ChangeNOW 2021


Birgit Marie Liodden

The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL)

Founder & CEO


Birgit M. Liodden (38), Founder & CEO of The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL) Self-made entrepreneur who has worked to push sustainability, entrepreneurship, next generation & diversity across the maritime industry for almost 15 years. One of the most visible young female leaders within the global maritime industry, and the first leader fronting MeToo in global shipping. Background; Former Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication at Oslo Business Region, Project Manager Oslo European Green Capital/Business program. Director of Nor-Shipping, Founder & SG of YoungShip International, Project Manager Global Systems & Processes at Wilh.Wilhelmsen. Liodden has pioneered several «global first» initiatives; built up the first global organization for young maritime professionals, developed the first award targeting ocean entrepreneurs, the first female maritime mentor program, and the first global expo initiative that fully integrated corporates & startups. Started her first company at 28, and became the first female Director of a global leading shipping expo at the age of 32. Current roles; Working Chair of the Norwegian Organization for Environmental Boats. Board member of TECO2030 ASA, The Factory, GreenStat, Bellona Foundation and The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. Serving on the Executive Committee of Polytechnic Association and the advisory boards of REV Ocean, FutureTalks, SHE Community, Generation Mobility and Southern Africa Norway Association. Achievements; In 2018, she interviewed President Barack Obama in front of 3000 executives. In 2020 she was named a Top100 global maritime female profile, chaired NASDAQ ESG Summit, UN Environmental Assembly #ActForNature, and spoke at the official IMO World Maritime Day global panel. Has received a number of awards & rankings for her leadership in Norway and abroad. Among the 150 top finalists for the World Economic Forum ́s Young Global Leaders 2018. Alumn of U.S. State Dept. IVLP, and H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon of Norway ́s national young leader network (SIKT). Shipping Name of the Year in Norway 2012, and global top 5 shortlist 2012 and 2019.

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