Staff and Leadership

Gina Torry, Executive Director

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Ms. Torry is an international peacebuilding expert specializing in United Nations Security related policy and initiatives – particularly related to gender issues, mediation and ceasefires. She has worked for over a decade with the United Nations, governments and regional organizations, as well as with women’s civil society groups and networks worldwide. Ms. Torry is the former Executive Director of the Peace Research Endowment (Peace Research Institute Oslo, North America). Prior to this, she worked for several years with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Policy and Mediation Division. In collaboration with international mediators and mediation experts, she finalized the DPA/United Nations “Guidance for Mediators on addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ceasefire and Peace Agreements”. Provisions of this guidance have now appeared in the last 3 UN brokered ceasefire agreements. Ms. Torry is the former Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (2005-2008), and has authored several publications including “Financing Inclusive Peace and Security for Women in Nepal: From the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to the Nepal Peace Trust Fund” (2010, EC/UN). In 2007, Ms. Torry was invited in her capacity as Coordinator of the NGO Working Group to address the United Nations Security Council in an Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature and Political Science from the American University of Paris and an Masters of Science in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics.


Olav Njølstad, Director, Norwegian Nobel Institute, Secretary, Norwegian Nobel Committee


Olav Njølstad is a professor of western contemporary history at the University of Oslo. He has been a Norwegian Research Council fellow, a research fellow at Ohio University, a researcher and senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, and research director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. In 2011 and 2012, he served as senior advisor in the 22 July Commission.

Mr. Njølstad has published a number of academic books and articles on topics such as the Cold War, the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, arms races and disarmament, the history of military and civilian technology, as well as the Second World War and Norwegian postwar history. Mr. Njølstad has authored two biographies, about Jens Chr. Hauge and professor Leif Tronstad, and he is now working on a biography of Gro Harlem Brundtland. He has also edited a book on Norwegian Nobel Prize laureates, from Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson to Finn Kydland, and published two thrillers with a historic slant.

Mr. Njølstad has a PhD in history. His 1994 doctoral thesis covered U.S. politics vis-à-vis the Soviet Union during the Carter presidency, with particular emphasis on human rights, the relationship to China, the strategic military balance, and regional conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2010, Njølstad received the Sverre Steen award for excellence in the dissemination of history to the general public.