The Team

UNICEF NEXT GENERATION


Next Generation is a global Unicef initiative bringing together diverse groups of young professionals, who are committed to helping transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE


The Next Generation Oslo Steering Committee is a diverse team of professionals who work across multiple sectors and dedicate their time and resources to support UNICEF.
Silje Marie Vatne

Silje Marie Vatne

Founder

After one year as a management trainee, Silje Vatne is now working as an analyst in Telenor Norway. A graduate of the University of Nottingham with a BA in International Relations and of London School of Economics with an MSc in Development Studies, Silje has a great interest in philanthropy work. During her time in London, she got to know the NextGen London chapter and decided to bring the idea back home to Oslo. She has been involved in several charitable initiatives. One of them being Solid Earth Africa, an organization working in Ethiopia to promote resilient, eco-friendly and affordable housing. She is particularly interested in the role of education in development, and how technology can be a part of a solution to help marginalised people gain access to the information they see relevant to improve their life situation. She believes that UNICEF, with its global footprint, partnerships and expertise, is the ideal organization to partner with to be able to make a sustainable impact. Outside of NextGen Silje loves to travel to new places, play basketball and read books.

Amy Andersen

Amy Andersen

Co-founder

Amy graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2014 with a BA Hons in International Relations. She completed her Master’s Degree in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London in 2015. After graduating she has worked as a Legal Intern for UNHCR, before returning to Oslo, where she has worked as a Public Speaker for Amnesty International Norway. She is currently working as a HOPE Project Officer at Response Network in Livingstone, Zambia, where she is lecturing children and youth on the prevention of sexual abuse and incest, both at schools in the Livingstone area, but also in the field.

Although Amy is currently working in Zambia, she is very much engaged in UNICEF NextGen Oslo, and is supporting the rest of the team as best as she can. Amy strongly believes in establishing an arena for young professionals to be engaged in important current events and global issues affecting children worldwide, where ideas and knowledge about change can be shared and further interpreted into specific projects. UNICEF NextGen Oslo will be a perfect place to achieve this. In her free time, Amy loves to travel whilst taking photographs.

Ida Lien Samuelsen

Ida Lien Samuelsen

Co-founder

Ida graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017, with an MSc in Human Resources and Organisations – International Employment Relations. She was introduced to the various subjects within CSR and business ethics during her bachelor in HR Management at Markedshøyskolen in Bergen and decided to pursue the subject by engaging herself in the CSR and Ethical Business society at LSE. During her time in the society Ida worked on events with the ambition to create awareness around sustainable productions of clothes and large corporations’ impact on societal and environmental matters. Ida currently works as an Associate at FinancePeople, a recruiting firm within the Finance, Accounting, and Economy branch. She enjoys outdoor activities, exploring new activities with friends, and adventurous movies. Ida is particularly interested in the field of corporate responsibility and believes that the combination of fun and educational events is the perfect arena for young professionals to share knowledge, get engaged, and make an impact on both global and national issues. She is looking forward to the exciting beginning of UNICEF NextGen Norway.

Ingerid Bergesen

Ingerid Bergesen

Co-founder

Ingerid Bergesen graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Psychology. After Nottingham she spent a year and a half in London where she completed her Master’s Degree in Child Development at University College London. Besides her studies, she volunteered for a charity for children with autism and for a community for families affected by HIV. After her studies in England, Ingerid returned to Oslo where she is currently working at a school for autistic children. She is also volunteering for a charity that lends a helping hand to parents with young children. In her spare time, Ingerid likes to read, watch football and spend time with her family.

Ingerid has previously worked for UNICEF as a street ambassador and been engaged in UNICEF on Campus during her years at university. Her passion for children’s health and wellbeing is her main reason for taking part in UNICEF NextGen. She believes that NextGen will be a fun and engaging platform to bring young professionals together to make a difference for children.