If someone asked Vilde Hageselle five years ago what her dream job was, the answer would be working with sustainability in the shipping industry. Today that is exactly what she does – and she is named one of this year’s 10 Women to Watch in Shipping for doing it.
“After studying marine biology and then working a few years in a shipping company, I had my eye on Grieg Green. I’ve always thought that if you work hard enough for something, you can achieve almost everything. So I put my effort into it, and here I am,” says Vilde.
As a Market and Environmental Analyst at Grieg Green, her job entails, among other things, analyzing the market, researching new services for the company, and staying updated on the sustainability field.
“It’s an exciting and rewarding job. I get to work with highly skilled people, and I gain insight into the environmental issues we as a society is up against.
Currently, she is contributing to a collaborative project between the Grieg Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), entitled “Clean ports, clean oceans. Improving port waste management in the Philippines“. The project aims to reduce plastic waste by 50% in at least three Philippine ports by 2023.
Speaking with Vilde, it doesn’t take long before you pick up on her energy level. She describes herself as a morning person, often getting up before 6 AM to get the most out of the day.
But in addition to getting in the hours of the day, she seems to have an unusually high work capacity. So, what’s the secret?
Vilde’s skills and spirit are being noticed. This year, she has been named one of 10 Women to Watch in Shipping – an award hosted by Nor-Shipping, YoungShip, and WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association).
Among the criteria for the nomination are ambition and passion for the maritime industry and its future development, having demonstrated the ability to inspire others, and a willingness to teach and share knowledge with others.
Vilde is also the Head of Communication in YoungShip, a professional non-profit organization for young people working within the global maritime industry – for which Grieg Group has sponsored several events.
Here, she is responsible for the organization’s social media, sponsorships, and branding. She has also started a monthly column called “Friday cuppa coffee,” where she invites leaders from different areas in the industry to participate.
“I consider myself very lucky getting to know so many talented and accomplished people and contributing to exciting content and engagement for YoungShip. It’s a good feeling, helping to create a platform for young people where they can meet like-minded, build a network, and get friends and memories for life.”
Grieg Green is a company under Grieg Maritime Group, established in 2010. The company aims to be a pioneer within sustainable recycling of ships and rigs, providing environmental services to the maritime world and offering companies green alternatives to the traditional scrapping of old tonnage.
WWF is a non-profit charitable organization working for wilderness preservation and reducing human impact on the environment. They collaborate with people worldwide to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live.