The council

Per May 2016

Nordic Peace Academy established a council consisting of five members during the summer of 2012. Now we are expanding the council to strengthen the Hardanger Academy with a large network of academics and persons engaged in an inevitable change process. The Hardanger Academy's interdisciplinary and holistic profile is reflected in its composition. The members of the council will inspire and help create groups that will prepare the academy's program.

Per February 2016 the council consists of these persons who in total have extensive experience and broad expertise.

  • Johan Galtung has peacebuilding and conflict mamagement as his field of work and the whole world as his workplace. He founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo  (PRIO) in 1959 and was the world's first professor in Conflict and Peace Research. He founded Transcend, an international peace network. In his work he developed theories that have had great influence and especially known for his distinction between positive and negative peace, his theories of conflict and conflict resolution, the imperialist mechanisms and the concept of structural violence. He has published numerous articles and over 100 books and is honorary doctor at nine universities.
  • John Skogseth, former mayor of Jondal and co-founder of the Nordic Peace Academy,
  • Edvard Vogt, professor em. at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, 
  • Jan Øberg, Danish peace and future researcher Lund, Sweden. He was director of the Lund University Peace Research Institute from 1983-1989. Øberg co-founded theTransnational Foundation for Peace and Future research in 1986.
  • Synøve Faldalen is an educator.  Based on Johan Galtung's principles, she has helped develop programs for conflict management in families, kindergartens, schools and business. The method is called Sabona and she is co-author of the book "Sabona - Searching for good solutions".
  • Ove Jakobsen, professor at Center for ecologic economy at the University of Nordland.
  • Magnar Sollesnes, member of the council of the municipality of Jondal, longstanding active participant in Nordic Peace Academy and Managing Director of Sollesnes Skiferbrudd AS.
  • Bjørg Hope Galtung, former mayor of Jondal and member of the Norwegian Parliament, election observer and builder of democracy in the Balkans for OSSE for five years, from 1998 and board member the Hardanger Academy.
  • Gunnar Kvåle, professor em. at the Center for International Health, University of Bergen, and council member of the Grandparents' Climate Campaign.
  • Kirsten Margrethe Kvam Tingstad, leader of the International Female League for Peace and Freedom (IKFF) in Norway, and vice president of WILPF International from 2015.  Council leader Nansen Peace Center and director of Norwegian Peace Council. On a dialy basis she is EU advisor at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), with a degree in agriculture, economics, language and organization.
  • Frank Aarebrot, professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen
  • Åsmund Bakke, senior engineer and leader of a team of glacier guides.
  • Jostein Bakke, professor at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen.
  • Vidar-Rune Synnevåg, ecological farmer and architect, editor of the book "Future seeds - sprouts to a better world" (2011), former board leader of the Hardanger Academy.
  • Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont, Ph.D. energy + society, M.Sc. cultural geography, part-time lecturer Roskilde University, Social Science Basic Studies.
  • Susanne Urban, architect and urban planner. Professional responsible "Program for a healthier city" / eco database housing exhibition Bergen. The initiator of Bergen association for car sharing. Board member IKFF-Bergen. Translator of the book "After the nuclear accident - a practical guide to effective radiation protection". Nestor of Norwegian Peace Fund.
  • Wigdis Jorunn Espeland, ethnologist at the University of Bergen, her specialities are food culture and folklore.
  • Johanne Margrethe Hartwig, board leader Nordic Peace Academy from autumn 2011 until 2013, Steiner educator, council member of the Grandparents' Climate Campaign, board leader of the Hardanger Academy.
  • Anne Helgedagsrud, secretary Nordic Peace Academy from autumn 2011 until 2013, co-initiator of Norway's Peace Fund, Montessori educator, member of the Hardanger Academy finance team.
  • Sondof Rabbe, architect and board member of Nordic Peace Academy autumn 2011 to 2013. Coordinator of the Hardanger Academy building team.
  • Christian Egge, master of philosophy, teacher at the Steiner seminars in Järna for 13 years (drama, speech formation and religion), author.
  • Laila Bergsagel, longstanding leader of Nordic Peace Academy, innovator and self-employed, church official in Jondal.
  • Kari Hartveit, visual artist, currently focusing on Art for Peace. Gallery Paradis. Studies in Social and Humanistic Sciences at Bergen University. Mandolin player. President of Norwegian Mandolin and Balalaika Orchestra Association.
  • Åse Møller-Hansen is an active member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Bergen and has been working especially with the environmental consequensces of militarism. She has a bachelor of science degree in sociology and media studies.
  • Bhanumathi Natarajananu, research experience in her field, ethnobotany. She has published academic and popular science articles about food safety and biologic variety. Member of  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
