Born in 1966, Master’s degree in Business and Economics (siviløkonom). Self-employed in Skancke Consulting, advising on the design and management of sovereign wealth funds and other long-term investment vehicles. He started in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance in 1990, heading the Section for Monetary Policy and Public Finances from 1994. Director General at the Office of the Prime Minister from 2002. From 2006 to 2011 he was Director General and head of the Ministry of Finance Asset Management Department.