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The Ambassador & the Embassy Staff

Together with Ambassador Kikkan Haugen, several diplomatic and local staff work at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe.

The Ambassador, Mr. Kikkan Haugen, has served as the Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi since September 1st 2014.

Ambassador Haugen’s previous position for three years was Deputy Director General for the Services Department at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before that, he was a director at the Regional Department at the Ministry. He has been Minister Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu and First Secretary at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lusaka.

In addition, Mr. Haugen has worked for Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), at the Development Fund, and the Foundation for Alternative Trade. This amounts to more than 30 years of experience within development cooperation and international relations.

Mr. Haugen has four children.

Diplomatic Staff

Position Name Main Duties
Ambassador Mr. Kikkan Haugen Head of Mission
Minister Counsellor Mr. Bjarne Garden Deputy Head of Mission
Counsellor Ms. Britt Andersen Administration and Consular Affairs
Counsellor Mr. Hans Peter Melbye Food Security, Agriculture and the Zambian Portfolio
Counsellor Ms. Vigdis Aaslund Cristofoli Education
First Secretary Mr. Jan Erik Studsrød Agriculture and Environment
First Secretary Mr. Bent Bakken Country Economist
First Secretary Ms. Kari Edvardsdal Hansen Health
Second Secretary Ms. Nelun Ånestad Muriuki Immigration
Attaché Ms. Kristin Barsten Archives


Local Staff

Position Name
Programme Officer Ms. Lugede Chiphwafu-Chiumya
Programme Officer Mr. Augustin Charles Chikuni
Programme Officer Mr. Michael Nyirenda
Office Manager Ms. Carol Kay-Saccur
Assistant Accountant Ms. Brenda Nkoma
Sr. Administrative Assistant Mr. Nimrod Zimba
Visa Officer Ms. Gloria Mzumara
Visa Officer Ms. Sarah Chirwa-Phiri
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Ms. Derby Khwaju-Khisi
Driver Mr. George Shani
Handyman/Driver Mr. Robert Kachingwe
Intern Ms. Celine Fjellbakk Amatucci


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