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Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation with a background as a lawyer, diplomat and politician.

Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation since January 2021, has worked as a lawyer, diplomat and politician; this has included serving as Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs, Minister of Climate and the Environment, and Special Envoy to the international High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Helgesen has also been the Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and has previously worked for the International Red Cross. During his period as State Secretary, Helgesen brokered peace negotiations in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He has also served on the boards of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and the Norwegian Refugee Council, among other organisations.