New ambassadors from Indonesia, Iran, Switzerland and United States of America

Four ambassadors presented their letters of credence to HM The King on Tuesday 15 March 2016 in a formal audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. A letter of credence is an authorisation issued by an ambassador’s head of state. By presenting letters of credence to Sweden’s head of state, the ambassador can, from that day, fully represent their country in Sweden.

  • H.E. Mr Bagas Hapsoro

    Indonesia’s newly appointed Ambassador Mr Bagas Hapsoro.

    Photo: Karin Nylund/Government Offices of Sweden

  • H.E. Mr Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi

    Iran’s newly appointed Ambassador Mr Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi.

    Photo: Karin Nylund/Government Offices of Sweden

  • H.E. Mr Christian Schoenenberger

    Switzerland’s newly appointed Ambassador Mr Christian Schoenenberger.

    Photo: Karin Nylund/Government Offices of Sweden

  • H.E. Ms Azita Raji

    The newly appointed Ambassador of the United States of America Ms Azita Raji.

    Photo: Karin Nylund/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Cortege

    Cortege with horses and wagons.

    Photo: Cecilia Gillberg/Government Offices of Sweden

H.E. Mr Bagas Hapsoro, Indonesia

Indonesia's newly appointed Ambassador Mr Bagas Hapsoro was born in 1958. He holds a Master of Arts as well as a Bachelor's degree in Law. He has served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1984 and in recent years he has held the following posts:

  • 2013–2015 Senior Adviser for Management Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, and member of the Governing Council of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
  • 2010–2013 Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs, ASEAN Secretariat
  • 2007–2010 Ambassador of Indonesia to Lebanon
  • 2005–2007 Director for ASEAN Dialogue Partners and Interregional Dialogue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta
  • 2004–2005 Secretary to the Director-General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta
  • 2002–2004 Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Permanent Mission in Geneva

H.E. Mr Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi, Iran

Iran's newly appointed Ambassador Mr Abdolrasool Mohajer Hejazi was born in 1957 and has served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1987. He studied international relations at Tehran University and management and planning at Shahid Beheshti University. In recent years he has held the following posts:

  • 2011–2015 Director-General of the Eastern Asia and Pacific Department in Tehran
  • 2008–2011 Ambassador to Portugal
  • 2004–2007 Director-General of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran
  • 2003 Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1999–2003 Ambassador to Hungary
  • 1994–1999 Director-General of the Central and Eastern European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran

H.E. Mr Christian Schoenenberger, Switzerland

Switzerland's newly appointed Ambassador Mr Christian Schoenenberger was born in 1957 and has served at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since 1988. He holds a PhD in natural sciences from Zurich, as well as a Master of Science degree from Université Laval in Quebec. In recent years he has held the following posts:

  • 2011–2015 Ambassador to Ukraine
  • 2008–2011 Head of a task force on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at the Directorate of Political Affairs, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Berne
  • 2007–2008 Project manager at the Directorate for Resources, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Berne
  • 2002–2007 Deputy head of mission at the Embassy in Vienna
  • 1997–2007 Deputy head of the economic department at the Directorate of Political Affairs, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Berne
  • 1994–1997 First Secretary at the Embassy in Seoul

H.E. Ms Azita Raji, United States of America

The newly appointed Ambassador of the United States of America Ms Azita Raji was born in 1961 and has extensive international business experience. She also holds numerous honorary positions and sits on a number of boards. In 2012, Ambassador Raji was National Finance Vice Chair for President Obama's re-election campaign. In recent years she has held the following posts:

  • 2013–2016 Member of the President's Commission on White House.
    Fellowships Adviser, Economic Advisory Council of the Centre for American Progress.
    Commissioner, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
  • 2011–2013 Advisory Board Member, Columbia Business School