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Anette Hurum

Program Director

e-mail
+47 95 77 03 22

  • Bio

    Annette Hurum joined CIDS as Program Director for the Western Balkans in 2018. She has been employed at the Ministry of Defence since 1989, primarily in the Department of Security Policy. She attended the National Defence College (Hovedkurset) in 1997. She worked as Assistant Defence Adviser at the Norwegian Delegation to NATO and the WEU 1998-2001. She worked as a Faculty Adviser at the Norwegian Defence College (Sjefskurset) 2008-2012. Prior to starting at CIDS, she was employed as the Norwegian Faculty Adviser at NATO Defense College in Rome ,2014-18. She graduated with a Cand. Philol. degree from the University of Oslo in 1984 and attended Teacher’s Training College (Ped Sem) in 1985. She taught in Upper Secondary Schools (Videregående skole) 1985-89.

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Hans Myhrengen

Senior Adviser

e-mail
+47 48 28 26 67

  • Bio

    Hans Myhrengen has since 1991 been employed in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD). He has mainly worked in the Department for Security Policy, as well as in the Department for Defence Policy and Long-term Planning. From 1996 to 1997 he was seconded to the United Nations in New York and was engaged in the Department for Peace-keeping Operations. From 1997 to 2001 he served at the Norwegian Delegation to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) in Vienna, Austria.

    Hans Myhrengen is a political scientist with the degree of Cand. Polit. from the University of Oslo (1990).

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Per Christensen

Director

e-mail
+47 23 09 63 67

  • Bio

    Per Christensen has a long carrier in the Norwegian Civil Service. He started in the Ministry of Defence in 1990, where he worked in the Resources Department and the Department for Finance and Governance. Christensen also has extensive experience from various assignments in NATO. From 1998 to 2002 he served as Resource Advisor to the Norwegian Delegation to NATO. He also represented Norway in the Investment Committee and in the Resource Planning and Policy Board, which is the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on the management of all NATO resources. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Chairman of the Agency Supervisory Board of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization.

    Per Christensen is an economist by profession and he graduated from the University of Oslo in 1988. In 1997-98 he attended NATO Defence College in Rome.

Kjetil Nilsen

Kjetil Nilsen

Special Advisor / Senior International Expert

e-mail
+47 917 00 264

  • Bio

    Biography

    Mr. Kjetil Nilsen 

    Kjetil Nilsen has extensive experience from the senior management level in the Norwegian security and intelligence services, and from the Norwegian Police. Through his time in public service, he has been heavily involved in sector reforms. 

    At present, he is a Special Advisor in the Ministry of Defence, where he is assigned to the Centre for Integrity in the Defence and Security Sector (CIDS) as member of the staff and Senior International Expert. 

    From 2009 to 2021, he was the Director General of the National Security Authority (NSM), which is a cross-sectoral directorate under both the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice. As Director General, Nilsen was responsible for national tasks within risk assessment, security management, cyber security, critical infrastructure and personnel security, and for following up and checking compliance with the National Security Act. 

    Nilsen has held various operational and administrative leadership positions in the Police, both nationally and locally. He has held all ranks up to and including Chief of Police. From 2002 to 2008, he held the position of Director of Operations in the Police Security Service (PST), with responsibility for national tasks within counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and threat assessments. Prior to this, he had responsibility for agency management, governance and reforms in the national police force. Nilsen joined the Police in 1982 and he has work experience as operational police officer and investigator. Nilsen has also experience as a Police Prosecutor. 

    During his time in the Police and the security and intelligence services he has gained extensive international experience. Early in his professional career, he served in the Norwegian Army, and had a tour in Lebanon with UN forces (UNIFIL) as Military Police (1. Lt).

    Nilsen also has experience as a lawyer in private sector, and as an advisor in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, where he has worked with governance, emergency preparedness, security and IT-related issues. 

