Per Elvestuen has extensive work experience from media, communications, counseling, politics, and international work. Starting his professional career as editorial cartoonist in the Norwegian business daily, DN, at the age of 25, he received a number of awards for his work in Norway and abroad, before moving on into other fields of work. Elvestuen has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. He has a strong environmental commitment in combating marine waste and the world´s waste problems, especially in Asia and in Africa. Elvestuen is a veteran of several international operations, serving both as an officer in the Norwegian defense forces and as a civilian. He has a long time engagement in veteran issues and is chairman of an organization for wounded veterans in Norway.