“It is a great privilege to serve as Norway’s Consul General for the westernmost United States. A top priority is supporting Norwegian startups that seek to attract investors and draw inspiration from the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, the world’s leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. Promoting mutual business and investment opportunities in areas such as green technology, life sciences and health, and creative industries are other areas of high priority, as are promoting people-to-people contact through student and work exchanges, cultural events and tourism,” said Hilde Scorpen.
Ms. Skorpen took up the post as Norway’s Consul General in San Francisco in August 2013. The Consulate General serves the 13 westernmost U.S. states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Promoting sound management of resources and sustainable commercial activities in the Arctic is high on her list of priorities. Of particular concern is how climate change and the accelerated melting of the polar ice cap affect the human habitat and wildlife in the region.
Prior to her current posting, Ms. Skorpen served as the Foreign Ministry’s Senior Advisor to the Norwegian National Defense College. She has also been Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, served as Deputy Head of the Norwegian Mission to the UN in Geneva, and been posted to the Norwegian delegation to NATO in Brussels and to the Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Boston University. She is accompanied by her husband, retired army Col. Ole K. Stubben.