Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist in Statoil, has a broad experience from government, academics and the private sector. He has specialist competence in energy and petroleum economics, macroeconomics, tax analysis, corporate strategy, scenario analysis, investment analysis and performance management. His experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting, in addition to Statoil. In the period 2010-2013 he served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway. From 2014 he is a member of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas.