Klas Pettersen is CEO of NORA – Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium. Originally educated as a civil engineer in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he studied quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity, he turned into neuroscience and received a PhD in computational neuroscience in 2007 from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The later years (2014-2019) he has applied physics, mathematics, informatics and techniques from artificial intelligence to understand the brain, as a research scientist at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. From 2008 to 2013 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and a research scientist at NMBU, in the Group for Computational Biology and later also at the Center for Integrative Genetics. Klas has also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego (2015), and as a consultant for Accenture. From 2019 he is the CEO of NORA.