India the land of Opportunity, Growth and Openness

India is a powerhouse of talent and is making many advances in the world of technology, research and innovation. The economic growth is powered by a combination of legacy industries and start-ups.

India is one of the most open countries in the world, open to learning, open to perspectives, open to innovation, open to investment. India also offers a maximum growth. Growth in scale, growth in ambition, growth in results.  Over the last seven years, the government of India has undertaken several reforms to boost economic growth.

There is opportunity to discover, opportunity to partner, opportunity to progress. India also offers you maximum growth. Growth in scale, growth in ambition, growth in results. Come to India and be a part of our growth story.  Come to India and explore these opportunities.

Please join us for this India Work Shop with H.E. Dr. Bala Bhaskar, Ambassador of India, and hear about Challenges and Opportunities in the Indian market by Mr. V.Venkataraman, Head of Chancery Embassy of India.  In addition you will hear about Opportunities for Norwegian Companies in India by Oddmar Johannesen, Norwegian Energy Partners and Ragnhild Kristin Espeland, Innovation Norge Rogaland.

For more information, please contact  Merete Aanestad

We will forward an e-mail including participant list and practicalities  the day upon the event.

It should be safe to visit us! The Chamber follows all infection control advice from the National Institute of Public Healthand the Norwegian authorities to ensure that our meeting places are safe.



13.00 Registration and Coffee.

13.15 Welcome by Stavanger Chamber of Commerce, by Inger Tone Ødegård.

13.20 Introduction, by H.E. Dr. Bala Bhaskar Ambassador of India.

13.25 Challenges and Opportunities in the Indian market, by Mr. V.Venkataraman Counsellor and Head of Chancery Embassy of India.

13.50 Q& A and a brief introduction of Companies attending the workshop, by all.

14.00 Coffee Break and networking.

14.15 Opportunities for Norwegian Companies in India, by Oddmar Johannesen, Director Middle East and Asia,Norwegian Energy Partners.

14.35 Q & A

14.45 Innovation Norway in India, by Ms. Ragnhild Kristin Espeland Deputy Director Innovation Norge Rogaland.

15.05 Q & A.

15.15 Closing.


Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar

Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar, Ambassador of India to Norway, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993 and possesses over 34 years of experience as an engineer, an economist, and a diplomat. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering and a doctorate in Economics. He authored a book on “Energy Security and Economic Development in India – A Holistic Approach”. The book was published by The Energy Research Institute (TERI), a globally renowned think tank and premier energy research institution in India. 


Mr.V.Venkataraman, Counsellor (Political, Economic and Head of Chancery) joined the Embassy of India, Oslo in February 2021. He served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassies in Russia, Romania, and Chile.Mr.

Ragnhild Kristin Espeland

Ragnhild Espeland, Department manager Innovation Norway Rogaland. Innovation Norway are represented in 19 countries and contribute to sustainable growth and exports for Norwegian businesses through capital and expertise. Espeland has several years of experience in connection companies in Rogaland with international opportunities and working together with the companies on their growth strategies. 

Oddmar Johannesen

Oddmar Johannesen is responsible for Middle East & India in Norwegian Energy Partners. Before joining Norwep, he held the position of Vice President Sales & Marketing in Sekal AS for 5 years. Prior to Sekal, Johannesen was Managing Director for Quickflange in Norway. He has international Oil & Gas (Energy) experience and perspective with proven business unit and management track record. Before entering into the energy space, he worked in various key positions in commercialization of software solutions for public and private sectors.


INDIA Backdrop, Inger Tone Ødegård


Challenges and Opportunities in the Indian market, Mr. V Venkataraman

India at a Glance.pptx

Opportunities for Norwegian Companies in India Norwep, Oddmar Johannesen

Indian Energy Market.pptx

Innovation Norway in India, Ragnhild Kristin Espeland

IN export - India event 16032022.pptx

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