Born in Canberra, Norvan has lived and worked in the Canberra region for most of his life. Norvan?s grandparents immigrated to Canberra from the Netherlands in the 1950?s and established the city?s first upholstery shop. Norvan graduated from Dickson College in 1996 and the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2001. He has served on many local boards, including Volunteering ACT, YMCA and ministerial advisory councils such as the Defence Reserves Support Council.
Norvan spent over four years working internationally on community development projects, for the United Nations, AusAID and the World Bank, in Australia, Vanuatu, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea. He joined Second Queanbeyan Scout group in 1986 and holds the Queen?s Scout and Baden-Powell Award. Norvan co-founded a local software development company, served three years in the Australian Army Reserve and presented a white paper on youth volunteering to the United Nations International Symposium on Volunteering.
Currently, Norvan works for a Canberra-based research and development company as an IT Manager and also studies part-time for a Masters Degree at the University of NSW.