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Updated: 17-Jan-2000 NATO Review

Web edition
Vol. 47 - No. 4
Winter 1999
p. 28

New Permanent Representative of Denmark

Focus on NATO

Ambassador Niels Egelund (53) has succeeded Ambassador Gunnar Riberholdt as Permanent Representative of Denmark to the North Atlantic Council.

Mr Egelund attended the Army Language School (1965-67) and served part-time as a First Lieutenant (Reserve) with the Royal Life Guards from 1967 to 1971. He then studied History, Russian, and Political Science, respectively, at the Universities of Copenhagen and Århus, Denmark, and at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

Having completed his studies, he started his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972. His first foreign posting was as First Secretary to the Embassy in Washington DC from 1976 to 1980. Upon his return, he served as Counsellor to the Danish Commission on Security and Disarmament Affairs until 1982, when he became Deputy Head of the NATO Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1985, he was posted to Bonn as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission.

He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen in 1987 and was appointed Head of Department, first of Soviet and Eastern European Affairs and the Conference of Security and Cooperation in Europe; then of relations with North and South America, Western Europe, European Political Cooperation, and Policy Planning (1989-91); and lastly, of relations with NATO and the Western European Union, disarmament questions in the UN, and European Political Cooperation and Policy Planning (1991-92).

In 1992, he was appointed Ambassador, Under-Secretary and Political Director, i.e. member of the European Union's Political Committee. From 1994 until taking up his present appointment in October 1999, he served in the Prime Minister's Office as Chief Advisor on Foreign and Defence Policy.