It is with immense pleasure that the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Board of Directors and staff welcome André Mundal in joining the Board of Trustees. At a time of increasing complexity and insecurity globally, when the work of ICAN and its partners – women peacebuilders in the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) – is even more urgent and necessary, André’s contributions and experiences will be immensely valuable.
André Mundal is a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He is a former diplomat with the Norwegian Foreign Service and a former officer with the Norwegian Army.
Most recently André was Norway´s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, leading one of Norway’s main foreign policy priorities, and a priority topic for Norway’s seat in the UN Security Council 2021-2022. In this capacity André also ensured the follow-up of Norway’s forth National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Before taking on this role, he was responsible for women’s rights and gender equality in Norwegian foreign and development policy. He has held posts abroad for eight years at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C., the consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Norwegian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Prior to joining the Norwegian Foreign Service, André spent 11 years in the Norwegian Army where he started as a conscript. He graduated from both the Norwegian Officer Candidate School and the Norwegian Military Academy. He was posted as a Platoon Commander in Northern Norway and in Kosovo with NATO KFOR in 2003-2004. His last assignment in the army was at the Norwegian Military Academy training future officers in the Army.
André holds a bachelor’s degree in Military Studies and Leadership from the Norwegian Military Academy, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the Peace Centre at the University of Tromsø, Norway. André is also a trained election observer and has been part of monitoring missions in Latvia and in Afghanistan.