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NBAS Newsletter December 2018

News   •   Dec 03, 2018 11:17 +08

Welcome to the inaugural NBAS Newsletter

We will be sending out quarterly updates about events that we have hosted, upcoming events, details about current and new members, and information that we feel our members would find interesting.

Please let us know if you would like to feature in the next edition!

All the best,
Silje Kalsaas and Emilie Baekken

Chilli Crab Welcome Back Party

Close to 100 guests attended the chilli crab welcome back party on 28 September.

The night provided a wonderful networking opportunity for our members with a diverse array of industries represented. The attending companies included Equinor, BW, Kongsberg Marine, DNV GL, DNB, Qatar Airways, plus many more.

Our guests feasted on a delicious seafood meal including the famous Singaporean chill crab at The Sin Hoi Sai Restaurant in Tiong Bahru. A great night was had by all!

Insurance and pension for Norwegians abroad

At NBAS our mission is to organise events which provide our Norwegian members with important and relevant information while residing in Singapore.

On 11 October we hosted an interesting presentation and lunch at the Norwegian Seaman’s Mission about Insurance and Pension for Norwegians living abroad.

Vigdis Haug, Head of International Employee Benefits at JLT, presented to a group of approximately 25 people. During the presentation there was a very good dialogue between Vigdis and the group, and all the attendees had their questions answered during the session.

JLT are offering our members a discounted rate on their services, please contact Vigdis for more information

Equinor: From Fossils to Renewables

Together with Innovation Norway, NBAS hosted a talk with Hanne Wigum, Manager R&D Renewable Technology at Equinor and Harald Olderheim, Investment Relationship Manager from the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster, about their growth and expansion efforts within the renewable energy sector in Norway and globally.

The Norwegian Embassy was packed to the brim with guests, eager to learn about the coexistence between the oil and gas and renewables industries. Wigum explained how Equinor aims to be a major player in the renewable energy sector by building on the competence they have acquired through their oil and gas activities. Two years ago, Equinor decided to shape the future of energy by developing new profitable technology solutions with a focus on offshore wind and solar. They have seen a rapid expansion within offshore wind with their current projects in progress of providing renewable energy to over one million European households.

Crime and Punishment with Josephus Tan

On 8 November, 50 guests attended our seminar about “Crime & Punishment: A Cautionary Tale about Singaporean Criminal Law” by renowned lawyer Josephus Tan.

The Singaporean criminal law system is different from what we are used to, and the audience learned about the strict Singaporean laws and the severe consequences when someone is caught.

The presentation touched upon elements such as the age of criminal responsibility being 7 years, the reverse burden of proof in drug related cases, having no access to a lawyer during initial criminal investigations, the death penalty, caning, no limitation period for criminal cases, and employment passes being revoked for committing any kind of criminal offence. In other words, it is highly important for everyone living in Singapore understands and abides by this system!

Thanks to Nordea for hosting this event.

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing – revolutionizing the supply of replacement parts

On 14 November, Simon Ratcliffe, Brice Le Gallo, and Dr Sastry Kandukuri from DNV GL, and Espen Sivertsen from Ivaldi Group opened our minds by showing us the future of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM).

During one of our most interactive sessions ever held, the presenters introduced us to a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of functional objects on demand. Within the maritime and oil and gas sectors there are three main market areas developing in AM: digitalization of spare parts (print on demand, on-site), replacing conventional manufacturing (shorter lead times), and remanufacturing/repair (reclaimed to a ‘like-new’ condition). Some barriers to adopting this technology include no standardized way of proving to manufacturers and regulators that 3D-printed products are safe to use, part-by-part certification is costly and time consuming, and many new entrants are still in the infancy stage.

We look forward to hearing more about DNV GL’s Global AM Centre of Excellence in Singapore and Ivaldi’s further developments in the future.

Thanks to Nordea for hosting this event.

Crazy Rich Asians with James Crabtree and Donald Low

The Norwegian Embassy and NBAS hosted an event with James Crabtree (writer, journalist and author living in Singapore) and Donald Low (writer, speaker and consultant with extensive experience in the public, private and higher education sectors) about Crazy Rich Asians: The Rise of the Super-Rich in Singapore, India and Beyond which enlightened our members and guests about class inequality, how realistic the Crazy Rich Asians movie really is, and provided us with an in-depth overview of cultural significance in Singapore, India and beyond.

The dialogue was held at the Norwegian Ambassador, Anita Nergaard's Residence with close to 50 people attending the session.

Christmas Drinks – a Year in Review

To wrap up a successful business year, we invited our members and friends to an informal networking event where they were able to mingle with old and new friends. Jon Loeken from Dualog presented a year in review where he gave us a summary of the important events in the Norwegian community during 2018.

Thanks to Antler for hosting the event at WeWork and to the Norsafe Group for sponsoring the beer and wine.

Nordic Innovation House opens in Singapore

Nordic Innovation House, a platform for accelerating high quality Nordic start-ups and scaleups, has opened in Singapore. Offering a unique collaboration between five Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark), they have a shared mission of building bridges between the Nordics and Southeast Asia.

Through their strong global community and network, they connect Nordic companies with the right local ecosystem stakeholders and relevant service providers.

Today, Nordic Innovation House is present in Silicon Valley, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.

For more information please contact Sami Jaaskelainen, Community Manager,

New President for EuroCham

The European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) has appointed Mr Federico Donato as President. Mr Donato’s appointment took immediate effect, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Board Meeting held on 15th October 2018, until the Annual General Meeting to be held in March 2019.

Upcoming events

7 December - Research collaboration and funding in the maritime industry: A Singaporean and Norwegian perspective

10 December - Nordic Ambassador’s Lunch on Sustainability

10 January - Upcoming changes to the Employment Act

29 January - The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global: Asia in focus

7 March – Singapore Norway Investment Forum (information to follow shortly)

8 March - Norwegian Seafood Dinner

New ordinary members


Black Tangent


Investigate Network Capital


Pink Fish

Meet our team

At NBAS, bringing together Norwegian companies and business people in Singapore is the essence of what we do. We would like to introduce you to our team comprising of Silje Kalsaas and Emilie Baekken.

Silje, the Executive Director, has been employed with NBAS since February 2017 and leads the NBAS team. Silje holds a law degree and worked as Contract Manager at Oracle Norge for five years and then as Associate for Gille Advokater law firm for over five years prior to her Singapore move.

Emilie started working for NBAS as the Marketing Manager in October 2018 and is passionate about working with communications, marketing, social media and content production. Before moving to Singapore, Emilie worked in Oslo for ten years at Aker Solutions and Frontica, focussing on communications.

Together Silje and Emilie manage the day-to-day NBAS activities including project/event management, social media updates, sponsorships, member liaison and improving Norway/Singapore relations.

Please reach out to Emilie or Silje if you would like to explore further opportunities with NBAS.

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