About Skaperkraft

The think tank Skaperkraft was founded in Oslo on April 29th, 2011 by 70 individuals affiliated to most Christian denominations in Norway. These founders have their daily occupation within most sectors of society, including the academic, political, business, health and educational sectors.


Skaperkraft is to stimulate reflection, debate and engage people to actively and positively participate in the building of society.

Skaperkraft is based on the thinking that each individual human being has infinite value and on our common responsibility for the development of sustainable and inclusive communities in our European societies.

Skaperkraft is inspired by the foundational values of the Bible and by classical Christian thinking, as it among other places is expressed in the Cape Town Commitment (LausanneⅢ)


Skaperkraft engages in the following activities to reach its goals:

  • The writing of commentaries and letters to the editors in most major Norwegian newspapers: We currently publish 2-4 of these monthly.
  • Books, reports and other publications: In addition to columns and letters to the editor, we have published various books on a number of societal, cultural and political concerns, including of the role of faith in society, the importance of innovation in our oil-dominated economy, as well as human trafficking and the status of the black economy.
  • Events: We host monthly seminars/working group meetings for our connected writers, partners or the public.
  • Leadership training: We equip, challenge and inspire young Christian leaders to take ownership of the development of the society through our yearly leadership training course. Starting in 2020 or 2021, we aim to launch a pan-European initiative for emerging leaders.


Hermund Haaland – International Director: Hermund is the founder of Skaperkraft and was its first Director (2011-2015). He holds a masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), as well as a Bachelor of history from the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB). He has four years of political experience from the city council of Bergen (2003-07) with the Christian Democratic Party (KrF) and is a serial entrepreneur. His role now is to oversee the expansion of Skaperkraft in Europe. He is the co-author of the books “Startup Europe” (2016) and “Startup Israel” (2016) and wrote "Samfunnsbygger - Kirken ut av isolasjon" (in Norwegian only) in 2019. E-mail: hermund@skaperkraft.no

Filip Rygg - Director: Filip is the leader of the foundation Skaperkraft, overseeing the think tank, the consulting and the publishing parts of Skaperkraft. A former Commissioner in the city government of Bergen with the Christian Democrats, he has studied politics, islam as well as business administration at the University of Bergen and Nord University in Bodø. In addition to leading Skaperkraft, he is the Director of the investment company Rexir in Norway. E-mail: filip@skaperkraft.no

Øyvind Håbrekke - Research Director:  Øyvind is a former Member of Parliament in Norway (with the 2009-2013) and has served as State Secretary in two governments, both in the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Ministry of Environment.

Ole Thomas Talset - Adminstrative leader: Ole Thomas has previously worked as a strategic consultant with the now Hong Kong - based Agnus Consulting. He holds a bachelor degree in social work and has been in charge of the annual music and youth festival "Get Focused" in Tønsberg, Norway.

Linn Tjernsbekk Haaland - Project Manager: with Skaperkrafts Center for Faith and Work: Having completed a Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Economics in 2016, she is also in the process of being an accredited life coach with Coaching Academy AS. With ample experience from youth work both in Norway and internationally, Linn is now involved in the startup of Skaperkraft Brussels by providing project leadership and by developing Skaperkrafts European Leadership Training Program. 

Bjørn Are Davidsen - Advisor: 

Øyvind Håbrekke - Research Director:


The think tank has several affiliated project managers working pro bono.

Contact us

Tankesmien Skaperkraft
Holbergs plass 4
0166 OSLO
Pho: +47 92039201
E-mail: post@skaperkraft.no


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