The WISE Awards


Mr. Oystein Johannessen

Position: Chief Strategy Officer of Cerpus AS (Learning Technology Company)
Country: Norway
Oystein Johannessen is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Norwegian learning technology company Cerpus AS and an Education Impact Fellow. For more than a decade, he worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, his last post being Deputy Director General. Prior to that, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwegian School of Film and Television in 1997. At present, he is Chairman of the Knowledge Forum of ICT-Norway, an interest organization for Norwegian ICT industry.

Oystein Johannessen’s career started more than 20 years ago, working in higher education with tasks related to teacher training and professional development for public service and education. In this early period, his interest and involvement in networked knowlege communities and ICT for learning began. In 2009, he was seconded to the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary German Literature with Minors in English and Economics.

Oystein Johannessen has extensive international experience. He was a member of the European Commission eLearning Programme Committee, has served on the Steering Committee of the European Schoolnet and is a former Chairman of the IT-Policy Group for Education and Research in the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has been an active participant in OECD projects on digital content, The New Millennium Learners Project (NML) and on technology-based school innovations. At present, he is in advisory roles for two European Integrated Projects (IP) with funding from the European Commission.