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Henrik Lystad


Henrik Lystad has long experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry from 16 years in Avfall Norge. Henrik has been involved in framework conditions and interest policy work in waste management and circular economics in Norway and the EU. He has been involved in a number of activities related to, among other things, waste collection, procurement, producer responsibility development, biogas and composting, energy recovery, material recycling and landfilling, as well as marine waste and waste management in developing countries.

Bjørn Kopstad


Bjørn Kopstad started in the trade association MEF in the early 1990s, and represented the private waste management companies in Norway through to the political processes that led to the new waste policy in the EU and Norway. Bjørn then worked for almost 18 years in various leading positions in the Norsk Gjenvinning / Veolia Miljø Group. Bjørn was a member of the executive management board in the Group for many years, including operational and strategic responsibility in various waste value chains. Bjørn's experience extends from development responsibilities to eg. plastics and recovered paper through the management of many operating regions with sales departments, customer centers, transport operations and sorting facilities. He was, for many years, responsible for outbound sales and recovered paper and plastics from the Group to Europe and Asia. He also built up the Group's household waste collection operations in Norway and Sweden.

Malin Granlund

[Senior advisor]

Malin has 13 years of experience from the waste management industry, divided between 7 years as head engineer in the municipality of Oslo and 6 years as professional advisor at Avfall Norge. She has worked a lot with hazardous waste and environmental toxins, challenges with underground waste disposal systems, and she has led many professional projects within hazardous waste and landfill the past 6 years. Malin has also been involved in work related to increased sorting for material recycling, environmental friendly procurements, proper handling of building and demolition waste, development of courses and seminars, and quality management in relation to the standard ISO 9001/ 14001.

Knut Bakkejord

Knut Bakkejord has closely followed the waste industry for 30 years and, in addition to working for a long time in the municipality of Trondheim, he has a broad background from a number of employers in the state and private sector as well as NTNU. In Trondheim, Knut has been responsible for waste management in the municipality for many years and in recent years he has been the project manager for the development of a sorting facility and associated waste strategy for Central Norway, as well as a new waste plan for Trondheim municipality.

Bård Jørgensen

Bård Jørgensen has been associated with the waste and recycling industry for over 20 years. He has been responsible for building up a completely new waste management system in the municipality of Tromsø, including a transition from one agency to a modern publicly owned corporation. In addition to long management experience, he has also been active in shaping Norwegian waste policy, through his 8 years on the Avfall Norge Board. He has good knowledge of municipal restructuring processes, project-related innovation work, as well as experience from international projects and consultancy assignments.

Ingrid Staveland Reppe

Ingrid Staveland Reppe is a student at NMBU, and has just completed a bachelor's degree in renewable energy. She is now working as a Summer Intern, and is starting her Masters in Renewable Energy this fall. Ingrid has for several years previously worked at Haugaland Interkommunale Miljøverk, both at facilities, in the second-hand shop, and has in recent years focused on customer advice.

Mari Svenkerud

Mari Svenkerud is a student at NTNU, and has completed three of five years on an integrated master’s degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management with Energy and Environment as a specialization. She has previously studied CSR Management, Environmental Philosophy and Spanish in Argentina and just finished one year on exchange in Spain. Mari has experience as an intern in Avfall Norge, intern in water purification technology in Beijing, radio journalist and program manager in Radio Revolt, fundraiser in the Red Cross and event and marketing manager for FC BAFA in Buenos Aires.

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