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Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norwegian Ambassador to Canada; specialized in global initiatives, communications and public diplomacy; previous Ambassador to Chile and Venezuela.

MONA E. BRØTHER has degrees in Spanish, History and Political Science. She joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1979 and has held a number of distinguished positions. Her first posting was in Caracas, Venezuela from 1981-84. She served as Ambassador to Chile (2000-2005) and Ambassador to Venezuela (2008-2009). Her main area of work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been within public diplomacy and cultural promotion, but she has also been involved in the Norwegian Agenda on Sustainable Development from the Brundtland report in 1987 through to its anniversary in 2007. Between 1998-2000, she was the Head of Section for Sustainable Development of the MFA. She was also the Project Coordinator for the Global Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor that was led by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto, a contribution to innovative thinking within the development agenda and that delivered its report to the Secretary General of the UN in 2008. Since 2009 she has been the Deputy Director General of the Department for Cultural Promotion, Public Diplomacy and Protocol in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was nominated as the Norwegian Ambassador to Canada in April 2012.