Calling for transportation partners, change agents!
Join us on a journey through Sustainability, Ocean, Energy, Transport & Equality: Oslo- Mumbai-Oslo 14 February – 27 March 2020.
A journey that spotlights diverse global change makers, and how collaborative leadership and inclusiveness creates new viewpoints to solutions. The journey focuses on business & transformation opportunities delivering on the UN SDGs, with diversity and openness as a prerequisite to succeed with innovation and new growth.
Join our journey across Europe, Middle East & India! We want you – change makers representing interesting projects – as transportation/travel partners and storytellers. ______________________________________________
After pledging to explore alternatives to flights in 2020, Norwegian sustainability & ocean leader Birgit Liodden embarks on a flight-free journey from Oslo to Mumbai across land and sea. School strikers back in March 2019 lead to this commitment.
The journey consist of hydrogen car roadtrip through Denmark, Germany, France and Italy; cargo ship and road transport to Jordan; electric car roadtrip through Saudi Arabia and UAE; and container ship onwards to Mumbai.
The journey is a collaborative initiative conducted in partnership with GreenStat, Harvest Environmental Magazine, SHE Community, Hydrogen Norway, Bellona/ Sahara Forest Project, FreiXchange, Decarbonify and a number of WEF Young Global Leaders and profiled change-makers across Europe/Middle East/India. CO2 footprint will be analyzed and shared for each part. And a number of unresolved cases, representing innovation opportunities, will be highlighted.
Travel schedule – preliminary:
14-18.2: Europe, DFDS to Copenhagen. Hydrogen roadtrip to Genova with GreenStat car, through Denmark, Germany, France & Monaco
18.-22.3: Mediterranean, with Grimaldi Lines, from Salerno via Athens
22.3-27.3 Middle East, with TheDOCK, Enkindle Global, award winning female entrepreneurs of EcoWave Energy, ECONconcrete++
27.2-3.3: Jordan, with WEF YGL Malak Al-Akiely. Visits to Sahara Forest Project and Scatec Solar. Jordan-Norway Business Forum “Discovering Future Partnerships” and to the seminar “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Jordan: Reflecting Norway’s Experience”. Takes place as part of the state visit of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway – first official Norwegian Royal visit to the Middle East.
Keynotes & meetings; Women in Business Arabia, Business Professional Women Association, Nadia Shaheen, Jordan Economic Forum. Dinner in Dead Sea with Managing Director of Business Professional Women Association
3-7.3: Saudi Arabia; EV roadtrip from Amman/Jordan with passengers, through interesting areas and projects, coordinated with support from Saudi Embassy U.S. & Minister of Culture. Via Haditha border, Qurayyat-Tabuk-Amala-AlUla-Buraydah-Riyadh-Al Khobar-Al Hafouf to Dubai. Changemakers to be announced shortly, but includes a.o. the female founder of Blue Abaya, 1st Saudi travel blog.
8.3: Dubai: EXPO2020 Launch event, linked to a focus on Women in Mobility. Partner meetings following launch. Evening speech for Water Alliance, and facilitator for Dubai International Academy on Water: The Global Passport. Breakfast keynote for Nordic Business Council. Car rides with VOLT Mobility/EV Roadtrip Dubai 2020 (Generation EHQ), Thea Thorsheim/Teach Me Now and MindShift, VC investing in female entrepreneurs. Soroptimist International Gulf Dubai Club.
12-13.3: UAE, follow up meetings linked to Expo2020; ocean and women empowerment focus
13-19.3: Ocean transport Dubai-Mumbai, by Transworld container ship
19-21.3: Mumbai. Chairing the Maritime SHE-EO / SHE Conference. Guest of organizers. Onboarding speakers & CNN Hero Afroz Shah. Interviews with key global leaders including MDs of INTERTANKO, International Chamber of Shipping, Equality lead in IMO, Chair of Shipping Corporation of India, MD of World Maritime University
21/22.3 Return travel – to Istanbul/Athens/Europe (pending Corona development)
24-27.3 Europe: Roadtrip by hydrogen car through Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark (final route TBC)
Interviews with a.o. The Canvas, Green Squadron, ZeBox, Green SeaGuard, Plastic Odyssey, H2MOBILITY, NOW, Air Liquide, ENGIE, NEL Hydrogen, Monaco Propeller Club, Energy Observer, Vattenfall.
Background for the Journey:
The Oslo-Mumbai journey is a result of Liodden ́s efforts connecting equality pioneers in Norway and India from October 2018. Europe’s biggest equality conference – the SHE Conference – has through this work formed a collaboration with Indian change agent Sanjam Gupta. This resulted in India being selected as first international country for piloting the innovative new business gender equality index – SHE Index – and it was rolled out across the Indian maritime community Q2 2019.
This brings SHE Conference to Mumbai, as the first international pilot through Maritime SHE-EO. The conferences take place 5 and 20 March 2020. These initiatives are backed by UN Global Compact, Norwegian and Indian authorities, Microsoft and EY globally, and a number of other partners in various ways; including the IMO – International Maritime Organization, International Chamber of Shipping, DP World, Maersk and others.
As a result of the bilateral collaboration of India-Norway, Liodden is set up as chair for the Mumbai conference, and standing by her flight-free pledge, she seeks ways to travel to Mumbai in March.
While originating primarily out of the need for finding alternative means of transportation, Liodden wants to use this journey to invite change makers to join as co-travelers sharing portions of the journey, as well as their story.
In a world where negative news and polarization dominates, the journey will share inspiration, hope and optimism through individual role models and frontrunners – across borders and cultures – as a contrast. We will show how we can swing the pendulum, if we all work and collaborate together. We will expose that people are more similar than different. We seek change agents who support gender equality and diversity.
Content production and use:
Vlogging every day, short clips «along the way», feat. 360 GoPro cameras
Option for national journalist/blogger from each country to join parts of the journey. Sound can be taken into podcast. Film materials can be used for Mini series, with the potential for a feature documentary. Pending permissions from each area/country.
Landing page for journey: http://www.theoceanopportunitylab.com and http://www.sheconference.no to inform media, to follow the project and spread traction. Harvest Magazine will also produce articles based on the journey.
Phone: +47 95171389
About the initiator:
Birgit Liodden 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 top 5 leading shipping exhibitions Nor-Shipping, Founder & SG of YoungShip International, and Project Manager Global Systems & Processes at Wilh.Wilhelmsen.
Liodden holds executive board roles in The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, RS Sea Rescue Academy, TheFactory fintech hub, GreenStat energy investment company & Bellona Environmental 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, and first leader who fronted #MeToo globally in shipping. In 2018, she was among the 150 top finalists for World Economic Forum ́s Young Global Leaders.