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Leiv Lunde New Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Leiv Lunde. Photographer: Sj°wall(06.02.2012) Leiv Lunde (b. 1961) has today taken over as Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI).

Lunde was until 2011 special advisor on energy and climate change policy at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he, 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, Lunde 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.

On taking over the institute's directorship, Lunde 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'.

Leiv Lunde takes over as Director after Peter Johan Schei, who, after eight years in the position, is going into active retirement. Schei will, among other tasks, continue to work with the FNI on projects related to biological diversity.

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute is a research foundation focusing mainly on international environmental, resource management and energy cooperation. In addition, the FNI is entrusted with maintaining the Polhøgda estate at Lysaker, Norway, the home and workplace of Fridtjof Nansen.


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     – Director Leiv Lunde
     – Head of Administration and Information Claes Lykke Ragner
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The Institute maintains a multi-disciplinary approach, with main emphasis on political science, economics, and international law.

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