Håkon Lerum Ward has more than 30 years’ experience from the Energy market in different roles and positions like start-up entrepreneurship, project manager, and in management positions. Most of his career has been devoted to the Brazilian and Norwegian upstream sector responsible for sales and marketing, business development, project management and engineering. During his career, he has held different management positions in Norway and he has also previously worked as General Manager of a Norwegian-owned subsidiary in Brazil.
Håkon has a Master’s Degree from the Department of Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Bruno Leinio serves as Advisor/Project Manager for Innovation Norway South America covering demands from Norwegian industry in Renewable Energy and Smart Societies sectors. Coordinating international and multilateral projects and programs in the area. Bruno has his professional background on international trade development and international cooperation at national public institutions, mainly working in projects for energy, smart societies, and technology. Bruno holds a post-graduation in Economics and Environmental Businesses, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) also focused in Green Businesses.
Marianne Jensen is responsible for cooperation in science, technology and higher education. She also represents The Research Council of Norway and DIKU (The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education) in Brazil, and is the Counsellor for Science and Technology for Norway in Brazil. Marianne has broad and diverse international experience from research, public administration and industry. She will seek out opportunities and strengthen links to create knowledge transfer between companies and research institutions that leads to business.
Michelle Duarte has devoted her 16 years career to Energy market, having worked from trading and technical sales to project management, from mineral commodities to Oil & Gas and biofuels. Along this journey she has built a solid network across energy market and developed a passion for connecting people and for entrepreneurship. Presently at Innovation Norway she applies her passion for connecting people by supporting Norwegian business to succeed in South American market. Michelle has a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Development and will be happy to collaborate with you in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
Pilar Neves is a project manager at Innovation Norway South America and a specialist in the National Reputation Building area, with emphasis on the development and management of Gender Equality and Diversity policies for Norwegian companies. She also works as a consultant for Norwegian companies in the sectors of Aquaculture and Health, developing business in the region.