    Nilsen has military officer training (army/infantry) and is a National Police Academy graduate. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M / Candidatus Juris) from the University of Oslo and a Master's Degree in Management from BI Norwegian Business School with focus on HRM, Organizational Psychology, Organizational development, Leadership and leadership development. He has also attended the Senior Course at NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy. He has attended several leadership trainings programs.

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Francisco Cardona

International Expert

  e-mail
 +34 722 405 580

  • Bio

    Francisco Cardona is a renowned international expert focused on designing and assessing (M&E) civil service and public administration reforms, administrative law and administrative justice, anticorruption policies and institution building. His experience stretches from his native Spain, where he developed a career within the civil service, to international organisations such as the OECD, SIGMA Programme, where he spent 15 years as a senior policy analyst in public governance, and as an adviser to a host of some 25 transition and developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region. Francisco joined the CIDS in 2013 as an international expert. He has a background education as a lawyer  from Valencia University, 1976, and several master degrees in public administration. He enjoyed a Fulbright research scholarship in California, USA and is fluent in English and French, apart from in his native Spanish and Catalan.

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Svein Eriksen

International Expert

e-mail
+47 90 84 99 03

  • Bio

    Svein Eriksen was seconded to CIDS in September 2014 from The Agency of Public Management and e-Government (Difi). Today Eriksen is an International Expert with the CIDS.
    Eriksen has a broad and varied experience from the Norwegian public administration and expert institutions in public administration. He has good knowledge of public administration systems in European states and particularly South Eastern European states. He worked full-time in Western Balkans countries since 2001 and in the 2004-2007 period headed a programme financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which aimed to strengthen the decision-making capacity of governments of South-Eastern Europe.
    Eriksen is educated political scientist (University of Oslo, 1978), and has experience as visiting fellow in comparative public administration at the European University Institute, Florence (1988), and as lecturer in a master programme on European Integration and Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe managed jointly by, the University of Graz, the European Academy, Bolzano, and EIPA, Maastricht.

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Odd Berner Malme

International Expert

e-mail
+47 99207706

  • Bio

    Odd Berner Malme is a peace and security professional who has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning the Norwegian security sector. He is currently an international expert with the CIDS. Malme graduated from the Norwegian Police Academy in 1970 and has since held several leadership positions, including Assistant Director General in the Ministry of Justice, Assistant Commissioner of Police, and Deputy National Police Commissioner of Norway. He has also gained extensive international experience from working abroad. He was Special Adviser for the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) in Lebanon, Minister Councellor at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in New York, Senior Adviser and funding member of The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, and Head of Law Enforcement OSCE Mission to Serbia. Malme has also taken on a number of special assignments, including Head of Project for the National Schengen Information System (SIS), Head of Project Milestone for the National Project Combating Heroin Trafficking from Afghanistan, and served as member of the International Police Advisory Committee to the UN. As Deputy National Police Commissioner (2001 – 2007) he was engaged in leadership of the biggest reform ever in the Norwegian Police Service.
    Malme is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute (2005).

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Terje Haaverstad

International Expert

e-mail
+47 95 45 03 55

  • Bio

    Colonel Terje Haaverstad joined CIDS in February 2013, and is the centre’s leading military expert. Today Colonel Haaverstad is an International Expert of the CIDS.
    He has gained a wide range of experience over more than 30 years in different staff and leadership positions at home and abroad. He worked for several years at the Norwegian MoD, seven years at four different NATO regional HQs, four years in the Norwegian foreign service and a year at a UN mission. For the last thirteen years, he worked on domestic defence planning, bi- and multilateral defence and security Cooperation, compliance and integrity building/anti-corruption, as well as defence institution-building and with military operations. He has also been involved in security sector reform processes in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans in particular, but also Africa (South Sudan).
    Colonel Haaverstad holds an MA in military studies from the Norwegian Defence University College and has attended the Norwegian National Defence College.

