Arne Elias Corneliussen


  • The New Geopolitical Global Landscape
  • Geopolitical Risks and Strategic Global Forecast
  • Understanding Opportunities and Geopolitical Risks along The New Silk Road – An Overland Expedition by Train, Car and Bus from Shanghai to Istanbul
  • Understanding the Evolving Dynamics between Infrastructure, Logistics, Economic Corridors and Geopolitical Trajectories from China to Turkey
  • The Evolving Dimensions in the Rise of Asia
  • Brexit – Fundamental Implications and Strategic Forecast for the UK and Europe
  • Company and Corporate Strategic Development – Developing a Robust and Dynamic Risk Management Strategy and Assessing Risks on the Ground for Business Growth

What he offers

Mr. Corneliussen travelled on a range of long overland expeditions by bus, train, car and boat across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. These on the ground expeditions provide unique value to his strategic and geopolitical insights which he offers.

How he presents

Mr. Corneliussen is an extraordinary communicator who provides eye-opening, engaging and memorable virtual and inperson experiences who leave audiences inspired and rethinking with a new understanding.

Arne Elias Corneliussen is founder and director of global geopolitical analysis in NRCI – a geopolitical risk advisory. He formed NRCI in 2010. Mr. Corneliussen developed a genuine passion for international relations and history at a very early age and in his teenager years frequented the Parliament and University of Oslo to attend lectures. Regular travels around the world from an early age formed his international personality and zest for exploration and instilled in him a natural ability to connect with people on the ground from different cultures, religions and local communities. 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.

Originally from Oslo, Mr. Corneliussen received his bachelor of arts in political science from Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1998. He studied at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt in 1996. He then returned to the US where he mapped Islamist movements from Morocco to the Philippines at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C in 1998. He lived in Santiago, Chile in 1999 where he examined South America´s political situation, economic development, drug cartels in Colombia and strategic relations between South America, North America and Europe. During the late 1990s he attended a range of conferences in Washington, D.C., New York City, London and Cairo. He completed a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York in 2000.

He worked as an officer for the Norwegian Armed Forces during NATO’s operation in Kosovo from 2001 until 2002. Since 2002 he held different roles in the corporate sector in Norway including sales, international business development and recruitment services. Mr. Corneliussen travelled 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 practitioner, insightful academic and dynamic business acumen. Mr. Corneliussen manages NRCI with a life-long perspective to become a global geopolitical risk consultancy trusted and respected by clients, partners and local contacts worldwide. He also provides lectures at universities around the world and in February 2019 he gave a presentation at St Antony´s College at the University of Oxford about his overland expeditions across western, southern and eastern Africa.

Mr. Corneliussen regularly conducts long fact-finding expeditions where he maps political, security and business risks, infrastructure, local conditions and expands NRCI’s global network with local contacts. He travelled on 10 fact-finding expeditions to 42 countries in Africa and he crossed 28 countries on the African continent by public bus. In the fall of 2017 Mr. Corneliussen travelled on an expedition by train, bus and shared taxis from Shanghai across China, Central Asia and the Caucasus to Istanbul to map infrastructure developments, logistical clusters and the geopolitical landscape along One Belt One Road – the New Silk Road developed by China.

Mr. Corneliussen also serves as the conference director and program chair for Norwegian Risk Forum NRCI’s annual international geopolitical conference in Oslo focusing on geopolitical risks and international business opportunities.

Presentation Languages: English

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