Eirik Wærness

Equinor

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist in Equinor, head of Global External Analysis, group responsible for Macroeconomics, Energy and commodity market analyses, Geopolitics, Competitive intelligence, Market policy and regulation. Responsible for all 12 editions of Equinor’s Energy Perspectives. Broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies. In Equinor, leader of Corporate Strategy, Corporate Planning and Analysis, Economic Analysis in Upstream Norway, Energy Market Analysis, in addition to current role. External representations: Board member of IOGP Europe, Member of World Economic Forum’s Chief Economists Community, Non-resident fellow at Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines, Non-executive member of the Board of Centre for applied research at the Norwegian School of Economics. 2018-2021: Non-executive member of the Board of Innovation Norway, 2018: Member of the Global Commission to examine Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, set up by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. July 2016 – February 2018 non-executive member of the Board of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority. 2014-2018 in different energy initiatives under World Economic Forum. 2010-2013: Member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway. Previous work experience from the Centre for applied research at the Norwegian School of Economics, Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, and Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for economic analysis.

Sessions With Eirik Wærness

Monday, 6 March

  • 12:00pm - 12:40pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 06:00 pm - 06/mar/2023 06:40 pm

    Spotlight | De-globalization and the Fracturing of Global Trade

    The globalization of trade fueled unprecedented economic opportunities and technological advances that pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and accelerated prosperity in the developed world. Has it reached its limits? The 2020 pandemic sparked a new wave of trade nationalism. The war in Ukraine entrenched fears of disruption. Have the WTO’s precepts for global trade become obsolete? Will new regional alignments prosper or become a deepening battleground of competition? What nations and industries stand to win and lose?

Tuesday, 7 March