|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
University of Oslo
He graduated with the cand.mag. degree from the University of Oslo in 1979. He later studied briefly at the George Washington University. From 1986 to 1987, during the second cabinet Brundtland, he was appointed personal secretary for the Minister of Foreign Development. He also worked in Amnesty International and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.