- A unanimous board has decided to hire Wallevik. She has solid leadership qualities, long experience from both academia and the business world, is forward-thinking and highly motivated, says NORCE's chairman Tore Ulstein.
The board emphasizes that Wallevik has good knowledge of the Norwegian research and innovation system, knows the institute sector from the inside and has international experience. Wallevik also has a background in the private business community and has extensive experience with board work.
- The board is very pleased to have such a well-qualified person as Kristin Wallevik on the team, and looks forward to working with her, Ulstein says.
Wallevik, based in Kristiansand, has been CEO and deputy head of Agderforskning, one of the institutes that are currently part of NORCE.
- I have great faith in research as a driving force for societal change, and NORCE is a very exciting player who works in the intersection between the private, the public and academia. When I now had the opportunity to work with all the good people in NORCE, I could not let the chance pass me by, says Kristin Wallevik.
Wallevik is looking forward to taking on the job of further developing NORCE and will strengthen the collaboration with the owner universities. She has her first working day in NORCE on 1 August.
In recent years, Wallevik has worked with the areas of innovation, competitiveness, regional innovation systems and business development, and is concerned that the institute sector is given framework conditions to solve its social mission.
- NORCE is an important part of the research system in Norway and has already established itself as a research policy actor with a clear voice. We compete with European institutes, which receive basic funding equivalent to thirty to forty per cent of turnover. NORCE receives an average of just under ten per cent. We have to challenge that, says Wallevik.
NORCE was established in 2018 following the merger of Agderforskning, Christian Michelsen Research, Norut, IRIS, Teknova and Uni Research. The institute has 800 employees and a turnover of around NOK 950 million.
NORCE is located along the entire coast from north to southeast: Alta, Tromsø, Bardu, Bergen, Haugesund, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad and Oslo.
The head office is located in Bergen. The ambition is to be a national and European leader in selected focus areas and has extensive activity in energy, health, climate, environment, technology and social science. The research is multidisciplinary and takes place through development and innovation in collaboration with the public and private sectors.
Chairman of the board at NORCE, Tore Ulstein: +47 905 21 066
Kristin Wallevik: +47 480 10 526