Cristian Valdes Carter is the Director of Innovation Norway’s operations in India and Commercial Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi.
Cristian has held various leadership roles and board positions in both privately held companies and public-private partnerships and comes with broad experience from the Norwegian business community. His career expands over several industries including Fisheries, Smart Cities, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Port Developments, Offshore Energy and Subsea. Cristian holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Bergen and an Executive Programme in Innovation & Transition Leadership from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH Executive).
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Ambika Oberoi is responsible for the ICT and Health sectors in addition to startups and entrepreneurs. She has broad competence in international business covering market entry strategy, partner selection, demand analysis, testing products/ideas in overseas markets. Ambika has diverse cross-cultural experience, having worked with businesses from South East and Far East Asia, Europe and Nordic countries. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics and an MBA in International Business.
Arti is responsible for the Marine sector (Aquaculture, Fisheries and Seafood). She has broad competence in the field of CSR in India. Arti has extensive experience in international business covering market entry strategy, partner selection, and demand analysis. She also has broad competence in business development with a Master’s degree (LLM) in Law & Economics from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Asheesh Agarwal is responsible for defense and infrastructure sectors. He has experience in various industries like chemical, agro-processing, power and engineering besides above. He has carried out project management and engineering, valuation of businesses, formulation of strategy and liaising. He is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Finance and a post graduate diploma in International Business.
Gargi is our Market Advisor in Mumbai for the Green technology sector, start ‐ups and entrepreneurship. Her expertise includes business analyses across sectors in India and has published articles on various companies and sectors. She has worked as an equity analyst with leading business news channel 'ET Now' for over 7 years. Gargi holds a bachelors' degree in IT and an MBA in finance and marketing.
Dr. Maan Singh Sidhu (Ph.D) is responsible for Research, Science and Technology and is representing the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway in India. He has broad experiences from Research, Innovation, Public administration and Industry. He will be identifying new collaboration possibilities between India and Norway within S&T and follow-up cooperation agreements and MoUs between India and Norway. He will strengthen the interaction and transfer of knowledge between R&D environments and trade/industry through commercialization of results from research.