Børge Brende is the President and member of the Managing Board of the World Eonomic Forum. He previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Environment, and Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway. He has worked at every level of national and international governance. He served as the Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and as a member of the UN High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child. He has worked in the private sector and education as well, as Chairman of the Board of Mesta (Norway's largest company in infrastructure maintenance), member of the Board of the Norwegian School of Economics. He is the recipient of several awards and honors for his work, including: Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico (2018); Grand Cross of the Order of San Carlos, Colombia (2018); Commander, Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav (2005); Cavaliere Di Gran Croce, Italy (2005); Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece (2004); "Gift to the Earth", WWF (2004).