New Head of the Rafto Foundation's Board of Directors
The new Head of the Rafto Foundation's Board of Directors is Gunnar Sørbø. He is a Senior Researcher at Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI) in Bergen.
Wednesday, 09 May 2012, by HRH Bergen House, Based on Rafto Foundation information
Gunnar Sørbø was a board member of the Rafto Foundation between 2001 and 2006.
He has agreed to be Head of the Board of Directors in 2012 because he believes the Rafto Foundation plays an important international role in highlighting the importance of human rights."The foundation has for many years managed to highlight individuals and organizations that are vulnerable and that need all the support they can get. They have been strengthened by the Rafto Prize award. The Rafto Foundation is run on limited financial resources, but it has skilled and enthusiastic staff who are assisted by students in Bergen. What the Rafto Foundation has achieved since it was established in 1986 is impressive", says Gunnar Sørbø.
He takes over from Anne Kloster Holst who has held the position since 2010.
Gunnar Sørbø is a social anthropologist. His main of field of research is conflict and peace building in Sudan and Sri Lanka. During 1994-2010 Sørbø was a director at Christian Michelsen Institute. Before joining CMI, he was the first director for Development Studies at the University of Bergen. He has held positions as trustee or board member at several organisations, including the Norwegian Agency for International Development, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Livestock Centre for Africa and the Research Council of Norway (Division of Environment and Development). During 1993-95, Sørbø was a member of the North-South/Aid Commission appointed by the Norwegian Government.
Rafto Foundation – Board of Directors 2012
The Rafto Foundation's Board of Directors comprises seven members and one observer:
Gunnar Sørbø – head (new)
Work: Senior Researcher, Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI)
Eva Tamber – deputy chairperson
Work: Senior Adviser, AFF at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Asunción Torellas Lera – member
Work: Research Director, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)
Harald Kobbe – member
Work: Lawyer/partner, Kluge
Siri Gloppen – member (new)
Work: Research Director, Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI) and Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.
Martin Paulsen – member
Work: Post doctor, University of Bergen, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Foreign Languages. Chair of the Rafto Prize Committee
Gunta Venge – employee representative (re-elected)
Work: Adviser, Rafto Foundation
Else Kathrine Nesmoen – observer, Head of the Friends of the Rafto Foundation (re-elected)
Work: Adviser, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Head of the Rafto Foundation's Board of Directors, Gunnar Sørbø
Phone: +47 55 12 10 71
Mobile: +47 92 82 80 29
Head of Information, the Rafto Foundation, Kari Amble
Telephone: +47 55 21 09 75
Mobile: +47 91 31 44 17
Facebook – Raftostiftelsen
HRH Bergen House, Based on Rafto Foundation information