Welcome Bjørn Kjærand Haugland

Updated: Apr 30

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SKIFT Business Climate Leaders.


SKIFT is a business-led climate initiative. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and support the government in delivering on its national climate commitments by 2030. The coalition hopes to demonstrate, to businesses and the government, the business potential that exists in the low-carbon economy and help drive the transition.



Haugland is the former Executive Vice President and the Chief Sustainability Officer in DNV GL Group. In his capacity as CSO for DNV GL group he oversaw the groups sustainability performance and drove company-wide sustainability initiatives. Haugland has extensive experience assisting multinational companies in areas such as corporate sustainability, innovation and business development.

He is responsible for the Global Opportunity Report, a joint initiative together with UN Global Compact and Sustainia. Haugland started his career in DNV in 1991 and has held various management positions in Norway and abroad. He worked in Korea in the period 1995 to 1997. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Country Chair and responsible for DNV’s operation in Greater China. Haugland is today a board member at the University of Bergen, WWF, The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Kezzler. He is also member of the Advisory Board for Centre for Responsible Leadership. He is co- founder of Zeabuz a new service for urban, emission free, autonomous ferries and Terravera, a tech foundation to make sustainability a reality by giving anyone insights to support their everyday decisions.

Haugland has a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture – Marine Structures and Hydrodynamics – from The Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and he attended the “Strategic International Leadership” programme at International Institute for Management Development (IMD). He is recognized in the global debate on sustainability and technology and he has his own blog on the Huffington Post and he is regularly writing articles for Recharge, Teknisk Ukeblad and Sysla Maritime.


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