Employees

Rolf Sverre Asp | Managing Partner

Rolf Sverre Asp is an economist from the University of Oslo and is specialised in competition economics. He has broad experience and expertise within issues related to competition with particular emphasis on telecom, financial, agricultural and aviation markets, and he is often used as an expert witness in competition cases and cases relating to compensation for damage. Before establishing Oslo Economics in 2009, he was a partner in Econ. He also has 4 years experience as an adviser at the Norwegian Competition Authority. At Oslo Economics Rolf Sverre deals with competition issues, on both the domestic and international level, and has managed several large projects. Rolf Sverre has for several years been nominated by Global Competition Review as being among the world’s leading competition economists.

Asbjørn Englund | Senior Partner

Asbjørn Englund is an economist with an MSc from the University of Oslo. He also has an MBA degree in Strategic Management from NHH. Asbjørn’s key qualifications are competition issues, telecoms and media and strategic management. Before establishing Oslo Economics in 2009, Asbjørn was the leader of the service line for competition in Econ Pöyry. This position gave him extensive experience in work with competition cases and analysis and consulting projects from a commercial point of view. Until August 2007, Asbjørn led the Telecom, Media and Culture Section of the Norwegian Competition Authority.

Ove Skaug Halsos | Senior Partner

Ove Skaug Halsos is an economist with several years’ practice in the field of industrial organisation. Ove has explored a wide range of issues related to competition and regulatory analysis. Ove has acted as an expert witness and provided economic analysis in Norwegian courts. Before establishing Oslo Economics in 2009, Ove was a partner in Econ. Previous to joining Econ, he spent four years working for the Norwegian Competition Authority. Ove has been nominated by Global Competition Review as being among the world’s leading competition economists the last years.

Finn Gjerull Rygh | Senior Partner

Finn Gjerull Rygh has a degree in economics, social science and statistics. Formerly he has been employed in different parts of Schibsted Media Group, a leading European media venture. His last position before joining Oslo Economics was as CFO of FINN; Norway’s dominant internet classifieds portal and one of Norway’s most successful brands. As a consultant, Finn has worked in different fields like health services, IT, procurements and organizational development. Finn is an experienced project manager of different kinds of projects, for instance evaluations, quality assurance and economic analyzes. He has played a central role in many complex projects regarding major investments.

Jostein Skaar | Senior Partner

Jostein Skaar is an economist with a Ph.D. from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Jostein has extensive experience in competition analysis across industries in the Norwegian economy and has extensive market knowledge. Up to 2012 he served as director at the Norwegian Competition Authority. Earlier he has been a research fellow at the Institute of Economics at NHH and researcher at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration. Jostein has also served as a national expert at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels and member of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2014. Jostein was a member of the committee developing the white paper for an updated competition law presented in the spring of 2012.

Erik Magnus Sæther | Senior Partner

Erik Magnus Sæther has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oslo and has extensive experience within the area of economic analysis, evaluation, technology studies and strategy consulting. Erik works across industries for private and public clients, with a special focus on healthcare and pharma. He has also an extensive experience in assessments in relations to major public investment projects. Before joining Oslo Economics as a partner, he held a position in PwC, Advisory. Earlier work experience includes research at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and the Health Economics Research Programme at the University of Oslo, HERO. Fulbright Visiting Scholar to University of California, Berkeley. Member of International Health Economics Association, iHEA.

Anders Modum Bilet | Analyst

Anders Modum Bilet holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), with a major in Economic Analysis (ECO) and on a Research Distinction Track (RDT). During his master’s, Anders took courses with an especially analytical approach to financial economics, macroeconomics, econometrics, as well as other fields within economics. He has analytical skills on a high level, knowledge related to empirical methods, and an ability to solve complex problems. Anders also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen.

Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen | Associated Partner

Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Health Management and Health Economics at the University of Oslo, and he is associated Professor of pharmaceutical economics at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. He is an MD from the University of Oslo, has an MPH in public health from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tromsø. He has 10 years experience as a doctor and later worked as a researcher at various research institutions and universities. He has produced a wide range of research articles.

