Director on mission
Alfredo Zamudio has a Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked as director of the Norwegian Refugee Council´s «Internal Displacement Monitoring Center» (IDMC) in Geneva, and as country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Timor Leste, and as a camp coordinator in Darfur, Sudan. He has also worked in Colombia as advisor for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as manager of the Human Rights House in Oslo and chief of staff for the Norwegian Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of Timor-Leste by president José Ramos-Horta, for his contribution to the humanitarian response in Timor-Leste.
Norunn Grande holds a cand.polit. degree in Political Science and has earlier worked as advisor to the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO, as teacher at Follo Folk High School and director of the Norwegian Peace Center, special advisor and director of Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue. She develops and conducts training courses and educational programs in Dialogue and Conflict Transformation, Dialogue Facilitation, conducts internal reviews and makes educational material, handbooks and reports based on practical experiences from our work. Since February 2020 she is the Acting Director of Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, on leave from her position as special advisor at NCPD.
Christiane is a trained nurse with a bachelor’s degree in Multi-cultural understanding and further studies in organizational leadership, pedagogy, coaching and development. She has for several years worked in Nicaragua and later as a director for municipal integration centre for refugees in Norway. She has taken part in a national team for developing the Introduction program for refugees in Norway, and implemented it in Lillehammer municipality. In cooperation with Eastern Norway Research institute and Inland Norway University for Applied Sciences, she developed and implemented an education program in cultural competence and later worked as a trainer around the same topic. Christiane has developed and implemented dialogue trainings in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East, and is facilitating dialogues in different contexts in Norway.
Anita Rapp-Ødegaard holds a master's degree in political science and has experience from development projects in Angola and South Africa. She has worked with facilitation for elite sports, and with preventing eating disorders among young athletes. She has been playing soccer professionally and for the Norwegian national team, with an Olympic gold medal as her highest merit. At the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, Anita is responsible for the Dembra project.
Trine Kjær Christensen (maternity leave)
Trine Kjær Christensen holds a master's degree in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Oslo, and a bachelor in Social Anthropology. Previously she worked as an Assistant Professor at the Norwegian Defense University College, where she taught cultural understanding and gender in military operations. Trine has previously worked at the Danish Embassy in Ghana, and has done field work in Liberia and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Siri Syverud Thorsen
Administration and Dialogue Coordinator
Siri Syverud Thorsen holds a master's degree in migration and intercultural relations from the African-European Erasmus Mundus programme “EMMIR”, as well as a bachelor's degree in Religion and Society from the University of Oslo. During her studies, Siri organized dialogue initiatives between Italian locals and refugees through the methods of social theatre, conducted fieldwork on German integration procedures, and worked with community development in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. On the national level, Siri has experience in communications for Médicins Sans Frontierès and in logistical work for our 2018-conference "Lillehammer Dialogue City".
Hanna Bakland has an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BSc in African Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has previously worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Uganda, worked on cross-sectoral peace work in the Norwegian Peace Council, and led dialogue and peace initiatives in Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa.