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I am now a special adviser on innovation policy in the Norwegian agency for innovation and industrial growth: Innovation Norway.
From the fall of 2010 I have also been chair of the OECD STIG working party on mechanisms for international STI cooperation for global challenges.
In my previous position I was the head of the Science Project in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, a cross-unit project for research and higher education policy analysis. I moved to the Ministry after having been Director of analysis and strategic development at The Research Council of Norway (2006 - 2009).
I had the pleasure of leading several research projects on innovation and innovation policy in the public and private sectors.
From July 1991 to May 2000 I was a Senior Executive Officer and Adviser on science and technology policy in the Norwegian Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs.
From September 1999 to 2000 I was a member of the secretariat of the Norwegian Commission on Higher Education.
Through my work at STEP/NIFU STEP, the Ministry and the Research Council I have been actively involved in networking both on a national and international basis (Nordic co-operation, the OECD Working Party on Technology and Innovation Policy, the OECD Committee on Technology and Science Policy, the EU Trend Chart on Innovation, etc.)
I am considered a European expert on Internet searching and the search engine industry due to my and my wife's site on search engines and the social web.
At STEP and NIFU STEP I have been studying systemic innovation processes and innovation policy trends. As an historian of ideas I am in particular interested in the role of social processes, mentalities and rationalities in the development of world views and policies.