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Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen

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Model, coach and conservationist inspiring her audience make a difference through social and environmental rewilding

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Keynote speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen is a Norwegian model turned conservationist. She traveled the world working as a model from the young age of 14. Then, when she was still only 18 years old, she decided she needed to go in a different direction and she moved to Namibia to work with wildlife. A few years later she started her own non profit organization working side by side with the Ju/´hoansi bushmen to conserve their knowledge, culture and the last wilderness of Namibia.

Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen speaks on discovering our true nature through social and environmental rewilding. She spreads her message through documentaries/film, sustainable fashion, consulting with corporations/foundations and public speaking. Aleksandra is the CEO & founder of the non profit organization Nanofasa Conservation Trust. Here, she works side by side with the Ju/´hoansi bushmen in Namibia. She is a professional tracker, field guide and has a background in Conservation Management. As a speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen combines her in depth understanding of ecosystems, ecology and social impact, with her many life experiences as a model.

Aleksandra is an engaging storyteller. She has a unique ability to take her audience on a journey. Speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen inspires audiences to greatness and educates them about rewilding, change making, sustainability, self love and success.


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Rewild and Reconnect

  • As technology & accessibility grow and disconnect us from our innate connection with the natural world, we start feeling a bigger need to reconnect, travel and wear fashion inspired by foreign cultures.
  • Rewilding is not about going backwards, to prehistoric times. It’s about reconnecting to that wildness dormant inside you and to Mother Earth who birthed us all. Speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen offers this keynote to show the audience how to reconnect with mindfulness.
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Self-Love and World Change

  • It’s time to shed some layers and drop the false limiting beliefs and all the other things which are holding you back from expressing yourself fully. Aleksandra will show you the necessary steps to take to completely transform your life.
  • Speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen designed this presentation to show you how to empower and assist people from all walks of life to love themselves, lead an inspiring life and reach their fullest potential – to become the change they want to see in the world.
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Women and Leadership

  • As the CEO & Founder of the non-profit organisation Nanofasa Conservation Trust, speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen has a tremendous amount of practical leadership experience. Through her engaging stories, she can truly inspire and lead the way for businesswomen.
  • In this presentation, speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen will share her personal story about starting a business as a woman and the importance of standing strong to communicate your values without fear. She will also give you the key strategies to cooperate with others to reach your goals.
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Unlocking Creativity

  • Overcome the fear of failure and performance anxiety! Speaker Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilssen helps you to unlock your creativity, imagination and communication skills to improve your problem-solving capabilities.
  • Companies today are struggling to motivate their employees and getting a good team together. Aleksandra will help boost your potential and rediscover your strengths both as a person and a team player – you will be able to influence leaders and take their corporate visions to a new level of inspiration.
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Sustainable Fashion

  • In this keynote, Aleksandra takes the audience on a journey to show how a brand, a model or a magazine can embrace the idea of sustainable fashion through supporting local production, tailored products and services and logistics.
  • Learn how to create a simple product which causes no unnecessary harm and use your business to inspire and implement solutions to global problems.
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Rescue or Empower

  • In our fast-paced and ever-changing globalised world, our communities and the environment are experiencing enormous changes. We must find a sustainable way of protecting both the planet and its people.
  • How do we protect, manage and sustain the cultural and natural integrity of our communities and the environment? In this presentation, Aleksandra will teach the audience how to establish healthy and productive interactions to empower communities, minimise their dependency and maximise their sense of ownership.
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What has been the biggest challenge to creating your own non profit organization?

There are many challenges when you start an organization at the age of 21 years old in the middle of nowhere with the most marginalized people of Southern Africa. When I started the project the most important thing for me was to start at grass root level, seeing that it is the people on the ground that matters the most and it’s their lives not mine. But this made the road long, actually 300 000 km long, to have all the meetings and get all the approvals needed from every single link.

What I also quickly realized was how few people in the world who knew about the San people, which in turn made it difficult to get them to see the importance of the project. I sold my clothes, I walked 600 km to raise awareness in Europe, I put all my savings into making this project start, and I had to constantly come up with new solutions to get people interested and keen to support.

