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SuperReturn Africa
3-5 December 2024
The Westin, Cape Town

Arne Elias Corneliussen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Norwegian Risk Consulting International (NRCI)


Arne Elias Corneliussen is a geopolitical advisor who supports business leaders, organisations, and financial companies. He is a political scientist and he studied in the US, Egypt, and Chile. He traveled around the world from a young age, and possesses a broad and deep global understanding of geopolitical and strategic events and dynamics. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of NRCI – a geopolitical advisory firm he established in Oslo in 2010.

Arne traveled to more than 125 countries, and he conducted a wide range of long overland fact-finding expeditions alone by train, car, and bus across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America where he mapped geopolitical, security and business risks and opportunities. These overland fact-finding expeditions gave him extraordinary geopolitical, strategic, and business insights.

He conducted 10 fact-finding expeditions to 42 countries on the African continent, and he traveled by public bus across 30 countries in western, southern, and eastern Africa. He traveled on an expedition by train, bus and car from Shanghai to Istanbul across China, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to map infrastructure developments, logistics clusters, and the geopolitical landscape along One Belt One Road, also called the New Silk Road, which China develops.

In the fall of 2022, he traveled by bus and train across 19 countries in eastern, southern, and western Europe and assessed geopolitical and strategic dynamics in Europe, and Europe’s future. His vast global on the ground experience assessing geopolitical and strategic developments combined with managing a geopolitical advisory firm make him uniquely experienced and highly knowledgeable about global events and dynamics.

Arne Elias Corneliussen maintains close dialogue with a vast network of informed contacts on all levels in academia, business, diplomacy, and governments worldwide. He is program chair, conference host, moderator, and keynote speaker at Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual geopolitical conference focusing on geopolitical risks and business opportunities worldwide. Arne provides truly eye-opening, captivating, and highly insightful keynote presentations, speaking engagements, and advisory sessions. His geopolitical and strategic advice is sought-after among global companies, financial firms, and organisations.

Agenda Sessions

  • Keynote: Understanding evolving geopolitical risks and global trends – implications for the future of Africa