We met with the founder of MAK, Javad Mushtaq. MAK aims to increase the competitiveness of Norway and Norwegian businesses through raising the level of consciousness on diversity and intercultural competence as a competitive advantage, within both the Norwegian Public and private sector.

MAK has two main areas of focuses: 1) leadership, 2) innovation and 3) entrepreneurship. In addition, all work is related to community engagement and corporate social responsibility. MAK was founded in 2015 and has already become an established network of young progressive leadership talents. We asked Javad what his thoughts are on Oslo's need to be a more interesting city.

 This is a summary of his answers:

  • Create competence clusters that can inspire, inform, attract and take care of each other, both nationally and internationally
  • Give people opportunities and capitalize on young people's competence – let newcomers bring their knowledge into the Leader Groups and Boards of Directors
  • More focus on building a world class educational system. Oslo, and Norway, needs to raise the international level on education. More international cooperations between schools and the private sector.
  • Oslo as a city needs to promote itself as an interesting city to live, work and study in with vast opportunities. Right now there is not enough focus on Oslo as a place for development for yourself or your business.
  • It's too hard for newcomers to enter the Norwegian society. Create incentives that motivates people to come here and start up their business. To become world class, you need to attract international top talent, and incentives for them to stay.

Javad also pointed out the issues related to the Norwegian culture. Especially the culture around sharing ideas between people and businesses, and brings up the «jantelov».  He claims that as soon as you have high ambitions someone will try to put you down, and he says that Norwegians are bad at creating international networks while abroad. Norwegians are pretty locked up and tend to end up close to invisible for the rest of the world – according to Javad.

We are following Javad, and we believe his work is of high relevance for Oslo as a city. Check out MAK for further information