Ambassador’s curriculum vitae

Personal information:
Name: Olav Berstad
Born:   19.09.1953, Tromsø, Norway
Family: Married, four children

Professional career:
2016 – Ambassador, Budapest, Hungary, also accredited in Slovenia
2011 – Senior Adviser (Eurasia energy issues + Central Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
2006 – Ambassador, Kyiv, Ukraine (also accredited in Minsk, Belarus)
2001 – Special Adviser (Barents regional cooperation), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
1998 – Ambassador, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan (also accredited in Tbilisi, Georgia)
1996 – Assistant Director General (Environment and nuclear safety), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
1993 – Counsellor (Energy and environment affairs), Norwegian Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation
1990 – First Secretary (Economic affairs), Norwegian Embassy, Washington, D.C., USA
1987 – First Executive Officer (Middle East affairs, UN peacekeeping operations), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
1985 – Vice Consul, Norwegian Consulate, New Orleans, USA
1982 – Attaché, Norwegian Embassy, Ankara, Turkey
1980 – Trainee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
1979 – Interpreter/Assistant, Norwegian Border Commissioner on the Norwegian-Soviet border, Kirkenes

Education:
Russian language/literature, history, archaeology (University of Oslo)