  • Jan van Boeckel is a painter, nature philosopher, educator and author. He has written books about subjects like art and climate chaos, art-based environmental education and the ecological crisis.
  • Unni Sørensen, MaPhil in Peace and conflict transformation, university lecturer in peace and health. Moderator in www.medicalpeacework.org
  • Trine Eklund is a longstanding women and peace activist. She has been active in Norwegian and international peace movement since 1980 and was chairman of the Norwegian Peace Council 1985 - 1989. At the moment she is active working for Palestine, Grandmothers for Peace, the Norwegian Peace Association and she is a board member of the Norwegian Peace Council.
  • Knut Ims, professor at NHH - Norwegian School of Economics, Institute of strategy and management. Ethics in business, fair trade.
  • Peter Haugan, professor at the University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute, board member of Concerned scientists, Norway.
  • Linda Karen Eide, Dr. scient paleo climates, special adviser of the special health service, she is studying Quaker theology and peace-work at the University of Lancaster, U.K.
  • Wenche Haukland, eurytmist and educator, flute-player, active member IKFF Bergen.
  • Per-Ingvar Haukeland, eco philosopher, Dr. pedagogy and philosophy, author.
  • Astrid Brekken, sociologist, journalist and farmer. She is known as a host of radio programs, she is active in the Forum for System Debate and a woman activist.
  • Øystein Melvær Øgaard, political science and bus driver, board leader Norwegian Peace Fund.
  • Astrid Alfredsen, biologist. She has worked with waste / recycling / pollution issues in municipal context. Former board member of the Hardanger Academy.
  • Magne Skrede, socially active music and drama educator, composer.
  • Arne Johan Vetlesen professor philosophy, idea- and art history at University of Oslo, author, social educator.
  • Dag Andersen, author, some titles: "The fifth step" and"The road to a new society". Independent thinker, political scientist.
  • Trond Lexau, lawyer with a master's degree in conflict understanding and mediation. Director of Center for cooperation and conflict management. Chairman of Nordic Mediators MMCR, a Nordic organisation for university graduated mediators.
  • Emil Mohr, nestor organic farming, founder and former professional and organisational manager of Debio, active social commentator
  • Øystein Dahle, engineer N.T.H., chemical engineering. Founder of Worldwatch Institute, the Nordic countries, chairman of Worldwatch Institute worldwide. Chairman of DNT - the Norwegian Trekking Association for 9 years. Co-founder of a forum for system debate, Knight of St. Olav 2007.
  • Tor-Johan Ekeland, PhD, professor social psychology at Volda Universiity College.
  • Valborg Kløve-Graue, organic farmer, master degree in education at the Rudolf Steiner college in Oslo ("reinvisioning a familiar place"), teaches natural resource education at Bergen University College.
  • Erik Dammann wrote his book "The Future in Our Hands" in 1974 and started a movement with the same name, 3000 persons attending at the opening meeting. He has since worked unceasingly for a just and better world through this large movement - which also built international branches - and through his 18 books, published in 7 languages, articles, and speeches. In 1982 he presented the research project Alternative Future, initiated by parliamentary appropriations. In 1998 he started Forum for System Debate. In 2008, he initiated the large international conference The Opportunity of Crisis. In 2011 he was appointed a Knight of the Royal Order of St. Olav.
  • Anna Luice Kirkengen is MD. Professor, Department of Public Health, at the University of Tromsø and at the Public Health Research Unit in Trondheim (NTNU) where she also leads the Think Tank. She is a senior researcher at the Centre for Health Promoting Work at Akershus County Hospital.
  • André Tribbensee works as an artist and independent curator, initiating and producing interdisciplinary symposia, exhibitions and art-projects. Periodically working with educational projects in the field of arts, Tribbensee has been initiating and running «Temporary Academy» in Kristiansand, southern Norway in 2014.
  • Reinhard Haverkamp is an artist and educator with exhibitions and sculpture projects in public space as his speciality, often with themes like wind, movement, balance and interplay between forces. Various environmental interventions in the urban space.
  • Per Eikeland came to Jondal to work in the municipality, first 10 years as head of schools then 18 years as Chief Municipal Executive. Now handyman at Jonatunet.
  • John Rawcliffe has been a priest of The Christian Community in Bergen since 1995. He is a member of the steering commitee of Stl Bergen, The Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities in Bergen. He has also lived and worked in several Camphill communities where among other tasks he worked as a gardener.
  • Vivi Marie Lademoe Storsletten is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics at Nord University. She has worked to develop new research projects and teaching where multidisciplinary approaches are central. She has been a driving force in the effort to integrate philosophy, science and art in connection with the revitalization of examen philosophicum at Nord University. In the ongoing doctoral work, she examines qualitative development in kindergartens.