CEO of HUB Ocean

Kimberly Mathisen loves the challenge of helping organizations find new sources of energy and growth and more innovative and sustainable business models.

She has more than 25 years of experience as a leader in Digitalization and Technology, Branded Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals in North America, Europe and Asia. Before becoming CEO of HUB Ocean, she was General Manager of Microsoft Norway for five years.

She serves on the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG and the Board of Directors of Aker Biomarine and Aize.  She has been named as one of Norway’s most influential leaders by Kapital and one of Norway’s top female executives in technology by Abelia and Oda Network.



In Ms. Mathisen’s AI+ talk, “Changing the Fate of the Ocean through Data”, we will explore the exciting potential of utilizing data and AI to address specific ocean impact areas, from reducing shipping emissions to optimizing offshore wind. We will highlight the significance of breaking down data silos and unlocking ocean data from industry sources to help solve big ocean data challenges.

This effort is part of HUB Ocean’s larger vision to become the world’s ocean data collaboration hub, advancing both ocean health and wealth. The centerpiece of this initiative is the Ocean Data Platform, a collaborative tool that provides a single-cloud based environment for working with ocean data and creating new insights. Join us to learn more about our approach to ocean sustainability.

Q & A with Kimberly Mathisen


1. Tell us about your first encounter with artificial intelligence (AI)?

When I joined Microsoft, they were on the cutting edge of AI, equipped with some of the most sophisticated tools and platforms, and moving the needle towards making AI accessible to everyone. The five years I spent there were intense and full of learning. It was a truly exciting opportunity to update my skills and lead in the digital and AI revolution.


2. What is your competence within the field of AI?

I’ve been managing people involved with AI for the best part of a decade. I’ve overseen all kinds of people and teams from those doing the hands-on practical work, to those grappling with ethical issues and those preparing the data to fuel AI models.


3. Why did you develop an interest in AI?

AI is wildly intriguing in so many ways. Who isn’t interested in something that is changing the world as we live in it right now!? I am fascinated by AI for Good – particularly what AI can do for the ocean, for climate change, for health care, for the world’s most vulnerable, and for preserving cultural heritage.


4. Can you recommend a relevant book or film about AI?

Tool and Weapons, Brad Smith.


5. Why should we, or should we not, be afraid of AI?

AI is the most powerful tool that human kind is building. Pushing this to the extreme, we must consider both ultimate possibility and ultimate damage.


6. Which field, in your opinion, has the most to benefit from AI – and why?

AI for the health of our planet – We have at our disposal a tool that can improve our ability to model and predict climate patterns and changes, optimize energy production and consumption, and help manage resources for sustainable food. I’m incredibly excited to see what’s net in this field.


7. How should the use of AI develop in the future?

AI has the potential to transform our understanding of the ocean by providing more accurate and comprehensive data, enabling better predictive modeling, and improving our ability to manage and protect ocean ecosystems. AI-powered autonomous systems can collect data on a range of ocean variables such as temperature, salinity, ocean currents, and water chemistry. This data can be processed using machine learning algorithms to identify patterns and trends, leading to more accurate predictive modeling of ocean conditions. This can help us manage and conserve ocean ecosystems more effectively, detect marine pollution, and support sustainable fishing practices.


8. Why should participants tune in on your presentation during AI+?

I’ll be talking about how we can harness and unleash the power of data to transform the fate of the ocean. HUB Ocean aims to become the world’s ocean data hub, creating the world’s largest ocean data set that can fuel AI and other technologies.