Erik Solheim
Former Minister of International Development and Minister of the Environment, Norwegian Government and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Erik Solheim is Senior Adviser at World Resources Institute and President of the Belt and Road Green Development Institute in Beijing. Solheim is a well-known global advocate on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. Solheim is Chief Mentor of Global Alliance for Sustainable Planet and Chairman of the board of Afroz Shah Foundation in Mumbai. He also advises April, the world ́s largest paper and pulp company in Indonesia, to Aker Horizons, Norway’s leading green industry corporation and to Norwegian electric battery company, Morrow. He serves as Chairman of the development roundtable in Green Hydrogen Organization and as a board member of International Hydropower Association. Solheim is Co-Chair of Treelion, a green blockchain company in Hong Kong. Solheim was the Executive Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee – the main body of world donors – from 2012-2016 and Executive Director of UN Environment from 2016 to 2018. He led the peace efforts in Sri Lanka from 1999-2009 as the main negotiator of the peace process and played a vital role in peace efforts in Nepal, Myanmar and Sudan. He served as Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-2012. During that period, he initiated the global programme for conservation of rainforests and brought through game-changing national legislation - among them the Biodiversity Act and legislation to protect Oslo city forests. Under his guidance, Norwegian development assistance reached 1%, then reportedly the highest in the world.  
Erik Solheim