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Per Christensen has a long carrier in the Norwegian Civil Service. He started in the Ministry of Defence in 1990, where he worked in the Resources Department and the Department for Finance and Governance. Christensen also has extensive experience from various assignments in NATO. From 1998 to 2002 he served as Resource Advisor to the Norwegian Delegation to NATO. He also represented Norway in the Investment Committee and in the Resource Planning and Policy Board, which is the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on the management of all NATO resources. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Chairman of the Agency Supervisory Board of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization.
Per Christensen is an economist by profession and he graduated from the University of Oslo in 1988. In 1997-98 he attended NATO Defence College in Rome.
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Colonel Terje Haaverstad joined CIDS in February 2013, and is the centre’s leading military expert.
He has gained a wide range of experience over more than 30 years in different staff and leadership positions at home and abroad. He worked for several years at the Norwegian MoD, seven years at four different NATO regional HQs, four years in the Norwegian foreign service and a year at a UN mission. For the last thirteen years, he worked on domestic defence planning, bi- and multilateral defence and security Cooperation, compliance and integrity building/anti-corruption, as well as defence institution-building and with military operations. He has also been involved in security sector reform processes in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans in particular, but also Africa (South Sudan). Colonel Haaverstad is currently responsible Program Manager for the Ukraine/Norway bilateral Building Integrity in Human Resources Management Project within the Ukranian Ministry of Defence.
Colonel Haaverstad holds an MA in military studies from the Norwegian Defence University College and has attended the Norwegian National Defence College.
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Knut Walbaekken joined CIDS in August 2016. He has been working in the Ministry of Defence since 2008 with matters concerning organization and structure development, and with management and financial governance of the Defence Estates Agency. He served as Head of Section for the Defence Estates and Materiel Management in the MoD Department for Finance and Governance from February 2014 to August 2016.
From 2004 to 2008 he was posted at the Situation Centre at NATO HQ, Brussels, working with information and crisis management issues supporting situational awareness. Knut Walbaekken has varied experience in competence building, including the strategic management of competence development, having served at various national establishments for education.
He graduated from the Naval College in 1987 followed by operational service on board various naval vessels, and has specialised in anti-submarine warfare. Walbaekken has attended The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, advanced course. He attended the Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian Defence University College in 2017.
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Svein Eriksen was seconded to CIDS in September 2014 from The Agency of Public Management and e-Government (Difi). Eriksen has a broad and varied experience from the Norwegian public administration and expert institutions in public administration. He has good knowledge of public administration systems in European states and particularly South Eastern European states. He worked full-time in Western Balkans countries since 2001 and in the 2004-2007 period headed a programme financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which aimed to strengthen the decision-making capacity of governments of South-Eastern Europe.
Eriksen is educated political scientist (University of Oslo, 1978), and has experience as visiting fellow in comparative public administration at the European University Institute, Florence (1988), and as lecturer in a master programme on European Integration and Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe managed jointly by, the University of Graz, the European Academy, Bolzano, and EIPA, Maastricht.