Einar Bjorgo received his PhD in Geophysics from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 1999. The topic of his research was applications of very high resolution satellite imagery in support to refugee relief operations. He also holds a Master of Science in Meteorology (Climate Science) and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for the California Space Institute's Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate as well as the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in Norway.
He joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1999 and worked on integrating new technical solutions into its operations, including the use of GIS, GPS and satellite imagery. In 2002 he joined the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), where he heads the unit on Rapid Mapping, Applications and User Relations. In that position he ensures satellite imagery derived maps and analyses are available to the humanitarian community during natural disasters and complex emergencies.