Private Secretary to His Majesty the King of Norway, and former Vice President in Norwegians Worldwide Knut Brakstad has been honored by St. Olaf College in Minnesota, November 7. Brakstad began his professional career in 1984 as navy chaplain in the Royal Norwegian Navy, and served for two years as a senior advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Lutheran minister at Geilo in Hallingdal, and project manager for the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee from 1991 to 1994. Brakstad became private secretary to His Majesty, King Harald V, in 1994.

Brakstad was on the board of Norwegians Worldwide for 18 years, and from 2001 to 2012 served as vice president of the board. Through his work with Norwegians Worldwide and the 1994 Winter Olympics, and as a representative of Norway’s Royal Family, Brakstad has been a passionate advocate for Norwegian culture throughout the world. In 2005 Brakstad received the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, awarded by King Harald V in recognition of his accomplishments on behalf of Norway and humanity.