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Anela Duman

International Expert

e-mail
+387 61 107 634

  • Bio

    Anela Duman is a public procurement specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the Western Balkans. She led procurement reform in the post-war administration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and took part in similar efforts in Kosovo and Montenegro, including with the Regional School of Public Administration. Besides handling public contracts from the government’s side, she has a rich experience with companies and private sector development, including as staff of IFC/WB and the Italian Commission for Foreign Trade. Anela studied law in Sarajevo, and specialized in e-procurement and procurement management at the Tor Vergata faculty of economics in Rome. She works in English, Italian and her native Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages.

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Damir Ahmetovic

International Expert

e-mail
+387 61 780 622

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    Damir Ahmetovic is a public administration expert with more than thirteen years of regional experience, mainly in the area of human resources management. He has worked for a number of international organisations and companies, including UNDP, SIGMA, ReSPA. During his time at UNDP, Mr. Ahmetovic played a key role in setting-up and developing the Western Balkans HRM Community of Practitioners in the Civil Service (2006) – an initiative currently managed by the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA). In 2011, Mr. Ahmetovic was employed as an HRM expert for the Norwegian Directorate for Public Management and e-Government (Difi) and he is currently CIDS´ international expert on public administration.
    Mr. Ahmetovic holds a master´s degree in Human Resources Management (HRM) from the University of Canberra and has also completed studies in Malaysia.

Arjan Dyrmishi, Team Leader for the CIDS Project in Albania

Arjan Dyrmiski

Project Team Leader Albania

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Tel: +355692049835

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    Arjan Dyrmishi is the Team Leader for the CIDS Project in Albania since 2019. 

    He is a security sector professional with experiences in both the government and non-government sectors. He has held different senior positions in the Albanian government, including the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Defence, the National Intelligence Service, and the State Minister for Diaspora. 

    His experiences in the non-government sector include project development and management, research and advocacy, and provision of consultancy services in the field of security sector reform and governance, regional security, integrity building and anticorruption, democratisation. He is the author on numerous publications and media commentator on above mentioned topics. 

    He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tirana and a master’s degree in political sciences from the University if Siena, Italy. He is the founder of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Governance, a think tank organisation based in Tirana. 

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Ahmet Alibašić

Country Project Manager

e-mail
 +387 33 716 040

  • Bio

    Ahmet Alibašić holds Ph. D. in Political Science and has over 15 years of professional experience from teaching, University of Sarajevo, and international consultancy in Public Administration Reform in East European countries (Russia, Serbia, B&H, Kosovo), Democratization and Transparency Policies, and Transitional Justice in the Former Yugoslav Republics. He is a Senior Associate at the Democratization Policy Council and has been on a number of scholarship and grant programs with the US State Department, Tempus, Open Society Fund, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, EHESS, in Paris, etc. Most recently he worked as key international expert on Difi’s project “Building Integrity in Defense Sector in BiH: Gap Analysis” (2012-13).

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Mentor Vrajolli

Country Project Manager

e-mail
+383 44 915 611

  • Bio

    Mr. Mentor Vrajolli is the Team Leader for the CIDS Project in Kosovo, a position that he officially took in January 2023.  However, he has a long affiliation with CIDS, having served as Acting Team Leader three times (March-June 2016; August 2019-July 2020; and May – December 2022). 

    Mr. Vrajolli has a legal studies background, having studied in the Law Faculty of the University of Prishtina. Nevertheless, his familiarity with the security sector begins in 2008 when he started working as a researcher for the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies which is a very well-known local non-governmental think tank focused on good governance in the security sector. Furthermore, as of 2019, he became a member of the Expert Roster of the Global Initiative for Transnational Organized Crime (GI) where he has been sporadically engaged as an expert on the area of anti-corruption.

