Christian Michelsen (Norwegian Prime Minister, 1905–1907) has a prominent place on the wall in our Director’s office. He believed in the power of people and knowledge to solve challenges and move the world forward. He gave his wealth to the establishment of the Chr. Michelsen Institute for Science and Intellectual freedom, assigning the institute with a special mission: “to foster tolerance and understanding between countries and people.” His vision continues to inspire us. Tolerance and understanding is more important now than ever.
Just Faaland (1922–2017), our first Director, turned CMI into a development research institute and paved the way for our current challenge driven research agenda.