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Einar Bjørgo is the Director of the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT).

Einar Bjørgo is Director of the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

In that capacity he oversees the Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit.

Since 1999 he holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Bergen, Norway, with focus on humanitarian applications of very high resolution satellite imagery. He has a Master of Science in Meteorology (Climate Science) and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

Einar Bjørgo joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1999 working on integrating new technological solutions into its operations, with special focus on use of satellite imagery. In 2002 he joined UNOSAT, and has in this capacity ensured satellite image analysis is made timely available in support to humanitarian relief, sustainable development, environment, climate services, peace & security, human rights and international law, all key components of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through UNOSAT knowledge-transfer mechanisms he also supports beneficiaries from UN Member States, regional organizations, sister agencies and NGOs with training and capacity development on geo-spatial technologies. As of January 2018, he also oversees UNITAR’s Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit with a focus on integrated policy development, data and innovation in support of strengthening capacities of UN member states. He is part of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.