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Trond Bakkevig

Special Adviser


Trond Bakkevig is a retired Church of Norway pastor . His most recent position was that of area dean in the Diocese of Oslo. Since 1996 he has been organising, facilitating, and leading dialogue and cooperation among Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in Jerusalem. For many years he was secretary-general of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Affairs, becoming involved in the struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa during this period. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oslo on “Theology and Nuclear Arms”). In 1987-88 he was the personal adviser of Norwegian foreign ministers Knut Frydenlund and Thorvald Stoltenberg. He has been chair of the Board of the Norwegian Institute for Human Rights (now Norwegian Centre for Human Rights), chair of the Board of NOREF, and member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, where he chaired the Public Issues Committee. Bakkevig is a regular contributor to Norwegian media. His two most recent books are Dagbøker fra Jerusalem (Diaries from Jerusalem: Twenty Years as Bridgebuilder between Religion and Politics), and Da Gud skiftet mening: Femti år som forandret kirken (1968-2018) (When God Changed Opinion: Fifty Years which Changed the Church (1968-2018)). He joined NOREF as an associate in 2018.