Born 1931. Thorvald Stoltenberg is a distinguished diplomat and politician. He started his diplomatic career in Belgrade in 1962 and was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 - 1993 and Minister of Defence from 1979 - 1981. Thorvald Stoltenberg has served a great many humanitarian causes in his capacity as UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UN Peace Broker in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thorvald Stoltenberg has been President of the Norwegian Red Cross since 1999.