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Crown Prince Haakon marks the fifth anniversary of the SIKT-conference

Yesterday, more than 500 former participants were invited to the SIKT five-year celebrations at the Royal Palace in Oslo on the special invitation of his Royal Highness the Crown Prince.

Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit and Queen Sonja were present during the celebrations.

Following an introduction by HRH Crown Prince Haakon, Berkeley Professor Morten Hansen held a lecture on leadership. Then, the SIKT participant and police-officer Navjot Sandhu and the year’s female entrepreneur, Grete Sønsteby, entered the stage to hold a speech. The program ended with a lecture by Professor Johan Rockstrøm from Stockholm Resilience Center. He is internationally recognised for his research on sustainability, at the intersection of human development and the planet’s resources.

Crown Prince Haakon welcomed everyone and spoke a lot of his dedication to SIKT. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Queen Sonja said she thought it was so nice to be able to hold a SIKT arrangement at the royal castle. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

SIKT is a unique meeting place organised by the Crown Prince where the energy and optimism of young leaders and talent in the ages of 20 and 40 is in focus. The goal is to be a relevant and fun arena for new thinking and unprecedented discussion across different sectors.

Every year, about 200 committed young people from all over the country – from business, public sector, organisational life, culture, sports, the media and academia – contribute to different perspectives, good discussions and exciting ideas on common issues through SIKT.

There was a merry and informal tone also between the royals on the arrangement. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Crown Prince Haakon also took on the role as an interviewer during the event. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

The annual event takes place over one and a half packed days. It is full of professional refills, triggering engagement and getting to know and learning from each other who will be in focus during the fall seminar.

SIKT was started in 2013 and has since been held annually – every year in a new place and with a main theme:

2013: Norwegian Technical and Natural Sciences University, Trondheim (Norway)

2014: University of Tromsø (Innovation and Innovation)

20kes place15: University of Bergen (Management)

2016: Norwegian Technical and Natural Sciences University, Ålesund (Driving Power)

2017: the University of Agder, Kristiansand (Interaction)

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.