Silje has a master's degree in ecological economics from Nord University and a Bachelor's degree in comparative politics together with a Chinese language degree from UiB & UiO. She has worked in various parts of the aquaculture industry since 2009 and has extensive international experience, mainly from Asia. She has previously worked both with marketing of seafood in the Seafood Council in China and sales and exports in Lerøy. In Sett sjøbein / FHF she worked within communication and recruitment to the industry. Before joining Bellona, she was project manager at Tekna, where she led the Havåker project, tackling new challenges in the aquaculture industry.