Team / Experts

We are a team of people from diverse backgrounds, engaged in building a different grass root driven resource for Generation Cleanup. Mobilizing the next generation of change agents passionate about sustainable ocean industry development.

Birgit M. Liodden

TOOL Founder / CEO

Birgit has been a change agent for next generation & sustainable leadership in the maritime industry for more than a decade. She is the former Director of Nor-Shipping, Founder & SG of YoungShip International, and Project Manager Global Systems & Processes at Wilh.Wilhelmsen.

Birgit holds executive board roles in The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, RS Sea Rescue Academy, GreenStat and Bellona Foundation, and is the Working Chair of the Norwegian Organization for Electric Boats. She serve on the Executive Committee of Polytechnic Association (Norway) and the advisory boards of REV Ocean, SHE Community and Southern Africa Norway Association. She is also a popular speaker & moderator, having moderated a.o. President Barack Obama, several Norwegian Ministers and corporate executives. She has received a number of awards & rankings for her leadership in Norway and abroad. In 2018, she was among the 150 top finalists for World Economic Forum´s Young Global Leaders.

Email me: mail@theoceanopportunitylab.com

Lydie Meso

Practice Student / Coordinator

Lydie joins The Ocean Opportunity Lab, for her one semester industry practice which is part her current bachelor program at Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge.

She is 25 years old, 3rd year student at shipping and logistics. Through her degree, she has gained knowledge about the maritime industry as well as logistics and economics.

Email me: mail@theoceanopportunitylab.com

Dagny Thurmann-Moe

Captain of Color & Design (External Advisor/Partner)

Briliant Dagny Thurmann-Moe orchestrate design concept, palette & color selection at TOOL. Her initial vibe after first visit onboard was The Life Aquatic, which we just loved!

Dagny is Creative leader, color designer and planner of urban spaces & architecture in  KOI Fargestudio. She is one of Norway´s most influential color designers, with 10+ years experience in the field. She has been an entrepreneur with her own studio since 2014.

Dagny is a driving force for awareness and targeted use of colors, and published her book “Colors to the People” in 2017, later distributed in 4 countries. She is a visible face in the media, and a sought-after expert on color use, trends, and the value of enhancing life quality by using the right colors across architecture, interiors & fashion.

Knut J. Krogsrud

Strategic Industry Advisor (External Advisor / Partner)

Knut has wide experience from a variety of shipowning and ship finance companies through more than 20 years.Hos track-record includes Investment Manager at Australis Maritime Ltd., SVP Shipping & Offshore at Pareto Bank ASA, GM Shipowning at Western Bulk ASA, VP Treasurer at Gearbulk (London) Ltd, Wilh. Wilhemsen ASA (Shanghai) and Salomon Smith Barney (Citibank – New York). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from University of Colorado (Summe Cum Laude).

Christina Høysæter

Captain of Strategy, Innovation & Bus.Dev. (External Advisor / Partner)

Christina works as Innovation Manager Maritime at DNV GL, where she has held a number of roles since 2012, including Head of Section Maritime Technology and R&D, Programme manager Safety Technologies Maritime and Project Manager Program Mgt. Office Oil & Gas.

Susanne Gløersen

Captain of Sustainable Finance (External Advisor / Partner)

Susanne is Founder of Sustainable Insight / The Sustainable Opportunity Initiative. She is a Board member at Kjeller Horisont, and her previous experience include Sustainability Strategist at Formuesforvaltning, ESG Analyst and Nordic Responsible Investment & Governance team at Nordea Asset Management, and Jr. Stock Analyst & Research Assistant at Carnegie Investment Bank.

Sandra Ness

Captain of Story-telling

Co-founder & Impact Manager at Turnss / Arctic Whale, with an MA in digital media management from Hyper Island, marketing manager in TMC and founder of Turnss. Professional background from a diverse set of industries including digital transformation in shipping, Equity sales, Advertising and PR. Former Marketing Mgr at TMC, and Account Director Digital Media at Saatchi & Saatchi Norway. Board member at Chrisanic.

Endre Thesen Harnes

Community & Technical Co-Captain

Our Arctic alibi, project manager, film producer and musician. Former Project Mgr at Katapult Future Fest and OBR, founding partner/CEO of Klikkmonster and Spoon Train, editorial lead at Radio Nova. Entrepreneurial soul with special interest in sustainable food.

Roberto Giorgi

Mentor & External Industry Advisor

Mentor & External Industry Advisor

Monaco/London based Roberto is Chairman of Fraser Yachts, a company he has been involved with since V.Ships bought it in a joint partnership with Azimut Benetti in 2004. He is a Board member of Scorpio Bulkers Inc., and Committee member (Board) of Skuld P&I Club.

He is the Honorary President, former President and member of the Group Executive of V.Ships, the world’s largest ship management company.

From 1988 to 2014, Mr. Giorgi has held various roles within V.Ships, including President of V.Ships Ship Management, Managing Director of V.Ships New York, head of V.Ships Leisure in the cruise sector, and head of V.Ship’s ship management operation from its Monaco office. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Giorgi also served as President of InterManager, the international trade association for third-party and in-house ship managers, whose members between them are responsible for approximately 3,700 ships and more than 200,000 crew members.


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