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Arne Elias Corneliussen

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International collaboration expert and explorer with great insights on future trends, Brexit and geopolitical

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Keynote speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen is a businessman and explorer. Mr. Corneliussen received his bachelor of arts in political science at Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1998. During his degree, he worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He also lived and studied in Santiago, Chile and in Cairo, Egypt. Later on, he continued his academic career and completed a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York in 2000. This academic background combined with his wideranging global practitioner experience provide him with a unique understanding of global affairs.  

Today, Arne Elias Corneliussen is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. He regularly gives presentations on future trends, challenges and opportunities, international affairs, Brexit, geopolitical risks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and on a strategic global level. He takes his audiences on an interesting journey about global developments, risks, trends and future risk outlook. Arne Elias Corneliussen is also the founder & managing partner of Norwegian Risk Consulting International (NRCI), a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Oslo. NRCI provides geopolitical risk analysis and operational and strategic advisory services to companies and investors expanding into Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. NRCI also hosts an annual international conference – Norwegian Risk Forum – that invites business leaders, diplomats, international experts and other players. During Norwegian Risk Forum, Arne Elias Corneliussen is the conference host, moderator and usually one of the speakers during these annual conferences.

Arne Elias Corneliussen is an entertaining and insighful speaker and he is known to give inspirational speeches energizing audiences worldwide with new insights. Mr. Corneliussen traveled to more than 110 countries around the world. He conducted a range of long fact-finding expeditions across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America where he examined infrastructure developments, local conditions, political risk and established networks with local contacts. He travelled through 42 countries in Africa and crossed 28 countries on the African continent by public bus. His unique way of travelling provides extraordinary insights and experiences. In 2017 he completed a One Belt One Road Expedition where he travelled 16079 km by bus, train and shared taxis from Shanghai across China, Central Asia and the Caucasus to Istanbul. During this expedition he mapped infrastructure developments, logistical clusters and the geopolitical landscape along China’s new Silk Road project. His presentation about his New Silk Road Expedition is very popular with companies, organizations and institutions that want to understand China´s behavior and strategy. Arne Elias Corneliussen provides entertaining, insightful and thought-provoking insights during his keynote adresses and talks.

Mr. Corneliussen is also a Fellow in the Royal Geographical Society in London. Combining his knowledge from international business, academia and international fact-finding expeditions, Arne Elias Corneliussen provides insightful and hands-on presentations. He is an engaged and dynamic international speaker at conferences, corporate events and universities worldwide.

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New GeoPolitical Landscape

This eye-opening and highly informative presentation provides a strategic assessment of: The new global geopolitical landscape emerging with the rise of China; the global strategic implications of Covid-19; the rebalancing of relations between the US, Europe, Russia, China and the Middle East; and the emerging strategic, infrastructure and business developments across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

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Understanding GeoPolitical Dynamics and Strategic Developments from China to Europe

This unique and insightful presentation examines the vast geographic and geopolitical landscape from China, across Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and to Europe. You gain a deep understanding into the strategic developments and evolving relationships across the Eurasian continent.

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Overland Expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul Along the Silk Road– A Geopolitical and Strategic Assessment

In this unique photographic presentation, Arne presents how he travelled from Shanghai across China, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Turkey to Istanbul by train, car and bus. He provides an insightful analysis of China’s transformative and historic One Belt One Road strategy and the strategic implications.

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How I Conduct My Long Overland Expeditions by Public Bus, Train, Car and Boat, Across Vast Geographic Areas In High-Risk Environments

In this extraordinary presentation, Arne explains how he travels overland across vast geographic areas in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America and often through high-risk environments. He presents photos from some of his expeditions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He shares stories of how he connects with people from different ethnic groups and tribal communities

Keynote by speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen

Perspectives and Experiences From Overland Expeditions Across Africa-Understanding The Risk Landscape and Growth Potential Across Sub-Saharan Africa

This presentation includes photos Arne took on his unique overland expeditions by public bus across nearly 30 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa. This is a unique presentation and there are very few people in the world who have traveled overland alone by public bus across Africa. In this eye-opening and highly informative presentation Arne explains the dynamic risk landscape and major growth opportunities that exist across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Interview with NRCI Founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen

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NRCI's CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered an outstanding presentation for a full house at Bogstad Manor in Oslo and it became a remarkable experience. He is extremely knowledgeable, reflective and insightful. He communicates in a structured, clear and entertaining manner. This became one of our most successful evenings ever

Morten Ole Mørch

Friends Association of Bogstad Manor Bogstad Manor is one of the most prominent country estates in Norway

Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered a most interesting, high-quality and insightful presentation and a Q & A session to The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts. He is a very knowledgeable, well-informed, committed and accomplished speaker with first-hand experience on the ground

Guri Angell-Hansen

Managing Director The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts

Arne Elias Corneliussen gave an excellent virtual presentation to AIG, providing a compelling and insightful analysis of the challenging geopolitical environment for business. In 45 minutes he expertly covered an impressively wide range of global topics. Arne has broad and deep expertise, and the ability to combine detailed regional knowledge with a genuinely global and ‘big-picture’ perspective

Rhodri Williams

Head of International Public Policy American International Group, Inc. | AIG

Interview with Arne Elias Corneliussen

What got you interested in international relations?
From a very early age, my father used to tell me stories about history. This instilled a deep passion in me for history and international affairs. From the age of 6-7, I spent a great deal of time in an old war museum in Oslo. Then, in my teenage years I was reading very widely, everything from atlases to the news. At the age of 14, I would spend my free time reading history books and magazines from around the world, including a fantastic magazine called the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Which experiences have provided you with the insight you need as an international collaboration expert and explorer?
My unusual childhood has benefited my work greatly. My deep passion for international affairs and history combined with traveling to unique destinations around the world from a young age provided me with a ‘global comfort zone’ which allows me to feel comfortable wherever I am in the world. I travel the world without expectations, without my ‘Norwegian glasses’ on, and I maintain a deep respect for the societies I explore. This mentality lets me connect with people wherever I am, everywhere from a bus in Africa to a speaking engagement in the USA.

What are some tips you would give to someone seeking to do business across cultures?
Travel. You can’t truly understand a culture until you immerse yourself in it and forget your preconceived notions. Whenever you travel, meet people with respect and humility. Sit down with them and have a calm, long conversation. Talk to people, all types of people, from taxi drivers to young and aspiring entrepreneurs. Take the bus. I’ve traveled by bus across 28 countries in Africa. You really see more of the people and the country this way.

What are some of the “universals” of business across cultures?
We have a lot of things in common with each other, yet people have so many false preconceived notions. The reality is that there are good and bad people wherever you go. We all want our countries to be safe.

Do you think of yourself as more of an explorer or a businessman?
In terms of my current profession, as a geopolitical risk consultant, the two roles are really intertwined. If I don’t explore, then I can’t understand cultures as deeply as I need in order to analyze the situation worldwide on a daily basis.

What kind of a speaker are you?
I’ve been told I’m inspiring and engaging.  When I speak, I try to share my passion and create a good energy by including many stories from my own experiences. This helps people to really understand what I’m talking about and makes the talk more interactive – I want my talks to feel like a conversation, not a formal talk.

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