New ambassadors from Guatemala, Argentina, Germany and Nicaragua

On Tuesday 6 September 2016, the ambassadors from Guatemala, Argentina, Germany and Nicaragua presented their letters of credence to HM The King 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 Francisco Roberto Gross Hernández-Kramer, Guatemala

Guatemala's newly appointed ambassador, Mr Francisco Hernández-Kramer, was born in 1972. He holds a Master's degree in international studies focusing on peace, conflict, development, as well as a Master's degree in international relations. In addition, he has studied dental surgery, theology and organisational development. Below are a few of Ambassador Hernández-Kramer's most recent posts:

2013–2016
Head of Ibero-American Office at the European Christian Mission (ECM) in Spain

2003–2013
Head of the ECM's regional team in Spain

2000–2003
Head of the Dental Department at the Puerta Abierta Clinic in Bucharest, representative of the ECM's multi-cultural team in Eastern Europe

H.E. Ms Nélida María Contreras de Ecker, Argentina

Argentina's newly appointed ambassador, Ms Nélida María Contreras de Ecker, has a degree in law from the National University of Mar del Plata. She has worked in her country's foreign service since 1988. Below are a few of Ambassador Contreras de Ecker's most recent posts:

2015–2016
Chargé d'affaires at the Permanent Delegation of Argentina to UNESCO in Paris

2014–2015
Deputy Head at the Permanent Delegation of Argentina to UNESCO in Paris

2012–2014
Deputy Head at the General Directorate for International Organisations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship in Buenos Aires

2006–2012
Head of the Economics Department at the Embassy of Argentina and Permanent Representation to the International Organisations in Vienna

H.E. Mr Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, Germany

Germany's newly appointed ambassador, Mr Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, was born in 1953 and has studied philosophy and German. He also holds a PhD in history. Ambassador Heimsoeth has a long career in the German foreign service and has also served as a personal advisor to President von Weizsäcker in the early 1990s. Below are a few of Ambassador Heimsoeth's most recent posts:

2015–2016
Special Representative for Security at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

2012–2015
Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD in Paris

2008–2012
Ambassador to Ukraine

2005–2008
Consul-General in New York

2001–2005
Head of Division at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

2000–2001
Director for Baltic Sea issues at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

H.E. Ms Verónica Alejandra Rojas Berríos, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's newly appointed ambassador, Ms Verónica Alejandra Rojas Berríos, was born in 1953. She holds a Master's degree in marketing and finances, with postgraduate studies in economics. Below are a few of Ambassador Berríos' recent posts:

Jan–Mar 2016
Vice Minister for small and medium scale enterprise (SME) matters at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Development

Jan–Dec 2015
Vice Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the European Union, Norway and Switzerland
Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

2013–2015
Ambassador to Spain

2007–2013
Vice Minister at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Development