Ambassador Gun-Britt Andersson became permanent representative of Sweden to the OECD on 11 June 2003. She succeeds Anders Ferm, who had been Sweden’s ambassador to the OECD since December 1995.
Mrs Andersson has spent most of her career working in the area of development co-operation. She was head of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency’s office in Tanzania, and later as director of the personnel division of the agency she was responsible for its reorganisation.
Mrs Andersson became assistant under-secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she was in charge of policy planning and budgeting of the department for international development co-operation.
After working as director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, she became state secretary for social security and then state secretary for development co-operation, migration and asylum policy, a post she held until her appointment at the OECD.
Senior Japanese diplomat Kiyotaka Akasaka has been appointed deputy secretarygeneral of the OECD. Mr Akasaka, 54, has been Japan’s consul-general in Sao Paulo, Brazil, since November 2001. He will take up his post at the OECD in August 2003.
Mr Akasaka has been involved with the work of multilateral organisations throughout his career. As deputy directorgeneral in the Japanese foreign ministry’s Multilateral Co-operation Department from 1997 to 2000, he was one of his country’s top negotiators in the Kyoto conference on climate change in December 1997 and in various follow-on conferences. He was Japan’s ambassador to the UN in 2000–2001, and he has held posts at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the precursor of the World Trade Organization, from 1988 to 1991, and the World Health Organization from 1993 to 1997.
©OECD Observer No 238, July 2003