Oystein Johannessen is the current Chief Strategy Officer, Cerpus, former Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and has been working for the Ministry for over 10 years. In 2009, Mr Johannessen was seconded to the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). In this capacity, Johannessen has been involved in many strategic initiatives, plans and programmes in education.
His career started about 20 years ago, working in higher education with tasks related to teacher training and professional development for public service and education. Oystein was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwegian School of Film and Television in 1997.
Oystein Johannessen has extensive international experience. He was a member of the European CommissioneLearning Programme Committee, has served on the Steering Committee of the European Schoolnet (EUN), and in 2002, he chaired the IT-Policy Group for Education and Research in the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has been an active force of the OECD New Millennium Learner Project (NML) since it started in 2007.
Oystein Johannessen holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary German Literature with Minors in English and Economics. He is a frequent keynote speaker invited both at the national and international level.