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Borge Brende
Børge Brende
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Minister of Foreign Affairs

16 October 2013 - 20 October 2017
Erna Solberg
Espen Barth Eide
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
Minister of Trade and Industry

18 June 2004 - 17 October 2005
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Ansgar Gabrielsen
Odd Eriksen
Minister of the Environment

19 October 2001 - 18 June 2004
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Siri Bjerke
Knut Arild Hareide
Member of the Norwegian Parliament

1 October 1997 - 30 September 2009
First Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party

10 April 1994 - 29 March 1998
LeaderJan Petersen
John G. Bernander
Inge Lønning
Leader of the Young Conservatives

26 June 1988 - 24 June 1990
DeputyElisabeth Aspaker
Jan Tore Sanner
Trond Helleland
Jan Tore Sanner
Personal details
Born (1965-09-25) 25 September 1965 (age 54)
Odda, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Torilde M. 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]

From 2009-2011 Brende was Secretary General of Red Cross Norway. Brende was Chairman of the UN Commission of Sustainable Development (2003-04). He has been the Chairman of Mesta, Norway's largest contracting group in the area of road and highway maintenance. He was also a member of the board of Statoil (Equinor). Brende was International Vice-Chairman of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (an advisory board to the State Council). Brende was the deputy chairman of the Conservative party from 1994-98.

As foreign minister of Norway Brende normalized the relationship with China. Together with the foreign minister of Cuba the "guarantor" of the Colombian peace process. As Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Brende improved the framework conditions for trade and industry, and for innovation and development. By the end of his term in office, funding for innovation had increased by 30%. As a minister of the Environment he was in charge of an increase of the national park area of Norway of more than 50%. As Secretary General of Norwegian Red Cross Brende was leading two of the largest relief operations in the society's history; in Haiti and Pakistan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2017)

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

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

International organizations

Corporate boards

  • Statoil, Member of the Board (2012-2013)
  • Mesta, Chairman of the Board (2009-2011)

Non-profit organizations

  • Bilderberg Group, Member of the Steering Committee[12]
  • P4G - Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, Member of the Board of Directors (since 2019)[13]
  • World Economic Forum (WEF), Member of the Europe Policy Group (since 2017)[14]
  • Norwegian Defence University College, Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board (2010-2011)


Personal life

Brende is married and has two sons.[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ Norway's Børge Brende joins World Economic Forum, 15 September 2017, The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Børge Brende blir Røde Kors-sjef". Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Norwegian Red Cross Chief to Join World Economic Forum". World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 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 2017.
  9. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  10. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  11. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  12. ^ Steering Committee Bilderberg Group.
  13. ^ Board of Directors P4G - Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030.
  14. ^ Europe Policy Group World Economic Forum.
  15. ^ [1] Archived October 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Lars Joakim Skarvøy. "Kilder til VG: Børge Brende har sagt ja til å bli utenriksminister". VG. Retrieved 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

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