The Board of Directors

Mandate and Board Members

The Board of Directors consists of members with various backgrounds, including activists, academics, professionals working in the public or private sector, and representatives of the Rafto Staff and Prize Committee. The Board members work without remuneration. The Board is independent and self-recruiting. In addition to the legally defined work, the Board provides the final approval of candidates for the Rafto Prize nominated by the Rafto Prize committee.

2019 Members:

Martin Paulsen - Chairperson
Senior Advisor, DIKU
Phone: +47 992 55 965
E-mail: martpaulsen(at)

Anne Horn - Deputy chairperson
Judge, Bergen District Court

Lise Rakner - Chair of Rafto Prize Committee
Professor, Department of Comparative Politics at University of Bergen and senior researcher, Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI).

Siri Gloppen
Research Director, Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI) and Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

Anders Skjævestad
CEO, DNB Life Insurance

Siri Strandenes
Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, NHH.

Anders Waage Nilsen
Design strategist and business developer

Laila Bokhari
Kistefos fellow/MPA 2019 Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Liv Unni Stuhaug
Project Coordinator, Rafto Foundation

Ingrid Malene Liavik (observer)
Leader of Friends of the Rafto Foundation