Jon Lomøy, Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) since November 2015. Mr. Lomøy came to Norad after 5 years as Director of the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate. At OECD, Mr. Lomøy led the work on peer reviews, development finance statistics and general development policy work, including on modernizing ODA. With the Tax Directorate, he initiated a major program on Tax and Development and with the Education Directorate a PISA program for developing countries. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Lomøy held senior positions at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) headquarters. As Head of the Eastern Africa Division, and Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Department, he was responsible for the management of bilateral development cooperation with Africa and initiated a major reorganisation of the department to decentralise programmes and enhance work on general policy issues.
Mr. Lomøy served as Ambassador of Norway to Zambia from 1996 to 2000 and returned to Norad from 2001 to 2004 as Director of the Southern Africa Department. In 2004, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director General of the Department for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, where he was responsible for the overall management of Norway’s bilateral assistance programme. As Ambassador of Norway to Tanzania from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Lomøy managed one of Norway’s largest bilateral aid programmes, with a particular focus on translating global policy initiatives – such as climate change, UN reform and the Partnership for Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality – to country-level activities.