Norfund Conference 2023

The Norfund Conference 2023 took place against a backdrop of 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.

Ylva Lindberg, EVP in Strategy & Communication, speaking at the conference.

Below you will find recordings of the conference where international experts, Norfund’s own team, partners and portfolio companies, and leading Norwegian politicians discussed:

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



Olaug Svarva, Chair of the Norfund Board

Investing while food prices soar


A combination of factors has caused food prices to skyrocket. Though global prices have stabilized, domestic food price inflation persists, especially in many African countries. What kind of challenges does this pose for investing in companies that can drive sustainable development? How can an investor like Norfund make a difference through investing in the food value chain?

Moderator: Ylva Lindberg, EVP Strategy and Communications

Pindie NyandoroRegional Director Southern Africa, Norfund
William Nyaoke Regional Director East Africa, Norfund
Naana Winful Fynn Regional Director West Africa, Norfund

Bridging the gap


The financing gap for climate and development is greater than ever before. What is Norfund’s role as an investor in closing the gap and what have we achieved in 2022? Featuring highlights from the launch of our Annual Report.

With Tellef Thorleifsson, Norfund CEO

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
Anja Bakken RiiseLeader, Future in Our Hands
Ellen Cathrine RasmussenExecutive Vice President, Scalable Enterprises, Norfund

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 is it possible to succeed?

Moderator: Bernt Brun, Vice President Funds, Norfund

Saad AouadCIO, 54 Capital and Chair of Board, 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
Sandy KheraCountry Manager & CEO, Enel Green Power India

Panel discussion with politicians


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

Please note: this panel was held in Norwegian.

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim Minister of International Development, Centre Party
Kari Elisabeth KaskiMember of Parliament, Socialist Left Party
Nikolai AstrupMember of Parliament, Conservative Party
Dag Inge UlsteinMember of Parliament, Christian Democratic Party



With Ylva Lindberg, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Communication, Norfund