Commissioner General Jan Thesleff’s Biography

H.E. Ambassador Jan Thesleff,
Commissioner General at the Swedish Committee for the Participation at Expo 2020, Co-Chair of the MENA-
OECD Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum.

Ambassador to Egypt (2017-2020), Ambassador to the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain (2014-
2017), Ambassador to Libya & Tunisia (2011-2014) and Special Representative for the Syrian Crisis
(2012-2014).
Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Yemen (2006-2011), as well as diplomatic
postings in Brussels. Cairo, Tokyo and Damascus. Working for the EU Council of Ministers 2003-
2006 as Deputy EU Specisl Representative for the Middle East Peace Process.

Before joining the foreign service, active in the private business sector.

Co-initiator of an art book, published in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the beginning of June
2014:Desert, Design and Diplomacy.

Frequent speaker in international fora.