Jan Egeland is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, a leading humanitarian organisation with over 5000 humanitarian workers across more than 25 countires.
Egeland has over 30 years of experience from international work with humanitarian situations, human rights and conflict resolution. Egeland is currently also the Chairman of Crisis Action and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, he sits on the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and is part of World Economic Forums’ global agenda council on humanitarian response.
In September 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jan Egeland as a UN Under-Secretary-General. In this role he is the Senior Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. He also chairs the humanitarian taskforce on Syria, focused on protecting civilians and gaining access to communities in need.
As UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from 2003 to 2006, Egeland helped reform the global humanitarian response system. From 2011 to 2013, Egeland was the Europe Director of Human Rights Watch, prior to joining NRC where he took up his post as Secretary General in August 2013.
In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the 100 “people who shape our world.” From 1999 to 2002, he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Colombia, and from 1990 to 1997 he served as State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was among the initiators of the peace negotiations that led to the Oslo accords between Israel and PLO in 1993.
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As Secretary General of NRC, Jan Egeland is a courageous spokesperson for the displaced people in the world. Through his career, Egeland has built experience and expertise that make him uniquely qualified to lead the organization towards its vision of ’Rights Respected and People Protected’.