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Drive the Change

Gjest: Rune Torhaug and Klas Bendrik

Director of EU affairs and Chief Digital & Development Officer


Med Vert: Silvija Seres

In this episode of #, LORN Silvija talks to Klas Bendrik, the chief digital & development officer at DNV, and Rune Torhaug, their director of EU affairs, about the principles and strategy behind DNVs future operations in relation to resilience and sustainability.  We discover the difference between the two segments of digitalization; business optimization today and how it will impact the company’s business models of the future. In addition, we get an important glimpse into how the importance of challenging the status quo, presenting new ideas internally, and why being passionate about driving change may hold the key to long-term value creation.  

What is your education, and do you have any hobbies?  
Klas: Swedish Navy, Naval Academy, Lieutenant Captain. The University of Gothenburg, BSC Business Administration, specialization managerial economics. 
Rune: Education: MSc in Civil Engineering NTNU Norway, Ph.D. Civil Engineering Stanford University, CA, USA. My hobbies include skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and reading all year round. 

What is your professional dream?  
Klas: When I was a teenager, I dreamt of becoming a lawyer. 
Rune: to contribute to a safer and more resource-effective world. 

What is your project at work, and why it is important? 
Klas: My mission/project is to drive change and new opportunities, to be ready for the future, but not at such a pace it becomes unrealistic for the organization. 
Rune: The upcoming digital EU regulations related to artificial intelligence and data flows will become important in the years to come and will in turn open new opportunities for DNV, hence we follow this work closely. 

Why is it challenging, and how do you build the culture around this work? 
Klas: To be bold enough but not becoming a geek, and at the same time encourage all the young talent to see the development we do in order to not perceive things as being too slow. Storytelling and external input are vital elements for the culture around this. 
Rune: Assurance of digital assets is an immature field; we are trying to build an understanding that assurance of algorithms will be as important as the assurance of physical assets during this decade. 

Any interesting dilemmas: 
Klas: How to make profitable, successful organizations lead the transformations within their respective industries. 
Rune: The long-term gains will most likely be large, while the short-term opportunities are more difficult to get paid for. 

What is your relation to digitalization, in simplest terms? 
Klas: What would we have done during this pandemic, without it….??  
Rune: These pieces of regulation will most likely drive the need for assurance of algorithms globally.

What is your relation to sustainability, in simplest terms? 
Klas: Extremely important for the future of the world, but we need to be prepared to invest in it! (From a personal and professional perspective). 
Rune: To avoid accidents and errors before they materialize is a contribution to both effective use of resources as well as safety.

What is your view on skills for the future?  
Klas: The ability to adapt, learn, and de-learn. 
Rune: In addition to specific skills, the ability to put things in context and connect the dots to a bigger picture will be important. 

Dette LØRNER du:

Internal Productivity 
Business optimization 
Challenging core identity
Importance of cross border interaction 

Anbefalt litteratur:

A Random walk down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel, Mission Economy by Mariana Mazzucato and Grand Transitions by Vaclav Smil and the podcast Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. 

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Rune Torhaug and Klas Bendrik

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