Rising interest rates, inflation and food and energy crises makes it more important than ever to understand the challenges and opportunities of investing in developing markets.

Against this backdrop, you will hear from international experts, Norfund’s own team, partners and portfolio companies, as well as leading Norwegian politicians on topics such as:

  • Finding new solutions in challenging industries
  • Doing solid investments in fragile states
  • Targeting net zero in the midst of an energy crisis

The 2023 Norfund Conference takes place on 6th of June at Det Gamle Biblioteket in Oslo.

We serve lunch from 11:30, before kicking off the programme at 12:30. At 16:00, we close the formal programme and continue the conversation over pizza, refreshments and good music.

Conference Moderators:

Elida Nordgaard Unneberg, Analyst, Norfund

Donald Muchiri Kariuki, Senior Associate, Norfund

Finding new solutions in challenging industries

Industrial development is essential to drive economic growth and job creation in developing countries. However, many of these industries have significant greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, as well as challenges linked to working conditions. How can these industries drive both job creation and green growth?

Moderator: Elida Unneberg, Analyst, Norfund

Kobby AdamsCommercial Director, CBI Gh Ltd
Dilanka JinadasaGroup CEO Hela

Doing solid investments in fragile states

By 2030, it is estimated that two out of three people living in extreme poverty will be in fragile and conflict affected states. These countries sorely need investments to create jobs and reduce poverty. However, the risks are plentiful and investors reluctant. What investment opportunities can be found in fragile states, and it is possible to succeed?

Moderator: Bernt Brun, Vice President Funds, Norfund

Abdikarim GoleDirector Shuraako/One Earth Foundation
Saad AouadCIO 54 Capital and chair of board of SAMANU
Judy KinyanjuiInvestment Director, Financial Inclusion, Norfund

Targeting net zero in the midst of an energy crisis

Higher energy prices are slowing growth, while generous renewables subsidies are offered in the West. In India, with the world’s fastest growing energy demand, coal is on the rise again. What happens to the investment landscape in India when capital is moving towards the industrialised economies?

Moderator: Mark Davis, Executive Vice President – Renewable Energy, Norfund

Vivek SubramanianCEO, Fourth Partner Energy
Terje PilskogCEO, Scatec

Panel discussion with politicians

Moderator: Mathilde Emilie Thue, CEO, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim Minister of International Development, Centre Party
Ine Eriksen SøreideChair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Conservative Party
Kari Elisabeth KaskiMember of Parliament, Socialist Left Party (tbc)