The former Norwegian diplomat joined HD in January 2021, having spent most of his diplomatic career in Africa. He was appointed as ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia in 2006 and has since served as ambassador also to Sudan, Iran and Nigeria. He has also been Norway’s special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan and had previous postings to Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as serving i.a. as Africa Director in MFA in Oslo, since he joined MFA in 1992. He is a lawyer by profession and has also worked with UNHCR and the trade union movement specialicing in Labour Law and Refugee Law.
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
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