Fluent in Norwegian and English, moderate skills in German and Serb languages
Established Norwegian People's Aid's Regional Office for East Balkans and was its first Residential Representative, covering FRY, Macedonia and Albania. Supervised this and two other new offices set up in Montenegro and Hungary.
Developed a regional media support program for East Balkans, supplemented by program components of democracy building and assistance to refugees.
Lead NPAs emergency operation in Albania April - June 1999 Chaired the Board of Trustees for NPA Humanitarian Foundation in Hungary.
Participated in FAFO's reference group for Local Media Support project Member of NPA's resource group for media support.
2000 to date: Project co-ordinator / Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
1991 to January 2001: Consultant and Researcher, Diakonhjemmets internasjonale senter (DiS) (leave of absence)
1998 - 1999: Residential Representative for Norwegian People's Aid to Albania, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Macedonia (May 1998 to September 1999).
1997: Election supervisor in Bosnia (seconded to OSCE, duty station: OCV Belgrade).
1996: Election supervisor in Bosnia (seconded to OSCE, duty station: Doboj).
1994: Advisor to the NGO Division in NORAD
1989 - 1991: Community Participation Advisor, Norwegian Church Aid, Rukwa Region, Tanzania
1987- 1989: Consultant in Public Relations and Organisational Development, Norwegian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Oslo. Also part-time Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Training, Økonomisk College, Oslo
1980-1985: Craftsman, self-employed carpenter, Oslo
1972- to date: Freelance journalist/correspondent for Norwegian newspapers
Magister Artium in Social Anthropology (UiO 1986 - eqiv. to Ph.D).
Ped-sem. (UiO, 1984), Cand.mag. with majors in Political Science, Social Anthropology and Geography (UiB,1975 - equv. to MA).
Craft certificate (1985).