The Director is responsible for the implementation of the Funds’ mandate and for the overall strategic planning and policy issues of the organisations and high-level contacts with Governments of Member States. The Director is the legal representative of the Funds.
The Director’s Office sits outside the organisation’s departmental structure. It comprises the Director, the Policy Officer, the HNS Project Officer and the Executive Assistant.
Mr Sivertsen joined the IOPC Funds as Director on 1 January 2022, having been elected by the 1992 Fund Assembly for a term of five years. In his previous role as Director in the Maritime Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr Sivertsen was responsible for following IOPC Funds’ matters and represented Norway at meetings of the Funds’ governing bodies for almost 30 years. He gained experience in a leading role at the organisation in his capacity as the 1992 Fund Assembly Chair, a position he held for over 10 years, from 2011 to 2021. His experience working as a lawyer for various ministries throughout his career has led him to work with international and domestic maritime law and policy covering a wide range of areas, including maritime compensation, seafarer issues and maritime safety and security.