Staff


Per Christensen
Director

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+47 23 09 59 45


Bio

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.




Tore Kvalvik
Colonel

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+47 23 09 59 57


Bio

Colonel Tore Kvalvik is CIDS’s Assistant Director since August 2017. Colonel Kvalvik comes from the position as Deputy Chief for the Office of International-, Armament-, and Industrial Co-Operation at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.

Colonel Kvalvik has a long career within logistical and defence investments matters. Kvalvik was a mentor for increased effectiveness in investment processes and is today an active Union Representative. Kvalvik also sits as board member for the NATO Strategic Airlift Capability and the European Defence Agency’s Multinational Multi-Roll Tanker Transport-program .

Colonel Kvalvik attended the Norwegian National Defence College and is a Civil engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Knut Walbækken
Knut Walbækken
Captain (N)

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 +47 23 09 59 47


Bio

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.



Åse Marie Fossum
Senior Adviser

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+47 23 09 59 00


Bio

Ms. Åse Marie Fossum is since June 2017 CIDS´ Production Coordinator. Over the past 7 years Ms. Fossum was working with issues pertaining to preventive security and international cooperation in the Norwegian National Security Authority.

Ms. Fossum has at several occasions held positions within international organizations. In 2016 – 2017, Ms. Fossum was advisor on security sector reform to the European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine. In 2008 – 2009, Ms. Fossum was seconded to NATO International Staff in Brussels. At NATO Ms. Fossum worked with disarmament and non-proliferation affairs. Ms. Fossum has been employed by the Norwegian Embassy in Paris.

Ms. Åse Marie Fossum holds a Master degree in international politics from the University of Oslo and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon.