The team

Jens Berge
Jens Berge
CEO
Jens.Berge@nh2.no+47 905 51 355Jens Berge was appointed CEO of Norwegian Hydrogen in 2021. Jens has 20 years’ experience from the offshore oil and gas industry, with 10 years experience in senior and executive positions throughout Europe, Africa and the USA. During his executive career he was Vice President in Maersk, COO of Prosafe and most recently CEO of Awilco Drilling. Jens holds a dual Executive MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and London Business School, he completed a two-year leadership program at IMD in Switzerland and he has a nautical education from Stavanger Offshore Technical College.
Thorstein Jenssen
Thorstein Jenssen
Chief Financial Officer
thorstein.jenssen@nh2.no+47 911 54 944Thorstein Jenssen joined Norwegian Hydrogen in January 2022 as CFO. He has 25 years’ experience from the renewable energy sector, ranging from power trading and risk management through project development in wind and hydropower to corporate and project finance. Thorstein has held several executive and board positions in the industry. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen, he was CFO of Emergy, a wind power developer, and CEO of Fjellkraft, a hydropower developer which he co-founded and later sold. Thorstein holds an MSc(Econ) from London School of Economics and a BA from Norwegian School of Management.
Marielle Furnes Mannseth
Marielle Furnes Mannseth
Group Brand & Sustainability Officer
Marielle.Furnes.Mannseth@nh2.no+47 934 02 140Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen in October 2021, Marielle held the position of CEO of United Future Lab Norway, working with sustainable development and sustainability strategy. Marielle has many years of experience in leading product and concept development, brand and marketing strategy, and business development for global brands such as Slettvoll and Stokke. She also worked for 10 years as a consultant in IT and technology development. She holds an M.Sc. in Informatics and Computer Science from the University of Bergen and an executive degree in Innovation and new business models from the Norwegian School of Economics.
Øystein Tørlen
Øystein Tørlen
Chief Technology Officer
oystein.torlen@nh2.no+47 413 36 614Øystein Tørlen joined Norwegian Hydrogen in February 2022. He has a broad background from procurement and supply chain from large international organizations. His experience spans more than 15 years, from offshore oil and gas, shipping and intermodal transportation industries located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has worked at NATO, A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, and before joining Norwegian Hydrogen he held the position of Director Supply Chain Management at Altera Infrastructure Production. Øystein holds an MBA from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Agder.
Simen Skaare Eriksen, Chief Commercial Officer
Simen Skaare Eriksen
Chief Commercial Officer
Simen.Skaare.Eriksen@nh2.no+47 406 95 540Simen comes with more than 25 years of experience in maritime and offshore industries. Starting as a Maersk shipping trainee (MISE) in 1997, he was with the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group for more than 10 years in various commercial roles within business development, sales, contracts, and supply chain management. He then moved to the Frigstad Group, initially as Commercial Director and then CEO of Frigstad Offshore for 9 years. During the last 5 years, Simen worked as a Senior Partner at Bassøe Offshore and as an independent advisor. In addition to the MISE program, Simen received education at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian School of Management (NMH/BI), and the Officers’ Training School of the Norwegian Army.
Per Øyvind Voie
Per Øyvind Voie
Managing Director, Vireon
Per.Oyvind.Voie@nh2.no+47 976 65 446Per Øyvind Voie has vast work experience from governmental affairs, communication, business development and strategy. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen in 2021, Voie held the position of Deputy CEO at the Norwegian Association of Electrical Manufacturers and Wholesalers. He has also held senior positions at Innovation Norway and Finnmark County Authority. Voie holds an MPA from Copenhagen Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Oslo.
Marianne Nærø, Norwegian Hydrogen
Marianne Nærø
Head of Projects
Marianne.Naero@nh2.no+47 926 64 564Marianne has over 20 years of senior experience in project management. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen she was the head of all road projects in Møre & Romsdal county, managing a portfolio of 70 projects. Prior to this role, Marianne was the lead Project Manager for a large road project called Nordøyvegen in the same county. Marianne is a Civil Engineer with a bachelor's degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and she also holds a degree in business administration from BI Norwegian Business School.
