Mona Elisabeth Brøther is a professional diplomat with 40 years of experience of Norwegian diplomacy. She holds degrees from the University of Oslo in Spanish, History, and Political Science. After postings in Venezuela and Denmark, she was appointed ambassador to Chile in 2000, also covering Peru and Ecuador. In 2008-09 she was the head of mission to Venezuela, and was appointed ambassador to Canada in 2012-16. At home she held various senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among them head of the Section for Sustainable Development and the Section for Culture, and deputy director-general of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Protocol. She also coordinated the Global Initiative on Legal Empowerment led by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto, which delivered its report to the UN Secretary-General in 2008. She is now retired from the Foreign Service and joined NOREF as an associate in 2019.