Thor Halvorssen: Human Activist and Film Producer

In a world where inequality and social injustice coexist, Thor is among the few who are confidently fighting the injustice. He is a human rights advocate in Venezuela. Thor has been involved in various projects that seek to advance public interest advocacy, public policy, pre-democracy advocacy, and individual rights.

He has a burning desire to correct the various social injustices in the world. That is what led to the establishment of the Oslo Freedom Forum an annual human rights event. The event was founded in 2009 as a one-time event, but due to the impact it had, it has been running as an annual event ever since.

Thor serves as the President of the Human Rights Foundation which is an organization that is focused on upholding human rights and freedom. He is the patron of the Children Peace Movement in Czech.

He has specialized in human trafficking, slavery, and actions that threaten democracy. Over the years, his passion for human rights has led him to lecture at Harvard Law School, the United Nations Association in New York, the New York Junto, and the American Enterprise Institute. Thor was at one time invited to speak at the British Parliament.

In 1999, he became the first executive director and C.E.O of the Foundation for Human Rights in Education.

Film

Thor is also an excellent film producer. He is currently involved in the production of ‘the Moon is a Harsh Mistress,’ which is a science fiction novel.

He has produced and co-produced different films in the past including Freedom’s Fury and Hammer & Tickle. Hammer and Tickle film was voted the Best New Documentary Film at the Zurich Film Festival. Other films and documentaries he has produced include Indoctrinate U, the Singing Revolution, Sugar Babies, and 2081. Most of these movies and films reveal information on human rights or the lack thereof in different countries.

Thor was presented with a presidential silver medal by Emil Constantinescu in 2010. The award was a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Romanian Revolution of 1989.

Thor has Bachelor and Master degrees in Political Science and History.