Governing Board

The European Wergeland Centre

Anders Bakken

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Anders Bakken is senior researcher at the Section for Youth Research at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. He has been carrying out research regarding social inequality in school achievement among youth and different research projects about living conditions among young people in Norway. During the last 15 years, he has been in charge of several research based evaluations of educational reforms in Norway. Currently, he is project manager for Ungdata, local youth surveys carried out in more than 350 municipalities all over Norway. From 2010-14 he was research director for the Youth research section at NOVA. 

The European Wergeland Centre

Haldis Margrete Holst

Norway
Chair
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Ms Holst graduated as a teacher in 1983, after majoring in English and Physical Education. She has worked as a teacher in primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools. Ms Holst has been active in the Norwegian teachers’ union for many years. She has been a union representative at all local, regional and national levels. In 1997, Ms Holst became an elected full time regional leader in her union. In 2001, she became Vice-President of Norsk Lærerlag (NL). In 2002 she became an Executive Board member of Union of Education Norway and was Vice President from 2010 through 2012. During this period Ms Holst has also represented Norway on the European Trade Union Committee on Education, and been elected Vice President from Europe on the Executive Board of Education International.

Ms Holst is currently Deputy General Secretary of Education International which represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations in one hundred and seventy countries and territories, across the globe.

The European Wergeland Centre

Helga Hjetland

Vice Chair of the EWC Board
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Vice Chair of the Association for Employers in the Church of Norway and Church-related NGOs
Ms Hjetland was until 2009 President of Union of Education Norway (UEN) and until 2012 President of the United Nations Association of Norway. She has broad experience from the education sector, and has worked as teacher and head teacher (1973-88), as President of the Regional Teacher Union (1988-94) and was elected President of the National Teacher Union in 1994, and later as President of the merged Teacher Union in 2001. She is currently employed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education to follow up the new primary and secondary teacher education.
Ms Hjetland also has extensive experience from several national and international organizations, mostly in the field of education and development. She is Board member of the UNICEF committee of Norway.

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