Arne Elias Corneliussen: Biography highlights
Arne Elias Corneliussen is the founder and director of global geopolitical analysis at NRCI – a geopolitical risk advisory.
Full biography of Arne Elias Corneliussen
Arne developed a unique and genuine passion for international relations and history at a very early age. Travels around the world from childhood formed his international personality and zest for exploration and instilled in him an eye-opening and natural ability to connect with people on the ground from all cultures, in local communities and different religions. This gave him a unique ability to reflect, listen and observe the world with a unique lense from different perspectives, which he brings into his presentations, keynote speeches and advisory sessions with clients.
Arne conducted his university education in the United States, Egypt and Chile and he received a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York in 2000. He formed NRCI in 2010.
He served as officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces as a part of NATO’s operation in Kosovo from 2001 until 2002. Since 2002 he held different roles in the corporate sector. He formed NRCI in 2010. Arne traveled to more than 115 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin and North America and Europe. He brings a unique combination of an intrepid explorer, insightful academic and businessman and dynamic intellectual. He is a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London – the oldest biological and natural history society in the world and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London – a world-leading society for geographers and explorers. Arne Elias Corneliussen maintains close dialogue with a vast network of insightful contacts in leading establishments in academia, business, diplomacy and governments worldwide.
He is a keynote speaker at international conferences and corporate events on current and global affairs and he also lectures at universities around the world among them at the University of Oxford. Arne Elias Corneliussen is a geopolitical advisor to companies, financial institutions, foundations, ultra-high net worth individuals and families, and governments.
Arne conducts unique overland fact-finding expeditions by bus, train, car and boat across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to map political, security, business, infrastructure and logistics risks and local, tribal and human conditions. He traveled on 10 fact-finding expeditions to 42 countries in Africa and he crossed 30 countries by public bus across western, southern and eastern Africa. In the fall of 2017, he traveled alone on a fact-finding 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 the New Silk Road currently developed by China. He is the program chair, keynote speaker and moderator for Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual international geopolitical conference in Oslo focusing on geopolitical risks and business opportunities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Arne provides thoughtful, carefully nuanced, inspiring and eye-opening presentations, keynote speeches and advisory sessions.
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Friends Association of Bogstad Manor, Oslo
Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered an outstanding presentation for a full house at Bogstad Manor in Oslo and it became a remarkable experience. He is extremely knowledgeable, reflective and insightful. He communicates in a structured, clear and entertaining manner. This became one of our most successful evenings ever. '
The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts
'NRCI's CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen delivered a most interesting, high-quality and insightful presentation and a Q & A session to The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts. He is a very knowledgeable, well-informed, committed and accomplished speaker with first-hand experience on the ground.'
Arne Elias's speaking topics
Brexit, Yellow Vests and the Rise of Political Populism across Europe
In this eye-opening and insightful presentation, Arne outlines the key drivers behind political activism and opposition in Europe today which triggered Brexit and the emergence of Yellow Vests in France and other populist movements. Currently, populism rises across Europe and the world. What consequences can we expect from this populist drive and how will it impact Europe in the years to come? What drives the anger and frustration behind this populist drive?
Arne also examines how technology and social media drives populist movements. In addition he examines how political leaders´ lack of ability to listen and understand political issues and popular perceptions fuel populist anger. Political populism constitutes one of the key drivers in global transformation. We need to examine and understand what created this political phenomenon and how it may impact our societies in the future.
How to Assess Risks in a Country or Region
Arne explains how he approaches his work and navigates his way through high-risk environments, and what is important when conducting an on the ground risk assessment. He also explains how he connects with people on local level regardless of their tribe or ethnic group. Arne has a unique way of building relations with people on the ground which enables him to understand conditions across countries and regions. This presentation or workshop is useful for companies, corporations and organizations planning to invest or operate in a new country.
Rise of Asia
In this highly informative presentation Arne outlines the key drivers behind the rise of Asia and the unique geopolitical and strategic dimensions of Asia´s evolution. Arne examines Asia from political, economic, geographic and strategic perspectives and outlines how Asia most likely continues to evolve in the coming years. He examines the political and economic dimensions of China, India, Japan, South Korea and other countries. In addition he examines connections between countries and regions in Asia and how geopolitical landscape shapes opportunities and risks in Asia.
