Harald Sunde is a retired general who served as Norway’s Chief of Defence from 2009 to 2013. Sunde has also served as Chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, assistant chief of staff at NATO’s headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands, and head of operational planning and readiness in Norway’s Ministry of Defence. Sunde was educated at the Norwegian Military Academy and the U.S. Army War College and received general staff training in Germany. Sunde has also been chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ special forces and a cavalry inspector in the Army. In 2006, he was appointed head of the Norwegian military delegation to NATO in Brussels.
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker
County Governor and Deputy Commission Chairn
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker is the Governor of Troms og Finnmark county and a former government minister and Member of the Storting. Aspaker served as Minister of Fisheries from 2013 to 2015 and Minister of European Affairs from 2015 to 2016, and was an elected Member of the Storting from what was then Troms county in the period from 2005 to 2017. Aspaker is a teacher by training and has held a variety of positions at the municipal, regional, national and international levels. She became County Governor in 2017.
Anne Rygh Pedersen
Anne Rygh Pedersen has been the Mayor (Labour Party) of Tønsberg since her election in 2019. From 2005 to 2007 Rygh Pedersen served as a state secretary in the Ministry of Justice and the Police, and from 2003 to 2005 as chair of the Vestfold county council. In 2008 she was appointed Chief of Police in Telemark county and in 2012 as Deputy Director General of fire and rescue services in the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection. Rygh Pedersen attended the Norwegian Police University and was employed by the police in 1990.
Hanne Tangen Nilsen
Hanne Tangen Nilsen is the CEO of Sykehuspartner HF. She previously served as the security director for Telenor Norway’s business market and has held a number of management positions at Telenor since 1997, including 10 years as chief security officer. Tangen Nilsen has an engineering degree as well as additional management training, and has taken the Norwegian Armed Forces’ senior executive course.
Christian Stav is the CEO of NTE (Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS). Educated as an economist, Stav is a state authorised public accountant and an authorised European financial analyst with a Master of Business Administration degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Stav serves as board chairman of the NTE subsidiaries NTE Energi AS, NTE Marked AS, NTE Telekom AS and NTE Elektro AS. He is also the deputy board chair of SpareBank 1 SMN.
Knut Arild Hareide
Director General of Shipping and Navigation
Knut Arild Hareide is Director General of Shipping and Navigation at the Norwegian Maritime Authority and formerly served as a government minister, a Member of the Storting and leader of the Christian Democratic Party. Hareide served as Minister of Transport in 2020–2021 and as Minister of the Environment in 2004–2005. In the Storting, he represented Akershus during the 2009–2013 period and Hordaland from 2013 to 2021. He led the Christian Democrats from 2011 to 2019. Hareide studied business economics and has worked for the Schibsted media group.
Ellen Katrine Hætta
Chief of Police
Ellen Katrine Hætta is Chief of Police in the Finnmark police district. Hætta began as a police prosecutor in the East Finnmark district in October 2001, and from 2004 to 2011 she led the Section for Legal Affairs and Prosecution in that district. For a year-and-a-half she also served as public prosecutor. In 2011, Hætta was appointed Chief of Police in the East Finnmark district. After a national police reform led to a merger of districts, Hætta was appointed Chief of Police of the Finnmark police district in 2016. She was educated in law and has also earned a master’s degree in management. Hætta is from Finnmark and is a native Sami speaker.
Jon Halvorsen is the Director of Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centres, a position he has held since January 2020. Halvorsen has previous management experience as the head of organisational development for Norwegian People’s Aid, and has served in a variety of roles over 20 years within the rescue service. Halvorsen led the rescue service’s project to establish national guidelines for searches for missing persons, and has chaired a forum of voluntary rescue organisations. He holds a cand. mag. degree from the University of Oslo.
Cecilie Daae has been the CEO of the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Nord RHF) since 2020. From 2015 to 2020, Daae was General Director of the Directorate for Civil Protection. Prior to that she held a number of management positions within the Directorate of Health, including that of assistant director of health. Daae holds a medical degree and is a former specialist in general medicine. She also has a master’s degree in healthcare administration and has attended the Norwegian Armed Forces’ senior executive course.
Ola Yttre is head of the Ambulance Association, which organises ambulance workers, trained paramedics and other ambulance personnel. Yttre was educated in construction but switched to the ambulance profession in 1999 and became a trained ambulance worker. Since 2014 he has been the elected head of the Ambulance Association. The association organises nearly 4 000 ambulance workers and students throughout the country. In 2019, the association visited 110 mayors and numerous ambulance stations to confer about preparedness and response time within the ambulance service.
Elise Lindeberg is the security director of the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom), ensuring that electronic communication networks and services satisfy requirements for security and robustness. She has held this position since 2018. Before that she was deputy director at Nkom with responsibility for regulatory development, supervision and measures relating to international management of the Internet and the Domain Name System (DNS). Lindeberg studied law at the University of Oslo.
Ida Stuberg is the Mayor (Centre Party) of Inderøy municipality, a position she has held continuously since 2011. Before that, she served one term as deputy mayor. In the 2013–2017 period, she served as a deputy Member of the Storting. Stuberg has also been a county-level politician, first in Nord-Trøndelag and subsequently in Trøndelag county. She was first deputy member of the county council from 2011 to 2015 and has since served as a permanent member. Stuberg studied both nursing and law, and has worked as a nurse at Akershus University Hospital and as an adviser to the County Governor in Nord-Trøndelag.
Anne Jødahl Skuterud
Anne Jødahl Skuterud chairs the Board of Directors of the agricultural cooperative Felleskjøpet Agri, a position she has held since 2016. Skuterud is also the board chair of Norsk Landbrukssamvirke, an association of cooperatives. She is a farmer and works as a lawyer for the insurance company Gjensidige Forsikring. Skuterud has a degree in law from the University of Oslo.
Odd Jarl Borch
Odd Jarl Borch is a Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and Nord University, and holds the Chair in Societal Safety and Security at the University of the Arctic, which is a collaborative organisation of more than 200 universities and research institutes. Borch conducts research on security and emergency preparedness with a special focus on crisis management and emergency response organisation. He holds a doctorate in business administration and economics from Umeå University. He also received Master Mariner training at Bodin Maritime Academy.
Labour confederation secretary
Are Tomasgard is a secretary of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO). Tomasgard was first elected to the organisation’s leadership group in 2013. He also chairs the National Council of the Norwegian Home Guard. From 2011 to 2013, Tomasgard served as Mayor (Labour Party) of Sørum municipality, where he had been a municipal council member since 2007. He also served two terms on the Odda municipal council and one on the Hordaland county council. Tomasgard has held a variety of positions in the labour movement. From 1990 to 2002, he worked shifts as a specialist operator at the industrial enterprise Norzink AS in Odda. Tomasgard has a business administration degree from BI Norwegian Business School and has completed further education in economics, organisation, management and organisational psychology. In 2015 Tomasgard attended the Norwegian Defence University College, and in 2006 he authored a book on negotiations.
Tone Grindland is director of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise’s (NHO’s) office in Rogaland County, a position she has held since 2018. Previously, she served as Stavanger municipality’s head of business affairs and has also worked for the Stavanger region’s European office in Brussels and for the Red Cross. Grindland is a member of the board of VID Specialised University, Stiftelsen Rogalandsforskning and Stavanger Research Holding, and she chairs the board of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. She has a political science education, including a master’s degree in European studies from Lund University, Sweden.