Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Brende to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 14

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will discuss global energy challenges and opportunities as seen from his country’s perspective at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 14.

Børge Brende

The public event is co-sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston and will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 and the presentation will begin at 8.

Edward Djerejian, founding director of the Baker Institute, will give welcoming remarks. Jostein Mykletun, consul general of Norway in Houston, will present introductory remarks.

Brende was previously managing director of the World Economic Forum (2011-2013 and 2008-2009) and secretary-general of Red Cross Norway (2009-2011). He served as Norway’s minister of trade and industry from 2004 to 2005 and as minister of the environment from 2001 to 2004. He was deputy chair of the Conservative Party from 1994 to 1998 and served as a member of the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) for more than 10 years.

Brende started his political career in 1985 as a political adviser for the Young Conservatives. He chaired the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development from 2003 to 2004 and was a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (an advisory body to the Chinese government) from 2005 to 2013. He has served as chair of the board of Mesta, Norway’s largest onshore contracting group, and as a member of the board of Statoil.

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