Each year ODA-Nettverk awards dedicated work supporting the promotion of gender equality and diversity in the tech industry. The ODA Award Man award will be presented for the fifth time this year. The winner will be announced at the Inspiration Day on the 20th of May. The finalists are:
Candidate 1: Arne Mjøs | Itera
Arne Mjøs is the founder and CEO of Itera, an international tech company with close to 700 employees, which has diversity and sustainability at its core. Arne has defined both themes as a central part of the business strategy.
Through his engagement in both the She Index and ODA´s CEO Commitment, Arne continuous efforts to increase gender equality are truly genuine. From 2019 to 2020, Itera made a significant leap from 67th to 17th place in the SHE Index, based on their improvements within scores on diversity-related topics, such as gender balance in leadership roles and equal pay.
Arne is described as an inspiring and “down-to-earth» leader. He actively seeks diversity among those he surrounds himself with.
Candidate 2: Kjetil Kverne | SAP Norway
Kjetil Kverne is Head of Customer Solutions Advisory for Norway and the Baltics at SAP Norway. Through both his leadership of a diverse team, and his work with the SAP NextGen student community, Kjetil is a visible role model for diversity.
Kjetil is empowering diverse talent to believe in themselves, their abilities and their contribution to the technology industry. He also empowers others to bring their diverse ideas, backgrounds and experience to work. Status quo is challenged by supporting and developing new ideas and programs to increase diversity within SAP and the technology industry.
His visible engagement for diversity and inclusion makes Kjetil a suitable candidate for the ODA Award. He actively inspires diverse talent to take lead and ownership.
Candidate 3: Nicolai Tangen | NBIM
Nicolai Tangen is the CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM). He’s a strong advocate through both LinkedIn and his podcast “In Good Company”, and sets a new standard for transparent leadership that’s inspirational and inclusive.
NBIM has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion in their strategy. Nicolai has clearly emphasized that the responsibility should not only be assigned to a specific D&I resource, but rather that everyone is accountable for working towards greater diversity. NBIM increased the share of women from 25% in 2020 to 27% in 2021. So far this year 37% of new employees in the tech division are women, showing that the strategic work of promoting gender balance in recruitment has yielded results.
Nicolai supports the development of female employees into senior roles for management, and actively encourages them to be visible and share their knowledge through networks and presentations.
See the other category finalists: