Born 16.10.1965 in Arendal, Norway.
Espen Egil Hansen is the Editor-in-Chief of Aftenposten, Norway’s most esteemed and influential newspaper, part of the Schibsted media Group.
He has been a leading figure in developing digital media in Norway. He was the Managing Editor, later the Editor in Chief of VG Nett from 2000 to 2013.
As and editor for 19 years Hansen has marked himself as a strong advocate for journalistic innovation – working across traditional silos to renew editorial working methods, storytelling and business models.
In September, 2016, Hansen made worldwide headlines when he openly challenged Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook had taken the controversial decision to remove Nick Ut’s iconic photograph, “The Terror of War”, which depicts a naked and burning Kim Phuc fleeing her firebombed village. Hansen’s, and Aftenposten’s principled stand led Facebook to relent and allow the photo, and contributed to an ongoing discussion of their role as an editor of information.
Espen Egil Hansen is a member of management group of Schibsted News media. He is a Vice President of the International News Media Association (INMA) and has been on the board of the Norwegian Association of Editors.