Nofima names new aquaculture head

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Norwegian research institute Nofima has appointed Linn Anne Bjelland Brunborg to the post of Director, Aquaculture Division, starting 1 January.

She was previously General Manager of Orkla Ocean, a Norwegian company set up to develop seaweed farming for food and related products.

Bjelland Brunborg studied human nutrition at the University of Bergen and started her professional career as a researcher at Nifes in Bergen. She worked for baked goods business Norgesmøllene before joining Orkla in 2012. There, she held a number of senior positions and worked as General Manager of Orkla Ocean for the past three years.

Bente Torstensen, CEO of Nofima, said: “We are very happy that Linn Anne is joining our team. As an institute for applied research, close contact with industry is important. Before gaining solid experience as a leader in the private sector over the past 10-12 years, Linn Anne worked as a researcher.”

Bjelland Brunborg commented: “Both from my time as a researcher and from my time in the business sector, I know that there are many research results that can contribute to restructuring. Nofima has a vision of sustainable food for everyone, and here lies the core of what I want to achieve in my new job: We will contribute to and influence the restructuring that is needed in the food industry. We will contribute to innovations that make it possible.”

She will be based at Nofima’s office in Ås, near Oslo.

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