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Background & Key Qualifications

  • Have lived and studied in three countries, Norway, United States of America, and Morocco, leading to excellent skills in cultural and situational adaptability, as well as extensive experience with intercultural communication and relation building.

  • Extensive experience with organizational work, ranging from cultural and sociopolitical organizations to volunteer work for music festivals. Former Student Leader for the Peace Committee at American College of Norway.

  • Strong foundation in information processing, outreach and public speaking. Co-hosted a virtual breakout session at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2014 on implicit associations with a fellow student from American College of Norway and a graduate candidate discussing his research and our experience working on this as an outreach project with student groups abroad.

  • Adaptability, Teamwork, Leadership
  • Interpersonal/Intercultural Relations & Communication
  • International Relations, Politics, Human Rights, Humanitarian Work
  • Politics, Activism, Volunteering, Project Planning/Management
  • Digital Photography, Image Editing/Retouching

Ole was an active member of the ACN/Nobel Peace Prize Forum peace project, a global project that focused on how implicit cognition affects our decision-making (i.e. how our subconscious can lead us to make unintentional, unethical decisions based on our implicit associations with race, age, gender, etc). Ole was chosen, together with one other student, to co-lead a virtual break-out session at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on this topic.
— Becky Norvang, International Student Advisor at American College of Norway

Education

  • North Park University: Global Studies (B.A.), GPA 3.62014-16
    Minor: Middle Eastern Studies
    Capstone: "Germany, Norway & Islam: Framing the Modern Enemy - Rise of Islamophobia Seen in the Context of Media, Politics and Sociopolitical Organizations"
    Portfolio: (Link - .pdf document)

  • Al Akhawayn University: Exchange Program, GPA 3.78, 2016
    Study abroad experience from North Park University, part of the Global Studies program. Courses on the Arab world, Islam and political geography.

  • American College of Norway: General Studies, 2013-14
    First year of bachelor in the American university system, developed to ease the transition to an institution in the U.S. through offering general education courses.

  • Danvik Folkehøgskole: Photography, Culture & Event Management

    • 2011-12: Program designed to prepare students for work and studies on photography, with both practical and theoretical training in the field. Organized three exhibiton; two on campus and one in the city. For two of the exhibitions, I held the position of mediator between the different groups and committees while being in control of the progress. Was also a part of the group building walls, decorating and setting up the exhibitions.

    • 2012-13: Program designed to prepare students for work and studies in event management, working with multiple types of events, including concerts, social events on campus and a fundraising campaign for the Norwegian Humanitarian Enterprise. Held position as field planner for the fundraising campaign, and was a committee member, head of marketing and execution for one of the social events on campus.

Experience

  • Norwegian Red Cross: Fundraiser, 03.2017-08.2017
    Donor recruitment through canvassing. Responsible for informing about Norwegian Red Cross projects, statistics and current events related to the organization's work, as well as registering new donors.

  • Østfoldmuseene, Halden Historiske Samlinger: Host,
    05.2016-08.2016 & 05.2017-09.2017

    Responsible for admitting guests, sales (books and merchandise) and guided tours in the war-historical museum at Fredriksten Festning.

  • Danvik Folkehøgskole: Social Worker, 08.2012-05.2013
    Social work with responsibilities for planning and organizing social events, as well as assisting teacher and students both in and outside classroom environments. Lead a film club during the fall semester and co-lead a weekly swimming session as an elective course during the spring semester. Was also a student in the culture and event management program.

  • Peterson Emballasje AS: Substitute & Machine Operator,
    2005-2015

    Registration of documents, archiving, production of packaging, recurring temporary employment.


Volunteer experience

  • Månefestivalen, Supervisor (ticket exchange). 2017
    Set up and supervised the ticket exchange where attendees received wristbands for the festival. Made schedules for the volunteers, organized the booth and instructed volunteers on routines and responsibilities. Closest contacts were the Chief of Ticket Exchange and Chief/Supervisor for volunteers.

  • Tons of Rock (2015-17), ticket exchange & security
    Primarily responsible for exchanging wristbands for entry to attendees with tickets. Second year I volunteered as security, overseeing the around around one of the stages and reporting serious incidents to the professional security.

  • Østfoldmuseene (2017), maintenance
    Cleaning and organizing of storage areas at Borgarsyssel Museum in Sarpsborg.

  • Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign (2016), canvassing
    Door-to-door canvassing before the Democratic primary election in Illinois, and distribution of flyers and information before the March for Bernie and the Bernie Sanders Rally at Chicago State University.

  • Norwegian Wood (2015) & Oslo Pride (2015), maintenance:
    General maintenance on the festival area.

Organizations

  • Amnesty International Al Akhawayn, 2016
    Organized events on campus both in relation to official Amnesty International events or days of action and individual events for the students on campus.
     
  • Middle Eastern Student Assocation, North Park University, 2014 - 2016
    Organized events that focused on spreading awareness of issues related to the Middle East, as well as cultural events.
     
  • Borg Speidergruppe, 2000 - 2006
    • Friendship camps in Sweden and Norway, attendees from twin/sister cities in Scandinavia and Finland
    • Fri:05, national summer camp hosted every four years
    • National Championship 2005

Languages

  • Norwegian: Native Proficiency
  • English: Native Proficiency
  • New Norwegian: Limited/Professional Working Proficiency
  • Swedish: Limited Working Proficiency

Accomplishments

  • Youth Peace Prize Nominee, 2nd (Gothenburg - Oslo Collaboration, 2009)
    The participants from St. Olav VGS's cooperation project with Sidlamafa Secondary School in South-Africa were nominated to the Youth Peace Prize, issued by the Gothenburg-Oslo Collaboration (GO), in the category "International cooperation for peace and international interactions", and was the runner-up to the winner.