Leadership

Edited 14. Jun 2021
NRC’s Senior Management Group works from the head office in Oslo.
Senior Management Group

 

Jan Egeland
Secretary General
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sg-office@nrc.no

Geir Olav Lisle
Director of Org. Development / Deputy SG
geir.lisle@nrc.no

Magnhild Vasset
Director of Field Operations
magnhild.vasset@nrc.no

Sean Nicholson
Director of External Relations
sean.nicholson@nrc.no

Benedicte Giæver
Director of Expert Deployment / NORCAP
benedicte.giaever@nrc.no

Ole Solvang
Director of Partnerships and Policy
ole.solvang@nrc.no

Marianne Irion
Director of Risk Management
marianne.irion@nrc.no

Camilla Waszink
Head of Secretary General’s office/Chief of Staff
camilla.waszink@nrc.no

 


 

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

Jan Egeland
Adjunct Professor (Professor II) University of Stavanger
Eminent Person of the Grand Bargain
Member of the Board of Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI)

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

Sean Nicholson
Nothing to report

Ole Solvang
Nothing to report

Marianne Irion
Nothing to report

Camilla Waszink
Nothing to report

Updated June 2021
Board

The Norwegian Refugee Council is a Norwegian foundation and must follow Norwegian law for foundations. 

For inquiries concerning the board, please contact sg-office@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 Executive Vice President for HR, Sustainability and Communication at Freyr Battery Norway. Previously, she served as consultant at Spencer Stuart Executive Search and as the Chief Sustainability Officer with Statoil. 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.

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 with responsible investments at KLP Asset Management. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer and researcher at BI Norwegian Business School and at Ernst & Young for 5 years on international tax issues 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 Sistech, a European charity supporting inclusion of refugee women in digital and tech jobs. Formerly known as the CEO of Techfugees, an international non-profit coordinating the tech community to create technology for and with displaced people and providing support to the European Commission work on the EU Blue card as an expert, Josephine has been nominated as one of the top "30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs" by Forbes three years in a row and in 2017 she was honored as "Digital Women" of the year in France in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Josephine was the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Migreat, a London startup specialized in applying for visas for Europe. 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.

Amira Malik Miller (born in 1978) is a Swedish-Sudanese humanitarian assistance and development professional, with extensive experience of programme management, policy development and strategy design. She currently serves as Head of External Relations and Advocacy with Islamic Relief Sweden and is a Board member of CONCORD Sweden. Previously, she served as Strategic Advisor on sustainability and development with the City of Stockholm and has held several senior positions at Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), including heading the humanitarian assistance programme in the MENA region and lead humanitarian and resilience adviser within the Africa department. Ms. Malik Miller has also worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF and international NGOs. Ms. Malik Miller is a Swedish citizen and holds a master's degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

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.

Sofia Janjua (born in 1976) is a board member elected by international staff at NRC and is currently working as Regional Programme Advisor at NRC’s Middle East Regional Office. Sofia has been working with NRC intermittently since 2007 in Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Myanmar and Jordan. Sofia also has experience working with a number of humanitarian and development organisations over the last 15 years, such as CARE International UK as a programme funding coordinator, Medecins du Monde as Head of Mission and Islamic Relief as Head of Programmes. In addition, Sofia holds a BA (Hons) degree in German and Russian from the University of Manchester and a MSc in Development Studies from the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. Ms. Janjua is a British citizen.

Eirik Christophersen (born in 1969) is a deputy Board member elected by Head Office staff and is currently working as the Global and Norwegian Advocacy Specialist. He has worked in NRC since 1996, serving in several roles in the External Relations department and the Advocacy and Media Section. He has been deployed through NORCAP to UNFPA in Liberia and UN OHCA in Eritrea. Together with NRC colleagues, he authored and edited the NRC history book, "75 years helping people forced to flee - The Norwegian Refugee Council 1946-2021." Eirik is a Norwegian citizen and has a degree in political science from the University of Oslo.

Updated March 2022

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