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Espen Barth Eide

United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, United Nations

Mr Eide is United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, chairing the negotiations aiming at reunifying the divided island. From 2014-2016, he was Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. Until October 2013, Mr Eide was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During his 10 years in government (2000-2001 and 2005-2013), he also held the positions of Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Defence. Apart from his posts in government, Mr Eide has pursued an academic career in political science. From 1993 to 2000, he was a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and from 2002 to 2005, he directed NUPI’s Department of International Politics. He has been involved in several United Nations reform and lessons-learned activities as well as in a number of peace negotiations worldwide. Mr Eide has been a member of HD’s Board since 2013 and he is the current Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Operations Committee.