Anne S. Hertzberg, Chair of the Board
Anne is a trained psychologist and physiotherapist. She has worked with aid and project development within health and rehabilitation and the social sector since 1995. She had been involved with Afghanistan since 2002, setting up legal aid projects for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); then as technical advisor for Swedish Afghanistan Committee (SCA) on their Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme. From 2006 to 2012 she was a technical advisor in Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), seconded by EU, on policy development and coordination of rehabilitation services in the health sector. She also has a wide experience working in East and Southern Africa, as well as Eastern and Southern Asia. Anne Hertzberg is also the leader of the Women Committee.
Hege Jacobsen, Deputy Chair of the Board
Hege works as a project manager for Norsk Hydro. Prior to this position, she worked in several UN agencies and been stationed in Geneva, Vienna and Western Sahara. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern and North African studies from the University of Oslo. Hege has extensive experience in information technology, project management, quality systems and organizational work. She has served as a member of the Board since May 2007 and was Head of the board from 2011-2013.
Andrea L. Rivrud, Women Committee Representative
Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oslo. She has previously worked as the Organization Secretary for NAC in Norway, and was the previous secretary of the Board. She currently works for Oslo Municipality as a Project Manager for two projects within the Groruddalen Project. She also does a lot of volunteer work and monitoring for various NGOs. For example, she worked on project management in urban development and capacity building of NGOs in Norway, as well as community development. She is a member of NAC Women's Committee, and she previously was on project management at NAC midwife projects in Afghanistan in 2012.
Elisabet Eikås, Project Committee Representative
Elisabet is a social anthropologist and wrote her thesis on youth and public participation in Kabul. At her previous position as a Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Peace Center, she worked with young refugees living in Norway, and their contribution to development in their home countries. She has also worked as a Program Advisor for two years at NAC’s Country Office in Kabul (2009-2011). Elisabeth Eikås currently works for Landinfo. She became a member of the Board in 2012, and is also the Head of the Project Committee.
Farshad Tami, Information Committee Representative
Farshad is originally from Iran but has spent most of his life in Lebanon. He moved to Norway in 2007 to pursue his studies. He now holds a Master's Degree from the University of Life Sciences in Ås, and wrote his thesis on livelihoods in Northern Afghanistan. He has worked with several NGOs, as well as UN Agencies, with refugees and humanitarian relief programs. His last stationing was in Pakistan, where he worked as the Provincial Cluster Coordinator for the UN. Farshad joined NAC in 2012, and currently leading NAC Information Committee.
Solveig Sandalsnes, Bergen Committee Representative
Bergen municipality has employed Solveig Sandalsnes for more than 35 years, and currently she works for NAV. She has been a NAC member for approximately 20 years and been on the Board during several periods. Solveig visited the NAC`s projects in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2012. She received Bergen municipality’s Equality Award in 2008.
Gry Synnevåg, Board Member
Gry Synnevåg works at Noragric institute at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in Ås. She has broad experience from teaching and researching, as well as development with a special focus on sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, food security and rural development in several countries in Africa and Asia. She has performed several reviews and evaluations of aid projects for NORAD, the Foreign Ministry as well as international organizations. From 2004-2008, she worked as a resident representative for the Norwegian Church Aid in Kabul.
Norunn Grande, Board Member
Norunn is a political scientist, and currently working as a special advisor at Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD), based in Lillehammer. Since 2001 she initiated a peace education programme for young Afghans in Norway in cooperation with NAC. Since then she has been studying and developing projects that focus on the role of the diaspora in peacebuilding. She has been a member of NAC from early 1980s and was member of the board as early as the 1990s. Her interest in Afghanistan started at an early age: from living and travelling in Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion. Since 2003 she has been in Afghanistan several times with young Afghans living in Norway, basically in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif, organising study trips, including internships and dialogue seminars with local organisations.
Elisabeth Palerud, Board Member
Elisabeth has a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a Master's Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen. She focused her masters degree thesis on gender, identity and violent conflict with a special focus on Palestinian women. Her work lead to a general interest in women that are living in conflict areas around the world, and especially in the Middle East, North Africa and Central-Asia. She had several longer stays in the Palestinian Territories; doing her field work and later also as an Ecumenical Accompanier for the World Council of Churches program EAPPI. From 2010 to 2013 she has been the head of The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine. Currenlty she is a student again.
Masooda Dostyar, Deputy of Women Committee Representative
Herdis Sigurgrimsdottir, Deputy Information Committee Representative
Mike Fergus, Deputy Project Committee Representative
Helge Liland, Deputy Bergen Committee Representative Luke Dokter, Substitute Board Member
Terje Skaufjord, Substitute Board Member