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John-Mikal Størdal, Director General of FFI

Jan Erik Torp, Chief of Staff at FFI

Espen Skjelland, Research Director of the Strategic Analyses and Joint Systems Division

Johnny Bardal, Research Director of the Defence Systems Division

Janet Martha Blatny, Research Director of the Comprehensive Defence Division

Hanne Marit Bjørk, Research Director of the Innovation and Industrial Development Division

 

 

 

 

 

John-Mikal Størdal (born 1965)

 

John-Mikal Størdal is Director General of FFI. He holds a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and a Diploma Engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU). His areas of expertise are systems engineering, navigation, underwater warfare, and battle and fire control systems.


Mr. Størdal joined FFI in 1989. He has extensive experience as a researcher, as Director of Research and as Division Director of various FFI divisions. In 2009 Mr. Størdal attended the Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian National Defence College. Since 2012 he has been the Norwegian representative on the EDA R&T Steering Board and the NATO Science and Technology Board (STB). Mr. Størdal was Chief of Staff until he was appointed Director General of FFI in 2012. 

 

 

 

Jan Erik Torp (born 1963)

 

Jan Erik Torp is Chief of Staff of FFI. He holds a Cand.scient. degree in geophysics from the University of Bergen. His areas of expertise are simulation supported operational analysis, security policy, and risk and vulnerability analysis.


Mr. Torp joined FFI in 1987. He has extensive experience as a researcher, as Director of Research and as Division Director of various FFI divisions. In 2008 Mr. Torp attended the Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian National Defence College. Mr. Torp was Director of the Maritime Systems Division until he was appointed Chief of Staff in 2012.

 

 

 

 

​Espen Skjelland (born 1965)

 

Espen Skjelland is Director of the Analysis Division. He holds a Cand. scient. degree in computer science from the University of Oslo. His areas of expertise are security policy, economy, and operational analysis.


Mr. Skjelland joined FFI in 1990. Between 1995 and 2002 he held various positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence – as adviser, deputy director general, and Chief Secretary of the Defence Policy Commission. Between 2003 and 2009 he was Director of Research of FFIs Analysis Division. Mr. Skjelland has held his current position since 2009.

 

 

 

 

Johnny Bardal (born 1956)

 

Johnny Bardal is Director of the Air and Space Systems Division. He holds a Master of Science degree in technical cybernetics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU). His areas of expertise are navigation, weapons of precision, and battle and fire control systems.


Mr. Bardal joined FFI in 1981. He has worked as a researcher, as Director of Research and Director of various FFI divisions. He has extensive work experience from other research institutions, including a researcher position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, two director positions at Ericsson Radar AS, and management consultant positions at Carta Booz-Allen & Hamilton AS and Avenir AS. Mr. Bardal has held his current FFI position since 2014.

 

 

 

 

Janet Martha Blatny (born 1966)

 

Janet M. Blatny is Director of the Protection and Societal Security Division. She holds a PhD degree in biotechnology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her areas of expertise are biotechnology and microbial genetics. She has broad experience within CBRNE defense (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive substances).


Dr. Blatny joined FFI in 2003 and has served as a researcher and research manager at the Protection and Societal Security Division. Prior to FFI, she worked as a post doc and research scientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Through her extensive international network also within EU and NATO, Dr. Blatny has established several collaboration projects between FFI and various military and civilian participants within the areas of societal security, preparedness, and threat assessment. In 2009 she attended the Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian National Defence College. Dr. Blatny has held her current position since 2014. 

 

 

 

​Hanne Marit Bjørk (born 1971)

 

Hanne M. Bjørk is Director of the Innovation and Industrial Development Division. She holds a Master of Science degree in industrial mathematics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU). Her areas of expertise are innovation and commercialization, strategy development and portfolio management, analysis, decision support and risk management in defence acquisition projects.


Mrs. Bjørk joined FFI in 2001 and has held various positions at the Institute. She has 20 years of experience with R&D related to defence and energy. She was head of FFI’s Strategy and Planning Unit for three years and head of Statkraft’s R&D programs within renewable energy for five years. She returned to FFI in 2017 and has held her current position since 2018.

 

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