Børge Brende

World Economic Forum

Børge Brende is appointed President of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he will chair the Managing Board and work closely with Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman. WEF, founded in January 1971, is a non-profit, international organization committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. Brende was previously Norwegian minister of foreign affairs. He has been an active participant in Norwegian politics since a very young age. He started as the chairman of the Young Conservatives, and went on to hold several politically important positions, a few of them being cabinet minister of the environment and cabinet minister of trade and Industry. Børge has also had a foot in the economic world, holding the position of Managing Director of WEF. In addition, he has previously been the secretary general for the Norwegian branch of the Red Cross.