Mr. Børge Brende is the President of the World Economic Forum. Previously, he served as the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs 2013-17. He has also served the minister of trade and industry, environment and also held the position of Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, as well as Member of the Board of Statoil in between. Mr. Brende was the chair of the Board of Mesta from 2010 to 2013, Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross for 2009 to 2011, Member of the China Council for International Environment and Development from 2005 to 2013. He was a longstanding member of the Norwegian parliament and deputy mayor in his home town of Trondheim. Mr. Brende received his BA from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.