Ambassador Arne Walther presented his credentials as Norway’s Ambassador to Japan to H.M. Emperor Akihito on 23 March 2009. A Norwegian career diplomat since 1972, his previous positions include:
2008-2009 Ambassador, Senior Adviser on Energy Affairs. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2003-2007 Secretary General, International Energy Forum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2002-2003 Ambassador to Austria and Slovakia as well to the UN Offices in Vienna
1999-2002 Director General and Head of the Department for Trade Policy, Natural Resources and Environment. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Simultaneously Ambassador to the International Energy Agency,
Paris Chairman of the IEA’s Governing Board 2000-2002.
1995-1999 Ambassador to India, Bhutan and Nepal and 1995-1996 also to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
1989-1994 Ambassador, Special Adviser on Energy Affairs. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Simultaneously Ambassador to the International Energy Agency, Paris. Deputy Chairman of the IEA’s Governing Board and Chairman of the IEA’s Committee on Non-Member Countries 1991-1994. Head of Delegation to negotiations on the European Energy Charter 1991-1994
1987-1989 Special Adviser on International Affairs to Prime Minister Brundtland
1985-1987 Head of the Energy Division. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1982-1985 Board Director and Director for External Relations of Norsk Agip. Oslo
(Norwegian affiliate of Italy’s state oil company Agip)
1980-1981 Political Adviser to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy
1977-1979 Executive Officer on secondment to the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister for Nordic Co-operation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1974-1976 Attache, later Second Secretary, Norwegian Embassy in London
1971-1973 Translator, later Attache at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow Postal address: 5-12-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan Office address: 5-12-2 Minami Azabu Telephone: +81 3 3440 2611 Telefax: +81 3 3440 2620 Org. nr.: 972 417 920 Page 2
Ambassador Walther has degrees from the Universities of Stockholm and Lund, Sweden, in Political Science, Economics and English 1969 and 1971. He is a graduate of the Norwegian Defence Language School (degree in Russian) 1969-70 and did post-graduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics 1975-1976.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946, he is married to award-winning journalist, author and film maker Anita Pratap (Indian national), former CNN Bureau Chief for South Asia and correspondent for Time Magazine.