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New Secretary General of Strømme Foundation

New Secretary General of Strømme Foundation

The Board of Strømme Foundation has appointed Kristine Storesletten Sødal (45) as Secretary General of Strømme Foundation.

Sødal is from Kristiansand, Norway. She has a Master’s Degree and has been a part of the organisation since 2003.

– Among many qualified and impressive candidates, the Board has appointed the one candidate we believe has the best qualities to lead the organisation to further growth and development. The work of Strømme Foundation has a wide reach in helping vulnerable and marginalized people out of poverty and to a better life. With Sødal as Secretary General we hope the work will reach even more people, Chairman of the Board Hans-Christian Vadseth says.

Sødal is Strømme Foundation’s first female Secretary General. She has held several positions in the organisation, most recently from 2011 as Director of Marketing and Communications and has been responsible for the organisation’s fundraising. In this period, Strømme Foundation has experienced considerable economic growth.

When Øyvind Aadland left his position as Secretary General in January 2017, the Board asked Sødal to act in his place until a new Secretary General was appointed. Now, the Board has decided that it is Sødal who will lead the organisation for the next fixed term which is set for four years.
– I am humble and grateful to be entrusted with this important task. I take on the job with great passion. Strømme Foundation’s vision is to eradicate poverty, and we work among the poorest of the poor. In a world where we see increasing differences and growing insecurity, our work with education, job creation and provision of financial opportunities to the poor is more important than ever, Sødal says.

She specifically points to Strømme Foundation’s decentralized model, with its four regional offices on three continents, as an important success factor for the organisation’s current growth.  

Last year’s financial accounts show that Strømme Foundation managed 188 million NOK from private donors, the corporate sector, organizations and public authorities.
– I look forward to working with professional and passionate colleagues in Kristiansand, Asia, South America, East and West Africa. We all share the common goal of eradicating poverty, and I am very excited to lead this work, Sødal says.

For more information, contact:
Chairman of the Board, Hans-Christian Vadseth +47 915 59 619, hcv@firsthouse.no
Secretary General Kristine Storesletten Sødal +47 916 56 504, tina.sodal@stromme.org

23rd June 2017