Consultant, managing director of World Expression Forum AS, chair of the Freedom to Publish Committee in the International Publishers Association and chair of Norges Televisjon.
Forty-five years of experience in Publishing, some previous positions: CEO of The Norwegian Publishers Association (2011 – 2020), CEO the Norwegian Book Clubs (1991-2010). Chairman of Kunnskapsforlaget Publishing house (2000 – 2008). Managing director Kunnskapsforlaget Publishing house (2008- 2010). He has also been president of the Bjørnson Academy (Norwegian Academy for Literature and Freedom of Expression), chair of the Norwegian Film Fund (2001 – 2007), chair of the Norwegian Film Institute (2008- 2012) and board member of NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) (2018 -2020).
Anja Mánou Hellem
Anja has her background in the Norwegian TV- and film industry, with documentaries and fiction for the younger audience and teens. In addition to being a filmmaker, Anja works as a project manager and advisor for young filmmakers at Østnorsk Filmsenter and has also been a commissioner at the film commission of Innlandet.
In addition to leading the production of World Expression Forum, she is head of the Pegasus and KOMMA-programmes at the Norwegian Festival of Literature. Has a Master’s Degree in Cultural studies, and more than 12 years of experience from festivals and events such as Kongsberg Jazz festival, Dølajazz and Youth Olympic Games.