1 Members of the Council on Ethics and its secretariat

The Council on Ethics

Johan H. Andresen (Chair)

Andresen holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He owns and chairs the board of Ferd, where he was CEO for 14 years. He has previously been employed as Product Manager at International Paper Co in the USA and served as a partner at the Tiedemann Group. Andresen has held a number of directorships and currently serves on the boards of Abler Nordic, Junior Achievement Europe and Oslo Science City.

Svein Richard Brandtzæg (Vice Chair)

Brandtzæg has a doctorate in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a diploma in business administration from BI Norwegian Business School. Over the course of 34 years, he occupied a variety of positions at Norsk Hydro ASA, both in Norway and abroad. For 10 years up until 2019, he was the company’s CEO. Brandtzæg has served on the boards of directors of numerous enterprises and industry associations. He is currently vice chair of DNB ASA, dormakaba SG and Swiss Steel AG, and a director of Mondi PLC.

Cecilie Hellestveit

Hellestveit is a lawyer, with a doctorate in humanitarian law. She also holds a MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies. Hellestveit has worked at various research institutions, including PRIO, SMR, NUPI, IKOS and ILPI. She has also worked as a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. She is currently a researcher at the Norwegian Academy of International Law and is a special advisor at the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution. Hellestveit has authored a textbook on the international law of war and several books on armed conflict.

Siv Helen Rygh Torstensen

Torstensen is a lawyer, who is currently EVP Legal & Compliance at Equinor ASA. She has worked for Equinor in various roles since 1998, mostly in the Legal & Compliance Department. She has previously served as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer. Torstensen also headed the CEO’s Office for three years until August 2019. Before joining Equinor, she worked as a lawyer with the law firm Cappelen & Krefting DA and in Stavanger City Council’s Legal Services Department.

Vigdis Vandvik

Vandvik has a PhD in plant ecology and is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Bergen, where she also heads the CeSAM Centre for Sustainable Area Management. Since 2017, she has been affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Vandvik has gained international experience through participation in a number of international research projects and committees. She has also participated in various advisory councils and committees. Vandvik is a member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Norwegian government’s Nature Risk Committee. She was previously vice chair of the main committee of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM).


The Council has a Secretariat that investigates and prepares cases for the Council. At the close of the year, the Secretariat had the following employees:

  • Eli Lund, Executive Head of Secretariat (MEcon)
  • Elisabeth Andvig (MScPol & Intl. Pol.)
  • Lone Fedders Dybdal (MPhil)
  • Kjell Kristian Dørum (Cand. Polit.)
  • Erik Forberg (Cand. Scient.)
  • Hilde Jervan (Cand. Agric.)
  • Aslak Skancke (MSc Engineering)
  • Victoria Skeie (Mphil)
  • Erlend Stenberg (LLM)
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