Tomm Kristiansen (2014)

Tomm Kristiansen

When the country of “South Sudan” came about, the government wanted to install a modern democracy to build on. But how do you create a new ruling system in a country that has experienced it and where people are not intimately familiar with it? Tomm found himself in the strange situation as the only person that had ever grown up in a Western democracy – within a cabinet of 50 advisors. Hear his tale on how to build a democracy – without democrats.

Tomm Kristiansen is an award-winning Norwegian author and journalist known for his work as a foreign news correspondent for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). He was an adviser to Salva Kiir, the president of the newly founded nation of South Sudan. Tomm is both a journalist and an author and works in several consultation roles.

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