Magne Krogstad Asphjell | Partner

Magne Krogstad Asphjell holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and a PhD in Economics from the same institution. Through his research, Magne has specialised on econometrics, both applied microeconometrics and simulation based econometrics. He has worked on a number of topics, including investment, employment and pricing dynamics in Norwegian industry manufacturers and effects of social networks on the timing of births in Sweden. At Oslo Economics, Mange has worked on large scale empirical analyses, competition analyses, assessments and reports within both private and public sector. Magne is especially well qualified for working with large quantities of data, extracting and presenting insights based on quantitative methods.

Marit Svensgaard | Partner

Marit Svensgaard holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). She is an experienced project manager within the area of policy and economics. Marit has extensive work experience in industrial economics and evaluations, including analysis related to competition, public procurement, innovation and public private partnership. Her industry expertise includes healthcare, pharmaceuticals and ICT.

Harald Nygård Bergh | Senior Manager

Harald Nygård Bergh has a PhD in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In his research, Harald focused on the interplay between technology and business models in media industries, in particular pricing-strategies. Harald is a specialist within competition economics, and has assisted the parties in several big mergers. Harald's understanding of economic mechanisms is excellent, and he has the competence to build models giving clear insight in complicated economic situations. He has experience from the Norwgian Competition Authority, and has been a visiting researcher at Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia.  

Kristine Bjørklund | Manager

Kristine Bjørklund holds a Master of Economics from the University of Oslo. She has wide project experience and is comfortable with cost-benefit analysis, scenario forecasting, price and market analysis, conceptual choice, economic analysis and competition economics. In Oslo Economics, Kristine has worked on projects related to public health and the pharmaceutical industry, transportation and communications, as well as competition in the groceries and private healthcare sectors. In addition, she has experience of quality assurance of large public investments (KS1 and KS2), both within the defence sector and for transportation on road and rail. Kristine was previously an Associate Director at CEG Europe, an economic consultancy in London, where she advised clients on cases of anticompetitive behaviour in the market for payment card transactions, as well as in the financial sector.

Svend Boye | Manager

Svend Boye holds an MSc. in Finance from Norwegian Business School BI, and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He has done many different types of economic analyses, and is experienced in performing interviews, surveys and quantitative analysis, as well as giving presentations. Methodologically, Svend is competent in cost-benefit analysis, which he has done in several industries/fields, for instance energy and environment, public procurement and employment policy. In terms of industries, Svend has most experience from the energy industry, which he has worked with since 2011. From his former positions in Arkwright Consulting and the Norwegian TSO (Statnett), he has experience from the oil- and gas and electricity industries, respectively. In Oslo Economics, he has continued working with energy economics, both for the regulators and industry. Svend is used to working internationally, and is fluent in English, German, French and Norwegian.

Elias Braunfels | Senior Economist

Elias Braunfels holds a PhD in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Masters (Diploma) in Economics, International Economics and Business Sciences from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). He is a specialist in applied econometrics and has conducted research on a variety of topics including the effects of fiscal policy on economic growth, the connection between oil rents and growth, as well as the development and economic effects of institutions. He also has experience in quality management (ADP Global View, Paris) and credit rating services (Creditreform Credit Rating Agency, Düsseldorf). With his background in research and his private sector experience Elias is an expert in data analyses, statistics, and econometric techniques, which can be applied to identify effects of a wide spectrum of economic and political measures.

Ragnhild Haugli Bråten | Senior Manager

Ragnhild Haugli Bråten is an economist from the University of Oslo, Ludwig Maximilian Universität München and NTNU Trondheim. She is about to finish her PhD thesis at the Frisch Centre and the University of Oslo about behavioural economics and how different economic policies affect voluntary contributions to public goods. Her field of specialisation is environmental economics. Ragnhild also has experience from sports management and from managing research projects in Peru and Malawi.

Aleksander Bråthen | Senior Economist

Aleksander has a master’s degree in both Economics and Philosophy, both from the University of Oslo. At Oslo Economics he works with economic analysis and management consulting in areas such as: major public investment decisions, environmental issues, culture and sports, as well as innovation and market analysis and public safety. Through his extensive studies and work-experience he embodies significant methodological competence in economics analysis, data collection and quantitative analysis. His fields of expertise also include strategic decision-making, financing-schemes and professional advice in the intersection between economic decisions and government- and municipal regulatory frameworks. Aleksander was formerly employed at the Central Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) and the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI).

