I was born in Copenhagen to a Norwegian father and a Danish mother. After growing up in Moscow, Buenos Aires, Bern, Oslo, and Rouen (France) I pursued legal studies in Oslo and Berkeley.
I am a human rights practitioner passionate about assisting NGOs and governments in improving the lives of people under the protection of law and ethical practices.
I have 30 years of varied international experience and expertise, more than half the time as a strategic leader and top manager in non-governmental organisations. See Work experience.
My profesional experience has included working for International Commission of Jurists, International Center for Transitional Justice, International Bar Association, Norwegian Bar Association, Amnesty International, Norwegian Human Rights Institution, UNDP, UNHCR, the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, Henry Dunant Institute, International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) and Norwegian Refugee Council.
I have worked on human rights, protection issues and legal reform in Angola, Mozambique, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Sudan, Malawi, Ghana, South Africa, Latvia, Lithuania, South Korea, USA, Lebanon, Israel, Occupied Territories/PA, Turkey, Nepal, Peru, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Georgia, Portugal, Mexico, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Serbia/FYR, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
I have had speaking and lecturing assignments in Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Thailand, and European countries.
I have written and published professional and research reports and articles since 1982: human rights law, refugee law, anti-corruption and transparency law, CSR, and business ethics.