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Kjell Brataas

Senior Communications Advisor
Ministry of Transport

I am a 52-year-old Norwegian who have worked on several major crisis hitting Norway, including the tsunami in 2004 (84 Norwegians were killed) and the terror attacks on the government complex in Oslo and the youth camp at Utoya in 2011. I have run my own consulting company for crisis management and have given presentations on crisis communication, victim support and social media in Stockholm, London, Istanbul, Denver, Toronto, Brisbane and Sydney. I live outside of Oslo.


Kjell Brataas has been on the front lines of crisis communication during some of Norway’s most devastating crises. He held central positions after the tsunami in 2004 and following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utoya on July 22nd 2011. Brataas has practical experience from private companies and government ministries. He has presented at crisis communications conferences around the world, including London, Toronto, Istanbul, and Denver, and he has lectured on crisis communications at the university level.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Crisis Communication
    Crisis Management
    Social Media

Personal Interests

    Video Production


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Proceedings of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference

Cultural Challenges When Memorializing Tragedies

Published: Aug 20, 2019 by Proceedings of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference
Authors: Kjell Brataas

After a tragedy, victims and survivors often desire to memorialize what happened. This can take many forms, and finding the right way often involves a number of challenges. There will usually be differences of opinion among the bereaved, the injured and the uninjured survivors, and cultural aspects and differences play a major role. This presentation provides examples from around the world and hints on bridging the culture gap when memorializing a tragedy.