The NCA Board consists of nine members chosen from among Norwegian Church Aid’s Board of Delegates, the President of Changemaker and two employee representatives.

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Kjetil Aano; Chair person of the NCA Board – retired Dean of Tungenes deanery, Church of Norway - Cand.Theol. – born 1949

Former General Secretary of the Norwegian Mission Society (NMS), previously a missionary for NMS in Madagascar. He has been working within the field of mission, international ecumenical relations and diaconal challenges both locally and globally almost all his life and brings with him valuable experience and knowledge into the NCA Board. 

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Mrs. Tone Lindheim; College lecturer and PDH scholarshipholder at VID (University College) – Member of Church of Norway – Cand. Philol, Master of Theology in intercultural studies, Master of Management - born 1971

Previous position as Director of International programs, Misjonsalliansen and before that a delegate for Misjonsalliansen to Bolivia. She has also been general manager at Hald International Center. She has a broad international network, and her knowledge of international aid work is of great value to the Board.

Mrs. Ingrid Erøy Fagervik; entrepreneur/gründer, Member of Church of Norway – Master of Management -born 1977.

She has broad privat sector knowledge, especially on branding, strategy and change management. She has digital expertise and is a former journalist with good communication experience both with TV and newpapers.


Mr. Ottar Mæstad; Director of CMI – research institution, Church of Norway -  Dr. oecon (Ph.D), – born 1967.

Broad knowledge/experience from research and reviews related to development aid with special focus on mother and children health, health services, international trade, climate and energy, poverty and economic development. Previously he was a researcher at SNF (Samfunns og Næringslivsforskning). Experienced board member.

Mr. Bo Christoffer Brekke; Head of International Development Aid for Salvation Army, Norway - Master of Political Science – member of Salvation Army - born 1984.

Lifelong connection to Salvation Army both as a child and as employee has given him a global perspective, good multi cultural comprehension and a strong engagement for social justice, which is valuable to NCA. Previously Administrative Manager of Others AS (Sally Ann).

Mrs. Kjersti Thoen; Head of strategic support and internal services at Diakonhjemmet, VID Specialized university-  Master in Business and Economics – member Church of Norway- born 1966 
Longtime work relation with Telenor ASA in various positions within the finance functions and Global shared services. Her primary focus has been within financial management, controlling and analysis – which are vital elements also to NCA, and her knowledge of this is an added value to NCA Board. Previous position as CFO in Grameenphone IT (Bangladesh) during initial phase of company establishment.

Ms Herborg Finnset; bishop of Nidaros Diocese, Church of Norway since 2017 –– Cand. Theol. – born 1961

Her role as a bishop in the Norwegian civil society is very useful–she has a voice listened to. She is focused on goals and strategies. She is also a Board member of the newly established Church based Dialogue centre in Trondheim. As a bishop she will easily connect with our church based partners.

Mr. Vegard Kolbjoernsrud; BI Norwegian Business School: Assistant Professor in Strategy  -Member of the Pentacostal Movement in Norway –PhD in strategic management – born 1973
Vegard is researching, teaching, and consulting on strategy, new organizational forms, digitalization, and business models. His areas of expertise also include governance and organization design, communities and crowdsourcing, open innovation, digital strategy as well as the impact of AI on management. Vegard has 16 years of strategy consulting experience from Accenture. He is an experienced leader and board member in Christian churches and organizations.

Mr. Kjetil Drangsholt; retired Medical doctor – Member of Church of Norway - Cand. Med with Diploma in Public Health – born 1949.

He has held various positions as medical doctor as well as community senior advisor on public health. He has also been Chief Medical Doctor for a refugee camp in Croatia for UNHCR. He is a member of LWF Council and Church of Norway Council of international relations.

Ms. Embla R. Mathisen; elected president of Changemaker Norway (NCA's Youth movement) – student - born 1997. She has put her studies on hold in order to be a full time president of NCA’s youth movement. As such, she has an ex officio place in the NCA Board.


Mrs Gunn Inger Røkke Ruud, employee elected Board member,
NCA Senior Advisor Marketing –graduated from NTNU and certified fundraiser from Plymouth University - member Church of Norway - born 1971
Extensive expertise in marketing & sponsorship from major corporations and brands. Boardroom experience.

Ms Siv Øystese, employee elected Board member.
NCA Senior Advisor Climate Smart Economic Empowerment, NCA team leader for Donors and Partnerships. Cand. Agric. development and resource economics from NMBU. Member Church of Norway - born 1974.
Expertise in programme development, international aid and public-private partnerships for development. Experience from the UN system, CSOs, public and private sector.

Mr. Andrej Viotti, Deputy