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The inaugural IntraFish Women in Seafood Leadership Summit in June 2017 in Seattle, United States, was a rip-roaring success, thanks to an incredible line up of speakers from around the sector, a huge global delegate turnout and a lively panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities of working in the seafood sector.

The event, led by IntraFish Editors Rachel Mutter and Elisabeth Fischer, brought together more than 120 executives -- nearly all women -- for a one-of-a-kind evening of frank discussions, inspiration and leadership advice.

It revealed the importance of strong leadership in the sector and how bringing balance and new perspective to the industry's challenges is going to give it the best possible chance to become the world's leading protein provider.

Our second event, to be held in Bergen, Norway, on March 8, in conjuction with the North Atlantic Seafood Forum conference, promises to be just as successful, with high level speakers from across the globe.

If you want to be associated with one of the industry's most inspirational events in the seafood calendar (according to our delegates), bringing passion, humor and ideas to tackling diversity and sustainability in the global seafood industry, then this is the forum for you.

Contact us today to request a seat. You'll hear back with a confirmation mail once you have been registered.



Kathleen O. Mathisen, CHRO, Grieg Seafood ASA
Kathleen O. Mathisen is the CHRO in Grieg Seafood ASA and has a long experience from the International Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. She has worked with HR for more than 19 years, resulting in a broad and extensive experience within the field of HR.
Kathleen O. Mathisen’s core skills include organizational development and transformation processes, and she has several years of proactive, results-oriented, diversified corporate experience with an emphasis in human resources.
She has a number of management courses from UIB, BI and NHH and is presently in the process of taking an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria in UK. She has written several articles within the field of HR that has been published in local and national newspapers. In December 2013 she was awarded “Sunnivaprisen”, named after Bergen’s patron St. Sunniva.

Speaking topic Diversity as a competitive edge: Grieg Seafood's Kathleen Offman Mathisen shares ways on how to attract more female talent into the sector, highlighting the need and benefits of inclusion and diversity for any seafood business.

Hilde Waage, Regional HR Leader EMEA & NA, Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Hilde Waage is the regional HR lead EMEA & NA for Cargill Aqua Nutrition. She previously was the director of global HR and corporate functions at Norwegian fish feed producer Ewos and was overseeing the integration process of Ewos into Cargill. Prior to her role at Ewos she was the CFO and deputy CEO of aquaculture equipment supplier Ocea Gruppen in Bergen, Norway.

Speaking topic Paradigm for parity. Cargill Aqua Nutrition Lead of Risk Management and Sourcing. Hilde shares her group’s story in the fight for more gender diversity and equality, explaining why businesses have to commit to change now

Veronica Pedersen Åsheim, State Secretary at the Norwegian Fisheries Ministry
Veronica Pedersen Åsheim (Progress Party) was appointed State Secretary for the Minister of Fisheries in October 2017. Prior to this, she served as political adviser for the Minister of Fisheries from January 2017. As State Secretary, Pedersen Åsheim is dedicated to fisheries and High North issues related to the marine sector. Pedersen Åsheim has been actively involved in the Progress Party for many years, as elected official for Nordland County, Rana Municipality and as Deputy Member of the Norwegian Parliament.

Petra Weigl, General Manager Sales Europe, Regal Springs
Petra Weigl joined tilapia producer Regal Springs in August 2016 but is looking back at a career in fish and seafood spanning around 30 years. Prior to joining Regal Springs, Weigl was the channel director discount international at Nomad Foods Europe for two years and general manager for private label at Iglo, also part of Nomad Foods Europe, for nearly seven years.
In her career Weigl has also held positions at Coppenrath & Wiese and was also previously head of new product development at Pickenpack in Luneburg, Germany, for more than 13 years.

Speaking topic 'Women and cats are not allowed aboard this fishing vessel', or so the German saying goes. Weigl looks back at her 30+ years in the seafood industry and shares her experience of being a woman in a male-dominated world.

Anne-Kristine Oen, CEO, Salmon Group
Anne-Kristine Øen joined Salmon Group in 2017. Her whole career has been focused around ocean industries. She has broad communication and management experience from global shipping and -fish farming industries, having worked for listed companies such as Odfjell, Grieg and Marine Harvest. Anne is born and bred in Bergen, where she is also based today. She holds an MSc Econs degree in Marine Policy from London School of Economics.

