Dr Arne Flåøyen is since 2018 the Director of NordForsk. He has spent the past 20 years at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, where he was Deputy Director General and Head of Department between 2007 and 2017. Dr Flåøyen studied at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, where he earned a DVM degree and two Ph.D. degrees. He also completed a Master of Management at the BI Norwegian Business School. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as National Expert and Project Officer in DG Research in the European Commission. Between 1998 and 2002, Dr Flåøyen chaired the Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University’s (NOVA) steering group for collaboration with developing countries. Dr Flåøyen was a member of the Research Board of the Division for Science at the Research Council of Norway from 2011 to 2015.