Former Norwegian minister and diplomat joins IFAD as Associate Vice-President

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Former Norwegian minister and diplomat joins IFAD as Associate Vice-President

Rome, 13 January 2020 – Åslaug Marie Haga, a Norwegian national, has joined the United Nations rural development agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Associate Vice-President of the External Relations and Governance Department.

In her role at IFAD, Haga is responsible for communications, global engagement, partnerships, and resource mobilization. In addition, she oversees the relations with the Fund’s 176 Member States.

Haga has more than 35 years’ experience in conservation and food security, foreign affairs and politics. Most recently, she worked with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, where she was Executive Director from March 2013.

“I come to IFAD at an exciting moment as we enter a new decade in which the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals have to be delivered,” Haga said on her first day at IFAD. “I look forward to advancing IFAD’s mandate and serve the poorest in the rural world by mobilizing resources to invest in projects that align with partners’ objectives, aim for scalability, and lasting long-term results.”

Haga has served with Norway’s Foreign Service as a career diplomat and held various positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy in New Delhi. She held the position of State Secretary/Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997-1999.

Haga’s political career includes serving as a Member of Parliament in Norway from 2001-2009. In addition, she also held three ministerial positions: Minister of Cultural Affairs, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, and Minister of Petroleum and Energy.

Press release No.: IFAD/03/2020

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$21.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 491 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency based in Rome – the United Nations’ food and agriculture hub. 

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