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Thorhild Widvey: How quotas transformed big organisations in Norway

Posted: 10th October 2017

Gender quotas across public life continue to fuel debate in the UK, but what happened when the Norwegian Government required boards at publicly listed companies to appoint a minimum of 40% women?

Fifteen years on Thorhild Widvey, then cabinet minister for Oil and Energy, joins us to reflect on the legacy of this policy, and asks how we can extend participation of women into areas of leadership across private companies and senior positions in organisations.

The event will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

About the speaker:

Widvey is currently Chair of the Board at Statkraft, a leading hydropower company in the world and the largest renewable power generator in Europe. In 2013 she was appointed Minister of Culture for the Norwegian Government; she had previously served as Minster of Petroleum and Energy (2004 – 2005), State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2003 – 2005), State Secretary for Fisheries (2002 – 2003). Widvey has served on more than 50 boards of companies, in private and public sectors, including Hitec Vision AS (2006 to 2015); ENI Norway AS (2007 to 2015), Aker Drilling ASA (2006 to 2005), Oslo Havn KF (2012 to 2015), Aker Philadelphia Shipyard AS (2011 to 2015) and Sjømannskirken (Norwegian Church Abroad) (2006 to 2015).

Event details:

Venue: University of Edinburgh Business School
Date: Wednesday 11 October, 2017
Time: 18:00 – 19:00, followed by a networking drinks reception
Cost: FREE
Contact: 0131 651 5326 or

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