- GRI Certified Sustainability Professional
- Board Director Norwegian Business Association China
- Dedicated to building sustainable bridges between China and Europe
I hold a Norwegian passport, but consider myself a global citizen. With China playing a central role for global development in the coming years (economic growth, climate change, digital innovation etc), I have dedicated myself to building bridges of understanding between China and the West. And as the name ShanghaiHeidi indicates: I am based in Shanghai.
Sustainable development is the greatest challenge facing humanity and our planet. I have extensive experience from sustainable (ESG) finance and green projects, and am a certified GRI reporting professional.
I hold a Master of economic and business administration from Norwegian School of Economics (Siviløkonom, NHH) and University of St Gallen. Before engaging full time with China, I worked in management consulting, Telenor and Norfund.
I speak and read Chinese at intermediate level (still studying every day), is a Chinese tea enthusiast and train kung fu.
On a number of China and sustainability related topics:
- Sustainability with Chinese characteristics
- ESG reporting
- New Retail
- Digital payments
- Chinese business environment etc.
- Cultural differences and how to manage cross cultural teams
For online presentations I often tailor make videos from various locations in China.
Introduction to sustainability and ESG to new learners, both in person and in partnership with Area9Lyceum for online training course. Based on both international and Chinese standards.
Tailor made ESG related training on issues like strategy development, reporting, due dilligence etc.
Developing tailor made online training for corporates in adaptive learning platform.
General market research for companies considering the China market. Company visits, product testing, filming etc. for clients who can not travel to China.
Support with ESG strategy development for companies in China, both large international organisations and start-ups.
Partner introductions for those who need support in finding the right resources in China.
Coaching and workshops on cultural differences
A main reason for misunderstandings between Western and Chinese teams is low of understanding of cultural differences. I use well studied theoretical frameworks to structure workshops and coaching on how to manage and work in cross cultural settings.
Many misunderstandings about Chinese business and development stem from lack of understanding of a culture which is greatly different from that in the "West". I strive to continuously develop my understanding of Chinese history, language, and cultural treasures of China - such as their tea and kung fu. In all work for clients I cover relevant cultural elements to increase understanding of market dynamics, people behaviour and management practices etc.
Alexander Haneng, Norwegian Post
Heidi is a regular guest on my leadership podcast, and she always shares new and interesting insights about the Chinese market when it comes to trends, innovation and culture.