Knut Øistad

M.Sc. Forestry from University of Life Sciences, Norway and University of Minnesota, MN - Expert on Forest policy, Climate change and International cooperation E-post: knut.oistad@nibio.no Tele: (+47) 90537767 Hemsida: www.nibio.no
Curriculum vitae:

Current position

2016 - Head of Department, Department of Economics and Society, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, NIBIO

Professional experience

2013 – 2016 Counsellor for Agriculture, forestry and rural development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mission of Norway to the EU. Brussels

2008 - 2013 Deputy Director General, Department of Forest- and Natural Resource Policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Food

2004 - 2008 Counsellor for Agriculture, forestry and rural development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mission of Norway to the EU. Brussels

1997 – 2004 Deputy Director General, Department of Forest- and Natural Resource Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Norway

1994- 1997 Assistant Director General, Forestry department, Ministry of Agriculture, Norway

1993- 1994 Head of Division, Norwegian Research Council.

1993-1993 Project Leader, Norwegian Research Council

1991 -1992 Project Leader, Forest Policy Analysis, Forestry Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Norway

1991 Senior Forest Officer, Forestry Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Norway

1990 - 1991 Regional Forest Officer, Mjøsen Forest Owners Association

19.88 - 1990 Senior Forest Officer, Forestry Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Norway

1985 - 1988 Forest Officer, Forestry Department, Ministry of Agriculture,, Norway.

1983 - 1985 Researcher, Norwegian Agricultural University, Institute of Forest Economics and Policy

Assignments and participation in intergovernmental deliberations on forests:
•Chairman of the board of European Forest Institute 2017 -
•Member of the board of European Forest Institute 2014 - 2017

•Head of the Norwegian delegation and member of the Bureau to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, 2012 -2014

•Member of the Norwegian delegation to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change until 2013, UNFCCC

◦Member of the Norwegian delegation to the Climate Summit 2014 NYC
◦Chair, United Nations Forum on Forests, UNFF2.

•Vice-chair cum rapporteur United Nations Forum on Forests, 2001.

•Chair. UNFF Ad hoc expert group on finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies, 2003, Geneva

•Head of the Norwegian delegation, UN CSD Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (1997-2000) and United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) 2000- 2014

•Member of Norwegian delegation to UN CSD Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (1995-97),
•National coordinator and Head of the Norwegian delegation to the follow-up of the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe/Forest Europe until 2013 (MCPFE/FOREST EUROPE),

•Head of the Norwegian delegations to the FAO European Forestry Commission, COFO, ECE Timber Committee and member of delegation to Nordic Council of Ministers.