Sven Mollekleiv President of The Norwegian Red Cross

About Sven Mollekleiv

Since 2008 until October 9th 2017, Sven Mollekleiv has been President of the Norwegian Red Cross.

Family name and title Mollekleiv, Mr.
First Name Sven
Nationality Norwegian
Present function in National Society Honorary President
Date of birth:  02.03.55


Portrait of former Norwegian Red Cross President
Mr. Sven Mollekleiv

National Society Experience

  • 2017 Honorary President
  • 2008-2017 President of the Norwegian Red Cross
  • 1991-2001 Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross

International experience in the Movement

  • Sven Mollekleiv is Vice Chair of “Moveability", (the ICRC's Special Fund for Disabled) since 2001
  • Participation in the Statutory Meetings of the International Federation and the Movement in 1991, 1993. 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001; again in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015
  • Countless operational visits to International Federation, ICRC, and bilateral humanitarian operations in Africa, Middle East and Asia

Professional experience (outside the Movement)

  • Senior Vice President/Sustainability at DNV GL
  • Head of DNV Corporate Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility  
  • Senior Vice President, DNV
  • Parliamentary commissioner – world-wide DNV

Other elective and appointed positions


40 years of civic, public and other engagement and leadership in a variety of organisations and institutions.

  • Member of the Board, Birkeland Innovation (University of Oslo)
  • Member of the Board Performance Theatre
  • President of the Association of NGOs in Norway
  • Chairman of the Energy and Environment group of the “Capital City Project” initiated to strengthen innovation in Norway
  • Member of the “Reputation Commission”, tasked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consider the strengthening Norway’s reputation.
  • Chairman – Norwegian Student Union
  • Chairman VIF  Football Board
  • Board Member at UWC Red Cross Nordic

 Formal education


Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.), Major: Athletics

University of Bergen (UiB)
Undergraduate, Major: History - Minor: Chemistry, Social Sciences

University of Oslo (UiO)



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Medals and Awards:

  • In 2001 Norwegian Red Cross Medal of Honors for his  humanitarian work  national and international
  • In 2010 National award «Brobyggerprisen» for his work with integration
  • In 2015 The Royal order of St. Olav, Knight of First Class for great humanitarian work and service to society