Ambassador Erik Førner assumed his post at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila on 24 August 2014 and was confirmed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on 27 November 2014.
Ambassador Førner has over 20 years of experience in foreign policy, trade, business, nation branding, among others. His diplomatic assignments abroad include posts as Minister and First Secretary in Sweden, Germany, and Austria. He also served as Assistant Director General in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and later as Assistant Director General and Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ambassador completed his Foreign Service training at the Diplomatic Academy – Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oslo and post-graduate degree at the Universität Mannheim in Germany.