Haldis Holst is Deputy General Secretary of Education International (EI) where she is responsible for EI’s work in the areas of human and trade union rights, equality, and solidarity programs. EI is a Global Union Federation that represents organisations of teachers and other education employees and has more than thirty-two million trade union members in about four hundred organisations in one hundred and seventy countries and territories.
Ms Holst graduated as a teacher in 1983, after majoring in English and Physical Education. She has worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools and has been a union representative at local, regional and national level. In 2001, she became Vice-President of Norsk Lærerlag (NL). After the merger of the two largest teacher unions in Norway in 2002, she was an Executive Board member and later Vice President of Utdanningsforbundet (Union of Education Norway).
Ms. Holst has also served as Norway’s representative on the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and been a member of the Executive Board of Education International. Ms. Holst was Vice-President of EI from 2009 – 2012.