IAWRT Norway elects new board

The new board (from left: Kristine, Grethe, Solveig and Nefise)

IAWRT Norway elected a new board in March. The board consists of:

Kristine Ramm – chapter head, mentoring the next candidate

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen – vice chapter head, mentee

Grethe Breie – secretary

Solveig Helvik – accountant

Kristine Ramm worked in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) for more than 40 years, doing a lot of different jobs, as script, floor managing, and production manager. The last 30 years, she worked as documentary journalist and filmmaker. She retired in 2020 just before the pandemic hit. She joined IAWRT Norway in 2015, and took over as chapter head when Bibiana Piene had to step down after her 4th year in March 2017. She also served as board member of IAWRT International.

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and professor at the faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies at Innland University, Norway. Over the past two decades she has produced and directed several controversial documentaries related to Islam. As a result of her dedication to LGBTQ rights and human rights activism through her films she has been named one of the TOP 10 immigrant role models in Norway. Her recent film Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam shows that change within Islam is possible. Nefise has received several awards and nominations, and her films have premiered in prestigious festivals such as IDFA, San Francisco Film Festival (FF), One World FF, Hot Spring FF, Rhode Island FF, CPH: DOX and Goteborg FF among others.

Grethe Breie first became a board member of IAWRT Norway in 2005, and among other things went to Cameroon on project travel in connection with the circumcision project of Madeleine Memb.  For 8 years, she made music programmes for radio in her leisure time also working at the Cancer Registry of Norway, a research institute where she is the assistant to the Director. She said it was Gundel who brought me into IAWRT when she was elected President, since they worked together in Radio Norway International at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Gundel was her mentor in producing Norwegian music programmes in English for audience abroad.

Solveig Helvik worked for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) for nearly 40 years, now retired.

She is a member of IAWRT Norway since 2007. She also served as Accountant of IAWRT International for 3 years and is now the treasurer of IAWRT Norway.