Curriculum vitae

Torbjørn FRØYSNES
Permanent Representative of Norway to the Council of Europe

Born 11.12.1946, married, two daughters

Education

Cand. Polit., International Affairs, Institute of Political Science, University of Oslo, 1973

Work experience:

1973 Entered the Foreign Service, Dept. of Economic affairs
1975-78 Secretary of Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bonn
1978-81 Member of the Norwegian delegation to the Conference on Security and
Cooperation in Europe, (Geneva, Belgrade and Madrid)
1981-84 Head of the Foreign Minister’s Secretariat, MFA
1984-86 State Secretary, MFA
1987-88 Special Advisor for Economic Affairs, MFA
1988-94 Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian Tourist Board
1995 Director for the Norwegian Government’s Action Plan for Eastern Europe,
MFA
1995-99 Minister Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bonn
1999- Ambassador/Special Advisor for WTO affairs, MFA
2003 Chief Negotiator for the GATS/WTO-negotiations;

    Interministerial coordinator on senior offical’s level of the Government’s
    White Paper on Globalization, 2003.

2003 Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Appointments:

1985 President of the Conference of the United Nations on Least Developed
Countries, Geneva
1985-87 Chairman of the Board of Information about Norway abroad
1988-94 Member of the Board of the Norwegian Export Council

    President of The Nordic Tourist Board
    Chairman of the Marketing Board of the European Travel Commission
    Member of the Facilities Committee, Lillehammer Olympic Games 1994

1989-93 Alternate Member of the Norwegian Parliament

    Member of the International Committee of the Conservative Party

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Publications and articles in books and periodicals on political, economic and marketing issues.

Interests:

Horse racing (owner). history and political literature. art.