Rectors 2017 - 2021
NHH’s rector team consists of the rector, the deputy rector and three 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.
A new chair of the NHH board is being appointed for the remaining period (as of March 2020).
Aase Aa. Lundgaard was appointed as the new chair of the NHH board, march 2020.
Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Linda Nøstbakken deputises for the rector when required. In addition NHH has three vice-rectors with responsibility for respectively research, faculty management and HR, and innovation and development.
Øystein Thøgersen, Rector
Linda Nøstbakken, Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs
Kenneth Fjell, Vice Rector for Research and Dean of the Doctoral Programme
Therese E. Sverdrup, Vice Rector for Innovation and Development
Gunnar E. Christensen, Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs and HR
Rector Øystein Thøgersen
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.
Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Linda Nøstbakken
Linda Nøstbakken (b. 1978) from Bømlo is a professor at the Department of Economics, which she joined in 2013. She is also affiliated with CESifo and SNF - The Centre for applied research at NHH.
Nøstbakken’s research focuses on issues related to the use and management of natural resources and the environment. She currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and is the programme director for the Executive MBA programme Sustainable Innovation in Global Seafood.
Prior to joining NHH, she spent five years as an assistant professor at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada. She received her PhD degree in Economics from NHH in 2005.
Vice Rector for Research and Dean of Doctoral Program, kenneth Fjell
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.
Vice Rector for Innovation and Development, Therese E. Sverdrup
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.
Vice Rector for Faculty Affairs , Gunnar E. Christensen
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.