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About Helga (Kikki) Flesche Kleiven
Helga (Kikki) Flesche Kleiven
Deputy Chair to the board

I am a marine geologist and an expert in paleoceanography, the study of oceanic history in the geologic past.

I have a PhD from the University of Bergen with a Fulbright research grant at the University of Florida. My doctoral studies focused on oceanic evidence of past variations in the ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic. I previously held a postdoctoral position at Columbia University in New York to study ocean currents and climate in the Southern Ocean.

Currently I work as associate professor at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Change. For almost a decade, I have worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Norwegian Environment Agency giving lectures on climate and environment to Norwegian high-school teachers and pupils, as well as university students.

I frequently act as a climate expert for the media, NGOs, industries and businesses. I have led and participated in several international projects and scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. I serve as Norway’s national representative to the European Marine Board and to the International Ocean Discovery Program.  I also serve on the board of directors of the Norwegian Climate Foundation.

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