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Let’s Talk About the Future of Climate Leadership

Future of Climate Leadership Graphic

Future of Climate Leadership Graphic


This year, Business for Peace has launched an afterwork series with MESH in Oslo. Following our first event, The Future of Cities, we’re happy to announce our second afterwork talk, The Future of Climate Leadership. During this conversation, we will explore what role businesses have to play in shifting the economy to avert impending crises caused by climate change. We will also address how businesses and civil society are working to reduce negative environmental impact and how they plan to take the lead in revolutionising our societies to be part of the solution.


Join us 21 February at 18:00 for expert business perspectives from Anders Lennartsson, Sustainability Manager at IKEA Norway and Jan Kristensen, Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Sustainability and Environment/Climate at Telenor Group. Additionally, Karoline Andaur, Deputy CEO of WWF Norway, will join to represent the views of civil society. More speakers to be announced soon.



The event is fully booked. If you haven’t gotten a ticket, you can come to MESH at 17:30, prior to the start of the event. We’ll place you on a waitlist and you’ll be let in after ticket holders at 18:00, if space permits.

If you’d like to follow along via live stream, you can do so here:


Each speaker will give a brief talk, followed by a Q&A. The bar will be open for mingling afterwards too. If you are not in Oslo, stay tuned to our social media channels for live updates from the event.

17:30-18:00           Doors open

18:00-19:00          Talk and discussion

19:00-late              Mingling and informal conversation

Location:               MESH, Tordenskiolds gate, 0160 Oslo

The event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us.


About the Speakers


Anders Website Portrait

Anders Lennartsson is working as sustainability manager at IKEA Norway. IKEA has a goal of becoming climate positive and 100% circular in 2030, and Anders is co-leading the transformation towards a more sustainable IKEA Norway together with all 3000+ co-workers. He has extensive experience at IKEA, with sustainability functioning as the green thread. Before coming to Norway three years ago, he held the role of health and sustainability manager for IKEA’s global food business. 







jans website portrait

Jan Kristensen is the Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Sustainability and Environment/Climate at Telenor Group. Over the last ten years, Jan has worked with environmental and climate related issues, with a special focus on how the ICT industry’s technology and smart services, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), has the potential to cut global carbon emissions, reduce the intensive use of resources, stimulate economic growth and deliver substantial social benefits.







Karoline Website Portrait

Karoline Andaur has worked with the World Wildlife Fund since 2009 and is now WWF Norway’s Deputy CEO. She has also previously worked for Norway’s Parliamentary Committee. While in charge of WWF’s business sector work, Karoline and her team explored essential questions, such as how do we achieve the green shift? And how do we reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? She believes the world faces challenges that demand cooperation across borders and sectors. 








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Let’s Talk About The Future of Cities: MESH x BfP Launch Afterwork Series

Mesh Event Jan 31 Header-min

Mesh Event Jan 31 Header-min


This year, Business for Peace is launching an afterwork series with MESH in Oslo. The first event will explore The Future of Cities and what role businesses have to play in shaping this future, from urban design to transportation, infrastructure, socialisation, digitisation and beyond.


Join us 31 January at 18:00 for expert perspectives from Frode Hvattum, Head of Strategy at Ruter, and Silje Bareksten, Head of Sustainability and Technology at Nor-Shipping and former Head of Smart City Oslo. More speakers will be announced soon.





Each speaker will give a brief talk, followed by a Q&A. The bar will be open for mingling afterwards too. If you are not in Oslo, stay tuned to our social media channels for live updates from the event.

17:30-18:00           Doors open

18:00-19:00          Talk and discussion

19:00-late              Mingling and informal conversation


Location:               MESH, Tordenskiolds gate, 0160 Oslo


The event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us.


About the Speakers


Screen Shot 2019-01-10 at 11.49.05Silje Bareksten is Nor-Shipping’s first ever Head of Sustainability and Technology. Silje is responsible for Nor-Shipping’s green and digital transformation initiatives, supporting the maritime industries in developing profitable models for sustainable business activity within the ocean space. Silje is a World Economic Forum Future Council member, technology enthusiast and former entrepreneur, experienced in developing organisations through innovative practices. Prior to her current role, Silje was Head of Smart City in Oslo, where she was one of the pioneers in championing Oslo’s position as a sustainability and technology hub internationally.





Frode Hvattum smaller fileFrode Hvattum is Head of Strategy at Ruter. He has the last four years worked on the topics public transportation, digitalisation in the mobility sector, innovation and change and fossil-free public transportation. He is also chairman of WWF Norway and is passionate about driving positive change to society, focusing on mobility and environment. Earlier Frode worked at Accenture where he built up and managed Accenture’s unit for sustainability services in the Nordic region, focusing on smart city, circular economy, climate change and sustainability strategy. 









