trond riibe knudsen
FOUNDER & CEO, TRK GROUP
Trond Riiber Knudsen is Founder and CEO of TRK Group AS, an Oslo-based investment and advisory firm focused on active ownership and advisory within disruptive technologies, digital service transformation and new African growth markets. Prior to this, Trond Riiber Knudsen was a Senior Partner and member of the Leadership group in McKinsey & Company, with responsibility for McKinsey's Marketing & Sales practice. In addition, Trond has led the development of McKinsey's training and leadership programs, and led McKinsey's committee for evaluation of external partner candidates.
Reaching the Next Billion with cicular Economy: Recycling and talent
Investing in Digital Africa
Trond has focused his client work around long-term partnerships with a number of globally leading companies within consumer goods, retail, media, telecom and technology, most with headquarters in the Nordics. Trond has been an active driving force for McKinsey's growth in Africa, including his country of birth, Ethiopia.

His company TRK Group operates as lead investor in growth businesses focused on providing next generation product and services to the African market – with initial focus on circular economy through paper recycling in Ethiopia (Penda), and digitalization of business and society in East Africa through Africa 118 as well as SkyGarden.






About TRK Group
TRK Group is an Oslo-based Advisory and Active Ownership Firm, founded by long-term McKinsey Senior Partner Trond Riiber Knudsen. TRK Group is aiming to catalyse growth for promising entrepreneurial ventures across three particularly exciting domains: Disruptive Technologies, Digital service transformation, and Emerging Africa.

The Group is built around a unique network of investors, investment managers, policy makers, business leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs and leadership talent across these domains, and is thus focused on bringing the magic of the network together and only selectively use capital to catalyse positive impact. Thus, TRK Group is primarily focused on helping talented people and organizations reach their full potential and is therefore as focused on societal value creation as financial value creation.




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Last Year Event
The topic of the last year event was Investing in Africa
PROGRAM
September 25 - 26 September 2018


DAY 1 - 25. SEPTEMBER 2018

09:00 - 11:00 PART I - REACHING THE NEXT BILLIONS
Plenary: How should Norwegian SMEs and start-ups positioned themselves towards the next market of billion consumers? What role can aid plays in facilitating job creation?

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Remarks: Disrupting Aid from Good Intentions to Good Solutions
09:15 - 09:30 The State of Africa: Reaching the Next Billions
09:35 - 09:50 The Digital Infrastructure State of Africa
09:55 - 10:10 Reaching the Next Billion: Recycling and talent,
10: 10 - 10:55 PANEL DEBATE + Q&A


11:00 - 12:00 Fireside Stage: Entrepreneurship and innovation in Digital Africa
How can we disrupt the way aid is distributed with Norwegian Trademark? Get Norwegian companies to expand their operations to the African market, and increase Norway's competitiveness?



Building a digital pipeline that empower the next generation of SMEs
Building and investing in scalable, sustainable businesses in East Africa
Designing for Job Creation



12:00 - 13:00 Lunch & Network


13:00 - 15:00 PART 2: Disrupting Aid with the Norwegian Trademark

WORKSHOPS: How can we disrupt the way aid is distributed with Norwegian Trademark?
WORKSHOP 1: AID AND STARTUP TALENT: How do we design Norwegian African solutions in which; aid could be used at a catalyst in training and investing in early stage startups?

13:00 - 13:15
Opening Remarks by Facilitator
13:20 - 13:35 Case I: Pangea Shelter Tech Accelerator
13:40 - 15:00 Workshop: Training the next generation of Africa Shelter-tech entrepreneurs


WORKSHOP 2: FINTECH & IMPACT VILLAGE: How do we design Norwegian African fintech solutions that disrupt the way aid is distributed?

13:00 - 13:15 Opening Remarks by Facilitator
13:20 - 13:35 CASE 1: "Emata - Providing alternative financial solutions to farmers"
13:40 - 15:00 Workshop & Closing Remarks: SMEs & Aid Power Couple: Launching fintech solutions that create jobs


WORKSHOP 3: GREEN SOLUTIONS: Developing Green Solutions for the African Market
13:00 - 13:15 Opening Remarks by Facilitator
13:20 - 13:35 Case I: Made in Norway for the next billions
13:40 - 15:00 Workshop: Norwegian start-ups at the forefront of the African market
DAY 2 - 26. SEPTEMBER

09:00 - 11:00 Part 3: Disrupting Aid with the Norwegian Trademark
Plenary 1: Disruptive Aid: How can we use aid as catalyst for job creation? How could the Norwegian aid distribution support SMEs and early stage entrepreneurs?

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Remarks by Moderator
09:15 - 09:30 The State of The Norwegian Aid in Africa
09:35 - 09:50 Delivering Impact through Monitoring & evaluation systems
09:55 - 10:10 Disrupting with "Not for Profit" through entrepreneurship
10:15 - 10:55 PANEL DEBATE + Q&A
11:00 - 12:00 Part 3: Disrupting Aid with the Norwegian Trademark
Plenary 2: The Norwegian Trademark: How can we disrupt the way aid is distributed with Norwegian Trademark? Get Norwegian companies to expand their operations to the African market, and increase Norway's competitiveness?

11:00 - 11:10 Opening remarks by Moderator
11:15 - 11:30 The Norwegian Trademark and the African market
11:35 - 11:50 Investing with The Norwegian Trademark
11:55 - 12:10 Creating jobs with Norwegian fish framing
12:15 - 12:30 Aid as a catalyst for job creation
12:30 - 13:00 PANEL DEBATE + Q&A
13:00 End of Program
SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS
Learn and get inspired by the juiciest lessons learned and experiences, from the smartest and game changers.
TROND RIIBE KNUDSEN
CEO, TRK GROUP
SANDEEP KHAPRE
CEO, BDO EAST AFRICA
FATIMA SANI
NORDIC REGIONAL MANAGER, GOOGLE
HEIDI FINSKAS
CSR Director, KLP
MARIUS KOESTLER
CEO, Quesnay
GUSTAVO HOLO
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, SYNCANO
SUMMIT PARTNERS
OSLO INNOVATION WEEK 2018
VENUE: Folk -Torggata 15 - Oslo
This event is arranged during Oslo Innovation Week.

Oslo Innovation Week brings forward new voices and innovation in action. We believe in not only talking about change, but actually changing the world we live in. We bring together speakers, experts, entrepreneurs, investors, startups and innovators from around the globe, and challenge them to solve problems, collaborate and drive sustainable change.

Contacts
VENUE: Folk -Torggata 15 - Oslo
+47 930 13 273
dede.koesah@pangeaaccelerator.com