Thor Halvorssen is a firebrand human rights activist, journalist, active philanthropist, and film producer. He is the CEO and president of Human Rights Foundation, HRF, a non-profit he established in 2005 in New York. HRF supports the famous Oslo Freedom Forum which he also founded and heads. It is an annual event that attracts leading human rights activists and top world leaders to discuss human rights issues and how to effect policy reform to address them.
Human rights activism is in his blood as he was born into royalty. His parents and extended family fell victim to a corrupt and ruthless government. He is emphatic about his love of life and people. Mr Thor is passionate about mobilizing activists and dissidents to get the attention of the people in power. This is to achieve transparent and democratic governance. Thor Halvorssen is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty in the battle for better human rights freedoms.
Following in his parents’ footsteps, he is actively involved in demonstrations and protests. Additionally, consecutive Chairpersons of the HRF have been known to employ the same revolutionary strategies to get the attention of the relevant people. Thor Halvorssen is vocal against conservative governments with a heavy leaning towards traditional dictatorship. He does not believe in hiding behind political ideologies but rather works with all manner of people who share the common distaste for tyranny and intolerance. Click here to know more.
Topics such as political freedom, public policy, religious tolerance, civil liberties and democratic governance are at his fingertips. He believes in dismantling depraved administrations from the top down. People who have worked with Thor Halvorssen will tell you that he does not stop until the job gets done. He is also the founder of Moving Picture Institute; a movie production house focused on teaching the youth how to promote human rights freedoms through films.