Curriculum Vitae of Ambassador Benedikt Jónsson

Benedikt Jónsson

Born

Reykjavík, Iceland, November 25, 1954

Education

1982 - M.A. hons. (Pol. Science)

1979 - B.A. hons. (History, Pol. Science, Philosophy)

Professional Background

2014 - Ambassador of Iceland to Denmark, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey

2009 - Ambassador of Iceland to the Court of St James’s, Ireland, Malta, Portugal

2008 - Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik

2006 - Ambassador and Chief Negotiator, Directorate of External Trade, Ministry  for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík

2001 - Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Moscow. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

1997 - Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, including WTO and EFTA. Chief negotiator for EFTA in free trade negotiations with Mexico and Chile. Chairman of WTO Committee on Least Developed Countries

1995 - Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík

1991 - Minister-Counsellor and Head of Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík

1988 - Counsellor, Embassy of Iceland, Paris

1988 - Deputy Permanent Representative, Council of Europe

1987 - First Secretary, Embassy of Iceland, Paris and Deputy Permanent Representative to OECD and UNESCO

1984 - First Secretary, Embassy of Iceland, Moscow

1983 - First Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík

Married to

Aðalheiður Óskarsdóttir. Four children, Pall, Stefania, Greta and Bjarki

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