Åse joined Innovation Norway San Francisco in 2005 and has promoted business opportunities for Norwegian companies and organizations in the US market and managed the resulting business development projects. Åse is the program director of TINC, our technology incubator program, and an industry specialist in IT and Digital Health. She has lived in Silicon Valley for 20+ years working at local startups, hardware and software companies. She has over 10 years experience in international product development and release, including 5+ years managing global products at a major enterprise software company in Silicon Valley. Åse has en extensive network in Silicon Valley and leading global IT environments.
Kelly Ratchinsky is passionate about innovation in the cleantech, marine, and mobility industries. She has been a Project Manager for Innovation Norway since joining in December 2018. Kelly manages finding new growth opportunities for Norway; seeking both Invest in Norway and Export opportunities. Kelly is an Ocean Engineer who worked as an Offshore Project Engineer laying oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. She earned her MSc Ocean Engineering with a focus on autonomous vehicles and renewable energy systems.
Lisbeth B. Smestad
Program manager, The Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship & The Research and Educational Network
Lisbeth har vært på San Francisco-kontoret siden 1990, før det var hun kansler ved det norske generalkonsulatet i San Francisco. Lisbeth har de siste 10+ årene vært programleder for Norges Entreprenørskole (Gründerskolen), et akademisk praksissommerprogram for norske masterstudenter. Hun leder også Research and Educational Network (REN), et profesjonelt nettverk med fokus på e-læring, edtech og kompetanseutvikling. Etter å ha bodd i San Francisco Bay Area i 40 år, har Lisbeth et omfattende lokalt nettverk – med spesiell vekt på entreprenørskap, samt edtech-, energi- og IT-sektorene.
Rebecca Scheel has spent the last 15 years looking at economic development under different lenses. First as a researcher at the OECD in Paris, then managing an accelerator program in Copenhagen helping Danish startups enter the US market and fundraise, after which she worked as an entrepreneur. Rebecca joined Innovation Norway in May 2018 and currently employs her vast experience in bridging the gap between large tech companies looking for opportunities in the Nordic Region, primarily focusing on clean energy. She has an Executive MBA, an MA in international politics and a certificate in clean energy. While a Silicon Valley native, Rebecca speaks fluent Danish and French, and is working on her Norwegian.
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