About

The Board

Martin Alvsvåg

Martin Alvsvåg

Martin Alvsvåg, martin@rivers.global, founder of RIVERS.GLOBAL and chairman of the Board. Cand.Philol. in Religions, Music, English and Pedagogy.

This father of 3 told his teenager kids a few years ago that if they really wanted to make a change in the world, and work with something their own children and grandchildren would thank them for, then work to save the ocean. Our greatest source of clean air and fresh water. And food of course! None of his kids were very enthusiastic, one of them said: Why don’t YOU do it!

Since then he has studied areas like pollution, plastics, saving the ocean and more. He couldn’t find an organization that primarily  focuses on rivers, so he decided to found one.

Janne Robberstad

Janne Robberstad

Janne Robberstad is born, raised and still lives among the thousands of islands of the coastal Norway. She is an artist, a designer and a teacher, currently researching ecological sustainability in creative learning-processes in her PhD at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She is especially looking at how innovative design can change things for the better, and is inspired by the transdisciplinary collaboration between sciences and arts.

Aurelien Delaval

Aurelien Delaval

Aurelien Delaval is a marine biologist undertaking his PhD at Nord University in Norway. He has a scientific background in ecology and zoology, and has worked in many environments from the tropical rainforests and rivers of southeast Asia and Australia, to the rugged coasts and deep seas around Norway. Aurelien has grown up in Thailand, and has witnessed first-hand the problem of pollutants and rubbish in these rivers and surrounding oceans. He has a network of scientists, environmental workers, and educators around the world, including in his home country of Thailand.

Arild Fehn

Arild Fehn

Arild Fehn is born in Oslo, lives in Trondheim. Bachleor in International studies from Norwich, England. Country Director 4 years for NMAV, Vietnam. Currently adminitrative leader of Kirkens Bymisjon in Trondheim. Loves running, with or without a ball, loves travelling, hiking in the mountains. Father of 4. Active in church-work, both local and international.

Phung Hang

Phung Hang

Phung Hang was born and raised in Brumunddal, Norway as the youngest of eight children. A few years earlier her parents had fled the regime of postwar Vietnam under the threat of the «Re-eduction Camps» and was picked up at sea by a Norwegian tanker.

When she was 19 years old Phung entered a talent show and became part of what would become one of Norways biggest pop phenomenons – Cape.

Since then she’s been a public speaker and a passionate advocate for children’s rights and welfare. Phung speaks both Norwegian and Vietnamese fluently, and knows both cultures by heart.