Patrons and Governance


Her Royal Highness Queen Sonja of Norway is the patron of UWC Red Cross Nordic. She opened the College formally on September 30th, 1995. She has supported the College from its earliest days and has consistently spoken positively about the UWCs in general and our College in particular. Since 1993, she has visited the College many times and has expressed a desire to meet every single student who graduates from the College.

The patrons of the UWC movement include:

  • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Antonin Besse
  • Shelby M.C. Davis
  • Lu Pat Ng
  • Hon W. Galen Weston


Council members

The College is governed by a Nordic Council and a Board in accordance with the Statues of the Red Cross Nordic United World College Foundation.

The Nordic Council is chaired by Pär Stenbäck from Finland, and is composed of representatives from:

  • the UWC National Committees of Denmark, Finland, Færoe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Åland;
  • the Norwegian Red Cross;
  • Sogn og Fjordane County;
  • Fjaler Municipality;
  • Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross;
  • other elected members.

UWC Red Cross Nordic Board elected from 2016:

  • Chair: Tove Veierød
  • Deputy Chair: Hans Lindemann (Denmark)
  • Sweden: Jan Bjørkman
  • Iceland: Sigridur Anna Thordardottir
  • Norwegian Red Cross: Liv Ronglan
  • UWC Norway: Ivar Lund-Mathiesen
  • Staff Rep: Kåre Dale
  • Student Rep: Tess Luttikhuis


  • Norway: Laila Bokhari
  • Astrid Søgnen
  • UWC Norway: Espen Stedje
  • Norwegian Red Cross: Lars Sagvold

Queen Sonja

I am glad that
our work in
setting up a
Nordic UWC here
in Fjaler succeeded.
You can feel
the warmth once
you come to campus,
and the College
is everything
we hoped it would be

Queen Sonja of Norway