The Rector's management team 2021 - 2025

The Rector's management team 2021 - 2025

NHH’s management team consists of the rector, three vice-rectors and two directors. The chair of the NHH board is externally appointed.

Rector Øystein Thøgersen is NHH’s academic and administrative leader and acts as the school’s official representative. He took office 1 August 2021 for his second fixed term of four years.

Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe was appointed as new chair of the NHH board, in the spring of 2021.

NHH has three vice-rectors with responsibility for respectively academic affairs, research and faculty affairs.

RECTORS 2021-2025

Øystein Thøgersen, Rector 
Phone: (+47) 55 95 92 17

Stig Tenold, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs
Phone: (+ 47) 55 95 95 73

Malin Arve, Vice Rector for Research
Phone: (+47) 55 95 91 52

Frode Sættem, Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs
Phone: (+47) 55 95 92 72


Bjørg Marit Eknes, Director Organization and Governance
Phone: (+47) 55 95 99 98

Geir Mikalsen, Director of Communications and External Relations
Phone: (+47) 55 95 93 49

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Rector Øystein Thøgersen

Rector Øystein Thøgersen. Photo: Eivind Senneset
Photo: Eivind Senneset

Øystein Thøgersen (b. 1964) is a professor at the Department of Economics, which he joined in 1999. Thøgersen is “siviløkonom” from BI Norwegian Business School, and received his PhD at NHH in 1995.

Thøgersen's research interests include international macroeconomics, financial markets and public finance with a special focus on fiscal policy and social security. 

He has been head of the Department of Economics, a member of the board of NHH since 2013 and is chairman of the board at the Centre for Applied Research at NHH (SNF).

Thøgersen served as a member of the executive board of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway) from 2004-2009. He has made policy contributions as a member of an advisory council to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, and as the head of the Norwegian governmental commission on the guidelines for fiscal policy and the spending of public revenues from the petroleum sector.

Thøgersen's profile page at The Department of Economics

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Stig Tenold

Stig Tenold Photo: Odd Mehu
Photo: Odd Mehus

Stig Tenold (b. 1970) from Bergen is Professor of Economic History at the Department of Economics. He has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from NHH in 1993, and immediately pursued a research career. He received his dr. oecon.-degree from the NHH in 2001 and became full professor in 2009. 

Tenold's main research is within the field of contemporary maritime history, both from an economic history and from a business history angle. The research has resulted in several books and more than thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is one of two editors of the book series Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics, and recently published the book Sjøfartsbyen? Bergen og skipsfarten 1973—2008 (Gyldendal, 2023). 

He has won prizes for outstanding performance as a lecturer awarded by the NHH Master's degree students (2011) and by the NHH Bachelor’s degree students (2019). Tenold has regularly given lectures and courses in maritime history and economics at other universities in Europe and Asia. In the spring of 2021 Tenold was appointed as Excellent Teacher Practitioner at NHH.  

Tenold’s profile page at the Department of Economics 


Malin Arve. Photo: Odd Mehus
Photo: Odd Mehus

Malin Arve is an Associate Professor at NHH’s Department of Business and Management Science, which she joined in 2015.

Her research interests include microeconomics, contract and incentive theory, public procurement and investment. She has published in American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Public Economic Theory.

Arve received her PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics in 2011. Before joining NHH, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Mannheim.

Arve's profile page at the Department of Business and Management Science

Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs, frode sættem

Frode Sættem. Photo: Odd Mehus
Foto: Odd Mehus

Master of Science degree (siviløkonom HAE) from NHH, received his Dr. Oecon. degree at NHH in 1990 and became full professor in 2004.

Sættem researches and teaches in financial economics. His research relates to financial instruments and financial institutions, integration between financial markets and the real economy, and the role of financial accounting information in the capital market. He has won the students’ lecturer award (”bronsesvampen”) and NHH’s award for excellent teaching. He has also been involved in NHH’s Executive education and and the Centre of Applied Research at NHH (SNF).

Sættem has held several positions at NHH and SNF. He was Head of the Department of Business and Management Science from 2010 to2017, and a member of the NHH Board for the period 2017-2021. He was Centre Director/Program Director at SNF until 2014 and heads the NHH Executive “fagråd”.

Sættem has received several best teaching awards, including NHH’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and NHH Student Association’s Teaching Award.

As Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs he has a special responsibility for further development of the school’s strategies and activities for recruitment and follow-up of NHH’s faculty.

Sættems’s profile page at the Department of Business and Management Science 

Director Organization and Governance, Bjørg Marit Eknes

Bjørg Marit Eknes. Photo: Helge Skodvin
Photo: Helge Skodvin

Bjørg Marit Eknes (b. 1969) is Director for Organization and Governance, and has the main responsibility for The Offices of HR, IT, Financial Services and Property Management.

Eknes has an MSc degree in economics from NHH and has recently taken an Executive MBA in Technology and Innovation of Finance at NHH Executive. Her education also comprises an MBA from Bond University in Australia, and she has completed AFF's Solstrand programme.

Eknes came to NHH from Sparebanken Vest, where she was a member of the bank’s corporate management group for several years and held different      positions as Executive Vice President. She is chair of the board of NCE Finance Innovation and a member of several other boards.

In March 2020, she was named one of «Norway's 50 leading Tech women» by Abelia and the ODA network.

Director of Communications and External Relations, geir mikalsen

Geir Mikalsen. Photo: Helge Skodvin
Photo: Helge Skodvin

Geir Mikalsen (b. 1965) is Director of Communications and External Relations, and head of the administrative office by the same name. His areas of responsibility include media and public relations, research dissemination, cooperation with the business world, alumni relations, marketing, organizing events, services to students and the general public and more.

Mikalsen holds a master’s degree in Comparative Politics/Political Science from the University of Bergen.

Before he joined NHH, Mikalsen was Vice President Marketing and Communications at Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also been Director of Communications at Rieber & Søn, ASA, and has held several positions at TV2, including channel editor and Head of Communications.