The position as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been advertised in the press. Twelve applications came in. An academic committee found that five of the applicants had the scholarly qualifications required. These five were interviewed by the entire Nobel Committee. After a thorough evaluation of the total qualifications of these applicants the Norwegian Nobel Committee has unanimously decided to appoint professor dr. philos. Olav Njølstad as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. He will take up his duties on January 1, 2015. Below, please find a brief version of his CV.
Olav Njølstad (b. 1957) has a PhD in history and holds a professorship in western contemporary history at the University of Oslo. He has been a Norwegian Research Council fellow, a research fellow at Ohio State University, a researcher and senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, and research director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. In 2011-2012 he served as senior advisor in the 22 July Commission. Njølstad has published a number of academic books and articles on topics such as the Cold War, the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, arms races and disarmament, the history of military and civilian technology, as well as the Second World War and Norwegian postwar history. His 1994 doctoral thesis covers US politics vis-a-vis the Soviet Union during the Carter presidency, with particular emphasis on human rights, the relationship to China, the strategic military balance, and regional conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Njølstad has authored two biographies, about Jens Chr. Hauge and professor Leif Tronstad, and is now working on a biography of Gro Harlem Brundtland. He has also edited a book on Norwegian Nobel Prize laureates, from Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson to Finn Kydland, and published two thrillers with a historic slant. In 2010, Njølstad received the Sverre Steen award for excellence in the dissemination of history to the general public.
Oslo, 13 June 2014