Board of Trustees

The Oslo Center’s Board of Trustees consist of highly experienced politicians, researchers and other experts in their respective fields that works to ensure the foundation’s visions and missions.

Members of the Board of Trustees

  • Bjørn Tore Godal (Chairman)
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Minister of Defence, and Former Minister of Commerce 
    Norway

  • Ane Hansdatter Kismul 
    Head of Parliament, Centre Party 
    Norway


  • Anne Cathrine Uteng da Silva 
    Secretary General, United Nations Association of Norway 
    Norway


  • Anne Sender 
    Lecturer and Debater
    Norway

  • Ann-Magrit Austenå 
    Secretary General of NOAS 
    Norway


  • Atle Sommerfeldt 
    Norwegian bishop, former Secretary General of Norwegian Church Aid 
    Norway


  • Bente E. Engesland 
    CEO, Burson-Marsteller 
    Norway


  • Bente Knagenhjelm 
    Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue 
    Norway


  • Bjørn Engesland 
    Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee 
    Norway


  • Dag Dvergsten 
    Investor, CEO for Dag Dvergsten AS
    Norway


  • Denis Kadima 
    Executive Director, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)
    South Africa


  • Didrik Tønseth 
    Lawyer, Former Ambassador 
    Norway


  • Einar Steensnæs 
    Former Cabinet Minister, MP, Executive Director of the Oslo Center 
    Norway


  • Eirik Løkke 
    Advisor, Civita 
    Norway


  • Gerd Liv Valla
    Former Leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
    Norway


  • Göran Persson
    Former Prime Minister of Sweden 
    Sweden


  • Gro Hillestad Thune
    Norwegian jurist, member of the Labour party 
    Norway


  • Gry Larsen
    Secretary General, CARE Norway
    Norway


  • Henrik Syse
    Research Professor, PRIO & Vice. Chair, Norwegian Nobel Committee 
    Norway


  • Hilde Frafjord Johnson 
    Former Minister of International Development of Norway, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to South Sudan
    Norway


  • Inger Helene Venås 
    Executive Director, Virke 
    Norway


  • Ingrid Stange 
    Executive Chair, Partnership for Change
    Norway


  • James Reimer
    Canadian Investor
    Canada


  • Jan Petersen 
    Former Norwegian Cabinet Minister 
    Norway


  • John R. Tunheim 
    Chief U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota 
    United States


  • Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt 
    Executive Director, Rafto Foundation 
    Norway


  • Ken Godfrey 
    Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) 
    Brussels


  • Kevin Casas-Zamora 
    International IDEA
    Sweden


  • Kristian Berg Harpviken 
    Research Professor, PRIO 
    Norway


  • Maria Elena Aguero 
    Secretary General, Club de Madrid 
    Spain


  • Mathias Slettholm 
    Political Advisor, SOS Children’s Villages Norway 
    Norway


  • Odd Einar Dørum 
    Former member of Parliament, representing the Liberal Party 
    Norway


  • Olav Kjørven 
    Chief Strategy Officer, EAT 
    Norway


  • Ottar Mæstad 
    Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)
    Norway


  • Paavo Lipponen 
    Politician and former reporter 
    Finland


  • Paul Pribbenow 
    President, Augsburg College
    United States


  • Per Saxegaard 
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Business for Peace Foundation 
    Norway


  • Shari Bryan 
    Vice President, NDI
    United States


  • Stig Olav Jacobsen
    Investor 
    Norway


  • Sveinung Lunde
    Executive Director, Bjørknes University College
    Norway


  • Tarja Halonen
    Former President of Finland 
    Finland


  • Torild Skogsholm 
    Head of Parliament Secretariat, Liberal Party
    Norway