Jens Stoltenberg (Co-Chair)
Prime Minister, Norway
Mr. Jens Stoltenberg is the current Prime Minister of Norway, in his second tenure since 2000-2001.
His government was appointed by the King in 2005. Previous positions include: Minister of Finance
in 1996-1997, Minister of Trade and Energy from 1993 to 1996, and State Secretary at the Ministry
of the Environment in 1990-1991. He has been a Member of the Storting (Parliament) since 1993,
and was Deputy Member of the Storting from 1989 to 1993. He was a Member or Leader of many
Standing Committees: on Social Affairs from 1991 to 1993, on Oil and Energy Affairs from 1997 to
2000 and on Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Stoltenberg has been leader of the Labour Party
since 2002. He was also leader of the Labour Youth League from 1985 to 1989, and Vice-President of
the International Union of Socialist Youth from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Stoltenberg has been deeply committed
to development issues and is a strong supporter of the United Nations. He was a Member
of the Board of the Global Vaccine Fund from 2001 to 2005. From 1989 – 1990 he was a consultant at
the Central Bureau of Statistics and a lecturer of economics at the University of Oslo, where he also
received his economics degree in 1987.