Meet the Stakeholders: Resources for Skilled Immigrants

When: October 24, 2019 12:00 am

Diversify and Inter-Nationals are happy to put together an event where skilled migrants can hear from and speak with stakeholders across the public and private sector on resources available to them in Norway.

You will hear from representatives from the following organizations:

Innovation Norway
Katapult Accelerator
Network for Work
Charge Incubator
RAGE for Climate

This is going to be an exciting event with an opportunity to secure your next employment, because you will also hear from Startups and SMEs who are actively seeking new team members.

For a delicious bonus, a light dinner will be served by Casa Basa.

Tickets are free, but limited. Reserve your place today via Eventbrite.


Ateh Atabong

Ateh Atabong is the CEO and Co-Founder of SAWA, an agribusiness and cosmetic company that imports highly nutritional and natural products from small scale farmers and farmer cooperatives in various African countries to Norway. Ateh has an academic background in Pharmacy, Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, with special focus on developing and emerging countries. He is also the Founder of Heta Group, a company that specializes in the distribution of FMCG and healthcare products, and provides hygiene information to school children in Cameroon. He has also invested in a few companies and serves on the board of a couple of start-ups in the African Continent and in Norway. Through these experiences, he has acquired skills in Business Development and Strategy, Lean start-up, Design thinking, Management Training, and a rich knowledge in customer identification and validation. Ateh has a passion for new thinking, adaptation of new technology to solve specific customer needs, innovation and business, and a passion for empowering people with information. Ateh will be talking to us about SAWA – their journey so far and the resources in Norway that they have utilised to build SAWA from ideation to growth (as their products are currently in stores in Oslo and surrounding areas). He will also talk about job opportunities currently available at SAWA. 

Ateh Atabong

Nikol Mard

Nikol Mard, a friend of Diversify, and Founder of Network for Work. Network for Work is an organization that empowers highly educated and skilled internationals to create and find meaningful, relevant work opportunities. Prior to starting Network for Work, Nikol spent two years researching integration of immigrants in Norway from a gender perspective. Network for Work arose from Nikol’s longstanding passion for equality and empowerment, combined with her own experience as a trailing spouse in Norway. Nikol also runs her own consulting company, Mard Diversity Solutions, which advises and supports companies with their diversity and internationalisation strategies. 

Nikol Mard

Joachim Thorsen

Joachim Thorsen of Innovation Norway is a seasoned business manager with over 20 years of experience in business development and management. He obtained his bachelors and masters degree from BI Norwegian Business School, after which he worked with interesting companies like Accenture and Hafslund. He started his own company in 2014 and thus has firsthand knowledge of the challenges of starting up and scaling a new business. This is why he is dedicated to boosting and scaling of startups. Today, he channels that dedication as an innovation advisor at Innovation Norway. His area of expertise is LEAN Startup and Business Modelling. He is also responsible for advising on financing, the mentoring scheme and market clarification (grant) for start-ups in the Viken region.

Joachim Thorsen

Nina Heir

Nina Heir is the Program Manager at Katapult Accelerator. Katapult Accelerator is a leading globally focused Impact Tech Accelerator. To date, Katapult has invested in 46 companies (and counting) from 26 different countries, all using technology to help build a better future. With a passion for the role technology, design and entrepreneurship play in making the world a better place for both people and the planet, Nina is convinced that we will make a positive difference if we use technology for the better, work together and dare to invest in the crazy, brilliant ones. Nina holds a MSc. from the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship and Boston University, and has co-founded two startups within the impact space. In 2016, she outperformed almost 4000 other candidates and got the job as CEO for 1 month at Adecco Group Norway. She’s also one of the Board of Advisors for the pitch competition at SxSW, and an ambassador for the Global Startup Awards. Nina will be talking to us about the impact driven Katapult Accelerator and opportunities therein. 

Nina Heir




SAWA is a nutritional African superfood and cosmetic company based in Norway, that believes in the synergies between high quality, sustainable production and profitable business. Their values are embedded in mobilising and organising small scale farmers in producing high quality products for the international market.

Together with partners, Sawa provides training in modern agricultural techniques and quality management systems to small scale farmers and suppliers so that they get access to international markets. As a result, SAWA can source high quality African products and create higher income streams for small scale farmers and producers.

Charge Incubator

Another organisation that will be presenting their company and available opportunities is Charge Incubator. Charge Incubator provides first generation and skilled immigrants with the tools needed to become successful entrepreneurs by connecting them with a myriad of tools, resources and network. Charge is a platform of growth and inclusion that helps build startup ideas into the next big thing. By creating success stories, they bring forward important values that break down prejudice, build respect and share ideas of a better future.

The CEO of Charge, Veronica Vollund and the Program Manager, Vibeke Stølen Andrup, will be at this event where they will present Charge as a company, as well as highlight opportunities to become a part of this interesting incubator.

Rage for Climate

RAGE for Climate enables you to fight climate change in a direct and transparent manner. RAGE believes that by continuously feeding an ever-growing volume of clean energy into every grid in the world, we efficiently push out dirty energy, while ensuring democratization and decentralization of renewable power production. With the help of blockchain technology, RAGE for Climate allows a disruptive level of transparency and tracking of direct CO2 cuts. You can make a difference; you can fight climate change. We will hear from co-founder, Wilhelm Myrer, who will present this impact driven company and the available job openings.

RAGE is building a strong, passionate and highly skilled team committed to solving the problem: how can we make it easier for businesses and individuals to do something real and impactful to combat climate change? They seek people driven by new ways of thinking and authenticity, and are looking to fill various roles including: Marketing Director, Tech Lead, and Product Manager.


Testhub is a company that provides recruitment services that minimises bias (by keeping the identities of candidates anonymous) and predicts job performance. Employers will get to know the candidates education, experience, test results and level of match with their work culture. The interviews will be done by augmented videoconferencing making gender, ethnicity and age concealed.

In essence, Testhub works to make equality a standard for recruitment with a fair evidence-based process. Their tool pre-evaluates candidates for how likely they are to perform in the job. And for many of us at this event, this tool will boost our chances of landing our dream jobs in Norway and beyond. We will be hearing from the Testhub CEO, Jens Martinsen. Jens will be telling us more about Testhub and the roles they are looking to fill.

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