In the presentation he focuses on geopolitical developments, strategic dynamics and economic developments across Asia. He also looks closer at how the Indian Ocean opens a wide maritime theater between Asia, Africa and the Middle East and how the Indian Ocean plays a vital trade corridor between Asia and Africa.
Geopolitical Risks and Strategic Outlook in the World
Currently we experience an age of global transformation with the: Rise of Asia; Russia´s resurgence as a great power: economic growth combined with recurring and shifting conflict-spirals in emerging markets across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America; populism and popular movements challenging traditional elites across the world. This global transformation combined with rising cyber risks, environmental changes and corruption challenge societal foundations around the world.
In this intriguing presentation, Arne presents major geopolitical risks and dynamics influencing our world today with an intriguing and highly informative assessment and how this impact global affairs and our world today and in the future. Arne conducted a range of overland expeditions by train, bus and car across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is uniquely positioned to reflect on geopolitical risks and global affairs with his insightful overland field expeditions around the world combined with his global background and managing NRCI for 10 years.
One Belt One Road – Overland Expedition from Shanghai to Istanbul
One Belt One Road constitutes China´s strategic global industrial strategy encompassing a land-based (One Belt) and maritime (One Road) infrastructure strategy. This is the largest infrastructure project in history involving more than 60 countries and expenditures estimated at 1000 billion USD. Understanding what the One Belt One Road means for economic, business, political and security developments becomes increasingly important in an age of global transformation.
In the fall of 2017, Arne Elias Corneliussen conducted an overland expedition by train, car and bus from Shanghai to Istanbul to examine infrastructure developments, logistics clusters and geopolitical dynamics along the New Silk Road. In this unique, highly informative and nuanced presentation, Arne takes the audience along on his overland expedition across China, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Turkey and presents over 150 photos which he took while travelling from Shanghai to Istanbul. He provides an insightful, eye-opening and clarifying presentation into why, how and in what way China develops its One Belt One Road strategy and the political, economic and geopolitical implications for Asia and the world.
China´s economic growth and rise to industrial and economic superpower status challenge the existing international order. However on a deeper level the civilizational divide between the Western world and China cements itself in fear about China´s intentions and statecraft internationally. Thus, we need to examine what is behind China´s thinking and strategic decisions. Over the past 30 years, Arne read widely about Chinese history, internal politics, strategic relations, business thinking and China´s bilateral relations with a range of countries.
Arne provides a balanced and nuanced assessment of China and shares his own observations from travelling in China and interacting with Chinese people. In 2017 Arne travelled by train from Shanghai to Kashgar in the Xinjang Province in western China and made unique and important observations. In this fascinating and eye-opening presentation, Arne examines how key epochal trends in China´s history informs its decision-making and strategic thinking today. In addition you receive an assessment of likely scenarios in China´s wider regional theater. His presentation includes perspectives on China´s geopolitical role on the global scene.
Geopolitical Risks in the Middle East – Risk Outlook and Forecast
The Middle East remains an economically vital, politically complex and strategically dynamic region positioned in between Asia, Europe and Africa. This unique geostrategic location combined with internal rivalries and external pressures foment continuous conflict-trajectories. In this fascinating and informed presentation, Arne brings his audience on an epic journey through the political, cultural and strategic landscape forming the Middle East today and in the future.
Arne started travelling in the Middle East in the early 1990s and he closely monitors geopolitical developments in the region. He also talks with people across the Middle East regularly and reads widely on a broad range of topics covering Middle Eastern history and current regional affairs.
Sub-Saharan Africa – Political and Economic Developments
Arne travelled to over 40 countries in Africa and he conducted 10 long overland expeditions by public bus across 28 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa. He assessed political and security risks, infrastructure developments, logistics clusters, border crossings and business opportunities across the African continent and is uniquely positioned to talk about political and security risks, business opportunities and future trends in Africa. Arne maintains a wide network of contacts across Africa whom he talks with regularly which provides him with an intimate understanding of ongoing developments in Africa.