Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Norwegian Church Aid

On today’s episode, The Brand Called You welcomes a very senior and respectful political leader from Norway, Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten. Mr. Høybråten is currently the Secretary General of the Norwegian Church Aid, a major humanitarian organisation. He has been the Secretary General of The Nordic Council of Ministers, the Minister of Health, Labour and Social affairs. He has been the Chair of the GAVI board from 2011-2015. Mr. Høybråten is also the leader of the Christian Democratic Party, Norway. He is recognised and awarded globally and is extremely well known for the work that he has done. In this conversation, Mr. Høybråten shares some of the major challenges he faced at GAVI ( Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation). He explains that getting the right people, recruiting new CEOs, mobilising stakeholders etc were some major issues. He believes that human dignity, transparency and integrity are the core values on which the organisation stands. GAVI has been one of the most powerful and important experiences in Mr. Høybråten’s life.Talking about the ESG values, he believes that leadership is strategic only if social and environmental aspects are balanced. Giving back to society should be a big goal for every organisation. 

“If you can leave some tangible results and if it’s really enhancing the lives of people and the way we run our societies, I think that’s success”

His views are commendable and his work is ethical. Mr. Høybråten has impacted many lives through his own unique way! 

Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Norwegian Church Aid

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Key qualifications

I have a broad executive leadership experience from local, national and international levels of public service. My political leadership experience from a national and regional level is crosscutting several sectors. I have led organizations with diverse fields of expertise, cultures, languages and traditions. As a leader I work strategically, focusing on goals and results, building the team and involving stakeholders in good processes. I am known to have high working capacity, ability to implement and to be analytic and solution-oriented in handling complex challenges and organizations. I am forward-looking, assessing both opportunities and risks and planning in multiple steps. Throughout my career I have taken a special interest in reforming and developing people and the organizational framework releasing the potential in both. I have extensive board leadership experience in leading and serving complex boards on a national as well as international level.

Executive leadership experience

Norwegian Church Aid: Secretary General (2019- ) of one of the major humanitarian development organizations in the Nordic region operation in more than 30 countries in priority areas as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), gender based violence (GBV) and peace. Responding to humanitarian crises as well as operating long term development programs. 

Nordic Council of Ministers:  Secretary General (2013-2019)  of the international organization of the five Nordic countries from 2013 until 2019. I was responsible for the central secretariat and for 12 Nordic institutions throughout the region serving Councils of Ministers from all major political fields. From 2014-17 I led a reform process of the NCM aiming at a more efficient, politically focused and internationally oriented NCM. The reform was subject to external evaluation and reported a success.

National Social Security Administration of Norway (Rikstrygdeverket):  Director General of the agency (1997-2001) with 800o employees in central, regional and local branch offices across the country. As DG I was responsible for the running of major national welfare, health and pension schemes. I was on leave from this position while I served as a Minister of Health.

Oppegård Municipality: Chief Executive Officer,(1994-96). As CEO I headed the entire civil service of this municipality south of Oslo with in total 1400 employees. I led a renewal process implementing new legislation for municipalities involving an extensive training program for all the leaders in the municipality.

National Association of Local Authorities: I was a part of the leadership team of this organization as a Chief of Staff (1988-89) and Executive Director for Municipal Policy Affairs (1990-93). As ED I had the responsibility of taking care of common interests of Norwegian municipalities and regions towards national authorities, leading a department of 50 people.

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