Stig Traavik

Stig Ingemar Traavik (born 19 December 1967 in Haugesund) is a former Norwegian civil servant and diplomat. He currently works in venture capital and renewable energy in South East Asia.

Stig Ingemar Traavik
Born (1967-12-19) 19 December 1967 (age 51)
Haugesund, Norway
Occupationcivil servant and diplomat
Spouse(s)Stig Traavik is divorced and has four children.


He is six times national champion and competed in judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[1]

Civil service

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. He was assigned to the Norwegian Embassy in Abidjan from 1997-2000. In 1998 he was kidnapped by rebels during a mission to Liberia, but managed to escape.[citation needed] From 2000-2002 he served in the Norwegian mission in Geneva. From 2002-2003 he was the Deputy Head of the Norwegian Embassy in Afghanistan. From 2003-2004 he was an adviser to the Afghan Government to lift sanctions from the International Olympic Committee, and prepare Afghanistan's participation in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. He pioneered sports for women in Afghanistan.[2][3] He went on to lead the Norwegian Refugee Council's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan until 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Development. He was appointed as ambassador to Indonesia in 2012. In Indonesia he developed a close relationship with key Indonesian decision makers, including with then Governor and later president Joko Widodo.[4] He was recalled in 2016,[5][6][7][8] and works as special adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2017.[4]

Personal life

Stig Traavik is divorced and has four children.


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Stig Traavik". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. "Afghan Judo Athlete Praised". The White House. 26 August 2004.
  3. "Judo for peace, baby, judo for peace!". 6 May 2005.
  4. Lundbo, Sten. "Stig Ingemar Traavik". In Bolstad, Erik (ed.). Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. "Norges ambassadør i Indonesia kalt hjem av UD". (in Norwegian). 19 June 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. "Kemlu Norwegia: Tak Ada Penyimpangan Dana di Isu Selingkuh Traavik". (in Indonesian). 4 October 2017.
  7. "Statsadvokaten vil ikke gå videre med ambassadørsaken". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 23 June 2017.
  8. "Kasus Dubes Traavik, Ini Penjelasan Kementerian Norwegia". (in Indonesian). 13 October 2017.