Sustainable development depends on women. We cannot achieve the SDGs without gender equality. A big thank you to to the 60+ who joined our event. Also a big thank you to Norad, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, who was our co-host for this event.

India now officially has more females than males. There has been a demographic shift.

According to latest data released by the Indian government, there are now 1,020 women for every 1,000 men. Women’s economic empowerment is highly connected to poverty reduction because women tend to invest their earnings into their communities and family’s development. According to World Bank estimates, India’s women in workforce contribute 17% to GDP, which is less than half the global average.

The conversation was moderated by Ritika Dhall. 

Ritika Dhall is Head of Gender Equality at Norad, the Norwegian Directorate for Development Cooperation. In this function, she contributes to Norway’s international engagement and oversees the implementation of development aid investments in women, peace and security, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), LGBTQ+, gender based violence and harmful practices, gender equality for development and civil society. From 2012-2014, she worked on key programmatic interventions in social protection and social policies, contributing to cross-sectoral programme strategies and humanitarian response with UNICEF Iraq. She has worked extensively with inequalities, socio-economic deprivations through policies, programmes and services for marginalised groups. She holds a Cand. Polit. in Political Science.

Our guests were:

Isabelle Ringnes, co-founder of

Parul Soni, founder of ThinkThrough Conslutning and founder of Association of Business Women in Commerce & Industry (ABWCI)

Kari Helene Partapuoli, General Secretary, Plan Norway

A few of the questions that were addressed:

You can listen to the podcast here:

Businesses today are expected to have an extra layer of ethics and moral duty towards the society.  

ESG is gaining traction as an important strategy for long-term value creation of businesses all over the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) framework as a key to long term business resialiace. 

In 2013, India became the first country to mandate corporate social responsibility with the Companies Act of 2013. 9 years down the road. How does India view ESG? 

In this podcast episode we invited EVP & CEO for Orkla Foods: Atle Vidar Nagel-Johansen.

Atle has worked 25+ years in various leadership positions in the Orkla Group; - in finance, marketing and general management. He served on the Executive Management Board of Orkla as EVP since 2012. In January 2021, Atle took on the responsibility as CEO for the merged Foods business area.

We asked him the following questions:

A big thank you to the 60+ participants of our seminar Phase out to phase down. 

While many of countries have doubled-down on their commitments to reducing forest-loss and emissions, China and India sparked the last-minute intervention to water down language on phasing out coal.

China and India are the two biggest producers, consumers and importers of coal.

At COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference, countries committed to new, ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions this decade. Delivering on these promises will rely on the development, financing and scale up of green technologies. China and India, the two biggest producers, consumers and importers of coal, sparked the last-minute drama at the COP26 talks by forcing a compromise that led from "phase out" to be changed to "phase down." 

What does this mean? And what about Norway and Norways role at COP26? 

We invited the following for a c-suite conversation: 
Stig Traavik, Director of Climate & Environment in Norad - the Norwegian Govt Agency for Development Cooperation

-Truls Gulowesen, Managing Director of Naturvernforbundet. 

- As well as Surbhi Singvi, manager for energy, World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

and asked them:

Did you miss the latest comment on COP26? You can read it below:

Når vi rike forurenser er det lov, men når land som Kina og India forurenser er det etisk uforsvarlig

Two weeks ago, we received news that Posten had chosen Infosys, an Indian multinational IT consulting company, as its supplier. We invited Erik Berntzen, CIO of Posten for a live c-suite conversation.

Outsourcing has become one of the most effective tried-and-tested models for profitable business operations. To outsource is to move a business function/service/process to an external supplier. The benefits of outsourcing can be substantial - from cost savings and efficiency gains, to greater competitive advantage. Increasingly more Norwegian companies are choosing to outsource services abroad, especially to India.

We invited Arne Erik Berntzen to speak more about it and asked him the following questions:

Investors have been pouring money into India’s stock market, and it could grow to more than $5 trillion to become the fifth largest in the world within three years, according to Goldman Sachs.

We invited Abhishek Thepade from DNB, Norways largest financial services group and one of the largest in the Nordic region, for a podcast conversation. Abhishek Thepade joined DNB Asset Management in 2008. He is currently the portfolio manager for Emerging market funds at DNB. He has over 12 years of experience in investing and currently is responsible for investments into Asian markets like India, China, Korea and Taiwan. He has a MSc in Financial analysis and Fund management from the University of Exeter, UK.

In this live podcast we ask him the following questions:

Listen to the podcast talk here

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