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Tech Talk: Former Norwegian Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen


Norway and the Nordics are among the most advanced in the world of everyday technology use. Still, the Norwegian government is seeking to avoid a digital gap between tech-savvy organizations and the general public. The Norwegian government is working on a broad front toward new solutions. Meet former Minister Solvik-Olsen, learn what's happening in Norway and how he implemented technological innovations to effectivize Norway's infrastructure while helping it meet its world-leading climate goals.

This event is sponsored by the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Norway, Minnesota High Tech Association, and Norway House.

$10 Admission includes a continental breakfast, presentation by Ketil Solvik-Olsen with Q&A, and an informal meet and greet.


Ketil Solvik-Olsen served five years as the Minister of Transportation and Communication in the Norwegian government. His main focus was to improve digital and physical infrastructure, with special attention to the role of technology in providing better and cleaner transportation services. He recently stepped down from this position to support an opportunity for his wife to work at the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL, where they currently reside with their two children.

Besides his work as Minister, he served eight years a member of Norwegian Parliament on both the Finance committee and Energy & Environment committee. Today, he works for OSM Aviation Academy, which recently announced their commitment to purchase 60 electric airplanes for their pilot training operations. Solvik-Olsen also works in various capacities for numerous start-up companies, and is part of the advisory board at MobilityLab in Oslo. Prior to his government work, Solvik-Olsen worked for the shop-owning company, Leif Höegh ASA and Møller US Import, the Chrysler/Jeep distributor in Norway.

Ketil Solvik-Olsen grew up in the Stavanger area in Norway--the capital of the Norwegian oil and gas industry. As a young man, he spent four years studying in Michigan and living with an American family, he volunteered at both the Lillehammer and Atlanta Olympic games, and he worked at the Norwegian Pavilion at Epcot in Disney World. He's an avid cyclist and musician, having played in the marching band of the Norwegian Royal Guard.