Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council; Former Special Advisor, UN Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Formerly, he was Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (2006-2008).
Egeland was UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2003–06). He was Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross (2001-03) and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General for Colombia (1999-2001). Egeland was State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-97). He was Chairman of Amnesty International in Norway and Vice-Chairman of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International (1980-86).
Egeland has been prominent in several peace processes that include the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the PLO (1993) and the Ceasefire Agreement for Guatemala signed in Oslo City Hall 1996. He has published A Billion Lives – An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity (2008).