Andreas Wenaas Østigård
Andreas Wenaas Østigård
Project Manager
andreas.ostigard@nh2.no+47 46 68 01 28Andreas Wenaas Østigård joined Norwegian Hydrogen as a Project Manager in January 2022. He has a broad background from the maritime industry and from the governmental development sector. Andreas joined from Innovation Norway, where he worked with the maritime and energy industries to fund innovation and transition projects, many of them relating to hydrogen. He has previous experience from the maritime industry within management, project management, sourcing and sales from Palfinger Marine, Norwegian Deck Machinery and Shalk Engineering. He holds a postgraduate degree in Business from Leeds Metropolitan University and a BSc in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School.
Jørgen Kopperstad, Norwegian Hydrogen
Jørgen Kopperstad
Head of Maritime
Jorgen.Kopperstad@nh2.no+47 410 83 590Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen, Jørgen came from the position as VP of Maritime Opportunities at Saga Pure ASA. Additionally, he has several years of experience in ship design and energy optimization analysis from his time at Havyard and Marin Teknikk. Jørgen holds a Master's degree in energy technology from the University of Bergen and a Bachelor's degree in subsea technology from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Helene Istad Paulsberg
Helene Istad Paulsberg
Office Manager
Helene.paulsberg@nh2.no+47 990 01 369Helene Istad Paulsberg joined Norwegian Hydrogen in January 2022. Prior to this she worked for 9 years at Ernst & Young in different departments and locations. She has broad experience in administration, management support and event planning. She was a marketing coordinator at CBRE Atrium and worked several years with customer service for Dagens Næringsliv. Helene holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School.
Thomas Nordal
Thomas G. Nordal
Project Manager, Vireon
Thomas.Nordal@nh2.no+47 992 35 461Thomas started his career as a project purchaser in Aker Solutions and later advanced into a role as senior purchaser for the same company. He then moved to Optimar, a global leader in automated fish processing, as a project purchaser for trading equipment. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering, Subsea Technology, from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Henriette Standal Eid
Henriette Standal Eid
Quality Manager
henriette.eid@nh2.no+47 415 54 488Henriette Standal Eid has over 16 years of QHSE experience of various industries working for companies like Berg LipidTech, BASF Brattvaag/KD Norway and Fjordlaks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and processing from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Ålesund (NTNU) and has been responsible for implementing and maintaining quality management systems certified according to various standards.
Kåre Nerem
Kåre Nerem
Technical Director
Kare.Nerem@nh2.no+47 913 61 820Kåre Nerem joined Norwegian Hydrogen in September 2021. Prior to this he held the role of Engineering Manager at Fiskerstrand Verft AS where he worked for 10 years. He was responsible for the HYBRID ship project, founded by the Norwegian government, for the conversion of an existing conventional ship to a hybrid solution with battery and fuel cells. Kåre served as Technical Manager/Chief Engineer in Rolls-Royce Marine for 13 years where he was technical responsible for steering gears and deck machinery. Before entering Rolls-Royce, he worked as a consultant in the subsea industry for Liaaen Engineering AS and naval architect at Skipsteknisk AS. Kåre holds an MSc in naval architecture from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Kaushik Jayasayee
Dr. Kaushik Jayasayee
Senior Technology Advisor
Kaushik.Jayasayee@nh2.no+47 930 03 981Dr. Kaushik Jayasayee has over 15 years of experience in various electrochemical technologies within hydrogen and batteries. Prior to joining Norwegian Hydrogen in April 2022 he held the role of Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF AS in Trondheim, Norway. Kaushik has extensive experience in coordinating and leading several national and international SINTEF projects. Kaushik was responsible for leading SINTEF's activities at the Norwegian Center of Excellence in Hydrogen-India (CoE-H India) to establish sustained cooperation between Norway and India in hydrogen. He holds a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, and has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at NTNU.
Fredrik Østheim
Fredrik Østheim
Principal Engineer, Data & Controls
fredrik.ostheim@nh2.no+47 971 27 368Fredrik brings a decade of experience in control systems to Norwegian Hydrogen. Previously, he worked in TechnipFMC, developing control systems for subsea oil and gas, and later as a system engineer for the “Deep Purple” hydrogen initiative. Prior to joining Norwegian Hydrogen, Fredrik worked at Hyon where he was responsible for control system development. He holds a B.Sc. in Cybernetics and a M.Sc. in Systems Engineering, both from the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN).
Victoria Runde
Victoria Runde
Group Chief Accountant
victoria.runde@nh2.no+47 400 75 646Victoria came from the position as Head of Accounting at Quantafuel. She is a state-authorized auditor and has many years of experience in accounting and auditing from companies such as RSM, Herkules Capital and Equip Capital. Victoria holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and auditing from OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and an MSc degree in accounting and financial management from the University of the West of England (Bristol Business School).
