Ellen Ewald

Ellen Ewald is a partner at Tysvar LLC with broad background in international business and education.  She was the initiator and director of the 2011 Brain Science: The Next Frontier Conference, held in Minneapolis, MN with the goal to promote Norwegian and US brain research collaborations.   Ms. Ewald is a mental health advocate and a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Ms Ewald was the Director of Higher Education and Research at the Honorary Norwegian Consulate General in Minneapolis from 2008 until 2011.  Before moving to Minneapolis she was the Chairperson and Marketing/Human Resources Director for UnoPhone,  in Norway and UnoPhone, in Uganda. She was Manager of Business Network Development at TM Holding AS/Venturos AS, a VC/private equity firm working with technology start-ups in Norway and Uganda.

She has worked closely with Norwegian and US institutions, universities and organizations in the science and technology sectors.  Before joining TM Holding AS she was the Manager of International Projects at IT Fornebu in Oslo,(a Norwegian private/government initiative to develop a national technology park at the old airport). She has project management experience from Oracle Norge AS, Telenor Saturn project, Norwegian Investor Forum and IT Fornebu Knowation (e-learning).   She was lecturer for the University of Maryland in Economics, Political Science and International Relations.

Ms Ewald holds a Bachelor of Arts, (BA), summa cum laude degree from the University of Minnesota, USA,  a Master’s Degree (Hovedfag) from the University of Bergen, Norway and a Master of Science (S.M.) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, MA USA.

Ms. Ewald served as President of the MIT Club of Norway, from January 1995 until October 2008. She received the Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (M.I.T.). She has been an M.I.T. Educational Counselor (EC) in Norway. She served as an elected representative for the M.I.T. National Selection Committee  2005 -2008 term. She has helped to establish the University of Minnesota Alumni Chapter in Oslo and served as president.  In 2004 she was awarded as one of Norway’s Top 10 Most Successful International Women (Top 10 internasjonale kvinner i Norge, 2004).  In Minneapolis she has served on the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Executive Committee,  the Norway House Peace Initiative  and on the Board of Directors of the Ella and Kaare Nygaard Foundation at St Olaf College.  She is fluent in English and Norwegian languages as well as speaks and understands German.