Speaking topic Fish ‘n ships and rock ‘n roll: Attitudes around diversity in the seafood industry reflect those of the shipping industry 15 years ago. And while this culture exists, all the expensive, outsourced strategy creation in the world won’t drag seafood into the modern world.

Tine Hammernes Leopold, CEO, Salmon Brands
Tine Hammernes Leopold took over the role of Salmon Brands CEO in 2016. She formerly worked as commercial director of Orkla Health covering markets in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Poland.
She holds a business degree from California State University.

Renate Larsen, CEO, Norwegian Seafood Council
Renate Larsen took over the role of CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council in 2016. Larsen has 16 years of experience in the seafood sector, including most recently CEO of Lerøy Aurora. She holds a degree from the Norwegian School of Business and Economics (NHH).

Speaking topic Growing momentum for gender diversity? Norway’s seafood industry needs to attract more female talent. NSC CEO Renate Larsen reflects on her 19 years in the industry, sharing the progress that’s been made along the way.

Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos, CEO, Kefalonia Fisheries
Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos is the CEO of Greek bass and bream farmer Kefalonia Fisheries. She is a member of the board of the Federation of Greek Mariculture (FGM) and the Hellenic Aquaculture Producer’s Organization (HAPO) and is a member of the Management Committee of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP).
She serves as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on issues of sustainable aquaculture and development. She has authored the study “SYNTHESIS OF MEDITERRANEAN MARINE FINFISH AQUACULTURE”, 2010 for the FAO.
She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Harvard University (MA) with degrees in Economics & Agricultural Development and International Trade & Finance.

Speaking topic The fight for credibility: My view on driving cultural change in the seafood industry.

Torunn Knoph Halhjem , Senior Director of Global Species, Trident Seafoods
Torunn Knoph Halhjem has worked with Seattle-based Trident Seafoods since 2000. She is the VP of sales and marketing. From 1994 to 1996 Knoph Halhjem worked as a quality controller on Norwegian and Russian factory trawlers in the Barents Sea and Russia Far East.
While pursuing her BA in International Business & Economics from European Business School in London, she worked as a marketing intern for American Seafoods in Seattle and Tokyo and Norway Seafoods in Oslo, conducting research on market opportunities in Europe, Russia, Japan and Asia.
She is now a member of the executive board of the Groundfish Forum and the board of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) and she serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s International (ASMI) Marketing Committee.

Speaking topic From Deck to Desk: One journey to the top. Halhjem shares her career path from working in quality control on Russian and Norwegian factory trawlers to the boardroom of one of America's biggest seafood companies.

Tone Bjørnstad Hanstad, Equity Research Analyst at DNB Markets
As an equity research analyst at DNB Markets, Tone Bjørnstad Hanstad covers all the major listed Norwegian salmon companies such as Marine Harvest, Leroy Seafood, Grieg Seafood and others. She found a spot in the interception of the male-dominated finance world and male-dominated seafood industry. Most recently she worked on the listing of Salmones Camanchaca, the first IPO of a Chilean salmon farmer on the Oslo Stock Exchange. She joined DNB as an investment banking analyst in January 2015 before moving to her current role in June last year.

Elisabeth Fischer, Editor, IntraFish Media
IntraFish Editor Elisabeth Fischer joined the company as a reporter in 2012 in London and is now based in Berlin, Germany, from where she covers the global fish and seafood industry. Prior to joining IntraFish, she wrote about a number of different industries for a variety of digital publications. She's a graduate from the City University of London and the University of Salzburg, Austria. Back in 2015, she spearheaded the groundbreaking IntraFish 'Women in Seafood' series, offering the most comprehensive overview of key obstacles facing women in the seafood workforce, and providing insight into the industry's most successful women.

Speaking topic Turning reflection into action: What prevents women from joining/staying in seafood leadership and how does the industry bring more women onboard?

Rachel Mutter, Editor, IntraFish Media
Rachel Mutter is an editor at IntraFish Media and has been reporting on the seafood industry since 2002. She was born and raised in London but has spent periods living and working abroad, most recently returning from a four year spell in China. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English and European literature from the University of Essex.

Speaking topic Chair of Women in Seafood Leadership Summit.
Alaska Seafood
Date Thursday 8 March 2018 (During North Atlantic Seafood Forum) Time 17:00 – 21:00 Location RADISSON BLU ROYAL HOTEL
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