The seminar is arranged at The Westin Hotel in Bangkok, and will be broadcast live so it can be followed from Norway. We will focus on how Covid-19 has affected the value chain and not least seafood consumers. The seminar will start at 10:00 norwegian time here.

The seminar will be held in English, and leading thai industry players will be invited to participate in person, and Norwegian exporters will be invited to attend digitally. The seminar will therefore be a good networking arena to meet both new and old connections. 

In order for us to be able to facilitate digital "socialization"and share your contact information with local participants, we want you to register interest. Register here.  


If you choose not to register, you will still be able to follow the seminar on, but you will not receive updated information about the program and participation via social media. See program below. 

Program (Norwegian time)

10:00 – 10:30  Registration, Photo Shoot (Visible for online participants)

10:30 – 11:40   Part 1

  • Welcome by Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, Norwegian Seafood Council
    Norwegian-Thai relations during a pandemic;
  • The role of the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen, Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • Covid-19 from a Norwegian exporter’s perspective, Lerøy Seafood Group.
  • “Utilizing the online opportunities when Corona switched off restaurant sales: Is online seafood sales here to stay?”, Yeeran G. Davies CMO Thammachart Seafood
  • Seafood by air from Norway to Asia, Martin Langaas, Director Traffic Development & Cargo, Avinor Oslo Airport

11:40 – 12:00   Digital mingling session

12:00 – 13:25   Part 2

  • «How a chopping board in China can affect the global salmon market – the importance of effective communications in a crisis”. Annette Grøttland Zimowski, Head of International PR and Communications, Norwegian Seafood Council
  • How has the pandemic effected consumer behavior in Thailand, and what is the effect on confidence, Khun Mhee, Wilawan Charoensedtasin - Executive Business Director, Vizeum - Thailand
  • The Great Lockdown - The Coronavirus and the economy. Jens Petter Olsen, Bord member DNB, and former Head of New York Office Norges Bank Investment Management (Norwegian Oil Fund).
  • Seafood Export development and Norwegian and Seafood from Norway market activities. Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, NSC
  • Q&A session (All speakers present live)


Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood (Conservative Party)

  Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Seafood in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on March 13 2020. Before he was appointed state secretary, he worked as a CEO for the energy company Indre Salten Energi AS. Ingebrigtsen held several leading positions and board memberships in private sector in his hometown of Bodø. Political experience include 24 years in Bodø municipal council. Ingebrigtsen has a degree in fishery economics from Bodø University College he almost finished in 1986, but instead he travelled to Oslo to work as a general secretary for Norwegian Young Conservatives.

H.E. Kjersti Rødsmoen, Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand

Kjersti Rødsmoen started her career in the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1988. Her most recent position was head of the Latin America Section at the Ministry in Oslo. Previously she has been posted twice to the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York and at the Norwegian Embassy in Mexico. Ambassador Rødsmoen was born in Singapore. She has a business degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) as well as studies from Columbia University in New York and the Executive Course of the Norwegian National Defense College. 

Hans Petter Vestre, Team Manager Airborne Seafood, Lerøy Seafood Group

Hans Petter Vestre started his career in Lerøy Seafood Group in 1992 as a Sales Manager of pelagic fish to the European market. Since 2013 Hans Petter have been manager of the Airborne Seafood Team, responsible for the groups global sales of fresh seafood products to overseas markets. Hans Petter have working experience from fish farming and pelagic fisheries and hold a Master degree in Fisheries Science from UiT – The Arctic University of Tromsø.

Butsarin Phoosriphong, Sales Manager Airborne Seafood, Lerøy Seafood Group

Butsarin Phoosriphong is Sales Manager responsible for fresh airborne products to Thailand at Leroy Seafood AS. Phoosriphong was born in Thailand before her family moved to Norway in 1986. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Logistics from University of Bergen and background from sales and logistics since 2006, before she started her career at Lerøy Seafood AS in 2014 

Yeeran G. Davies, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder, Thammachart Seafood Retail 

 Yeeran is CMO and co-founder of Thammachart Seafood Retail Co. Ltd., the largest operator of seafood counters in Thailand which provides professional management services to Thai retailers for their seafood counters as well as seafood focused restaurants and bars notably The Dock Seafood Bar, THE Lobster Lab and Seafood Mahanakorn. Last year the Company opened a foodservice business unit targeting top-end hotels and restaurants. This included taking on a centrally-located warehouse with storage, production kitchen and Chefs table. Lastly, the company is focusing on developing its online presence operated from the same warehouse.

Martin Langaas, Director Traffic Development & Cargo, Avinor Oslo Airport

 At Avinor since June 2016. Responsible for the development of new routes and real-estate activities related to cargo at Oslo Airport. Leading the project of building the world largest seafood air cargo center at Oslo Airport to open in 2020. Been successful in making Oslo Airport the largest freighter hub in Northern Europe and a cargo growth of 37,5% cargo through OSL in the first year in office. Background from sales and logistics since 2007 with responsibility of expanding businesses into new foreign markets. Educated in Norway and Australia in commerce and sales. Spent 6 years prior to that as a professional cyclist.

Anette Grottland Zimowski, Head of International PR and Communications at the Norwegian Seafood Council. 

She has more than 15 years’ experience working with issues management, communications and journalism not only in the seafood industry but also for household names such as Walgreens Boots Alliance, the BBC, and the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from City University of London and a Master in Health, population and society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Wilawan Charoensedtasin, Executive Business Director, Vizeum Thailand

 Media veteran who worked with well-known global agency and media network (Omnicom, GroupM, Havas, etc.) for more than 25 years before joining Vizeum Thailand (a part of Dentsu Aegis Network). She had an extensive range of experiences in almost all business categories. Automotive, Telecommunications, Foods & healthy products remain her favorite industry. 

Jens Petter Olsen, board member in DNB Bank since 2019. 

 He has a Master's degree in business administration (higher division) from the Norwegian School of Economics, as well as Master of Philosophy in finance, and participation in the PhD programme at London Business School. He has been employed in Norges Bank and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) from 1997 to 2008, and headed the office in New York from 2000 to 2008. Held several positions in Danske Bank from 2008 to 2018, including Head of Markets Norway from 2011 to 2014 and Head of Capital Markets from 2014 to 2018.

Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, Director of South-East Asia, Norwegian Seafood Council

Asbjørn (AB) oversees all regional activities in the South-East Asia including Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore starting from August 2019. He has a doctoral degree (PhD.) in Marketing specializing in Consumer Behavior from The Arctic University of Norway. He has an extensive background in Marketing and Market insights from 11 years at the NSC. Starting from 2009, he joined the Norwegian Seafood Council as Project Manager. Over the following years, he became Consumer Market Analyst in 2010, and the Director of Market Insight and Market Access in 2015. 

Chef Chapornpat “Jib” Dapachutisan

Chapornpat comes with strong culinary credentials, having worked with the Mandarin Oriental group both in Bangkok and London and the 2-Michelin Star Restaurant in Anne De Bretagne Hotel, Relais & Chateaux Hotel in La Plaine-sur-Mer, France. Chef Jib has also been a private chef for the German Embassy in Bangkok and Executive Chef at the Relais & Chateaux’s Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa in Phang-nga, near Phuket. Currently, she is the owner of J Cups by Chef Jib. She’ll l blow guests’ minds away with “An Explosion of Flavours of Thai and French Fusion Cuisine”.