Rectors 2017 - 2021

Rectors 2017 - 2021

NHH’s rector team consists of the rector and four vice-rectors. 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 2017 and will serve for a fixed term of four years.

Aase Aa. Lundgaard was appointed as new chair of the NHH board, march 2020.

NHH has four vice-rectors with responsibility for respectively academic affairs, research, faculty management and HR, and innovation and development.

Rectors 2017-2021

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

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

Kenneth Fjell, Vice Rector for Research and Dean of the Doctoral Programme
Phone:  (+47) 55 95 96 87/Mob. (+47) 970 68 386

Therese E. Sverdrup, Vice Rector for Innovation and Development 
Phone:   55 95 96 10

Gunnar E. Christensen, Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs and HR
Phone: (+47) 55 95 92 41 / (+47) 402 23 026

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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

Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, malin arve

Malin Arve. Photo: Hallvard Lyssand

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 Research and Dean of Doctoral Program, kenneth Fjell

Kenneth Fjell Photo: Hallvard Lyssand
Kenneth Fjell. Photo: Hallvard Lyssand

Kenneth Fjell received a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1998 and joined the department in 2002.

His research and teaching interests lie in the commonalities and tensions between management accounting and industrial organization, as well as between theory and practice. 

Fjell was dean for NHH's master's programmes from 2011 to 215.

Fjell's profile page at the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law

Vice Rector for Innovation and Development, Therese E. Sverdrup

Vice-rector for innovation and development Therese E. Sverdrup. Photo: Eivind Senneset
Photo: Eivind Senneset

Therese E. Sverdrup (b. 1975) from Bergen holds a master’s degree in Organisational Psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and is an assistant professor at The Department of Strategy and Management, where she received her PhD 2012.

Sverdrup’s research focuses on leadership, team research, the psychological contract, and collaboration.

She participates in the FOCUS program where she follows several of the FOCUS firms in both qualitative and quantitative oriented research projects.

She is also involved in several of NHHs executive programmes, where she teaches team and team leadership as well as organizational psychology topics.

Sverdrup’s profile page The Department of Strategy and Management

Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs , Gunnar E. Christensen

Vice Rector for Faculty Management, Gunnar E. Christensen. Photo: Marit Hommedal

Gunnar E. Christensen (b. 1951) comes from Bergen and is Associate Professor at the Institute of Strategy and Management.

He received an MSc from NHH in 1978 and defended his doctoral thesis at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1987.

Christensen researches and teaches in information management and has a special interest in e-commerce and the opportunities this provides for value creation.

He was head of the Department of Strategy and Management from 1999 to 2001. He was Chairman / Vice Chairman of the international committee at NHH for several years, and was Deputy rector at NHH from 2005 to 2013, and Vice rector for faculty management from 2014 to 2017.

As Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs, Christensen has a particular responsibility for developing and enhancing the school's strategies and activities related to the hiring of faculty members.

Christensen's profile page at the Department of Strategy and Management