Olav Kjørven

Director for Public Partnerships, UNICEF

Olav Kjørven was appointed Director of UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division in July 2014, and coordinates the organization’s public resource mobilization and its work with governments on multi-lateral affairs as part of its mission to fulfill the rights of every child, everywhere.
Prior to this appointment, he held a number of senior positions within the United Nations, including as the Special Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on the Post-2015 development agenda. He was Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy, leading UNDP’s work on accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the post-2015 agenda. In this role he was a senior advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the ‘Sustainable Energy For All’ initiative and led the UN’s engagement with the G20 Development Working Group. Before his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General in 2007, Mr. Kjørven was the head of UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group for two years. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Kjørven was State Secretary for International Development with the Government of Norway.