Already ICORN has over 40 member cities in and outside of Europe that offer refuge to persecuted writers from all over the world. As the quantity of applications from persecuted writers is growing, ICORN is working with a large number of cities that wish to become a part of the network. To meet the challenges of continued and welcomed growth, ICORN now strengthens the administration centre in Stavanger. Marianne Hovdan has joined as the organizations Administration Coordinator and Cathrine Helland as Communication Coordinator.
“The strengthening of the administration centre is a vital step in the development of ICORN,” says Executive Director Helge Lunde. “With an increasing number of member cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America, ICORN will become a global actor for human rights and freedom of expression. We are now well equipped to embrace the challenges that lay ahead,” Lunde continues.
Marianne Hovdan has a degree in Sociology and has been a Coordinator for Stavanger City of Refuge for 3 years. She came from a position as regional manager in Amnesty International Norway.
Cathrine Helland has a degree in Communication and Arts History and brings along several years of experience from public cultural institutions in Copenhagen.
ICORN’s staff consists moreover of Executive Director Helge Lunde and Programme Director Elisabeth Dyvik.