Børge Brende

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Børge Brende
Børge Brende at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2008.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
16 October 2013
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Espen Barth Eide
Personal details
Born (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 50)
Odda, Norway
Political party Conservative Party
Alma mater Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Børge Brende (born 25 September 1965) is a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party and has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 16 October 2013. He served as Minister of the Environment 2001–2004 and as Minister of Trade and Industry 2004–2005, and as a member of the Storting 1997–2009.

Brende served as chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2003–2004. 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 January 2008, Brende joined the World Economic Forum as managing director, particularly in charge of relations with governments and civil society. In 2009, Børge Brende joined the Norwegian Red Cross as Secretary General.[1] 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.[2]

Brende is married and has two sons.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Børge Brende blir Røde Kors-sjef". Aftenposten.no. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Norwegian Red Cross Chief to Join World Economic Forum". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ 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
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Trygve Nordby
Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross
Succeeded by
Åsne Havnelid