H.E. Nikolai Astrup

Minister of International Development of Norway

Nikolai Astrup is a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party who has served as Minister of International Development since January 2018. Astrup holds a master's degree in European Politics and Governance and a bachelor's degree in International Relations, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was elected Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2018 and leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo from 2012 to 2018. In parliament, Astrup sat on the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment from 2009 to 2015, and from 2016 to 2017 he chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and Communication. After the election in 2017, he was appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Finance. Astrup was the editor of the conservative periodical Minerva from 2001 to 2008.