The current Governor

Kjerstin Askholt was appointed Governor of Svalbard on 1 October 2015.

She was born in Oslo in 1962 and obtained a law degree from the University of Oslo in 1988.

Kjerstin Askholt arrived from her position as director general in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security's Polar Affairs Department, a position she held from 2003.

She has previously held various management positions in the Norwegian Correctional Service, including as an assistant director general, head of department/administrative section and acting director general. She has been employed as a trainee lawyer at Akademikernes Fellesorganisasjon and as a special adviser in Aust-Agder County Council.

Kjerstin Askholt attended the Norwegian Defence University College's leadership course in the spring of 2011.