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Bård Vegar Solhjell

Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad

Mr. Solhjell came to Norad after 1,5 years as Secretary General of WWF Norway – World Wide Fund for Nature Norway.

From 2001 to 2017 Mr. Solhjell held senior positions at the Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV). From 2007 to 2015 he was Vice-chairman. He was member of the Parliament from 2013 to 2017 and prior to that he was Minister of Education 2007-2009 and Minister of the Environment 2012-2013.

Bård Vegar Solhjell has comprehensive leadership experience and has years of practice in decision making.

Mr. Solhjell holds a master’s degree in Political Science, with Sociology, Comparative Politics, and History of Ideas, from University of Oslo and University of Bergen. He has written several books.

2018-2019 Secretary General of WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature Norway
2009-2017 Member of Parliament for the Socialist Left Party
2012-2013 Minister of the Environment
2009-2012 Member of Parliament for the Socialist Left Party
2007-2009 Minister of Education
2007-2015 Vice-chairman of the Socialist Left Party
2005-2007 State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister
2001-2005 Party Secretary for the Socialist Left Party