Norwegian Elected as President of the World Blind Union

Mr. Arnt Holte was elected as President of the World Blind Union (WBU) on the first day of the WBUs 8th General Assembly in Bangkok on Nov 12.

Having worked as First Vice President of the WBU since 2008, he is now a leader for 285 million blind and partially sighted worldwide.

“I feel first of all humility, but fighting spirit,” says the recently inaugurated president of the WBU.

The Norwegian embassy in Bangkok hosted a reception on Monday 12 November to congratulate Mr. Holte on his election.

Arnt Holte is 53 years old, originally from Trondheim, but lives in Oslo. Arnt has been blind all his life. He has worked for the Norwegian Association of the Blind since 2002, first as head of the International Department, and from 2006 also as Assistant Secretary General. He was also an employee of the Blind from 1983 to 1994.

WBU was formed in 1984, represents 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries and is “the blind vote ‘against governments and international bodies.

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