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Meet the speakers


Ole Thoresen

Director Digitalization & Improvements

In his role as Director Digitalization & Improvements for Aker BioMarine, Ole and the team are working to integrate the business-, improvement-and digitalization agendas for the company. This team is tasked with facilitating continuous improvements across the business, utilizing all the tools in the toolbox, but with a very clear goal – improve Aker BioMarine’s employees’ ability to effectively do their job.

Rolf Thu


Rolf Thu heads the Smart Factory initiative at Aarbakke, one of the world’s leading machining companies serving the oil and gas industry. An IT geek that for the majority of his life has contributed to the rapid evolution of his workplace, Thu uses his passion for technology and automation to manage the transition into a data-driven manufacturing facility. Thu has degrees in religion, history, and psychology from the Universities of Bergen and Stavanger.

Marit Torp

Process Engineer

Marit Torp is a process engineer at Elkem Carbon Kristiansand. She first joined Elkem as a trainee after graduating from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Torp has a master's degree in material chemistry.

Slimane Allab

Senior VP, Manufacturing

Slimane leads Cognite’s manufacturing vertical, helping global manufacturers leverage data and scale technology to build agile, future-ready systems in support of their current and next generation operations. As a technology and customer value advocate, Slimane is passionate about helping manufacturers draw effective digital strategies to spearhead real business transformation that cuts cost and accelerates time-to-value.

Rémi Goget

Principal Technical Consultant

Rémi holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Innovation Leadership. At Cognite, Rémi is Cognite´s SME for manufacturing with more than 15 years of combined hands-on and management experience in Chemical Intermediates Production, Food & Beverage and Pharmaceuticals.

Ben Skal

Director of Product Marketing, Manufacturing

At Cognite, Ben helps customers in the manufacturing industry connect technology to use cases in the production environment. He started his career at a major steel producer and has spent 10 years working in the process industry, including six years working for an industrial automation solution provider. Ben has a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.