The new Ambassador Mr Harald Aspelund met with Secretary-General Kristinn F. Árnason on 2 November 2017 in Geneva to present his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Iceland to EFTA.
Mr Aspelund took up his duties as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iceland to EFTA, United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva including the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 1 November 2017, succeeding Mr Högni S. Kristjánsson.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr Aspelund served as Director General for Administration and Consular Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland from 2013 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013 he was Director at the Directorate for External Trade and Economic Affairs at the Ministry, and Director of Human Resources at the Ministry from 2008 to 2009.
Mr Aspelund also served as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations in New York from 2004 to 2008, and as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations in Geneva from 2000 to 2004. He joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1990, prior to working at the Agricultural Bank of Iceland from 1989 to 1990.
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