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.

2023 Members:

Frode Elgesem - Chairperson
Judge, Borgarting Court of Appeal
Phone: +47 416 96 089
E-mail: frode.elgesem(at)

Anders Skjævestad - Deputy chairperson
CEO, DNB Life Insurance.

Ingrid Hoem Sjursen - Chair of Rafto Prize Committee
Senior Researcher, Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI)

Lovise Aalen
Research Director, Christian Michelsen Research Institute (CMI).

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.

Anne Lise Fimreite, Professor at Department of Comparative Politics at University of Bergen

Iver Ørstadvik
Senior Advisor, Rafto Foundation.

Henriette Munte Kaas (observer)
Leader of Friends of the Rafto Foundation.