Ambassador Roald Naess

Ambassador Roald Naess is Norway’s Ambassador to Ireland since 2011. Prior to the assignment as Ambassador to Ireland he was Norway’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran from 2007-11.

Parallel to being Ambassador to Ireland, he was Chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) from 2014-15. The mission of the MTCR is to coordinate national export licensing efforts aimed at preventing proliferation of unmanned delivery systems capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.

Ambassador Naess has studied history, sociology, political science and journalism. He joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1981. During his long diplomatic career, he has worked with a wide range of issues. He has a particular knowledge and experience in security policy issues, including work related to disarmament, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and confidence-building measures. He has also a special competence in UN processes and negotiations related to human rights and protection of refugees.

During postings at a number of Norwegian Missions and Embassies abroad as well as positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, he has been working with both global UN affairs and regional issues related to Europe and the Middle East.

The postings abroad includes the Permanent Mission of Norway to NATO in Brussels (1982-85), the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in Geneva (1999-2003), the Norwegian Embassies in Tehran (2007-11), Dublin (2011-16), Stockholm (1996-99) and Prague (1985-88).

The mission here in Ireland has been to promote Norwegian interests and to strengthen the bilateral Irish-Norwegian cooperation.