Central Management Team
Richard Lamont – Rektor
Richard Lamont has been Rektor of UWC Red Cross Nordic since 2012. He holds qualifications from the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford and is a teacher of English Literature. He was Head of the English Department and then Head of Upper School at Marlborough College (UK). During this time and as part of a teacher exchange, he worked for a term in the English Department at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC.
His wife Kathini is the Events Coordinator at UWC Red Cross Nordic. His stepdaughter Phoebe is in the second year of the IB programme at the College and plans to take up a Davis UWC Scholarship for her university studies. Poppy (aged six) is currently at the local school and thinks she is Norwegian.
Alistair Robertson – Deputy Rektor
Raised in Nigeria, Cameroun, Scotland and South Africa Alistair studied biological sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, with M.Sc. on vulture conservation ecology.
He joined Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Swaziland in 1986 as teacher of biology, environmental systems and junior science, and was head of a boarding residence for 4 years, before starting post-graduate studies in education at UBC – Canada. After completing a PhD, he returned to W/K as teacher & head of middle school, then head of residences and acting vice principal. He returned to UBC in as assistant professor in science teacher education for one year, before joining RCN in 1998 where he has been teacher of biology, environmental systems and ToK, Finland House mentor, ESS workshop leader, IBDP Coordinator and, currently, Deputy Rektor. Married and with a son, he enjoys “trad” climbing, birding, sea-kayaking and experiencing local mountains on telemark skis.
Arne Osland – Director of Development
Arne Osland is Director of Development at UWC Red Cross Nordic. With a background as a teacher of Scandinavian Languages and Literature, Arne is a firm believer in the principle of educating the whole person and in seeing diversity as a valuable resource for educational practices. After completing his Masters in Nordic Language and Literature at Oslo University in 1991, Arne worked as a teacher and house parent at UWC Atlantic College in the UK, before becoming a teacher and later Extra Academic Director at RCN. Arne is married to Inger Johanne and has two grown up children, Erlend and Ine.
Ola Hovland – Chief Operating Officer
Ola Hovland is Chief Operating Officer at UWC Red Cross Nordic. With a background as leader for public and private companies for more than 25 years focusing on communication and teamwork, Ola works for our staff to provide the highest level of service to each other, students and partners. He is doing this with a strong affinity to the UWC mission. Ola has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and further education at master’s level within organizational development. He has been working for about 10 years as financial director within industry and oil service companies before a 9 year period as Director of Finance and Services for UWC RCN. He started in his position as COO in spring 2016 after a period of nearly 9 years as CEO for the municipality. Ola is married to Ingunn Hilde and has four children.
Leonora Laukeland Kleiven – Daily Leader of UWC Connect
Leonora Laukeland Kleivenis the Daily Leader of UWC Connect, a daughter company of UWC Red Cross Nordic. They are responsible for all College outdoor activities as well as running Camp School (Leirskule) and summer camps for the Red Cross and others. Leonora takes care of the economy, marketing, development work and not the least that all visitors have a good experience!
She has a master’s degree in Macro Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and a course in Development Studies from Bergen University. Leonora is from Dale in Fjaler, where she lives with her two children and partner. She is fond of all kinds of outdoor activities and to create good experiences for other people.
Education Management Team
Members include the Rektor, the Deputy Rektor, the IB Diploma Coordinator and the following two members of staff:
Madhulika Singh – Extra-Academic Director
Madhulika Singh is Extra-Academic Director at UWC RCN. She has a Master of Science and Master of Education. Madhulika began teaching at the College in 2009 in Biology and Environmental Systems & Societies. Previously she had worked for a long period at Bishop Cotton School (Shimla) and was involved in the setting up of three highly acclaimed schools in India. Madhulika is an active contributor to the IB as an examiner, moderator and IB Workshop leader for Computer Science, CAS and ESS. She is married to Ashok and they have two daughters Malvika and Aditi. Madhulika actively practices yoga and meditation, and has done since childhood. With her background in programming as a systems analyst and knowledge of ‘Dhyaan’ (yoga), she has developed a calm and positive solution-oriented approach to work and life.
Ashok Pratap Singh – Director of Residential Life
Ashok Pratap Singh is the Director of Residential Lifeat UWC Red Cross Nordic. He has a Master of Science, a Master of Education and a Diploma in Management. Ashok started his professional career as a teacher and later Housemaster and Head of Sciences at Bishop Cotton School, India, before moving on to the new Indo-European Sagar School, the Pathways World School. He then stepped in as Principal of Sanskriti Residential School. He decided to join the UWC movement to be able to challenge and be challenged by the young bright sparks from different countries. In 2007, he came to UWC RCN as a Chemistry teacher. He soon found himself in the role of a House Mentor and, since 2016, Director of Residential Life.
Ashok’s motto is विज्ञानं यज्ञं तनुते (“specialized knowledge promotes creativity”). About his current role he says, “Being a House Mentor means living amidst a collage of colours, laughter, joy, triumphs, and challenges.”