Who are you and how did you become interested in technology?
I am Montenegrin and have lived, worked and studied in countries all over the world. I’m a civil engineer and teacher and have been living in Norway for seven years now. I have always aspired to build bridges – connect people physically and now through wireless communication to wherever they are. Most importantly, I am the proud aunt of my sister’s two kids, Vanja and Anika.
What is your role at work?
Collaboration, setting the direction, engaging with people, and being hands on in the key initiatives. I need to be encouraging and motivating, get the right capabilities in place and remove obstacles.
What are the most important concepts in your technology/sub-branch?
We believe that we are both the driver and enabler of Telenor’s modernization journey. We work with partners to drive innovation and efficiency through joint projects, procurement and incorporating security in everything we do (security by design). Developing and implementing new operating models that foster global collaboration and accountability is key.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
Controversies are commonly related to ‘how fast’, ‘how relevant’, ‘how much’ and ‘how we do it’. How much effort should we plan for and how fast should we change?
What is your own favourite example of this technology?
We are currently modernizing our systems and deploying security by design and procurement. We own two strategic programmes – 5G readiness and technology enablers for digital technology – and we are contributing to others.
Can you name any other good examples, nationally or internationally?
We are also preparing for 5G, introducing cloud, staying true to our API first policy and providing partner interfaces and collaboration. Guided by our customers, we are changing the way people work and the culture they work in.
What do you think is the most relevant knowledge for the future?
For any engineer, it’s important to put the solution into a business context and to explain how it solves customers’ problems. We have to understand and drive value for our customers.
Is there anything unique about what we do in this field here in Norway?
Exploring is in the Norwegian DNA – a unique Viking trait. Norway has a long history of exploring, constantly challenging the status quo, asking “Why is it like this?”, and then testing the options and finding the solution.
What do you think is the most important takeaway from our conversation?
Follow the principles of life, keep exploring and learning, believe in dreams and yourself, and never give up. Dare to challenge and take risks. In difficult times, stay the course. Own the dream and work hard!