Steinar Bryn (b. 1954) has graduated from the University of Wisconsin (BA, MA) and obtained a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He has been a student, teacher, researcher and acting principal at the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. During the last 17 years he has developed and supported the Nansen dialogue centers in the Balkans. Mr. Bryn is responsible for the planning and implementing of inter-ethnic dialogue seminars in Lillehammer and in the Western Balkans.


Bryn has always placed emphasis on lecturing, but is currently focusing on documenting and publishing his experiences from peace and reconciliation work. He is particularly concerned with transferring the experience from numerous years of dialogue work in the Balkans to other areas of conflict, including Norway. He has received numerous awards, especially for the dialogue and reconciliation work done in some of Europe’s most war-torn areas after World War II.

Steinar Bryn has been continuously linked to the Nansen Academy since 1989 as the head of Nansen Dialogue Network.

Mr. Bryn has extensive experience working as a dialogue facilitator. He is highly recognized in communities like Vukovar, Prijedor, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Stolac, Kosovo Polje, Obilic, Mitrovica, Bujanovac and Jegunovce. He has also facilitated dialogue in the Middle East and between Somalian clans.  He has facilitated hundreds of seminars, published numerous articles and has an extensive record of lecturing worldwide. After the merger of Nansen Dialogue and the Norwegian Peace Center in 2010 he is the senior adviser at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.

Steinar Bryn has, together with the Nansen Dialog Network, been nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize 2009-2014. He has been nominated by the deputy president of the Norwegian parliament, a member of the Bosnian parliament and a professor in mediation in Norway.

View the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination letter for: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Education, work and awards:

  • Award 2010: Livia Award, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Humanist of the year, Innlandet Humanistic Award
  • Award 2004 Bridgebuilder Price. Norwegian Church Academies.
  • Award 1999 Amalie Laksow’s Human Rights Prize
  • Award 1998 Honorable mentioning from UNESCO
  • Senior Advisor, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue 2010
  • Project leader, Nansen Dialogue 1996-2011
  • Director, Nansen Academy 1994/95
  • Dissertation: The Americanization of Norwegian Culture.
  • Ph.D. American Studies (University of Minnesota) 1993
  • Research Fellow Nansenskolen 1990-1993.
  • Published ”Norske Amerika-bilete” på Samlaget 1992
  • Director Nansen Academy 1989/90
  • Certification as Pedagog, Kristiansand Teachers College 1980
  • MA Environmental Arts and Sciences (University of Wisconsin) 1980
  • Teacher Nansen Academy (1976-1977 1978-1979)
  • BA Modernization Processes (University of Wisconsin) 1976
  • Undergraduate Philosophy 1974 (University of Bergen)

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