager for a trial within pricing of medical services in the Ministry of Social Affairs. She took up her first management position in the NPD in 1998, when she joined the management of the Resource Division. She has then held various positions, not least as discipline coordinator for petroleum economics and coordinator for exploration strategy.

Wenche Tjelta Johansen
Assistant director
Exploration

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About Wenche Tjelta Johansen

Birth: 1970

Education:
MSc. geophysics, University of Bergen (1995)

Experience:
Wenche Tjelta Johansen joined the NPD management in November 2014. She comes frAbout a position as technical coordinator for geo-sciences. Tjelta Johansen started working in the NPD in 2002 and previously worked for WesternGeco, Schlumberger.

Tove Francke
Assistant director
Development and operations – North Sea south

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About Tove Francke

Birth: 1967

Education:
Economics degree, University of Oslo (1995). Bachelor of Arts, Concordia College, USA (1989).

Experience:
Francke was appointed assistant director in November 2015. She joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 2011. From 1996 until she came to the NPD, she worked in various positions at the Ministry of Finance.

Arvid Østhus
Assistant director
Development and operations – Northern North Sea

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About Arvid Østhus

Birth: 1964

Education:
MSc. reservoir technology – University of Stavanger (1989)

Experience:
Arvid Østhus has been with the NPD since 2014, and joined the management team in January 2017. From 1990 to 2014, he held both management and technical positions at Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips). Prior to this, he was employed by the Geoservices company for one year.

Kalmar Ildstad
Assistant director
Development and operations – Norwegian Sea

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About Kalmar Ildstad

Birth: 1963

Education:
MSc. physics and technical economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Experience:
Mr Ildstad joined the NPD’s management team as director for fields and discoveries in 2006. He has held a number of positions in the directorate since joining it in 1989.

Niels Erik Hald
Assistant director
Development and operations – Barents Sea

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About Niels Erik Hald

Birth: 1971

Utdanning:
MSc. materials technology – Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU (1995), Business administration - BI (2006)

Erfaring:
Niels Erik Hald was hired by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in 2014 and joined the management team in October 2017. He has experience from operations, procurement and projects in Norwegian industry, e.g. with Norsk Hydro during the period 2000-2006. Following a period with Subsea 7, he joined Statoil in 2008 and worked on Norwegian and international projects there. He has management experience from Norsk Hydro and Statoil.

Maria Juul
Assistant director
Information management

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About Maria Juul

Birth: 1965

Education:
MSc. geology, Aarhus University, Denmark (1992)

Experience:
Maria Juul started working for the NPD in 2012, and has coordinated Awards in Pre-Defined Areas (APA) for two years. Juul has spent much of her professional career working in the intersection between geosciences and ICT.

Arne Omdahl
Assistant director, IT

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About Arne Omdahl

Birth: 1966

Education:
Siv.ing. (Civil Engineer) – Information technology at Høgskolesenteret i Rogaland (now the University of Stavanger) (1991)

Experience:
Arne Omdahl was hired as the assistant director for systems development and ICT in 2015. Omdahl has previously held management/technical positions in ConocoPhillips 2008-2015, ErgoGroup (Allianse) 2005-2008, Hewlett Packard 1998-2005 and Elf 1992-1998. Has experience from IT infrastructure, IT architecture, systems development, project management and line management from operating companies and the IT consulting industry.


02.10.2017