Ambassador (ret) Torbjørn Frøysnes,
Torbjørn Frøysnes is working as a consultant for public affairs. He is a retired Ambassador who served for more than 40 years in the Norwegian diplomacy, last as Norway’s Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2003-2008 and Ambassador of the Council of Europe to the EU in Brussels, 2008-2017.
He is a former Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway and has been Chief of Cabinet to the Foreign Minister. He served as Norway’s Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Trade in Services in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as Deputy Director General in the Trade Department of the MFA and has been a long-time negotiator on security and arms control in East-West relations.
He has been the CEO of the Norwegian Tourist Board, Chairman of the Nordic Tourist Board and Vice President of the European Travel Commission (ETC). He has written numerous articles on politics, diplomacy, and international affairs, and participated frequently in public debates and news on these issues.
He has been member of the Board of the European Trotting Union (UET, Paris), of the Board of the National Trotting Association (DNT) of Norway and of Norsk Rikstoto, the Norwegian Betting Company for Horse Racing. He is a long-time owner and breeder of racehorses.