Born in 1959, Jens Stoltenberg is Prime minister of Norway and leader of det norske Arbeiderparti. Mr Stoltenberg has been Candidatus Oeconomiae (economist) at the University of Oslo from 1987. Mr Stoltenberg has held several offices, among them: Prime Minister 2000-2001, Minister of Finance 1996-1997 in Thorbjørn Jagland’s Government, Minister of Trade and Energy 1993-1996 in the Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Third Government, and state secretary at the Ministry of the Environment 1990-1991 in the Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Third Government. Mr Stoltenberg has been member of the Storting (Parliament) for Oslo since 1993, and was deputy member of the Storting 1989-1993. He was Labour’s parliamentary leader at the change of government, member of the Storting’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs 1991- 1993, leader of the Standing Committee on Oil and Energy Affairs 1997-2000 and member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 2001-2005. Mr Stoltenberg has been leader of the Labour Party since 2002, was deputy leader 1992-2002, and has been member of the party’s central board since 1985. Jens Stoltenberg was part-time journalist on the national daily Arbeiderbladet 1979-1981, information secretary at Oslo Labour Party 1981, executive officer at Statistics Norway 1989-1990 and lectured in economics at the University of Oslo 1989-1990.