Elisabeth Berge, chair of the Oslo Energy Forum passed away on 11th April 2020
Elisabeth Berge, chair of the Oslo Energy Forum passed away on 11th April 2020, aged 65. All those who have had the fortune to get to know Elisabeth through the Forum feel deep sadness for this loss.
Elisabeth was born in Bergen on 27 November 1954 and held an MBA from Norges Handelshøyskole and a Master of Arts in economics at the University of California. Throughout her working life Elisabeth has been at the centre of the development of the energy industry working in both the Norwegian Oil & Energy Department (OED) (1981-1990 and 2004- 2019) and Equinor (1990-2004) in a variety of leading positions in the executive committee of Equinor and Secretary General in OED.
Using this breadth of knowledge and network of good colleagues Elisabeth has been the driving force of the Oslo Energy Forum over the last sixteen years.
Many years ago, Elisabeth was diagnosed with a serious cancer condition and has fought its return several times since. I have only had the opportunity to get to know Elisabeth during the last couple of years where she has fought both cancer and an injured hip. What a tough and kind lady. With all of her other obligations Elisabeth was always available for the Forum and in many ways she reinforced her own personality into the the Forum’s qualities – always looking to keep the standards high, a deep concern for the well being of the participants and ensuring her curiosity was satisfied by the speakers from around the world.
There have been many highlights during this time including the discussions led by Bob Dudley at BP to provide the basis for the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative.
Our history would not have been the same without Elisabeth and she will be sorely missed.