NHH SYMPOSIUM 2023: WE WANT TO CHALLENGE
This year's NHH Symposium asks how we will shape Norway's future over the next seven years. ‘Our ambition is to point out the possibilities,’ says programme executive Harald Sollohub Stensaker.
As many as 400 students at the Norwegian School of Economics are currently engaged in preparations for the business conference NHH Symposium. On Wednesday 22 March and Thursday 23 March, business leaders and social and political commentators will discuss the following:
‘From national to world champions: How will we shape Norway's future over the next seven years?’
WANT TO CHALLENGE THE AUDIENCE
Aleksander Stabell Eriksen is the Leader of the NHH Symposium and organises about 400 NHH students. Also part of the board is Harald Sollohub Stensaker, the programme executive.
‘Are things starting to fall into place now?’
‘Yes, things are really starting to fall into place for the conference. There’s still a lot to do before the NHH Symposium starts on 22 March, but fortunately we have a lot of really capable and committed students in the organisation who are making sure that everything goes to plan.
‘What are you hoping to achieve with this year's programme?’
‘We want to create a conference that challenges the audience to think about what Norway – both wider society and the business sector – can do to play a leading role in the world in the coming years. The past year has been dominated by geopolitical and economic turmoil, and this has been discussed extensively in the media and at other conferences. We now want to move the conversation away from discussing problems to exploring solutions,’ says Stensaker.
FAMILIAR BUSINESS FACES
''How do you manage to get so many famous faces from the business world?’
‘Primarily because NHH is so well-known in the Norwegian business community, and we find that many people are interested in talking to us. Also, the history of the NHH Symposium extends back 40 years, so there are many people in the business community who have been involved in organising and participating in the conference before.’
Stensaker believes that these factors give the organisation a foot in the door, as does communicating clearly what they hope to achieve through the conference and why the speakers should attend.
‘From your perspective, what makes the perfect symposium?’
‘It's an engaging conference with a real student vibe, which really gets discussions going during breaks and at the banquet. At the perfect Symposium, no one in the audience would want to look at their phones or check their emails. I want all participants to leave the symposium with new impulses, new connections, and renewed inspiration that they can take with them into their everyday lives,’ says the programme leader.
GOING TO AUSTRALIA
‘Will there be a lot of good discussions and debates?
‘Absolutely. I think the programme will feature many exciting talks and panel discussions between high-profile participants with unique expertise. The different parts of the symposium will be excellent, and the content of the conference will be very topical and of interest to a wide audience.
‘You're a double-degree student specialising in finance. What will you be doing after 23 March?’
‘Firstly, I'm going to take a breather for a few days, before completing my master's degree in finance at NHH this spring. This summer, I’m travelling to Australia to take a one-year master's in Global Management at the University of Queensland through NHH’s double-degree programme. I will graduate in the summer of 2024.