• Geopolitics
  • Energy security
  • Global energy developments and governance
  • Petroleum activity in the Arctic

Academic background

  • Professor (Adjunct) at TERI University, New Delhi.
  • from Universities of Stockholm and Lund.
  • Graduate studies at London School of Economics.
  • Russian language degree, Norwegian Defence Language School.

Professional experience

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Ambassador to Japan (2009-14).
  • Ambassador to Austria and UN Organisations in Vienna (2002-03).
  • Director General and Head of Department for Trade, Resources and Environment, and concurrently Ambassador to the International Energy Agency (2000-02).
  •  Ambassador to India (1994-99).


  • Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Riyadh (2003-2007).
  • Chairman of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency, Paris (2000-02).


  • Special Adviser on International Affairs to Norwegian Prime Minister Brundtland (1987-89).
  • Political Advisor to the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy (1980-81).


  • Board Member and Director for External Affairs for Norsk Agip, Oslo, Norwegian affiliate of Italy's state oil company ENI (1982-85).


Current affiliations

  • Collaborating Partner at Burson Marsteller Co, Oslo
  • Senior Adviser at The Global Resources Partnership, London
  • Distinguished Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi
  • Member of International Panel of Windsor Energy Group, London
  • Member of Advisory Board of Bosphorus Energy Club, Istanbul
  • Independent Consultant to companies and institutions through personal company Walther International Consulting, registered in Norway