Ambassador Ingrid Schulerud was appointed Norway’s Ambassador to The Kingdom of Belgium spring 2015 and took up her assignment as of 1 September. Ms Schulerud joined the Foreign Service in 1988 after graduating from the University of Oslo, with studies in economics, political science and statistics.
She has served as a Norwegian diplomat in Budapest and worked within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on various topics related to European Affairs for 25 years.
Ms Schulerud was adviser on Baltic Affairs in the Ministry in the 90’s, then responsible for bilateral relations and following enlargement processes in EU and NATO.
She has worked extensively on democracy issues, fundamental rights and freedoms as well as minority rights as desk officer for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Head of Division for the Baltic states and Central Europe as well as Deputy Director General on the enlarged EU, Baltic states, Central Europe, Romania and Bulgaria.
Schulerud has, as Ambassador at large, been responsible for the programming and strategic development of the EEA (European Economic Area) and Norway grants, a European funding scheme of 1,8 billion euros in the period between 2009 – 2014. As part of the Norwegian delegation, she has participated in the on-going negotiations on a new agreement between the EEA/EFTA states and the EU.
Schulerud is married and has two children.