Rebekka Borsch, Director of Research and Innovation at NHO, chairs the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research and presides over the Norwegian UNESCO Commission, leveraging her extensive experience in politics, administration, and environmental management.

Long Description: Rebekka Borsch serves as the Director of Research and Innovation at NHO, where she plays a crucial role in shaping Norway’s innovation landscape. Her current responsibilities extend to leading the Norwegian UNESCO Commission from 2021 to 2024 and chairing the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research from 2023 to 2025. Her diverse roles reflect a deep commitment to research, education, and environmental sustainability.

Before joining NHO, Rebekka held the position of State Secretary for Research and Higher Education in the Knowledge Department, where she was instrumental in shaping national education and research policies. She also contributed her expertise as a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Environment Agency. Her political journey includes key roles in local and national politics, having served as a Central Board Member of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and leading the party’s International Committee. She was also actively involved in municipal politics as a member of the council and executive committee in Røyken Municipality from 2011 to 2018.

Educated as a journalist and political scientist, Rebekka’s career spans various domains, including politics, public administration, strategic work, communication, media, and organizational work. She possesses in-depth knowledge in areas such as research and higher education, climate and biodiversity, Norwegian politics at local, county, and national levels, and EU environmental management, particularly with the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Rebekka’s Norwegian background, combined with her German heritage, gives her a unique perspective on both national and European environmental and educational policies. Her extensive experience and diverse roles underscore her expertise in navigating complex political and environmental landscapes, contributing significantly to strategic discussions on climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development.