Børge Brende

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Børge Brende
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 October 2013 – 20 October 2017
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byEspen Barth Eide
Succeeded byIne Marie Eriksen Søreide
Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
18 June 2004 – 17 October 2005
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byGrete Knudsen
Succeeded byOdd Eriksen
Minister of the Environment
In office
19 October 2001 – 18 June 2004
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded bySiri Bjerke
Succeeded byKnut Arild Hareide
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1997 – 30 September 2009
Personal details
Born (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 53)
Odda, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ine Brende
Alma materNorwegian University of Science and Technology

Børge Brende (born 25 September 1965) is a Norwegian politician and diplomat of the Conservative Party serving as President of the World Economic Forum since 2017.[1] He previously was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2017, Minister of the Environment from 2001 to 2004 and Minister of Trade and Industry from 2004 to 2005. He also was a member of the Norwegian Parliament from 1997 to 2009.


Brende served as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, he took up the appointment of international vice chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council).

In 2006, Brende was one of the candidates shortlisted to succeed Klaus Töpfer as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), alongside Achim Steiner of Germany and Rajendra K. Pachauri of India;[2] the post eventually went to Steiner.

In January 2008, Brende joined the World Economic Forum as managing director, particularly in charge of relations with governments and civil society. In 2009, Brende joined the Norwegian Red Cross as Secretary General.[3] He re-joined the World Economic Forum in 2011 as managing director with responsibility for policy initiatives and engagement of the Forum's non-business constituents.[4]

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013–2017)[edit]

In October 2014, Brende – in his capacity as Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) – co-hosted the Cairo Conference on Palestine, an international donor conference on reconstructing the Gaza Strip, which garnered $5.4 billion in pledges.[5]

In 2015, Brende negotiated an interim agreement between Norway and the other coastal states in the Arctic – Canada, Denmark (on behalf of its territory of Greenland), Russia and the United States – on prohibiting commercial fishing in the increasingly ice-free international waters of the Arctic.[6]

In January 2016, Brende was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child.[7]

World Economic Forum[edit]

On 15 September 2017 it was announced that Brende will be the president of the World Economic Forum from mid October 2017.[8]

Other activities[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Brende is married and has two sons.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norway’s Børge Brende joins World Economic Forum, 15 September 2017, The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Børge Brende blir Røde Kors-sjef". Aftenposten.no. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Norwegian Red Cross Chief to Join World Economic Forum". World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ Michael R. Gordon (October 12, 2014), Conference Pledges $5.4 Billion to Rebuild Gaza Strip, The New York Times.
  6. ^ Steven Lee Myers (July 16, 2015), Sea Warming Leads to Ban on Fishing in the Arctic, The New York Times.
  7. ^ UN Secretary-General Announces Members of the High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child Archived 2016-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. Every Woman Every Child, press release of 21 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Norway's Børge Brende joins World Economic Forum". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  9. ^ Europe Policy Group World Economic Forum.
  10. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  11. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  12. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  13. ^ [1] Archived October 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Lars Joakim Skarvøy. "Kilder til VG: Børge Brende har sagt ja til å bli utenriksminister". VG. Retrieved 13 January 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Siri Bjerke
Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Knut Arild Hareide
Preceded by
Ansgar Gabrielsen
Minister of Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Odd Eriksen
Preceded by
Espen Barth Eide
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Trygve Nordby
Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross
Succeeded by
Åsne Havnelid