His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg
Distinguished International Leadership Award
Jens Stoltenberg was born in Oslo on March 16, 1959. He spent his childhood years abroad, with his diplomat father, mother, and two sisters.
Mr. Stoltenberg holds a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Oslo. After graduating in 1987, he started work in Statistics Norway.
Previous positions include: state secretary at the ministry of the environment (1990-91), member of parliament (1991-2014), minister of industry and energy (1993-96), minister of finance (1996-97), prime minister of Norway (2000-01), leader of the Norwegian Labor Party (2002-14), and prime minister of Norway (2005-13).
While Mr. Stoltenberg was prime minister, Norway’s defense spending increased steadily, with the result that Norway is today one of the Allies with the highest per capita defense expenditure. Mr. Stoltenberg has also been instrumental in transforming the Norwegian armed forces, through a strong focus on deployable high-end capabilities. Under his leadership, the Norwegian Government has contributed Norwegian forces to various NATO operations.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Stoltenberg frequently called for NATO to focus on security challenges close to Allied territory.
Mr. Stoltenberg is a strong supporter of enhanced transatlantic cooperation, including better burden-sharing across the Atlantic. He sees NATO and the European Union as complementary organizations in terms of securing peace and development in Europe and beyond.
Mr Stoltenberg has had a number of international assignments. These include chairing the UN High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence and the High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. He was also UN special envoy on climate change.
Mr. Stoltenberg is married to Ingrid Schulerud. Together they have two grown-up children.