Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
As Director General of Norad, an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Solhjell is responsible for managing much of Norway’s aid to developing countries. He has previously served as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education and Research. He has also acted as deputy leader of the Socialist Left Party, as a Member of the Storting (Norwegian parliament), and as State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister. Additionally, Mr. Solhjell has been Secretary General of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Norway.