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Bjørn R. Watne

Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer,
Telenor Group

Mr. Watne is Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Telenor Group, and an advisor to EUROPOL. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Agder in Norway and an Executive MBA from ESCP Business School in Paris, France. Watne has more than 20 years of professional experience with information security and cyber risk management in Europe and Asia – primarily within financial services, telecommunications and critical infrastructure. Over the years he’s held numerous board and committee positions with different professional bodies and is a regular speaker at industry events. A long-term ISACA member, he’s been a chapter leader for several years and served as the president of the ISACA Norway Chapter. In 2021 Mr. Watne was named amongst the Global Topp 100 Leaders in Information Security by Corinium Global Intelligence, and in 2022 he was one of the finalists for the Outstanding Chief Information Security Officer -award, handed out by the OSPAs.