Øyvind Eriksen

Aker ASA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Øyvind Eriksen is President and CEO of Aker ASA, a Norwegian industrial investment company with ownership interests concentrated in oil and gas, renewable energy and green technologies, maritime assets, marine biotechnology, and industrial software. Aker is the largest shareholder, directly or indirectly, in 13 companies listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Aker and companies in which Aker is the largest investor had a total turnover of more than NOK 75 billion in 2020, and a workforce of approximately 28,000, including temporary hires. About 17,000 of the workforce is based in Norway. In his role, Mr. Eriksen is responsible for leading Aker as a driving force for the development of knowledge-based industry through active ownership, developing well-functioning companies that offer products and services in an environmentally, ethically, and socially responsible manner. Mr. Eriksen is the chairman of the boards of Aker BP ASA, Cognite AS, Aker Holding AS, Aker Horizons, Aker Property Group AS, C4IR Ocean, and REV Ocean AS, and serves on the boards of several other companies, including Aker Solutions ASA, Aker BioMarine ASA, Aker Energy AS, Aker Carbon Capture AS, The Resource Group TRG AS, TRG Holding AS, The Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen). He is a member of World Economic Forum C4IR Global Network Advisory Board. Mr. Eriksen came to Aker ASA in 2009 after spending 19 years at the Norwegian law firm BA-HR, where he was named partner in 1996 and was appointed Director and Chairman in 2003. He holds a law degree from the University of Oslo and his work as a corporate attorney has focused on strategic and operational development and M&A. 

Sessions With Øyvind Eriksen

Monday, 1 March

  • 10:05am - 10:35am (CST) / 01/mar/2021 04:05 pm - 01/mar/2021 04:35 pm


    Energy Industry Post-pandemic: New directions?

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Power & Renewables Upstream Oil & Gas
    While nearly all segments of the economy have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, the oil and gas industry has been especially hard hit. On the other hand, we have also learned valuable lessons that may be helpful in addressing other challenges. The past year has also seen strong momentum on climate ambitions with many countries and corporations announcing net-zero targets. The pandemic has created enthusiasm for “building back better” as we recover from this crisis. The EU has approved a $500 billion-plus green stimulus spending package and the Biden administration also has plans to use infrastructure investment for both economic stimulus and climate policy. How sharply will the demand for fossil fuels rebound? How green will the recovery be? What is the medium-term outlook for energy demand and emissions growth? How will the oil and gas industry change?