Ambassador Kai Eide
H.E. Mr. Kai Eide is at present Special Envoy for the Sahel region in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan from March 2008 to March 2010.
Before his assignment in Afghanistan he was Political Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 2006. He was Norwegian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2002 to 2006. This was his third term at NATO. He was Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway in the period 1991-93 and First Secretary of the Norwegian Delegation and subsequently Deputy Director of the Private Office of Secretaries General Lord Carrington and Manfred Wörner from 1984 to 1989.
In addition to his broad NATO experience, Ambassador Eide has spent a significant part of his diplomatic carrier in the OSCE and CSCE, starting from the early phases of the so-called Helsinki process in the 1970ies. He served as Norwegian Ambassador to the OSCE from 1998 to 2002, including as Chairman of the OSCE Permanent Council in 1999.
Ambassador Eide has served the UN in various positions relating to the Balkan conflicts, most recently as a Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. His two reports – in 2004 and 2005 – formed the basis for the policy adopted by the UN Security Council to start the process of determining Kosovo’s status. He was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-98. During the Balkan war, he was the deputy UN representative to the International Conference on Former Yugoslav (ICFY) in 1994 and 1995.
Serving on the staff of the so-called Mitchell Commission, Ambassador Eide was one of the authors of the Mitchell Report – relating to the Palestinian intifada, which started in September 2000.
Ambassador Eide was State Secretary responsible for foreign and security policies in the Office of the Norwegian Prime Minister during 1989 and 1990. He also served as Special Adviser to the CEO of the Norwegian oil company STATOIL before reentering the Norwegian Foreign Service.
He is the author of “Power struggle in Afghanistan” (2010) and coauthor of “A Thousand Days”, which covers the period leading to the 1995 peace agreements in the former Yugoslavia.
Ambassador Eide was born in Sarpsborg, Norway, 28 February 1949.
He is married to Ms. Gro Holm and has two daughters.
Ms. Liv Kjølseth currently holds the position of Secretary General at the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee. Her responsibilities as Secretary General include, among others, daily monitoring of aid projects and employees in Afghanistan, reporting to donors in Norway, public relation and fund-raising activities. Before, she worked at the Norwegian Council for Kurdish Rights where she was the editor of www.kurdistan.no and “Tema Kurdistan” magazine. Further, Ms. Kjølseth also worked at NAV Oslo and at the Norwegian Agricultural Authority. From 2002 until 2004, she was employed at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) where she executed legal proceedings on asylum cases. Ms. Kjøsleth has specialized on political sciences and on the Middle-East and North Africa during her studies at the University of Oslo.
Mr. Parwiz Kawa is an Afghan poet, writer, journalist and currently Editor-in-Chief at Hasht e Subh Daily Newspaper, the largest and leading newspaper of Afghanistan. In 2012, his newspaper was awarded the International Press Freedom Prize by Reporters without Borders. Mr. Kawa also holds the position of Chairman of the Board at the Organization for Integrated Development and Empowerment of Afghanistan. He is a member of Peace Watch Committee, a civil society initiative to ensure a justice-based peace in Afghanistan. Mr. Kawa has also been a member of Committee for Protect of Journalists. Previously, he worked, among others, as Political News Editor at the National Radio and Television of Afghanistan. He also worked as a counterpart for the Advisor of the Military Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defence of Afghanistan and as an Administrative Officer at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. Between 2001 and 2003, Mr. Kawa held the position of Training and Media Officer at the Commettee for Defence of Afghan Women's rights.
Quhramaan Haqani Kakar
Quhramaana Kakar is a leading figure in Afghanistan working for women and youth empowerment in particular and Afghans in general through Education, economic empowerment and creating opportunities for political and social participation. She works hard to represent the most vulnerable and deprived group of Afghan women and youth; Afghan diaspora, refugees and local communities in Afghanistan. She aims to play a leading role in decision making at the national level which can affect wider groups of Afghans, particularly women and youth. She is the founder of the organization, “Women for Peace and Participation” focusing on Afghanistan while aiming to work with most excluded communities and groups of Afghans, including the Afghan refugees and Afghan Diaspora.
Kate Hansen Bundt*
Ms. Kate Hansen Bundt is a political scientist from the University of Oslo (1992). Her main field of interest include Germany's political development and role in Europe, the European integration process (EU), and the transatlantic relations (NATO). Ms. Bundt was a research fellow at the Humboldt University in East Berlin under the last year of the GDR regime. From 1990-1993 she was working at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, then working for twelve years as head of research at the Research Foundation Europe program. After a period as an independent lecturer, writer and foreign commentator, she became the Secretary General of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee. In 2009 Ms. Bundt conducted Chief of Course 3 at the Defence College. (*http://www.atlanterhavskomiteen.no/)
Ahmad Yasir Ghulami
Ahmad Yasir Ghulami came to Norway in 1999. He has two bachelor`s degrees, in political science and Persian language, and a Master`s degree in Middle Eastern and North Africa studies. Mr. Ahmad Yasir Ghulami is currently working as an Organisational Consultant/Political adviser with the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) in Oslo where his main tasks are to write articles about issues related to Afghanistan. He will in May this year begin to work as a project leader in Oslo Municipality with resettlement of unaccompanied minors. In addition, Mr. Ghulami served as an interpreter for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Mr. Ghulami’s experience also includes positions at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo and the Afghanistan Youth Organisation in Norway.