Who are you, personally and professionally?
Solveig: I am the Global Fish Health Manager in Grieg Seafood ASA. I have been working with fish health since 1985.
Cecilie: 37 years old, working mum to three small kids, long retired rower at Norwegian national team. Worked with fish health and diagnosing diseases in fish for many years at NVI, and in-field working for Solveig Nygaard actually.
What are your education and hobbies?
Solveig: Veterinarian, a specialist in fish diseases. Hobbies: outdoor activity, and training, and organizing theatre activities for children. Cecilie: Master's degree in Fish health biologist from University in Bergen (UiB) and Economy studies at NHH+ UiB+ University in Utrecht. Currently doing a Ph.D. in the field of epidemiology and economy. No time for hobbies with three small kids- sleeping and eating is prioritized!
What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?
Solveig: My department in Grieg Seafood is a support for the production in the 5 regions. Cecilie: Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a biomedical research institute, and the national leading center of expertise in biosecurity in fish and land animals. The aim of the institute is to become Norway’s center of preparedness for One Health.
What does digital transformation mean to you?
Solveig: Simplifying today’s registrations. Cecilie: Putting numbers on performance/daily activities into databases/surveillance.
Your own most important job projects in the last year?
Solveig: Standardize internal registrations of fish welfare and evaluation of sea lice treatments. Also, it is important to exchange internal and external information to improve our production, Cecilie: Published article on mortality after delousing operations as part of the PhD-work.
What are your main new perspectives gained from Covid?
Solveig: Optimistic for the fall in 2021- and remind myself of new experiences of covid 19. Cecilie: Not a new perspective, but enforced – preparedness is only a cost when nothing happens, but it’s a bigger price to pay, not to be prepared when it happens. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure- Benjamin Franklin.
What are your 3 best management tips?
Solveig: Interested, open, honest. Cecilie: Structure, generosity, understanding.
Any important sustainability perspectives?
Solveig: We have to focus on sustainability in private and business life.
Cecilie: Regarding aquaculture: Reducing mortality, improving health and welfare.
And finally, what motivates your work?
Solveig: The feeling to do something useful, and making improvements.
Cecilie: Understanding the linkage and forming a better linkage between biology and economy.