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Birgit Marie Liodden

Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication, Oslo Business Region, Norway

Mobilizing the next generation of ocean heroes


Birgit Liodden (35) is among the most profiled young shipping female executives globally, and fronted the first public #MeToo discussions in shipping. For the past 10 years she has promoted the next generation, diversity, sustainability and the need for change. She holds board roles in The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, RS Sea Rescue Academy, environmental NGO Bellona and WISTA Norway. She is the first female Director of Nor-Shipping, and Founder and first Secretary General of YoungShip International. Her maritime background includes 5 years in Wilh. Wilhelmsen head office, working on global HR&IT projects, and 4,5 years as entrepreneur, working with a.o. Nor-Shipping, OECD, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and Sea Trucks Nigeria. She has figured on a number of leadership rankings, was awarded Shipping Name of The Year in Norway (2012), and was a finalist for World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2018.