Oslo Analytica has a range of nationalities affiliated as experts, as we strongly believe in local knowledge as a means to provide contextual analysis and policy advice.

Kjetil TronvollKjetil Tronvoll is the Director of Oslo Analytica, as well as Professor and Research Director of Peace and Conflict studies at Bjorknes Univesity College. Tronvoll was professor of human rights at the University of Oslo until 2010, and former cofounding partner of International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), an international advisory company. His doctoral degree is in political anthropology from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Additionally, Tronvoll has an M.Phil research degree from the University of Oslo. He has broad expertise within governance, politics, conflict, peace/rfeconciliation, and human rights related issues, as well as in-depth experience in African studies.

Tronvoll has undertaken long-term anthropological fieldworks in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Zanzibar, in addition to shorter field studies in a dozen of African countries. Tronvoll has served as an advisor to political reconciliation processes and international peace meditating initiatives, as well as in regards to human rights concerns, in several African countries. He has headed and participated in election observer missions to numerous African elections. Tronvoll has extensive experience as an international consultant to bilateral and multilateral agencies. Tronvoll has published broadly on issues of human rights; transitional justice; peace, reconciliation and conflict studies; democratization and elections; political anthropology; and African studies

Dr. Scott JonesDr. Scott Jones is senior expert advisor at Oslo Analytica and associate professor II at Bjørknes University College, in addition to his position as Co-Director of Mind the Gap. He is a trusted international facilitator, researcher and evaluator for governments, the UN, European Union, central banks, corporations, research institutes, local authorities, and community groups.

Dr. Scott Jones has worked with many international development projects worldwide. In the past two years he has worked with evaluations, humanitarian assistance and conflict management in the Middle East, including the Syrian border, and in Somalia; with ministers, agencies and communities in Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Kenya, and Sabah; with local people and government researchers on sustainable farming in the dry lands of Ethiopia, Mali, and Sudan; and in a variety of European contexts. His main areas of expertise are:

  • Environment: climate change, forestry, fisheries, mining, water, wildlife, protected areas, and biodiversity.

  • Conflict analysis and management. Specialist areas in gender and in environment

  • Coaching, personal development, working with resilience and calm

  • Gendered aspects of conflict management and peace building

  • Programme and project management

  • Leading and managing change

  • Ecological restoration

  • Diversity

He is a trained counsellor and advanced coach (executive and life coaching) who has worked as a nurse and hospital manager; in public health; mother and child health; as a volunteer nurse and development worker in East African famines, and as a pilot after receiving a Royal Air Force scholarship.

Anna Nigicser is a Tanzania based advisor for Oslo Analytica. She holds an MSc in International Development Studies and a BA in International Relations. Anna has field experience from several East African countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, where she worked on a range of educational and community development projects. She did field research for a year for her master’s thesis about the quality of secondary education in Tanzania. Anna has worked for Bjørknes University College as a study advisor for students studying International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies, and now is responsible for facilitating field trips and academic courses in Tanzania. She has experience in teaching as well as designing and leading school development processes in East Africa using Appreciative Inquiry and participatory methods. Anna is fluent in English, Swahili, German, Hungarian and Norwegian.

Torstein Dale-Åkerlund Torstein Dale-Åkerlund is advisor at Oslo Analytica, and the Head of Studies for Peace and Conflict Studies and International Studies at Bjørknes University College, a position he has held since the program was first established in 2009. His academic background is within Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations. He graduated with a Master in International Affairs from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2008. Over the course of his studies and work, Torstein has had a geographical focus on Eastern and Southern Africa, where he has spent extended periods (including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa). He has field experience from Africa and the Middle East, and he has basic knowledge in Portuguese and Swahili.

Torstein has extensive experience in project management and facilitation, course development and teaching. He also has experience in establishing and maintaining national and international institutional cooperation. As the Head of Studies, Torstein’s main focus is on academic development and quality assurance, as well as daily operational work related to running the department.

Bjørknes University College affiliated staff

Tomas Alfred RøenTomas Alfred Røen advisor at Oslo Analytica and a lecturer of International Relations and Peace and Conflict studies at Bjorknes University College. He has studied and worked with topics related to education, human rights, refugees, global governance and identity politics.  Røen holds a master’s degree of International Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and has studied French at Paris-Sorbonne. Having been brought up in the Central African Republic, Røen follows politics and conflict in Central and West Africa closely and is fluent in French and familiar with Fulani and Gbaya. He also has basic skills in Swahili and Afrikaans.

Røen has worked in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, France, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Madagascar. He has experience with assessment for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Cape Town and has worked as a consultant. Røen has extensive experience with education in Africa and has led student missions to Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Madagascar. At Bjorknes University College Røen leads the online-development two bachelor degrees, in International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies respectively. He has also developed online content for the Norwegian television broadcaster TV2, the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia and the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Bjørnar Østby is an advisor at Oslo Analytica, and lecturer of International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes University College. His academic background is within Conflict Studies, and he graduated with a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2017. Over the course of his studies, Bjørnar has primarily focused on civil conflicts in Central- and West Africa, but with a keen interest in actors like the Islamic State as well. In terms of research areas, Bjørnar has a special interest in matters related to the often complex and counterintuitive distribution of authority and power between states and non-state actors in civil conflict.

Coming from a family with ties to Ethiopia spanning several generations, he has considerable experience from the country, and also leads study trips to Tanzania. Bjørnar has extensive experience in administrating and developing online courses at Bjørknes University College, and has taught courses on subjects such as Human Rights, and Religion and Conflict.

Caroline Hagen is an advisor at Oslo Analytica and lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies and International Studies at Bjørknes University College. Her academic background is within International Development Studies, and she graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies in 2016 from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. During her studies, she focused mainly on issues related to youth and education, disability rights, conflict and development and gender in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Caroline has research and work experience from Malawi and Kenya, where she has worked on various projects within youth and inclusive education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and other community-based projects. Moreover, having partly grown up in South Africa and Israel, she has extensive experience from both areas. She teaches subjects ranging from Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Research methods, and has lead study trips to Tanzania and Israel and Palestine. She has knowledge in French and Swahili.