Trygve Garmo | Analyst

Trygve Garmo has a MSc in Economics and Business Administration with a specialization in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen and a BSc in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics. Trygve has through his studies acquired a profound competence within empirical methods, industrial organization and applied microeconomics. His master thesis, which analysed the effect of resource abundance on local labor markets in Norway, allowed Trygve to gain valuable insight into the Norwegian petroleum industry and labor market economics. The work on the thesis also required Trygve to collect, process and analyse large amounts of data.

Arne Rogde Gramstad | Senior Economist

Arne Rogde Gramstad holds a PhD in economics from the University of Oslo, and holds a Master’s degree in Economic Theory and Econometrics from the same institution. Arne’s research has covered digital markets, and includes topics like social networks, open-source software, and diffusion processes. He has worked as a lecturer in microeconomics at the University of Oslo and industrial organization at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Arne has previously been a visiting scholar at Stern School of Business at New York University, and he had a stay at Fudan University in Shanghai as part of his Master’s studies. In Oslo Economics Arne has worked on projects within competition policy, market analyses, and vulnerability assessments.

Christoffer Bugge | Senior Economist

Christoffer Bugge holds an MSc in Economics and Business Admninistration from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and is currently a student at the University of Oslo (UiO) at the Department of Health and Society. Christoffer has experience with various economic analyses in several sectors, including transport, health, fisheries and aquaculture. He has particular expertise in economic analysis, competition analysis, economic evaluation and health- and pharmacoeconomics. Christoffer have experience with different types of tools for statistical analysis and analysis of quantitative data. Christoffer have gained solid knowledge of model development, optimization and decision analysis, and the use of methods for collecting data through his education and work experience.

Erling N. Faugstad | Manager

Erling Faugstad holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specializing in energy, environmental and resource economics. Through studies and work experience, his main fields are in the energy sector and in power supply, where he has conducted cost analyses, risk analyses and economic impact studies. In Oslo Economics, he has worked with evaluations, competition analyses and concept studies in several sectors, particularly in the transport sector. As previous Head of Section in Statnett, Erling also has management skills and work experience from corporate governance.

Nina Kristine Fossen | Senior Economist

Nina Kristine Fossen is an economist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and University of Cape Town, specialised in macroeconomics. Through her studies, Nina has gained experience in economic theory and how this can be used as an analytic tool. She has also worked as a teacher assistant in various courses on graduate level at NTNU. Nina has written a master thesis on agglomeration effects in Norwegian regions.

Eivind Moe Hammersmark | Economist

Eivind Moe Hammersmark holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oslo, as well as a Master's Degree in economics from the same institution. He is a specialist in applied statistics and microeconometrics. Eivind has a particular expertise in the analysis of large datasets, and in methods for identifying causal relationships and analyzing the effects of public policies. He has also acquired skills in finance and business economics from a BSc in Business Administration at Oslo University College. Eivind has done research on a number of subjects, including resource economics, corruption, conflict and economic development. One of the articles in his thesis is published in the American Journal of Political Science, and his master’s thesis won the prize for best thesis at the Department of Economics in 2013.

Håkon Hagtvet | Senior Manager

Håkon Hagtvet is an economist from the University of Oslo. Håkon Håkon has broad experience and expertise in investment analysis of large infrastructure projects. His main focus has been the transport sector, where he has led several investment analysis projects for the Norwegian transport authorities. Håkon has a thorough understanding of the transport sector, of both passenger and goods transport. He has been the external quality assurance for the Ministry of Finance (KS1 and KS2) in a number of major public investment projects, both during his tenure at Oslo Economics and with former employers.

Guro Landsend Henriksen | Manager

Guro Landsend Henriksen holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specialising in Economics. She comes from a position as advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, where she has worked with investment projects in the transmission grid, regulation of the grid companies and the regulatory framework for the electricity market. Through her work, Guro has acquired knowledge and experience with economic analysis of large investment projects and the effects of various regulations and policies measures. She also has international experience by working with EU affairs and Nordic co-operation within the electricity sector.

Johannes Hjartlie | Economist

Johannes Hjartlie holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and Corvinus University of Budapest, with specialisation in economics. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bergen (UiB). Johannes wrote his master’s thesis in cooperation with the Central Bank of Norway (Norges Bank), where he estimated the effect of Norwegian monetary policy on macroeconomic variables, such as output and inflation, by using real time forecasts. Through his work on the master’s thesis he has gained experience within applied time series econometrics.

