Hans Brattskar was appointed State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2013. Prior to taking up this political position, Mr. Brattskar served as Norway’s ambassador to Kenya and the United Nations Office at Nairobi. A career diplomat since 1984, he has previously served as an ambassador to Sri Lanka and been posted to Washington D.C., Kuala Lumpur, and the UN Norwegian Mission in New York during Norway’s membership of the UN Security Council. He has also served for five years as the Chief of Staff for the Minister of International Development, and he has been in charge of Norway’s extensive financial support for the protection of rainforests. Mr. Brattskar is married with three children.