State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

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Robert Rydberg is State Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. State secretaries are politically appointed senior officials at the Government Offices who lead the work of a ministry directly under the head of the ministry or another minister. State secretaries are responsible for planning and coordination.

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CV Robert Rydberg

Areas of responsibility

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Personal

Born 9 April 1955 in Stockholm. Married, two children.

Educational background

Master of Laws, with specialisation in European and international private law, Stockholm University

Positions and assignments

2019–

State Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde 

2015–2019

Ambassador to the Italian Republic 

Concurrently accredited to the Republic of San Marino, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)

2008–2015

Deputy Director-General
Head of Department for Middle East and North Africa, MFA 

2007–2008
Ambassador at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Africa Department, special mission for Chad 

2003–2007
Ambassador to the State of Israel 

2001–2003
Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Concurrently accredited to the Central African Republic, the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Cameroon, the Republic of Chad, the Republic of the Congo and the
Republic of Equatorial Guinea

2001

Chair of the EU Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom) 

1999–2001

Director
Deputy Head of the Department for European Security Policy, MFA 

1995–1998

Counsellor, Deputy Director

Department for Global Security, MFA

Coordinator for Security Council affairs (Swedish membership of the UN Security Council 1997–1998) 

1992–1995

First Secretary (Political and Legal Affairs)

Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York 

1988–1992

First Secretary
Legation of Sweden in Pretoria 

1984–1988

Second Secretary and First Secretary
Department for Disarmament and Security Policy, MFA 

1978–1983

Secretary-General
National Council of Swedish Youth 

1977–1978

Ombudsman, Swedish Social Democratic Youth League, Gotland 

1976–1977

Chair, Värnpliktiga Arbetsgruppen (Conscript Working group) 

Additional information

Swedish (mother tongue)
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Afrikaans