Marianne Lefsaker Johansson | Senior Economist

Marianne Lefsaker Johansson holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Oslo. During her studies she also gained experience as a research assistant at the University. Marianne works with a range of topics within the fields of transport and communication, public economics, labor market and culture and performing arts. The economics methods she applies includes economic analyses, cost-benefit analyses, impact assessments and market analyses. Marianne is a thorough economist who strives to present her results accurately, yet accessible.

Herman Lange Johnsen | Economist

Herman Lange Johnsen holds a master's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics, and bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Bergen. During his education, he studied at Boston College and the University of Melbourne as an exchange student. He wrote his master's thesis about monetary policy in cooperation with Norges Bank. From his time at Oslo Economics Herman has gained experience with various economic analyses in several sectors, including health, child welfare and ocean space related sectors. He also has experience from the Norwegian government’s quality assurance program for large investments (KS1). Through his studies and work experience, Herman has acquired skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Gro Mæle Liane | Manager

Gro Mæle Liane has an MSc in economic analysis from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). She has also followed PhD courses in Economics at Northwestern University. Gro has work experience from Norges Bank, Arkwright and Pareto Securities. Through studies and work experience from Norges Bank, she has gained expertise in economic theory and methodology. She has extensive experience with quantitative economic analysis and modelling, market analysis and strategic considerations as well as financial analysis and valuation. She has worked on projects in the areas of grocery, consumer goods, oil services and private equity.

Kaja Lorentzen | Senior Economist

Kaja Lorentzen holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specializing in economic analysis. She has experience with collecting and processing large amounts of data, and with various tools for analysing data, including STATA and the optimization and modelling tool CPLEX. Through her work in Oslo Economics Kaja has acquired methodological expertise in economic analysis, evaluations and statistical analysis. She has worked with different topics in a variety of sectors, including transport, culture, and telecommunication. Kaja has experience from the Norwegian Competition Authority.

Gjermund Lien | Economist

Gjermund has a BBA and a MSc in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He also spent two semesters abroad studying at University of Queensland and Bocconi University. Gjermund has specialised in competition economics and public finance. During his studies, he has also worked as a teaching assistant in the courses Statistics, Microeconomics and Organizational Theory. At Oslo Economics, Gjermund has experience from competition analyses, major public-investment projects and economic analyses.

Hanna Isabel Løyland | Analyst

Hanna Isabel Løyland holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specializing in economics. During her education, she studied at HEC Montréal as an exchange student. Hanna wrote her master’s thesis in the field of behavioral economics, and from her studies she has experience with data collection and quantitative analysis. Through the work on her master’s thesis, she gained experience with survey design and implementation of economic experiments.

Kine Pedersen | Economist

Kine Pedersen is a health economist with a PhD from the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Oslo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in both health economics and economics from the same institution. In her PhD work Kine evaluated cost-benefit tradeoffs associated with candidate strategies to prevent cervical cancer. Through her research experience, she has gained particular expertise in economic evaluation and decision-analytic modeling, as well as prevention and public health. Kine is also experienced with health- and pharmacoeconomics, cost analyses, and registry-based analyses. She has worked as a lecturer in economic evaluation at the University of Oslo. Kine also has international experience as a visiting scholar and teaching fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has won several student awards for presentation of research at international meetings for the Society of Medical Decision Making.

Karl Rikard Løvhaug | Manager

Karl Rikard Løvhaug is an economist from the University of Oslo and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He has worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Norwegian Competition Authority, and joined Oslo Economics’ team in 2011. Karl Rikard has more than 10 years’ experience with economic analysis and is specialized on market regulations, impact assessments, competition, and public investment projects. He is an experienced project leader.

Aleksander Møll | Senior Manager

Aleksander Møll holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Oslo. Aleksander has extensive experience with economic analysis within a broad range of markets. He is an expert within the field of cost-benefit analyses, and has extensive experience in assessments in relations to major public investment projects, particular within transportation markets. Aleksander also has explored a wide range of issues related to competition and regulatory analysis, and has been responsible for several evaluations related to industrial policy measures. Prior to joining Oslo Economics Aleksander has worked for the Norwegian Competition Authority, the ministry of industry and trade, Oslo University Hospital and Pöyry Management Consulting.