Johan website photo

Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby is Chief Technology Officer at Urban Sharing, the technology startup powering the city bike schemes in Oslo, Trondheim, and Bergen in Norway. In September 2018, the company launched its first project on UK soil, delivering the technology for Edinburgh’s first city-wide bike sharing scheme. Originally trained in service design, Høgåsen-Hallesby has a background in digital strategy and has worked on multiple public transport projects prior to joining Urban Sharing. Johan is an advocate for open data and collaborative work between cities, public transport and technology companies, and he sees shared mobility as key to making optimal use of existing infrastructures.





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Internship Opportunity- Video Content Producer

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Internship Posting


Interested in responsible business and sustainability? Experienced in video editing and production?


The Business for Peace Foundation is now hiring an intern in video content production for Spring 2019. The intern will work part-time with the communication team and is perfect for students or recent graduates. You will gain great insight into our work and the have the opportunity to participate in several exciting projects, including our 2019 Summit in Oslo.


Send us a short cover text along with your CV and a link to a portfolio of your past work to

For questions and a more detailed task description, find out more here.

This position has now been filled and we are no longer taking applications. If you would like to volunteer for our 2019 Summit, read more here .

Deadline: 13.01.19

Save the Date! First look at the 2019 Summit

navigating in a world of imbalance

Business for Peace is pleased to announce the theme of the 2019 Summit: Navigating in a World of Imbalance.


Save the date 14-15 May 2019 and join us at the leading meeting place for purpose-driven business leaders. Registration opens in February 2019. 


The Summit will explore global challenges caused by inequality and what steps business leaders can take to address imbalances within their organisations, local societies, and beyond. Experts in technology, trade, inclusion, and more will share their insights through interactive sessions.



Who Will Be There


The Summit brings together business leaders, investors, leaders of NGOs, politicians, academics, and civil society from all over the world. Here is an advance look at who will be joining the Summit in Oslo next May. More announcements will be made in early 2019.



Anders Dahlvig
Chairman, Inter IKEA Group
Non-Executive Director, H&M
2009 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honouree
The former CEO who placed sustainability at the heart of IKEA


Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad
Director of Digital Policy and Energy, Norwegian Consumer Council
A leader in the development of better, more ethical digital policies and standards


Brian Iselin
Founder, slavefreetrade

A former Australian federal agent on a mission to stop human trafficking and slavery


Carlos Creus Moreira
Chairman, CEO and Founder of WISeKey
A digital pioneer and diplomacy expert who’s improving the safety of internet use


Eduardo Eurnekian
President, Corporación América

2012 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honouree
A global entrepreneur whose success is built on the goal of doing business for good


Fiona Reynolds
CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
One of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence and a key player in the investment industry


Mary Meaney
Senior Partner, Paris, McKinsey & Company
One of the leading experts in transformational change


Tim O’Reilly
Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is convening conversations that reshape the tech sector’s impact on society


Sharan Burrow
General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
A warrior for workers’ rights and equal opportunities 


Steve Killelea
Founder and Executive Chair, Institute for Economics and Peace
A global leader in philanthropy focused on sustainable development and peace


Check back for more updates!

Visit to SEKEM

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Earlier this month we had the opportunity to visit SEKEM, a comprehensive development initiative founded by the late Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, a 2012 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honouree. Rafik Costandi welcomed us to Bilbeis, Egypt to give us a first-hand look at SEKEM’s operations.


Spanning agriculture, health, education and textiles, SEKEM takes a holistic approach to sustainable development in Egypt, working toward a future where social structures reflect human dignity and all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles.


First, we got to see a production facility at NatureTex, SEKEM’s company for organic cotton textiles and garments. Here, a team member is seen weaving carpets from leftover material used in the all-organic clothing production.


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Pigeon towers, with their unique design and all natural materials, can be seen all across Egypt. It is an ancient method of keeping pigeons, either in a farm or on the top of a house near green fields. The ones pcitured below are owned by SEKEM.


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Lotus was the first company within the SEKEM initiative, founded in 1977. The company processes organic herbs and spices from bio-dynamically cultivated plants. We got to see the factory, including one of their storage facilities.



Next, we toured Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, established under the umbrella of SEKEM, and inaugurated in 2012, to introduce sustainable development principles to students in Egypt and improve well-being by decreasing threats to the Earth’s natural systems. The University has an entrepreneurial hub and also includes art and music as part of its core programme since, as Dr Abouleish said, “the human is not just intellect.”


Ms Regina Hanel accompanied us in a tour around campus and to the different faculties. We met students from the Engineering faculty who up-cycled this car and made it electric. It can now drive 80 kilometres after five hours of charging.


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Thank you to Regina Hanel (pictured below) and the team at SEKEM for the warm welcome and tour!



 “I had a vision of a three-fold project that would allow me to contribute to community-building, humanity, and healing the earth. The desert was like the canvas of a painting, but without a frame.” – Dr Abouleish



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