Bård Vegar Solhjell joined WWF-Norway as CEO 5th March 2018. Solhjell is the former Deputy Leader of the Socialist Left Party. He has served as both Minister of Education and Minister of Environment, and as a member of the Norwegian Parliament. He is a Political Scientist from the University of Bergen, having also studied Sociology, Comparative Politics and History of Ideas. Bård Vegar is married with three children and lives in Son outside Oslo, but grew up in Naustdal on the west coast of Norway. He is an avid chess player, serves as a member of numerous boards and has authored several publications.