INAQ welcomes Vegard Aksnes to the team!

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INAQ has recruited Vegard Aksnes as a senior advisor within the strategic business area Technology, starting from the first of February.

Vegard Aksnes has background in marine technology as research manager, researcher and project manager in SINTEF Ocean, where he has worked since 2010. During the last nine years, he has managed research groups within marine structures, marine operations and aquaculture structures. Since 2020, Vegard has been the director of SFI BLUES, a centre for research-based innovation on the next generation of ocean structures for renewable energy, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure. Vegard has a master’s degree in mathematics and a PhD in marine civil engineering, both from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

INAQ AS ( provides advisory services to seafood companies and related businesses in Norway and internationally. INAQ helps seafood companies with strategic development and assists owners and investors with transactions within the sector, with technological assessments as a key part. INAQ also assists the supplier industry, both well established companies and companies that want to expand their market to include the seafood industry.

– I am excited to join INAQ’s skilled and multidisciplinary team and to support the seafood industry in future developments. The aquaculture industry is strong in technology development, and I am looking forward to assist clients in Norway and abroad with strategic challenges within technological development, research and innovation, together with INAQ’s experts in finance, biology and sustainability, says Vegard Aksnes.

– We are very happy to have Vegard joining the INAQ team. The fish farming industry is developing new production technology and move towards exposed locations, which requires different competence and a strong focus on risk management. We can offer our customers assistance with project development and technology assessments within the field of marine structures. The ocean space is an area of great development, with many different stakeholders competing for available area, but also with great potential for coexistence of different industries. This is an area that INAQ will keep a close eye on in the future, says INAQ CEO Nina Santi.