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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.  

Arne Elias Corneliussen is a geopolitical advisor and keynote speaker. He provides truly eye-opening and highly insightful speaking engagements. He is a political scientist and he studied in the US, Egypt, and Chile. He travelled around the world from a young age, and he has a broad and unique global understanding of geopolitical and strategic events. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of NRCI – a geopolitical advisory firm. He founded NRCI in 2010.

Arne travelled to more than 125 countries, and he conducted a wide range of long overland fact-finding expeditions by train, car, and bus across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America where he mapped geopolitical, security and business risks and opportunities, infrastructure developments, logistics corridors and local conditions. He travelled on 10 fact-finding expeditions to 42 countries in Africa and he crossed 30 countries on the African continent alone by public bus.

He travelled on an expedition by train, bus and car from Shanghai across China, Central Asia and the Caucasus to Istanbul to map infrastructure developments, logistics clusters, and the geopolitical landscape along One Belt One Road – or the New Silk Road as it is also called, which China now develops. In the fall of 2022, he travelled by bus and train across 19 countries in eastern, southern, and western Europe and assessed geopolitical and strategic dynamics in Europe, and Europe´s future. These overland fact-finding expeditions gave him extraordinary geopolitical, strategic and business insights.

His vast global on the ground experience combined with managing a geopolitical advisory firm for almost 15 years makes him uniquely experienced and highly knowledgeable about geopolitical and strategic events and dynamics worldwide.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London – a world-leading society for geographers and explorers. Arne Elias Corneliussen maintains close dialogue with a vast network of insightful and informed contacts on all levels in academia, business, diplomacy, and governments worldwide. He is the program chair, conference host, moderator and keynote speaker at Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual geopolitical conference focusing on geopolitical risks and business opportunities worldwide. Arne provides truly eye-opening and highly insightful keynote presentations, speaking engagements and conversation sessions.

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Changing dimensions in global geopolitics - Impact on investment outlook and business strategy

In this eye-opening presentation you gain insights into :

  • Evolving geopolitical and strategic dynamics across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America impacting businesses and investors.
  • Strategic forecast on a range of current topics in global affairs, and also some eye-opening key insights which will drive geopolitical dynamics across these regions in the future.
  • A wide-ranging and clear eyed assessment of key geopolitcal and strategic trends that will shape our world in the future

Audience takeaways:

  • Clearer understanding of how geopolitical events and dynamics around the world are connected and impact supply chains and the global economy
  • Understand how China’s global infrastructure strategy – One Belt One Road – impacts economic development, investment outlook and geopolitical dynamic
  • Eye-opening insights into how geopolitical and strategic developments across Asia, The Middle East, Europe and Africa evolve now and in the future
  • How geopolitical events impact investment outlook and business strategy
Keynote by speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen

Strategic and geopolitical dynamics shaping Asia today and, in the future!

Brief Description:

Arne Elias Corneliussen traveled on a range of overland expeditions by train, bus, and car across Asia from China to Turkey, in addition to other overland expeditions across the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Asia. He has an in-depth understanding of strategic and geopolitical dynamics shaping Asia today and in the future.

Audience Takeaways:

  • In this highly informative presentation you gain a deeper understanding of geopolitical and strategic drivers and dynamics shaping Asia today and in the future.
  • Strategic forecast of the most important geopolitical issues confronting Asia including the rise of China, India´s role in Asia, Russia´s role on the Eurasian continent in light of the war in Ukraine, and key countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Keynote by speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen

The Future of Europe

Brief description:

  • Arne Elias Corneliussen conducted a 2,5-month long overland fact-finding expedition by bus and train across 19 countries in eastern, southern and western Europe in the fall of 2022.
  • In this insightful and eye-opening presentation he shares his observations, perspectives and insights on how geopolitical, strategic and economic dynamics impact the future of Europe.
  • He shares his observations and insights into from travelling on the ground aross geopolitical faultlines and historica conflict territories including Ukraine, the Balkans and Northern Ireland – and how historical conflicts may resurface.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eye-opening geopolitical and strategic insights into Europe today and in the future
  • A sense of deep understanding into how Europe is evolving and how we can prepare and plan for the future of Europe
  • Understanding of how historical conflicts may resurface and impact the future of Europe
Keynote by speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen

Africa - Understanding and exploring a growth continent

Brief description:

  • Arne Elias Corneliussen travelled on 10 fact-finding expeditions by public bus across 30 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa. He travelled to more than 40 countris in Africa in total.
  • In this fascinating and eye-opening presentation, Arne shares his unique insights, observations and perspectives from travelling on the ground across the African continent.

Key Takeaways:

  • An insightful and balanced understanding of how Africa evolves
  • Key insights into Africa´s investment outlook and how companies and investors should adapt their business strategy to explore growth opportunities across Africa
  • Informative and clear eyed understanding of Africa
Keynote by speaker Arne Elias Corneliussen

International and cross-cultural communication and negotiation

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.

Keynote by Arne Elias Corneliussen

International and cross-cultural communication and negotiation

Brief description:

  • Arne Elias Corneliussen combines his academic background studying intercultural communication and negotiation with his long international background living and operating around the world
  • This highly informative presentation provides unique insights into how companies, investors and organizations should collaborate, communicate and negotiate internationally
  • Useful and eye-opening real life examples of how to build robust, dynamic and agile teams that operative effectively in complex international environments

Key takeaways:

  • Useful and relevant team-building strategies
  • Negotiation techiques to tackle complex and changing international business environments
  • Confict-resolutions mechanisms to build organizations that ably meet the challenges we face in a complex geopolitical landscape
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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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