The Board

Cecilia Luras

Cecilia has worked for more than 20 years in capital markets in London, Paris, and Bergen.  She holds a Master’s degree from the University of St Andrews and an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham. Whilst Cecilia grew up in and around Oslo, she has spent longer periods in Paris, Rome, London and Bohuslän in Sweden.  Cecilia currently lives and works in London. Outside of work, Cecilia’s interests include photography, contemporary art and travel.

Christian Hvamstad

For Christian, United Kingdom has had a significant role in both his studying life (MSc Finance, Surrey University and BA/BA Hons, University of Sunderland) and his working life. After 10 years of being at “home” in Oslo following his studies, he returned to London to continue his work in Private Banking. After getting married and having an awesome little son, he decided to change his career in 2017 to be working with early stage investments (venture) supporting great ideas from disrupting entrepreneurs. Outside of work Christian enjoys spending time with his family & friends, travelling, exploring art exhibitions, playing golf and trying a variety of other sports.

Hege Nordahl

Hege has worked for more than 16 years as a management consultant specialized on the oil and gas industry. She has led multiple strategic projects internationally and co-authored numerous reports on the challenges facing the oil and gas industry. Hege holds a BEng (hons) (siv ing) in Materials Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MBA from SDA Bocconi. Whilst a student, Hege was a board member for ANSA UK (93/94) and chair of ANSA Worldwide (1997-2000). In her spare time, Hege enjoys skiing, travelling, exploring the outdoors, training, reading and cooking.

Pauline Houpillart

Born from a Norwegian mother and a French father, Pauline grew up in Paris where she was involved in the organisation of many cultural and business events for the Norwegian community in Paris. Pauline is a graduate in Visual communication from the Académie Charpentier in Paris and she holds a Master’s degree in Brand development from Goldsmiths University, London. Pauline has worked for international branding agencies in advertsing & packaging and she is now the creative brand manager for a long established independent estate agency. Pauline enjoys reconnecting with her Norwegian roots in Tjøme

Irene Garland

Irene Garland grew up in Oslo, Norway, but moved to London when she married. She worked for the Norwegian Embassy for 18 years doing various jobs such as that of Education Officer, Cultural Officer and Information Officer. She has a degree in Social Science and taught an MA at the University of Surrey for 13 years and she still teaches at the University in Oslo in addition to running an education charity in London part time.She has travelled widely and is interested in history, the theatre and the arts in general.

Constanse Bowes-Lyon (nee Mjeldheim Sandal)

Constanse has spent the last ten years working and studying in London, New York, Bergen and Washington DC. For the last six years she has been working as a consultant for a leading energy and commodities search firm. She holds an MA in International Relations from King’s College London.  Outside of work, Constanse enjoys travelling, photography, hiking, architecture and sailing.

Ken Skaarbrevik

Ken has over thirty years experience in the field of TV production, as Operational manager, Executive Producer and CEO of several media companies, including a local commercial broadcaster in Sunnmøre, western Norway. Ken’s career has spanned over news, documentaries and also children’s programs. Most of his work though has been running live sports productions mainly covering football; as host broadcaster of UEFA Champions League games in Norway, onsite Premier League productions for the Nordics and covering Team Norway at a number of European and World Cup events.
Educated at London Film School and National Film & TV School, he has worked most of the career in London mainly for UK based Scandinavian broadcasters like TV1000, TV3, Viasat, and Disney Scandinavia.
Ken lives in North London with his British/Israeli wife, their two grown-up children living with their partners in the same area. He enjoys reading historical and military literature, writing screenplays and visiting the English countryside and the amazing fjord country of western Norway.

Maria Efimova

While Maria was doing her degree in Software Engineering at the university of Southampton she spent her summers in Oslo studying Norwegian at the University of Oslo. Although she is living in the UK, it is very important for her to stay connected to Norway: she was a member of the Nordic Society at the university and then joined DNK after graduation. Now Maria does technology for an asset management company in London and a part time PhD in Data Science. This leaves her with just enough free time to do travelling (mostly in Norway) and participate in the club’s life.

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