Janne Vangen Solheim

Thematic Goodwill Ambassador

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


Janne Vangen Solheim, Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian garment manufacturing company, Janusfabrikken AS. She was appointed as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Manufacturing.

Based on her extensive and successful experience as an entrepreneur in the manufacturing sector, Solheim champions UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and in particular supports the Organization’s work to promote women’s entrepreneurship.

Vangen Solheim has served on her company board since 1992. Having worked as a teacher and a journalist, she began her career at Janusfabrikken AS in 2000 as a junior sales consultant, and worked her way up as public relations manager, and deputy managing director, taking over as CEO in 2010. Janusfabrikken AS is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of underwear. The Janus brand is sold to large chains and individual retailers selling textiles, sports and industrial products on both the domestic and international markets.

Vangen Solheim has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri), Young Entrepreneurs of West Norway (Ungt Entreprenørskap Hordaland), and Bergen Red Cross


  • Thematic Goodwill Ambassador

    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)