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Arne Elias Corneliussen is Founder and CEO of NRCI – a geopolitical consulting firm. He founded NRCI in 2010.

Arne Elias Corneliussen developed a real passion for international relations and history at a young age. Regular travel around the world from a young age shaped his international personality and exploratory drive, 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 to his presentations, keynote speeches and consultations with clients.

Presentation topics Arne Elias Corneliussen.

  • The new global geopolitical risk landscape.
  • Expedition along the new Silk Road from China to Turkey
  • The rise and evolving role of China in global affairs
  • Assessing business opportunities and risks in Africa

Originally from Oslo, Arne EliasCorneliussen 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 U.S., where he mapped Islamist movements from Morocco to the Philippines at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., in 1998. In 1999, he lived in Santiago, Chile. In 2000, he completed a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in New York. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as an officer for the Norwegian Armed Forces during the NATO operation in Kosovo. Since 2002 he has held various positions in the corporate sector, including sales, international business development and recruitment. Arne Elias Corneliussen has traveled to more than 115 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin and North America, and Europe. He brings a unique combination of intrepid practitioner, insightful academic and dynamic business acumen.

Arne Elias Corneliussen is a top speaker and lectures at corporate events and international conferences. He also lectures at universities around the world and gave a talk at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford in February 2019 about his overland expeditions through western, southern and eastern Africa.

Other lecture topics:

  • Global Affairs & International Politics
  • Global economy – global risk – global strategies
  • The Middle East
  • Relations USA – China – Europe

Arne Elias Corneliussen regularly conducts long fact-finding expeditions mapping political, security, and economic risks, infrastructure, and local conditions, expanding NRCI’s global network with local contacts. He has traveled to 42 countries in Africa on 10 fact-finding expeditions and traversed nearly 30 countries on the African continent by public bus.

In the fall of 2017, Arne Elias Corneliussen traveled on an expedition by train, bus, and shared cabs from Shanghai through China, Central Asia, and the Caucasus to Istanbul to map infrastructure developments, logistical clusters, and the geopolitical landscape along the One Belt One Road – the New Silk Road developed by China. He conducted similar overland expeditions through the Middle East and Latin America.


Arne Elias Corneliussen is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Arne Elias Corneliussen also serves as conference chair, program chair, keynote speaker, and moderator for the Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual international geopolitical conference in Oslo that focuses on geopolitical risk and international business opportunities.

Arne Elias Corneliussen provides highly informative, thoughtful, carefully nuanced, inspiring and eye-opening presentations, keynote speeches and advisory sessions in virtual and online venues, for executives, board meetings and executive learning sessions, as well as for corporate and international conferences.

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