Eli Bleie Munkelien

Director, COP28 Norwegian pavilion

    Eli Bleie Munkelien is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainability. Her expertise spans across various domains, including research, business development, scaling, investment, and international business promotion. Throughout her career, Eli has worked with diverse industries such as maritime, energy, retail, finance, and agriculture, adapting her knowledge and skills to each sector's unique challenges and opportunities.

    In the past four years, Eli has dedicated her efforts towards the advancement of food systems, food security, and sustainable agriculture. Her focus has been on exploring the potential and requirements of African markets while facilitating the alignment of agricultural technology solutions to address these needs.

    Having spent the last 3.5 years as the Regional Director for East Africa at Innovation Norway and serving as the commercial counselor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Eli recently returned to Oslo. Her experience in Africa has provided her with invaluable insights into the region's business landscape and market dynamics.

    Prior to her work in Africa, Eli held several notable positions, including Director of Business Partnerships, Head of Responsible Business, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, and Global Manager of Corporate Responsibility services. Currently, she serves as the director of COP28 at Innovation Norway, where she plays a pivotal role in driving climate action and sustainability initiatives.

    Eli serves in non-executive positions on corporate boards and is a skilled public speaker. Her involvement in advisory roles and her ability to effectively communicate complex concepts make her a valuable contributor to organisations and events.

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