Educated as a Political Scientist. 1993-2000 and 2002-05, Senior Researcher and Research Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo; primary focus was international security, conflict resolution and peacekeeping. Has published and taught widely on these issues. Various UN assignments over the years and working closely with a number of international organizations. Served for 10 years in the Norwegian Government: 2000-2001 and 2005-2013, Deputy Minister of both Foreign Affairs and Defence in two governments, both under (former) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg; then Cabinet Minister; then Defence Minister; until October 2013, Foreign Minister. Currently, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum, Geneva; concurrently, Head of Geopolitical Affairs. United Nations Undersecretary-General and Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, chairing the recently restarted negotiations aiming at reunifying the country. Member of the Board: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva; Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo. Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS), Washington DC.