In this episode of In Focus, we tackle sovereign wealth funds with with Mr. Knut Kjaer, the founding CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), in-charge of managing Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and foreign exchange reserves. He discusses about the importance of sovereign wealth funds to countries in Africa and the world with rich natural resources who share a vision of saving and investing in future generations.
Mr. Kjaer is co-founding partner and Chairman of Trient Asset Management in Oslo. Prior to establishing Trient, Mr. Kjaer was President of RiskMetrics Group in New York, with direct responsibility for the firm’s global risk management and corporate governance advisory businesses. In 1998, Mr. Kjaer became founding Chief Executive Officer of NBIM, which was established by the Norwegian government to manage its sovereign wealth fund and foreign exchange reserves. Over his 10 year career at NBIM (1998-2008), Mr. Kjaer implemented a successful investment program and built an asset management team that grew NBIM’s reserves from $25 billion to approximately $400 billion USD.
Mr. Kjaer is a member of ABP’s investment committee, the largest pension fund in Europe, and serves on the International Advisory Board of China Investment Corporation. He is member of the Investment Strategies Committee and International Advisory Board of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, and he is member of the Investment and Risk Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is also a member of the commission that manages the Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund.
In 2008, Mr. Kjaer was appointed a Knight Class 1 of the Royal Order of St. Olav by His Majesty King Harald of Norway for his management of the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund and his contribution to the Norwegian economy and the future financing of its pensions.
Mr. Kjaer holds a master’s degree in Economics and a degree in political science from the University of Oslo (1982). He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (2003).