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Henrik Syse

Research Professor and public speaker

Henrik Syse (b. 1966) is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes University College, and a much-used public speaker. He also teaches regularly at the Norwegian Defense University College, the University of Oslo, and other institutions of higher learning, and he is Chief Editor (with James Cook) of the Journal of Military Ethics.

From 2005 to 2007, Henrik was Head of Corporate Governance for Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Europe’s largest sovereign wealth fund, and he continued, until 2009, as an advisor and consultant on social issues for NBIM. He was also a member of the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission from 2002 to 2016, has been a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Language and Literature since 2010, and served a full six-year term from 2015 to 2020 as a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize, serving as its Vice Chair 2017-2020. He was nominated as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007.

Henrik has written and edited many books, articles, and essays. His publications span the fields of philosophy, politics, business, religion, and ethics. He is often used as a commentator on social and ethical issues by the media. He holds a Master of Arts degree in political philosophy from Boston College (USA) and a Dr.Art. (Ph.D.) degree in moral philosophy from the University of Oslo. He is also a Sunday School teacher – and a specialist on The Beatles.