Elisabeth Dyvik is Programme Director of ICORN, a position she has held since 2007. She is responsible for the ICORN residency programme for persecuted writers and artists, following up ICORN writers and artists with residency in the cities of refuge, as well as external network building. She has particular expertise within visa and migration issues.
Dyvik has a background in working with international affairs, culture and free speech. From 1994-1997, she was Head of the Secretariat for Freedom of Expression in the Municipality of Stavanger, and project manager for the Norwegian Authors’ Unions’ 100 years celebratory conference on Freedom of Expression. She came from a position as the Head of Newroom research and archive at the national Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet (1985-1995).
Elisabeth holds an MA in Religion and Library Studies from the University of Bergen, and further studies in Political Science, Migration and Development from the University of Uppsala, and Peace and Conflict Transformation at Master's level from the University of Tromsø, Norway. While stationed in Brazil 2001-2004 she worked as a freelance consultant to the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, and to Norwegian delegations on political and cultural visits. She also took part in voluntary social work.