Einar H. Bandlien

Einar H. Bandlien, will be chair and the opening speaker at the seminar. He is Chairman of Bridge Consult AS, with specialised competence on petroleum sector management in developing and transition countries.

Starting his career in the private petroleum in 1974, he has been a successful entrepreneur in the development of new service companies including Nopec AS and PGS in Norway. In 1998 Mr. Bandlien was co-founder of The Bridge Group working to facilitate indigenous equity in oil and gas projects in developing countries. He was co-founder of Bridge Energy in 2005 and served as CEO of Bridge Energy ASA, a publicly listed oil company with exploration and production operations in UK and Norway.

In 2012 Mr. Bandlien took the initiative to establish East African Petroleum Services, a company working to develop petroleum supply and logistics services in cooperation with local entrepreneurs in East Africa.


Since 1980 Einar H. Bandlien has managed a number of petroleum resource management assistance projects in developing- and transition countries. Projects include petroleum policy, investment promotion, institution building and functions of government in managing the petroleum sector.