Executive group

FFI is led by acting Director General Espen Skjelland. Included in the executive group are seven division Directors.

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Espen Skjelland

Espen Skjelland is acting Director General of FFI. 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 March 2021.

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Tor-Odd Høydal

Tor-Odd Høydal is acting Director of the Strategic Analyses and Joint Systems Division. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA. His areas of expertise are electronics, communication, microwave technology and electro-optics.

Mr. Høydal joined FFI in 1991. He has a solid background as a scientist, research manager, assistant division director and director of research responsible for projects related to electronic warfare. He represents Norway in a range of international collaborations and NATO research groups. He is also the Norwegian representative in the Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel under NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO). He completed the Information Course at the Norwegian National Defence College in 2017. Mr. Høydal has held his current position since March 2021.

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Trygve Sparr

Trygve Sparr is acting Director of the Sensor and Surveillance Systems Division. He holds a dr.scient. degree in physics from University of Tromsø. His area of expertise is experimental physics and sensors with an emphasis on radar. Mr. Sparr has broad expertise in sensors, analysis, operational processes and ICT systems.

Trygve Sparr joined FFI in 1998 and has served as a scientist, research manager, assistant division director and director of research. Mr. Sparr has previously worked five years in the private industry. He has been responsible for Norwegian contributions to NATO development in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and has also taught at the University of Oslo. Mr. Sparr has held his current position since 2021.

 

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Johnny Bardal

Johnny Bardal is Director of the Defence 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 scientist, 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.

 

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Hanne Marit Bjørk

Hanne Marit 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) and a Master in management science from England. Her expertise and areas of responsibility are linked to innovation and technology development, including commercialization from research and industrial development. Her experience also include long-term decision support, risk management, corporate governance and organizational development.

Hanne Marit Bjørk joined FFI in 2001. She has 20 years of experience with R&D related to defence and energy. She was head of FFI’s Strategy and Planning Unit (2009–2012) and led Statskraft’s R&D programs within renewable energy (2012–2017) before returning to FFI. Hanne Marit Bjørk has held her current position since 2018 and is in charge of building the innovation centre ICE worx.

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Janet Martha Blatny

Janet Martha Blatny is Director of the Total Defence Division. She holds a PhD degree in biotechnology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has broad experience with issues related to CBRNE threats (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive substances), protection and preparedness, comprehensive defence and civil-military cooperation.

Janet Martha Blatny joined FFI in 2003 and served as a scientist and research manager prior to her present position. She has previously worked as a scientist and postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and she has approximately 50 peer-reviewed publications. Through her extensive network, including in EU and NATO research programs, Janet Martha Blatny has established several collaborative projects between FFI and various civilian and military actors within the areas of preparedness, threat assessment, comprehensive defence and societal security. She is Vice Chair (2019–2021) and Chair (2021–2023) of the NATO Science Technology Organization Human Factors and Medicine Panel. In 2009, Janet Martha Blatny attended the Senior Executive Course at the Norwegian National Defence College. She has held her current position since 2014.

 

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André Pettersen 

André Pettersen is acting Director of the Strategic Development and Corporate Governance Division. He holds a Master of Science degree from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). In addition, Mr. Pettersen holds a Master in technology management and innovation from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU), Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His areas of expertise are cybernetics, autonomics, artificial intelligence, strategy, organisational development, management and innovation.

André Pettersen joined FFI in 2000 and has served as a scientist, research manager and director of research. He has, among other things, experience from FFI’s Strategy and Planning Unit (2009–2014) and has been in charge of FFI’s high-priority research on autonomics (2014–2021). Mr. Pettersen has held his current position since 2021.

 

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Tove Kristin Johansen

Tove Kristin Mørch Johansen is acting Director of the Operation and Support Division. She is educated at BI Norwegian Business School.

Tove Kristin Mørch Johansen joined FFI in 1993. She has, among other things, served as Purchasing Manager (2008–2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2012–2018). She also has extensive experience with several efficiency improvement programs at FFI. Tove Kristin Mørch Johansen has held her current position since 2021.