Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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Elsbeth Sande Tronstad
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway

Date of birth: 19 June 1956

Education: Cand. mag. degree in political science, psychology and mass communication, University of Oslo. Graduate studies in political science.


Work experience

Oct. 2001: State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2001: Group Director of information and public relations, ABB AS

2000–2001: Director of Public Relations, ABB AS

1996–2000: Head of Information for global oil, gas and petrochemical activities, ABB AS

1993–1996: Head of Information, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

1992–1993: Information Officer, Det norske Veritas

1991: Project Coordinator for television campaign ‘A New Life’

1989–1991: Political adviser to Prime Minister Jan P. Syse, Office of the Prime Minister

1986–1989: Chief Organization Officer, Norwegian Conservative Party

1983–1985: Elected Head of Norwegian Youth Council

1980: Adviser on developing countries, Norwegian Youth Council

1977: Head of Organizational Affairs, Association of Young Conservatives in Norway



2000: Member of the Central Executive Committee of the Conservative Party

1984–1986: Alternate member of the Bærum Municipal Youth Board

1980–1983: Member of the Bærum Municipal Council

1976–1979: Alternate member of the Bærum Municipal Welfare Committee

1975–1991: Various posts in the Conservative Party


Other experience

1999–2000: Member of a cross-party committee appointed by the Office of the Prime Minister to examine working conditions for ministers, state secretaries and political advisers

1995–1996: Member of a government-appointed committee to propose new rules for grants to voluntary children’s and young people’s organizations

1985–1986: Chairman of the Bærum branch of the Nordic Association

1979–1985: Represented Norwegian youth organizations in the Nordic Council, the EC, the Council of Europe and pan-Europe youth cooperation efforts. Headed Norwegian delegations and negotiating teams at various international conferences.


Board memberships

2001: Deputy member of the executive board at Sparebanken NOR

Member of the board at the Oslo, Akershus and Østfold branch of Sparebanken NOR

Languages: Norwegian, English, some German and French