About Skaperkraft

The think tank Skaperkraft was founded in Oslo on April 29th, 2011 by 70 individuals affiliated to most Christian denominations in Norway. These founders have their daily occupation within most sectors of society, including the academic, political, business, health and educational sectors.


Skaperkraft is to stimulate reflection, debate and engage people to actively and positively participate in the building of society.

Skaperkraft is based on the thinking that each individual human being has infinite value and on our common responsibility for the development of sustainable and inclusive communities in our European societies.

Skaperkraft is inspired by the foundational values of the Bible and by classical Christian thinking, as it among other places is expressed in the Cape Town Commitment (LausanneⅢ)


Skaperkraft engages in the following activities to reach its goals:

  • The writing of commentaries and letters to the editors in most major Norwegian newspapers: We currently publish 2-4 of these monthly.
  • Books, reports and other publications: In addition to columns and letters to the editor, we have published various books on a number of societal, cultural and political concerns, including of the role of faith in society, the importance of innovation in our oil-dominated economy, as well as human trafficking and the status of the black economy.
  • Events: We host monthly seminars/working group meetings for our connected writers, partners or the public.
  • Leadership training: We equip, challenge and inspire young Christian leaders to take ownership of the development of the society through our yearly leadership training course. Starting in 2020 or 2021, we aim to launch a pan-European initiative for emerging leaders.


Hermund Haaland – Founder & International Director: Hermund is the founder of Skaperkraft and was its first Director (2011-2015). He holds a masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), as well as a Bachelor of history from the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB). He has four years of political experience from the city council of Bergen (2003-07) with the Christian Democratic Party (KrF) and is a serial entrepreneur. His role now is to oversee the expansion of Skaperkraft in Europe. He is the co-author of the books “Startup Europe” (2016) and “Startup Israel” (2016) and wrote "Samfunnsbygger - Kirken ut av isolasjon" (in Norwegian only) in 2019. Twitter: @hermundhaaland E-mail: hermund@skaperkraft.no

Filip Rygg - Director: Filip is the leader of the foundation Skaperkraft, overseeing the think tank, the consulting and the publishing parts of Skaperkraft. A former Commissioner in the city government of Bergen with the Christian Democrats, he has studied politics, islam as well as business administration at the University of Bergen and Nord University in Bodø. In addition to leading Skaperkraft, he is the Director of the investment company Rexir in Norway. E-mail: filip@skaperkraft.no

Øyvind Håbrekke - Research Director:  Øyvind is a former Member of Parliament in Norway (with the 2009-2013) and has served as State Secretary in two governments, both in the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Ministry of Environment. E-mail: oyvind@skaperkraft.no

Elisabeth Hovland - Adminstrator and co-ordinator for Centre for faith and work: Elisabeth holds a Master Degree in Human Resources from Nord University. She has previous experience both from social services and from NGO-work, and was a deputy member of the city council of Kristiansand with the Christian Democratic Party from 2015-2019. E-mail: elisabeth@skaperkraft.no

Linn Tjernsbekk Haaland - Project Manager: Having completed a Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Economics in 2016, she is also in the process of being an accredited life coach with Coaching Academy AS. With ample experience from youth work both in Norway and internationally, Linn is now involved in the startup of Skaperkraft Brussels by providing project leadership and by developing Skaperkrafts European Leadership Training Program. E-mail: linn@skaperkraft.no

Bjørn Are Davidsen - Advisor: Educated as a civil engineer, Bjørn Are has held various roles with Norway´s leading teleprovider, Telenor. He has written several books in Norwegian on topics touching on faith and science, conspiracy theories and more. As such, he has been present in the public debates for a few decades. He is currently in charge of Think Tank Skaperkrafts project leading up to 2030, when the introduction of Christianity to Norway in 1030 will be celebrated across the country. E-mail: bjorn.are@skaperkraft.no

Catharina Drejer - Advisor: Catharina holds a MA in Slavery and Liberation from the University of Nottingham. A specialist in the area of human trafficking, she is the author of the book "Slavetech - a snapshot of slavery in a digital age". She has previosly worked with NGOs and project research for 'The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights', among others. Twitter: @CatharinaRD E-mail: catharina@skaperkraft.no

Petter Johan Sandvand - Trainee: Petter Johan is currently studying Technology and Leadership at the University of Oslo and has worked as a trainee with Skaperkraft to build up our Center for faith and work. He has extensive experience working with youth and children. E-mail: petter@skaperkraft.no

The think tank has several affiliated project managers working pro bono.

Contact us

Tankesmien Skaperkraft
Holbergs plass 4
0166 OSLO
Pho: +47 92039201
E-mail: post@skaperkraft.no


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