Hans David Rognlien | Economist

Hans David Rognlien is an economist educated from the University of Bergen, where he specialized in statistics, econometrics, microeconomic analysis and public finance. In his master thesis, he collected data and created a dataset on behalf of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA), and analyzed the NPRA’s use of impact assessments in recommendations of alternative solutions for road projects to local governments. In Oslo Economics, Hans has worked with projects within different sectors, and his experience covers economic analyses and assessments in child welfare and protection services and child day care and kindergarten services, and projects within culture industry, transport and customs. Hans has carried out several quantitative analyses of statistical data using software such as Excel and STATA. In addition, he has experience from qualitative analyses using different methods of collecting qualitative data, such as interviews, surveys and literature reviews.

Thea Sand Stubsjøen | Economist

Thea Sand holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specializing in energy, environmental and resource economics. Through her work in Oslo Economics, Thea has acquired methodological expertise in economic analysis, evaluations, and statistical analysis. She has worked with different topics in a variety of sectors, such as child welfare services and the electricity sector. Thea has experience from quantitative and qualitative methods, such as interviews and electronic surveys.

Eirik Nøren Stenersen | Manager

Eirik Nøren Stenersen is an economist from NTNU and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Eirik comes from Pöyry where he has worked with different topics in a variety of sectors, including transport, petroleum and health. The work has included economic analysis and evaluations of initiatives to promote innovation and growth. Eirik has also worked with forecasts of the housing market and the Norwegian and international economy.

Susanna Sten-Gahmberg | Senior Economist

Susanna Sten-Gahmberg holds a PhD in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics, where she has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher. She has also completed research stays at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and at the OECD in Paris. Susanna’s fields of expertise are education and labor economics, as well as microeconometric methods. In her thesis, Susanna exploited different aspects of human capital investments. Among other things, she evaluated a student aid reform and studied gender segregation in the Norwegian labor market. Through her empirical research, Susanna has obtained specialized knowledge in the use of statistical tools to analyze data and identify causal relationships. She has long experience from working with Norwegian registry data.

Øystein Tengesdal | Analyst

Øystein Tengesdal holds an MSc in Business from Norwegian Business School BI, with a major in economics. He wrote his Master's thesis on how information asymmetries affect auction dynamics in the Norwegian housing marked. In this process he gained solid competence on how housing prices are formed, as well as broad competence on data analysis and econometrics. Prior to, and during, his studies at BI, Øystein worked as a self-employed freelance musician and producer. This gives him a solid insight into the Norwegian music-, theater and media industry, which makes him particularly suited to work on cultural related projects at Oslo Economics. Former employers include NRK and TV2, as well as a long list of Norwegian theaters.

Eyvind Søraa | Senior Economist

Eyvind Søraa holds an Msc. in Economics from the University of Oslo, specialising in macroeconomy, monetary policy, econometrics and statistics. Eyvind has worked on several cost-benefit analyses on large investment projects, regulatory measures and organizational strategies. He has broad experience from work on organization within the public transportation field, as well as with efficient public services. Through his studies and work on a diverse set of analyses, Eyvind has acquired skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. Eyvind also has experience with the Norwegian government’s quality assurance program(KS1) for large investments.

Johannes Bjørnstad Tyrihjell | Analyst

Johannes Bjørnstad Tyrihjell holds an MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specializing in economics. He completed his master’s degree on a research distinction track, which has given him strong analytical skills and especially good knowledge of empirical methods. Through several courses with an analytical approach within econometrics, microeconomics and economic policy, Johannes has gained valuable experience in the use of quantitative methods. Johannes completed his thesis within the field of behavioral economics, and through his work with the thesis, Johannes gained valuable skills in survey design and the implementation of economic experiments, as well as the handling of large data sets.

Cassandra Velten | Analyst

Casssandra Velten holds a MSc in Economics, with a major in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics, from the University of Oslo. Her previous work experience includes Vista Analyse, NyAnalyse and the University of Oslo. She wrote her thesis on barriers for investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), which was published as a working paper by Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally Friendly Energy. Cassandra has experience from various types of economic analysis within various sectors and markets.