Svein Grandum has more than 20 years of experience from Asia; as a scientist and as a representative for a major Norwegian company. He has served as counsellor for science, technology and education in Japan for over 15 years. He has a Master degree from Norwegian Institute of Technology in energy technology and a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan within materials science. In addition to his roles in Innovation Norway, he has worked within the solar industry, both in Norway and in Asia.
Hiroko Sato is our expert in organizing practical matters in business events, visits, meetings, seminars, networking receptions and offer support to all the advisors. She has more than 20 years of experience working with Norwegian related events in Japan. She is also local website responsible. Sato is fluent in Japanese and English. She also speaks German and some Norwegian.
Hiroko Tominaga joined the organization in 2001, and has been assisting Norwegian companies/organizations across industry sectors with market research, partner search, visit assistance, and networking events. She has a broad intercultural and international experience from her previous works in US and in Japan and is an expert in assisting Norwegian and Japanese companies to establish a cooperative relationship. She is working closely with green initiatives such as hydrogen, ammonia and CCS, as well as health/welfare sectors. Hiroko is fluent in Japanese and in English.
Marianne Støren Berg is counsellor for science, technology and higher education to Japan, and promotes Norwegian science and technology cooperation and business relations with Japanese partners. With a broad experience spanning different industries such as maritime, digital health and telco she has 25 years of experience in research, innovation and promoting partnerships across academia, public and commercial sectors, including international cooperation. She holds a PhD degree within innovation processes from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Master in mechanical engineering.
Michal Louis Berg is our senior advisor who can assist you broadly from market entry support to strategic connecting activities with Japanese companies. He is handling a diverse portfolio of cases within industries spanning from design and retail to energy and ocean industries on behalf of established companies and start-ups alike. In addition, Michal acts as the local representative for Invest in Norway at Innovation Norway’s office in Tokyo and work towards attracting Japanese FDI to Norway and promoting partnership opportunities for Norwegian companies, in close cooperation with colleagues in Japan and Norway. Michal has lived in Japan 13 years and for 7 of these years he was the Executive Director of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce. He has a Bachelor degree in Exports Marketing from Ålesund University College, Norway and 2 semesters of Japanese language studies at Sophia University, Japan. He speaks Norwegian, Japanese and English fluently.
Yoji Ishihara has been working for the Norwegian industry since 1989, assisting leading Norwegian technology companies identifying, directing and coordinating business opportunities. He has in-depth knowledge about the ICT and new media sector and also have a good experience and network within the energy and environment sector. He holds a master in Engineering from Kyoto University. Ishihara has proven experience in bridging the culture gap between Norway and Japan. He speaks fluent Japanese and English.
Yuko Yasuda has her background from the ICT sector with more than 10 years of experience at Japanese companies as a software engineer and a marketing specialist for ICT-related products. She has worked with Japanese, as well as Asian and European businesses. She has broad competence in project management, e-commerce platforms, data analysis and digital marketing. Yuko has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Studies from Osaka University with a major of Swedish language and Swedish literature.