The Nobel Foundation’s CEO, Vidar Helgesen, will submit his resignation, the foundation said in a press release. Who his replacement will be is unclear.
Instead, he became CEO of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO. He will assume his new position on March 1, 2024.
“The decision was not easy,” says Vidar Helgesen in a comment.
“I really enjoy being able to contribute to the development of the activities of the Nobel Foundation and the power of the Nobel Prize in spreading hope and inspiration around the world. At the same time, I have a strong commitment to environmental and ocean issues, and the IOC-UNESCO has a clear mandate within the United Nations to promote ocean research and management.” Oceans better.
The institution began working to appoint his successor.
The Nobel Foundation and Vidar Helgesen ended up in bad weather earlier last fall after the foundation decided to invite the ambassadors of Russia, Iran and Belarus to attend this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony at the Concerthuset in Stockholm.
The decision was met with sharp criticism, which prompted the institution to retract its decision and punish the ambassadors.
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