But I think the biggest challenge was myself, and dealing with all the limitations, conditioning and doubts of the mind. Most of the time I would walk around as a victim of the past, and a prisoner of the future. I would tell myself every day that I don’t know if I will make it work, or that I’m not doing enough, or that I don’t have enough money or funds to help them. I was strong as a lion, but scared like a mouse and that turned me into my own worst enemy. But what it taught me was that I needed to work on the inside, before I could help and save the outside.  I began to greet the challenges with gratefulness instead of hopelessness, and embrace the support with humbleness. It is through challenge we grow and through support we have time to reflect and assemble to make a change greater then ourselves.

What advice would you give to other women longing to start their own organization?

The biggest challenge most women face in life or in entering business life is that we are often better at loving others than loving ourselves, instead of believing in ourselves, we often allow fear of failure dominate our mind. We allow others opinions to be greater than our own. Women like to pretend that we are scared of the dark, but we are really scared of our own light. The biggest task a woman has when she decides to start an organization is to realize that there is a voice on the inside that is much stronger than any voice on the outside. You can do whatever you set your mind to. You can choose how you perceive challenges as on the way and not in the way. But the coolest of all is that you can turn your scars into stars.

Have the heart of a lion, the skin of a rhino, and soar like an eagle…and if that does not work, then teach people the illusion until they are ready for the truth. Remember that a woman has many super powers; Women know how to make time stand still, they make you feel loved, seen and heard. Women bring you closer to nature, because women are of nature. Women care deeply, love fiercely, women are soft and powerful.. Women are practical and spiritual. Women…  can inspire, influence, provide and create what should exist in this world. And if you don’t know how then I’m here to help you.

How has your early career as a model affected you later in life?

I am so grateful for my career as a model. I have made many special choices in my life, and some of them were a real struggle because they defied everything that was expected of me being a girl from the western world. I moved to Paris to work as a model when I was 15, because I wanted to travel, meet people and do high school over the internet in one year. I had no ambitions, but I quickly started working a lot, so I had to do school at night. Being a model at such a young age made me grow up quickly, I had to learn how to adapt, take care of myself, communicate with people from all walks of life, set boundaries, handle rejection and criticism and deal with solitude.

Yes, there were a lot of challenges, tough moments, beautiful experiences, good days and awful days, but it made me strong, flexible, patient, open minded, it made me focus on the things that I can do something about and not worry so much about the things that are outside of my immediate influence. I learned to enjoy my own company and never give up, which is so important in this fast-moving world. I also thought a lot about the power of trends and how they influence so many of our daily decisions. A piece of clothing might not be able to save the world, but the women who wear them can.

What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your career?

There have been many amazing fashion campaigns, magazine shoots and shows, but the most unique experience is probably the engagement and support that the fashion industry has shown for my work. Magazines have written about it, and brands like Redken, Replay jeans, Toms shoes and Timberland have supported the cause. It has given me the opportunity to become an influencer both within the industry and outside.

One of your big topics is rewilding, can you tell us more about what you mean by this?

As kids we grow up creating adventure all around us. We created worlds within the world we live in. We decide what should exist without having any boundaries of creation and imagination. We dreamt freely!  As technology & accessibility grew and disconnected us from our innate connection to the natural world, so did the need to learn and reconnect. Rewilding is not about going backwards, to prehistoric times. It’s about reconnecting to that wildness dormant inside you; and to mother earth that birthed us all, or that something that connects us to the earth we need to protect.

You see we are all a part of the same grand ecosystem, our choices, health and wellbeing affect the health of the ecosystem and its diversity. We are not just people living surrounded by nature, we are of nature. Individual power is a myth. Humanity is one large expanding genetic vehicle. We are all building blocks for a higher life. It is up to us decide what kind of life that should be. Finding the balance between active and passive intervention. All living systems learn to feed itself while growing to last.

By observing and absorbing ecosystems and animal nature, whilst tapping into the knowledge of the ancients to reconnect one with their inner nature, we might be able to find opportunity in our problems. In short rewilding is about expanding the ecological consciousness of our planet and reconnecting people with the environment.

Who is your greatest role model?

Mother Nature!

Describe the atmosphere during your talks in 3 words:

Grounded, connected and lionhearted!

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