Edited 16. Jan 2019
NRC’s Senior Management Group works from the head office in Oslo.
Senior Management Group

Jan Egeland

Secretary General
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Geir Olav Lisle

Director of Org. Development / Deputy SG

Magnhild Vasset

Director of Field Operations

Harriet Rudd

Director of External Relations

Benedicte Giæver

Director of Expert Deployment / NORCAP

Ole Solvang

Director of Partnerships and Policy

Marianne Irion
Director of Risk Management

Camilla Waszink
Head of Secretary General’s office/Chief of Staff



Senior Management Group member's official positions / memberships outside NRC

Jan Egeland
Adjunct Professor (Professor II) University of Stavanger

Geir Olav Lisle
Co-Chair of the IASC Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG)
Member of the Board of ADRA International (Adventist Development and Relief Agency)
Member of the Board of ADRA Europe
Chair of the Board, Skogli Helse og Rehabiliteringssenter, Lillehammer, Norway

Magnhild Vasset
Nothing to report

Benedicte Giæver
Nothing to report

Harriet Rudd
Deputy Board member 10H
Chair of the Election Committee for Vålerenga Fotball

Ole Solvang
Nothing to report

Marianne Irion
Nothing to report

Camilla Waszink
Nothing to report

Updated December 2019

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For inquiries concerning the board, please contact info@nrc.no.

Chairman - Harald Norvik (born in 1946) was the President and CEO of the Statoil Group from 1988 to 1999. Before this he was a Member of Aker's Executive Board as CFO and CEO of Astrup Høyer. He has been the Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister and the State Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Mr. Norvik has served on Boards and as Chairman in a number of international and Norwegian companies. He is currently the Chairman of Imatis, Rock Energy and Kraft Bank, and member of the Board of ConocoPhillips, Arundo, and Umoe. Mr. Norvik is a Norwegian citizen and holds a M.Sc. in Business and a BA from the Norwegian School of Economics.  

Deputy Chair - Hege Marie Norheim (born in 1967) is a consultant at Spencer Stuart Executive Search which she joined in 2015 from Statoil, where she was the Chief Sustainability Officer. Ms. Norheim joined Statoil through its merger with Norsk Hydro where she managed the company’s investments in partner-operated fields after having led the global communications and public affairs for the company’s energy division. Ms. Norheim has been the State Secretary for Norway’s Prime Minister and later for the Finance Minister and she has also worked as a non-political adviser to the Prime Ministers’ office. She has previously served on a number of Boards for listed and state-owned companies in a variety of sectors. Ms. Norheim is a Norwegian citizen and graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics with a master’s degree in economics and business administration. 

Lisa Ann Cooper (born in 1962) is the founder and CEO of several social enterprises in Norway that are focused on creating social change with a focus on diversity and inclusion, arts, culture and youth. Her current focus is on Catalysts and Catalysts Technologies; focusing on mentoring and providing a digital platform with the health sector. Ms. Cooper has had an international career holding management positions at International Playtex in the US and top management positions at Alcatel Telecom, in Norway and the Baltics, Thales and the Integration and Diversity Directorate in Norway. Ms. Cooper is an American citizen and has her MBA with honours from BI Norwegian Business School and an undergraduate degree from Penn State. She sits on several boards in the private, public and humanitarian sectors.

Walter Kälin (born in 1951) is the present Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the former Envoy of the Nansen Initiative on disaster-induced cross-border displacement (2012 – 2015). He has also served as Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of internally displaced persons, as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and as Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Commission on the situation of human rights in Iraqi occupied Kuwait. Mr. Kälin is a Swiss citizen and Professor emeritus for international and Swiss constitutional law from the University of Bern.

