The Council Members are recommended by Norges Bank and appointed by the Ministry of Finance.
On 18 December 2014, the Ministry of Finance appointed Mr. Johan H. Andresen as Chair of the Council.
Johan H. AndresenChairShow description
Andresen holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, and is the owner and chairman of Ferd. His previous positions include that of Product Manager for International Paper Co. in the US and partner at the Tiedemann Group. He is a member of various boards, including NMI-Norwegian Microfinance Initiative, Junior Achievement Europe, and Oslo Science City.
Svein Richard BrandtzægVice ChairShow description
Brandtzæg is a technologist and business executive. He is a graduate engineer with a PhD in Chemistry from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and is a business graduate from the Norwegian School of Management BI. For 34 years, he held various positions in Norsk Hydro ASA and has lived in New Zealand, Belgium and Germany. He was the CEO of the company for the last ten years.
Brandtzæg was Chairman of the Board at NTNU between 2014-2020, Chairman of the Board of Veidekke ASA 2019-2022. and a member of the board of SCR-Sibelco NV (Belgium) in 2019-2021. He has chaired the Government’s Regional Development Committee and was a member of the committee to review the ethical guidelines for the Government Pension Fund Global in 2019-2020. Brandtzæg is deputy chairman of the board of DnB ASA, and a board member of Swiss Steel Holding AG, Mondi plc (UK) and Eramet Norge. In the period 2009-2019, he was a member of the European Roundtable for Industrialists, World Economic Forum, Industry Board of Transparency International and International Council of Metal and Mining.
Cecilie HellestveitShow description
Hellestveit is a lawyer by background, with a doctorate in humanitarian law from the University in Oslo. She also holds a degree in area- and conflict studies, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. Hellestveit has worked at various research institutions, including PRIO, SMR, NUPI, IKOS and ILPI. She has been a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. Hellestveit has previously held an appointment with the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) and been a member of medical and health research ethics committees under South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. She has served at the Norwegian Refugee Council’s board of directors, and has been a columnist on foreign affairs in the weekly Morgenbladet and the financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
Siv Helen Rygh TorstensenShow description
Siv Helen Rygh Torstensen has a Master of Law from the University in Bergen and works as General Counsel for Equinor ASA. She has held different positions within Equinor since 1998, most of the time in the legal department including in different leadership positions. She was also the company’s Chief Compliance Officer for several years. Torstensen was head of the CEO’s office for a period of three years until August 2019. Prior to Equinor she was a lawyer in the lawfirm Cappelen & Krefting DA and for Stavanger municipality.
Vigdis VandvikShow description
Vigdis Vandvik has a doctorate in plant ecology and is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is also director of the Centre for Sustainable Area Management (CeSAM) and has been affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research since 2017. Vandvik has acquired international experience through participation in a number of research projects and committees. She has also served on a variety of advisory councils and commissions. Vandvik is a member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Norwegian government’s Environmental Risk Committee. She was previously deputy chair of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment’s Scientific Steering Committee.