New Board and vision

The elected Board of new NORAM ensure continuity and perseverance of our history, while representing a new generation bringing new perspectives, expanded network and important knowhow to the organization.

We will continue to support academic exchange between Norway and North America through counselling and scholarships. We are pooling our resources to create a stronger and more focused organization, with the aim of “promoting transatlantic cooperation through academic and cultural exchange, focusing on lifelong learning”. In this lies an ambition to utilize our wide alumni network to establish new arenas for transatlantic cooperation. Our updated statutes and purpose can be found here.

The Corona pandemic has hit NORAM hard. For the first time we had to cancel Norgesskolen, to the disappointment of our students all over the world. However, we are pleased that the vast majority of NORAM’s graduate fellows for the school year 2020/21 have been able to proceed with their studies. We continue to support and develop Norgesskolen and student exchange with North America in this difficult time.

In a world of increased polarization, NORAM’s aims to serve as a transatlantic bridge-builder. The historical and political ties between Norway and North America are strong, but it requires continuous effort to maintain and strengthen this relationship. Our nations share common values, and academic and cultural exchange is more important than ever.

The new Board of NORAM consists of

Peder Chr. Løvenskiold (Chairman)
59, Managing Director, Anthon B Nilsen AS (from NORAM)

Peder is an economist with solid experience as a leader and Board member. He was the Board secretary and later the CFO of Norske Skog ASA, before taking over as Managing Director of real estate company ILAS AS, which later merged with Anthon B Nilsen AS. He has also held positions in Kreditkassen and Morgan Stanley. Peder has held a number of Board positions in well-known companies, and he has been serving on the Board of the Norway-America Association since 2013. Peder has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, USA. He has also studied French at the Université de Dijon in France.

Helmer Aslaksen
60, Associate professor, University of Oslo (from NORAM)

Helmer is an associate professor at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oslo. He has also been 22 years at the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore. Helmer has served on the Board of NORAM since 2013 and is Chair of NORAM’s scholarship committee. Helmer has a Cand.mag. from the University of Oslo and a Ph.D in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also had several residencies at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Knut Brakstad
63, Private secretary for HM King Harald (representing both organizations)

Knut has worked for HM King Harald at the Royal Palace since 1994. During this time he has continuously supported our work, first as Board member of Norwegians Worldwide from 1995-2012 and since 2016 as Board member of NORAM. Knut has previously worked as advisor for PR and culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as project manager for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and as a priest. In addition to his degree in theology, Knut has studied journalism in London as well as philosophy and language in Germany. He has also studied at St Olaf College in the USA, where he is appointed a Honorary doctorateKnut has studied management at Høyskolen Innlandet in Lillehammer and graduated the management course at The Norwegian Defence University College. He is also awarded Commander of the Royal St Olav’s Order.

Håvard Sandvik
35, Senior advisor, Liberal Party (Venstre), Norwegian Parliament (from NWW)

Since 2016, Håvard has worked as an adviser of foreign affairs, defense and finance for the Liberal Party (Venstre) in the Norwegian Parliament (Storting). He is an expert in European and transatlantic policy and security policy, having worked for several think tanks and foundations in Brussels such as the European Liberal Forum and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Håvard has received several recognized scholarships to the United States within politics, defense and society, including Ambassador Stuart Fellowship, and has spent a semester at George Washington University, DC and in the US Congress. Håvard has a Master’s degree in political science from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany and a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Dag Tørvold,
67, Senior advisor, Strategy and internationalization (from NWW)

For more than 30 years, Dag has been a CEO, lawyer and advisor for a number of companies such as Union, Norske Skog, Nemko, the Guarantee Institute for Export Credit and Taplow Consulting. He has extensive international experience, including Board positions in a number of companies and NGOs. Dag has also served on the Board of Norwegians Worldwide since 2014. Dag has a law degree from the University of Oslo. He has also studied business administration at Augsburg College in Minneapolis USA, with scholarships from both NORAM and NWW.

Ingrid Margrete Hillestad
31, Analyst, JCDecaux Norway (new, but has previously worked for NWW)

Ingrid works with analysis in JCDecaux Norway, the world’s largest company for outdoor advertising. From 2010-2014, she worked for Norwegians Worldwide as a membership coordinator and web editor. Ingrid has a background in politics and has been a deputy representative in the Norwegian Parliament from 2013-2017. Ingrid was also central in the process of allowing Dual Citizenship in Norway. Ingrid has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, including a one-year exchange to the University of Santa Barbara, California. She also has an MBA from Hult International Business School in Boston, USA.

Eirik Løkke
40, Advisor, Think tank Civita (new)

As Advisor of Civita, Eirik is active in the political and social public debate through lectures, media appearances, publications and as the head of Civita’s podcast. He is widely used as a commentator in the Norwegian media on American politics and society. Eirik has previously worked as a digital adviser of UNICEF Norway and as campaign adviser for the Conservative Party Høyre. He has also been head of the Student Society in Bergen and community editor for the Student Radio in Bergen. Eirik has a Master’s degree in history and a Bachelor’s degree in comparative politics, from the University of Bergen.

Ingrid Helsingen Warner
35, Managing Director, communications agency Leidar Norway (new)

Ingrid is Managing Director of Leidar Norway, a communications agency helping companies and organizations positioning themselves in Norway and internationally. Ingrid has been a consultant for the PR agency Weber Shandwick and communications manager for Africa and Latin America at StatoilHydro. Ingrid is co-founder of Sustainability Hub (Norway’s largest sustainability community) as well as networks such as Minds of Oslo and Council. Ingrid holds a Bachelor’s degree in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick, UK and graduated the Advanced Management Program at Tuck Business School / Dartmouth College in the United States.