NCP Norway Secretariat
The Secretariat consists of three full-time staff, and they serve the independent Norwegian NCP. The secretariat is administratively placed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but has a separate budget and is in substance independent of the Government. The Secretariat prepares the assessment of complaints and contributes to raise awareness about the Guidelines.
Cathrine HalsaaHead of SecretariatShow description
Telephone: +47 23 95 14 82 / +47 416 06 784
Halsaa has a M.Phil degree in Human Geography, Development Studies, from the University of Oslo. She has long experience with responsible business conduct from the Secretariat since 2014. She has been head of Secretariat since 2016, and has in-depth knowledge on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises. She has been involved in handling more than 10 specific instances related to the Norwegian enterprises compliance of the Guidelines, and has been in charge of the Norwegian Contact Points efforts to promote the Guidelines through courses, guidance and outreach on responsible business conduct. Halsaa has been employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2000, and has long experience with Norway’s efforts to promote respect of Human Rights, in particular LGBT-rights and issues on non-discrimination. She has previously worked for the World Food Programme in Ecuador.
Kristel Manal TonstadPolicy DirectorShow description
Phone: + 47 47 95 72 44
Kristel M. Tonstad has a law degree from the University of Oslo and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. She served as Head of Secretariat of the Ethics Information Committee, which presented a draft law on transparency in supply chains, duty to know and due diligence to the Norwegian Government in 2019. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tonstad worked with government policies on human rights (2015) and responsible business conduct (2009). She has served as a Norwegian diplomat in Egypt (2014 – 2016) and has previously worked as legal advocacy and policy adviser in the Norwegian Refugee Council and with UNICEF in Haiti and in the Republic of Georgia.
Åse Kristin SandSenior AdviserShow description
Phone: +47 23 95 04 63 / + 47 98 45 97 16