The Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment was initiated by Research Professor Nina Witoszek at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo in 2007. The Chair - originally supervised by a board of directors – is now run by Nina Witoszek (programme director) and Knut Myrum Næss (administrative coordinator).  In 2012, the Arne Naess Advisory Council was established as a “think tank” to plan and evaluate ANC activities and annual symposia.

Active Members of the Arne Naess Council

  • Kit Fai Næss, Arne Næss' widow and archivist
  • Inga Bostad, former Vice Rector of UiO
  • Alida Jay Boye, diplomat,  former Project Coordinator at SUM
  • Atle Midttun, Professor at BI Norwegian Business School
  • Martin Lee Muller, author, researcher and activist
  • Jan Sundt, green entrepreneur
  • Ragnvald Nærø, former Director of Business Development for Statkraft
  • Jostein Mykletun, former Diplomat
  • Knut Myrum Næss, Administrative Coordinator of the Arne Næss Programme
  • Odin Lysaker, Professor of Ethics at the University of Agder
  • Editor-in-chief of Tvergastein
  • Arne Næss Stipend holders
  • Erling Kagge, entrepreneur, explorer and publisher
  • Petter Mejlænder, journalist and author
  • Jostein Gaarder, philosopher
  • Eva Joly, politician