Camilla is 47 years old and lives at Skøyen in Oslo together with her partner and their two daughters. She is originally from Trondheim and grew up nearby NTNU, the university known for its engineering studies. After finishing high school, she moved to France to study engineering for five years at Institut National des Sciences appliquèes de Toulouse. Camilla also lived one year in Spain during her studies and is still fluent in both Spanish and French.
“Becoming an engineer fell very naturally for me, especially when I grew up with NTNU as my closest neighbor. After I graduated in France, I decided to move back home to Norway to start my career,” Camilla explains.
Her first job was as a planning engineer at the Norwegian Defence Communications and Data Services Administration (Forsvarets tele- og datatjeneste), where she worked on the planning of a system to improve Norwegian coastal surveillance. Further, she worked for more than five years as a network architect at Telenor, where she participated in the design and maintenance of UMTS and GPRS IT solutions for Telenor Mobil.
Before joining Mer in February 2021, Camilla spent a few years working for several telecommunication companies and mobile operators in Namibia, and in a Startup company delivering solutions to countries such as Malaysia, Brazil, and South Africa.
“At the start of my career, my drive was to save the world in the way I could with my engineering background. After my time in Namibia, I decided to change courses and focus areas and wanted to move back home to settle down and work within renewables,” she tells.
She worked as a consultant at FMC Kongsberg Subsea, and then with offshore wind at GE, before joining Statkraft as a business developer in 2012.
“Five years ago, while working at Statkraft, I was assigned to help Mer to start business development on home charging for apartments. At that time, Mer only had 10 employees. I was hired as the CTO of Mer in February 2021, and today, the number of employees has grown to more than 300. That is an incredible change and journey to observe and to be a part of,” she says.
Camilla Moe, CTO at Mer
As the CTO of Mer, Camilla is responsible for IT and technology within the company. Most of her colleagues are men, and her department is actively seeking competent women to drive the future of IT.
Camilla tells that they are always working to attract more women to this industry and that women stand out in the piles of applications. Even though recruiting women has been, and still is, demanding, Camilla has some encouraging words for girls who wonder if they should study IT or apply for a job within the industry:
“Being a woman with an engineering degree gives you endless opportunities in the job market, which I have appreciated immensely. I have been privileged to work with incredibly skilled people during my career. Additionally, I have had the chance to experience exciting countries and parts of the world. I’m sure this has positively influenced how I am as a leader today and my professional development,” Camilla says.
Camilla and her family spend most weekends and vacations at their mountain cabin at Norefjell, only a two-hour drive from Oslo. Just like Camilla, her partner and their two girls like to stay active, and skiing and hiking in the mountains are considered quality time. In addition to skiing and hiking, Camilla is the handball coach for her oldest daughter’s team.
She has always been interested in sports and an active lifestyle, but when she was younger it was a somewhat rare type of activity that was of the highest interest.
“When I was studying in France, I joined a circus club where I learned and got good at juggling plates and cones. When I moved to Oslo, I coincidently met some circus artists who offered me to try my hand at being a circus artist,” she tells.
“My dream finally came through, but then I realized that other things in life were more important. I’m happy and appreciative with how my life turned out in the end, but I sometimes still think about how my life would have been today if my choice was different that day many years ago,” she concludes with a smile.