Kjerstin Askholt is Governor of Svalbard. She came into office on October 1 2015. Then she came from the position as director of the Polar Affairs Department in The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, a position she has had since 2003.

Kjerstin Askholt was born in Oslo in 1962 and has a university degree in law from The University of Oslo in 1988.

She has been director in The Polar Affairs Department since 2003. She has had several leading positions in The Correctional Services Department, inter alia deputy director, deputy director in the administrative section and acting director. She has worked as assistant lawyer in Akademikernes Fellesforbund and special adviser in Aust-Agder fylkeskommune.

Kjersti Askholt attended The Norwegian Defence University College in 2011.