Ambassador Lennarth Hjelmåker has almost 15 years of experiences from Africa. In the early 1980s he began as an economist at the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, later on in his career he served for five years as Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe and another five years as ambassador to Tanzania. In the 1990s Ambassador Hjelmåker served six years in New York as the Minister Counsellor for Economic and Social Affairs at the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN. Ambassador Hjelmåker’s postings at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Stockholm include leadership for the Budget (Official Development Assistance) secretariat and for the Department for Global Development. In 2003 the Swedish Government appointed Ambassador Hjelmåker as a Special Envoy and Ambassador for HIV and Aids and in 2015, on his return from Tanzania, Ambassador Hjelmåker returned to the Health Sector and became Ambassador for Global Health. Before his retirement from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Hjelmåker from 2017 to 2018 served as the Deputy Head of the MFA UN Policy Department.