Executive Director

Foto: Erik M. Sundt / Nobels Fredssenter Photo: Erik M. Sundt / Nobel Peace Center

Liv Tørres is the Executive Director at the Nobel Peace Center. Tørres is the former Secretary General of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) - a humanitarian, development- and disarmament organization operating in over 40 countries. Before assuming the role as Secretary General she was Head of International Department in NPA (2005-2008) and has worked with international humanitarian, peace and development issues, both academically and operationally for many years.

Previous engagements include political advisor for Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion in Norway (Labour Party), a member of the Labour Party International Committee, and manager for the first National Labour Force Survey in the South African Department of Labour, South Africa (1997-2000).

In 2002 and 2003, she was engaged as senior advisor in charge of development research at the Research Council of Norway for two years. Tørres` previous academic experience includes several periods of management positions, among them Research Director at the research institute Fafo, as well as associate professor at the University of Oslo. In the 1990’s, she established and managed Fafo South Africa, one of the few international policy-research centres in the country.

Liv Tørres holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo (2000). She is an active voice and much sought after expert on several fields including peace building, conflict resolution, justice and equality, inclusive societies, development policy and democratization. She lived and worked for many years in South Africa and has from 2016 been visiting professor at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2019, Liv Tørres completed the Norwegian Defence University College’s Executive Management course.

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