Erik Lundby - Financial Analyst Norwegian Hydrogen
Erik Lundby
Financial Analyst
Erik.Lundby@nh2.no+47 924 00 396Erik has a strong financial background. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen in January 2023, Erik worked for several years as CFO for various start-ups and scale-ups, where he, among other tasks, led the process of publicly listing Airthings ASA on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Prior to that, he worked as an equity analyst at DNB Markets, covering the Consumer Sector. He also worked as a credit analyst at DNB, covering the Technology, Media, and Telecom sector for large corporates and international clients. Erik holds a bachelor's degree in Military Science from the Royal Norwegian Airforce Academy and an MBA with Finance specialization from San Diego State University.
Heidi Tuiskula
Heidi Tuiskula
Soft Funding Manager
Heidi.Tuiskula@nh2.no+47 905 79 074Heidi comes with over 15 years of expertise within research and innovation in the renewables and energy sector. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen she worked in Smart Innovation Norway as a senior researcher, EU project manager, project developer, as Section Head of Energy Systems Research and Deputy Head of Research. Prior to that, Heidi worked at VTT in Finland for almost 10 years as a Research Scientist in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen. Heidi holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Tampere University of Technology, and a post-graduate Diploma in Hydrogen Safety Engineering from Ulster University.
Christoffer Grette
Christoffer Grette
Business Developer
christoffer.grette@nh2.no+47 970 99 005Christoffer Grette comes from the position as Business Development Leader in DNV Energy Systems, and prior to this he worked in the maritime insurance industry for Norwegian Hull Club. Christoffer holds an MSc in Subsea & Pipeline Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and a Bachelor in Marine Technology from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Dan Knudsen
Dan Knudsen
Country Manager, Denmark
Dan.Knudsen@norwegianhydrogen.com+45 2424 8188Dan is our Country Manager for NH2 Denmark. Before joining Norwegian Hydrogen, Dan held several senior roles in companies such as Ørsted, Wärtsilä and FORCE Technology. Dan is a Master Mariner and holds the rank of Lieutenant commander after 18 years of service in the Danish Navy. In addition, he holds an Executive MBA in Leadership and Organizational Development from Copenhagen Business School.
Jonas Åkermark, Norwegian Hydrogen
Jonas Åkermark
Country Manager, Sweden
jonas@norwegianhydrogen.com+46 702 74 5710Jonas has more than 25 years of experience from the maritime industry, the last 12 of these working with gas and related infrastructure for the maritime sector at AGA and Gasum. His vast experience also includes several years as a ship designer, project manager and consulting engineer, and he previously served as an officer on Swedish submarines. Jonas is educated at the Swedish Navy Officers' College and has a Master’s degree in Ship Design from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In addition, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Product Development from Dartmouth College, USA.
Juho-Matti Uuksulainen
Juho-Matti Uuksulainen
Project Director, Vireon
Juho-Matti@norwegianhydrogen.com+358 40 352 1864Juho-Matti Uuksulainen is one of the founders of HydRe Oy. Following Norwegian Hydrogen's acquisition of HydRe, Juho-Matti joined Norwegian Hydrogen as Project Director in Finland. Juho-Matti has over 10 years of experience from the biogas industry. He was the leader of the Finnish government-owned gas company Gasum Oy’s project and operations in the southern area of Finland. Prior to this he also worked with gas solutions and projects, leading several ERP processes. Juho-Matti holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and is currently studying for his Master's degree in energy engineering at LUT University in Finland.
Petri Luoma
Petri Luoma
Project Director, Vireon
Petri.Luoma@norwegianhydrogen.com+358 40 754 0376Petri Luoma is one of the founders of HydRe Oy. Following Norwegian Hydrogen's acquisition of HydRe, Petri joined Norwegian Hydrogen as Project Director in Finland. Petri has been working in the gas industry since 2009 when he first started in Gasum Oy as a gas mechanic. Since then, he worked his way through different kinds of roles as Project Manager, Site Manager and Project Sales Manager at Gasum Oy. For the last 5 years before joining Norwegian Hydrogen, Petri had the role as Sales Engineer at Viafin GAS Oy and as COO at HydRe Oy. Petri holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is currently studying for his Master’s degree in energy engineering at LUT University in Finland.