Norway’s ambassador to Singapore, Ambassador Tormod C. Endresen, has been selected as the winner of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise’s (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon) NHO Ambassador Award. NHO is the main representative organisation for Norwegian employers.
The award was presented by the NHO’s vice president, Therese Log Bergjord on 17 August in Oslo at a dinner gathering for Norway’s ambassadors together with NHO’s internationalized member enterprises.
It is awarded to an ambassador showing initiative and determination that goes beyond what is expected.
“NHO knows the tact shift in economic diplomacy at home and at embassies. As we see it all ambassadors have taken a concerted effort to promote Norwegian business interests at their stations,” said Bergjord to Norway’s mission commanders.
“To find a suitable candidate to NHO’s ambassador price, we conducted a survey among a sample of our internationally-oriented members. Firms have nominated ambassadors who have a good knowledge of local and Norwegian industry, and opens doors to both the embassy, residence and to government agencies and who shares views on politics and security challenges with the corporate world,” said Bergjord.
NHO members describes this year’s winner, Tormod C. Endresen, as an ambassador who is passionate about Norwegian business, shows vigour and implement measures to promote Norwegian industry in the region. He is also a bridge builder between Norwegian industry and the authorities by being very knowledgeable and articulate.
At the helm of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore, Tormod C. Endresen, along with Team Norway partners, help Norwegian businesses to succeed in South East Asia.
“I am very happy that the work we do along with the strong Norwegian business cluster in Singapore is recognized in this way! To contribute to the success and resilience of Norwegian businesses abroad is important and rewarding work – and a key priority for the Norwegian Foreign Service and our Team Norway partners”, comments Ambassador Endresen on the Norwegian Embassy’s website.
A career diplomat, ambassador Endresen has served at Norway’s Mission to the United Nations in New York and in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in the Foreign Minister’s Secretariat and as Deputy Director General in the UN Department. He has worked on European and UN affairs, international law, human rights and trade promotion. From 2003 to 2008 Mr. Endresen was engaged in the Norwegian Government’s engagement in CSR and other normative work pertaining to corporations and other non-state actors. In 2008, he established Norway’s Consulate General in Guangzhou, China and served as Consul General there from 2008 to 2012. Tormod C. Endresen is a lawyer by training and has been practicing business law at Wiersholm law firm in Oslo from 2001 to 2003.