Former Norwegian minister and diplomat joins IFAD as associate vice-president


Åslaug Marie Haga 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 new role at IFAD, Haga will be responsible for communications, global engagement, partnerships, and resource mobilisation. In addition, she will oversee the relations with the Fund’s 176 Member States.

Haga has over 35 years’ experience in conservation and food security, foreign affairs and politics. Most recently, she works with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, where she was executive director from March 2013.

She said: “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. I look forward to advancing IFAD’s mandate and serve the poorest in the rural world by mobilising 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.