Arne Elias Corneliussen is an extraordinary communicator who provides eye-opening, engaging, and memorable virtual and in-person experiences that leave audiences inspired, motivated, and rethinking with a new understanding.
Arne Elias Corneliussen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at 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. 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 lens from different perspectives, which he brings into his presentations, keynote speeches, and advisory sessions with clients.
Originally from Oslo, Arne Elias 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. In 1998, he returned to the US and worked at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Arne lived and studied in Santiago, Chile, in 1999, and 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.
Arne Elias Corneliussen worked as an officer for the Norwegian Armed Forces during NATO’s operation in Kosovo from 2001 until 2002. Since 2002 he has held different roles in the corporate sector in Norway, including sales, international business development, and recruitment services. Mr. Corneliussen traveled to more than 115 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin, North America, and Europe. He brings a unique combination of an intrepid practitioner, insightful academic, and dynamic business acumen. He provides keynote addresses, presentations, and moderates and hosts roles at international conferences, corporate and online/virtual events, and webinars. Arne Elias Corneliussen 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.
Arne Elias Corneliussen regularly conducts long fact-finding expeditions where he maps political, security, and business risks, infrastructure, and local conditions and expands NRCI’s global network with local contacts. He traveled on ten 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 traveled 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.
Arne Elias Corneliussen is also a motivational and inspirational speaker and provides unique presentations which drive and build motivation for teams and companies.
He also serves as the conference director and program chair for the Norwegian Risk Forum, NRCI’s annual international geopolitical conference in Oslo focusing on geopolitical risks and international business opportunities.
Arne Elias Corneliussen provides thoughtful, carefully nuanced, inspiring, and eye-opening presentations, keynote speeches, and advisory sessions in virtual events, leadership and board meetings, and webinars.