Basil Rolandsen: “Telling Stories, Solving Problems.”

Adviser & creative with Bouvet Foundation (inc Bouvet Media), assisting organisations in Indonesia (and beyond) with organisational & project development/management and communication/media (documentary/commercial photo & video, information for web and print).

Telling stories and solving problems, with background in media and business. Some stories are told using photos and videos (documentary), others through words; often those combine and are presented through web sites and blogs I create, or printed materials I make and publish. I’ve got a business/management master degree and experience as manager and adviser, in power utility contexts and with humanitarian development.

I resigned from economy/finance in 1995 and joined the humanitarian development organisation Caritas Norway, who sent me to Dili early 1996. As Country Representative, I managed from 1999 their programme in East Timor (Timor-Leste), starting and mentoring (what later became) the National TB Control Programme – and more, including reconstruction after the 1999 calamities. In 2004 I started my own advisory and media activities, and moved this to Kupang early 2006 (my kids started school…).

I’ve learned that the people you work with are important. It also helps if you’re doing something sensible. As for money, you just need enough (not that I’m cheap). I value patience, respect and kindness.

Born in Bodø, northern Norway. Married to Omi from Indonesia, with whom I have three boys, Erling, Pram and Ed. Extensive experience as expat in South East Asia. Based in Kupang (NTT, Indonesia), but have spent a significant amount of time in East Timor (Timor-Leste). Like people and traveling, food, music, literature. Thrive when learning something new, and when creating something.

Education  Master of General Business (MGB) “Siviløkonom” (Civil Economist) from the Norwegian School of Management (BI), specialising in “Information and Data Systems”.

Working experience  Documentary photographer/videographer, commercial adviser and creative consultant for the Bouvet Foundation (and previously through Bouvet Assistance). Adviser to the humanitarian aid organisation Caritas Norway; following positions as Country Representative to Indonesia & East Timor, Programme Coordinator (development and emergency activities in Bosnia, Africa and Southeast Asia), as well as information stuff. Finance Manager for the Norwegian power utility company Oslo Energi, following commercial and information advisory. Administrator for the professional, contemporary ballet company Høvik Ballett. And then some.

Languages  Mother tongue Norwegian, good oral and written English, some Indonesian (daily tongue) and German (rusty), basic Spanish.

Bouvet Foundation (Yayasan Bouvet) is an Indonesian not-for-profit, non-government organisation (NPO, NGO), legal entity and registered charity. We are based in Kupang (West Timor), the centre of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province of Indonesia.