BA, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Tech. Former: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway; Political Adviser to Conservative Party Chairman; Chairman, Young Conservatives; CFO, KB-entrepreneur; Member, Municipal Executive Board, Trondheim; Deputy Chairman, Norwegian Conservative Party; Member, Storting, Norwegian Parliament; Member, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and Deputy Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy and Environment; Cabinet Minister of the Environment; Chairman, UN Commission on Sustainable Development; Cabinet Minister of Trade and Industry; Chairperson, PD Burma - Int'l Network of Parliamentarians promoting democracy; Secretary-General, Norwegian Red Cross; International Vice-Chairman, China Council for Int'l Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council); Chairman of the Board, Mesta (Norway's largest company in infrastructure maintenance); Managing Director, World Economic Forum. Since 2017, President, World Economic Forum. Member of the Board, Statoil. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Commander, Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav (2005); Cavaliere Di Gran Croce, Italy (2005); "Gift to the Earth", WWF (2004).