Honorary Doctorate for Nils-Odd Tønnevold

Nils-Odd Tønnevold was presented with an Honorary Doctorate at a Graduation Ceremony at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland on 17 November 2011. This was in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial achievement and leadership in the field of investment management.

It was also for Nils-Odd’s philanthropic work as an inspirational role model for individuals overcoming disability.

Alongside his exceptional commitment to providing top class business and investment advice to individuals and organisations, Nils founded a charity called Momentum for limbless people in Norway. This was the first of its kind in order to inspire and support amputees and their families to turn adversity into advantage.

In his acceptance speech, now both graduate and honorary graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Dr Nils-Odd Tønnevold turned his attention to fellow graduates and other members of the audience. He urged:

Work hard and achieve the best you are capable of. You will face difficulties – we all do from time to time. Don’t let it get the better of you. Never, never, never give up. Don’t grumble, don’t be bitter but forgive and be positive, look on the bright side and stay the course, true to your beliefs and values. Also … think about what YOU CAN DO to give something back that will help others to have a great life.