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Leiv Lunde Appointed New Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Leiv Lunde. Photographer: Sj°wall(04.07.2011) Leiv Lunde (b. 1961) has been appointed new director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). He will take over the position when the current director, Peter Johan Schei, retires at the beginning of 2012.

Lunde is currently serving as special advisor on energy and climate change policy at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has, among other tasks, also led the Ministry's Refleks project on Norwegian national interests in the age of globalisation. In the period 1997 to 2000 and in 2005, he was State Secretary for International Development. He has worked with international environmental, resource management and energy politics as an analyst and researcher at ECON Analysis and at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. Leif Lunde is a graduate in political science from the University of Oslo.

Sven Ullring, Chairman of the FNI board, expresses great satisfaction with the appointment of Mr Lunde: 'His broad experience and knowledge will contribute greatly to FNI's further development as an internationally important research institute on environmental, resource management and energy politics.' Lunde himself says: 'The issues studied at FNI are relevant for many of the world's most important challenges and also highly topical for Norwegian interests and for what Norway can contribute regionally and globally. The research topics must be constantly developed, but the institute shall continue to deliver independent and applicable research with a solid academic foundation'.

FNI is organized as a foundation which, in addition to its research activities, is entrusted with maintaining the Polhøgda estate at Lysaker, Norway, the home and workplace of Fridtjof Nansen.

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