The Mission welcomes three new Counsellors: Lill-Ann Bjaarstad Medina, Martin Torbergsen and Øystein Lyngroth. Ms. Medina works on budgetary issues at the General Assembly (Fifth Committee) and UN Reform. Mr. Torbergsen will be focusing on Human Rights (Third Committee), and Mr. Lyngroth will be working on humanitarian issues.
Ernst Rune Egelid and Mette Birkelund O’Connor join the Mission from the Ministry of Defence. They will be working on peacekeeping missions (C-34 and Fourth Committee).
Ragnhild Simenstad will be serving as the new Press Counsellor at the Mission. She will also be working on gender equality, overseeing Norway’s partnership with UN Women.
The five new Trainees will be working at the Mission until mid-December 2015. They all find it extremely exciting that their average day of lectures and essay-writing has been transformed to formal meetings at the United Nations. They look forward to discuss issues that they previously have only encountered in a classroom setting.
Christian Garzon Osorio, 23 from Kristiansand, is currently getting his Master’s degree in political science at the University of Oslo. He will be working on issues concerning the Security Council, Disarmament (First Committee) budgetary issues (Fifth Committee), and UN Reform.
Ellen Balke Hveem, 25 from Toten, is a Master’s student at the Norwegian School of Economics. She will be working on issues related to Sustainable Development (Second Committee) as well as the Economic and Social Council.
Siri Haugan Holden, 24 from Bærum, recently received her Master’s degree from the University of Oslo in political science. She will be working alongside Ellen on development issues (Second Committee) as well as Financing for Development.
Audun Hjort, 32 from Oslo, will be working on legal issues related to the General Assembly (Sixth Committee). He is currently a law student at the University of Oslo.
Nickolas Ask, 22 from Oslo, received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Rights from the City University of New York – Hunter College. He will be working with the Press and Communications Team, in addition to issues regarding Gender Equality.
For a full list of employees at the Mission, please see our page The Team.