David Cairns, British Ambassador to Sweden and Director for the Nordic-Baltic Network
The Ambassador will give an overview of the social, economic and political situation in Sweden with particular reference to the September election results. He will discuss the UK business opportunities in the country and also talk through his role as Director of the Nordic-Baltic Network.
About the speaker:
David Cairns took up his appointment as Ambassador to Sweden and Director for the Nordic-Baltic Network in August 2015.
David joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1993. He has served in Tokyo, as the Director for Trade and Investment, and in Geneva in the UK’s delegation to the WTO. Before moving to Sweden in London he was the FCO’s Director for Estates, Security and Corporate Services.
His interests include family, exploring, sport, travel, music and cooking. Whilst in the UK he served as the Vice-Chair of the Japan Society and on his local village Parish Council.
His wife, Sharon, has worked variously in marketing for her family’s interior design business, for the homeless charity Crisis, and as a Montessori teacher.
The couple have one daughter, Lucy, aged 17, and one son, Thomas, 15, both boarding in the UK. The family live in Cambridge.
David studied Japanese at Oxford (Pembroke), and before joining the FCO worked for Barclays in Tokyo and Nomura in London.