Strøm-Erichsen is a Norwegian social democratic politician.
Strøm-Erichsen served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health and Care Services in Jens Stoltenberg’s second Government (2005-2013).
Strøm-Erichsen was elected to the Parliament for the Labour Party for two periods (2005-2013).
She has also served as a local representative in the Council for the City of Bergen (1987-2005), as well as Mayor and Chief Commissioner (1999 – 2003).
In addition to her political positions, Strøm-Erichsen has gained international experience through NATO, EU and WHO, as well as Chair of the board of West Norway’s Brussels office.
Strøm-Erichsen has also been a member of the Council of Europe for local Authorities and President of the Organization of World Heritage Cities.
Before becoming a full-time politician in 1995, Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen had 20 years of experience in the IT industry, in both the private and public sectors.
From 2014-2016 she was Managing Partner in Rud Pedersen Public Affairs Norway, a leading Northern European consultancy specialising in Public Affairs, where she still serves as a senior advisor.
Strøm-Erichsen holds several board positions. Among them, she is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian think tank, Tankesmien Agenda, a party-politically independent think tank, that contributes to social analysis and policy development for the modern center-left. She is also Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, DNAK, a politically independent organization that contributes to increased knowledge and debate about Norwegian foreign, security and defence policy. She is also the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian software company, Dips ASA, and a member of the Kongsberg Gruppen board, an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries.