NBA China Elects New Board during Annual General Meeting 2017

The key object on the agenda was the election of a new board of directors, who will spearhead the NBA and lead the organization forward in a year that will be an exciting one in terms of Sino-Norwegian business relations. The newly elected board consists of Dan Bjørke (chairman), Willy Johansen (Vice Chairman), Christan James-Olsen (Vice Chairman Shanghai), Sigmund Bjørgo, Carina Enocksson, Morten Steen Johansen, Kjetil Lund, Andreas Magnus, Chris Rynning and Yilie Shen. The Norwegian ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Svein Sæther, came to Shanghai to oversee the proceedings and express his support and gratitude to the NBA on behalf of the Embassy in Beijing.


An important objective for the NBA in 2017 will be to include more Norwegian companies into the fold. During the AGM, members voted to change their membership policies to encourage more of the smaller Norwegian businesses and startups in China to join the ranks of NBA’s more than 60 members companies. They also agreed on changes to encourage participation from students and Noralumni, to better include them in the Norwegian business community.
Another important topic of this year’s AGM was the opportunities for Norwegian businesses in Guangdong and Southern China. The NBA has decided to form closer ties with the Consulate General in Guangzhou, that will now be sharing an observer seat on the NBA board of directors together with the Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate General in Shanghai.

CSR Conference in Shanghai

23rd of February NBA China in Shanghai together with BI Norwegian Business School invited members and friends for a CSR conference at the Langham hotel in Shanghai. CSR measures and activities have never been so comprehensive and strong. We must understand how CSR is transformed as it travels from North-Western economies to the Southern and Eastern hemispheres.


In order to understand this transformation, four key speakers were invited to share their knowledge. First up was Atle Midttun (Professor, BI Norwegian Business School) and Chen Wei (Senior Advisor, LO). They presented the findings from their competitive study about CSR in China and Nordic countries. Next up was Hanna Hallin, Sustainability Manager from H&M of greater China. Hallin demonstrated how H&M is making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. She shared with the audience how H&M are working towards their vision, that all clothes will be 100% recycled or from other sustainably sourced materials. Last up was Sherrie Xu, Sustainability, Environment and Accountability Manager at Microsoft. She presented how Microsoft is working with CSR in China, redefining the role of business in society.

After the presentation, the nearly 80 attendees enjoyed dinner from the Langham kitchen and mingling. NBA China thanks all the speakers for their interesting presentations, and BI Norwegian Business School for their kind sponsorship. We also thank everyone who attended the event.

NBA China: Crisis Communication with Tore Høifødt

This week, the Norwegian Business Association invited Tore Høifødt to hold a seminar on Crisis Communication. Events were held in both Beijing and Shanghai, on January 16th and 17th , respectively. Tore Høifødt is the Director of Strategy at Nordic Trust, and is one of Norway’s leading communication experts, with more than thirty years of experience. He has dealt with crisis like Brent Spar, MS Estonia and Deepwater Horizon.

What defines a crisis? How can one prepare for one, and handle it correctly when it occurs? These were some of the questions Mr. Høifødt discussed at the event. Mr. Høifødt exemplified his arguments by using well-known cases to emphasise his ideas. Applying his thirty years long experience in handling crisis communication, he elucidated key takeaways the audience could implement directly into their daily work. After his presentation, Mr. Høifødt opened up for questions and comments, engaging the participants, and their experience with crisis communication.

NBA China thanks Mr. Høifødt for an excellent and applicable presentation. The seminar was well received in both Beijing and Shanghai. NBA China sends their special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and the Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Shanghai for sponsoring this event.

Any questions regarding crisis communication? You may contact Tore Høifødt at [email protected]

NBA China: Laws in motion – Steps in the ease of doing business in China

Tuesday November 22th at Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai Jing an, Norwegian Business Association China had a great pleasure to welcome Ben Cavendar and Christian James-Olsen for a Panel Discussion on the topic “Laws in motion – Steps in the ease of doing business in China”.

The topic of this seminar was the development of the legal framework for foreign invested enterprises in China. The question bounding Mr. Cavendar and Mr. James-Olsen’s seminar was if the market shall be the determined force in the economy, equal footing for all participants is conditional. They took a closer look at the at the new FIE-law and regulations, and its development.

Ben Cavendar is a Director with The China Market Research Group (CMR) which he joined in 2006. His work at CMR focuses on consumer behavior analysis, retail strategy, brand positioning, and growth strategies in the China market. As a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BBC there was an interesting Q and A session that followed after the presentation.

Christian James-Olsen is a Partner at the international law firm Wikborg Rein and Managing Partner of the firm’s Shanghai Office from June 2016. Christian is part of the firm’s Shipping Offshore practice and his main areas of practice are matters relating to offshore, shipping and maritime law, manufacturing/enterprise law and contract law.

NBA China thanks Mr. Ben Cavendar and Mr. Christian James-Olsen for an interesting and higly relevant presentation.

NBA China in Beijing: Cyber Security

On Thursday November 17th, the Norwegian Business Association China in Beijing had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Jørn Knutsen, who holds a BEng. Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and a MSc in International Business to an evening seminar at Four Season Hotel. Mr. Knutsen has spent the last 16 years as a consultant and organization builder in China. Jørn serves on several board and is a sought after speaker on establishment quandaries and the challenges of doing business in, with and from China. Amongst his merits are establishment of two R&D Centers in China. Mr. Jørn Knutsen was welcomed by the Vice Chairman and the leader of NBA China Beijing Chapter, Andreas Magnus (Hotel Manager of Kempinski).

With Jørn Knutsens long experience and knowledge of how the internet work, he broke down the different aspects of the internet starting with the question “What is the internet?”. Jørn gave us examples of how we think the internet works contra to the reality, showing us how complex sharing of information is through the internet and the path the information take before it ends up on our devises. In a technological world we live in now, were everyone use internet at every day’s work and social life, the security of our private and corporate information may experience internal and external threats. Introduction of how secure the internet is and Cyber Security 101, which made us understand what can be done and what cannot be done to secure us from these threats. Mr. Knutsen ended his presentation of what we can expect in the future of the internet.

The seminar was a huge success with over 30 participations. The audience was engaged from the very start has Mr. Knutsen encouraged the audience to ask questions at any time.  The presentation was followed up with a buffet dinner and social mingle.