Staff and Leadership

Maureen K. Reed, Executive Director

Maureen Reed is a vigorous long-time proponent of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She has attended nearly every Forum since it began in 1989 and co-chaired its Executive Committee from 2005-2011. For her, the annual Forum is “a respite and a retreat – the unique opportunity to renew my spirit and re-energize my mind.”

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Reed practiced medicine for twenty years in the Twin Cities and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. She served on the 2007 Minnesota Health Care Transformation Task Force. Maureen Reed was twice elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and also served as its chair. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine, and she a past chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Her business experience includes serving as President of Aspen Medical Group, Vice President and Medical Director of HealthPartners, and Executive Director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. 

In past years Dr. Reed has worked for brief stints in Norway, Thailand, and Uganda.

Rachel C. Peterson, Program Manager

Ms. Peterson’s relationship to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum began in 2001, when she was a student at Luther College. Luther hosted the Forum that year and her experiences at that Forum and subsequent ones were so positive that she pursued a master’s degree in peace and conflict transformation studies from the Centre for Peace Studies at the University of Tromsø in Norway.

IMG_7959While at the Centre for Peace Studies, Ms. Peterson researched peace education in areas of experienced tranquility. She combined the theoretical work of the master’s degree with hands-on volunteer work for the international children’s rights organization Save the Children. After completing her degree, she worked as Regional Leader for Save the Children in the northern half of Norway for six years, focusing primarily on the rights of refugee and asylum-seeking children, child protection, and awareness raising about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ms. Peterson has been a villager and staff member at Concordia Language Villages, was a high school exchange student in Norway, loves to travel, but also thoroughly enjoys being back in Minnesota.

Dr. Geir Lundestad, Director, Norwegian Nobel Institute, Secretary, Norwegian Nobel Committee

Geir Lundestad has been Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990. Born in 1945 in Sulitjelma, a mining community in Northern Norway, he received his MA (Cand. philol.) in history from the University of Oslo in 1970 and a PhD from the University of Tromsø¸ in 1976.

Lundestad held various positions at the University of Tromsø¸ from 1974 – 1990, including Associate Professor of History, Professor of American Civilization, and Professor of History. He has also been a research fellow at Harvard University (1978-79, 1983) and at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (1988-89). Concurrent to his position as Director of the Nobel Institute, Lundestad is also Adjunct Professor of International History at the University of Oslo.

Lundestad is the author of many books and articles in English and Norwegian; covering a broad range of topics, including Norwegian history, the European community, the Cold War, and American foreign policy. He is a frequent commentator on Norwegian television and radio. Lundestad and his wife, Aase, live in Oslo and they have two grown children.