Arne Flåøyen appointed new Director of NordForsk

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Arne Flåøyen appointed new Director of NordForsk

Arne Flåøyen has accepted the position of Director of NordForsk, and will begin in his new role on 1 January 2018.

Dr Flåøyen has spent the past 20 years at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, where he is currently Head of Department for Fish Health. He studied at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and two Ph.D. degrees. He also completed a Master of Management at the BI Norwegian Business School.

Dr Flåøyen also has international experience from his work as project officer at the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research under the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

Dr Flåøyen led the Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University (NOVA) steering group for cooperation with developing countries from 1998–2002.

“This gave me the opportunity to get to know people, research groups and universities in all the Nordic countries,” he says.

“I saw how Nordic cooperation enables our countries to make a difference beyond what we each can contribute on our own. My work with the NOVA University inspired an interest in the Nordic community and Nordic cooperation which has stayed with me, and I hope to cultivate this even more at NordForsk.”

“I am looking forward to working with people from all over the Nordic region, both at the physical offices of the NordForsk secretariat and throughout the entire distributed network of Nordic cooperation.”

Dr Flåøyen is taking over the directorship of NordForsk from Gunnel Gustafsson, who has led the organisation since 2010 and will be concluding her contract this year.


Text: Eivind Sætre