Karolina Olofsson

Executive Director

Karolina Olofsson is the first female Executive Director of the Oslo Center. Prior joining the Oslo Center, Ms. Olofsson was deployed by the Norwegian Capacity (NORCAP) expertise provider to Niger, where she worked with the United Nations to strengthen the localisation agenda in the Lake Chad Basin area. In 2018 she was in Colombia, also with the UN to develop agency strategies to support the peace agreement process.

Between 2006 and 2017, Ms. Olofsson also worked in several post-conflict contexts, such as Libya, Kosovo, Darfur, Ukraine and Afghanistan. She was in Kabul between 2009 and 2012, where she worked amongst other for Adam Smith International in the Afghan Ministry of Finance to help develop their fiscal transparency policies and processes to strengthen public participation, budgetary efficiency and institutional accountability.

Prior entering the international development sector, Ms. Olofsson initially worked in the private sector in Europe in fraud detection and continuous compliance of financial standards, which lead her to specialise in governance compliance. Over the years she has led teams, coordinated organisations, advised institutions and collaborated amongst others with the European Commission, INTERPOL, United States Congress, Parliament of the United Kingdom and international donors on international agendas.

Ms. Olofsson holds a PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from the University of Manchester, and two Masters in Conflict Management and Post-War Reconstruction from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy and the University of York in the UK. She has also a Bachelor (Honours) in Economics and Sociology from the University of York.


Message from the Executive Director:

Dear colleagues and friends,
It is a pleasure to step into the executive function of the Oslo Center and work with an amazing group of people who are dedicated and passionate about democracy, equality and inclusion. Though small, we are a foundation that puts people at the centre. Both internally with our staff and externally with our partners. Excelling at what we do best, we strive to create an environment for innovation, creativity and localisation where democratic practices correspond to each of the unique paths nations have ahead of themselves. Democracy is an ever evolving system that needs to be renewed and adjusted as our societies develop. As issues of environment, technology and sustainable economies evolve, the Oslo Center will continue to challenge itself in its knowledge development and programme implementation.

I am grateful for having been passed the baton and for the vision that founders Kjell Magne Bondevik and Einar Steensnæs had in establishing this centre to fight against inequality, human rights violations and injustice. It is a privilege to embark on this journey with a wonderful team and carry on its legacy. In the words of Ketty Nivyabandi “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for [darkness] to triumph”
Karolina Olofsson
Executive Director
Apotekergata 10
NO – 0180 Oslo
E-mail: post@oslocenter.no
Telephone: +47 47 46 46 01

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