Kiran Aziz (born in 1986) is a lawyer specialist in tax, human rights and corporate social responsibility, graduated from the University of Oslo in 2012. She is currently working as a lecturer and researcher at BI Norwegian Business School. Prior she worked at Ernst & Young for 5 years on international tax with mainly multinational companies in her client portfolio. Ms. Aziz currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Commission of Jurists Norway (ICJ) and So Central and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper community. She has previously served as a member of the international legal aid committee at the Norwegian Bar Association and a Board member for Oslo Red Cross for 7 years. Ms. Aziz is born in Pakistan and holds Norwegian citizenship.

Sturla J. Stålsett (born in 1964) is a Professor of Religion, Society and Diaconal Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. Prior to this position he served as the General Secretary of the Oslo Church City Mission, Associate Professor and Head of Research Program at the University of Oslo and as a Consultant and Regional Representative for Latin America in the Norwegian Church Aid. He is also an ordained Minister of the Church of Norway. He has published a number of academic books and articles on subjects related to social work, development and the role of religion and theology in society and global politics. Dr. Stålsett served as Chair of the Norwegian Association of NGOs and Leader of a Government-appointed Commission on the policy of faith and life stances ("Stålsett-utvalget"). He is a Norwegian citizen and holds a Doctoral degree in Theology from the University of Oslo.  

Joséphine Goube (born in 1988) is the CEO of Techfugees, a UK non-profit organisation bringing together the tech community to respond to refugee needs through the use of mobile and new digital technologies. Prior, Ms. Goube was the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Migreat and MD at Girls in Tech UK. She was nominated three times in a row on the 30 under 30 Forbes list and was appointed as an informal expert to advise the EU commission on its immigration reforms in 2015. Ms. Goube is a French citizen and holds a double master in Strategic Urban Development from Sciences Po Paris, France and an MSc in Urban Development from the London School of Economics in England.

Claus Sørensen (born in 1951) is a Special Representative at the Danish Representation to the EU. Between 1999 and 2015, Mr. Sørensen held top management positions within the European Commission, including as Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection in the European Commission (ECHO) and Director General of Communication. Mr. Sørensen joined the Commission in 1990 and worked on the shaping of the EURO, the Enlargement with Sweden, Austria and Finland as well as with social and environmental issues. He is a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. His first posting from 1981 was at the Danish Delegation to the OECD in Paris. In 1988-89 he was the trade and finance councillor at the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Mr. Sørensen is a Danish citizen and holds a master’s degree in Economic Science from Aarhus University.  

Jeremy Francis (born in 1972) is a Board Member elected by staff and is currently working as the Head of Support for the NRC Jordan Country office based in Amman. Mr. Francis has been with NRC for 4 years based in the Middle East in a number of senior country logistics & support roles. Prior to joining NRC, Mr. Francis spent 7 years working for the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies in Logistics roles in the Asia Pacific region, but started his career in the commercial sector working across different industries in finance and international trade. He is a New Zealand citizen and holds a Bachelor and Post graduate diploma in commerce.

Anne Huser (born in 1973) is a Board member elected by staff and is currently working as the partnership adviser for DFID and the UK in the Partnership and Policy Department. She joined NRC in 2005 and has been based in South Sudan, seconded to UNHCR and worked as programme adviser in the Horn of Africa region and later in the Asia/Europe Region. Prior to joining NRC, Ms. Huser was working in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies. She is a Norwegian citizen and holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

Muktar Koshin (born in 1989) is a Board member elected by national staff and is currently working as the Country Finance Coordinator-Compliance for the NRC Somalia Country office. He joined NRC in 2016. Mr. Koshin has worked with several Nongovernmental organisations and Dahabshiil Bank International in Nairobi, Kenya. His areas of expertise include Compliance, Auditing, micro-finance and financial development among others. He holds a MSc. in Finance and M.A.in Peace, governance and development from University of Nairobi and United Nations University for Peace (Upeace). He is also a member of the institute of Global Internal Auditors. Mr. Koshin is Somali and in 2019 Obama foundation recognised him as Obama 2019 Fellow.

Updated October 2019

NRC Organisational chart

Read caption NRC organizational chart, August 2018.

NRC Field operations

Read caption NRC Regional- and Country directors. January 2019.