Espen Barth Eide

Espen Barth Eide
  • Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

Higher degree in Political Science, University of Oslo; studied in Barcelona. 1993-2000 and 2002-05, Senior Researcher and Research Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). 2000-01, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. 2005-13, successive governmental posts including State Secretary in the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence, and 2012-13, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Has been centrally involved in numerous UN reform processes, in the development of NATO's new strategic concept, in setting a new international agenda for the Arctic, in fostering closer Nordic cooperation, in building relations with emerging regions, and in a variety of peace processes. Board Member, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva. Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.