Morten holds a MSc in Petroleum Geology from University of Bergen. He has 33 years oil industry experience in Norway and internationally. He held several technical positions in Esso in exploration as well as field development, spent one year with Exxon Production Research in Houston in ’86-87 and 1½ years with Esso UK in ’94-95. Morten joined Statoil in 1996 and worked on technical exploration projects in Norway, Denmark and Nigeria. He had an Exploration Manager position in Nigeria and later Western Africa, including Angola from 2000 to 2003 and later Senior Advisor Prospect Evaluation, Chief Geologist-Exploration and Vice President Portfolio and Acreage Access in Statoil Global Exploration.