Welcome to Larissa Lily: Senior Executive Officer
Larissa will be working closely with NCMM's administrative team, and will also take over the Director's PA duties from Berit Barkley, who retired from NCMM in August 2020.
Larissa Lily. Photo: UiO
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I moved to Oslo for the second time in my life last year. I just couldn't keep away! The first time around I managed a performing arts company, but that's a long time ago. I live by the river which is nice and I usually cycle or walk to work, getting my fair share of being exposed to the elements. I must confess I am looking forward to the spring and trees blossoming again.
What were you working on before joining NCMM?
I worked as a communications advisor at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at the University of Oslo. Before this, I worked as a global coordinator at a mental health charity in London.
What will you be responsible for in your new role?
I will be supporting the Director and her research team. I will also facilitate research visits, help with travel arrangements, reporting, and other administrative tasks.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
I am looking forward to meeting you all if these restrictions ever get lifted! I'm excited to join the team and looking forward to working in a bigger and more international centre than my previous one.
Is there something interesting about yourself that you’d like to tell your new colleagues?
This is perhaps more embarrassing than interesting - but I really can't cook, and my kitchen mishaps are so infamous a friend once suggested I should start a Youtube channel to share them with the world. This was after a particularly funny incident where the pancakes I was attempting to make started bloating up like balloons right in the frying pan. To this day I cannot explain how that happened. Nor have I been able to repeat the experience, even if at my friend's insistence, we did try to recreate the event for the camera later on. This explains why I never became a Youtube millionaire, despite my obvious talents. Instead, now you get to work with me. Just don't ask me to cook for you!