    Worth noticing that over his 15 years carrier, Mr. Vrajolli has authored more than 30 monitoring and research reports which focus on different security sector areas, including rule of law, security policy, and anti-corruptions.  He has participated in and managed various research-based and advocacy projects and initiatives, including regional ones.  Furthermore, he has been a prominent civil society activist too, having been engaged in advocating on different security-related issues, and an active opinion-maker in Kosovo, providing expert opinions on various security-related issues related to Kosovo and Western Balkans. 

    Mr. Vrajolli considers that being a member of the CIDS team represents a great opportunity for his professional development. Likewise, it is a great opportunity for him to provide more direct contributions in supporting Kosovo’s institutions during this transitioning period to develop good governance and integrity-building practices in the security sector. 

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Rajko Radevic

Country Project Manager

e-mail
+382 67 214 650

  • Bio

    Rajko Radevic joined CIDS in January 2015 as an Country Project Manager for the Building Integrity Project in Montenegro. He has got extensive project management experience. In the period 2007-2011, he worked as a research fellow at a leading think tank in Montenegro where he managed projects on security sector reform, NATO enlargement, and integrity building. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the country project manager for the Defence and Security Sector Reform Project (DSSR) financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most recently he was a part of the project covering nine countries in South East Europe within the framework of NATO´s Building Integrity initiative. In this capacity Mr. Radevic was responsible for the analysis that aimed to identify institutional risk factors in Montenegro´s defence and security sector.
    Mr. Radevic attended high school in Washington State and obtained BA and MA degrees in Diplomacy and International Relation from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade. During his postgraduate studies he received a scholarship from the Norwegian Embassy and completed his thesis at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Mr. Radevic is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme in International Security at the Faculty for Social Sciences, Ljubljana University. He has also been a fellow at several leading research institutes in Norway, Slovenia and Serbia, and has contributed to many conferences in Europe and the United States.

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Islam Jusufi

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    Islam Jusufi is Team Leader of the Centre for Integrity in the Defence Sector of Norway (CIDS) for "North Macedonia Building Integrity Project". He leads the technical assistance of CIDS to Ministries of Defence and of Interior of North Macedonia. 

    He previously served as the Lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Epoka University, Albania and holds an Associate Professorship awarded by Tirana University. He studied Politics at University of Sheffield (PhD) and international relations at Universities of Amsterdam (Masters), Bilkent (Masters) and Ankara (Bachelor). He worked as Assistant National Security Adviser to the President Trajkovski of North Macedonia and as adviser to various international organisations. 

    He is a founder of Analytica think tank in Skopje. He held fellowships at the Wilson Centre, Washington DC; EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris; ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna; UNESCO, Paris; Centre for Policy Studies, Budapest; and NATO, Brussels. His research interests relate to Balkan politics and building integrity. 

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Nadiya Vershygora

Country Project Manager

e-mail
 +38 067 958 15 11

  • Bio

    Nadiya Veshygora is the Country Project Manager for CIDS´ Project Office in Kyiv. Previously she worked as an assistant to the Norwegian Defence Attachè in Ukraine (2006-2010, 2014-2015) and as a visa and consular assistant at the Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv (2005-2010).
    Ms. Veshygora holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Kyiv Academy for Humanities.

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Roman Rukomeda

International expert

e-mail
+38 050 447 82 38

  • Bio

    Roman Rukomeda, a political scientist and an expert on national security and energy issues, joined CIDS following a one-year engagement as personal assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. He has more than 10 years of experience working in public service, having held positions at the National Institute for International Security Problems and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Prior to that, he worked at NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Democracy Foundation “People First”. Mr. Rukomeda has also worked as a reseacher at the National Institute for Strategic Research. In this capacity he conducted research on the foreign relations of Ukraine; the Black Sea and Caspian Sea; emerging global energy trends and their influence on Ukraine; and a number of other international security issues.
    Mr. Rukomeda graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2002 with a master´s degree in political science. In 2007 he was awarded a Ph.D. in politics. His thesis was entitled “Neo-Eurasianism in Russia’s modern policy”. Mr. Rukomeda´s work has been published in a wide range of international newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.

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